With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner and summer almost officially here, that means more time outdoors in the sun. No matter your pleasure of choice, a little beach rest and relaxation, hiking in the mountains or enjoying an open water swim, it is important to protect you and your family from the dangerous effects of sun exposure.
Though, do you know that not all sunscreens are created equal?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed 1,700 sun protection productions in the United States and found that 80% of the products reviewed this year contained harmful ingredients or contained inadequate protection against the unsafe ultraviolet radiation. Some of these toxic chemicals, such as oxybenzone, which is a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, which is a form of vitamin A linked to skin damage.
Check out EWG’s Sunscreen Guide 2015 to make sure you have the right protection for you and your family during your outdoor activities.
Within the EWG’s Sunscreen Guide, here are a few other features listed in the report:
- Best Beach and Sport Sunscreens
- Best moisturizers with SPF
- Hall of Shame
- Reading the Report
- What’s Wrong With High SPF?
- Eight Little-Known Facts About Sunscreens
- The Problem With Vitamin A
Remember, the health of your skin is not just protected by what you apply to the skin from the outside. As I have mentioned in more detail in this previous blog post, the skin, being the largest organ of your body, is greatly impacted by the health of your gastrointestinal tract. Consuming Aloe Vera Juice is just one of the many foods that not only improves digestion but also gives your skin the glow and protection it deserves from the inside out.
To a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend to you and your loved ones!
Digestive Health Smoothie
4 raw Brazil nuts
1 whole cucumber
1 large celery stalk
small handful of spinach or mixed greens
1/2 cup aloe vera juice
1 heaping tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 cup frozen blueberries
15-20 drops vanilla stevia or raw honey (or to taste)
2.5 cups water (you can add more or less depending upon your thickness desire)
1 teaspoon maca (optional)
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger (optional)
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
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Hello, my name is Stacy Phillips, licensed Functional Nutritionist and Holistic Health, Wellness and Strength & Conditioning Coach with a MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine practicing whole-foods nutrition and physical training to individuals around the globe.
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