5 Tips for a Healthy Fourth of July

June is coming to an end, and with that comes one of the largest American holidays of the year, the Fourth of July.  The Fourth is a time for friends, family, parades, fireworks and, yes, food.  Maneuvering your way around the big barbecue cookouts and unhealthy holiday treats can be quite tricky.  However, with some simple tips, you can have a fun and healthy Fourth without putting your body at risk.

Today, we’ll focus on the 5 main things you can do to lead a happy and healthy Fourth of July.  Though, on the surface, these tips may seem quite simple, it’s important to realize how much weight they carry.  And remember, just because these tips are focused on the Fourth doesn’t mean you can’t apply them to your every day life.  After all, every day is a good day to celebrate vibrancy.

Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated is imperative to good health, especially on hot summer days.  Drinking water, specifically that of slight alkalinity, is a key component to reducing chronic inflammation in the body.  The result?  Higher energy, better digestion, increased mental awareness and better overall health.

Keeping hydration levels high is even more important when you are spending long periods of time outside in the heat of the sun (such as most of us will be doing this Fourth of July).  Though you may not be engaging in any strenuous physical activity, long periods of time in the sun can quickly dehydrate you.  Your body is working hard to keep you cool, and therefore you may be loosing a lot of water and salts through sweat.  Bottom line, staying hydrated and drinking lots of water is the first step to having a healthy Fourth.

If you’re looking for the ultimate source of hydration, Pressed Vibrance offers a variety of Infused Alkaline Waters that are as good for your body as they taste.  Using different combinations of elixirs and alkaline water, our full functioning waters will provide the nutrients and hydration your body craves.

Celebrating a national holiday is no excuse for being sedentary!  Whether you get a quick workout in before the festivities start, or simply choose to walk to your local fireworks show instead of driving, there are plenty of ways for you to get up and moving this Fourth of July.

No matter your age, everyone can take advantage of the benefits that physical activity provides.  Staying active in your daily life can help control your weight, strengthen your bones and muscle, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and improve mental health.  Combine physical activity with the right nutrients, and you’ve got a recipe for success!

So this Fourth of July, make it your goal to get up and active, no matter how you do it!

Enjoy Clean Foods

Though it may seem difficult to piece together a somewhat healthy meal on the Fourth of July, you can be surprised how many healthy options are available at your annual family barbecue.  Consuming the right nutrients is the key to providing yourself with clean energy that will last you throughout the day.  Though it may be temping to go for that brat or burger, there are plenty of other options that are not only healthy, but taste amazing too.

Grilled vegetables are often a staple at Fourth of July barbecues, and for good reason.  Not only are they great tasting, but they are also great for your body.  Some good vegetable options include asparagus, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, and broccoli.  Whether you eat your veggies grilled, in a salad or raw, they’re a healthy and delicious way to feed your body this Fourth.

As far as snacks go, there are a lot of healthy and great-tasting options for you to bring to your next Fourth of July party!  Kale Chips not only taste amazing, but are a great source of fiber and can aid in digestion!  Next time you’re asked to bring an appetizer to a get-together, try bringing some of our super nutritious and delicious Spicy Kale Chips!  They’re sure to be the talk of the party!

Be Mindful

The Fourth of July is definitely a time for celebration, however it’s important to be mindful and pay attention to your surroundings.  If you choose to have an alcoholic beverage, make sure it is in moderation and that you are mixing water in between drinks.  Whether you are planning on attending a professional fireworks show, or are hosting friends and family for a (hopefully legal) fireworks display at home, it is important to be safe and realize the danger that is involved with this activity.

This is a must have tip! No matter if you’re hosting a party at home or traveling to see friends and relatives, just enjoy this wonderful day for America. Happiness is the best natural medicine for your body. It boosts your immune system, reduces pain, helps self-healing process, and makes you feel great!  Have a happy Fourth and God Bless America!

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