I grew up on a small farm in Kansas. I noticed that my grandparents spent quite a bit of time in the sun and none of their generation had skin cancer. Yet, today that problem is quite common. Could there be a difference in their generations and ours? Absolutely!
Over the years, I have found the following people tend to have more skin (i.e., burning, skin cancer) issues:
- Presence of wheat allergies (wheat has been greatly altered in the past few decades)
- Consuming fast foods (processed foods abound everywhere)
- High sugar intake (average sugar intake has gone from 23#/year to 150#/year). Actually high sugar intake can lead to splotchy tanning.
- High toxicity – the more toxic, the more we tend to ‘fry’!
So what can you do to enjoy the sun and not create a potential problem?
ONE: Limit sun exposure to about 15 minutes so that you don’t burn.
TWO: Be sure your diet is chock full of good anti-oxidants (i.e.,veggies, fruits, greens) and good fats (i.e., fish, Omega 3s, coconut oil, etc)
THREE: Avoid wheat and processed foods as much as possible.
FOUR: Use ‘clean’ sun products. That would be ones without PABA, Parabens, Fragrances, Nanoparticles, Retinyl Palmitate (a form of Vitamin A), Oxybenzone, Benzophenone-3 (B-3) and Amino Benzoic Acid, whose side effects can include a host of health horrors which can effect your heart, hormones and even your DNA!