Summer Cold Blues – Tips on Staying Healthy and Vibrant During the Summer

Summer Cold Blues – Tips on Staying Healthy and Vibrant During the Summer

By Julie Gengo

Summer is a time for enjoying the outdoors and experiencing new places. Unfortunately, the more places you venture to and people you meet, the greater your chances are of catching a dreaded summer cold. We’ll bet, the last thing on your agenda this summer is lying in bed, miserable while everyone else is having fun.

Here are some tips to keep your immune system up and summer cold blues at bay:

  • Get plenty of rest. The body needs sleep time to repair and rejuvenate the cells. If you are enjoying some late night parties, make sure you take a nap the next day. When the body is well-rested, it is in a better place to fight off summertime bugs.
  • Eat your veggies and fruits! Dark green and cruciferous vegetables provide the body with an abundance of nutrients, minerals, electrolytes and even protein. Summer fruits such as raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are great sources of anti-oxidants. Staying in tune with what you put into your mouth can make a world of difference for a fabulous summer.
  • Absorb some sunshine. The body produces vitamin D from the sun. Soaking in the sun for 10-15 minutes a day without sunscreen will ensure proper vitamin D absorption and give you a nice glow too. Use only mineral-based sunscreens that actually protect you without posing additional damage from harsh chemicals. Check out EWG’s 2010 Sunscreen Guide ( on safe sunscreens and make sure the chemicals in your sunscreen aren’t linked to cancer.
  • Move your body. Try not to just watch other people having fun. Get out and join in. Exercise oxygenates the cells and keeps them vibrant and healthy. Take advantage of extended sunlight and go for an evening swim or walk.
  • Make a batch of homemade green tea which is known to be an immune system booster.  Let it soak in the sun then place it over ice to make it authentic summertime iced tea.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of purified water is a good way to keep your body flowing the way it should. Remember, when you are thirsty, you are probably already de-hydrated. Drink continuously throughout the day before you are thirsty. If you are drowning in water, try eating plenty of summertime fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupes, peaches, and plums as they are loaded with water and will do the trick.

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    • 2

      Julie Gengo said,

      Raw foods contain enzymes which are necessary for digestion and other body functions. Try to always include raw foods in your daily diet for proper absorption of foods that are cooked and a bunch of nutrients that are essential to staying healthy.

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    Sonia said,

    Hey there!

    some tech issues:

    When I click on the Visit my Blog link, nothing happens.

    Also tried clicking on the … to continue reading the article but nothing was doing there.

    clicking on Comments was the only way to get access to the whole article.

    hope this is helpful,


    • 4

      Julie Gengo said,

      Hi Sonia,

      I’m not sure why this is happening. Are you reading the post from the email or from the actual blog site? If you are getting the post via email then make sure you click on the post to bring you to the Naturallygreen blog site.

      Thanks for reading….

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    Green Man said,

    great tips! does eating more raw foods show to increase the immune system as well???

  4. 7

    I’ve been following your blog for 3 days now and i have to that say i am starting to like your posts.
    how do i subscribe to your blog?

    • 8

      Julie Gengo said,

      Thank you for following my blog. There should me a button on the right side of the page that says subscribe. I hope this helps.


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