The Healthy Me Podcast

Sun-Up Smoothie, Sun Protection Inside and Out | The Healthy Me Podcast Episode 012

Welcome to The Healthy Me episode number 12… I’m Trina Felber, Registered Nurse and CEO of Primal Life Organics.  

Typically, when we think of protecting our skin from the sun, we think of what we’re going to put on our skin. Today, I’d like to talk to you about how you can protect and repair your skin from sun damage with what you put inside your body, too. 

My Sun-Up Smoothie is a perfect combination of ingredients that protect, repair, and replenish the skin by fighting free radicals, supplementing the body with vitamin C, providing necessary collagen, and reducing inflammation.  

The Sun-Up Smoothie contains a bunch of good stuff including citrus fruits, leafy greens, turmeric, raw almonds, flaxseed, and more. Raspberries and coconut water make for excellent additions as well to hydrate and provide a rich supply of antioxidants.  

Perfect to pair with the Sun-Up Smoothie, the Sun-Up Before Sun Protector provides physical protection for your skin. The Sun-Up Ultra has non-nano zinc oxide for an added layer of protection, and if you need to hydrate the skin after sun exposure, the Sun-Down has healing and protective ingredients.  

Remember, good skin starts with a good diet, so drink a Sun-Up Smoothie every day to get that glow from the inside out! 


Trina Felber: Hey everybody. Trina here with Primal Life Organics. I am really excited because the weather’s getting really warm outside, which means we’re thinking more of doing things outside. When we go outside, our first thought is we need to protect ourselves from the blazing sun and the damage it can do to our skin.  

I want to turn this around because we all think of sun protection, and we think of the external sun protection, like the things that you put on yourself to protect you or block you from the sun, such as sunblock, sun T-shirts or shirts that have special formulas in them that block the sun, umbrellas, things like that. But I want to introduce you to the idea that possibly what you eat can affect how you protect yourself internally against the sun and the damage it can cause internally. 

Before me, I have gathered a bunch of my favorite foods, and they’re here because I’m going to talk to you about how these foods specifically can protect you internally and boost your natural sun protection. At the end of this, I’m going to have a smoothie, a sun-up smoothie, that I made all right here with all this food. It’s going to be really good and protect me from the sun. Here we go. 

First of all, citrus fruits. Citrus fruits like strawberries, kiwis, oranges, things like that, can actually protect you from the sun because it has a high amount of vitamin C. I’m going to grab one of my oranges, which is really good, and a couple of my strawberries, and kiwi. Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant. The sun creates free radical damage when it hits your skin, so immediately, there’s just free radicals that are being created. 

If free radicals are not neutralized, they can cause a lot of inflammation and a lot of damage. Let’s think of it this way. The sun creates inflammation, because free radical damage is basically inflammation. What’s the best way to prevent inflammation? Eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Before me, is what you see, is what I would call an anti-inflammatory diet because it’s loaded with antioxidants that will help neutralize the damaging free radicals. 

The other thing that vitamin C will do that’s in the oranges and the kiwi is that it will help boost collagen production. The collagen is what’s in your skin. It keeps it firm and keeps it from … It prevents it from getting wrinkly. The collagen is what you lose as you age, so vitamin C is really important for that. 

Watermelon … I don’t have watermelon with me. Watermelon, if I had it, I’d throw in here. It’s really good in smoothies. Watermelon has 40% more lycopene than a tomato. Lycopene will help also neutralize those free radicals. It can also decrease the inflammatory response to the UV rays that the sun creates.  

Carrots and sweet potatoes … I do have some carrots. Carrots and sweet potatoes that I have here are full of beta carotene. Beta carotene is a powerful antioxidant that protects and repairs your cells that have been damaged by the sun. 

When you get sunburned, beta carotene will fight against free radical damage, especially when it’s combined with vitamin E. Vitamin E is found in almonds. Now, you want raw almonds whenever possible, but almonds have vitamin E. They’re a great source, and they can protect and repair the skin from sun damage. 

Leafy greens. All right, leafy greens. I have kale. Kale is one of my favorite, so I’m going to break a little piece off here and put some kale in here. I also have some romaine lettuce. Romaine is one of my favorite, so I’m going to put a little bit of romaine lettuce in there as well. Spinach is also a good source. They contain lutein and zeaxanthin. Those are two antioxidants that can halt cell growth from UV light, so those are in there. 

Tumeric. This is what tumeric looks like. You can get it in powder form, or you can just get the tumeric root itself. I usually will cut most of the skin off, and you don’t need a ton of this. Tumeric doesn’t really have a flavor, so don’t be afraid of it if you’ve never tried it. I’m going to put a chunk of tumeric … It’s bright orange. Almost looks like a sweet potato, but it’s a superfood and can protect your outer layer of skin cells from UVB radiation damage, so very powerful. It’s a great anti-inflammatory as well. 

Great tea. I don’t have any green tea or chocolate. Green tea has a lot of benefits for your skin. It contains catechins, which are natural phenols and antioxidants that can prevent disease, protect against inflammation from sunburns, and protect and prevent damage from long-term UV radiation. What’s really interesting is dark chocolate has four times the number of phenols and catechins as tea does. So, if you have a little bit of really dark chocolate, you can toss some of that in here as well. 

Flaxseed. This is flaxseed. I’m going to toss some of that in there. Flaxseed are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, so really, really important when you’re trying to protect against the sun. Not just antioxidants, but the omega-3 fatty acids. They can protect you from sunburn, reduce inflammation from a sunburn, and fight against skin cancer, so add some flaxseed whenever you have it available. 

The other source of omega-3s that’s really good that I’m not going to toss in here is cold-water fish, like salmon, herring, mackerel, trout, sardines, because they’re high in omega-3s as well. Eat your skin beautiful. The other thing I’m going to add is a little bit of coconut water. That is going to be the liquid for my really good smoothie. 

I just want to mention, there’s a company out that I really love. It’s called Daily Harvest. I brought some of them with me right here. If you want something that’s really convenient that’s going to be really good on an anti-inflammatory diet, they have pre-made different smoothies for you. If you open this up … These come frozen to your door. This one contains apple, cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, ginger, lemon, and tumeric.  

Literally, you open this up. It’s frozen. You dump it in here. Then, what I like to do is add about this much, the same cup full, of coconut water or coconut milk. Pour the milk or water in there, and then mix it up. This is a convenient way to get a smoothie into your daily habits, your daily life, and you can take it to work. Just throw it in the freezer at work until you’re ready to use it. 

This is my anti-inflammatory … I’m going to call it the sun up, if I can get my blender on. What I didn’t add … All right. I added some raspberries because I wanted to tell you about red raspberry seeds, red raspberry seed oil, more specifically.  

To protect yourself from the outside is also really important. When you eat a anti-inflammatory diet, you’re going to help prevent the inflammation on the inside. You’re going to help prevent free radical damage and keep your cells healthy and happy so that when they reproduce, they’re reproducing happy, healthy cells. 

If a cell is mutated, it’s most likely going to cause … If it reproduces, it’s going to reproduce another mutated cell. Mutated cells grow in an environment where there is acid. What do I mean by an acidic environment? If you’re eating a high-processed, high-sugar diet, all of that will cause an acidic environment and could possibly potentiate inflammation and mutations. So, what you want to do is eat a high anti-inflammatory diet … Where did my cup go? There it is … to help prevent the overgrowth of cells that are abnormal. 

One of the reason I put red raspberries in here, not only are they loaded with antioxidants, but they’re the main ingredient in the external protection that I provide when I decided to make something to protect myself from the sun. Let me taste this. That tastes really good. I love the kale. The kale really puts something in there. 

This is my Sun-Up Before Sun Protector. The main ingredient is red raspberry seed oil. Red raspberry seed oil contains a natural SPF of somewhere between 28 and 50, so it’s going to help protect you against the sun. There have been studies that have actually shown that is actually just as preventative as zinc oxide. 

The Sun-Up Ultra … There’s two ways. We get questions quite a bit about when to use which. There’s the Sun-Up Regular and the Sun-Up Ultra. The Ultra formula contains the non-nano zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is that white film that you will see when people put some sort of sunblock on. It’s more of a block. It blocks the rays of the sun from penetrating through the skin. 

What’s really cool about the red raspberry seed oil is that it has a lot of antioxidants. It’s loaded with antioxidants. If you remember me mentioning that the sun itself just produces free radical damage, when you use something that has nutrients in it like the red raspberry seed oil, those free radicals can be neutralized by the antioxidants that you’re putting on your skin and feeding your skin. That’s what’s really cool.  

The reason red raspberry seed is not used in most skincare protections is because it’s super expensive, but it’s really worth it. Because you’re not only adding those antioxidants that are going to prevent free radical damage, but you are also preventing sun damage because it’s got the natural SPF of up to 50. 

Do we have any questions coming in so far? 

Rachel: [crosstalk 00:11:03] 

Trina Felber: If you guys have any questions, please comment below, and we’ll try to answer them as we’re going. No questions? Okay, cool. All right. Let me see if I have anything else. The other ingredients in the Sun-Up include beeswax, avocado oil. Avocado oil has a natural SPF up to 15, and it also has vitamins A, B, D, and E, fatty acids, and lecithin.  

It’s absorbed very quickly into the skin, so it can help protect you even better and faster. It also has vitamin E oil as well as extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. What’s really cool is it has the non-nano zinc oxide, so you will see a little bit of the zinc oxide. I don’t know if you can see it. Yep.  

Rachel: Yeah. 

Trina Felber: You don’t have to have it so white on your skin. You can actually rub it in, but this is a protection level … I usually tell people if you’re going out in the sun, and you’re going to spend the day either golfing, playing tennis, at the pool with the kids, you want to get a formula that has the zinc oxide in it, which is the Ultra formula, until you at least have a base tan. Once you have a base tan, then you may not need the zinc oxide in it. But until you have a base tan, the zinc oxide is what you would want.  

You also want to make sure you reapply every 90 minutes to two hours, especially if you’re in and out of the water. No sun protection is all-inclusive. Nothing is meant to completely block the sun and protect you from the sun. You can still get a sunburn no matter what product you use. The idea or the key is to know your limits and either reapply or get out of the sun. Get under some shade, put a hat on, something like that. Please check it and reapply every 90 minutes to two hours. Did you have something, Rachel? 

Rachel: Yeah. Someone had a question.  

Trina Felber: Yeah. 

Rachel: Susan wants to know if she can use it on her horses’ white noses. 

Trina Felber: Oh, on their noses? Yeah. This is animal friendly, so yeah, you could use this on animals if you wanted to. Yeah. If you are not going to be outside all day, and you’re going to be more in and out of the sun, the one thing that I do recommend in place of your moisturizer in the morning is the Sun-Up without the zinc oxide. Now, this will go on more like a moisturizer. It doesn’t have the zinc oxide in it, so a lot of times what I’ll do in the morning, instead of putting on my regular moisturizer, I will put this moisturizer …  

This is the Sun-Up, and this has the red raspberry seed, and it’s got the exact same formulation as the Ultra. It just doesn’t have the zinc oxide, so you’re not going to get a little bit of that whiteness. This literally you can put it on in the morning and head outside. It will give you some protection against the sun. I wouldn’t use it outside in activities unless you already have a base tan. Once you have a base tan, then this is probably all you may need, poolside or when you’re out in some sort of activity. 

If you have been in the sun all day, and you need to rehydrate your skin, we have the Sun-Down. Where’s my Sun-Down? Sun-Down. The Sun-Down after-sun moisturizer is what you would want to put on after. You can use it on your face as your moisturizer in the evening. You can also use it all over the body. The Sun-Down has aloe butter, shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, argan oil, tamanu, carrot seed oil, lavender oil, calendula, baobob, chamomile, red raspberry seed oil, and bergamot oil. All of those are anti-inflammatory, and they are also going to be loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids to help heal your skin and protect it for the next day if you’re going to be going out in the sun as well. 

That is what I recommend. I highly recommend making a smoothie every day and drinking your sun-up smoothie to protect you internally. Remember, it’s your diet. The diet is the key to good skin, not just sun protection, but good skin. You’re not just protecting yourself from the sun. You’re protecting yourself from all free radical damage. 

Because you get free radical damage in a lot of ways, and sometimes it’s just internally some things that we ingest. So, keeping your diet nice and clean and drinking your way to good health and drinking those antioxidants are going to keep you healthy longer and protect your skin from the sun. Anyway, cheers. If you have anyway questions, comment below, and we’ll be monitoring this. Thank you. Have a great day. 


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