Smart summer health essentials

July 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Everyone looks forward to summer picnics and barbeques, and the laughter with friends and family. But if the next day you are dealing with a painful sunburn, itchy bug bites, in addition to feeling bloated, you may be asking yourself... what about the fun? There are natural ways to ensure that you can fully enjoy the pleasures of the season. Holistic pharmacist Sherry Torkos, author of "The Glycemic Index Made Simple," explains that you don't have to deprive yourself. "Ideally it's best to take a few simple precautions," she says. "But even if you can't always plan ahead, there are still things you can do to feel better fast."

Sherry's Summer Health Essential Tips:

-For Hydration: "By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. When you're out in the sun, particularly if you are active, try to drink at least eight ounces of water an hour. Beyond simply reaching for the nearest caffeine or energy drink, there are other thirst quenching beverages you can turn to that have additional summertime benefits.-Gatorade, ZenMaster, Vitamin Water,

-For Overeating. Blood sugar volatility is a major factor for increased appetite and food cravings. There are several different ways to get off the "blood sugar roller coaster". One is to avoid junk food and hidden sources of empty calories. But during the summer, that is hard to do. So how do you enjoy summer foods without overdoing it? One tip is to incorporate more fiber into your diet. It slows down the digestion of carbs-Starchy carbs: potato salad, pasta salad, buns, snacks,kidney bean extract

-For Mosquito Bites. "Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, and floral or fruity fragrances. They are also attracted to the carbon dioxide, body heat and sweat you give off when you exercise, so it's smart to take precautions. Volatile plant oils such as citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint and cinnamon are all natural repellents. It's a good idea to have some tea tree oil on hand in case you are bitten because it helps relieve the pain and inflammation."-Natural insect repellents, essential oils: citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint and cinnamon Tea tree and baking soda for bug bites.

- For Alcohol: "If you're going to have a few beers, or a couple of cocktails, you'll want to offset the effects of the alcohol with something that's easy and that works better than a cold shower, or a greasy burger and fries. Guava leaf extract is loaded with antioxidants and other properties that help to prevent the worst side effects of drinking too much: dehydration, headache and queasy stomach. It's great because you can use it before, during or after you consume alcohol. It's like sunscreen for alcohol consumption."-Guava fruit and Guava fruit extract

Buy the book on Amazon: The Glycemic Index Made Simple

About Sherry Torkos:
Sherry Torkos is a pharmacist, author, and certified fitness instructor. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992 and practices holistic pharmacy in the Niagara region of Ontario. As a leading health expert, she has delivered hundreds of lectures to medical professionals and the public. She is frequently interviewed on radio and TV talk shows throughout North America and abroad. Sherry has authored 14 books, including The Benefits of Berries, The Canadian Encyclopedia for Natural Medicine, The Glycemic Index Made Simple, Winning at Weight Loss and Breaking the Age Barrier.


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