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Minimize Summer Toxins: Plan Ahead, Be Prepared, Party Smart

Jul 30, 2013

Whether your definition of summer madness includes “gettin' jiggy wit it” like Will Smith or “shootin' some b-ball outside of the school” like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the summertime season is known for having fun, playing in the sun, partying with friends and road tripping across the country.

To keep your sweet summer plans from turning sour, have fun without losing all inhibitions with these simple summertime strategies.

Wasting Away in Margaritaville
It’s easy to get carried away in the summer with late-night dancing, drinking margaritas on the patio and indulging in high-calorie foods such as fries, chips and hot wings. Revamp your mind and body after a rowdy summer weekend with a triple-threat combo of superfoods, water and rest.

Hydrating your body is important to flushing toxins out of your body, as well as eating extra helpings of veggie and fruit superfoods. Brandon Hannifin, massage therapist at Elements Chandler/Ahwatukee, suggests wheatgrass and natural superfoods such as watermelon and blueberries to help cleanse your system and boost your blood health. Hannifin also suggests expediting the recovery process of summertime fun by getting regular massages to help minimize the summer toxins that build up in your body.

“Massage increases circulation and expedites your body’s recovery process by helping to flush out toxins,” Hannifin says. “It’s never a good idea to get a massage, though, when you have alcohol in your system. So make sure to give yourself a couple of days after a weekend party before getting a massage.”

All I Have to Do is Dream
As you are in the midst of the summer solstice season, daylight is plentiful and nighttime sleep can quickly become scarce. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your energy has to run on empty all summer long. As afternoon temperatures rise to uncomfortable levels, it’s a perfect time to retreat indoors to catch up on some shut eye with a quick 30-minute summer siesta.

“A 20-to-30-minute power nap can really rejuvenate your mind and body, especially during the hot summer afternoons,” Hannifin says. “It’s important to take time to relax and get caught up on sleep. Getting enough sleep is the only way to really repair your body.”

Hit the Road Jack
If road tripping across the country is in your plans this summer, it’s important to plan ahead. You don’t want to find yourself stranded on a hot desert highway in the middle of nowhere without enough water, food or survival supplies.

Just as you would pack your car in preparation for severe weather season, make sure you travel this summer with all of the essentials on board. Always have at least three gallons of water in your car, non-perishable food items, flashlights, blankets and a first aid kit. After you return from your long, cramped summer car trip, follow up with a massage to loosen the tight muscles in your legs, neck and shoulders, as well as increase your body’s overall circulation and peace of mind.

“Massage is like a medicine that treats your entire body,” says Tracey Tousley, massage therapist at Elements West Plano. “It affects every system of your body in a positive way. It calms your senses, releases endorphins and completely relaxes your entire body.”

It’s Getting Hot In Here
Minimize the harshness of being out in the sun this summer by planning ahead and scheduling regular cooldown breaks throughout the day. Whether you are working in the heat or playing under the sun, Hannifin advises to cool down your body temperature every 20 to 25 minutes. Cooling down can be as easy as finding a shade tree to relax under, applying a cool wet cloth to the back of your neck or jumping into a pool or body of water for a quick refreshing full-body cooldown.

When you’re out in the sun, use all of the necessary precautions to cover your body as much as possible with hats, sunglasses, long-sleeved collared shirts and of course sunscreen. It also is important to replenish the sweat your body releases in hot temperatures by drinking adequate amounts of water for your body type.

“It’s easy to get carried away in the summer with parties, barbecues and vacations,” Hannifin says. “A lot of these tips are common sense, but we all get busy and don’t always think about taking care of the simple things.”

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