by Lauren Davies June 03, 2024 4 min read

As Summer arrives, it's the perfect time to prioritize your health and ensure you are equipped with the necessary nutrients your body needs to feel your best and stay on track. Whether you're planning holidays, engaging in outdoor activities, or simply enjoying the warmer weather, supporting your body with high quality nutritional supplementation can make a significant difference.

Let's look at the most essential nutrients and top supplements to consider for your Summer wellness routine to support your body from the inside out, making sure you don't lose sight of your goals!

The Importance of Hydration

Our body on average is around 60% water and staying properly hydrated is key for our overall health. Fruit, vegetables and drinks all count, but the majority should come from plain filtered water, and how much you need is based on your individual health, goals, activity levels and in the Summer when it's hotter you might need a little more.

Hydrate upon waking (before coffee) and to take it to the next level you could:

  • Add the juice of ½ fresh lemon/lime with a pinch of sea salt as a natural Gatorade to replenish electrolytes lost overnight through detoxification and perspiration
  • Add a scoop of Daily Fruit + Vegetable Blend (DFVB) that contains 22+ greens, reds + superfoods. The crisp apple flavor makes a delicious, nutritious drink simply added to water

Be sure to stay hydrated especially when you're on the go, and if you're short on time in the morning have your EquiLife ProStak Shaker on-hand to take any shake, drink or smooethie to-go.

Nutrient Rich Breakfast

Multivitamins and minerals are formulated to help you meet the daily recommended nutrient intake, that cannot be obtained through diet alone. Giving your body the proper nutrition it needs to fuel your day is a sure way to start the day right and motivate you to keep on making healthy choices. Plus, with Summer often comes more outdoor activities, increased physical activity and dietary changes placing greater demand on the body's nutrient stores and using a Daily Activated Multi-vitamin is the most convenient way and a must to cover the bases.

A breakfast smoothie is a winning option to start right and give your body what it needs to thrive. Optimize your nutrient intake by adding Daily Nutrition Support (DNS) powder containing the complete recommended dose of activated vitamins and minerals your body needs to ensure any nutrition gaps are covered, plus it has 15g plant protein per serving, electrolytes and detoxification support. Protein, an essential macronutrient, is the building block of every cell in your body and the star when it comes to keeping you full and helping to keep blood sugar levels balanced.

Balancing Inflammatory Responses

Increased outdoor activities, sun exposure or heat, stress, seasonal environmental irritants, and processed foods or sugary drinks can increase inflammatory responses in the body and create unhealthy levels of inflammation with many unpleasant side effects. If you're not eating oily fish 3-4 x per week, supplementing with anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to help keep levels in check and keep you active and comfortable all Summer.

Be Mindful of Sun Exposure

As we enjoy more time outdoors in the warmer weather it's important to remember that Increased sun exposure can lead to oxidative stress caused by UV rays, which can lead to skin damage and accelerated aging. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps to combat this by neutralizing the effect of free radical damage. But this is not the only reason to consider vitamin C for Summer. It is also essential for Collagen production, which helps maintain healthy, firm and elastic skin, a must to keep you looking radiant. Plus it is a key player when it comes to supporting a strong immune system helping to keep you healthy throughout every season.

And don't forget that while Summer is an excellent time to get your daily dose of vitamin D, if you're not getting 15–20 minutes of sun direct exposure each day and maintaining a tan year round, you may not be producing adequate levels. Consider supplementing with Vitamin D3: High Potency Liquid to ensure you meet your daily requirements.

Love Your Gut

Summer is a more social season, that often means more indulging or because natural enzyme production declines with age, many healthy foods can be harder to digest. That's where Daily Digestive Enzyme support is another top consideration to assist in breaking down all foods more efficiently, reducing the risk of bloating, gas, and other tummy troubles, plus it's safe to use daily to enhance the digestion of carbohydrates, fats and protein. Or if many of your favorite summer foods like a burger or ice cream at a BBQ contain dairy and gluten, as the two top food sensitivities using a targeted Gluten + Dairy Support Enzyme can provide additional digestive ease to enjoy these summer celebrations and occasions without digestive discomfort.

Healthy Relaxation

For natural relaxation without the downsides of too much sugar or alcohol, using natural CBD alternatives including CBD Gummies or Organic CBD Oil is a great option for the wide range of benefits full spectrum CBD offer. These products have been shown to support stress and help you to feel more relaxed, making them ideal for unwinding after a busy day or preparing for a restful night's sleep, especially where you may want to reach for sugar or a glass of wine which can be counterproductive to sleep and overall health.

While nutritional supplementation can significantly enhance your health, it's essential to remember that a balanced, whole-food diet comes first. Incorporate supplementation to complement your diet, not replace it, and always practice moderation when it comes to indulgent meals or alcoholic drinks. Empower yourself with the right tools to look and feel your best, supporting a vibrant, active lifestyle and have a happy, healthy Summer!

If you're looking to maximize your results and get the most out of your supplement investment - it's good to know the why behind what to take and the best time to take them - tune into this podcast to learn more + Dr Cabral's personal supplement routine.

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