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Could your diet be a better sunscreen than your actual sunscreen?

I am not a huge fan of chemical sunscreens.  Something just feels a bit unnatural about putting something on your skin that needs 15-20 minutes to “soak” in, then before it works.  The soaking in seems a bit strange.  I understand how it works, but then we need to stop seeing our skin as a barrier and more of an extension to the internal system, as it is all connected. 

 

So when you think about something needed to “soak in” to work, my mind goes straight to the thought of, “well, when does this get into my blood stream, if it needs to soak in?”  It’s a little bit the same as makeup and moisturisers, if you don’t think it is safe to eat, then why would it be safe to put on your skin?  I am more of a fan of physical zinc sunscreens that more “sit” on your skin to protect your skin.  I have yet to find one that I think is perfect, as there is a lot of questions about nano particles being very dangerous too. 

What if your diet could be an even more effective sunscreen? 

My posts never cease to mention the word “antioxidants” as they are a critical part of a healthy body.  Interestingly there was a study, done a long time ago, done in Australia, that showed a dramatic DECREASE in cancer cell production from an increase in eating omega 3 fatty acids.  In this study, the omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA not only stopped cancer cells from continuing their production cycle, it also resulted in apoptosis, which means the cancer cells died. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10945621?dopt=Abstract%20and%20http://www.pnas.org/content/98/13/7510.full.  Another study had a similar conclusion.  http://www.pnas.org/content/98/13/7510.full

Sources of omega 3, fish are great source, but a lot of fish is full of mercury too, so eating fish every day may not be the best solution.  Plant based sources include chia seeds, walnuts and flaxseeds.  But an amazing plant based source is algae, which is things like spirulina and chlorella.  These algae’s contain ALA which is the Omega 3 found in plants, while EPA and DHA are the Omega 3’s typically found in seafood.  We have some great supergreen sachets that you add to your cleanse online here: https://www.schkinnymaninny.com.au/products/shakti-superfood-blend

The newest tan in a can

I am always espousing the benefits of lots of fruit and vegetable in your diet and have always been convinced of not only the internal benefit but also the external beauty benefits.  Now it seems some science is backing my claims!

Whilst the study only focuses on Caucasian faces, it indicates that faces appear more attractive when shaded with a golden type colour gained from eating lots of vegetables rich in carotenoids.  The research, published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behaviour, shows that the glow we can get from eating lots of vegetables rich in carotenoids is more appealing to the eye than the glow we get from laying in the sun. 

Carotenoids are antioxidants that help soak up damaging compounds produced by the stresses and strains of everyday living, especially when the body is combating disease. Responsible for the red colouring in fruit and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes, carotenoids are important for our immune and reproductive systems.

Looking to get your golden winter glow on without visiting the tanning salon or risking sun cancer? The foods richest in carotenoids are: carrots, plums, apricots, tomatoes, mangoes, sweet potato, kale, broccoli, and spinach.

Do you eat the seeds?

Some of you know, but if you don’t, then I will let you in on a secret. I make my own face moisturizer. I don’t use anything bought from a store with preservatives and who know what in it, but I make my own mix of natural cold pressed oils. One of those oils is avocado oil. It is slightly green in colour, but when mixed with the others it loses it greenish tinge (which isn’t a good look). It got me thinking about the avocado seed and what other health benefots we could get from this lovely little fruit. I read an article recently that an Americcan university did a study on the benefits of the avocado seed and the results are suprising!

Over 70% of the antioxidant capacity of the avocado is found in the seed. The e phenolic antioxidant compounds in the seeds may lower high cholesterol, high blood pressure, reduce inflammatory conditions, diabetes, and boost your immunity. The seeds even have insecticidal, fungicidal, and anti-microbial properties.

The avocado seed is one of the highest natural sources of soluble fibre. This the type of fibre which is really important in helping to lower cholesterol levels, and the avo seed has far more of it than oats.

This is all great, but how do you actually unlock all this greatness? A few ways you can try:

Remove the see, put it in a plastic bag and use a hammer to crush it as finely as possible. Once you have very small pieces, you can put them through a coffee grinder to then use in smoothies, salads, and dressings.

Roast the seed and then grate it into a fine powder.

By itself it doesn’t taste great, so you will need to add it into something to mask the bitterness.