Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Protection from the Sun with Food

We can’t eat sunscreen to protect our skin without actually applying it, but we can eat certain foods that will help. Certain foods can act as a nature’s natural sunscreen to help protect your skin from harmful UV rays and even ward off damage from the sun. Eating foods that have antioxidants will help to fight free radical damage caused by the sun. Here are some foods that can help prevent sun damage: blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, apples, tomatoes, an ounce of dark chocolate (can contain enough of the antioxidant polyphenol to help prevent sun damage and will keep your skin soft). If you do get sunburnt this summer, Vitamin C and E can aid in reducing inflammation including papaya, avocados, peanut butter, and ground flax seed. 

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