Healthy Summer Sun!

Healthy Summer Sun!

Los Angeles gives us summer-like weather almost all year round. But even here in California, the rays of the sun become more intense during the summer months, so regardless of where we live, we must all be extra mindful about our sun exposure during this time of the year.

The American Cancer Society states that there are over five million new skin cancer cases each year and that melanoma outweighs all other cancers combined! These are staggering statistics especially for those of us who live in a sunny climate and may be at increased risk.

There seems to be a lot of confusion about healthy sun exposure and whether or not a tan equals potential long-term damage to our skin. While there are many opinions on this topic, some things remain clear.

The basic guidelines to follow in order to reduce your overall risks of cancer and aging of the skin are:

  • Avoid lengthy sun exposure at peak times between 10am-4pm
  • Cover up with clothing, a brimmed hat, and sunglasses
  • Remain in shady areas between 10am-4pm
  • Apply quality sunscreen liberally to exposed areas

With new studies coming out about potential dangers of certain chemicals in sunscreen, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which ones to purchase to protect you and your family. As a general guide, stick to natural sunblock whenever possible. Look for creams and lotions that contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as their main sun protection ingredients.

While the verdict is still out, certain ingredients may act as endocrine disruptors which can mimic the hormone estrogen. When made by the body or given as a drug, increased estrogen may affect reproductive organs and may also raise the risk of certain cancers. For more information, visit the Environmental Working Group EWG for a list of sunscreen products which can be harmful.

Along with being smart about your sun exposure, you may want to take some natural approaches too, in order to boost your body’s ability to block harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Astaxanthin– this potent antioxidant found most often in shrimp, salmon, lobster, and krill has been shown to increase the body’s natural ability to absorb UVA and UVB. Supplementing a minimum of 2mg of Astaxanthin per day, may help to lower your risk of cancer and reduce overall inflammation.

Topical Vitamin C– Applying a Vitamin C serum or cream with your sunscreen may act as extra defense from the damage that the sun causes to your skin. A serum is best, one that contains at least 15% pure Vitamin C.

CoQ10– Supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 and using it topically in creams or lotions may help to fight the free radicals that come from the sun’s rays. Italian researchers found that melanoma patients had very low levels of CoQ10 compared to those who were free of cancer. Another study in 2006 showed that topical CoQ10 suppressed the inflammation caused by UV radiation.

Healthy Exposure– More and more doctors and health practitioners are suggesting that 10-20 minutes of sun exposure to a large percentage of your skin without sunscreen, may actually be a healthy and good way to produce natural Vitamin D3. Some experts suggest doing this before 10am or after 4pm while others say that peak times are okay.

Vitamin D– Supplementing Vitamin D3 may help to boost immunity and reduce the risk of certain cancers. It is thought that taking Vitamin K along with D3 may increase the positive effects of a Vitamin D3 supplement.

Apart from avoiding skin cancer, many of us want to keep our largest organ looking young and supple. It really is a balancing act of getting enough rays to boost our health and immunity without overdoing it and causing sun-related aging of our skin.

Like all things in life, balance is key. It is vital that we don’t live in fear or angst about enjoying healthy sun time with friends and family, but also, ensuring that we are taking precautions and being smart.

Let this summer be one that you remember. Take the steps to protect yourself and then go out and celebrate this wonderful time of the year. Be healthy, be safe, and enjoy!

*Always consult with your doctor about healthy sun practices, especially if you have a history of melanoma or are at increased risk of cancer.

 

Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Coach Living in Los Angeles. http://www.JayBradleyLifestyle.com

He is the Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!

Glyphosate – The Problem with Today’s Food

Glyphosate – The Problem with Today’s Food

Long gone are the days of our great grandparent’s food. In those times everything was organic and people lived off the land. The soil was rich in minerals and our produce was packed with vitamins and phytonutrients. Our food was pure and natural.

Flash forward to today. 75% of the food in restaurants and on our grocery shelves contains glyphosate. Glyphosate is a chemical from pesticides and herbicides that has now been linked to a number of health challenges and food sensitivities. In fact, the state of California and the world health organization (WHO) have deemed glyphosate a possible cancer-causing agent. It is estimated that 90% of human beings have glyphosate in their body.

Glyphosate is the main chemical ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. This product alone brings the company almost 2 billion dollars of sales annually. When sprayed on organic produce, glyphosate quickly kills the fruit or vegetable and the surrounding weeds and pests. When sprayed on genetically modified (GMO) produce however, the food goes unaffected. The DNA of GMO fruits and vegetables are manipulated in such a way to withstand these chemicals, which by the way, cannot be washed or cooked off. They remain permanently in the non-organic foods that we eat.

New studies are now showing that there may be a direct link to glyphosate and gluten intolerance along with a myriad of other disease. The main reasons are because these sprays break down the villi in our lower gut called the micro biome. These tiny fingerlike villi protect our stomach and work hard to absorb nutrients into our system. When these villi are gone, it leaves our digestive track and lower biome more vulnerable to all types of digestive issues. Our gut is often called our second brain and everything that happens there affects our entire body including immunity, metabolism, and energy levels. With less resistance and lower healthy bacteria, we are more prone to health challenges from cancer to inflammatory issues such as arthritis and much more.

Thankfully, an amazing California-based health company has just launched a breakthrough product, which helps to remove this harmful glyphosate from the lower stomach and digestive area and then assists in re-building a healthy environment where these villi can rebuild and get back to the important role of protecting our gut.

Purium which is a certified organic, raw, non-GMO superfood company run by the well-known health guru David Sandoval, states that BIOME MEDIC works extremely well for this modern day problem. Humic and Fulvic acid are used to gently remove glyphosate from the micro biome and lactospore works to rebuild healthy bacteria.

With modern problems come modern solutions. As a wellness coach and health advocate myself, I get quite excited when somebody faces these issues head on and works on helping people to overcome them. That is exactly what Purium has done by creating this new product.

Until we can ban these harmful chemicals from being used at all, we can work together to remove glyphosate and other toxins from our daily diet by choosing organic foods whenever possible. This along with taking BIOME MEDIC daily and we have a recipe for success towards our goal of living a longer and healthier life.

There is no way to return to the times of our great grandparents nor would we want to. But just as they overcame their obstacles, I am convinced that we too will work together to create a future that is bright and healthy in our fast-paced and modern world.

 

Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert Living in Los Angeles. http://www.jaybradleylifestyle.com

He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!