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Children enjoying Summer

Great Natural Ways for Sun Protection this Summer

Eat some Spinach. People who eat three servings of spinach a week slash their risk of skin cancer by 55 percent! That’s because spinach contains an amazing cocktail of nutrients (including folate; vitamins A, C, and E; and two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin) that boosts skin’s resistance to sun damage. Looking for something to do with spinach besides salads and sides? Your skin and your stomach will love you.

Red ~ Ripe ~ Juicy Tomatoes. Lycopene-loaded tomatoes reduce your risk of sunburn and skin cancer. And while it’s tempting just to slice and eat these juicy fruits, the biggest lycopene bang comes from cooked tomatoes. So make room on your summer menu for whole-wheat pizza topped with lots of tomato sauce, room-temp pasta salads tossed with a fragrant blend of cooked tomatoes and basil, or this Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta.

Mouth-watering Black raspberries. If bramble-like black raspberries are growing wild around your yard, don’t complain if the pesky vines try to take over your garden. Instead, eat every dark-purple berry you can (freeze those you can’t). While all berries are good cancer fighters, black raspberries are all-stars. They’re so good at preventing the Big C on the cellular level (eat more, eat more!) that in the lab, scientists have also made them into a skin gel that takes the sting out of sunburn, slows the growth of squamous cell skin cancer, and squelches inflammation from UVB rays. Toss fresh or thawed frozen berries into everything from salads and smoothies, or just eat them right off the vine. You can’t do your body anything but good.

Don’t forget those Pomegranates. Not that this fruit needs more good press, but those brilliant red (and flavanoid-rich) pomegranate seeds have proved their sun-strength in the lab: They too can shield skin cells from inflammation and UVB damage. Try topping grilled salmon with this super-easy pomegranate-avocado salsa. Just toss together lots of lime juice, onion, sliced avocado, and pomegranate seeds to taste. Spoon over salmon. Devour. (And if you’re ambitious enough to extract your own seeds from the fruit, not a jar, make it much easier by breaking open the pomegranate beneath the water’s surface in a deep bowl. The seeds will float free of the white pith.)

What … Dark chocolate. Yeah, you Bet !!!
This is a food which already has a great health rep going for it: Its happy effect on taste buds makes your brain release feel-good endorphins, plus it improves blood flow (good for your skin as well as the rest of you), and may be the only thing that gets many women through PMS. But can chocolate help your skin? You bet your dark-fudge sundae it can. It can take the red out of sunburn. It boasts more cancer-fighting chemicals than green tea and red wine. And in a study that thrilled chocolate lovers, women who drank a daily cup of cocoa made from 3 ounces of good dark chocolate (70% or more cacao please) had thicker, moister, smoother skin that was also more resistant to sun damage . . . in just three months, thanks to chocolate’s potent flavonols. Sweet.

All of which is not to say that you shouldn’t get any sun (or should go totally crazy on chocolate; it does have a few calories). Your body needs some sunlight — about 15 minutes a day — to make vitamin D, and to get the ‘Good Vibrations’ flowing.
Getting enough sun naturally can add nearly 2 years to your life on average….Sounds like to for me to sign off here….Going to catch some ‘Rays’ while enjoying some raspberries dipped in dark chocolate….and enjoy that refreshing breeze too !!!

Remember to go for a swim, walk on the beach, be active and ALIVE!!!

Here’s to Happily Enjoying a Boundryless Summer !!!

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