The sun can be damaging to our skin, hair and eyes. In addition to sunscreen and sun hats, we can help protect our bodies by eating plenty of healthy foods such as tasty berries that tend to be more available in the summer months. Berries such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, as well as juicy tomatoes and sweet bell peppers, all provide a great source of antioxidants and vitamins to keep our body healthy. Likewise, protein rich foods such as fish and lean meats, beans, nuts and seeds help our bodies fight against the harsh sun rays. Finally, keep your body well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Together with a well-balanced diet, these foods will give your body the necessary nutrition to combat the summertime sun and improve your overall health.
Here are some suggestions from our friends at “Eat Great and Participate” on ways to make staying hydrated this summer easy and enjoyable:
- Keep freezer-safe bottles of water frozen: On summer outings you can grab a bottle that will stay icy-cold all day long.
- Bring watermelon or orange slices on your next hike or picnic: Vegetables & fruit contain lots of water and are a healthier option than sports drinks.
- Buy a new reusable water bottle in your favorite color or pattern: Having access to water all day will encourage you to drink more.
- Infuse your water with your favorite fruits/berries: This will give your water some fun color and delicious flavor!
Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador