Can Diet Cause Sunburn?

One of my favorite activities to do in summer is getting exposed to the Sun.


If you’ve ever worked with me, you’ll know how much I advocate exposure to Sunlight for better health, and if you haven’t heard me talking about it, please continue reading..


Just few of the benefits of getting exposed to Sunlight are:

  • Lowers Stress

  • Stimulates Metabolism

  • Improves Immunity


I don’t, and I’ve never liked using any sort of sun screens (that’s a whole other topic to be covered later)..


I am constantly being asked by other parents, what do I use to protect my daughter’s skin, and my answer is always the same “NOTHING”, and immediately the question “Doesn’t she get burned?” follows, and my answer is again always the same “We’ve lived in Oman, where the temperature gets 50+ degrees celsius, we’ve spent almost everyday on the beach, and she’s never got burned”.


While it is important to avoid overexposure to ultraviolet light,
the skin damage that we identify with aging is largely a product of our diet. Yes you heard it right, your skin aging effect is variable, and depends on our hormones and diet.


The unsaturated oils have been identified as a major factor in skin aging. For example, two groups of rabbits were fed diets containing either corn oil or coconut oil, and their backs were shaved, so sunlight could fall directly onto their skin. The animals that ate corn oil developed prematurely wrinkled skin, while the animals that ate coconut oil didn’t show any harm from the sun exposure.


In a study at the University of California, photographs of two groups of people were selected, pairing people of the same age, one who had eaten an unsaturated fat rich diet, the other who had eaten a diet low in unsaturated fats. A panel of judges was asked to sort them by their apparent ages, and the subjects who consumed larger amounts of the unsaturated oils were consistently judged to be older than those who ate less, showing the same age-accelerating effects of the unsaturated oils that were demonstrated by the rabbit experiments.


Today we are living in a culture where we consume high amounts of Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids without even being aware of it, and most of the food that is loaded with it, is considered “healthy food”, which in turn can disturb our hormonal balance, starting from our thyroid function..


If you’re someone who gets easily burned after shortly getting exposed to the Sun, few of the simple action steps you can take is to:

  1. Decrease your vegetable oil intake or better eliminate it completely (corn oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, etc..) olive oil is an exception.

  2. Be careful also with your nut intake (which also contains high amount of Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids).

  3. Reduce in general the food that is high in Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids


Article Source
by Raymond Peat, Ph.D., Ray Peat’s Newsletter — from: Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, June 1996, Page 83 – 84

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