Suzanne Norman

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Healthier Summer Tips

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Sunscreen smarts 
We've been led to believe that sunscreens are the safest way to protect yourself from sun damage, and that's due to the fact that companies spend millions of dollars a year to keep you believing that. Yet most sunscreens block out beneficial UVB rays, (which are the ones that help you produce vitamin D) leaving you wide open to the damaging UVA rays... not to mention the toxic chemicals that are the ingredients in most of these products!


There are a few better ideas.  You may want to consider skipping the sunscreen. Don't wait until your skin turns dark pink to get out of the sun, go from sun to shade every 15-20 minutes, this is the best way to prevent a burn. You'll get a healthy dose of Vitamin D and avoid absorbing harmful chemical toxins.


Or consider a natural alternative. Coconut oil and aloe vera gel are natural sunscreens that are also good for your skin. And that red pepper you may throw on the grill will also help protect your skin. They're full of antioxidants that defend against sun damage.


Kill Pests, Not Brain Cells
Bug sprays containing DEET are some of the worst offenders when it comes to toxic chemical exposures, especially to children, and the longer the product claims to keep the bugs at bay, the more chemical it is likely to contain.  And the risk increases if it's left on overnight!
 
Why risk it? use essential oils instead.  Mix citronella, peppermint, and tea tree oil with witch hazel and distilled water.  Bugs hate it, and it smells great.


Quick Dips
Traditional swimming pools are full of harmful chemicals. Chlorine, bromine, and their byproducts can start damaging your DNA in as little as 40 minutes of exposure.  So keep your pool sessions to 30 minutes or less.  And remember, exposure to pool chemicals doesn't end once you're out of the water, so be sure to rinse off when you get out.


Healthier Grilling
Marinating meats in beer before grilling will help prevent meats from  forming carcinogenic compounds.  But so can pre-cooking them to further limit the amount of cancer-causing chemicals formed on the grill…like heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).


Start with grass-fed or organic, free range chicken.  They should be free of any antibiotics or hormones.  Bake it most of the way in the over. Then finish it on the grill right away to prevent bacteria from moving in.


Add Some Color
That's not the only way to help fight cancer on the grill. Antioxidants in vegetables can help soak up any toxins left behind on your meats.  Tossing them on the grill also helps to bring out their natural sweetness.


Zucchini, rich in vitamins A, B, and C, is a great choice as it hold up well on the grill.  Add some red peppers and this combo packs a healthy dose of antioxidants like lycopene and nasunin.  Together, they fend off cancer-causing free radicals!

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