Photo: Lars Goldenbogen
Really Healthy Real Life
Downstream from your sunscreen
BY MAGAZINE COLUMNIST DANNY ARGUETTY
One day while lathering sunscreen all over my body I paused for a moment of contemplation. What am I putting on my body? Where will it end up? What is it doing to the internal health of my system?
I read the ingredients on this well marketed bottle and was surprised that I couldn’t pronounce or understand the majority of ingredients. In usual yogic fashion I went to the internet to expand my awareness and get more educated.
What’s in this stuff, anyway? What I found was relatively shocking.
Out of 500 common brands of sunscreens the Environmental Working Group only recommends 39 as having low toxicity.
I already knew that exposing myself to the sun for at least 15-30 minutes a day with no protection was actually healthy to increase vitamin D levels which prevent a host of cancers.
The best way to stay protected when it’s “time to screen?”
1 Use the least toxic sun products brands (see below)
2 Cover up with hats, long sleeves, and a parasol (“sun umbrella”)
3 Eat high antioxidant foods such as red grapes, red wine, greens, omega 3′s, olive oil, & rich vitamin C fruits, to help offset the biology of solar radiation
Avoid these brands which are high in toxins: natures gate, kiss my face, banana boat, coopertone, covergirl, softlips, walgreen brand, CVS brand, & Hawaiian Tropics.
Support Soleo Organics, Dessert Essence, ThinkBaby, UV Natural, California Baby, All Terrain KidSport.
More and more studies now show that people who are not getting enough sun exposure are more prone to higher rates of disease. But is the cause lack of vitamin D or the use of well marketed sunscreens full of toxic chemicals?
You can read more at www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen
Find more Danny on his websites www.nourishyourlight.com and www.nourishingtheteacher.com
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