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How To: re-energise for summer, inside and out.

How To: re-energise for summer, inside and out.

Summer is the season of growth and maturation. It is a time for both nature and ourselves to flourish. This is the season we desire light, fresh food and you can include some raw food too. With all the wonderful elements of summer and festivities come the potential for imbalance. Namely, dehydration, excess heat, sunburn and sugar cravings. Keep this list where you can revisit with ease when you need a gentle reminder of how to make the most of the season of abundance.

1. Reconnect.
Reconnect with nature. Summer is the time for connecting and we are most exposed to the elements around us: water, salt, sand, sun and grass. Why not become a tourist in your own town and try a different beach or park to your usual one? Pack a basket of olives, figs and pecorino to ward off hunger post-swim. Or if you’re short on time, take an early morning stroll while the grass is still damp and everything is quiet. It will enliven the senses for the day ahead.

2. Protect.
Enhance your sun protection with UV-protective foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, carrots and apricots. They all contain an array of phytochemicals and a compound called lycopene that helps block UV damage in the skin. Post-sun, hydrate skin with a healing oil. I recommend EIR Sunset Oil, $48, high in anti-inflammatory and vitamin rich ingredients such as arnica and comfrey. It can also be used post-workout on aching muscles.

3. Nourish and Hydrate.
For food, think poached eggs or herby omelettes, indulge in organic strawberries, sustainable fresh seafood, salads and lightly cooked pastured meats. It is important to also keep fluids up. I recommend the following smoothie as a snack:

250mL Pure coconut water
1 cube frozen bone broth (I use the ones from Broth Bar & Larder)
1 scoop Sunwarrior Pea Protein
6 organic strawberries
½ frozen banana
Generous dose of cinnamon
Simply blend until smooth and enjoy

For a summer twist on your morning coffee, try the following:
½ cup good quality filtered coffee
1 cup milk/ almond or coconut mylk
2 heaped tsp of Instantly Golden (Wunderworkshop, $21)
½ cup of ice cubes
Blend the first three ingredients in a high-speed blender or shake together in a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice cubes and serve.

4. Swap out.
Switch to a non-toxic deodorant that will allow the body to naturally perspire but still keeps you fresh. Soapwalla Kitchen Deodorant Cream, $21, is based on absorptive clays that minimise dampness and an antibacterial essential oil blend to minimise odour.

5. Be Mindful and let go.
Detoxing the body means detoxing the mind. Be mindful of too much time on social media. A new season also heralds the opportunity to let go of any negative feelings you may be holding onto.

Fay Halkitis, The Base's resident Naturopath, is available for skin nutrition consultations, organic facials and naturopathic consultations. You can find her at:

Luna Beauty & Apothecary
545A Bourke Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Australia
+61 448 844 166

*All products mentioned are available at Luna Beauty & Apothecary.

 image: Still Life by Irving Penn for Vogue, 2002.

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