June 21st is the summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere, a time for celebrating light, upcoming bountiful harvest, nourishment, growth, evolution, trust and patience. (You can think about planting seeds in the spring, caring for them and waiting for crops to be ready. It's a process.)
Tips for Summer Health
1. Morning Sun
- Getting some sunshine in the morning is not as helpful for Vitamin D production (that's more efficient between 10am and 2pm), but it's great for the Cortisol Awakening Response. Morning sun helps to invigorate your cells, stimulate energy, and reset sleep patterns through circadian rhythm. Plus, we only get the opportunity in Ontario a few months of the year, may as well take advantage of it :)
2. Hydration & Water exposure
- Of course, staying hydrated is important in hot and sweaty weather. A little salt helps with absorbing the water into your cells. I also really like the liquid trace minerals which you can add to your water, or making herbal tea then chilling it to create an "iced" version. In addition to drinking water, consider the impact that being near water can have on your body. The sound of waves is incredibly healing and helps to destress and unwind the nervous system. If you are brave, cold water plunges are fantastic for stimulating the vagus nerve and improving mitochondrial function - you will sleep well afterwards.
3. Good food
- I enjoy the fresh produce soooo much at this time of year! Did you join the trend of growing some food at home? We often pair all kinds of salads - spinach or cabbage or potato or kale with some kind of BBQ'ed protein. Have a look here for Tips for Healthier BBQ . Eating well is a great way to nurture yourself and take care of the people around you.
4. Be in the moment
- I find it comes more naturally to me to be in the present moment while enjoying a sunset, a slice of watermelon or a thunderstorm. Staying present helps relaxation, and also serves to slow down time passing (which I could use since my son is graduating grade 8 next week.. eek!). A little rest on the beach, barefoot walk in the grass or admiring a garden is a nice way to reconnect with nature, and ground your soul.
- I've heard that it's been a bad year for allergy sufferers. It seems to be calming down a bit now but we could see the pollen floating through the air not too long ago. I have lots strategies to support you through the runny nose and itchy eye symptoms, and also ways to prevent them from being as intense down the line. Some of my favourites are quercetin, vitamin C, nettles, probiotics, and acupuncture, but your plan should be personalized for you.
- Walk. Bike. Hike. Swim. Paddle. Dance. Garden. Prune. Ride. It's good for your mind, your mood, your hormones, your bones, your lymphatics. Just get out there and do what you love.
I've got some time off this summer, but will continue to be available also. You can always be added to the waitlist if you don't see an appointment that suits your schedule. I hope you take advantage of all the health promoting ways to enjoy this season to its fullest!
Also, just a reminder to stock up on your supplements ;)
P.S. I'm working on a couple of new ways to support your health in a more interactive and ongoing way. Stay tuned :)