Monday, July 11, 2011

Screen your Sunscreen.

Could your Sunscreen be Causing
More Harm then Good?
   Screen your Sunscreen!

How did the sun, the source of all life, become the bad guy?  Sunlight is essential for the our bodies to make vitamin D3 - which has anti-cancer properties. In fact, several large scale medical studies have shown that  increased sun exposure actually decreased the chances of cancer deaths.  On the other hand, the chemicals we lather onto and bake into our skin are absorbed into our blood streams. These chemicals have been shown to promote tumors, damage organs, cause cancer and disrupt reproductive hormones. So how about a little moderation?  In addition, maybe it is time to start scrutinizing the labels of what we put onto our bodies, as much as we do what we put into them. The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit consumer education group, has a great website for looking up the safety of personal care products: Although Natural Sunscreens are harder to find, the health of you and your family is worth it!

Steps Towards Healthy Sun Exposure:

1.) Gradually expose yourself and family to the sun - to avoid sunburns. 
2.) Avoid sun exposure from noon - 3pm.
3.) Use clothing, hats, and an umbrella for protection when outside for prolonged periods of time.
4. ) Use natural sunscreens instead of the toxic, commercially available, suncreeens.     
5.) Light skinned people should seek 10-20 minutes of sun exposure for vitamin D production. Darker skinned may need up to 30 minutes per day.

Want a more delicious way to reduce your risk for skin cancer?  The National Academy of Sciences published a review showing that the key to preventing skin cancer was balancing the ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats in our diets. The typical American consumes too much Omega 6 fats (corn, soy, safflower, peanut and sunflower oil) and not enough Omega 3 fats (fish, tree nuts and seeds).   So pack almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds in your beach bag, and grill up some salmon for dinner! 

Environmental Working Group's: 2011 Sunscreen Guide.
Click for a link to the: Safest Sunscreens