Foods for Sunscreen?

Can you guys believe it's July already?  Where did June go?  The temps outside let you know it's the heat of the summer!  So the dogs and I have been spending lots of time inside.

I thought this was an interesting article (from F-Factor).  Although I don't agree with the last line about getting your fiber while working on a tan...  But still it's interesting and I don't suppose it hurts to eat right but this won't be the only thing needed to protect you!  (see past posts about sunscreen and sun protective clothing!)

Moon rising over the city 6.30.12

You can eat your sun protection… sort of (Link)

Every year as summer approaches we are reminded about the importance of using sunscreen. This summer, take your skincare regimen to the next level by adding foods to your diet that help protect and heal your skin from damaging UV rays. 
The vitamin C in papaya helps fight against cell damage from the sun. If you think it’s too late because you’re already burned, guess what? Vitamin C also helps reduce inflammation in your skin, so it’s never too late to benefit from a dose of papaya.  Eat it raw or toss it in a salad for a juicy and delicious bite. Vitamin E works the same way and you’ll find it in foods such as peanut butter and avocado. Spread some on your sandwich at lunch it may help you get that bronze glow you want without unnecessary sun damage.
Did you know the same heart-healthy antioxidants found in red wine can also protect your skin from sun damage?  Flavanoids are plant-based compounds that shield your cell structures, prevent inflammation and may help protect your skin against cancer. Not 21 yet? Red grapes work just as well as red wine! Other great food sources include: apples (flavonoids are in the skin); blueberries; broccoli; cabbagel dark chocolate and cocoa; onions; strawberries; and all varieties of tea.

Watermelon is one of the most refreshing summer fruits, and it also happens to be rich in lycopene, which does more than give watermelon its pretty color. This fruit has been shown to protect skin from sunburn up to 50% better than a foods without lycopene. So go ahead and eat watermelon and your skin won’t end up matching this yummy fruit’s rosy pink color.
If flax seeds aren’t on your usual shopping list, add them on ASAP. The Omega-3 fatty acids in an ounce of flax can help your skin fight against sun damage thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Flax seeds also contain lignans, which acts as an antioxidant - plus you get a nice fiber boost so you won’t feel bloated while tanning on the beach.

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