It’s not important to eat delicious food, it’s important to eat… smart! Meaning, you must choose the right food at the right time. Let’s take this season for example… summer! We all know it’s important to drink plenty of water during the summer – especially if you’re in the sun. For starters, take a look at these infused waters, which can be the best company for you:
Let’s talk about food! Are there some foods that you should prefer during summer? Are there some foods that protect you from the sun? Yes, there are! However, they will not protect you as a sun cream will, but they will give you valuable vitamins, minerals and trace elements which will boost the immune system – and more specifically your skin – and protect you from UV rays. What foods am I talking about? I have listed some of them below along with some recipes that apart from the valuable nutrients, have an amazing flavor (at this point, I must note that the best way to “steal” the nutrients of fruits and vegetables is to eat them raw). Let’s take a look!
Tomatoes – They contain lycopene that appears to protect the skin and the cells in general from sunrays. There are also indications that combining it with other antioxidant foods will protect us from sunburns. Careful! No food can substitute your sun cream!
Carrots – You saw that coming. Carrots are the absolute sun protection food. Thanks to carotenoids they contain, they can reduce or limit the danger of sunburns. I have some orange foods that help protect your skin here. If you want, take a look.
Red pepper– I’m talking about chili peppers, but sweet red peppers. They practically do what the carrot does because they too contain Beta-carotene. Apart from that, they also contain lycopene, which is even better when it comes to protecting your skins from sunrays.
Broccoli – To be precise, not just broccoli, but other cruciferous vegetables which can neutralize free radicals produced due to sunrays. How do they do it? It’s all thanks to the antioxidants, vitamins E, K and C they contain.
Salmon – The salmon’s Omega-3 fatty acids help protect your skin against sunrays. In a few words, if you like fish or salmon – and fatty fish in general – this could be a good option for the summer.
Watermelon – Red colored foods are very good for the summer, as you’ve already surmised. Why? Because they are rich in lycopene and zeaxanthin. These substances help protect your skin from sunrays.
Apricot – Thanks to beta-carotene they contain, apricots boost up your immune system, protects your heart and provides your skin with valuable nutrients that help protect it from sunrays.
Now you can be certain that apart from sun creams you have another ally this summer. Your diet! And you know what/ You diet is your best ally when it comes to health, not just in the summer, but throughout the year!
* This article was written in collaboration with Kitchen Lab’s Nutritionist Anna Maria Volanaki, MSc, BDA, SENr.