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A Healthy Hawaiian Summer

Hawaii consistently ranks as one of the healthiest states in the US year after year - and for good reason! Kama’aina (local residents) can enjoy fresh island fruits all year long like mangoes, avocados, pineapples, bananas, coconuts, papaya, lilikoi and guavas, just to name a few. For a healthier summer, eat fresh seasonal fruit in your area. Peaches, watermelons, strawberries, blackberries or cherries? The nutrients in fresh fruit are vital for the health and maintenance of your body1 and you’re supporting local farmers. Also, fresh fruit is hydrating and it’s very important to stay hydrated during long summer days. Add slices of fresh fruit to your water, make juices or smoothies to help you stay hydrated. Add Hawaiian Spirulina to your smoothies to boost your energy and immune system as well as support cardiovascular health.* Spirulina is packed with nutrients! Here’s a great spirulina smoothie recipe for you to enjoy!

  • 1 cup coconut water
    • 1 cup mango
    • 1 banana
    • 1/3 of a cucumber
    • piece of celery
    • handful of spinach
    • chunk of ginger
    • 1 date
    • 1 tsp of Hawaiian Spirulina powder

   Blend with ice.

Summer is also a great time to barbecue with family and friends! And it’s up to you to make it healthy! Pick the perfect protein. Fish, skinless chicken breast and lean ground poultry are all healthier choices. The good fats in fish like salmon and trout actually have health benefits. Astaxanthin, the main ingredient in BioAstin, is found in animals like salmon and is what gives the fish its pinkish color. Astaxanthin is theorized to help give salmon the strength to swim upstream. During their swim, their muscles go through oxidative stress, which simply means lots of tissue wear and tear and muscle fatigue. Without astaxanthin, this pink tissue protector, it’s unlikely the salmon would reach their destination.

When you grill with skill, your guests won’t even miss the red meat, which usually has more saturated fat. Choose healthier sides. Swap the traditional store-bought barbecue fare like baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad and potato salad – which can have a lot of saturated fat, sodium and added sugars – for healthier homemade versions. Or change it up and do a colorful bean salad, fruit salad or leafy green salad.

Hawaii has great weather all year round so many kama’aina enjoy the outdoors by hiking, walking, surfing, running, cycling or swimming in the ocean. You can do many of these activities in your area during these summer months. It’s important to make physical activity a part of your healthy lifestyle. Exercise in the morning or early evening when temperatures are cooler. Enjoy a morning walk while watching the sunrise or an afternoon run while enjoying the sunset.

Get your family involved and turn your physical activities into a team effort. Exercising with family and friends is much more motivating! Create a workout routine that is reasonable and easier to stick to. Simply walking briskly one hour a day has huge health benefits. For example, regular brisk walking can help you: maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage various conditions, improve your mood, improve your balance and coordination2.

While enjoying the outdoors this summer be sure to protect your skin. Cover up with light loose clothing, wear a hat or visor to protect your face and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Apply sunscreen where you know your skin will be exposed to the sun. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and apply more at least every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating. If you’re swimming or surfing in the ocean, look for a reef safe sunscreen. Remember, staying hydrated is important for skin health too! Add BioAstin to your healthy nutrition plan to support your joints and muscles during workouts, faster recovery and skin health.* The astaxanthin you find in BioAstin supports skin health during sun exposure.* UV light reddens the skin and repeated exposure to sunrays causes photo aging: wrinkled, blotchy, thinned, darkened skin. Since astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant, it’s a natural partner with skin health.

Enjoy your summer! Get out there and be happy, healthy, strong and safe!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

References:

  1. https://www.healthyeating.org/healthy-eating/all-star-foods/fruits
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261