And, let's face it, sunshine just makes us happier!!
However, there can be too much of a good thing. Here are some things to remember when you're getting your daily dose:
1) be mindful of the temperature- don't be outside in triple digits, especially when doing heavy physical activity. Try to time your outdoor time either before or after the extreme heat of the day in mid-summer.
2) use non-toxic sunscreen- if you are going to be outside longer than 30 minutes, consider using a safe sunscreen. Your skin is your largest organ and everything you put on it gets absorbed into your blood stream. Make sure you use a sun screen with simple and recognizable ingredients. We love using coconut oil! Not only will this benefit your health, but sunscreen often comes off in the water and you can take a small step towards going green and saving the wildlife in the lakes and oceans by using non-toxic sunscreen.
3) stay hydrated. Sun = Sweat. Make sure you are staying hydrated with not only water, but also electrolytes. If you are outside for extended periods of time, consider hydrating with something like coconut water to replenish both your fluids and your electrolytes.
4) be mindful of your pets. Dogs love being outside in the summer but make sure you are smart about their activity levels in extreme heat. Dogs need electrolytes too. Consider giving your dog some chicken stock after some time in the sun to make sure their electrolytes get a boost too!