Keeping families safer in the sun

 

What we eat and drink influences how we deal with sun exposure. Some of the following may support a healthier relationship with sunlight, especially in the summer months.

Eat Sunny: certain foods support resilience from within, helping our body deal with the sun (and benefit from healthy eating in the process). Foods rich in vitamin D (plant oils and fats, organic raw dairy, fish and fish oils), leafy greens, colourful berries and fruit are best.

Raw Juices/smoothies: boosting, detoxifying and wonderfully refreshing, they support overall health resilience by supplying the body with much needed antioxidants, trace minerals and vitamins.

Vitamin D: a good quality supplement may help increase resistance to sunburn (it does not replace other sun protection measures, though).

Hydrate: we lose more water through sweating in hot weather, so regularly sipping clean, filtered water is advisable.

Of course, just eating/drinking right won’t go the whole way to benefiting from safe sun exposure, so practice some:

Sun Sense: Be sensible; keep track how long you have been in the sun; protect babies and small children from over-exposure; sip water, avoid alcohol, sugar and heavy food; CAUTION: you can still sunburn in the water or if it is cloudy.

Homeopathic remedies such as Sol can support sun resilience and Belladonna or Glonoine can be used for healing from excessive sun exposure.

External Support: research non-toxic alternative sun protection (check the advice on the Environmental Working Group website). Remember that some plant oils have naturally high SPFs, whereas there is research pointing to commercial sunscreens contributing to skin cancer.

Controlled Exposure: take sun exposure in bite-size chunks and use a timer to slowly build up.

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