Supercharge Your Summer Health

School is out, the heat is here, everyone is into their summer swing. But summer has some downsides, so here are some tips to keep you going strong.

In this article:
Summer Hydration
Summer Foods

Feel the Sun, Not the Burn

Planning on going to the beach or just being outside for the day? Here is a sunburn tip whether you are sprucing up your yard or relaxing by the pool. Your body can become sunburn resistant given the right nutrition. No need to use chemical-laden sunscreens. Cataplex F Tablets from Standard Process can help avoid sunburn. Just take it before going out and every 4 hours during sun exposure, at the times you would apply or reapply sunscreen, and you can avoid looking like a cherry and feeling like a jalapeño. For people who burn easily and at the time of brightest sun (from 11a to 3p) additional. Extra Cataplex F after you come in for the day helps complete the effect.

Cataplex F Sunburn Protocol
– Before going outside: 9 Tabs
– Every four hours: 4 Tabs
– After coming in: 9 Tabs
* Additional Cataplex F may be needed for those who burn easily and during midday hours.

Summer Hydration

Water is life, and during summer we have to drink more to stay healthy… but did you know you also need minerals along with it? Sweat contains water and minerals you need to replace. Getting plenty of water without plenty of minerals can lead to electrolyte deficiency (a fancy term for water-borne minerals).

Signs of dehydration include extreme thirst, infrequent urination, dark urine, fatigue, dizziness, and confusion. Signs of electrolyte deficiency symptoms include frequent thirst, shallow rapid breathing, poor muscle endurance (muscle fatigue), and swelling in the ankles and wrists.

For water consumption generally, the rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces, so if you are 100 lbs drink 50 ounces of water per day. If you are drinking this and still have symptoms, consider that you may need better quality water. The best water is pure spring water with naturally occurring minerals that are better at satisfying thirst. Be sure you are getting adequate minerals from food or supplements and drink water that contains minerals. Water that contains no minerals steals the body’s mineral reserves. reverse osmosis water or distilled water you should add a small pinch (to taste) of sea salt per 8 oz glass. The water should not taste excessively salty. Salts such as Celtic Salt, Real Salt, Himalayan Salt have a complete mineral profile your body needs. Processed salts such as Morton Sea Salt or other processed white salts lack this variety.

Drinking electrolytes is a good way to maintain minerals in the body but to make up for a mineral deficiency, an organic form is necessary. Organic forms of minerals occur in vegetable and meat products we consume, but even these can be inadequate to replenish the body. I recommend Organically Bound Minerals from Standard Process as a way to achieve deep replenishment of the body’s mineral reserves.

Summer Foods

During the summer, we are more active and spend more time outdoors. Being out and about is good for us, but our bodies do not dedicate as many resources to digesting foods. This happens naturally because of the increased activity. For many people, food sits uncomfortably on the stomach when they eat heavy meals and rich foods such as meat. Eating lighter foods and foods that help with digestion are healthier summer choices. Fruit and vegetable centric dishes work well on their own and heavier foods like meats and dairy can be paired with enzyme containing foods such as pineapple, papaya, avocado, kiwi, bee pollen, kimchi, and sauerkraut. If you are on the go and can’t do this, Standard Process has two enzyme products that can help: Multizyme and Zypan.

What are your summertime health woes? Let us know in the comments below. Have questions? Let us know in the comments or call 615-881-5867.

The information in this article is based on clinical experience and historical uses of nutrition as a therapy to support optimal body function. It is not to be construed as medical advice.

May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month

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How common is high blood pressure?
It may come as a surprise because of how quiet of a condition high blood pressure can appear on the outside, but it is said that ONE IN THREE adults currently have hypertension.

Only 24% of those who have hypertension, have their condition under control.

Why is this alarming and need to be monitored? Especially here in Nashville? High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease or stroke. This is a big problem in the Middle Tennessee area as heart disease is the #1 cause of death annually.

Due to most pharmacies and grocery stores now having digital blood pressure machines available, it is now easier than ever to monitor your blood pressure in between wellness visits.

But how do you get the most accurate reading?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a few tips to get an accurate reading.

  • Don’t eat or drink anything 30 minutes before you take your blood pressure.
  • Empty your bladder before your reading.
  • Sit with your back supported for 5 minutes before your reading.
  • Sit with both feet flat on the ground; legs uncrossed.
  • Make sure the blood pressure cuff is snug but not too tight. 
  • Place the cuff against your bare skin, not over clothing.
  • Try not to talk while your blood pressure is being measured.

When measuring your blood pressure you will find two numbers in your reading.
The first number, called systolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.
The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats.
What’s a “normal” reading? A normal blood pressure level is less than 120/80 mmHg.