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Prevent Sunburn with Food

By Sara Butler

Your first line of sunburn defense isn’t what you’re putting on your skin but what you’re putting into your body. Foods can actually fortify your skin and help protect it from the harmful rays of the sun. Of course, you’re still going to need to use sunscreen when you’re outside, but adding these foods to your diet can help.

Red Wine

It should go without saying that this isn’t carte blanche to go crazy, but most food in moderation has some benefits to your health – including red wine. In this case, red wine can help provide you with extra antioxidants that give the cells in your skin a boost of protection. These antioxidants are called flavonoids, and they help to prevent your skin from forming molecules that alter cellular functions. In other words, they help to prevent the damage to your cells caused by the sun that results in a sunburn.

Sweet Potatoes

A specific type of Vitamin A called beta-carotene is abundant in sweet potatoes. It helps to support the antioxidants that protect your cells and ultimately helps to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a natural sunblock. This doesn’t mean you should slather it on your skin – that would not work out well. What you should do is add it to your favorite salad or other dishes so you can soak up the squalene in it. This plant peptide helps to protect the fats in your skin, which in turn help to fortify it so the sun won’t do as much damage.


Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C. In fact, one cup has more of it than a medium orange. Vitamin C helps to protect your skin from free radicals that cause negative skin changes over time. So, make sure you pump up on your Vitamin C in the summer in order to help protect you when you’re in the sun.


Just as with Vitamin C, the Vitamin E found in avocados helps to protect your skin from free radicals. This antioxidant combats the damage done by UVA rays that cause your skin to wrinkle prematurely. So, protect your skin from the rays of the sun and possibly slow the aging process all by adding some avocado to what you’re eating!

Protection from the sun starts with eating a healthy diet. Eat these things and use sunblock to offer the best protection package!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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