Tanning is Healthy? Really?
The Advantages of UV and Vitamin D, Tanning Really is Safe
We have worshipped the sun since the beginning of time for therapeutic benefits. Did you know that in order for our bodies to absorb calcium we need Vitamin D to help with the chemical process of doing just that? Let me make this plain and simple, your body needs a certain amount of sun exposure to be healthy. As it stands right now government bodies that have been created to protect us are treating us like we can’t be trusted to gauge for ourselves the proper amount of sun exposure and are recommending no sun at all! Lack of sun exposure has been linked to depression, breast, colon, prostate and ovarian cancer to heart disease… and a host of other conditions.
I like to follow Dr. Mercola for his unbiased views…
“It’s a tragedy that dermatologists and sunscreen manufacturers have done such a thorough job of scaring people out of the sun. Their widely dispersed message to avoid the sun as much as possible, combined with an overall cultural trend of spending more time indoors during work and leisure time has greatly contributed to the widespread vitamin D deficiency seen today”. Dr. Mercola.
Is The Real Culprit the Sun or What We are Putting on our Skin?
It has always been my belief that we are constantly mislead by media and large corporations when it comes to tanning and skin cancer. Please read this informative article and share your thoughts! I firmly believe that it is more unhealthy to spread a lotion FULL of chemicals all over your body (your skin being the largest organ of your body) and baking it in. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/26/misleading-sunscreen-propaganda.aspx?e_cid=20121226_DNL_art_1
What seems to be in short supply when it comes to tanning is common sense. In all of my research I have found some pretty fascinating statistics: UVB exposure stimulates the production of vitamin D which regulates 2-3,000 genes decreasing cancers by 50-60%. Of course excessive exposure will increase the risk of skin cancer but its much more important to note that avoiding the sun will result in low vitamin D levels.
Non melanoma skin cancer which may be caused by long term sun exposure, has an extremely low death rate. Fewer that half of one percent of people who develop non melanoma skin cancer die. Compare that with diseases that can be prevented by regular sun exposure. I no way mean to dismiss such a serious fact but really just want to give it some perspective.
A couple of facts that I learned from Dr. Mercola that I feel are important to mention:
- Melanoma is more common in people who work indoors than those who work outdoors
- Melanoma most commonly appears on parts of your body that do no receive regular exposure to sunlight – and rarely occurs on your face
The number one thing that has never made sense to me is the number of professionals that state how dangerous the sun is for you and that you need to protect it with sun block. Really??? So what they are telling you is that putting a lotion FULL of chemicals all over your body and baking it into the skin is better for you? These lotions companies use scare tactics without scientifically proven research.
You can get sufficient vitamin D without getting really dark skin. So if you are needing to have a little pick me up in the winter months please, do yourself a favour and slip into a tanning salon. You can also have a little nap.
Our beds all have BioPro chips on them. The reason being, these chips help absorb some of the electro magnetic radiation that comes off of tan beds. Our utmost concern is your health!!