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Some people do not believe sunscreen is the best way to prevent a sunburn. In fact, some believe sunscreen is doing more harm than good. (Research it to decide for yourself what you think about this.)
Personally, I believe in wearing sunscreen, especially for kids, but I also think there's something worth exploring about natural sun protection through diet.
It's possible that what you eat could reduce your chance of sunburn.
To achieve optimum resilience to harmful sun rays, it's recommended people avoid processed foods, vegetable oils, grains and sugars. Eating healthy saturated fats, foods rich in omega-3s, leafy greens and at least two tablespoons of tomato paste every day could result in more resilience to harmful sun rays.
Taking a variety of daily supplements is also suggested, including 2,000 mg of vitamin N, 1/4 cup of coconut oil melted in herbal tea, fermented cod liver oil and Astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant which might act as an internal sunscreen (not recommended for kids).
Of course, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen for prolonged exposure is probably a wise idea, but an anti-inflammatory diet (which is what's suggested above) and a few supplements might be more effective for day-to-day sun protection.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.