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  • Writer's pictureKaren Calderon-Schweitzer

Quick tips for a healthy June!


As I am in my fifties, my priorities have changed over time and now I proactively work on keeping my body and mind healthy. Although this is a constant work in progress, there are a few things that I keep in mind, specially as we start a new month. Every month brings us different adjustments varying from weather conditions down to preparing meals using the produce available at different times of the year.


Stay Hydrated

Water is the perfect way to keep hydrated and taking a water bottle with you at all times ensures that you will actually drink it. I know water can be boring but get creative by adding a bit of fruit juice or fresh cucumbers, lime slices or fruit.


Include Fiber

Fiber boosts digestive health by supporting the healthy bacteria that lives in our gut, helps in reducing the risk of obesity, and promotes regular bowel movements which in turn may help reduce the risk of diverticulitis and colon cancer. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains are rich in fiber such as beans, pears, oats, and chia seeds. Fiber also helps you stay full, so you are less likely to eat mindlessly.


Stay Active

Find ways to fit exercise into your day as you are more likely to get moving if exercise is a convenient part of your day. Maintaining an active lifestyle can help in reducing common health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Studies have shown that an active individual can ward off chronic illnesses and expand lifespan. Regular exercise has showed to improve brain function, better mobility, added flexibility, and reduce stress.


Gratitude

I find a moment each day to reflect on a few things that brought me joy or good feelings. Being grateful and positive can help you thrive in a healthy life. Gratitude can also improve interpersonal relationships at home and work. It also elicits positive and warm emotions such as happiness, joy, and love.


Protect Your Skin

As an MD - Married to Derm that is! Skin protection is a daily routine that can not be forgotten no matter the month or the season. One of the most common forms of cancer is skin cancer. Wearing protective clothing helps, but we all need sunscreen, too. Don't forget your ears, lips, scalp, hands, and eyelids.


Support Your Feet

I love wearing fun strappy sandals and flip-flops during this time of the year. However, a lot of these styles of shoes are flimsy and may not provide enough support for long periods of time. Try to find styles that support your feet, or opt for mesh walking-sneakers when you're not at the beach or pool.

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