We’ve traditionally thought that protecting our skin from the aging effects of the sun only counts for the skin we can see on the outside of our bodies. We choose a natural sunscreen and slather it on in defense of the evil ultra-violet rays: UVA and UVB.
These natural sunscreens do a fantastic job protecting the skin we can see on our body: face, legs, arms and chest.
However, no matter our good intentions, topical sunscreens cant protect the skin and delicate organs on the insdie of our bodies, the things we can't see.
Ok, so what about the inside of our bodies? What about all the stuff we can't see?
Did you know that tissues deep inside your body develop marks and spots similar to the signs of sun damage we see on the outside of our skin?
That’s right; sun damage takes place in your internal organs too.
That’s an oooooouuuccch, as I look down at the brown spots and wrinkles on my forearms and think about the 2 second degree burns I have had on my face and body from too much summer time fun and sun.
The good news is that it’s not too late and there are natural ways to nurture your insides, to help protect them from UV rays, helping to reduce overall internal sun damage.
Eat dark chocolate.
Note I said DARK because refined sugar is not your friend! Look for chocolate that’s high in organic cocoa with little to no sugary additives. Better yet, look for organic, raw cacao nibs, the mother of all chocolate, as they have not been heated over 109-112°F, keeping all the anti-oxidant and enzyme goodness inside.
Consume lots of tomatoes.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant containing natural sunscreen properties, which means and anti-aging! Contrary to what we believe, cooked tomatoes appear to provide a healthier dose of lycopene than fresh tomatoes. So dig in, sun-dried tomatoes and more.
Eat other lycopene-rich food such as watermelon (huge amount of lycopene!), purple grapes, red or pink grapefruit, plums, red bell peppers, guava, papaya or apricots.
What’s up doc? Carrots! They contain beta-carotene, another antioxidant having sunscreen properties. Eating carrots may also help reverse UV damage. Other beta-carotene-rich foods include squash, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes. All go deep to stop or reverse sun damage and help prevent further harm.
Go old school with turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens, beets and beet greens, spinach, cabbage, and kale.
I cannot emphasize Vitamin C enough! You should eat plenty of vitamin C to keep the inside-out aging process at bay.
Consume kiwi, oranges, strawberries, and cherries, and especially red peppers as these delicious, natural anti-aging fruits contain very high amounts of vitamin C, and vitamin C reduces free radical destruction caused by UV radiation exposure.
Start loving cherries again. Did you know that, in addition to vitamin C, cherries contain melatonin? Melatonin protects our skin from UV radiation! It’s time to pack your beach bag with cherries, and lots of them!
Vitamin C also provides another big bonus for our skin as well: It stimulates the production of collagen, imperative for youthful, healthy skin.
Speaking of the beach, acidic drinks, like those tasty lime margaritas we love so much, actually cause the skin to burn more, opening the door to more internal sun damage.
Save those salty rims for watching the sunset from your balcony.
Turning to science, the naturally occurring organic acid, Creatine, is proving to have significant anti-aging effects in the body’s sun-damaged vital tissues as well.
Creatine is formed naturally in the liver, pancreas and kidneys. You can support your body’s own production with natural sources of Creatine in the forms of lean red meat, tuna, salmon and sashimi. Milk and cranberries contain small amounts of creatine.
Remember, our sun is powerful. Its effects don’t stop at the surface. Nourish your body and mind to maintain protection and awareness, and keep the inside-out aging process at bay.
I have given you a ton of “FOOD FOR THOUGHT” in this article. I am not a doctor nor is my intention meant to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. My comments are based on my personal first hand experience and years of research. Use your own intelligence, intuition and investigative skills for yourself and do what is in your best interest: mind, body and spirit.
And always check with your doctor.
Through exercise, proper nutrition, rest and a healthy mindset, may we all start looking and feeling 10 pounds and 10 years younger.
Stay tuned for more amazing skin anti-aging miracles God has given us to eat, drink and bathe with in my future articles!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.