Posts Tagged ‘summer’

12 Heathy Foods to Keep You Cool This Summer

July 8th, 2014

We all love summer, but the heat causes us to sweat more than usual. Because of this, it is more important than ever to make sure you get plenty of water to replenish the vitamins, minerals and electrolytes that are lost through perspiration.

Shopping basket fruit and vegetables isolated on white

 

How you ask? Focus on eating foods rich in:

Sodium – The electrolyte that we lose the most when we sweat! While we usually try to keep our sodium intake low, now is the time to enjoy those summer pickles and marinated goodies from the fall harvest!

Chloride – The mineral we need to maintain our balance of body fluid. Make sure to eat natural sources, such as lettuce, celery and olives.

Potassium – Plays a big role in muscle contractions as well as cell and heart function. Bananas, sweet potatoes, leafy greens and avocados are great sources of potassium.

Calcium – Not only found in dairy products! Try eating leafy vegetables to keep fortified.

Magnesium – Helps fight fatigue. Whole grains, leafy vegetables and peanut butter can help give you that extra boost.

 

Still a little confused? Don’t worry! We’ve compiled an easy-to-follow grocery list with water-rich foods:

•  Broccoli

•  Cantaloupe

•  Celery

•  Coconut Water

•  Cucumbers

•  Grapefruit

•  Iceberg Lettuce

•  Radishes

•  Spinach

•  Strawberries

•  Tomatoes

•  Watermelon

Happy (and healthy) shopping!

 

5 Easy Ways to Chill Out This Summer

July 2nd, 2014
As the heat waves start rolling in, we begin to notice an excessive amount of energy in the air. This energy can make us feel restless.  We want to make the most of every beautiful day, so we start to over-work ourselves.

 

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During the summer, our yoga practices naturally intensify and become more competitive.  However, due to the magnification of the weather and our practice, our bodies go out of whack and we feel anxious. Fortunately, there are a few ways to balance out this intensity in both the mind and body:

 

1. During this time of year, eat foods that are sweet, bitter, and astringent.  Avoid foods that are pungent and sour.

 

2. Don’t force change on your body. Meet yourself halfway. In your practice, start fierce like you want to, but then slowly start to cool the body down.  Incorporate wide-legged forward folds, and open stances to release energy and heat in your body. Extend your shavasana to at least 10 minutes.

 

3. Use essential oils. I love these 21 Drops blends: Equalize, Calm, and/or De-Stress.

 

4. Meditate in silence, and/or visualize cooling imagery, such as ocean waves or the blue sky.

 

5. Establish comfortable daily routines that allow time for self-care.

 

Namaste!
Gisèle
Using Drops
About Gisèle Agnew:
Gisèle is a deeply grounded and dedicated New York City based yoga instructor with 500+ hours of certifications and trainings.  Aside from intensive anatomy and asana (posture) trainings, she has received trainings in therapeutics, acupressure, pranayama, and meditation. For more information on Gisèle, visit her website.