Tips For Summer Health Boost (Part 5) - Your edible first aid kit

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A little sun goes a long way

‘How much vitamin D your skin produces depends on many factors, including colour – pale skin synthesises vitamin D faster but burns more easily,’ says skin cancer expert Paul Banwell. ‘However, most of us can get the vitamin D we need with 10-15 minutes of sun exposure without protection – this is typically less than the exposure time that leads to sunburn or heightens your risk of skin cancer.’

Description: We can get the vitamin D we need with 10-15 minutes of sun exposure without protection

We can get the vitamin D we need with 10-15 minutes of sun exposure without protection

More isn’t more

When you’ve had your 10 minutes or so of sunshine, it’s time to reach for sun protection. Because once you’ve made enough vitamin D from the sun, any extra is turned into inactive substances. In other words, heavy sun exposure won’t improve your vitamin D levels beyond a maximum threshold, but it could increase your risk of skin cancer.

Shadow watch

If your shadow is longer than your body, your body won’t produce any vitamin D. So get outside when the sun is at its highest.

Your edible first aid kit

·         For hayfever

Try: Local honey

Why: The idea is that the small amounts of pollen it contains can help desensitise you. There’s only anecdotal evidence to back up this theory, but a spoonful a day during hayfever season won’t hurt.

·         For sun protection

Try: Tomatoes

Why: They contain the antioxidant lycopene, which helps block UV penetration. One study found eating more tomatoes equated to a 30% increase in skin protection.

·         For bloating

Try: Cantaloupe or mangoes

Why: ‘Both are high in potassium, which can keep water retention at bay,’ says nutritionist Fiona Hunter.

Eating more tomatoes equated to a 30% increase in skin protection

 
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