After two full days in the sun-shine I am a pretty happy camper…but.. I. AM. FRIED. My shoulders look like a stop sign! I guess that is what I deserve for
being too lazy forgetting to put sunscreen on (it’s overcast, I won’t burn.. think again…) This brought me to thinking if there are any ways that food can help sunburns. Since your skin is the largest organ in the body there must be some tie to nutrition. Lo-and-behold I found some good info.(please note these are NOT my feet…..awkward..)
- Carrots: Plants need sun to grow, right? Well, they can still fall prey to its harmful effects. Plants produce “carotenoids” which help protect them from the sun. If you eat a carotenoid-rich diet it will help you too!
- Watermelon: Lycopene is a specific carotenoid. Lycopene is what gives tomatoes and watermelon the red color. EAT red and YOU won’t be so red!
- Cucumbers: Cucumbers can help sun burns when used as a topical solution. Rub slices onto scorched skin just as you would aloe to help sooth the burn. The vitamin C provided by this refreshing veggie will help with inflammation damage of the skin.
Need a little more convincing that food can be the answer? Well, a study was done that showed participants who consumed 2 1/2 tbsp of tomato paste OR 1 2/3 cups of carrot juice daily for 10-12 weeks had about 50% less skin reddening when exposed to UV light!
OF COURSE you still need to slather on the SPF! This is just kind of interesting to show how nutrition can help with so many functions of the body! A lot of people think that food only tastes good and determines your weight. Not true, guys! Nutrition is key in disease prevention, body function regulation, mental and physical well-being, and SO much more! If we all can learn to understand the importance of nutrition we could pop a lot less pills a day than we do now!
Now.. Can someone PLEASE get me some cucumbers?!?!