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As summer just arrived, there’s good news on the horizon. In addition to the sunscreen, there are sun protecting foods that can add to the general safety during the hot summer days.
The sun protecting foods can help against UV radiations. A balanced diet can help as much as a sunscreen while their effects can last all through the day. The foods can make the skin beautiful, and they can also protect it from the long-term damage.
The first category is the beta-carotene foods, easily recognizable by their orange hues, such as melon, mango, sweet potatoes or cantaloupe. A second one is dedicated to tomatoes, vegetables that contain lycopene and flavanols. Just as good are black beans and eggplants, all suitable for tasty salads.
The olive oil contains healthy fats that protect the skin from damage and inflammation. It also contains Omega 3 fatty acid. One interesting way of serving it is over wheat bread, which would bring an additional vitamin E to the snack.
Soy products can also lower the risk of cancer and disease. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants that can protect against inflammation and it can also reduce stress. The flavonoids contained in dark chocolate can strengthen the skin.
Leafy greens can also help.The dark leaves contain free-radical-fighting antioxidants.
The fruits with a high content of vitamin C can prevent the formation of cancer cells, and they can boost collagen production. For example, oranges, strawberries, and especially kiwi can be eaten like an apple.
Green tea contains polyphenols that can protect against UV radiations. Two cups a day can reduce the skin cancer by 30%. Staying on the green side, broccoli is rich in sulforaphane, a component that provides anti-cancerous benefits. Broccoli can be served next to fish or inside an omelet.
Other foods rich in omega 3 are salmon, hemp, chia seeds, or lettuce, can do wonders for the skin. They can prevent the apparition of acne and make the skin to glow.
Apples can also help by blocking cancer cells through triterpenoids. The fruits can be served in a salad, or with cheese. They can even be used as a base for nut butter.
Watermelon is another wonder fruit, hydrating the skin while proving the necessary quantity of vitamins A and C. The watermelon has lycopene, which protects against the UV damage.
Nuts and seeds are also rich in vitamin E, which keeps the skin soft. Their fats can help against inflammation and reduce wrinkles. They can also be added to salads or smoothies.
In addition to wearing sunscreen, a healthy food diet can contribute to protecting the skin and make it look gorgeous in the summertime.
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