8 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy this Summer

Keep yourself in tip-top shape to enjoy every minute of those long summer days

Eat Artichokes

Artichokes act as a blood purifier and can lower cholesterol, triglyceride (a type of fat) levels and other metabolic waste products.

Avoid Summer Colds

Being physically fit may reduce the risk and severity of colds.

Snack on Bell Peppers

Green bell peppers have twice as much vitamin C as oranges, while red and yellow bell peppers have four times as much.

Limit Use of Teeth Whiteners

Health Canada advises not to use teeth-whitening products for more than 14 days without consulting a dental professional.

Downsize Your Plate

Switching from a 12-inch plate to a 10-inch plate can result in a weight loss of almost one kilogram per month.

Build Strong Bones

Physical activity is the best bone builder; the more weight and stress applied to bones, the more they grow.

Start the Day off Right

Eating breakfast can control appetite all day.

Limit Your Sodium Intake

You should consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium (about 1 teaspoon/5 mL of table salt) a day in food preparation and at the table.

Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.