How to Get More Vitamin D, and Steer Clear of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

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Could your Vitamin D levels be plummeting now that Winter is just around the corner? Let’s face it, this chilly weather has called for sweaters, scarves, and furry boots, and without a precise nutritional strategy, plus the sun’s direct contact on your skin, it’s likely you’re deficient in Vitamin D already. 

Yes, you can get your Vitamin D from foods like cheese, eggs, and fish, but in most cases, it’s not enough to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder as well as other health issues. So how does UV light help keep you healthy during the colder days of Fall and Winter?

Vitamin D is synthesized when ultraviolet B rays make contact with the cholesterol in your skin cells. So, the good news to us all living in the North is that we can maintain our Vitamin D levels by eating a balanced diet and retrieving small doses of UVB light. Our Sunset Tan clients tell us that they do this by either using a UVB lamp or the UV tanning beds at our salon. And these magical doses can help alleviate osteoporosis, depression, and muscle weakness. 

By adding foods like salmon, tuna, and egg yolks to your diet, you can complement your UV sessions with the fuel that will keep your Vitamin D levels at their optimal peak. Be mindful that receiving sunlight through a window is not going to do the trick as the window creates a barrier that makes it hard for the UVB to penetrate. This is why direct contact is so important.

If your goal is solely to produce Vitamin B, we suggest getting 2 – 3 short UV sessions per week, especially during the middle of Winter. But remember, your ability to absorb Vitamin D depends on the tone of your skin. For those people who already have a darker complexion, you will need to spend extended periods of time under UVB light to benefit from “The Sunshine Vitamin.”

So, don’t worry about the long nights and shorter days; simply consume your Vitamin D via supplements, food sources, and good old UV rays.

Speak to one of our Smart Tan certified sales associates at Sunset Tan, and they will be happy to consult you on the best strategy for your skin type.

If your goal is solely to produce Vitamin B, we suggest getting 2 – 3 short UV sessions per week, especially during the middle of Winter. But remember, your ability to absorb Vitamin D depends on the tone of your skin. For those people who already have a darker complexion, you will need to spend extended periods of time under UVB light to benefit from “The Sunshine Vitamin.”

So, don’t worry about the long nights and shorter days; simply consume your Vitamin D via supplements, food sources, and good old UV rays.

Speak to one of our Smart Tan certified sales associates at Sunset Tan, and they will be happy to consult you on the best strategy for your skin type.

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