What to eat to protect your skin in the sun...
THE SUN IS OUT!
The hottest day since goodness knows when HAS HAPPENED! Everyone, bikinis on; get to the beach, your nearest pool or just step outside your back door. We go crazy for the sun in England, and rightly so. We get around 3 months a year of lovely, glorious sunshine where it barely rains, so as a nation we want to enjoy that.
Unfortunately the sun can be pretty damaging for your skin and health, if you're not careful. Of course, everyone knows this, that's why you put suncream on. But did you know that there are certain foods you can eat to protect yourself from any damage the sun might do?
When our skin is exposed to the sun cells become damaged, which release free radicals within the body. We don't want free radicals in the body, if they damage DNA, they can alter it and your skin cells may become cancerous.
By eating foods that are packed with antioxidants we are able to fight free radicals. Please keep in mind this helps, but is not the main way to protect yourself in the sun. Make sure you take regular breaks and put suncream on!
We want to neutralise those free radicals with antioxidant rich food, one of the major antioxidants is beta carotene, which sweet potato is full off! (carrots also fall into this category)
Green tea contains a high volume of catechises, which have antioxidant effects that fight free radicals. Green tea is widely talked about for it's ability to prevent cancer because it contains polyphenols.
During the summer months you want to get your fill of bright red tomatoes, they are said to contain the most lycopene. Lycopene is another antioxidant which can help your skins ability to protect its self from rays. You don't just have to eat them whole, it is just as effective when they are cooked. (watermelon also falls into this category)
Almonds are one of the best sources of vitamin E, which protects the skin from sunlight and helps repair it when damaged. You could put crushed almonds into smoothies or switch your peanut butter to almond butter for the summer months