We can all agree that skin protection is important for anyone who spends time outside during the summer months. However, lathering up with layers of sunscreen may not be the right approach entirely.
Not only does sunblock keep out harmful sun rays, it also keeps out vitamin D—a beneficial nutrient that can promote immunity and protect against injury. Plus, many chemical sunscreens are loaded with harmful endocrine disrupters.
As a registered dietitian and food enthusiast, I'm always looking for ways to use food to improve health. And it just so happens that many foods in your kitchen contain natural protection against solar radiation. Think of them as part of the summer medicine cabinet that can be found in your kitchen and garden.
The next time you head outside for the day, bring some of these skin-protecting snacks along: