Sunlight is essential to all life on earth.
There are a vast number of physiological and psychological benefits to sunlight. Responsible tanning aids in the production of Vitamin D and increases the overall feeling of well-being, as it boosts your serotonin levels.
“Our ancestors were outdoors far more often than indoors. We developed a dependence on sunshine for health and life, so the idea that sunlight is dangerous does not make sense. How could we have evolved and survived as a species, if we were that vulnerable to something humans have been constantly exposed to for their entire existence?”
Dr. Frank Lipman,
Internationally recognized expert in the field of Integrative and Functional Medicine
New study shows: Canadian's Vitamin D Levels 72% Below 'Natural' Levels
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THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN
Vitamin D, a.k.a. “the sunshine vitamin” was once thought simply to prevent rickets in children and severe bone loss in adults. However, recent research suggests that vitamin D plays a major role in overall health. Vitamin D is so important that your body makes it by itself -- but only after skin exposure to sufficient sunlight. What most people don’t know is that in the wintertime it’s hard to make vitamin D.
What does this mean?
It means that in the winter months your skin is no longer able to produce much vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential in maintaining calcium and keeping your bones strong. But vitamin D is also important for cell communication throughout your body, giving your cells the nutrient they need to communicate with each other. Research is ongoing, but to date it appears that vitamin D may be important for:
- bone health
- cardiovascular health
- cancer protection
- the nervous system
- mental health
That is why deficiency in vitamin D has been linked to all kinds of diseases, including many cancers, multiple sclerosis, heart diseases, influenza, asthma, bone disease and more.
“When you ingest vitamin D, only about 60 percent of it sticks to vitamin D-binding protein, but when you make vitamin D in your skin, 100 percent binds to the protein.”
Dr. Michael F. Holick,
Vitamin D research pioneer,
Boston University School of Medicine
DID YOU KNOW...
Our ancestors (and some tribes that are still living traditional equatorial lifestyles) have vitamin D levels of about 45ng/ml from sun exposure alone! This is roughly twice as much vitamin D the average American gets.
Recommended target range – 40 to 60ng/ml
Outdoor workers and indoor tanners – 40 to 50ng/ml
Average Canadian today– 23ng/ml (deficient!)
A generation ago (before sunscreens were used as a daily-use product) – 32 ng/ml
SOURCES OF VITAMIN D
Natural sunlight (UVB exposure) – 10,000 to 20,000 IU per day (summer months during 10am to 2pm)
Tanning bed (UVB exposure) – 10,000 IU per session
Fresh, wild salmon (3.5oz) – 400 to 1,000 IU
Cod liver oil (1 tsp) – 400 to 1,000 IU
Canned sardines – 300 IU
Fortified milk (8oz) – 100 IU
Vitamin D3 (tablets or liquid) – 400 to 1,000 IU
TANNING - NATURE’S SUNSCREEN
One of the reasons that many of our clients enjoy the indoor tanning experience is that it provides them with a controlled environment in which a tan can be gradually developed without the risk of overexposure. Natural sunscreen, better known as “base tan” is the skin’s natural way of protecting itself from overexposure of UV light.
Our clients enjoy the benefits of tanning for its convenience, speed, control and the relaxation that it offers. No one can argue that the sun-kissed glow gives that extra inner confidence, and makes us look and feel great. So, whether you are looking to intensify your glow, develop a base tan for an upcoming vacation, or a big event is fast approaching – we will create the perfect tanning experience just for you.