Summer

Summer is the time to stay cool and hydrated.  Coconut water and milk are great ways to replenish your body.  It’s a great time to partake in fruits such as watermelon, peaches, plums, grapes, and apricots.  Adding cucumber slices or cilantro to your water can give it that extra boost of refreshment during these warm months.

Since it’s light much later, take the time to enjoy outdoor activities.  Go hiking, walking, biking, swimming, water skiing or try any new outdoor adventure.  Check your local listings for exciting summer activities in your area.

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Sodium

Sodium is one of the body’s electrolytes, it helps maintain fluid balance in the body.

Some functions of sodium are: maintain acid-alkaline balance in the body, contracts muscles, sustains blood pressure, helps transport nerve impulses and transfer nutrients.

Foods rich in sodium include: fish, seaweed, eggs, coconut water, salt, and chard.  Foods with sodium added in are: cheese, hummus, and bread.

Sodium tends to be high in American diets because it’s found in processed foods.

Potassium

Potassium is one of the body’s electrolytes, it helps maintain fluid balance in the body.

Some functions of potassium are: maintain acid-alkaline balance in the body, contracts muscles, helps body utilize protein and nerves conduct impulses.

Foods rich in potassium include: green vegetables, squash, tomatoes, coconut water, carrots, potatoes, pumpkin, apricots, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, and artichokes.

Magnesium

Magnesium is one of the most utilized minerals.  It’s good to balance calcium and magnesium intake.

Some functions of magnesium are: part of 300 enzymes that regulate body functions, provides structure to bones and teeth, relaxes muscles, helps nervous and muscular systems.

Foods rich in magnesium include: various vegetables like spinach and chard, legumes, seaweed, flax seeds, squash, coconut water, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and quinoa.