The Summer Edit
We’re firmly into summer in the UK now (well, for the most part...) so I thought I’d share 3 tips you'll want to follow over the sunny months.
Stay hydrated. As temperatures rise, you’ll need to increase the amount of liquid you’re drinking. In hot weather most of us need around 2-2.5L of liquid a day. You can judge how hydrated you are by the colour of your pee – it should be champagne coloured! Any darker suggests you need to drink more. Water, herbal tea and 1-2 cups of tea/coffee all count.
Embrace seasonal eating. So many delicious fruits and vegetables are now in season: French and runner beans, broccoli, celery, courgette, cucumber, fennel, globe artichokes, lettuce, samphire, spinach, sugar snap peas, sweetcorn, tomatoes and watercress. Now is a great time to visit the greengrocer and try something new or subscribe to a veg delivery box. I love Odd Box and Riverford who bring fresh produce straight to your door.
Enjoy the sun (safely!) Our bodies need sunlight to produce vitamin D, a sort of hormone that’s used for a whole host of different bodily processes. We can only do this when the sun is high enough in the sky…
If your shadow is shorter than you then you are able to produce vitamin D from sunlight
However, if your shadow is longer than you it is unlikely that your body will be able to produce vitamin D
And if you do not have a shadow then there's no way you're body will be making vitamin D