What’s Hot with Health?
What’s Hot with Health
Quick, grab the sunscreen, summer is coming and it’s going to be a hot one! I can already feel it now. The warm sun on my face and a nice iced water with some electrolytes sitting in my hands as I lounge on the sand. Whether you’re spending a day at the beach or at the springs, packing some wholesome foods will help keep you fueled throughout the day. It will keep the kids happy, too!
Summertime is blossoming with an array of fresh seasonal produce. Summer is the best time to stock up on fresh berries, mixed greens, and summer squash. Did you know Arugula is a lesser known cruciferous vegetable that provides many of the same benefits as other vegetables of the same family, such as broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts? Its high nitrate source has been shown to lower blood pressure as mentioned by Medical News Today. You can easily mix arugula up in a salad with a handful of spinach and a sprinkle of blueberries to create a fresh summer salad to take on a picnic.
Consuming whole foods is imperative to our good health and they provide the necessary micronutrients that aid in improving heart and immune health. Some other popular summer produce include:
- Salad Greens
- Sweet Peppers
- Green Beans
The best part about eating foods that are in season, especially in the summer season, is that they tend to be less expensive due to farmers harvesting the produce in abundance. The cost will also go down if the seasonal produce is harvested locally. In Florida, Vo-LaSalle Farms in DeLeon Springs is currently harvesting leafy greens, tomatoes, spinach, and peppers. Fly over to Durango, Colorado to their weekly farmer’s market and you will find fresh greens, strawberries, and herbs cultivated by Adobe House Farm. Craggy Gardens in Asheville, NC are known for their summer berries that burst their way into the scene beginning in May and last until November.
Fresh produce is not the only way to soak in the summer nutrients. The sun is most prominent during the summer months between the times of 10AM to 3PM. Vitamin D is actually considered a pro-hormone, since vitamins cannot be created by the body. When sunlight hits our skin, our body produces vitamin D naturally. If your skin and the sun simply do not get along, you might want to consider supplementation. While there are plenty of food sources that contain vitamin D such as salmon, tuna, eggs, and chicken, the amount provided in common portions usually isn’t sufficient.
Summer is a great time to start spending outdoors with friends and family, soaking up the vitamin D and grilling out on the patio. The PHD approach encompasses the idea that consuming whole foods is the best way to become the healthiest version of yourself and ensure your body is equipped with the nutrients to maintain a healthy life. Utilizing the foods that are in season will not only be more cost efficient, but will also guarantee that you are getting the best quality produce for your meals. Stay healthy this summer and remember to eat the rainbow.
Fact: An Australian study found that people who eat a lot of processed junk food have a markedly smaller hippocampus—part of the brain crucial to learning and memory—than those who eat mostly fresh, whole foods.
Awareness Challenge this week: Spend time outdoors this week, whether it’s at a farmers market or hiking a trail. Let the sun shine on you!
Tune in next time; we’ll discuss the reel benefits of getting the ocean to your plate!
In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about living a healthier lifestyle, reach out to us for our professional guidance and support. Give us a call!
Summer is a state of mind.
Blog Photo Credit: Veggie Inspired, Dashaina.com
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