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Local experts share summer wellness tips for Global Wellness Day

PARK CITY, Utah — As Global Wellness Day approaches on June 8, the theme #MagentaNature emphasizes reconnecting with nature to nurture physical, mental, and spiritual health. Local wellness experts share their top tips to help you stay healthy and enjoy the season to the fullest.

The Alpine Apothecary Team.
The Alpine Apothecary Team. Photo: Alpine Apothecary

Alpine Apothecary: Benefits of Vitamin D and anti-aging

Alpine Apothecary emphasizes the importance of getting outside for adequate sunshine to boost Vitamin D levels. “Getting adequate sunshine increases our Vitamin D, which helps our bodies in so many ways from being essential for calcium absorption (bone health), to cognitive health and immunity,” they explain. “In fact, as Vitamin D levels decline as we age, there is an increase in Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and cognitive impairment. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes of direct sunlight a few days a week.”

They note that while summer activities like biking, hiking, swimming, and playing pickleball make it easier to get sunlight, it’s also important to monitor Vitamin D levels in winter. “As we live in the mountains and ski in the winter, we are all bundled up with ski suits and goggles. So it is important to test our Vitamin D levels both in the winter and summer months and talk to our healthcare practitioners about what amount of Vitamin D we should be taking throughout the year.”

For skin health, Alpine Apothecary suggests incorporating a Vitamin C serum. “Vitamin C evens and brightens the skin tone and provides antioxidant protection from skin-damaging free radicals caused by the sun and other environmental toxins.” They offer a Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Ferulic acid glow serum that pairs well with their Rejuv moisturizer, which contains caffeine to discourage irregular cell growth from UV light exposure.

Stoke Coach Rachel Feldman Elberts.
Stoke Coach Rachel Feldman Elberts. Photo: Rachel Feldman Elberts

Stoke Coach: Embrace outdoor activities and mindfulness

Rachel Feldman Elberts of Stoke Coach specializes in creating outdoor wellness sessions that combine strength training, yoga, and mindfulness. She highlights the mental health benefits of spending time in nature. “The more time I spend outside, the more I feel connected to the present moment, which in turn brings me a deeper sense of joy.”

Elberts encourages a morning ritual to start the day with intention, incorporating meditation, journaling, light movement, or a gratitude practice. She also recommends setting fun and reasonable movement goals. “Learn a new sport, hike a mountain, run a race, or swim in a new lake every week. Setting goals can increase motivation and provide a sense of achievement.”

The Athletic Republic Team.
The Athletic Republic Team. Photo: Athletic Republic

Athletic Republic: Stay hydrated and adjust exercise routines

Athletic Republic focuses on holistic fitness and emphasizes the importance of hydration and adapting exercise routines to summer conditions. “Living in a desert can bring extreme temperatures which can challenge rehydration,” they note. They recommend exercising in the morning and evenings, taking frequent water breaks, and using indoor training facilities for high-intensity sessions.

They also suggest taking advantage of Utah’s natural beauty. “Hiking, biking, and water sports at pools and lakes are always so much fun; though we highly recommend ensuring the physical preparation is done to provide some robustness to injury.”

Good Earth Market in Park City.
The Good Earth Market in Park City. Photo: Good Earth Market.

Good Earth Market: Hydrate and choose healthy snacks

Good Earth Market, Utah’s original natural foods and supplements store, stresses the importance of hydration and healthy snacking during summer. “Staying optimally hydrated with fluids and electrolytes is the baseline,” they say. They recommend drinking 1-1.5 liters of extra fluids on active days and choosing whole ingredient snacks like whole grains, nuts, fruits, and seeds.

They also advise being picky about sunscreen. “Choose non-toxic, mineral-based options with either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the primary ingredient. This ensures that as you’re regularly applying sunscreen throughout the summer, you’re maximizing the protection and avoiding absorbing toxins through your skin.”

Photo: Megan James of Prime IV.

Prime IV Hydration: Benefits of IV therapy and hydration

Prime IV Hydration offers vitamin infusions through IV and injections, NAD and peptide therapy, all in a relaxing spa environment. Their treatments provide a hydration boost equivalent to drinking 2.5 gallons of water, with nutrients infused directly into the bloodstream for 100% absorption.

“Summer is a great time to talk about hydration! Most everyone can benefit from IV therapy because we all feel better when we’re hydrated and not suffering from a vitamin deficiency,” says the team at Prime IV Hydration. . “We treat people for chronic migraines, seasonal allergies, chronic fatigue and long haul covid symptoms, we do infusions for worn out construction workers and hair stylists looking for an energy boost. We serve competitive athletes looking to boost endurance and reduce recovery time.” Their most popular service is the Immunity Drip, which helps prevent colds, or even bypass them altogether.

Try one wellness tip, or try them all. By following these expert tips on sun protection, hydration, outdoor activities, and mindfulness practices, people can make the most of the season while staying healthy and safe.

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