As the weather warms and the days get longer, spending more time outdoors is likely on the top of your “to-do” list. Sunshine, sand, and increased activity can all take their toll on your performance, your skin and your energy levels. What you put into your body will ensure you stay hydrated and fueled for your summer regime, and help keep your skin and hair nourished and glowing. We’ve shared our top picks to keep you at the top of your game this summer.
Red and Orange fruits and vegetables
Increasing your intake of carrots, peppers and oranges can help your skin fight the damaging effects of the sun and help repair any damage done. Beta-carotene, an antioxidant found in red and orange produce has been linked to reduced reactions to sunburns. And orange and pink hued citrus like oranges and grapefruit contain flavonoids that have been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against UV rays. While it’s not a license to skip the sunscreen eating your reds will add another layer of protection for your skin.
Not only will leafy greens provide you minerals, calcium and iron to keep you strong, they are also packed with antioxidants which will fight free radicals and naturally help protect your skin from sun damage. The farmers markets are full of delicious organic greens this time of year, making it affordable and easy to keep them on hand for making a salad or refreshing juice. Just combine a few handfuls of greens, a green apple and half a cucumber in your juicer to create an energizing, hydrating, free-radical fighting meal replacement juice.
Between its free-radical fighting lycopene, low calories, and high water content (over 90%), this summer fruit is the perfect choice for hydration, energy and skin care.
Keep bananas on hand to provide a quick boost of energy before your workout. They are portable and can be kept in your gym bag or beach bag, so you always have a quick pick me up on hand. Their healthy dose of potassium helps replenish the electrolytes lost through sweat, for an added bonus.
Coconut Water is nature’s performance drink. Rich in B vitamins, electrolytes, potassium and magnesium, it will help fuel your summer workouts while alkalizing your body and rehydrating you and replacing electrolytes lost through strenuous exercise. It is also pleasantly sweet, even though its low in sugar and calories.
Forget those chemically engineered bars and sports drinks, and head to your local farmers market this summer. And be sure to buy organic!