On the one hand, summer can mean lazy days on the porch with a glass of lemonade or digging your toes in the sand while sipping Margaritas, or backyard barbeques with family and friends.
On the other hand, as fall approaches you might realize that summer made you a little worse for wear, from skin and hair to just feeling run down.
We asked Dr. Felicia D. Stoler, a nutritionist and exercise physiologist, as well as the author of "Living Skinny In Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight & Feel Great" to give some tips for renewing yourself for fall.
Summer can be a interruption to people’s normal routines. They may spend more time outdoors in the sun, the days are longer and tend to disrupt sleep due to altered circadian rhythms, and the types of food may be dramatically different from other times of the year.
How taxing, really, is the season on women’s health?
Summer is a delightful time of year for some people because better weather means more outdoor activities and recreation. However, it’s challenging for others due to emphasis on social events with high-calorie foods and drinks.
Inadequate quality and quantity of sleep has detrimental effects on everyone’s body. When we sleep, it allows our bodies the opportunity to rest, recharge, repair and renew. Just as you plug in your cell phone or other portable electronic devices, our bodies need the same.
We also burn the most calories from fat while we are at “rest” – and sleep is the ultimate state of rest!
What kind of toll does summer have on women’s skin and hair, even if they are only getting moderate sun exposure? What do women need to do to prevent drying, sun and age spots and wrinkles? Are there nutrients women can add to their diet to help replenish and strengthen their hair?
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