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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 miracle wonder drug that can help prevent cancer and heart disease!

Imagine if the news tonight ran a story about a new cheap wonder drug that could PREVENT you from getting cancer and heart disease.  What do you think would happen?  Would you run out and grab it, for you and everyone you know?  I am sure most people would.  Now what if I tell you that this affordable wonder drug ALREADY exists.  And it is available to everyone, everyday for most people, right around the corner. 

The wonder drug is called: FRUIT AND VEGETABLES.  A number of studies have shown a significant link between fruit and vegetable consumption and reduced cancer and cardiovascular mortality.  Vegetables may have a stronger association with mortality than fruit. Consumption of vegetables or salad were most protective, while frozen/canned fruit consumption was apparently associated with increased mortality.  This study adjusted for a number of other factors such as age, sex, social class, education, BMI, alcohol consumption and physical activity.  So eating at least seven portions of fresh fruits and vegetables per day may lower your risk of dying from cancer by up to 15% https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24687909

 Another study found that total fruit and vegetable intake was inversely associated with risk of cardiovascular disease, this means that eating more fruits and veg may LOWER your risk of developing heart disease.  Heart disease is the biggest killer of people around the world and yet doesn’t get the publicity that cancer does.  Of the food groups analyzed, green leafy vegetable intake showed the strongest inverse association with major chronic disease and cardiovascular disease.  It looks like just increasing your servings by only one more day you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15523086

Easy ways to increase your vegetable intake:

  • Throw a few handfuls of baby spinach through your dinner – baby spinach wilts easily so you really don’t need any extra cooking. Just toss into a hot dish, stir through and viola!
  • For a pasta dish, half the pasta amount and replace with steamed cauliflower – the white cauliflower can easily “fool” your mind into thinking you are having a nice big comforting bowl of pasta
  • When making a meat dish, half the meat portion and add in extra mushrooms – mushrooms have a lovely meaty flavor when cooked with sauces.
  • Make more soups! There is no easier way to eat more vegetables than to throw a whole heap in a pot and cook them up.