With good reason, we discuss the continual use of sunscreen often on this blog. It’s the most important way to defend your skin against harmful UV rays, and we’re hoping to help you make it become a routine in your everyday life. But there are other ways in which you can help to reduce the risk of sun skin damage to yourself, too. With that in mind, in this post we’ll discuss how to naturally protect your skin from sunburn.
The organic ways to bolster skin protection are primarily through diet. There are a number of foods (and beverages) that can help you safeguard yourself from the inside, while your sunblock shields you on the outside.
As you may already have guessed, this list of foodstuffs doesn’t include items like doughnuts or potato chips. But if you are normally a healthy eater, you may already be consuming some of these foods, anyway. If you’re not but opt to begin doing so, you may find that you’re helping your body in other ways as well. But we digress. To start out, let’s first tackle the one conundrum we’ll be facing today:
Vitamin D Sources From Food Not UV Exposure
Vitamin D is essential to humans; we simply need to have it. And sunlight is not only our major source of it, it’s pretty much the only source of it we need. At issue, of course, is that even relatively short stretches of exposure to UV rays can cause sun skin damage. It can range from prematurely-aged skin, wrinkles and sunspots all the way up to skin cancer and, worst of all, Melanoma.
Unfortunately, the sunscreens we use every day to shield ourselves from the sun’s dangers also block the delivery of Vitamin D to our bodies. Fortunately however, there are a variety of foods from which we can obtain it. Per WebMD wild-caught salmon and mackerel, along with UV-infused mushrooms, are fantastic sources of Vitamin D. Other ways to get this key vitamin are through cod liver oil, water-canned tuna, oil-canned sardines, yogurt or milk, (with any or even zero percentage of fat) beef or calf liver, egg yolks and cheese.*
There are certainly other food sources as well. A quick check of an item’s packaging will tell you if it’s included. The good news is that there’s a viable solution to getting Vitamin D without opening yourself up to the sun’s risks.
Organic Sun Protection Choices
So now we’ll continue on to some other foods that’ll help aid in your protection. As someone who loves tea, especially green, I was delighted to discover it comes loaded with friendly, highly beneficial antioxidants.
If you’re a fan of tomatoes, you’re in luck. They, along with tomato sauce and paste, are carrying lycopene. Whether you can spell or pronounce it is irrelevant; what counts is how healthy it is, particularly when whatever variety you’re having is cooked.* As for some of the rest: shrimp, coconut and palm oil, butter, blueberries, wine, grape seeds and Omega 3 are all helpful to this cause, too.*
Using the common sense contained within your own coconut while outdoors will also benefit you tremendously. Whenever possible, cover up. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, UV-blocking sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats or ball caps. Try to avoid being outside between the sun’s peak hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When you are outside, wear your Sundicators Wristband to remind you when to reapply sunscreen, spend as much time as you can under natural or artificial shade, such as trees or awnings.
These are just some of the easy ways that you can protect yourself from our galaxy’s brightest star. We all have to eat; we might as well include a few things that’ll help keep us safe.
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