Your Summer Active Aging Tip #1.
Buy, prepare and eat local, fresh, chemical, herbicide and pesticide free food!
Ideally organically farmed. Fueling your cells with nutrient dense food will help slow down the aging process. As we age our cells are affected; they breakdown, are less resistant to stress and the cell’s ability to reproduce is affected. Eventually leading to cell death. One way to keep our cells as healthy as possible is to eat nourishing, nutrient and mineral rich foods. Local vegetables and fruit are in abundance at markets and some grocery stores! Juice them, make into salad or saute. Eggs from pastured chickens are at their best this time of year and are also plentiful at local markets.
Your cells will thank you!
Your Summer Active Aging Tip #2.
Keep well hydrated!
We all know how we need to drink 7 to 10 cups of water a day, This is more important on hot summer days, because as we age we become more susceptible to heat stress.
A great way to make water taste better and easier to drink is to flavour it. My summer favourite is cucumber mint infused. I like to use a mason jar or water jug, add the freshly sliced cucumber and mint then fill with filtered water. After about half an hour the water has become infused with a slight minty/cucumber flavour.
Check out more water infusions from Magdalena Wszelaki.
Your Summer Active Aging Tip #3.
Get out there and play!
- Exercise outdoors. We have an abundance of local green space in Calgary and can take advantage of nearby forest and mountain regions for super clean air, treating ourselves to an outdoor spa.
- Swim in natural clean waters. Yup, here they are mostly cold, but some research suggests that cold is even better for the immune system. I’m looking forward to warmer BC waters in a couple of weeks.
- Exposure to sunlight and sensible sunbathing. Research suggests the best time for Vitamin D3 absorption during summer months is between 11am and 3pm. And length of time is 20 minutes, in swimsuit coverage without sunscreen.
Summer Active Aging Tip #4.
Build your strong Immune System Part Two.
Eat well with local and fresh!
- Eat Fresh Local Leafy Greens. In salads, sauteed and soups. Deep leafy greens are mineral rich and a great source of a chemical that keeps the immune system strong.
Some leafy greens, like kale and collards, are tougher and parboiling is recommended to make them easier to digest (2-5 mins until bright green) before other preparation such as light steaming or sauteeing.
Less tough leafy greens, such as chard, beet and turnip greens, can be lightly satueed or steamed and the real softies like spinach can be eat raw.
- Eat Blueberries, raspberries and saskatoons. All these berries grow wild in and/or around Calgary and are known to be antioxidant rich and potent immune boosters.
- Drink and/or eat Fermented Foods: Fermented vegetables (cucumbers, kimchi, saurkraut), dairy (yoghurt, kefir & creme fraiche) and drinks (kombucha and water kefir) are all probiotic rich and full of friendly bacteria which have a powerful, beneficial effect on your gut’s immune system, your first line of defense against pathogens, and aid in the production of antibodies.