Eating well gets easier in the summer months!

local fruits and vegetables

Summer is a great time to hit up your local farmer’s market and take advantage of all of the local produce! By eating the fruits and veggies that are in season, you’ll eat fresher foods, support local farmers and retailers and maintain a stronger immune system because of the reduced chance of contamination. By rotating your produce regularly (in addition to all of your foods), you are also less likely to develop food intolerances. Finally, you’ll sleep better at night knowing where your food came from and trust in the labour and farming practices they use. It’s a win-win for everyone. 

Fresh Produce Trumps Supplements

Eating well isn’t always easy—sometimes it just feels faster and more convenient to eat fast food, and then down a few supplements. But because you take supplements and vitamins doesn’t give you free reign to eat as unhealthy as you like! While supplements are good, especially if you have dietary restrictions, the nutrients from whole foods are always best. It’s important to keep a healthy balanced diet. The expression “eating the rainbow” means incorporating a wide variety of colourful produce—different colours mean different vitamins and nutrients.

Fight Inflammation from the Inside

Inflammation in the face and body results from the immune system feeling attacked and typically shows itself in the physical symptoms of redness and swelling. Often a high-carb, low-protein diet is the culprit. When we eat foods high in carbohydrates, like refined sugars and white-bread products, our insulin spikes to help digest the foods. This spike upsets our immune systems, leading to inflammation. Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals will not only give you a clear complexion, but lots more energy for a noticeable glow. So ditch the sugary snacks and opt for fresh fruits and veggies. Cucumbers are great for soothing skin and keeping it hydrated.

eat vitamin c

Nature’s Chill Pill

Vitamin C-rich foods, such as red peppers and strawberries lower levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, and boost the body’s immune system, relieving stress on our organs. Cortisol is our body’s stress-response hormone. Cortisol levels rise when we’re under pressure and can cause our muscles to feel tense and our mind to be anxious, putting us in a sour mood. Vitamin C helps to stabilize cortisol production and as a result uplift our spirits.