Tips for Staying Balanced in Summer Heat

Dear Friends, 

The sunny, warm weather we wait all winter for is finally here! While our minds are ready for the season change, it usually takes the body a bit of time to adjust to temperature changes and a drier atmosphere. Here are some simple tips for keeping the body healthy and balanced in summer:

  1. Recognize the early signs of dehydration: thirst, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and sugar cravings. 
  2. Drinking water is necessary (remember if you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated), but add something else to it, such as cucumber, lemon, or even a tiny pinch of salt to help your body replenish minerals lost from sweating. Plain water will not be absorbed well if you've lost enough electrolytes.
  3. Nature knows best! Eating the foods in season, such as fruits and vegetables, can help you stay cool. Time for salads!
  4. Herbs like nettle, peppermint, and chrysanthemum make delicious teas that are both cooling and hydrating.
  5. Putting a cool, damp cloth on your head and on the back of your neck can help with heat exhaustion.
  6. Acupuncture lowers the body temperature by a few degrees.

Have fun this summer! We look forward to seeing you.
All the best,
Brenna, Nick, and Susie