Summer Health Essentials

Season 1 | Episode 37
15m | Jun 1, 2023

Licensed Naturopath, Dr. Ludovic Brunel shares valuable insights and recommendations on various aspects of summer health. The conversation revolves around key topics including hydration, heart health, vitamin D3 supplementation, and gut health.

He highlights the importance of staying hydrated, particularly during hot and humid days, and especially when engaging in often strenuous outdoor activities. Failing to meet recommended daily water intake can lead to health issues like constipation, kidney stones, and dehydration symptoms. To proactively maintain hydration levels, Dr. Brunel suggests consistently drinking water throughout the day and incorporating electrolytes. He advises against sugary sports drinks and recommends cleaner options such as electrolyte powders, coconut water, lemon, honey, or a small amount of sea salt.

The discussion then shifts to heart health, Dr. Brunel emphasizes the importance of supporting the heart, which works harder in hot and humid conditions. Recommendations include staying hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, protecting oneself from the sun, managing stress, and considering heart-friendly supplements. Fish oil or omega-3 oil is mentioned as a supplement that helps balance cholesterol and decrease inflammation. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is suggested for its ability to support heart function and regulate blood pressure. Additionally, DMSO is discussed for its benefits in muscle and joint health.

Next, the conversation focuses on vitamin D3 supplementation. Dr. Brunel advises against reducing or discontinuing vitamin D3 supplementation solely due to increased sun exposure. While sun protection is essential to prevent premature aging and skin cancer, it can inhibit vitamin D3 production in the skin. Vitamin D3 is crucial for bone health, immune system function, mood balance, and the prevention of autoimmune and neurological disorders. Dr. Brunel strongly suggests supplementation to ensure adequate vitamin D3 intake during summer.

Finally, the podcast delves into gut health during summer months. Dr. Brunel explains the role of hydration in maintaining a healthy gut and preventing digestive issues. Insufficient water intake can lead to constipation and other digestive problems. Thus, maintaining proper hydration is essential for optimal gut health.

Tune in to this informative podcast to gain valuable insights and recommendations from Dr. Ludovic Brunel on hydration, heart health, vitamin D3 supplementation, and gut health, ensuring you have all the knowledge to thrive and enjoy a healthy summer.

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