Almost every concern you’ll hear from people who have never gone to an Ottawa tanning salon is that they are worried about the recent concerns about U.V exposure. Though it is true that overuse of a tanning bed, or even going out in the sun for too long, is not recommended, there are some perks to tanning that many people forget. As many die-hard tan fans can tell you, tanning has the interesting perk of causing your body to create Vitamin D.
Believe it or not, Ottawa has been dealing with an epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency, which can seriously harm a person’s health. People who are lacking in this important vitamin often feel lethargic, have to deal with weight gain, and even can deal with depression. And according to a recent study from the University of Kansas, that’s not the only thing that can happen should a person be low on Vitamin D for too long. Recently, studies have shown that people who have serious Vitamin D deficiency could get brain damage and memory loss as well.
It’s common for regular people to go to extremes when they hear bad news regarding something involving health, and many people have made snap judgments about the safety of UV rays because of the studies that have made national news attention. It’s important, very much so, to keep in mind that there are two sides to every story. Doctors across the country do not deny the benefits of sunlight, and even go so far as to suggest that people get at least 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight and/or UV rays every day in order to avoid Vitamin D deficiency.
Hitting up an Ottawa tanning salon is often thought of as a quick and easy way to improve your skin’s look, and to get a beautiful, summery glow no matter what the weather looks like. The reason why people think that a golden glow looks healthy is because sunlight is healthy, and a tan is pretty good evidence that an individual has gotten their fair share of Vitamin D. So, if you’re feeling blue, or if you’re feeling a little lethargic, it might be in your interest to boost your Vitamin D by booking a 10 minute session at your favorite Ottawa tanning salon.
Friday, November 22, 2013
People who live in sunnier areas around the world have a reduced risk of pancreatic cancer, advises a new study out of Australia.
When the researchers examined the Caucasian subjects, they looked at the location of their residence in their adult years, any outdoor work that they have done, if there is any history of lesion treatment and their sensitivity to sun exposure. The study found that for people living in places with higher ultraviolet radiation have a 30-40 percent lower risk of pancreatic cancer. Also, people who have fair skin had a 47 percent lower risk of getting pancreatic cancer compared to people with dark skin color.
The researchers of this study concluded, “our analysis supports an association between UVR (ultraviolet radiation) and pancreatic cancer, possibly mediated through production of vitamin D.”
The results found in this study are also consistent with previous ecological studies.
Friday, November 22, 2013
There is a difference between how much Vitamin D people are really getting from their diet compared to how much they think they are getting. According to the 2013 Functional Foods Consumer Survey that was recently discharged. Out of the sixty-eight percent of people who took the survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation and thought they were getting enough vitamin D daily, only thirty-two percent of them were actually meeting the recommended Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI).
The amount of vitamin D recommended by most vitamin D experts is far higher than the government’s DRI. The Vitamin D Council, is a non profit organization working to help educate the public on vitamin D, health and sun exposure. The Vitamin D Council recommends 5000 IU/day for adults, with an upper limit of 10,000 IU/day, while the government only recommends 600 IU per day.
1000 adults between the ages 18 and 80 were surveyed and their responses were compared to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and Dietary Reference Intakes.
The authors of this study concluded, “effective messages about functional foods must address the top barriers to functional food consumption and foster… belief in the health benefits..to motivate consumers to achieve and maintain optimal health through diet and lifestyle modification.”
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
In recent studies Dr. John Cannell suggested that increased UV exposure from sun and sunbeds increase endorphin levels and may therefore help with improving mood. It’s ideal to feel good all year round, not solely in the summer when it’s easy to spend hours in the sun. Sunbed tanning is an excellent alternative that gives you the opportunity to feel good and look good all year round.
A study in Germany, along with multiple other studies across the world found that increased time in the sun or sunbeds left people feeling “significantly more balanced, less nervous, more strengthened, and more satisfied with their appearance after sunbed use.” Another study resulted in fibromyalgia patients having lowered pain short-term as well as a boosted mood. Increased blood levels of endorphins is the explanation behind the mood changes according to Vitamin D Council founder Dr. Cannell.