Don’t Lose Your Cool This Summer

Welcome to a fine looking Saturday!  Hopefully you have some time planned out to grab a little Vitamin D this weekend - it is vital for a balanced headspace amongst other important immune maintenance functions.

On a side note and before I launch into this piece, I'd like to introduce you to Rebekah (Bek) who has joined our team on reception on a Friday and also is a superb massage therapist, so you can also book in and have a massage!  We are running a special offer till the end of November - Bek's Signature Massage for an hour for $45 which includes a soothing foot bath, body spritz and hot towels.  Be quick - this offer ends on 30th November!

Back to the topic at hand.  If you are the type of person who gets irritated when heated up, this Summer could be a tricky few months indeed!  I have found that the 'cleaner' your body is, the cooler it stays.  Inflammatory states (eczema, arthritis, migraine, sciatica and so on) are commonly aggravated by heat applications so it makes sense that when the weather heats up, your body is not going to be happy!

Even if you don't suffer any inflammatory conditions, the very act of being overly sensitive to others when the weather heats up, tells me your system is battling a balance between chemistry and nutrition.  Here are my top tips to keep your internal system cooler and happier this Summer:

1.  Consider having a coffee break and opt for fresh cooling and hydrating fluids like nutrient packed green smoothies, juices including cucumber/carrot/lemon/mint, coconut water and green tea.

2.  Up the ante on green leafy vegetables and dark red/purple fruit and vegetables - these contain loads of anti inflammatory chemicals.  Make your salads are a rainbow of nutrient rich foods.

3.  Electrolytes like magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium are easily lost when you stress, exercise or even exposed to high temperatures. Even if you are working in a kitchen this Summer (we know chefs can get a little grumpy!) - consider replenishing this group of nutrients frequently.

4.  Ensure you eat at regular intervals and avoid letting your blood sugar drop, leaving you irritated and flat.

5.  Herbs that support nervous calming activity is highly recommended - lavender, chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, skullcap and kava can be extremely helpful.  Bupleurum is also a great female tonic for irritability and mood swings.

6. Face and body spritz applications are an awesome way to quickly cool and calm you down - I use the Australian Bush Flower Essence Calm and Clear mist which is refreshing and calming.

Remember - don't let this Summer's heat get in the way of a good laugh and a lovely lead into a restful Christmas.





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