Boost your natural SPF

Boost your SPF

Did you know that you can boost your bodies natural (internal) SPF through supplementation?? Most people are unaware that diet and nutrition plays a large part in getting a sunburn. And you may not realize that the amount of antioxidants that you have in your skin plays a major role in your development of sunburn. The more antioxidants you take in, the lower your risk of sunburn. If you stay away from processed foods and consume a lot of foods which are high in anti-oxidants, such as raw fruits, vegetables and fresh juices, you will find that you have increased tolerance to sun exposure and do not burn as easily. In addition to eating a healthy diet full of organic fruits, veggies and quality healthy fats we’ve been adding a supplement routine 10 weeks prior to our spring break vacation to help our bodies prepare for the sudden change in climate.

Here’s the supplements we’ve been using to naturally boost our bodies SPF:

  • Green Tea Extract - prevent suppression of the immune system during sun exposure.
  • Grape Seed Extract -  A small study of healthy female volunteers suggests that grape seed extract in combination with other ingredients, may help to reduce the severity of sunburn.
  • Astaxanthin -  a natural health remedy to promote tanning and prevent sunburn. It may take 2 – 4 weeks to build up adequate sun protection.
  • Beta-Carotene - has been shown to protect against sunburn. Research suggests that it is necessary to “build up” protection by supplementing a minimum of 10 weeks.
  • Vitamins C & E - offers modest benefits against sunburn as well. One double-blind study of 10 people found that 2 g of vitamin C and 1,000 IU of vitamin E taken for 8 days resulted in a modest decrease in skin reddening induced by ultraviolet light.

Last year neither myself or my husband became sunburned while vacationing for 7 days in Huatulco, Mexico (and my hubby is a fair skinned blonde who typically burns easily) We did use some of Mercola’s Natural 15 SPF, but not constantly and by the last 2 days of vacationing we didn’t use any at all (I actually switched over to Mercola’s tanning oil on day 3)  This year along with our supplement routine we will be using my Homemade SPF (Click HERE for my recipe)

References and for more information:

http://amazingwellnessmag.com/spf-supplements/

http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/news/20000302/beta-carotene-vitamin-e-help-prevent-sunburn

http://healthlibrary.epnet.com/GetContent.aspx?token=e0498803-7f62-4563-8d47-5fe33da65dd4&chunkiid=21842

http://www.wellsphere.com/complementary-alternative-medicine-article/is-astaxanthin-the-best-natural-antioxidant-to-prevent-sunburn/657177

http://www.sooperarticles.com/health-fitness-articles/supplements-articles/can-grape-seed-extract-help-reduce-chloasma-753382.html

http://products.mercola.com/summer-survival-kit/index-b.htm

http://pulivahanan.wetpaint.com/page/How+Antioxidants+and+Vitamins+Can+Help+Prevent+Sunburnhttp://www.healthy.net/scr/Article.aspx?Id=3116

http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/sunburn-prevention.html

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Hayley Ryczek

Hayley Ryczek is a health food blogger at Health Starts in the Kitchen and certified Holistic Health Coach educated by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is passionate about REAL FOOD for optimum health and enjoys creating healthy recipes that she shares on her blog. Hayley resides in southwestern Pennsylvania with her husband, Ray. Together they have a beautiful organic garden, raise heritage breed chickens & turkeys and enjoy foraging for wild mushrooms & other edible treasures.

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8 Responses

  1. Lorena says:

    Hi! This is great! I’m wondering though, did you buy supplements for each or did you find foods that contained these vitamins? I’m wondering exactly how you took each of the supplements you mention above.
    Thanks!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Good question from Lorena above. The question I have is if you are taking these supplements all the time or just before a vactaion?

  3. Julie says:

    I used to work in a self-contained classroom with children diagnosed with Autism. One little girl in that room had an affinity for cantaloupe. She ate it ALL the time(probably more than any regular person would eat each day). Her mom mentioned to me one day that this little girl had NEVER had a sunburn. I was shocked because her skin was so fair. Her mom mentioned that she thought MAYBE her daughter eating such a large amount of cantaloupe was keeping her from getting sunburns. I will never forget that.

  4. Katherine Y says:

    Is astaxanthin safe for children and while breastfeeding?

  5. Beth says:

    I can personally attest for the natural SPF of astaxanthin. I lightly tan now at times when I certainly would have burned. It’s also great for your eyes! I used to always have to wear sunglasses if there was even a hint of sun in the sky, now I never wear them, my eyes are much less sensitive to light.

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