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Do you use artificial sunlight for health?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 12, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Who uses artificial sunlight for health? What are your results? Can you compare between artificial sun and vitamin D supplements?

Thank you!

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on September 13, 2011
at 01:46 PM

this is a super tip! I think I will really try this! I also have a minor case of psoriasis, so this seems very useful! thank you!

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on September 12, 2011
at 02:39 PM

I do it in the winter (along with vit D supplementation) and feel that it helps my mood for sure.

Different beds have different UVA/UVB ratios. I found that the cheapest beds are the better ones. The people at the tanning salon will tell you UVA is what makes you tan and UVB is the bad stuff, but I'm pretty sure UVB is what leads to vit D synthesis and not UVA.

1-2x/week when it's cloudy in the winter seemed to work well for me last year and my vit D level in February was 62.

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on September 12, 2011
at 10:39 AM

I know people who use the tanning bed, in-home box light, extra Vitamin D during the winter months. Those that used the box light did find improvement as did upping the D. Tanning bed did as well but nobody liked smelling like they were being cooked, the texture their skin took on or the strange tan they ended up with. All ended up going to in-home/D except for one who is using the tanning bed to treat her eczema. Of course real sun was always the best. Also a combo of upped B and D seemed to work for those that really had serious seasonal disorder.

Note: I pretty much lived in Washington State my entire life, Olympia and Seattle, and never had a problem with the seasonal changes, yes there are 4 and not 2 in WA. I definitely have friends who were raised there as well who are like me, and a handful raised that have serious seasonal disorder. I'm always curious why some have the issue and why others don't. Why am I less sensitive? Adult transplants seem to have it the worst, especially if they're coming from the E. Coast. Less those from the Central or Southern areas.

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on September 13, 2011
at 12:50 PM

Not a tanning bulb but a reptile bulb is low cost, safe, has the same amount of UV as the sun, is easy to setup, and is easy to use. See what I have setup and use in Washington State. http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=982. That same site has over 8000 other pages on vitamin D.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on September 13, 2011
at 01:46 PM

this is a super tip! I think I will really try this! I also have a minor case of psoriasis, so this seems very useful! thank you!

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on September 12, 2011
at 07:53 AM

No but maybe I'll reconsider it... I might just try rubbing myself down with I can't believe it's not butter and climbing into a tanning booth!

Although there may actually be benefits to tanning, even in tanning beds, I'm not sure I'd be ready to jump on that bandwagon just yet. However I am guilty of using supplements from time to time and I'd view both artificial sunlight and vitamin D pills to be better than doing nothing if you are deficient.

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on September 12, 2011
at 07:27 PM

i'm looking at buying a tanning lamp also. I'm very comfortable with the idea

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on September 12, 2011
at 08:20 AM

I think 2 mins a day in the darker months can really help pick up your mood, and of course help you synthesise vitamin D I remember Robb Wolf mentioning this once as he is really affected by SAD. My local salon is offering 3 mins for ??3 so I for one will be testing this theory this winter :D

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on September 12, 2011
at 07:02 AM

I don't have test numbers for my vitamin D before and after I visited the tanning bed during several of Seattle's endless overcast winters, but my moods were much improved (beyond what I get with Vitamin D drops) the years I indulged.

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