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Tom Brady Says Drinking Water Prevents Sunburns

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You can't flash a pic of NFL quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen without hearing someone gush, "#goals."

So many people want to know the secrets to Brady's success that (in addition to launching a meal kit in partnership with Purple Carrot) he's written a head-to-toe guide to help people eat, train, and live ~just like him~. (Just in case you couldn't afford Tom and Gisele's $200 nutrition manual and cookbook.)

His book, The TB12 Method, is complete with workouts, healthy recipes, and his philosophy on everything health—from his fave vibrating foam roller to brain exercises and stance on nightshades. (That's a group of fruits and veggies that may cause inflammation in some people. Here's your guide to nightshades.)

While he dishes out some legit and valuable health info and performance tips (drink water! eat your veggies! foam roll!), some of it gets a little eye-roll-worthy. The biggest culprit? His stance on sunburns.

 

 

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In the Hydration section of the book, Brady preaches the magical powers of water (which, to be fair, is pretty freaking magical). But Brady also makes a wild claim that drinking tons of water can prevent sunburns:

"When I was growing up, and playing outside in the sun, I got sunburned a lot. I was a fair-skinned Irish boy, after all. These days, even if I get an adequate amount of sun, I won't get a sunburn, which I credit to the amount of water I drink. I always hydrate afterward, too, to keep my skin from peeling."

Wait—could the entire sunscreen industry be a lie?! Have we been wasting all our money on fancy floppy hats and sweatproof sunscreen when all we needed was some H2O?

Yeahhhh, no. "While drinking water helps keep the body and skin hydrated, drinking water will not prevent a sunburn or make the skin heal faster," says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. "Some foods like coffee or chocolate may help minimize free radical damage, but they don't take the place of sun-protective behavior and applying sunscreen."

 

 

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Making a lifestyle change to stay healthy instead of resorting to medicine? Sure—in the right circumstances, that's a pretty good plan. See: drinking water for a headache instead of immediately popping ibuprofen; exercising to boost energy and mood; switching your sleep routine to nix insomnia; adjusting your diet to reduce stomach issues, etc. But there are some instances when living the most amazing, wholesome, by-the-books healthy lifestyle simply cannot trump science and modern medicine. And using sunscreen to prevent sunburns is a definite example of that.

"No matter what your skin type, daily sunscreen is a must," says Dr. Zeichner. "Even in the darkest skin, the natural pigment is estimated to give a protection of no more than SPF 3 or 4."

So, yes, you need to wear sunscreen. (And no excuses, Brady—we tested these sweatproof sunscreens so we know they'll last through a full NFL game.)

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