Published On : Fri, May 8th, 2015

Tips to stay healthy in Summer

 

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Rev Up your Morning’s with Water:
Drink 8-ounce glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning to rev up your metabolism. Your body is waterless after 6 to 8 hours of sleep.

Don’t skip your breakfast:
When you wake up in the morning, your body is running on fumes. Eating a breakfast with protein, carbs, and healthy fat kicks your metabolism into high gear and provides energy for the day. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal, or nibble on high-calorie snacks to stave off hunger.

Snack at work:
Take snacks to work and graze throughout the day. When you eat more often i.e. 5 to 6 times per day, you are less likely to overeat and more likely to stay energized. As long as you choose nutritious snacks, snacking will also help you meet your nutrient needs for the day.


Hydrate often:
The scorching summer heat makes you more vulnerable to dehydration. Carry plenty of water wherever you go as a reminder to stay hydrated. Juices provide lots of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and flavor. Adults should eat 1-1/2 to 2 cups of fruit each day, according to the FDA. Drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. Food can significantly affect your daily fluid needs. In fact, you can obtain much of the liquid you need from the food and beverages (other than water) you eat and drink every day.

Have a Drink with Each Meal:
Since sipping a beverage helps moisten and wash down food, eating encourages us to drink more. Food also provides minerals, such as sodium and potassium, that help our bodies hold on to water, so the liquids we consume are better retained than those we drink between meals.

Fruits & Veggies:

TOMATOES
This summer, sunscreen should be your first line of defense against the blazing summer sun. Eating tomatoes could give you a little extra protection, consuming more lycopene—the carotenoid that makes tomatoes red—may protect your skin from sunburn.

WATERMELON
Watermelon is 92 percent water (hence the name). Research shows that eating foods that are full of water helps keep you satisfied on fewer calories.

CORN
Did you know that two antioxidants—lutein and zeaxanthin—in corn may act like natural sunglasses, helping to form macular pigment that filters out some of the sun’s damaging rays? It’s true.

ICED TEA
A glass of iced tea on a hot day is definitely refreshing, but did you also know what good it might do to your body? Tea is rich in a class of antioxidants called flavonoids. Regardless of the variety—black, green, oolong, white or herbal—maximize the power of tea’s flavonoids by drinking it freshly brewed. If you want to keep a batch of cold tea in your refrigerator, “add a little lemon juice,” recommends Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.