Lifestyles

Five tips for a healthy summer

Sun teas

Set out a clear glass jar with a couple bags of black tea and let it steep in the sun. Black tea can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and is full of diseasefighting catechins, stated WebMD. Pour your sun tea over ice and enjoy a delicious, healthy drink. Cheers to a great break!

Best foods

Take advantage of the fresh produce and hit up the farmer’s market! Siloam’s Outdoor Market opens April 26, and offers a great opportunity for you to go and try out some new foods. Some of the best summer produce for your health? Berries are full of dietary fiber and may even boost metabolism while suppressing appetite, stated Livestrong.com. Watermelon has vitamins A and C, raw tomatoes have antioxidants, vitamins and minerals—eating fresh is full of benefits!

Sun protection

Summer means soaking up lots of sun; just make sure it’s not damaging your skin. Check the expiration dates on all your unused bottles of sunscreen and make sure they offer protection for both UVA and UVB sunrays. UVB causes sunburns, and UVA can cause wrinkling, leathery skin and more, stated The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Work out

Take advantage of the longer days and nicer weather and use this summer as an opportunity to get in shape. Try out the Zumba or yoga classes in Downtown Siloam Springs or in your area, sign up for a 5K, play around in an outdoor gym, lace-up your running shoes or even just go for a swim! The options are almost endless—just make sure you stay consistently active and moving.

Stay hydrated

As you work and play outside during the summer, make sure you are drinking water. Water helps your body function properly, cushions your joints, helps your muscles strengthen and keeps your internal organs at a good temperature, stated Livestrong.com. Try and drink between 8-10 cups of water a day, and that does not include tea or coffee!