Sunscreen is not just to prevent sunburn. More importantly, it protects against skin cancer which is one of the common types of cancer these days. It only takes one severe sunburn to potentially double your child’s chances of getting melanoma later in life. My kids hated sunscreen when they were little. Now as they are older they understand and though they do grumble, they slather it on. What if you could eat your sunscreen. Believe it or not – you can !! Certain foods have a strong sun- protective factor and when eaten on a regular basis can be as effective as physical sunscreen. Using sunscreen and eating these foods will provide you double insurance against sunburn 🙂 I experimented this summer and ate these foods as often as I could. It worked! Although I have been out in the sun a lot without protection and even went to the beach the last weekend, I did not get as sunburned as I would normally do. It’s all healthy food, so take a shot at eating more of these foods ! You can eat any one of the foods everyday or almost everyday to get sun protection.
Load up on these food ! They have serious SPF !!!
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Olive oil : 2 tbsp/ day to get the sunscreen effect. Drizzle over salads and bread. Use in dips, cooking, sauteing, stir fry etc.
Tomato : high in lycopene a colorful carotenoid which is responsible for sun protection. You can get the amount of lycopene needed by consuming 4 tsps tomato paste, 1/2 cup pasta sauce or 4 tomatoes.
Watermelon : packed with lycopene that might lower your sunburn risk. In order to get the benefit of you will have to drink one watermelon smoothie or eat 2 cups of watermelon/Day !
Grapefruit : also packed with lycopene and vitamin C. Eat 2 pink grapefruit to get the sun protection benefit !
Vitamin E : supplemental vitamin E has sun protection benefits ! 400 IU / day is the required amount.
Pomegranatee : said to strengthen the skin and protect it from burning. 4 oz of juice or one pomegranate fruit.
Green and black tea : antioxidants in tea are protective against skin cancer and prevent the skin from burning up. 2-3 cups /day.
Keeping you and your kids safe in the sun is simple and can be fun !! Load up on these healthy foods for extra sun protection !!