It’s summertime, which means a wardrobe consisting of flip-flops, sundresses, bathing suits and shorts. However, all of this sun exposure to your skin is definitely damaging especially since “UV indexes have been reaching an all-time high hovering between 9, 10, and even 11 this past weekend alone!” This means that a little fun in the sun now can lead to blotchiness, age spots, fine wrinkles and in extreme cases, skin cancer — YIKES!
In the past, our way of preventing sun damage was through SPF topical lotions, but “Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad Inc., reveals that eating your way to environmental protection can decrease your chances of environmental damage and increase your cellular health.” Dr. Murad explains that consuming proper plant-based foods can create a reinforcing form of protection during the warmer months. This is essential when people encounter sun damage every day by doing simple tasks such as driving their cars or walking outside.
Although it is vital to continue to use SPF lotions, this is another way to double up on sun protection and prevent premature aging. These “super-foods” contain SPF enhancing elements and can already be found in a many of Murad’s topical formulas. But individuals can take advantage of these added benefits by incorporating such foods into their daily diets. Next time you’re out grocery shopping think about the sun damage that you’ve already absorbed from that little walk from your car to the store — then revamp your shopping list with a few of these items below!
For sun and free radical protection, try consuming the following foods: Foods rich in Polyphenols. Polyphenols provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative protection to fend off free radicals.
- Green tea
Fruits and Vegetables with Carotenoids. Carotenoids serve to protect cells from the danger of free radicals that may be produced by the body, pollution, cigarette smoke, etc.
- Goji Berries
- Pink Grapefruit
Cruciferous Foods Containing Isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates combat carcinogens that can lead to cancer, including skin cancer and breast cancer.
- Brussels Sprouts
Foods Rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is responsible for producing collagen to help skin looking plumper and younger.
Foods Containing Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 acts as a shield from free radical damage, stopping the damage from penetrating to the cells.
- Wheat Germ
- Whole Grains
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