July 2012, Issue Number Six of Thought For Food, a sporadic newsletter by eatgenius

Ugh! Pesky bugs!

Before you reach for a bug spray that contains DEET or another insectide, you should know that these chemicals are neurotoxic. They act on the nervous sytems of insects and can affect our nervous systems as well. Chronic exposure to DEET in humans has been linked to eye and skin irritations, asthma exacerbation, headaches, memory loss, fatigue, tremors, behavioral problems and even seizures. Use natural insect repellents made from essential oils such as citronella, citrus, cedar, eucalyptus, garlic, lavender, neem, peppermint, rosemary and thyme  instead.
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Greetings fellow reader! Welcome to the July issue of Thought For Food...

Summer is here and it's only going to get hotter!

Get out there and get some sun. Unless you are somewhere near the equator and are walking around in the nude, chances are you are vitamin D deficient. Sunlight is your best source of vitamin D. But make sure you don't get burnt out there. Increase your exposure gradually, say ten minutes one day and twenty minutes the following day and so on. The darker your skin, the more vitamin D you need.

Make sure you are keeping yourself well hydrated on hot days. How much water should you be drinking? Your thirst is your best guide. Pay attention to your body.

The following are symptoms of dehydration that you should look out for:

  • Thirst
  • Dry Mouth
  • Decreased urine output
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Dry skin
Pay special attention to children and the elderly who may not notice these symptoms.

If air quality is an issue, you're better off indoors with the A/C on. Remember to change those filters.

Make sure you are replenishing the electrolytes that you lose from sweating. But instead of reaching for Gatorade or some other sports drink, choose healthier options like coconut water or filtered water mixed with a pinch of Himalayan or Celitc sea salt. Avoid sugary drinks as these will make you more thirsty (not to mention disrupt your blood sugar levels).

Enjoy your summer with family and friends and have a Happy Fourth of July!

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