Tanning has a terrible rap among the traditional health community who believes UV rays are the greatest cause of skin cancer, wrinkles and photoaging. In the beauty world, many elegantly-aged women warn against exposure to the sun, claiming that there is nothing better for your looks in the long-run then obsessively limiting sun exposure.
However, why then, does tanning offer such a glorious-relaxing high, and a calming feeling of euphoria?
Well over the last few years, many ‘alternative’ doctors and scientists have come out and said that the benefits of tanning are profound, due to the creation of Vitamin D caused by sun exposure.
Dr. Mercola is the internet’s leading doctor and one of Vitamin D’s biggest supporters, “When you expose your skin to sunshine or a safe tanning bed, your skin synthesizes vitamin D3 sulfate. This form of vitamin D is water soluble, unlike oral vitamin D3 supplements, which is unsulfated. The water soluble form can travel freely in your blood stream, whereas the unsulfated form needs LDL (the so-called "bad" cholesterol) as a vehicle of transport.
I believe this is a very compelling reason to really make a concerted effort to get ALL your vitamin D requirements from exposure to sunshine, or by using a safe tanning bed,” he reported on his website.
Mercola interviewed Vitamin D specialist Dr. Stephanie Seneff who said this about tanning, “I think it is obvious that the reason we have this deficiency is because we have become an industrialized nation," she says. "… What we've done is we've come inside. We cover up. Even in San Diego where I live, when they measured my level it was 18 ng/ml.”
She continued, “When we did a scientific test of what it's going to take to get enough sun in San Diego… at my age – age is a factor in how much you absorb – we came to a test conclusion that it was going take 15 to 20 minutes a day in the prime time of UV, between 10 am and 2 pm, each and every day… with 40 percent of my body exposed. … I encourage people to take advantage of the sun. The only message I have about the sun is: don't burn. That's it.”
I think the truth about tanning is somewhere in the middle. Don’t try and cross ethnic-boundaries with your tan, but get out in the sun while you are alive and out of the coffin. If nothing else, it will kill off that office cubicle mold you have been accumulating.
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