Summertime and Three Tips to Feel Fine!
Hello, summer. I have missed you. I always get excited when I turn my calendar page to June as it marks my favorite time of the year. While the “official” first day of summer starts on the 21st of this month, you can reap the benefits of all the goodness summer brings starting now! Summer is the season to be outdoors… and indoors (as too much sun exposure is not a good thing). I want to share with you my favorite summertime tips!Let the “Sunshine” In
The sun’s rays are strongest in the middle of the day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., making it a good time to be inside to prevent getting a sunburn. When spending time indoors, I always keep my nUVo™ Traveler handy, to add peace of mind bringing those beneficial UV rays in (smart design makes it safe!) while destroying bacteria, molds, and viruses. nUVo™ Traveler, a virus-targeted UVC Air disinfector, is different from air purifiers on the market because it DESTROYS pathogens rather than just catching them. A bonus is it is filter-free, requiring no extra costs or time to deal with buying and replacing filters. So, if you still are hesitant about gathering indoors, I recommend getting a nUVo™ Traveler so you can be indoors (and protect that skin) and feel safer in everyday environments. And as for the best time to spend outdoors, I recommend doing it during the “golden hours”—in the early morning or late afternoon!
Sun “Screen” The Ingredients
“Did you put on sunscreen?” I am sure you have said or heard this countless times before. But now, the question needs to be rephrased to “Did you put on your mineral-based sunscreen?” Why? Well, chemicals in conventional sunscreens may contribute to the development of skin cancer. So, when looking for sunscreen this summer, check to see if only two ingredients are listed: Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. While it might take some time getting used to this sunscreen (it doesn’t lather easily, might make you look “pasty,” and can be harder to remove), the trade-off is mineral sunscreens are natural and don’t come with the same unknown health risks as chemical products.
Summer screams socialization with friends and family as it allows for more BBQs and outdoor gatherings. I want people to embrace social gatherings (especially after an increase in isolation the past few years) and not decline them due to worrying that it will affect diet and waistlines! Just be prepared. Before an event, get a good night’s sleep. People who are sleep-deprived have more trouble saying “no” to tempting foods according to this study. Also, plan ahead and bring a healthy dish (or two!) that you can eat guilt-free! There are so many delicious fresh, whole, seasonal foods this time of year. Make a fruit salad (use blackberries, blueberries, watermelon, strawberries, and peaches) and vegetable skewers (bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, and summer squash). For those who eat meat, opt for the beef (steak or burgers!) over the hot dogs on the grill. Beef contains many important nutrients, such as L-carnitine, which helps aid in fat metabolism. And CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which improves insulin sensitivity and promotes fat loss.
Make this summer the best one yet by creating wonderful memories with family and friends. But don’t forget to wear your mineral-based sunscreen, be prepared for BBQs and social gatherings, and get a nUVo™ Traveler!
Fred Pescatore, MD is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Hamptons Diet and the No. 1 best-selling children’s health book, Feed Your Kids Well, amongst others. Dr. Pescatore’s other books include: The A-List Diet, Thin for Good, The Allergy and Asthma Cure, The Hamptons Diet Cookbook and Boost Your Health with Bacteria. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Pescatore makes understanding and attaining good health easy for people of all ages and fitness levels. His natural approach to healing confronts the modern-day, cure-all obsession for drugs and surgery that come with countless side effects. He is the former President of the International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists, a member of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine and belongs to many other professional organizations. Prior to opening his own practice, for five years, Dr. Pescatore was the Associate Medical Director of The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine working as the right-hand-man to the late, great Dr. Robert C. Atkins.