Although the official start of summer isn’t for a couple weeks, it’s starting to look and feel like it. If you think sunscreen is bogus because of the chemicals and contaminants it contains, welcome to the club. Here’s a great tip that I bet you were unaware of. Lycopene, which is found in redish-pigmented fruits and vegetables, acts as a natural sunscreen from the inside out.
Crazy huh? Not really. Do you remember your elementary school teachers telling you that you are what you eat? Well it’s true. Every single cell in your entire body literally regenerates in about a year and a half. I guess that makes you think twice now about eating that bacon double cheeseburger with fries smothered in gravy and a large soda pop. Why not try to feed your cells the highest octane fuel possible?
Anyway, I got off track. For the summer, don’t be afraid to add a heavy dose of tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, grapefruits, apricots, carrots and my personal favorite, red palm oil to your diet. Not only will eating these foods be a good preventive measure with the sun, but they are also high in fiber, vitamin A, water content and potassium. Foods high in vitamin A have also been known to improve eyesight, cardiovascular health, skin and boost immunity. That’s a big win for YOU!
Let me give you a quick note about tomatoes. For the highest concentration of lycopene, opt for stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, ketchup or tomato sauce. The American Cancer Society themselves claim that cooked versions of tomatoes assimilate better in the body than raw. You are also best served consuming these tomato derivatives with a healthy form of fat, which further helps absorption. For example, drizzle olive oil over your bowl or Rail Fagioli, which you can find in my eBook, Act of Nutrition. If you’re hardcore, just crack open a small can of organic tomato paste and eat it with a spoon.
For my final note, make sure to always go with an organic form of tomatoes, especially if you are mega-dosing a highly concentrated form like sauce or paste. That goes for any lycopene-rich fruit or vegetable. Remember the inside out rule. The last thing you want is unsightly toxins swimming around in your body and forming your cells.