The Sunshine Vitamin is D-Lightful


At Sundays, we are all about the D. If you’re in school it’s not the grade you want to find on your test papers, but when it comes to optimal health, D is essential. D is the “sunshine vitamin,” in that your body naturally produces it when your skin is exposed to sunlight. A person getting the right amount of Vitamin D can enjoy a number of physical benefits:

  • Improved bone health
  • Promotion of circulatory health
  • Improved mood
  • Production of cancer-fighting agents
  • Boosted immune system

Use of a tanning bed can also help you with a needed dose of Vitamin D, and when you visit any of our twenty one locations around Hampton Roads we’ll be more than happy to assist you with any questions about our UV beds.

When you think about how much time you spend indoors – say, an average of eight hours at work plus eight hours asleep – it’s safe to say many of us don’t spend enough quality time in the light. By the time you punch out for the day, there’s not much sunlight left to enjoy. There are weekends and holidays, but is that enough?

The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements recommends that adults from 18-70 should intake at least 600 International Units (IU), or 15 micrograms, of Vitamin D a day. How do we determine the length of time spent in the sunlight to get our recommended daily allowance? It’s not a simple answer, because people are different. A person with fair skin won’t need as much time in the sun as somebody with dark skin. According to the Vitamin D Council, your body will generate the vitamin quickly, within minutes of exposure. This, of course, depends on how much skin is bared. A trip to the beach in a bathing suit gets results faster than if you go for a walk in less revealing clothes.

If you find you’re not getting enough Vitamin D, your body will eventually let you know. You may feel tired and achy, and have difficulty moving around. Prolonged deficiency of D can lead to serious health problems as well, including osteoporosis. It’s amazing to think that just ten minutes in the sun a day can help.

On days you can’t get out of the office or house, though, there are alternative ways to get your D. Ten minutes in a high-quality tanning bed, with the right lotion for your skin, is one method. At Sundays, we’re here to help you every step of the way. We’ll let you know which bed works best for you, which bronzers best match your skin type, and often you should tan if you want to keep your color. If you’re interested in a full spa package for improved wellness, ask any of our experts about the other features available at our salons, like red light therapy.

Our favorite vitamin is “d-lightful” and we hope you feel the same way. Make sure you get enough Vitamin D today.