4 Tips for a Healthy, Happy Memorial Day Weekend
ARTICLE BY | Julie Hoerth
Memorial Day weekend is a time when we remember and honor all those who died to serve our country. It also marks the unofficial start to summer when families get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and festive celebrations the season has to offer. As you and your family head into the weekend, keep these tips in mind to make sure everyone enjoys the fun!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
As temperatures start trending up, your fluid intake should follow suit. Staying properly hydrated is the key to overall mental and physical health. Not only is it important to down more H2O when you’re playing sports or working out, but you should also keep water close at hand during yardwork, backyard barbecues, and outdoor excursions of all kinds. Dehydration takes place when you lose more fluids than you take in, and it can happen more quickly than you think, resulting in headaches, dizziness, and nausea. So make sure that you and your loved ones are drinking plenty of healthy fluids and consuming seasonal foods high in water, like watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, and cucumbers.
Practice Safe Sun Protection
In some areas of the country the sun lays pretty low until the end of May, and when it finally shines on us, we want to soak up as much vitamin D as possible! If your Memorial Day weekend is sunny, don’t go overboard on sun exposure, no matter how good it feels. Your body truly only needs about 20 minutes of sun per day to reap the benefits of vitamin D, and it’s best to get that sun during non-peak hours (before 10 am and after 2 pm). Avoid sunburn by donning a hat, protective clothing, and sunglasses. And make sure when you’re enjoying the great outdoors, to wear a safe, natural sunscreen.
Don’t Arrive Hungry
You know the rule of thumb about never going grocery shopping on an empty stomach? It also rings true for celebrations where food is a main event. Memorial Day weekend has grill masters across the country hosting the first picnics and barbecues of the season. To avoid the temptation of delicious looking foods that may be sugar-laden and calorie-heavy, nosh on some healthier fare before you hit up any get-togethers this weekend. High-fiber foods like apples, raspberries, chickpeas, and almonds will keep you feeling fuller, longer, and less likely to dip into the processed chips and cheese dips.
Experience the Great Outdoors
No excuses; it’s time to get outside and get active! Physical activity triggers your brain to release uplifting endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals in your brain that boost physical, mental, and emotional well-being. When you pair some heart-pumping activity with fresh air and nature, you’ll feel more alert and centered all day long. Studies have shown that getting active in peaceful, picturesque outdoor settings can help improve your memory, support cardiovascular health, and give your mood a significant lift. And if you need a little support, don’t forget Curamin® Extra Strength. It’s the perfect partner to support occasional muscle pain due to exercise or overuse.* Plus, it’s safe, effective, and non-addictive.* So break out the kayak, hit the bike trails, or head out for a hike to experience a bounty of mind and body benefits this weekend.
ABOUT | Julie
Julie has been a writer, researcher, and author in the Natural Health industry for nearly 15 years. A wife and mom to three young daughters, Julie is infinitely interested in studying the science behind how botanicals and nutrients can support and improve the health of her loved ones, and all who read her work.