The summer is the perfect time not only to shed some layers of clothing but also to shed some pounds. It’s a common time for people to start diets, whether it be to look good on the beach or just feel better in day to day life.
Here are a few simple thoughts to add to your summer repertoire.
Bitter is Better
The alkaloids contained in bitter foods have pharmacological effects, such as relieving and clearing away summer heat, promoting blood circulation, relaxing blood vessels, etc.
Eating some bitter foods can not only can help circulation and heart health but relieve stress, refresh the brain, reduce appetite, revitalize your spleen and stomach. Just to name a few benefits.
Some examples of bitter foods would be:
- Leafy Greens (especially Kale or Spinach)
- Fermented foods such as sauer kraut or Kombucha (fermented tea)
- Green tea (especially Sencha which is the whole leaf)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (great for overall gut health, probiotics)
- Unsweetened Yogurt (full of probiotics)
- Including bitter herbs, such as parsley and rosemary into more of your food.
- Tart fruits such as granny smith apples, raspberries
If some of these foods are major turnoffs for you, just remember our palates are trainable. Most of our palates are trained to eat the wrong foods. When you start choosing healthy foods first, you’ll find yourself craving these same healthy foods.
Make Sure you get your Electrolytes and Vitamins
In the midsummer, an excessive amount of sweat will bring about a great loss of sodium chloride and other vitamins/minerals from your body. This means we need to replace that sodium chloride in our body somehow. It is likewise essential for everybody to get vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and calcium consistently. This can lessen the utilization of sugar and protein in the body, which is advantageous to human wellbeing.
Here are some foods that will help get these vitamins back.
- Coconut Water (watch out for high sugar content)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Lean meats
Watch out for Sugary Drinks
When it’s hot out, it’s usually easiest to grab the coldest drink nearby. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a sugary soft drink. A good way to counter this is keep healthier refreshing drinks on hand. Filtered water is healthiest, but if you’re craving something carbonated – try sparkling water. It’s a great substitute for soft drinks because they have no sugar. You can also try adding essential oils to chilled water, if you’re craving something with flavor.