The Sun, UV Rays, and What Tanning Does for Our Minds and Our Bodies

What is UV and how does it help to keep us healthy? With so much contradicting information available about tanning, indoor tanning and safe tanning methods, it is sometimes hard to decipher the truth from the speculations. A tremendously well-researched paper by Dr. AT Slominski and his colleagues highlights the connection between UV rays, or sunlight, and our immune, endocrine and central nervous systems.

How Ultraviolet Light Touches the Brain and Endocrine System Through Skin, and Why is the name of the paper examining this phenomenon, available here. The article opens by essentially praising the skin for being able to remain completely balanced despite everything that life throws at it. By far our body’s largest organ, our skin is able to communicate bidirectionally with all of our other systems at the same time, keeping the rest of our body in harmony with itself as well.

Pretty phenomenal when you think about! Knowing how much your skin does to keep you in good health really gives you that added incentive to take care of it – and indoor tanning throughout the winter is one of the many things that will do just that.

So, how exactly do UV rays work to keep us happy and healthy? UV rays are absorbed through the skin via sunlight or sunlamps. Their electromagnetic energy is then converted to chemical, hormonal and neural signals within the body. All of these positive signals promote health in the immune system, the endocrine system and the brain. On top of that, feel-good endorphins are increased while you’re soaking in some rays and immune-system proteins are mobilized. All-around health improvements are a significantly positive result of working on your beautiful bronze tan.

Other researched and proven positive and healthful effects of UV exposure include, but are not limited to:

  • Preventing and even reversing obesity

  • Improving life longevity by reducing the risk of death by 50% over 20 years

  • Increasing heart and vascular strength

  • Reducing the risk of hip fracture by 90%

  • Dramatically improving mood

  • Reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis

  • Reducing the risk of most internal cancers

  • Curing psoriasis and eczema

  • Preventing the risk of breast cancer by up to 90%

  • Reducing the risk of nervous system disorders

  • Preventing memory loss

  • Preventing myopia

  • And finally, reducing the risk of melanoma by 50% in outdoor workers when compared to indoor workers

If there was ever a compelling argument for investing in your skin, this would be it – the positive effects of UV tanning are boundless. To experience them for yourself, come and visit us at Arizona Tanning in Sherwood Park. We’d love to help you get started on your happier, healthier way of life.

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