FACT: There are more tanning salons in the US than Starbucks and even McDonald’s. I know… hard to believe.
And while, we know, tanning beds, we’ve been told time and time again, are very very bad, there are lots of fake bake-devotees who believe they’re better than nature’s rays. Well, international cancer experts have recently reigned in with an announcement published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology saying that tanning beds and the ultraviolet radiation they put out are not merely “bad,” but about as lethal as arsenic—yes, poison! They are on par with cigarettes in terms of cancer risk. In fact, the study showed that people who start self tanning before the age of 30 increase their chances of skin cancer by 75 percent!
Banning The Beds
So it’s no surprise that now a group of 60,000 pediatricians in the American Academy of Pediatrics has joined the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Dermatology to push for a ban on tanning when it comes to minors. Why? Research has revealed that people who start going to tanning salons before age 35 increase in their chances of developing melanoma- the deadliest type of skin cancer, by 75%. To make matters worse, moms and daughters often go tanning together. It’s kind of like handing your teenager a cigarette and encouraging her to smoke because she will look prettier if she does. According to surveys, 1 in 4 Caucasian teenagers in the U.S. have gone to a tanning salon. Many of them have made a habit of it.
More Than Looks… It’s Mood That Gets Tanners Hooked
BUT, it’s not necessarily the sun-kissed glow that gets tan-addicts hooked. It’s often the feeling you get. Yes, the Vitamin D emitted from the sun (and tanning beds) induces a natural high. But you don’t have to expose yourself to such risk to benefit.
Here are 10 Bites with Benefits foods filled with mood lifting Vitamin D:
Sundried shitake mushrooms are high in Vitamin D thanks to their ability to suck up sunlight. They are also rich in B Vitamins like B1 & B2.
Just a small, 3½ ounce portion will give you 90% of the recommended daily amount of Vit D. Plus it’s rich with Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA’s), an essential skin-brightening nutrient that our body cannot produce on its own.
Same with salmon as mackerel. Salmon eat zooplankton, which is naturally full of Vitamin D.
Herring thrive on plankton, which is brimming with Vitamin D from sunlight.
Super high in Vitamin D, a small tin can of sardines provides 70% of your daily needs. It’s also loaded with Vitamin B12, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, protein and selenium.
Another plankton-eating fish, catfish is rich with Vitamin D.
A 3 ounce serving of tuna gives you 50% of your Vitamin D needs. Tuna is also an amazing source of Omega Fatty Acid- the “good fats.”
Cod Liver Oil
Yes, the scent is strong… but it’s also a super-rich source of sunlight-infused Vitamin D plus omega-3 fatty acids. Just one tablespoon of the oil provides more than enough Vitamin D for the day.
Eating one egg will provide you with about 10% of your daily Vitamin D needs.
VITAMIN D – Fortified
Lots of foods are also fortified with Vitamin D including:
Canned, Evaporated Milk