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Eating for Sun Protection

Gregg Carroll - Friday, April 26, 2013

Its getting warmer and feels great to be outdoors isn't it?!

While we enjoy nature and fresh air we should also be aware that one should practice sensible sunlight exposure. Dr. MF Holick, renowned researcher recommends only 15 minutes of sunlight exposure without sunscreen to make adequate vitamin D. Time spent in broad sunlight beyond the suggested 15 minutes should be accompanied by plenty of sunscreen for skin protection.

In addition consuming antioxidant & omega-3 rich foods helps the skin defend itself from sun damage. Walnuts, hemp, and flax seeds are great sources of the omega-3 fat (ALA) that protects our skin. Antioxidant-rich foods combat free radicals and help shield our skin from sun damage. Consume more fresh and whole foods that provide considerable amount of protection from UV induced free radical damage to the skin. Of course do not forget your sunblock, sun glasses and drink of plenty of water.

Have a fantastic weekend - BMO Team

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