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Not only do we need to be concerned with our immune system and our ability to fight off allergies, colds and the various “bugs” that seem to go around, but we also should look at our diet. The winter months are usually heavier with proteins and fats, spring is a time for internal cleansing, summer is meant to be enjoyed so eating habits should shift to accommodate the change of the season.
The warmth of summer requires both a lighter diet and fresher, higher-water-content foods. After the greens of spring blossom into fruit, many more succulent fruits and vegetables are available to be eaten in the summer. More raw salads of these available foods can be used, with a reduction of cooked foods in hotter times. The juicy fruits and especially the melons (high water content) can be eaten, though usually not mixed with other foods.
Here are some suggestions on the foods to incorporate into your diet during the summer months. This will vary of course depending on your geographical location, but eating foods that are grown locally helps to ensure you’re getting the maximum nutrients available in that food. And when grown in the right conditions it’s much easier to control pests without the need for chemically derived pest controls.
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And...we mustn’t forget about our home, it’s just as important in maintaining overall health. Summer is a time to enjoy, not prepare, for barbecues and family gatherings. Preparing in the spring means less work in the summer. Here are some tips to add to your maintenance checklist:
If you didn't do a good Spring cleaning, it's not too late! Find products that are not made with harsh chemicals and have a hint of lemon or orange. Citrus smells are said to have a positive effect on the mood.
If you have a ceiling fan, change the direction. You want the air to blow down in the warmer months to give the room a breeze and make it feel cooler. This is the opposite of running the fan in the cooler months.
Check around your windows and doors for air passing into the home. If needed, re-seal to help reduce the loss of cool air escaping the home during the summer months.
Check your air conditioner, inside and outside. Spray the outside component to remove the previous year’s buildup of dirt, debris, pet hairs and other things that can clog up your air conditioner and prevent it from operating at its maximum.
Check your home filters and change if needed. This doesn’t just include the filter for the furnace, but also for your purifiers, humidifiers, water filters and refrigerator filters. Look for filters that are specific to your home and environment.
Check your alarms to ensure they’re working properly; this could be a home alarm, smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector or any other alarms you’re using to keep your family safe.
Clean your dryer vents, a clogged vent can cause a fire as well as warm air to blow back into the area, eventually raising the temperature in the whole house. Cleaning it can help keep your home cooler.
Check your gutters for debris, summer can bring lots of damaging storms and you don’t want your gutters to be clogged up. Clogged gutters can be problematic resulting in water overflowing and seeping into siding and foundations, which can lead to mold. Standing water also draws insects, especially mosquitos, which can create havoc on your overall health.
Summer storms can also be harsh on a home’s exterior, check your roof flashing and shingles in preparation of what’s to come.
Clean up weeds and debris outside, enjoy the colorful flowers and green grass that come alive with spring and extend through the warmer months. If you garden, enjoy the leafy green vegetables that you planted in spring and are now ready for harvest.
Use weed and feed products for your lawn that do not contain chemicals, help keep the environment safe. This is also true for pest control.