So summer is well and truly here in the UK. Up and down the country we have all been enjoying plenty of blue skies and warming sun, which is fantastic. And there is more to come this week and next as far as I can see. Long may it continue!
I recently spent an amazing week in Northumberland with the kids. The weather was beautiful and I would highly recommend it, it has a stunning coastline and near empty beaches, perfect!
I love the ease of summer, no socks and boots, scarves and hats and comfort food. Just flip flops and skirts, sunhats and glasses, salads and al fresco dining. I don’t want it to stop!
Enter the Dreaded Heat Rash
Anyway I digress because the other day when I was out in the sun it suddenly dawned on me that I have not once suffered from Heat Rash this year, which is very unusual for me.
I don’t sun worship but equally I don’t shy away from it although usually whenever the heat is on it brings my skin out in an itchy and uncomfortable Heat Rash. It is not much fun at all and can blight a beautiful summer’s day.
I used to suffer every year with this. I would so look forward to summer, the warmth of the sun, just being outdoors and all that added beneficial Vitamin D but it was blighted every year by my awful Heat Rash.
Exit the Dreaded Heat Rash
It was actually whilst on holiday in Majorca a couple of years ago that I discovered what caused it. I had always assumed it was just my fair skin being extra sensitive to the heat and that it was something I would have to live with. Little did I know that, as with so many things, nutrition plays a huge role in this too. I should have known really.
The main culprit is believed to be a lack of Vitamin B, specifically B6, which is found in avocados, bananas, fish, meat, nuts, seeds and whole grains such as oats, brown rice, whole meal bread and pasta etc.
You may also be interested to know that Vitamin B6 is one of the nutrients not always included in the fortification process in bread and cereals and is almost completely lost in the refining process. So sticking to brown and not white where you can is so much better for you.
A Change of Diet
Since training to be a Naturopathic Nutritionist I have changed my diet quite a lot and as if by magic, I have not suffered with Heat Rash since! A miracle cure like so many that can be attained by eating well and getting a good balance of the right nutrients from your diet.
In addition to B Vitamins, antioxidants like Vitamin C and E can help as UV rays cause free radicals, which need combatting with plenty of antioxidants, see my previous blog, 2 Great Reasons to Eat More Fruit & Veg.