Eating for Sun Protection

Posted June 2012 by Avasol™

Eating for Sun Protection

Did you know that the foods you eat can protect you from sunburn from the inside out? Scientific studies have shown that high antioxidant foods like chocolate, tomatoes, pomegranates, colorful vegetables, fatty fish and green tea bolster resistance to damage from UV light and help cells prevent and repair damage. Imagine that, what you eat may be just as important as the sunscreen on your body... maybe even more important.

tomatoesThese antioxidants neutralize free radicals like the ones produced from too much UV ray exposure. The strongest antioxidants in the fight against free radical damage are vitamins A, C, and E, along with the mineral selenium. Since your body doesn't produce these substances naturally, you must make sure they are present in the foods you eat and the products you use on your skin.

In fact, besides adding a number of colorful vegetables to your diet, consider using fats like coconut oil [our favorite] or even butter, rather than vegetable oils because UVB rays interact with the fats in our skin and traditional fats are much better at resisting oxidation.

garlicAlso consider including good sources of dietary cholesterol and sulfur to your daily fare, as they are necessary to produce vitamin D. Many cholesterol-rich foods are staples such as eggs and butter, but sulfur exists almost entirely in dietary protein such as fish and organic, grass fed beef and poultry. Some vegetable sources include onions, garlic, asparagus and brussels sprouts, but our dependence on industrial farming has left the soil, and its harvest, depleted of many minerals.

To remedy this, Dr. Seneff recommends a twice weekly soak in a tub of water with 1/4 cup of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) or MSM (biological sulfur) to raise your body's sulfur levels.

When Dr. Elizabeth Plourde, a scientist specializing in cancer and DNA research, was asked how people should protect themselves in the sun, she said:

"Antioxidants are the exact answer...and there's many of them, there really are. Our skin is so well-designed that when the solar rays hit it the antioxidants that are in the body actually move up and form a protective shield and act just like sunscreen."

In addition, she adds that melanin is, itself, an effective photoprotectant, absorbing harmful UV-radiation and transforming it into harmless heat, thus dispersing more than 99.9% of the absorbed UV radiation.

Using a Proper Sunscreen
There will always be times when you will be out in the sun for an extended period. For this, you need a sunscreen that will protect you not a toxic soup filled with synthetic chemicals, nanoparticles, petrochemicals and more. Look for an all-natural sunscreen containing natural zinc oxide that has been ethically produced and responsibly packaged.

This type of sunscreen will begin working the minute you put it on and the more you put on, the more protection you will have. Make sure to apply to the tops of the feet, the ears, and even your hairline part if you have thinning hair.

Understand that no sunscreen offers 100% protection. Wear hats and protective clothing when possible and use common sense when determining your own personal sun exposure limits.


Practice Safe Sun!

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