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How To Prevent Sun Damage By Eating The Right Foods

Updated on July 16, 2010

Who knew that eating dark chocolate can help protect your skin from the sun?  It’s another great excuse to eat chocolate.  It turns out that chocolate is rich in antioxidants, called flavonoids. These antioxidants increase your skin’s ability to fight off harmful rays from the sun.  Keep in mind that milk prevents the absorption of these antioxidants, which are essential for your skin to protect itself from the sun.  Besides chocolate, you can also drink green tea and hot chocolate to enjoy the same protection.

The more Colorful Fruits and Vegetables, the more protection you receive from UV rays

Vegetables rich in lycopene, such as tomatoes are fantastic. When you cook tomatoes, it releases even more lycopene. Green leafy vegetables, not only fight off cancer, but also protect your skin. Great examples of this are broccoli and spinach. If you are not in the mood to have fruits, grapefruits and peaches offer similar benefits

You can also protect your skin by eating Cold-Water Fish

Eat fish that are rich in omega 3s.  Herring, trout, salmon, mackerel and sardines are rich in omega-3s, that act as antioxidants and help reduce inflammation.  If you are not fond of eating fish, another great alternative is taking fish oil supplements.  These also offer sun protection for your skin.

Foods that make your skin sensitive to the sun

There are also foods that are not helpful, if you are trying to protect your skin from the sun.  Avoid eating carrots, celery, parsley, parsnips and limes before you go to the beach. Yes, a Corona tastes like heaven on the beach, but it may help your skin burn.  The reason these foods make your skin prone to sunburn is because they contain psoralens.

Dealing with Sunburns

Sunburns can’t always be preventable.  To sooth your inflamed skin, apply a thin coat of yogurt, sour cream, kefir or aloe-vera gel to the affected areas. Not only will it help reduce inflammation but it will cool and moisturize your skin.

Understand how the sun interacts with your skin

When the sun reaches your skin, it works with the cholesterol and fats in your skin to produce vitamin D. The sebaceous glands are in charge of producing these fats and release the oily substance on the surface of the skin.  Once the skin creates vitamin D, the rest of your body will do the work.  It will pass through your kidneys, which convert it into a form that your body can absorb.  It is recommended that you get 10 minutes of sun exposure a day, particularly, if you are always indoors.

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