FOOD | Internal SPF by SFT

Last week we spoke on the importance of SPF and protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. We don't want this topic to become a fear based issue but rather where you feel confident that you are set up for fun in the sun success. There are actually tons of benefits and reasons why you should enjoy sometime outdoors this summer. For instance, vitamin D naturally taken in from the sun can help boost our moods, regulate sleep, and can help prevent certain diseases. So let’s continue our conversation on how to protect ourselves, nourish and support our bodies to feel our best this summer.  

While topical protection is always suggested we can also internally build up our skin’s natural protection through food and supplemental care. This added internal support will also help build up our body’s natural ability to repair any damage done from too much sun exposure. So that means bring on the watermelon salads, iced cold aloe vera water, fresh tomatoes and other brightly colored veggies! Here are our SFT tips on how to support that glow from the inside out:

  1. Filling your diet with vegetables, fruit, protein and healthy fats already sets you up for a bigger success rate than the typical American diet. Eating foods high in Omega 3’s, a building blocks for healthy skin and hair, will help build your internal rainforests defense and natural nourishment. We love including salmon, tuna, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseed oil on salads and spinach into our weekly routines.

  2. This won’t be the first time you’ve heard this or the last from SFT but eat tons of leafy greens. Seriously, a heaping handful at least twice a day. This doesn't have to mean just eating a boring old salad. We love adding greens to smoothies, juices, buddha style bowls, having steamed greens, sauteed or dressed with seasonal homemade salad dressing. Boosting your intake of greens helps the body naturally rid itself of toxins including free radicals that stress your skin. Greens are loaded with phyto nutrients we need to thrive. Some of our favorite examples are spinach, arugula, chard, butter lettuce, different colored leaf lettuce, kale, beet leaves and dandelion.

  3. Foods that are high in antioxidants are so supportive of healthy, glowing skin. Antioxidants help fight free radicals, provide some natural spf and help keep our skin bright, hydrated and vibrant. Antioxidants are also a powerful tool to reducing inflammation in the body. Foods to increase, citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, mandarins and tangerines. Science has also shown that a diet rich in citrus fruits, which are high in Vitamin C, can reduce the odds of skin cancer by over 30%. Pomegranates are also a great source of antioxidants and a SFT favorite to add to a summer salad because of their high content of Vitamin C, A and E, which paired together will help nutrients absorb well.

Many of us are experiencing symptoms of vitamin D deficiency such as low energy and moods, fragile bones and teeth and weak immune system. For extra support we advise getting your vitamin D levels checked by your doctor.

Now let’s say you do get burned, it’s important to help reduce the inflammation and cool your body internally to help heal and repair your skin as quick as possible. Load up on foods such as leafy greens, turmeric for it's powerful anti-inflammatory properties and drink tons of water, green tea and coconut water to replenish what was lost due to overheating the skin cells and your system overall. A boost of omegas from taking a spoonful of coconut oil can help nourish as well. Get plenty of rest and refer to our skin guidelines for topical care.

Energetically the wonderful season of summer is meant to help us expand and be active so what better time then now to start implanting real whole foods as the majority of your diet, staying on top of regulating sleep and getting outside (fully protected from UV rays) and enjoying life!

Thanks again for reading and stay tuned for more on all things SFT next week.