4 TIPS FOR THE ULTIMATE BEACH DAY

FROM THE FIELDS- ISSUE #60

Sometimes a day at the beach can give the feeling of a little vacation, which can come in handy when you’re counting down the days until your summer holidays begin. We’ve put together a little list to help you be prepared and feel relaxed- now all you have to do is get yourself to the beach!

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SUMMERTIME FUN brings a lot of happiness to our souls, restfulness to our minds and memories with our friends. Sometimes we eat a little too much (and drink a little too much) so we prepared the ultimate beach day list to help you keep things healthy so you can just relax on the beach and feel revitalized from your little vacation…

4 TIPS FOR THE ULTIMATE BEACH DAY:

HYDRATION: Seams obvious but it is important. As much as we love a cold beer or cocktail on the beach, swap in something a little more refreshing like a mocktail, coconut water, sports drink or a cold-pressed juice. Hanging out in the sun and water all day can take a lot out of your body so remember to keep it hydrated.

POWER SNACKS: Plan ahead so you don’t get stranded for the quick street vendor options- hot dogs are better at sports games anyway. Pack up some superfood crackers from and protein dips such as hummus or a whitebean dip- great for sharing too. If need something a little sweeter, Kewaza or Grass Roots protein balls are packed with nutrients while still being on the sweeter side. In your drink cooler, you can also load up some jars of fresh fruit like pineapple and watermelon. Pineapples are rich source of manganese- an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defences. Watermelon, as its name implies, is a good source of pure water. And just 1 cup of watermelon provide 19.5 % of the daily value of vitamin C- the ultimate multi-purpose antioxidant. Watermelons also contain lycopene- the carotenoid pigment-proteins, which can protect us from UV damage. Pineapples are rich in bromelain- aids with digestion and reduces inflammation. To maximize bromelain's antinflammatory effects, pineapple should be eaten alone between meals or its enzymes will be used to digest food.

VITAMIN D3 & SKIN PROTECTION: Yes, you should still supplement in the warmer months. Our bodies do make their own D3 but we need to be in direct sunlight for 15-20 minutes without any sunscreen on. Look for D3 in liquid or sublingual form for faster absorption. Take about 30 minutes before you head out to give your body a boost and decrease your chance of getting a burn. You still need a clean sunscreen but by taking vitamin D3 before you head out will increase your body’s melanocyte cells to rev up the ability to produce protective pigmentation.

FREE YOUR MIND: Keep you phone in a Ziploc bag- away from water, sun, sand and you. Bring a book to read, a journal to write in, a Frisbee to play with- whatever you enjoy, bring it with you and unplug from the online world. Sometimes freeing yourself from technology can recharge more than a full week holiday.

Have fun in the sun!