When Cosmo went undercover in tanning salons and employees told us that UV beds and booths are an excellent source of hard-to-get vitamin D, we called them out for telling a total lie. And now the American Academy of Dermatologists is calling them out too.
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The Academy, the largest and most influential derm organization in the country, just released a statement saying that vitamin D should never be obtained by fake baking, even if you're Vitamin D deficient. "Unprotected exposure to UV radiation from the sun or indoor tanning is not safe. Individuals who intentionally expose themselves to UV radiation for vitamin D are putting their health at risk for developing skin cancer," explained the president of the Academy. And he added that the only safe ways to boost your vitamin D levels are through food, beverages, or supplements.
Researchers also concluded that the risks of being Vitamin D deficient might not be as bad as proponents of tanning salons make them out to be. There's little evidence to show a link between low levels of vitamin D and cancer, infectious disease, autoimmune disease, and heart problems.Related: 10 Things To Do Instead Of Dieting
Doctors do say the vitamin is important for maintaining bone health, though. So have your MD test your levels. And if you need to up your intake, eat foods like salmon, tuna, or s---ake mushrooms, look for snacks and drinks that are fortified with the vitamin, or take an OTC supplement. You can also aim to be outside for 10 minutes a day, three times a week, with or without sunscreen, according Ellen Marmur, MD, chief of dermatologic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC and author of Simple Skin Beauty.Related: Smooth Your Lady Lumps: The Best Anti-Cellulite Creams
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