Unless you’ve recently moved to the Southern Hemisphere, it’s summertime! Hot, humid weather brings its own health concerns and challenges, in addition to more focus on fitness as you plan to lounge on the beach in your bathing suit. These fun ideas will help to keep you feeling your best and improving your overall health regardless of the reading on the thermometer.
Opt for Coconut Oil
Just because a recipe calls for vegetable oil doesn’t mean you must obey. Vegetable oil isn’t exactly the greatest thing to put in your body, but coconut oil has earned a reputation as a miracle food. It is brimming with healthy fats that can reduce the risk of heart disease, balance out cholesterol levels, and much more. Use it when making cakes and other baked goods to feel much better about your favorite treat!
Get Rid of Lurking Chemicals
Sunscreen, sunburn relief gel, and other common summertime staples commonly contain surprisingly dangerous chemicals and toxins that can cause long term health problems. Read labels and avoid the active ingredients called oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. These chemicals penetrate the skin and can interfere with the body’s hormone processes, especially oxybenzone which is known to reduce sperm count in men and contribute to endometriosis in females. The bottom line? Choose mineral sunscreens or homemade skin products to protect and soothe the skin.
Use Essential Oils to Ward Off Bugs
Nobody wants mosquitoes ruining an otherwise perfectly nice night, but bug sprays are filled with awful chemicals you don’t want to introduce into your body. Many essential oils, including Lemon Eucalyptus and Citronella, can deter bothersome insects naturally and safely. For those few bugs that manage to bite your skin, blend Lavender and Frankincense essential oils with coconut oil to alleviate the itching.