Diet also plays an important role in the prevention of ‘sun side-effects’: it is very important to drink enough fresh, not cold, water (at least three litres per day, depending on levels of perspiration), and fruit juices to counteract the loss of minerals, particularly potassium. Herbal teas such as peppermint, or ordinary tea with lemon, are recommended for their ability to counteract vasodilation, which may lead to tiredness or fatigue.
Your diet should be light and rich in fresh, seasonal vegetables such as cucumber, courgettes, lettuce, peppers, rocket, spring onions and green beans – preferably eaten raw with fresh herbs. Lots of fresh fruit should be eaten, especially watermelon for its high mineral salts and water content. Peaches, apricots, figs, strawberries, cherries and blueberries are also good options. Avoid fatty foods like red or cured meat, fried food, alcohol and carbohydrates, particularly during the hottest part of the day when digestion is more sluggish and calories more easily taken on.
A good preparation for sun exposure (and to get a lovely suntan, too!) is to drink a daily glass of fresh carrot juice (high in beta-carotene) with a teaspoon of linseed oil (rich in omega-3).
The sun and its UV rays, salt from the sea, wind, excessive sweat, the tendency to stay up late at night and sleep less all contribute to increasing the oxidation and ageing of the skin in summer. Over-exposure to the sun also encourages us to squint, increasing lines around the eyes, so sunglasses with UV protection are recommended.
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