Yes, summer is finally, officially, here! But, no matter how long or hot it actually may be, summer never, never, ever seems to last long enough. Since that’s always the case, let’s do all we can to enjoy to the full this season of sun and fun. In order to do that, in order to help make this your best and healthiest* summer yet, be sure to have these seven essentials on hand:
These days, everyone knows that if you are going to spend any appreciable amount of time in the sun, you need to wear sunscreen. And, everyone knows not all sunscreens are created equal. Not only does the Sun Protection Factor, or SPF, matter, but what’s in the sunscreen may matter just as much, if not more. You’ll want to choose a sunscreen made of natural ingredients and free of suspect chemicals such as parabens and phthalates, and nano-particles. Such harsh chemicals may cause or contribute to long-term health issues*, so please avoid them.
If you need healthier alternatives, your Martial – Fitness Minimart is here to help! Visit our new Sunscreen page for organic, paraben-free, nano-particle-free, better for the enviornment options. Get what you need, so you can enjoy your time in the sun!
If you’re still wearing that old suit from last summer or the summer before, it’s time to upgrade. Check out our OASAP Swimwear page for a wide assortment of hot bikinis and sweet swimsuits. Be sure to take advantage of OASAP’s crazy-generous discounts too!
It goes without saying, but I’m gonna say it anyway: drink lots of water. Whether you’re working or playing in the summer heat, or working out or playing in a cushy club’s A/C, drink good quality water. Then drink some more. Our bodies are mostly water, so even a “touch” of dehydration can negatively affect your mental focus, emotional capacity, and physical performance.
When you’re sweating, you’re also leaking precious minerals that you’ll need to replace. Consider adding Hydration and Mineral Support aids to your water. I’ve compiled several great options for you that are free of dangerous and unnecessary additives.
If water is just not your thing and you prefer something with a little taste, throw in natural / non-GMO / organic fruit or vegetable slices for a hint of flavor:
- Citrus fruits (orange, lemons, limes, etc)
- Peach or plum slices
- Melons (water, honeydew, etc)
- Mint leaves
- Ginger slices
- Garlic and black pepper (not really, just checking to see if you’re paying attention)
We’ve also got you covered if you need a handy, BPA-free, or stainless steel Water Bottle.
4. Smelly-Pit Eliminators
Let’s faces it, we humans can raise a stink, especially during summer. One doesn’t have to be super-active to sweat, and that sweat feeds and fuels the bacterial hoards that cause body odor. That’s just how it is, and while it’s natural and normal, it can be unpleasant.
The market is overflowing with body wash and deodorants that can help, but most of them contain potentially dangerous chemicals like sulfates, parabens, silicone, artificial fragrances, and petroleum products. Thankfully, there are many healthier alternatives with natural ingredients that do not contain these chemicals, and some of the best are found on our Deodorant page.
Why is soap an essential for summer? If you have kids, work with kids, or ever was a kid, you know why. While some dirt won’t hurt and is actually good for you, you’re gonna wanna wash your hands at least a few times this summer. Wash up after a day in the garden, or working on the lawn mower. Lather up after fishing, or playing with said kids. Clean up after enjoying an evening cookout on the deck with friends.
Like the previous essential item, you’ll want to watch out for the nasty chemicals that could compromise your health*. Fortunately, as with the previous item, our page, Bar and Liquid Soap, has the healthier options you’ll appreciate.
Good healthy snacks make for a good day. A good day makes for a good week, and a string of good weeks makes for a fantastic summer. See, your summer hinges on your choice of snacks! Good thing we’ve got a whole bunch of good, organic, non-GMO snacks to choose from here:
- Snacks and Treats
7. Savory Grillin’ Meats
If you’re going to grill, go all the way. If you’re going to grill, grill grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry, or wild-caught seafood. Sure, hotdogs are cheap and easy, but why waste time, energy, and money on cheap and easy pseudo-food filled with artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives?
No, go all-in and enjoy the natural full flavor, and the nutrients, of High-Quality Beef, Poultry, and Seafood.
8. Bonus Essential: Songs of Summers Past
Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
Cruel Summer by Bananarama
Summer Breeze by Seals & Croft
Summer Breeze (Tsuper Tsunami remix)
Summer Law #1701-E: one must listen to or view a minimum of one of the above songs / videos at least twice per summer, or else.
There you go. Be sure to visit each page, browse the aisles, and grab your summer essentials.
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Now go and make it a great summer!