Summertime in Canada knows no bounds of beauty.
This is our view from our secluded campsite in the Kawartha Highlands.

The lazy, hazy days of summer are upon us! Here are a few tips to help keep you healthy as you make memories and squeeze every last drop of summer!

NUTRITION

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Sass up plain water with citrus, cucumber, berries, melon, mint and even a pinch of pink salt.

If you want to dress up your glass, try making a marvellous mocktail that comes with benefits.

Be careful not to drink empty calories! Beware of healthy-looking smoothies, frappucinos, blender cocktails and neon sports drinks.

Eat fresh, whole foods and eat in season. Why not toss up a big salad every day for lunch? Aim for variety by having a selection of fresh ingredients to choose from. Try this Dijon Honey and Lime salad dressing for a little zip on your lips.

EXERCISE

Exercise and move your body in a way that inspires you – because it’s actually fun! Exercise should be enjoyable, not just another task on the To-Do list.

Try something new this summer like an outdoor HIIT class, tennis, paddle-boarding or golf.

SKIN & HAIR CARE

Hydrate from the inside out, go for minimal make-up (less maintenance!) and exfoliate. Especially after a day outside hiking or at the beach, take time to replenish moisture to your skin. Drink plenty of water and use a clean moisturizer like coconut oil or lotion with a simple ingredient list like shea butter.

Hair care – protect those locks! Hair needs extra attention in the summer, like more moisture. How about a rich argan oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil treatment?

TRAVEL & SELF CARE

Stay healthy while travelling by planning ahead with healthy portable snacks, plenty of fluids and be sure to keep some oregano oil handy for air travel.    

Turn off the devices and connect with nature.

Summer is too short not to check off a few things on your bucket list. Take the trip, go sky diving, skinny dip at midnight in the lake!

SUN SMART

Being “sun smart” doesn’t always mean slapping on tons of chemical-laden sunscreen!

→ You can generally expose your skin to the sun safely for at least 15 minutes per day to get your natural dose of Vitamin D.

→ Then, cover up and seek shade when you’re at risk of overexposure, being especially mindful during peak sun intensity hours of 10am – 2pm.

→ Wear a hat to protect your head & hair, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes (and lessen crow’s feet!), and seek shade to protect your skin, cool off and decrease the chances of getting heat exhaustion, or worse – heat stroke.

→ When choosing a sunscreen, visit www.ewg and take a peek at their sunscreen guide to help you make an informed choice.

Above all – have fun! Take the time to create special memories – whether it is a new running route, a trip to get ice cream or a grand family adventure!