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I was once asked about what sunscreen I used for this person said “Well they don’t sell anything but commercial ones in the store”…and I explained why I avoid most commercial ones and that I make my own. You will find the recipe at the bottom of this post. Since that time studies from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Consumer Reports have put out several warnings, putting buyers against and not for using many kinds of today’s commercial and store bought sunscreens, these warning are placed especially for all children.
Protective sunscreen usage has risen over time, with all the fda warnings concerning sun exposure dangers that are resulting in skin cancers and sunburns.The big problem with this is, not all sunscreens are made with products that are healthy for us. Some are toxic and you end up having more issues with getting ill from that more then you do with UV rays.
Here is why:
There’s 2 ways sunscreen protects your epidermis from sun damage: with either a mineral and or chemical barrier.
Mineral sunscreens usually have these following ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, which makes the barrier we all see when applying it to our skin. Next is….
Chemical ones use 1 or more of these chemicals:octinoxate, avobenzone, octocrylene octisalate,homosalate and oxybenzone.
If you have visited my blog before, you have probably noticed my opinion that if you cannot eat it, you should not be putting it on your skin. These chemicals listed above have raised several concerns due to the fact that many of them are able to cross over and into the skin, other tissue, etc.
As with any chemicals, its very important to ask these following questions like:
Can this cross my skin and get into other tissue inside my body?
Do these chemicals have potential to interupt hormones in me or my children?
Is there any long-term allergy possibilities to these chemicals.
New research has shown given by the EWG revealed that the chemical properties used in most sunscreens are what as known as endocrine disruptors, estrogenic and that they may also even interfere with both the thyroid and other hormone processes inside your body.
The most common of these chemicals was Oxybenzone. It was discovered in 96% of the sunscreens used today by a recent study held by the CDC and Prevention. This was for sure especially alarming since oxybenzone has been found to reduce sperm count, it also can contribute to endometriosis in females and it is also considered an endocrine disruptor.
The EWG has warned and given its opinion against using oxybenzone. Especially on pregnant/breastfeeding women, and on children.
Whats even more disturbing?
Of the 1,400+ sunscreens tested by the EWG, over 40% were listed as potentially contributing to skin cancer and that only 5% met the safety standards given.
Most of these sunscreens also contrained a Vitamin A derivative, retinyl palmitate which has been shown to speed up the growth of cancerous cells by up to 21%.
Many of these sunscreens also contained methylisothiazolinone, which was named allergen of the year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.
The EWG’s most recent report listed Neutrogena as the #1 sunscreen brand to avoid, citing gives misleading claims about their SPF levels, and that it contains high concentrations of oxybenzone and other hormone disrupting chemicals.
Vitamin D Dilemma
For those of us with MS who has the well known vitamin deficiency of Vit. D this is gonna be a big one for you! Most sunscreens completely block the body’s ability to manufacture Vitamin D. Studies have shown that 75% of us are deficient in Vitamin D and Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to higher risk of cancer and heart disease which kills more people than skin cancer per year.
We may literally be cutting off our legs to spite the rest of the body when it comes to sun exposure. We are lathering up with chemical sunscreens that do have the potential to not just increase, but greatly increase skin cancer risk and to reduce our bodies ability to snag up the Vitamin D production by blocking it out in the name of avoiding skin cancer, and increase our risk of getting diseases related to this deficiency such as Multiple Sclerosis.
Mineral sunscreens are typically considered a safer option, but come with their own negative side effects and risks as well.
Some of these mineral sunscreens also contain some of the named and mentioned chemical ingredients above.
Additionally, if the small particles of titanium oxide or zinc oxide are used, they can enter in the body and produce risks as well. Since these offer physical barriers, its also difficult to pinpoint the SPF of some of these mineral sunscreens.
My recipe for homemade sunscreen and lotion bars and both use non-nano zinc oxide for both a safe and natural sun protection. There also are some natural mineral sunscreens available that the EWG lists as being very safe. I’ve shared the list but I have not tried any of these for again I make my own. Its cheaper that way.
Cover up! Wear a shirt when for example during swimming. Swimming seems and tends to be when most people burn and use sunscreens. But you can cover up when doing any type of activities outdoors. To hot to cover up? Trying using a shade umbrella or seeking out the shadiest spot available.
INTERNAL SUN PROTECTION
I think another important step to protecting your skin from risk of sun damage is by supporting your self internally.
In short, it is important to avoid foods that increase inflammation, such as:
And to keep your eyes focused on foods/ healthy fats that support skin health, including:
1/4 cup coconut oil melted in a cup of herbal tea per day- the Medium Chain Fatty Acids and saturated fat are easily utilized by the body for new skin formation and are protective against burning
Fermented Cod Liver Oil/High Vitamin Butter Oil Blend (also great for remineralizing teeth)-Probably the most important supplement for sun protection. I take double doses during the summer and the kids take it too. Since adding this and the coconut oil daily, none of us have burned. It’s also great for digestive and oral health. (Amazon finally has the capsules back in stock)
Last but not least, Vit C, at least 2,000 mg a day.
It is important to be responsible with sun exposure, but many sunscreens offer a false security of sun protection and may do more harm than good. But now since you have all this valuable info you now know how to both make your own and what to buy if you wish not to.
What sunscreen do you use? What is your biggest concern with sun exposure? Oh and before I forget, heres my recipe for natural sunscreen below!
Okay as you all know and if you don’t here it is…yes I have MS but that is not what totally defines me. I’m also a mama…like many of you know that is what prevails. So as much as I share with you all many interesting news articles, my opinions, etc. You will also get posts about me being a mama on top of having MS. I fight everyday not for me but for my family as well. Yea there are days like today I feel like crap and I’m weak but still I have one son left at home who is 12 and we homeschool him. My husband works night shift so Im pretty much a loner on this…lol Well I want to share something with everyone regardless if you homeschool or not this freebie will benefit all! http://kidsskatefree.com/ You can go sign up for free and your kids can skate free all summer long. Did you know exercise has everything to do with overall health as well. Skating for just an hour can burn between 300-600 calories!
These days I think our kids lack in physical activity due to being plugged in. So unplug em and let em enjoy nature and things like skating. They will love you for it:)
Okay off to take my youngin for his hair cut cause hes looking like a girl its so long…lol Also gotta run and get my food for S and E meals but not done planning out the full menus. So probably will do that tom while the hubbys off. Have a great start off to your weekend peeps!
Can I ask am I the only person who for sure gets confused, overwhelmed, and also agitated at all the slews of both confusing and conflicting theories about health? It is irritating, is it not? Back in the 80’s and 90’s were were told to watch our fat intake. Now jump into the 21st century and things have changed. Cause low and behold fat is good for you. Your brain has to have it but again its all about control. It is also one of our three needed fuel types. Then we run into the low carb issue, in where we are told to pretty much do away with them and to fill up on all the protein you can. But, our body needs carbs as well for it is a fuel source for our bodies…again its how consume it as well as fat. Our third fuel source is protein. Its a good idea to have protein along with either one of the other fuel sources, but as a rule of thumb, NEVER HIGH FAT AND CARBS TOGETHER AT ONE TIME. Protein is very filling. Some scientists enforce calorie counting while others scientists are in their own opinions, that calories don’t really matter. Canola oil, eggs, egg yolks, soy milk, or regular milk…are they good or bad? It all depends on which expert you ask! Today there is no lack in opinions about fad diets. Many want to believe that there are quick fixes for weight loss and all you need is a pill for general health, advice is everywhere one look—however, these fad diets do not last. Anytime you go to an extreme of eating by removing a certain food group and only eating another in the long run ends up in disaster. I do not remove any food groups. I believe god put them here so I believe he wants me to have them all. Only I stay away from man made and refined foods. They are really bad for you. Eating this way for me resulted in yes sustainable lifestyle changes but now I am feeling better, healthier then ever, controlling my MS better and I have one happy, healthy family. America is in a health crisis. Each person and family needs to do something totally different—we all need to think outside of the box.
Theres three ways we need to think outside of the box when it comes to eating & health.
Let me know how you like it below:)
Ask five nutritionists to give you a list of the greatest superfoods that those with chronic diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis should be eating everyday and I bet you the results on every one of their lists will all be different but they will also be in agreement to an extent. So why is that? Well why each of their lists are good its that each their food lists provides something different but of equally great importance to the body’s functioning. One or two foods could be very rich in both protein and/or fiber but then be lacking in both vitamins/minerals while at the same exact time another food on the lists are loaded up and full with chronic disease fighting antioxidants but lack in protein and different vitamins/minerals. Scientists explain that eating these wide variety of power foods would be the very best way of guarantying the most optimal health/life and below is a list to get you started!
Start up your day and the whole body with a nutritious bowl of old fashioned oats or steel cut (instants are blood sugar spikers and less filling) They don’t only get the body revving and ready to go in the morning as a start up, but they are also great as a pre/post workout meal. So oats are more then just a hot breakfast food.
Blueberries have more antioxidants far and above forty of many common known fruits & veggies that were tested. This alone for sure places this powerful little berry at the very top of the list over protecting us against macular degeneration , dementia, heart disease and cancer. These little purple/blue berries are also good at defending us against kidney and urinary tract infections thanks to the following bacteria preventing antioxidant epicatechins. Epicatechinsn keeps bacterias from clinging up and against the bladder wall.
Remember the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples are one of the superfoods that made our list as a powerful superfood. It is loaded with the following antioxidants: quercetin and catechin. Quercetin and Catchin work by protecting the cells and they reduce the risk of both heart disease and cancers. This is especially even more potent if the skins are consumed as well. So think twice before you ditch those peels or use them in your next batch of dried out potpouri..lol Apples and their outer skins are also higher in their fiber content more then other soft skinned fruits like the peach and grape. Apples are very filling and taste just as great and provide the body with lots of energy, at the same time while providing their life saving antioxidant benefit.
As much as I prefer black to green tea I’m definitely gonna have to change that. Black tea lacks in nutrition but green tea contains a whole powerhouse of life giving and life saving antioxidants. It contains more then any fruit or veggie! Green tea contains the antioxidant catechin in very high amounts. It has been shown to fight and to prevent cell damage. This means for those of us like me who suffer with Multiple Sclerosis can benefit from drinking it for it has been shown to reduce inflammation in MS along with many other inflammation causing chronic diseases. Green tea doesn’t just help in the aid of reducing inflammation but it has also been linked in lowering heart-related issues, from congestive heart failure to high blood pressure. Its also believed to help block plaques from forming that are linked to Alzheimer disease. Enjoying tea just became even better just remember to keep it green and organic.
Another superfood thats been getting a lot of hype is Flaxseeds. Not only are they a great source of fiber but they are also loaded with following acid, alpha-linolenic acid. Alpha linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid that helps to reduce inflammation in the body. Flaxseeds they also contain lingans, which contributing to reducing the rates of certain hormone cancers. Flaxsees anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to be beneficial for those suffering with inflammatory diseases again such as MS. So go ahead and add a spoonful of flax or ground flax to your morning oatmeal, its good for you! Flaxseed is an outstanding superfood full of both fatty acids, protein and minerals. To get the most out of your flax please make sure to ground it or buy it ground. Otherwise it comes out in the form it went in.
Okay another one Im gonna put on my list of powerfoods for those of us with MS is beans. Beans are not only a good carbohydrate and a great source of soluble fiber, but black beans contain anthocyanins, an antioxidant compound that has been shown to improve brain function. So if you are experiencing brain fog and or cognitive issues this may just be what your looking for. Beans contain one the highest plant proteins but they must be combined with grain such as brown rice to be considered a full protein. Beans are very much more than just the old saying a “musical fruit” and their health benefits may just outweigh the old song.
Keeping our bodies healthy is very important. This is only a short list of superfoods that I came up with to help us manage our ms symptoms. I’m sure the list could go on and on. To help deal with any type of disease each person must turn their life around and eating what will make the body work for us and not against us. This causes many disease if you don’t.
KNOW OF ANY OTHER MS SUPERFOODS? COMMENT AND LET US KNOW!
I highly suggest caution toward paleolithic type diets as much as I do toward vegetarian diets. This is a fad diet and like other fad diets it may work for a short while, but will end in disaster in the long run. The Paleo or cave man diet swings toward the extreme. Its founded on the believe of a cave man that was named “Grok” sustained the perfect diet. And so thats how we should eat as well. I highly disagree with this belief. Paleo teaches that grains are a modern food and our bodies are not able to process or digest them. This diet also states that we shouldn’t eat legumes, beans, or lentils as well. Dairy is frowned upon for its not in it’s natural state and is cultured. As the belief goes, cavemen ate mainly fatty means like a whole lot of pork fat, eggs, nuts, and fruit. Yep thats about it. This diet says we should do the same with the exception of a few root veggies now and then. You’d be surprised of how popular this diet is now for those with Multiple Sclerosis. Go into any bookstore and you will see it displayed on end caps. etc. Millions are following it and it’s still gaining in popularity. Don’t get me wrong this diet does have some merit…our culture does over do in the grain department and some do have an allergy to grains. Our grains are not like those that people ate back in biblical times. Its refined and nothing close to what the Israelites would have eaten. Maybe the reason they had no issue is because their grains weren’t like our Western diet grains abundant in modern hybridized grains. We now see people all around with allergies and sensitivities to our brand of grains. Well were now paying the price for our modern hybridized grains. Have you noted the boom in gluten intolerance? Ever wondered why? Have you noticed those who are gluten intolerant are also usually diabetic? A lot of that problem is because those things used as substitutes for “gluten free” have a heavy role in causing unstable rise in blood sugars. So beware of filling up on gluten free products that use rice and other grains in place of wheat. They can make you both fat and sick! Paleo diet advisors encourage people to use non grain flowers like coconut, flax, and almond but not because of the sensitivities, but because they believe all other grains are bad. They look down on grains and are in opposites of what the Bible teaches as being good, and that is where we part ways…I believe in God over man any-day. Believing in the Paleo plan is like a slap in the face to God. All through the bible you hear of breaking of the bread, and even in Gen 18:5 you hear that Abraham made a meal for his angelic visitors right along with animal foods. But take notice it was a “morsel” of bread and not a whole loaf! Jesus fed the multitude with fish and bread! We shouldnt fear grains, just have fear in the over doing of consuming them. More to come on my next blog post concerning the Paleo diet…TO BE CONTINUED