Staying Healthy Through the Seasons: Summer in Santa Fe
Shopping and gallery hopping on sunlit streets under azure blue skies. Margaritas and music on sun-drenched patios. Afternoons by the pool basking in the summer sunlight. Santa Fe is spectacular in the summer, but the high altitude sun and dry climate may have less than spectacular effects on your body. The following easy-to-follow tips from Spa Sage at La Posada de Santa Fe will keep you happy and healthy all season long.
High Altitude and Hydration
Santa Fe is located in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains, at approximately 7,000 feet above sea level. Adapting to high altitude can take a few days, and drinking additional water is essential. Alcohol also has a greater impact at higher altitudes, so minimize those margaritas until your body has time to adjust. Relax and enjoy a slower pace if you feel a little out of breath.
Spa Sage at La Posada de Santa Fe offers an intensive High Altitude Adjustment Treatment to ease the transition. This treatment starts with a chlorophyll elixir and a 15 minute oxygen therapy to oxygenate the blood on a cellular level. A dry brush exfoliation increases lymphatic circulation and a massage using altitude adjusting essential oils focuses on impacted areas. These measures help ease shortness of breath, headaches, and other symptoms associated with altitude changes. Click here or call 505-954-9630 to schedule a treatment.
High altitude also means faster sunburns, so sunscreen and hats are strongly recommended. While you should get out and hike, bike, swim and run, use sun block to ward off future problems and keep hydrated. Try to get at least 20 minutes of sunshine daily to supplement the Vitamin D levels in your body.
Lavender products are great for summer skin to cool and hydrate as well as aloe based skin care. Keep some lavender water in a spray bottle, preferably in the frig, and spritz when you need an instant cool off and lift me up.
Enjoy Your Summer
Take extra time to care for yourself and listen to your body and mind! Get in that workout early before the heat of the day. Take an extra lap in the pool. Start a new class, read a new book in the hammock. Feel the flowers, smell the roses and dangle your feet in the water. Linger on the porch or patio.
Whatever you do to spend your summer days, do it with zest. Do it with intention and purpose to enjoy and improve, your body, your mind, your spirit!