Tips for healthy summer habits
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean your digestive system should be, too! Everything’s a little more relaxed in the summer, which is great for your mental health, but not always your physical health, specifically: your digestion. Even amidst the county fairs, company picnics, road trips, and amusement park visits, it’s important to maintain your healthy habits. Try these tips to stay on track:
Pack Snacks. Save money, calories, time, and potential tummy trouble by bringing your own snacks. This article has plenty of great tips for amusement park trips, the top of which is snack packing.
Eat Beforehand. Grab a banana on the way to the cookout or have a handful of nuts as you head out the door. This will reduce your risk of overeating at summer events—which, let’s be honest, probably don’t always have the healthiest options.
Hydrate. Water is essential to healthy digestion and your body can become dehydrated quickly in the summer. Keep a reusable water bottle with you whenever possible and be sure to drink throughout the day.
Exercise. Summer is a great time to get out and rollerblade, walk, swim, or jog, which is great because exercise is key to your digestive health. Just be sure to stay hydrated!
Get the Meat Out of the Heat. The next time you’re grilling out, keep an eye on those hot dogs and burgers. Prolonged exposure to summer heat accelerates food poisoning risks. Once you have eaten, quickly refrigerate the leftovers.
Stop Grazing. There are spreads galore at summer celebrations, but don’t use it as an excuse to keep your paper plate piled high with cheese, salami, chips, and dip. Eat a moderate amount and then dispose of your plate and pop in a piece of gum. You’ll be less likely to overdo it when it’s more difficult to refill your plate.
You don’t need to deny yourself every funnel cake and brat that comes your way this summer, just be smart about the choices you make so that you can make the most of your summer. Have a great summer and if digestive concerns are slowing you down, call GI Associates at (715) 847-2558 today!