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Sun Protection


the Natural Way BY NUTRITIONIST, Frances Bavin


ONE of my pet peeves is SPF factor in moisturiser. When the sun is out in Scotland, I want every last drop of it on my skin so that my body can make some vitamin D. Vitamin D protects us from various types of cancer (including melanoma), fights infections, keeps your bones strong, protects against the chances of autoimmune and cardiovascular disease. It is so worrying is that so many of us are deficient. I wanted to highlight how important vitamin D is today, but mainly I want to talk about ways you can make you and your family’s skin more resilient to the sun without having to rely on regular sun tan lotion with its concoction of chemical ingredients.


Why do we burn?


Burning is an inflammatory response and whilst it’s not a good idea to let it happen, in general we are eating an inflammatory diet which makes us far more prone to inflammation; as a result, we’re much more likely to get sun burnt.


The worst offenders are: l Hydrogenated fats and vegetable oils, high in processed and takeaway foods


l Sugar l Grains l Stress & poor sleep


The top foods to introduce for sun protection: l Fats – Omega 3 from oily fish, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and even fermented cod liver oil.


l Green leafy vegetables l Antioxidant rich foods – in particular tomato paste, wild salmon, green tea, a bit of natural dark chocolate


made MAY / JUNE 2014


l Vitamin C l Herbs like turmeric, ginger, parsley, cinnamon, rosemary


Increasing vitamin D levels before the summer or going on holiday can help with the speed of tanning when you arrive, meaning that your skin will be naturally more resilient. It is a good idea to test your vitamin D levels over the winter and supplement accordingly with D3.


If you haven’t been eating anti-inflammatory foods it will probably take a few months to get your skin ready.


Here are my other suggestions to avoid the burn: l Use clothing with more coverage and shade, well before you get burnt.


l Avoid the midday sun unless you are in Scotland, when it’s probably the only time to get vitamin D.


l If you do have to be in strong sun, use a natural product like Green People or Badger Balm Sunscreen with zinc.


Under the sun…


For more information, please contact Frances on 07505 053333 or through the website www.francesbavinnutrition.com


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