Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hello Sunshine: Morning Show Highlights

Happy Wednesday!
We are half way to the weekend, and it is amazingly beautiful outside the studio this morning.  I have still been about a day behind with posting Morning Show recaps.  Part of yesterday's recap is up, but I wanted to put more heart into what I shared about Confidence yesterday so that will probably be a separate post.  I did finally post the Blueberry Tuesday Recipes too.  Scroll down, and check them out!  They are yummy and healthy... for the most part.  :)

Sunscreen Safety: (Article)
If you plan to be out enjoying the sunshine this week this tip is for you.  Make sure that you and your family protect your skin this summer with the right sunscreen.  Only about one in five people actually do so on a daily basis.  Adults need to apply a palmful of sunscreen every two hours. It's best to avoid the sun completely from 10:00am-2:00pm.  Try to use a hat, clothing, and sunglasses as your primary protection.

How to Choose the Right Sunscreen:
What to avoid:  Avoid these dangerous ingredients this summer: Retinyl palmitate may cause tumors and lesions to develop more quickly when skin is exposed to the sun. Oxybenzone is linked to hormone imbalances and could cause allergic reactions. Alternatives: Try choosing products with one of these ingredients instead: zinc, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, or Mexoryl S.
Say "No" to Sprays: Sunscreen in sprays or powders formulations can fill the air with tiny particles which are dangerous to inhale, and can cause lung inflammation.  These also have the potential to cause cancer.
Don't use SPF values above 50+: The FDA says these labels are misleading.  High SPFs may give people a false sense of security and cause them to stay out in the sun for too long. SPF is based only on UVB protection; this prevents sunburn but doesn't protect you from deeper tissue damage or premature aging. 

Worst Sunscreens: 
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock, SPF 70
Banana Boat Sport Performance Active MAX Protect Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 110
Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray Active, SPF 70
Wegmans Sheer Sunscreen Body Mist, SPF 55
Rite Aid Extreme Sport Continuous Spray, SPF 70+
CVS Sheer Mist Sunscreen, SPF 70
Walgreens Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70
Coppertone Sport Clear Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 90

Best affordable sunscreens:
These Sunscreens provide: Good, stable sun protection, the fewest ingredients with toxicity concerns.  They don't contain: the worst chemical offenders: retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone, sprays/powders, or have SPFs above 50+
Coppertone Kids Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
BabyGanics Cover Up Baby Sunscreen for Face & Body, Fragrance Free, SPF 50+
Sunbow Dora the Explorer Sunscreen, Pink, SPF 30
Purple Prairie Botanicals SunStuff Mineral Lotion, SPF 30
Nature's Gate Aqua Block Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Solbar Shield Sunscreen, SPF 40
Caribbean Solutions Sol Kid Kare Biodegradable Sunscreen, SPF 25
Tropical Sands Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 30
KidsUV Natural Sunscreen, Blue, SPF 30
Color Me Pink Baby UV/ Kids UV 100% Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30
Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunblock, Kids Mineral Protection, SPF 30
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Face, SPF 30+
Healing-Scents Live Long Mineral-Based Sunscreen, SPF 25
Hara Body Care Hara Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30
Vanicream Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 35

High-fructose Corn Syrup
Protect your Brain:
This morning I mentioned that there was a news article which warned against eating too much sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.  The article said that a study showed that consuming too many products with lots of sugar and/or high-fructose corn syrup caused a decline in synaptic activity.  The study also showed that too much insulin appeared to disturb memory and learning, and that a high-fructose diet harms the brain as well as the body. High-fructose corn syrup is commonly found in soda, condiments, applesauce, baby food and other processed snacks, and the average American consumes more than 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of high-fructose corn syrup per year.  Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term could alter your brain's ability to learn and remember information. However, the study also showed that adding omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, nuts, etc) to your meals can help minimize the damage.  The study appeared in the Journal of Physiology.  You can read the entire article [here].

Summery Salmon:
Salmon is one of the types of fish loaded with healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Here is a recipe that is healthy and perfect for summer.

Pan Grilled Salmon w/ Red Pepper Salsa

Plugged-In Movie Review:
Headed to the theater this weekend?  Be sure to check out the Plugged-in Movie Review on 88.5 WJIE each Friday at 7:20 am and 5:20 pm.  This week's review is about the movie "Battleship."

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