Juice Your Sunscreen: 10 Nutrient-Rich Foods That Provide Natural Sun Protection

by Nicole Graves on July 9, 2015

foods that you can juice for natural sunscreen

Juice Your Sunscreen: 10 Nutrient-Rich Foods That Provide Natural Sun Protection

We’ve been taught to slather sunscreen on our skin to prevent sun damage.  However, few people will tell you that store-bought sunscreens contain harmful toxic chemicals.

There’s a wide variety of foods that offer sun protection, and most of them are perfect for juicing.  You can boost your body’s natural defenses against sun damage by juicing and chugging plant juices!   Plants contain phytochemicals which are naturally occurring antioxidants that  provide pigment and serve as protection against the sun.  Juicing vibrant colored fruits and vegetables with high antioxidant concentrations can enhance your own sun tolerance.

Dark Leafy Greens

Greens make just about every list!   Really, you can’t go wrong by juicing greens.  Dark leafy green vegetables are loaded with antioxidants that can help combat ultraviolet ray damage.  Antioxidants found in greens help prevent wrinkles, and, as an added perk,  dark leafy greens can decrease the risk of skin cancer.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are also a major source of skin-protecting beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables; it protects sweet potatoes against sun damage and gives them their orange color. Sweet potatoes have more beta-carotene than practically any other vegetable. Yes, you can juice a sweet potato! It’s delicious when juiced with oranges and carrots.

 

Berries

Berries have been shown to be some of the healthiest foods on the planet.  They are antioxidant-rich! Sunlight exposes us to ultra-violet radiation which generates free radicals that cause cellular damage, disease, and aging.  Berries neutralize free radicals and protect us from sun damage.

Nuts and Seeds

You can’t juice them, but you can blend them.  Throw them in your next smoothie!  Nuts and seeds like walnuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds, are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, which keeps the skin smooth and supple.   Almonds are one of the best sources for vitamin E.

Carrots

Carrots are high in beta-carotene.  The body converts beta carotene into Vitamin A, which supports skin health. Beta-carotene rich foods protect us from sunburn.  Try carrot essential oil in your next batch of homemade sunscreen.

Tomatoes

Lycopene-rich tomatoes have been proven to provide long-term protection against ultraviolet-radiation. So juice them and make your own V-8!

Cacao Powder

Cacao powder is another delicious smoothie ingredient!  The antioxidants in cacao powder can help prevent sun damage.  Blend it with bananas and a little coconut milk and you have a creamy chocolate banana milkshake!

Watermelon

Watermelon is a sun-shielding fruit that is loaded with Lycopene—the natural sunburn protector.  Juice some to hydrate the skin, flush the body, and keep sunburn at bay.

 

Kiwis, Oranges, Limes and Lemons

Vitamin C-rich fruits help block the development of cancer cells. Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals.

 

Spirulina

Although it’s not the tastiest of treats, spirulina contains phytochemicals that have been shown to be 500 times more powerful than Vitamin E.

 

Make some juice from these ingredients, whip up a batch of your own all-natural topical sunscreen and you are all set for fun in the sun!

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