Summer's Extreme Weather

Whether the weather be fine,
Whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather,
Whatever the whether,
Whether we like it or not
~Author Unknown

Here in the Northeast and in the Mid-west, we’ve been experiencing more than our fair share of cloudy days and rain, intense thunderstorms, tornado threats, flood watches and high humidity. Since there is nothing one can do about the weather, don’t let it get you down. Eating certain foods can help combat weather-related depression.

 Omega 3 fats – found in fish oil, salmon (and other fatty fish), walnuts (and other nuts), flaxseeds, olive oil, chia seeds and avocados - are essential for proper brain function. When the brain functions properly, it’s hard to get depressed for long. Studies have shown that just a gram of fish oil a day can decrease symptoms such as anxiety, sleep disorders, unexplained periods of sadness, etc. Omega 3 fats also lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular function. 

Fruits like dates, papaya, bananas, strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, grapefruit, peaches and apple also help fight depression! They contain the best natural sugars you body can process, as well as essential nutrients. They help with hydration too!

Out west, the weather is unusually hot and dry and they are experiencing less than normal rainfall! Protecting your skin is essential, not only with sunscreen but with food too. The following summer fruits are cooling and may protect your skin from sun damage during the hot dry summer weather.

Cherries contain inflammation-fighting anthocyanins and melatonin, which may boost UV protection and encourage cell growth, both great ways to fight wrinkles.
Nectarines contain nutrients that help correct sun damage from the inside out. They contain vitamins and minerals that help control inflammation and free radical damage.
Watermelon has high water and lycopene content, which helps protect and preserve skin cells so the skin is tighter, smoother and better able to retain moisture. Lycopene, also found in tomatoes, is a powerful antioxidant and may help ward off sunburn.

Extreme weather conditions are hard on the body and the spirit, but eating whole, nutritious and seasonal foods can help.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July! Stay cool!!!

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