It’s official – summer has arrived!
With the arrival of the warm weather, we’re spending more time outside, eating fresher foods and getting more exercise. All because the sun has us pumped!
When we spend time outside, our bodies convert sunlight to Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is great for our health. It fights disease, boosts weight loss, and helps to regulate mood and ward off depression, which in turn, has us feeling more energised and cheery.
No wonder we love the feeling we get when the sun’s out!
If only we could bottle it up to get us through the dark, dull, lethargic days of winter.
Thankfully, we have the next best thing…
It works by delivering a high dosage of vitamin D3 to our bodies using phospholipids to act as a life jacket and protect the nutrients as they hit our stomach.
Without our stomach acid wreaking havoc on the nutrients, up to 80% is absorbed.
While it’s great to enjoy the sunshine in summer, too much sun can be damaging to our health.
And with the current heat wave in full swing, it’s important to know how to stay cool and healthy while getting your much-needed dose of Vitamin D.
Drink, drink and drink again! Dehydration can lead a whole host of issues including dizziness, headaches and vomiting. It’s also the biggest cause of heat exhaustion.
To keep dehydration at bay, drink cold drinks such as water and diluted fruit juice regularly.
Steer clear of sugary drinks, caffeine and alcohol as these will make you feel worse in heat.
The number one rule for spending time outside is to apply sunscreen regularly. Even if it doesn’t seem that sunny, you can still be susceptible to harmful UV rays.
Opt for a sun lotion of at least SPF30 and apply it every two to three hours if you’re out in the sun for a long period of time. Regular sunscreen use can help protect you from sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer.
If you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat, or if you’re planning on exercising, stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, as this is when the sun is at its strongest.
If it’s hotter outside than it is inside, find the room that’s coolest, shut the windows, close the shades and use a fan or air conditioning if necessary. This will help you stay cooler in the height of the day.
We can’t always jump in a pool when we’re hot, but we can still use water to cool us down.
If you find yourself overheating, splash yourself with cold water, or hop in a cool bath or shower. This will take the edge off the heat and help you feel refreshed.
If you’re at the office or travelling all day, take a spray bottle filled with water, preferably one that’s been in the fridge or freezer. If you feel hot throughout the day, give it a spritz.
Dark coloured clothing absorbs the heat, which can make you feel like you have a duvet wrapped around you on the hottest day of the year! Tight-fitted clothing can also make you feel excessively hot.
Instead, opt for a loose-fitting, light-coloured get-up to keep you cool and able to circulate air over your skin.
We’re not talking trendy foods like halloumi or veggie chips. Think more along the lines of ‘cool as a cucumber’.
The likes of salads, fresh veg and fruit can help to regulate your temperature and cool you down.
Avoid eating meat and protein packed foods as they increase metabolic heat production in the body, which can lead to loss of water.
Additionally, opt for smaller meals. Large meals have the body working harder to break them down, and will have you breaking a sweat in no time. Think small, think light, think cool!