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Natural Sun Protection

Category: Food & Your Health
Posted: 2009-01-07 11:32

Let's face it, we are all looking for an answer like: "Eating green peas every day will help me live better...longer .... protect me from...."

The truth is there is no magic cure-all that will absolve us from taking charge of what we eat and how we live - both of which have consequences for our bodies and therefore our health.

Natural sun protection is one area that is particularly in need of attention. The lovely chemical-laden creams that are sold through splashy, colourful magazine ads are not the healthiest of options.

Yes, we can reduce our exposure to the noon-to-3pm sun. We can chose to not sprawl ourselves out in the ritual sun-worshiping prone posture, deluded that the golden gift will have some positive impact....somehow.

We can also eat what our body requires to encourage the maximum strength of natural sun-protection it was designed to provide. We can make choices, including castor oil treatments, that nourish our skin and improve our internal health.

In an article by Dr. G. Douglas Andersen, DC, DACBSP, CCN, there are some internal supplements that are good for us and have proven to improve our body's natural sun protection.

Studies on single antioxidants1,2 have failed to demonstrate a protective effect against the sun. However, when studied in combination doses,3,4,5 vitamin C, vitamin E and carotenoids can slow the formation of sunburn cells and can increase the time it takes for UV irradiation to cause visible erythema.

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