While getting a little sun is healthy and helps your body generate the Vitamin D it needs naturally, too much sun exposure can lead to sunburns and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Hopefully you know that it is important to use sunscreen without chemicals that can mess with your body’s natural hormone production and opt for organic, physical sunscreens that contain only non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. However, you may not know that you can increase your skin’s natural resistance to the sun by eating the right foods. Here are two natural foods that increase your body’s natural ability to fight the sun’s harmful rays and why.
Is there anything kale doesn’t do? It has experienced renewed popularity as a healthy food for many reasons, but one reason is that packs a huge punch of vitamin C. While vitamin C is best known for warding off colds and other viruses by supporting your immune system, another huge health benefit of this vitamin/antioxidant is that it helps protect your skin from DNA damage.
Virtually every skincare company makes a vitamin C serum today, and that is because slathering the vitamin on your face protects it from the free-radicals that cause DNA damage. However, when you eat vegetables and fruits filled with vitamin C, it also makes its way through your bloodstream and into your skin from the inside out.
Not a fan of kale? Other foods packed with vitamin C include broccoli, bell peppers, raspberries, spinach, and of course, juicy oranges.
Tomatoes are abundant in an antioxidant called lycopene, which also helps protect your body, especially your skin, from free-radical damage. In fact, a clinical study showed that people who ate just five tablespoons of tomato paste every day were able to increase their skin’s natural resistance to sun damage by 33 percent.
While nutritionists always make sure to mention that cooked tomato products, like tomato sauces and ketchup, contain more lycopene than raw tomatoes, that doesn’t mean that raw tomatoes don’t contain any of this nutrient. However, cooking them does increase this nutrient dramatically, although it reduces the amount of vitamin C in the tomatoes. In the end, both cooked and raw tomatoes are great sources of lycopene, so choose which you prefer to eat.
While getting a little sun is healthy, be sure to protect your skin when spending a long day outdoors by using an organic sunscreen without harmful chemicals and including these two foods in your daily diet!