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Edible Sunscreen?!

Edible Sunscreen?!

Adequate sun exposure maximizes vitamin D production, so it’s important not to apply sunscreen every time you step outdoors. The vitamin D council advises that a minimum of 40% of the body should receive direct sun exposure for optimal vitamin D production. The hands and face produce little or no vitamin D, the legs and arms some, but the torso produces the most vitamin D when exposed to natural sunlight. Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, author of the Blaylock Wellness Report states, “30 minutes of direct sunlight produces up to 50,000 IU of vitamin D.”

Vitamin D is vital to our health in so many ways.  It aides in calcium absorption, strengthens bones and muscles, boosts immune function, and reduces your chances of cancer, heart problems and stroke.  While you understand how important vitamin D is to wellness, if you are prone to sunburn, you may be reluctant to sunbathe. If your skin isn’t conditioned to the sun’s rays, start exposing it in small doses, 10 to 15 minutes a day without applying sunscreen, before the thermometer rises above 80°, and weeks in advance of your vacation at the beach.

The foods you eat and apply to your skin could boost your tolerance to the sun and build a resistance to sunburn and sun damage.

Are you eating your sunscreen?  Eating a whole foods diet promotes skin health from the inside-out. Studies show that consuming tomatoes helps reduce susceptibility to sunburns. Research indicates that the powerful antioxidant lycopene, which is found in tomatoes, provides an extra level of protection against sun damage. When we eat tomato paste and similar tomato products, we are consuming the nutrients which naturally protect growing tomato plants from summer sun damage: lycopene, tocopherols (vitamin E), and beta-carotene. Thus, we benefit from its antioxidants in a similar manner.

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5 comments

1 Jennifer { 07.03.14 at 1:49 pm }

There are certain medical conditions,such as LUPUS, where the suns rays are extremely detreminal to those who have LUPUS. It is very dangerous not to use sunscreen & should not be suggested to eat tomatoes in place of sunscreen. There are also medications, that increase your chances of getting a sunburn. Always check with your Dr. Before foregoing Sunscreen!

2 bikpet { 07.03.14 at 8:41 am }

@Natalie Kelly,,,,,,,,,,I’m 71 and I have never used sun screen,ever.

3 Natalie Kelly { 07.02.14 at 5:04 pm }

Any article that tells you not apply sun screen is ludicrous and any doctor that gives that advice should be barred from the AM A. This article is extremely disappointing.

4 hans { 07.02.14 at 12:02 pm }

It Seems That certain foods that contain TBHQ, TITANIUM DIOXIDE Is a product used in sunscreen lotions , So In Effect When People Eat foods that contain these ingredients They Are Ingesting sun screen.

5 Joy { 07.02.14 at 10:04 am }

I will atest to this fact. I changed my diet to a whole foods diet 15 months ago and I am noticing this year that I do not sunburn like before!

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