Tanning Beds DO Have Health Benefits 

Health Update:

megasun6900New evidence is showing that sun exposure is necessary in order to promote good health. After years of being warned about the perils of exposing skin to UV rays, the tanning industry is taking large steps to invest funds into research.

"Sun is crucial to your overall physical and mental well-being," says Dr. Michael F. Holick, author of The UV advantage, and professor of Medicine, Dermatology, physiology, and biophysics at Boston University Medical Center. Holick is responsible for the breakthrough evidence that sun exposure produces Vitamin D necessary for healthy body function. According to Holick's book, "Sunlight is as natural for human health as are food, water, oxygen, and physical activity. Healthy, moderate sun exposure establishes and maintains the appropriate 25-vitamin D levels in your blood and may help prevent a variety of diseases, including cancer, stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, and autoimmune-related conditions such as Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis."

People have instinctively understood the relationship between sunshine and good health for a long time.
"Tanning relaxes me and allows me to clear my head. It's the only 20 minutes of the day that nobody can bother me," says Brynn Kushner, senior, Staten Island, NY. "I feel better about myself after I tan," Kushner added.

It says in Holick's book that "Sun exposure provides a natural high by stimulating the release of 'feel good' substances in your body, such as serotonin, dopamine, and beta endorphins, Sunshine also suppresses hormones like melatonin, which make you feel sluggish and down."

megaMan"I feel good when I tan. I need that extra boost especially during the depressing winter months, says Christin Coyle, senior, Centerport, NY..

Holly Hart, co-owner of Heatwave Tanning Salon in Fairfield, stands behind Dr. Holick's research. "Finally there is evidence to show that there are good benefits to the tanning beds," Hart says. She is very strict about allowing her customers to tan at a moderate exposure. "It's not just about making a profit, but about making sure that our customers are smart tanning by not burning," Hart added.

So when you are feeling "down" during the current winter months, alleviate by going into a tanning bed. Remember that overexposure is what causes the dermatologists to frighten you with skin cancer death statistics. So a few minutes of sun a day will keep the doctor away. If you are interested in reading further about the benefits of tanning, read "The UV Advantage," by Dr. Michael Holick.

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