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Five Steps to a Healthier Summer

I don’t know about you, but I love the way seasons change. I enjoy the various activities and traditions each of the four seasons brings. Summer is one of my absolute favorite times of year. Yes, it may be hot (here in Phoenix, it gets to be around 115 degrees!) but it is such a fun time of year. Growing up, summer was filled with trips to the park, curbside lemonade stands, making popsicles, outings to the pool, family reunions, and the occasional summer vacation.

Unfortunately, summer has also been known as a time to be ill, fatigued, and literally burned-out with heat exhaustion. Increased temperatures bring added stress to our bodies, and we need to be able to adapt. For example, the Eiffel Tower grows nearly six inches during the summer months. Thanks to a process known as thermal expansion, the increased heat causes the iron tower to expand. As temperatures cool, the tower returns to its normal size, just over 81 stories tall. Our bodies are capable of adapting to summer just like the Eiffel tower. Here are a few activities and tips we can do to stay cool this summer:

  • Drink enough water – It is no surprise that our bodies need to be hydrated.  When it’s hot, we sweat. When we sweat, we lose water. So drink up! One of the keys to a healthy nervous system is adequate water intake. Begin your day with a large glass of water. Drink one with every meal, and a couple glasses in between.
  • Save your skin – No matter how much sunscreen we buy, odds are we’ll get sunburned at some point this summer. There are multiple ways to help our bodies heal following a sunburn, but my favorite remedy is using doTERRA essential oils. Creating a mixture of fractionated coconut oil, frankincense, lavender, and melaleuca oils can provide long-lasting relief and increase healing following a sunburn.
  • Grill some greens – While grilling burgers and hot dogs is a popular summer feat, don’t make it a habit. Stir things up, and grill some vegetables like broccoli, zucchini, squash, asparagus, or peppers. A pinch of salt and pepper and a little olive oil is all you need. Adding more greens to your summer diet can help you stay in tip-top shape during those dog days of summer.
  • Play – Just because it’s hot doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors. Wake up early to squeeze in a morning run or round of golf. Spend an hour and take your kids to the local splash pad or swimming pool. Or enjoy the sunshine in sprints – avoid getting sunburned by doing shorter outdoor activities throughout the day. Eat lunch outside, or take a break from work and walk around the parking lot while making phone calls. Get creative and have fun with it. It’s summer!
  • Get checked – Communication between your brain and body is vital to healthy adaptation, especially with increasing temperatures during summer months. At The Specific Chiropractic Center our goal is to remove the interference that may be hindering brain-body communication so you can function at your best. Getting checked at one of our offices will help you enjoy these summer months so you can do what you want, when you want.