Summer is my favorite time of year. We have 5 months of winter, 4 months of muddy, cold weather that is bad for gardening or skiing so we are left with 3 lovely months of sun, green grass and summer fun. But our diet can suffer through those months.
Even though we have an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies, we also have numerous parties, travel plans, and other activities that can wreak havoc on our digestive system and the delicate balance of the bacteria that keeps it healthy.
Here are my top 3 ways to keep that microbial balance at its optimum level and still enjoy all those great summer activities.
1. Manage stress. Yes, as much fun as summer is, stress can be a factor in planning all those activities. Take some time for yourself each day. Even if it is only 15 minutes hiding in the bathroom, just take that time to practice some nice deep breathing into the belly. This belly breathing calms the nervous system and actually help eliminate negative thoughts. A short meditation is always beneficial. There are many on youtube. Find something that makes you laugh. A good belly laugh is excellent medicine.
2. Summer makes it easier to watch what you eat. With the amazing variety of fresh fruits and veggies, salads are always on the menu. There are many salads you can make up ahead of time so they are handy. Limit the amount of creamy dressings and when it comes to treats, just eat of little bit of your very favorite ones. And be sure you drink lots of water. Stay hydrated and your body will love you for it.
3. I always make sure I take probiotics. This way I know I am doing my best to maintain that crucial balance in my intestinal tract. This helps support the immune system, avoid digestive problems, keep my energy levels up and reduce inflammation issues in joints and muscles. Probiotics are my go-to supplement and I love them.
So get out there and enjoy those fabulous sunny, summer days.