Navigating Summer Wellness: Dr. Radak's Top Recommendations
Amidst the sunshine and adventure, summer is a great time to nurture your well-being and elevate your health to new heights. We spoke with expert Dr. Tim Radak, academic program coordinator at Walden University’s College of Health Sciences and Public Policy and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, about achievable steps to help you prioritize nutrition and overall wellness during the summer season. Here are Dr. Radak’s top three recommendations:
Stay Hydrated: With increased outdoor activities and exposure to high temperatures and humidity, the risk of dehydration becomes greater. Sweating and increased moisture loss emphasize the need for proper hydration. It's crucial to replenish fluids regularly. While individual hydration requirements can vary, a general guideline is to aim for 8 cups of water per day. Remember, staying hydrated helps us maintain optimal wellness.
Prioritize Nutrition: Summertime is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season as they are our top line defense in helping us stay healthy and reach optimal wellness. Be sure to take advantage of these nutritious foods during the season.
Practice Sun Safety: On sunny summer days, when you're outdoors with exposed skin, a significant amount of Vitamin D (also known as the sunshine vitamin) can be generated in just 5 to 15 minutes of sun exposure. Vitamin D has many functions in the body including maintaining bone health, as well as assisting in immune function. However, if you plan to stay outside for extended periods, remember to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from damage. Rest assured, using sunscreen will not hinder the production of Vitamin D.
Embrace the season as more than just a time for fun; it's a chance to prioritize your health, nourish your body and elevate your overall wellness. Let the journey towards enhanced well-being ignite a new chapter of empowered living.