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11 Foods That Fight Sunburn
July 19, 2013
|J.R. and I hope you're well and adding natures super foods to your diet!
Today we'd like to share with you 11 foods that can help fight sunburn.
It's when information meets inspiration that a newsletter can help you lead a healthy and active life.
Knowledge is important when you have what it takes to become A Healthier You!
Getting a little sunshine in our day can boost our mood and provide vitamin-D.
But most of us get much more sun exposure than we need.
Unfortunately, that may mean increasing our risk of developing skin cancer, cataracts, sunburn and signs of premature aging.
And some of us have other reasons to stay out of the sun and need to take extra precautions. For example:
Babies less than one year old should be kept out of the sun.
Ask your pediatrician for more information.
Children under 18 should limit UV exposure because it increases their risk of skin cancer later in life.
If you take medications, be aware that some drugs and herbal treatments can increase your sensitivity to the sun.
Anyone who has had an organ transplant needs to be especially vigilant about managing sun exposure and its potential effects.
It's a matter of protection
Consider the following sun-smart steps:
Pay attention to the clock.
The sun is strongest between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Use weather reports wisely.
The UV index is a good number to know because the higher the UV rating, the stronger the sun's rays.
Look for tightly woven clothing that's loose and lightweight for added sun protection and to stay cool and comfortable in hot weather.
Take special care to cover your head and neck, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Wear sunglasses that offer good coverage and 100% UVA and UVB protection.
Think year-round protection.
Being sun smart isn't just for summer months.
Protect yourself even in the spring, fall and winter when the sun's UV rays can relfect off the snow and water.
Pass on tanning beds.
Rather than being a "safe" way to tan, they actually bombard you with up to five times more UV radiation than you would get from sitting beneath the midday summer sun.
It's also a good idea to check your entire skin regularly...including your back, back of neck and legs and ears, for early warning signs of skin cancer, including:
A change in a birthmark or mole.
New growths on your skin.
A patch that bleeds, itches, oozes or becomes swollen, red or bumpy.
A sore that won't heal.
Enjoy the sun and enjoy not worrying about what chemicals you are putting on your families skin.
We've got you covered.
11 Foods That Fight Sunburn
Soothe, or prevent—scorching sunburn with common kitchen ingredients.
It’s best to avoid sunburn in the first place, given its ability to cause skin cancer and premature aging.
Luckily, many common foods in your kitchen possess sun-protection compounds to aid your current sun-protection routine.
Others may not help prevent sunburn, but offer surprising relief if you do accidentally catch too many rays.
Sunburn-fighting effect: Overindulging in potatoes may be a no-no if you’re trying to lose weight, but keep a few on hand in case a sunburn strikes.
The potato’s starchy compounds will help take the sting out of sunburn.
Cut a raw potato into slices and rub a piece on your most painful sunburned spots.
For a more intensive treatment, grate a cold raw potato and apply it as a poultice.
Sunburn-fighting effect: Green tea’s catechin compounds help protect against the sun’s harmful radiation; its tannic acid helps soothe sunburn pain.
Studies suggest drinking just two cups a day could help provide a bit of added sun protection. (You should still use other sun-protection methods, like nontoxic sunscreen, sun-protective clothing, and time in the shade.)
If you’re suffering from a scorched face, soak two tea bags in cool water and apply them to your aching eyelids.
Tea’s tannic acid will ease sunburn pain.
Sunburn-fighting effect: When your whole body is sunburned, oatmeal provides the best type of relief.
Grind up a cup of oatmeal in a food processor, add it to cool bathwater, and soak.
You can also wrap dry oatmeal in cheesecloth or gauze, run cool water through it, and then toss the oatmeal and soak compresses in the liquid, applying every 2 to 4 hours.
Sunburn-fighting effect: Pomegranates are a rich source of ellagic acid, which can help protect your skin from UVA and UVB-induced cell damage, according to research from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University.
Indulge in pomegranates during the summer months.
The fruit’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties could help add another layer of sun protection to your routine.
Sunburn-fighting effect: The berries' tannin content helps reduce the sting of a sunburn.
Mash a few ripened strawberries and slather on sunburns for natural relief.
Rinse off after a few minutes.
If you'd rather not go the fruit route to avoid stickiness, you can make a paste out of cornstarch and water and slather it over sunburned skin for relief, too.
Sunburn-fighting effect: Cucumbers offer sunburn relief on par with store-bought sunburn-relief products, without added with chemical preservatives and harmful fragrances.
If you’re already burned, mash a cucumber and apply it to your skin.
Cucumber can provide sun protection in a pinch, too.
Grab an organic cucumber from the garden or farmers' market, peel and chop, and then squeeze the juice.
Mix it with glycerin and rosewater for protection from the sun.
Sunburn-fighting effect: Lettuce’s natural pain-killing properties can help wipe away sunburn pain.
Boil lettuce leaves in water.
Strain, then let the liquid cool for several hours in the refrigerator.
Once chilled, dip cotton balls into the lettuce water and gently wipe over irritated skin.
Sunburn-fighting effect: An antioxidant-rich diet could help prep your skin for more potent sun protection before you even step foot outside.
One guava contains about five times the amount of vitamin-C, a skin-healing antioxidant, as a medium-sized orange.
Enjoy a guava here and there, but work more local vitamin-C-rich foods into your diet, too, including bell peppers, strawberries, and broccoli.
9. White Vinegar
Sunburn-fighting effect: White vinegar's acetic acid acts like a topical nonsterioidal anti-inflammatory drug (think aspirin and ibuprofen).
If you’re red (not blistered), dab a bit of distilled white vinegar onto your sunburn.
It'll quell the pain for about 20 minutes.
Sunburn-fighting effect: As if you need another reason to indulge in organic tomatoes from your farmers' market or garden.
Turns out the red beauties help protect your skin from sun damage.
In one study, volunteers who ate 5 tablespoons of lycopene-rich tomato paste daily for 3 months enjoyed 25 percent more natural protection against sunburn.
11. Aloe Vera
Sunburn-fighting effect: Aloe is popular in many health drinks, but the succulent plant is great for sunburn relief, too.
Break off a leaf and apply the juice to your sunburned skin. (Test a small spot first to make sure you’re not allergic.)
If you don’t have an aloe plant in the house, buy a bottle of pure aloe vera gel at a pharmacy, chill it in the fridge, and apply.
Unfortunately, that's all the time we have for today.
We truly hope this information helps and you found some value in this edition!
Until next time, we want you to,
have a great summer and live longer, live younger!
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