Top 5 Tips To Stay Healthy In The Summer Heat

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July and August are much anticipated months in Toronto. The summer season is short- optimizing your health can help you make the most our our short but ever so sweet summer.

Here are the top 5tips from naturopathic doctors in Torontoto help you stay on your A-game.

1. Continue to supplement with vitamin D

You are probably thinking that because the sun is out longer, you are getting more vitamin D.

However, how much vitamin D your body synthesizes from the sun depends on a few factors: how much time is spent out side and at what time of day, the amount of skin exposed to the sun and the colour of your skin.

In order to get a good dose of vitamin D from the sun you need to be outside, in minimal clothing (bathing suit), when the sun is high in the sky.

You are synthesizing vitamin D in your skin if your shadow cast by the sun is shorter than your height.

If you have darker skin, you require more time in the sun to get the same amount of vitamin D as someone with lighter skin.

2. Get lot’s of vitamin N

You’ve never heard of vitamin N? It’s vitamin nature! Summer is a great time to get outside.

Time spent in natural settings:

  • Improves mental health.
  • Provides an opportunity for cognitive rejuvenation.
  • Reduces blood pressure.
  • Reduces cortisol our stress hormone.
  • Increases our parasympathetic tone- the rest and restore part of our nervous system.

3. Hydrate with water

We inherently need more water in the summer. Our bodies lose more water in the warmer months- we sweat more, and for some, consumption increases of diuretics like iced coffee and alcohol (patio season!).

Aim to drink 2-3 litres of water daily with these tips:

  • Start each morning with a big glass of water (option to add lemon).
  • For every cup of coffee or alcoholic drink have one big glass of water.

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4. Take advantage of the local harvest

Local produce is in abundance during the summer months. Local food tastes better and it’s better for you and the environment.

Bite into summer by purchasing local food at:

  • Farmer’s markets.
  • Basket programs.
  • Grocery stores.
  • Farm stands outside the city.

5. Take it easy

With all of the additional daylight hours summer brings, schedules can fill up as we make the most of our short summer.

It’s important to open up some time to relax and reset.

After a busy weekend or travel make time to take it easy by:

  • Working from home (if possible).
  • Plan an additional day off as a home reset day.
  • Saying no when necessary.

If you’re curious to learn more about this subject or would like to consult with one of our NDs feel free to book a visit or contact us.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Marnie Luck, N.D

Annex Naturopathic Clinic

572 Bloor St W #201, Toronto, ON M6G 1K1

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Could solar panels like this end up on the wall with Mexico? President Trump seems to like the idea. Image source: Getty Images.

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Is Amazon About to Disrupt Procter & Gamble?

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Amazon Presto laundry detergent. Image source: Amazon.

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No, Your Tesla Won’t Take 8.2 Years to Pay Off Its Carbon Debt

You don’t need to be a Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) fan to know that lithium-ion batteries will play an essential role in turning electric vehicles (EVs) into mainstream transportation options. They’ve also become important in certain niche applications for stationary energy storage, such as helping utilities smooth out unusual demand on the grid a handful of times each year, or for early home energy-storage systems, in which they’re often coupled with solar panels. So it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that lithium-ion batteries have become synonymous with green and clean energy.

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Water Snake Swallowing Catfish

I came across this Water Snake back in June of 2009. I was walking near the Arkansas River here in Arkansas when I saw this large water snake coming through the water, to the bank, with a large catfish in its mouth. Once it saw me, it headed back down into the water with its catch. The current was really strong and the fish was really large, and I knew that the snake would have to resurface and return to the bank to feed. Once it got back to the bank there was an added bonus. There was a second snake attached to the other end of the fish. I watched the two snakes fight over the fish for several minutes until finally the larger snake swallowed it whole.

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