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Happy, Healthy Summer Tips for Your Body

Happy, healthy summer is here! That means lots of sunshine, school holidays, beach vibes and braai (lots of it!). I have some tips on how to enjoy your summer to the fullest and stay healthy, too.

Healthy summer tips

Be active and exercise the “cool” way

In every season, physical activity on a regular basis is important to everyone and part of any healthy lifestyle. The warm sunshine and pleasant summer weather make it easy to exercise outdoors and get the whole family involved. Remember, with hot weather the risk of overheating is a major problem, so be sure to take the precautions.

  • Mornings or evenings would be the better choice to exercise as it is a bit cooler outdoors. If you are doing stationary exercises, try to stay in shady areas. If the heat is too much to exercise outside, hit the gym or climb stairs in an airconditioned building.
  • Don’t be the person to wait till he/she is thirsty. Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is highly recommended to help your body cool down by sweating. So, drink water frequently. [link article on hydration]
  • To keep you cooler and help the sweat evaporate I try to wear lose-fitting clothing that is lightweight.
  • Get the whole family involved. As I said, physical activity is important to everyone. Take a morning walk or drive down to the beach and walk on the soft sand. You can make exercise fun by having a competition who can log the most steps for the day. (there is an app for that I’m sure) Friendly family competition is always fun!

Eat right and stay healthy

What makes summer so perfect, is that I can enjoy an outdoor meal with friends and family. You need to take extra care though, because the warmer temperatures can easily spoil your food.

  • Number one rule before handling food; Make sure your utensils, work surfaces and hands are washed to prevent the spread of bacteria.
  • Don’t cook in advance if you decide to go for a picnic. Cook the food the same day so that bacteria have less time to grow.
  • Wash all your fruit and vegetables as bacteria might be present on the rind or peel.
  • Leftovers that have been left out for more than 2 hours, or 1 hour if the temperature is more than 32˚C should be thrown out.

Tips for safe, healthy grilling:

  • Cook more chicken, fish and vegetables, and limit ground beef, pork, sausage and hot dogs.
  • Defrost your food and keep marinated foods in the fridge. Never re-use marinade that touched raw meat or poultry.
  • To prevent cross-contamination, never put cooked meat or poultry in the same container before it was cooked.
  • Meat that cooks at high temperatures can create chemicals which can be harmful. What chemicals am I referring to you might ask? The chemicals released by charred bits on your grill, believe it or not. It might add some flavor but can be harmful. (I am surprised as you are!)

Stay safe in the sun

We are all aware of the dangers that the sun’s UV rays can do to our skin. Not to mention that most skin cancers are caused by over exposure to the sun’s UV rays. It’s important to keep your skin protected when going outside, especially during long and hot summer days.

Cover up:

When going outside, as I mentioned earlier, wear clothing that is lose-fitting but can also protect as much skin as possible. Don’t forget the wide-brimmed hat! Use sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light.

Use sunscreen:

I would say sun protection factor (SPF) 30 sunscreen should be more than enough, unless you have fair skin. And for that reason I’d rather go for SPF 50+. Make sure to use sunscreen regularly, at least every 2 hours, and after swimming.

Seek shade:

Try to limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 11AM and 3PM when the sun’s UV rays are strongest.

Avoid tanning beds:

Tanning beds can make your skin look great, but the downside is that it can cause long-term skin damage. Let’s not forget it can contribute to skin cancer.

With Ozone Steam Therapy, we can help our bodies get rid of toxins through sweat. Believe it or not, sweating is one of the most effective ways to detox! Think fever; When you are sick your body automatically starts sweating. This is to get rid of toxins that your internal detox system can’t handle. It’s the same with Ozone Therapy.

By simulating a short painless fever, your body gets rid of toxins through sweat, giving you a natural detox boost.

To book your detox session, contact Organies Genoeg today.

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Digestive Health: Prebiotic Foods and Your Gut

Today’s fast paced lifestyle is one of the major causes of an unhealthy digestive health. Our daily lives are such a rush that the easiest options are junk food and supplements. Basically, anything that helps us avoid cooking a healthy meal. When it comes to taking care of your digestive health, supplements have little or no effect. But, you can help your digestive health by adding some of these Prebiotic Foods into your daily diet.

Prebiotic Foods and Your Digestive System

Prebiotic foods feed the friendly bacteria in your digestive system. It helps the friendly digestive bacteria produce nutrients for your colon cells. That leads to a healthier digestive system. In fact, think of it as an inexpensive, natural way to keep your digestive system healthy.

NOTE: It is recommended to consume the below vegetables raw for optimum results. Except the onions they can be cooked, I checked. (I mean, really? Who wants to eat raw onion!?)

Vegetables

1. Garlic

Promotes the growth of friendly digestive bacteria. Also prevents harmful bacteria from multiplying.

2. Onions, shallots and spring onions

These foods aid digestion and boost friendly digestive bacteria. They also have antioxidant properties.

3. Chicory

Chicory root aids digestion. It’s also an antioxidant and can alleviate constipation. Additionally, it’s also high in inulin. That’s a prebiotic fiber, which makes it a rich source of prebiotics.

4. Jerusalem artichokes

Artichokes are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates. They also have a low glycemic index (GI), which helps keep blood sugar levels stable. Eating this fibrous vegetable can increase the number of friendly bacteria in the digestive system.

5. Leeks

Leeks are another member of the onion family that can help people boost their prebiotic intake.

6. Savoy Cabbage

Savoy cabbage contains vitamins B and C. That means that it’s an excellent source of naturally occurring prebiotics, making it especially great for the digestive system.

Legumes

Legumes are fruits and seeds from plants from a specific family. They’re grown specifically for people to eat.

1. Red kidney beans, baked beans, and soybeans

Beans are another type of food that can boost friendly digestive bacteria. Beans are high in protein and an excellent source of potassium.

2. Chickpeas

Great choice if you are looking to increase your Prebiotic intake. Very rich in Protein, Iron and Vitamin B.

3. Lentils

Easy to digest, very filling (pink or green ones) and very healthy. They are a very rich source of fiber and can help stimulate friendly digestive bacteria and aid with constipation.

Fruits

1. Bananas

Bananas contain naturally occurring fibers that are beneficial for your digestive system, help increase friendly digestive bacteria and reduce bloating.

2. Custard apples

They have antioxidant properties beneficial for your heart and brain health. They may even help to lower your cholesterol.

Their prebiotic properties come from their naturally occurring fiber, which feeds the friendly digestive bacteria in a person’s stomach and helps fight off the harmful bacteria.

3. Watermelon

Watermelon is another fruit that contains prebiotics and can feed the good bacteria in a person’s stomach. The water content of watermelon is high, it’s great for hydration too.

4. Grapefruit

This is another ideal choice if you are looking for prebiotic foods to eat. The high fiber content of grapefruit makes it beneficial for digestive health, and it is also high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Detox and Digestive Health

Keeping your digestive system healthy is important. Keep in mind that the human body is already very good at its job; In other words, keeping your body clean of toxins. Special cells in your gut, called Peyer’s Patches identify and screen out harmful chemicals. This is so that only nutrients from our food get absorbed into our blood. Your kidneys filter half a cup of blood every minute.

The toxins they identify, and isolate come out as urine. Even your liver is in on the process, and he has the hardest job of all. It is your built-in detoxifier and works in two steps. It breaks down chemicals into acetaldehyde, but then quickly converts it into Carbon Dioxide and water. The reason it is so dangerous when your liver fails (especially when drinking alcohol) is… acetaldehyde, i.e. step 1, is poisonous!

But don’t worry. There are ways to help your body stay healthy and keep the detox process running smoothly.

With Ozone Steam Therapy, we can help our bodies get rid of toxins through sweat. Believe it or not, sweating is one of the most effective ways to detox! Think fever; When you are sick your body automatically starts sweating. This is to get rid of toxins that your internal detox system can’t handle. It’s the same with Ozone Therapy.

By simulating a short painless fever, your body gets rid of toxins through sweat, giving you a natural detox boost.

To book your detox session, contact Organies Genoeg today.