Why I eat my sunscreen
Did I make you stop and look? Of course I did because you want to find out what the heck I'm talking about. lol There’s actually a great pay-off once you discover what my article is about… 3 Reasons Why I Don't Use Sunscreen… And Why I Eat My Sunscreen #1: Sunscreen is Toxic: Sunscreen is full of toxic chemicals including: parabens, dioxybenzone, octocrylene, para amino octyl salicyclate, benzoic acid, menthyl anthranilate, phenylbenzimidazole, cinoxate, homosalate, oxybenzone, and methoxycinnamate. Would you eat that? Yikes, right? Well your skin is the most absorbent part of your body, so guess what, you are eating this. These chemicals are known carcinogens, let alone all the other side effects. #2: Sunscreen Doesn't Protect You From Skin Cancer: Apparently not… or at least there is no evidence that it does. While over 60% of Americans say they protect themselves from the sun (and I always see people loading up on sunscreen), skin cancer is on the rise: According to the National Cancer Institute, the rate of new melanoma cases among American adults has tripled since the 1970s. What's causing the skin cancer if people are using all this sunscreen? Is it the toxic chemicals listed above? Perhaps. Either way, sunscreen doesn't seem to be working to prevent skin cancer. #3: Sunscreen Blocks Vitamin D: We need vitamin D to absorb calcium and to boost our immune system, yet sunscreen blocks this good stuff. Now What? Food my friend, yup your food choices can help block the negative rays of the sun. Not to mention it can reduce the inflammation you receive when you do get a sun burn, hmm. What Nutrients Increase Sun Tolerance? If you want to beef up your body's natural defenses against sun damage, here are a few things you should be getting a lot of: Good saturated fats Omega-3 fatty acids Antioxidants like lycopene, beta-carotine and vitamin E And unfortunately, just like anything else that's good for you, protecting yourself from those UV rays means there are also some things you should avoid as much as possible: Processed foods Sugar Vegetable oils
So...What Should I Be Eating? Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can only impact your nutritional health in a positive way. Here are the top ten best fruits, vegetables and other foods to get your daily doses. Tomatoes & Other Red Fruits Sweet Potatoes Broccoli & Leafy Greens Cold-water fish Pomegranates Tea Flaxseed Dark Chocolate 70% & higher Coconut Oil Almonds The take away here is to spend 20 mins a day in the sun for a great dose of Vitamin D. If you know you will be in the sun for an extended period of time cover up and protect yourself. Learn more healthy tips, get coached by me, and win at weightloss in my 4 Week Fat Blaster Program. You can get your hands on my valuable weightloss program for a ridiculously low investment of $47, I recommend you put on your runners and sprint on over to this link: http://www.4WeekFatBlaster.com -Janis Saffell P.S. Did you get your FREE copy of my new book Make Small Changes & Win at Weightloss? If not head on over to this link click here P.S.S. Grab a copy of my FREE workout calendar click here
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Make Your Own Non-Toxic Sunscreen
If you're in the sun for extended periods of time this summer, here's a natural option that's great for really young children, those taking medication that increases sun burn risk, or those who burn very easily:
Ingredients: 1/4 cup coconut oil 5 tsp Zinc Oxide (stay away from the nano-particles) 1 tbsp Beeswax or emulsifying wax 3 tbsp pure 100% aloe vera gel 1/2 cup distilled water or brewed green tea (strained) 2-3 capsules of Vitamin E oil (optional) 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract (optional) Directions:
Heat oil and beeswax on double boiler until just melted. Remove from heat, and add vitamin E. Put into bowl that will not be used for food, and add zinc oxide powder, set aside. In small pan, heat water or tea and aloe vera until just warm. Add the water/aloe mixture slowly while whisking vigorously or use an immersion blender. Optional: Add any additional essential oils (except citrus that can cause burning) for your signature scent.
Note: This recipe has an SPF of about 20, though adding more Zinc Oxide will increase the SPF. Also, I don’t recommend using it daily since the Vitamin D you get from the sun will be more beneficial in the long run.
Have fun in the sun!
- Janis Saffell :-)