Guest Post – Sarah Britton : Drink your sunscreen!

Meet Sarah Britton – she is a wizzbang holistic nutritionist and vegetarian chef who writes a world famous blog – MY NEW ROOTS. Sarah doesn’t limit herself to being an awesome foodie, she packs her blog full of amazing nutritional information and stunning photography. As if this wasn’t enough, Sarah is a chef at not just one, but two prominent organic restaurants in Copenhagen, Denmark. Just like me, Sarah is passionate about all things healthy and she uses foods as a healing tool.

Last year I saw this “Drink your Sunscreen – goji ginger lemonade” on Sarah’s site it struck a chord. Being a big fan of naturally getting a Vitamin D dose, I loved her postings on being sun smart, naturally. I wanted to share it and so, I asked Sarah if we could feature it on my site. So here you go! So read on, get yourself a good dose of Vitamin D, add some antioxidants and make the most of our summer season.

Oh and do yourself the favour of following Sarah’s MY NEW ROOTS blog – I am sure you will love it as much as I do.

Take it away Sarah.

I am SO on holiday and good grief did I need the following: family road trips, reading on the dock, creative cooking, farmers markets, skinny dipping, moonlit strolls, smoothies, wild flower picking, cabin napping, cottage hopping, hysterical laughter, river sailing, and bonfire sing-a-longs…a true Canadian summer. Nothing beats it. Sorry, Denmark.

The one thing missing from that list of favorite-things-to-do-in-summer is sunbathing. Gasp! It’s no secret I am a sun worshiper, and I come by it honestly. I can clearly remember both of my parents laying in the sun at high noon, slathering their bodies with baby oil to achieve a skin colour completely unnatural to our ethnicity. Nice role modeling. Thanks guys.

So how does a health-conscious person like me soak up the rays responsibly? Well, I have a few tricks, however logical they may be.

  1. I only lay in the sun during non-peak hours (re: before 11am and after 4pm).
  2. If I know that I will be exposed to the sun during peak hours, I wear light clothing that covers as much as I can stand, and a hat.
  3. If I have to put on sunscreen to avoid lobster face, I use Beaver brand. It is still my favorite.
  4. I make sure to consume plenty of fish oil, as EPA and DHA fats have been shown to effectively reduce to risk of skin cancer [1].
  5. I drink Goji Ginger Lemonade to mega-dose on antioxidant power! More on that right now…


Goji Berry Power

Goji berries, or wolfberries are small, red, dried fruits that are super-charged with antioxidants. Scoring high on the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) means that Goji berries will more effectively neutralize free radicals, slow the oxidative process and prevent the free radical damage caused by sun exposure [2].

This drink also includes fresh ginger, which is also incredibly high in antioxidants. If you like it spicy, add more!

I remember back in school one of my professors talking about a similar beverage she would enjoy in the summer, saying it was like drink-able sunblock. What a concept! Whipping up this fast and delicious beverage before heading out to the beach is a great way to up your intake of antioxidants (although does not replace sunscreen), while refreshing yourself and your family. Sun protection never tasted so good!

Goji Ginger Lemonade

Serves 1

2 Tbsp. goji berries
1 ½ cups water
1 tsp. ginger root, freshly grated
½ lemon, juiced
raw honey to taste (optional)

Soak goji berries in water for at least one hour to soften.
Pour goji berries and soak water into a blender with remaining ingredients, blend on high until completely mixed.
Pour into a glass with plenty of ice and lemon slices.

Other Super-Antioxidant add-ins:
açaí berry powder
vanilla bean
raw cacao powder
fresh peppermint
golden raisins
raw cranberries

Miraculously Effective and Natural Sunburn Relief

Getting a sunburn is serious business, not just from a pain perspective, but also from a health standpoint. Yes, it’s been drilled into us to avoid sun overdose, but sometimes it just happens (I didn’t “mean” to fall asleep on the hood of my Corvette again…)

An incredible home remedy for neutralizing painful sunburns is as far away as your kitchen cupboard – the miraculous apple cider vinegar!

Simply soak a cotton ball or small sponge in apple cider vinegar and dab on the burned spot, or make a compress for larger areas. If severely burned, repeat two to three times a day. If you are suffering from head-to-toe char, it’s best to take a bath in the stuff – simply add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to the tuba and soak for at least 15 minutes.

Apple cider vinegar applied to the skin effectively neutralizes the burn, relieves pain, and prevents blistering and peeling. Seriously amazing!

Note: you may smell like a pickle, indeed, but a little coconut oil will remove most of the odour, plus add much needed moisture to your parched skin.

All this talk of sunshine is making me long for my afternoon spot on the dock again…must. go. now.
I hope you are all having an amazing summer, filled with sunshine and lots of responsible enjoyment!


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