By now, most people understand that the majority of sunscreens on the market contain toxic ingredients that are best avoided. We also know that the skin needs moderate exposure to the sun in order to make adequate vitamin D, which is vital to hormone, immune and bone health.
But what about the days when you plan to be outdoors until the sun sets, like the 4th of July?
Here are some practical tips to protect your skin and avoid a sunburn:
Limit your exposure.
A safe amount of time in the sun will prevent sunburn and optimize your Vitamin D production. This exposure time is referred to as “half of a sunburn” in order to take into account variable weather conditions and skin sensitivities. This means that you want to be exposed to the sun half the time it would take you to get a bit pink…not getting a burn on half your body! After this, you’ll want to seek shade, cover up, or apply mineral based sunscreen to continue enjoying the summer weather safely.
Take in adequate dietary fats.
- Follow a traditional Weston A. Price diet full of raw dairy products, egg yolks, animal fats like butter, coconut oil and a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables.
- Include a daily dose of cod liver oil in the winter months.
- Learn more from our recent “Sun Health” Webinar where we explored the relationship between nutrition and sunburns.
Use Our “Sun Protocol”
For the days you’ll be out for extended hours, follow our supplement protocol. This will help your body handle the sun and heat. Take the following every 2-4 hours:
- 1 Cataplex F
- 2 Calcium Lactate
- 1 Adrenal Complex
- A glass of purified water with a pinch of sea salt
Use a Safer Sunscreen
Check out this post to learn more about the dangers of sunscreen, the brands we recommend and our homemade sunscreen recipe.
If you have questions about the best supplemental fats and oils for you and your family, set up a complimentary 10-minute consult. Call us at 858.259.6000.
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