What’s for Vitamin D: Sunshine, Tanning Bed, or Supplement?
Sunshine Tanning Bed or Sunscreen?
The sun is the most powerful source of energy in our lives. It provides us with warmth and light. Without it we would not have any food, water, air to breathe and even life itself! Yet we are so afraid of its rays that we spend billions of dollars trying to protect ourselves from them.
But what if there was another way? A better way? One that does not involve spending money on expensive products that do nothing but make us feel worse? One that actually helps us live longer, healthier lives?
Well, there is such a thing! That is what we call “sunshine” and it is the best known form of UVB radiation. You may have heard of it before when someone tells you they got burned while working outside in the sun. Or maybe you saw some ads for tanning beds in magazines or on TV. These things all refer to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. Ultraviolet B is the name given to a range of wavelengths between 290 nm and 315 nm. They are called “short wavelength” because they only reach your skin after passing through clouds, smoke, dust and other impurities in the atmosphere.
So why are these wavelengths important?
UVB radiation is responsible for making you feel warm and tingly when you get exposed to it. It is also responsible for making you tan. But there is much more to it than that!
Exposing your skin to UVB radiation is actually one of the best ways your body can produce vitamin D! This doesn’t happen immediately, however. It takes between three to six hours of sun exposure to start seeing results. And that’s just if you’re fair-skinned. People with darker skin types can take up to six days before noticing any changes in their vitamin D levels.
That being said, there are better and faster ways of ensuring your body gets the nutrients it needs.
The most common way is taking a supplement every day. This can be in the form of an oily paste or a pill. The pills are probably easier to take, but many people have trouble swallowing them. There are also gummies and chocolates available if taste is a concern.
The next best thing would probably be a liquid supplement, which can be mixed into food or drinks. The only catch to these is that they taste terrible and many require a prescription.
However, there is another alternative: tanning beds! And we aren’t talking about the rusty, dirty beds you’d find at your local sketchy tanning salon. We are talking about ultra-modern sunbeds specifically designed to meet medical standards. Whatever your reason for not taking supplements, there are other options. One of these is sprays.
These can be applied to the arms, legs or stomach and work very quickly. The only problem is they taste bitter. Another option is UV lights. You may have seen these in hospitals or beauty salons. They work very quickly, but they are quite expensive. If you’re strapped for cash but still want to get your daily dose of vitamin, try a tanning bed! This is one of the best and safest ways to get what your body needs.
The average tanning bed reaches between 3 and 5 stars, which is the highest UVB rating possible. In fact, most tanning salons won’t even let you use the bed if you’re not wearing sunscreen! This is great because it means you can get the benefits of UVB radiation while limiting your risk of getting a sunburn or skin cancer. Many people are afraid that tanning beds will cause them to develop skin cancer, but this isn’t true!
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