Summer is finally in full swing. Cool fresh mornings and deliciously silky warm evenings shared with friends and loved ones. Summertime can be a great time but it can be a challenge for our skin and our bodies in knowing what to do and what not to do. The secret to Longevity Living is to do everything in Moderation, including sun. Contrary to current belief the sun is not bad for you; as a matter of fact we need the sun to help our body produce vitamin D among other things. Sun is healthy sun is good. My personal belief is that the problem lies with the stuff we put in and on our bodies including the petrochemicals and grime that attaches to our skin every day. I have recently started to sunbathe every day for 10 minutes right out of the shower. If I had a place to do this naked I would. Just for 10 minutes. Then I put on barrier protection (long sleeves, hat etc.) and go about my day. This way I know I am getting enough vitamin D. North Americans are deficient in Vitamin D even those people that live in the sunny southern states because they put on sunscreen before exposing themselves to the life giving sun.
With warm weather we need more fluids. Remember to hydrate. Drink the equivalent of half your body weight in ounces of water, Pure, plain, fresh water. This means that the liquid that you drink in sodas coffee and tea do not count. In fact they dehydrate your body so you really need to drink more water. I live in Seattle so the idea of giving up my coffee is almost impossible, I drink it but just 1 or 2 cups per day and then I drink and extra glass of water to make up for the dehydration it causes.
My Longevity Living philosophy is being smart and ease into any new habit. If you cannot embrace a new habit by making it easy you will not do it. My plan of attack is to pick one new thing to change about what I am doing now. For instance; I have a list of about 10 things I would like to incorporate into my daily routine, I want to eventually do them all but if I tried to do that I would do nothing. So this week I am really paying attention to the amount of water I am really consuming and adding just 1 more 20 oz bottle until I get up to the recommended amount for normal body function. My plan next week is to stop using dairy products of any kind. So, you can see that if you tackle them one at a time you too can accomplish great strides towards your healthy and long future.
Finding ways to live longer means finding ways to live smarter and have fun in the process. Remember to honor yourself for what you are doing right and just noticed when you are not. This is not another opportunity to beat yourself up for not doing but recognize why you are not. Then get back on track. Life is an incredible adventure that incorporates all of the little moments along the way. No worries about the destination, it will come soon enough.

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