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  • Writer's pictureAdrienne Beaupré, Holistic Nutrition Consultant

Natural Health in the Sun Part 3 of 3 - Eating well to optimize benefits and safety of the sun.

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Sun hat, sunscreens and sunglasses
Be safe and enjoy the sun!

Wrapping up this series. Good food improves your sun benefits!

Inflammation in your body determines burn or benefit from sun exposure. That’s right, food can reduce inflammation and sun burns or increase it!

  1. Avoid the most inflammatory foods:

  • the refined vegetable oils

  • refined sugars

  • chemical additives

  • preservatives known to increase inflammation

2. Choose whole foods rich in

  • Astaxanthin: Salmon, Trout, Krill, Shrimp, Crawfish, Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Red snapper

  • Lycopene: tomatoes, asparagus, apricots, cabbage, melons, papayas, grapes, peaches, watermelons, and cranberries

  • Beta carotene: yellow, orange, and green leafy fruits and vegetables (such as carrots, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cantaloupe, and winter squash)

  • Vitamin D: Cod liver oil, Salmon, Swordfish, Tuna fish, Grass Fed Cow’s Milk, Sardines, Beef liver, Egg yolk

  • Vitamin E : Almonds, Avocado, Broccoli Rabe, Broccoili, Chili Powder, Fresh Cilantro, Jalapeno Peppers, Kiwi, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Paprika, Spinach , Shrimp, Sunflower Seeds, Swiss Chard, Trout, Wheat Germ Oil

  • Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG): highest in Green Tea but also found in white, oolong, and black teas. Fruits: cranberries, strawberries, blackberries, kiwis, cherries, pears, peaches, apples, and avocados. Nuts: pecans, pistachios, and hazelnuts.

So, on those beautiful beach days, remember to pack light layers of clothing, a hat, a shrimp salad made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, some iced green tea, and of course, don't forget your nontoxic sunscreen!

Lastly, if you find you are more sun sensitive these days, please let us know. We can muscle test for the best support for your body. We use Standard Process food based supplements to support skin health in the summer. They include many of these foods in tablet or capsule form (e.g. Cataplex D, Cataplex E, Cataplex E2, Cataplex F, Cellular Vitality, Cod Liver Oil, Tuna Omega, Olprima EPA/DHA, Turmeric, and Vitanox)

If you haven't already seen parts 1 and 2 of this blog series, check them out for even more natural health in the sun information. Enjoy summer without sun burns!

Shrimp salad with fruit and veggies on the beach

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