Thursday, June 12, 2014

Food that is Sunscreen

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Some foods can actually increase your skin's resistance to the UV rays of the sun! Brightly colored fruits and veggies contain high levels of antioxidant pigments such as lycopene, carotenoids and flavenoids. These pigments help to protect the plants, fruits and veggies from UV rays. We eat them, we get protective anti-oxidant sun protection. Food sunscreens!  The more you eat, the more protection you get! They don't replace topical sunscreens. They add extra protection.

Eat lots of these Food Sunscreens

Blueberries
Tomatoes (cooked)
Oranges and Citrus Fruits
Apricots
Carrots
Sweet Potatoes
Red, Orange and Yellow Peppers
Watermelon
Beets
Leafy Greens such as Broccoli, Kale and Spinach 
Olive Oil
Green and Black Tea
Dark Chocolate (my favorite anti-oxidant food!)
Flax
Salmon
There are even more. Here's a link to a great list of natural sun protectors for more reading.
Dr Frank Lipman Natural Sun Protection

Have a Sun Safe Day!
xo
Jill
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