Here are some ideas for staying healthy this summer and having safe fun in the sun.

1. Enjoy the sun!

Exposure to the sun is beneficial; it provides Vitamin D. You should prepare for sun exposure and protect your skin, too. Here at The NCHAA, we have a tanning protocol. You can ask your Practitioner for a copy of this protocol and get checked for the products (Calcium Lactate, Cataplex F Perles, and Oxi-Cell) at your visit. Coconut oil is a protectant and has a natural SPF of 4.

You should increase your sun exposure slowly. If you know you will be in the sun for an extended amount of time and you haven’t built up to it use a safer sunscreen. For Healthy sunscreens go HERE. Avoid sunscreen that contains aluminum, sprays on, or has a high SPF (greater than 50).

2. Eat healthily!

Summer brings picnics, parties, and fun. But, good food can still be a priority. Keep your focus on protein and vegetables. Fresh vegetables will be readily available; so, if you’re going to a party bring a veggie tray to pass. Eat an adequate amount of protein and fat so you won’t be as tempted by deserts and snack foods. Shop at your local Farmer’s Market or consider joining a CSA (Community Support Agriculture or Farm Share Group).

The warmer weather increases the need for fluids, too. So, make sure you are drinking enough filtered water throughout the day. You can also add some Celtic Sea Salt to your water (1/8 of a teaspoon to 16 – 20 ounces of water and shake well) to help replace electrolytes.

3. Keep bugs and skin problems away!

Use essential oils to deter bugs from biting. You can make your own spray by with an 8-ounce spray bottle filled 1/2 way with distilled or boiled (and cooled) water. Add witch hazel to almost fill. Then, add 30 – 50 drops of Lavender, Lemongrass, Melaleuca, Peppermint, or Wild Orange drops. You can mix whatever scent you prefer.

We can also help with bites that get red, itchy, and irritated with supplements like Antronex and Cal Amo, which are helpful with the allergic-type reaction. Ask your Practitioner to test you for these if you are having trouble. And, if you have problems with Poison Ivy let us know, we can help with that, too.

Hope you have a sun-filled, fun summer.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Yours in health, Kerry

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