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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter   Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2016-5c

No Fry Day

There are more than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed and 2.2 million people treated in the U.S. each year.  

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is a united voice to reduce skin cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality through awareness, prevention, early detection, research, and advocacy.

Save Your Summertime Skin

Now is the time of year when we want to soak in the sun. Although tempting to bathe in the warmth of our giant star, there are a few precautions to take. 

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It reflects our health and age. Today, there's much concern about sun bathing leading to an increase in skin damage and skin cancer.

Excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays can increase the production of free radicals that can adversely affect the integrity of collagen in the skin. Over time, our skin becomes wrinkled, cracked, aged, and brittle. For smokers, the effects are multiplied.
Research suggests that skin cancer is cumulative over a lifetime. It begins with over exposure and serious sunburns during childhood.

We can't live without the sun. Our bodies require sunlight in order to manufacture Vitamin D needed for calcium absorption, amongst other things. So, we shouldn't hide from our shining star. Here are a few helpful tips and precautions to take when you're soaking in the summertime sun:

Use sunscreen 
Choose a sunscreen with a high SPF number that protects against UVA and UVB rays, for greater protection. Apply it onto your skin fifteen minutes before you go outside. Don't forget your nose, ears, and neck.

Time is key 
Avoid sun exposure when the sun is at its highest peak in the sky, typically from about 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Gear up
Wear a hat with a wide brim, t-shirt, and sunglasses that filter ultraviolet rays.

Drink it up
By keeping your body hydrated you can avoid dehydration and provide moisture for the skin to prevent dryness, cracking, and aging.

Pop a pill
Vitamins such as A, E, and some antioxidants help prevent skin damage. Cod Liver oil and Flax Seed oil have also been used to support skin health.

Brush it off 
Before you take a shower, use a dry skin brush. This can open pores and slough off dead skin, allowing your skin to breathe easily and work more efficiently.

Keep healthy
Some medications we take may have adverse reactions and side effects when we're exposed to sunlight. Acupuncture may be able to provide an alternative to these medications, keeping you healthy, safely and naturally. 

If you want to have fun now, and not worry later, practice good sun sense. 
You and your skin deserve it.
Guide to Safer Sunscreens: 
Be Safe this Summer
Pick a Good Sunscreen

 * Oxybenzone *
 * Vitamin A: retinyl palmitate *
 * Added insect repellent *

Look For: 
 * Zinc Oxide *  
 * Titanium Dioxide *   
* Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX *
* Sprays *
* Powders * 
* SPF above 50+ *

Look For:
* Cream *
 * Broad-spectrum protection * 
* water-resistant *
* SPF 30+ for beach & pool * 
Don't be fooled by a label that boasts of high SPF. Anything higher than SPF 50+ can tempt you to stay in the sun too long, suppressing sunburn but not other kinds of skin damage. The FDA says these numbers are misleading.

Stick to SPF 15-50, reapply often and pick a product based on your own skin coloration, time planned outside, shade and cloud cover.
Use the research. EWG's sunscreen database rates the safety & efficacy of 1800 products with SPF. They recommend products that provide long-lasting, broad spectrum protection, with ingredients that pose fewer health concerns.
EWG Sunscreens: 

Other smart shopper guides from the 

2.  Skin Deep
3.  Foodnews

The information contained within the  newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is  not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health  care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult  a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before  starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
Monthly Acupuncture Column Featured in SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine 
Toni Eatros, AP,
Acupuncture Physician, 
is the  featured acupuncture columnist in the popular SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine.
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