Thursday 25 December 2014

Four Tips for Top to Toe Health This Summer

Published 09/05/2014 | 14:42

young couple cycling with bicycle in summer
young couple cycling with bicycle in summer

Summer is coming and now is the time to start shaping up for the holidays. Look hot this summer and enjoy top to toe health with these four tips:

Super-Charge With Super-Foods

One of the best aspects of summer is the wide availability of a whole host of super-foods that are at their best and in season.  Move away from processed foods and eat food that is fresh and in season where possible.  Give your body a berry boost and improve your diet with mixed fresh berries.  Blackberries, strawberries and blueberries are full of powerful antioxidants and these help prevent tissue damage and reduce the risks of many age-related illnesses.  Read up on superfoods and include as wide a range as possible in your summer recipes.  Some particularly powerful foods include avocados, broccoli, edamame, grapes, garlic, asparagus, tomatoes and nutrition-filled salad leaves.

 

Keep Your Smile in Shape

Our mouths are the gateway to our bodies, so paying attention to our gums and teeth can have a huge impact on our overall health.  Brush up on the key facts about gum health and be aware of the ‘gum health checker’ and symptoms of gum disease which are bleeding gums, inflamed gums or receding gums. Three out of four people are likely to suffer from gum disease at some stage in their lives.  Even if you are brushing your teeth many times a day, dental plaque will build up if you are not brushing correctly.  Effective plaque removal is the secret to gum health and your dentist and dental hygienist will help with this.  Using a toothpaste clinically proven to prevent and treat gum disease will help to fight the bacteria that causes plaque to develop and will give you a sparkling summer smile.

 

Refuel with Nature

Get Out! It sounds obvious but taking advantage of the brighter evenings and better weather to exercise outside has huge and immediate physical and psychological benefits.  Replace your workouts in the gym with fresh air and sunlight.  Exercising outdoors can help to lower stress levels and has many positive mental health effects.  Exercising outdoors is a key way to manage your weight, improve your overall health and increase productivity.  Refuel with nature and try some new activities.  Exercising in a green space is the ultimate mood booster.

 

Protect your Eyes

As spring turns to summer most of us think of applying sun screen to protect our skin, but don’t forget that overexposure to the sun can also seriously damage your eyesight.  Make sure your eyes are protected from all angles and choose sunglasses that wrap all the way around.  Make sure to check the UV protection levels on sunglasses and also check the lens tint.  Consider buying sunglasses for your children and ensure that the eyes of infants need to be shaded from direct exposure to the sun.

 

There is no better time to take these four steps towards top to toe health.  Ready, set, summer!

 

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