Eat Your Sunscreen
Updated: Jan 19, 2020
Diet is incredibly important for how your body responds to sun exposure.
Vitamin D acts more like a hormone in the body. It "turns on" more than 200 genes in the body. It boosts immunity, endorphins and serotonin (why being in the sun makes us feel happy). It also fights inflammation and, somewhat ironically, promotes aptopsis (killing of cancer cells).
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, and a co-factor for other fat-soluble vitamins, so it's really important that we get enough healthy fats in our diet, but just as important that we digest them properly. If you aren't sure what a healthy fat is, or if you are struggling with digestion, we can work together to manage that.
Vitamin D is created when UVB rays interact with our skin. However, UVB rays are also what cause our skin to burn. It's important to find the right balance. Listen to your body: as soon as you start to get pink, throw a shirt on and find some shade.
Other things you can do:
Support your liver and gallbladder: The liver makes bile, and the gallbadder stores and releases bile in the presence of fat to aid in digestion. My favorite supplements for this are Biotics Beta-TCP and Livotrit Plus (talk to myself or another qualified practitioner before using Livotrit Plus as it can cause intense healing reactions). Beets are a great food for this!
Eat an antioxidant-rich diet: Eat purple, blue, orange, and red fruits and vegetables, which are fresh and abundant this time of year. Nature provides!
Drink lots of water! Add mineral drops.
Calcium: Sunburn will leech calcium from your bones. A calcium/magnesium supplement can help.
Topical Vitamin C can help with sunburn. Mix Vitamin C powder in a spray bottle with water and spray it on.
Proteolytic enzymes like Biotics Intenzyme Forte (a first aid kit must have for me) can also help with inflammation if you get sunburn.
If you're going on vacation and you want to prepare ahead of time for sun exposure:
Start taking Astaxanthin, an antioxidant found in shellfish, one month before your scheduled vacation.
All of these supplements can be found in Fullscript under Shop By Dispensary Categories -> Suncare.
I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™ is not trained to provide medical diagnosis or treatment of any medical or pathological condition, illness, injury or disease. No recommendation or comment made by a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™ should be construed as being medical advice or diagnosis. Check with your doctor before taking any supplements.
For my recommendations on Safer Sunscreen, click here.