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Five Ways Sunlamps are Better than Vitamin D Supplements

We often do not spend a lot of time thinking about micronutrients; however, they are absolutely critical for our health. One incredibly important one is Vitamin D, which is a substance that cannot naturally be made by people and requires either consumption of Vitamin D supplements or exposure to sunlight to attain the appropriate levels of Vitamin D.

However, many people suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. There are a wide array of causes for this including issues with the kidneys or digestive track, the amount of melanin in your skin, levels of sunlight exposure, or an improper diet. For people who suffer from Vitamin D deficiency, the major recommended solutions are either sunlamp therapy or taking Vitamin D supplements. While both are viable solutions, there are a number of reasons why Vitamin D sunlamps provide a more optimal choice for Vitamin D than supplements.

1)         Sunlamps mimic natural sunlight.

It is important to note that not all sunlamps are able to result in Vitamin D production; however, true sunlamps supplement Vitamin D by producing ultraviolet B light, which is then used by your skin cells to convert cholesterol into Vitamin D. Sunlamps that emit ultraviolet B rays will be able to mimic the natural process for creating Vitamin D. This means your body can receive Vitamin D from a more natural source than taking pills.

2)         Sunlamps are more efficient

For those who have taken supplements before, you likely struggle to remember to always take them in a timely manner. It is easy to make a sunlamp a typical part of your day. In fact, sunlamps are designed in a manner that allows them to rapidly provide your body with the amount of ultraviolet B rays needed to produce Vitamin D. In fact, the best sunlamps require as little as five minutes of use every other day to produce optimal levels of Vitamin D.

3)         Better financial decision long-term

While Vitamin D supplements are relatively inexpensive, the cost does add up significantly over time. Spending $15 a month on Vitamin D will add up to over $1,000 in expenses over the course of seven years. Meanwhile, the highest quality sunlamps like the Sperti Vitamin D sunlamp are half that cost and comes with a seven-year warranty, making sunlamps an excellent decision in terms of affordability long-term.

4)         Supported by clinical research

When making decisions regarding health and wellness, it is often useful to turn to studies to determine the best options. Research has confirmed that sunlamps are superior sources of Vitamin D supplementation. Research from Clinical Nutrition Experimental found that simulated sunlight exposure was much more effective in bone homeostasis when compared to Vitamin D supplements.

5)         Supplements simply do not work for everyone

While most people may assume that consuming Vitamin D would work as a great way of supplementation for everyone, the reality is that some people simply cannot absorb Vitamin D supplements. Specifically, people with conditions such as cystic fibrosis, short bowel syndrome, and other issues cannot absorb Vitamin D from dietary supplements. However, researchers from the National Institutes of Health found that UVB sunlamps were effective sources of Vitamin D for individuals who cannot absorb the vitamin from supplements.

Final Thoughts

Many people do not get adequate levels of Vitamin D from their diet and exposure to sunlight. For these people, optimal health and wellness will involve finding ways to acquire necessary Vitamin D. UVB sunlamps are an excellent choice for this as they are more efficient, natural, and cost-effective than taking Vitamin D supplements, helping your body to produce Vitamin D through natural processes.

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Five Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Easy Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy as Sickness Spreads the Globe

With the surge of Covid-19, the flu season, and even the common cold heading around the world right now, it’s easy to think you’re destined to contract something. In addition to washing your hands and social distancing, there are more ways you can help your body fight off viruses and other infections that make their way into your community.

1.Eat more citrus

Did you know humans are one of the only mammals that don’t have the ability to synthesize Vitamin C? We have to obtain it from our diet. While Vitamin C plays an important role in many chemical reactions in our body, it’s so important in keeping us from getting sick because it’s a powerful antioxidant. Stock up on oranges, lemons, and grapefruits if you want to keep your body safe and healthy!

2. Don’t smoke

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smokers are generally less healthy than non-smokers. Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, many of which can affect your body’s ability to fight off sicknesses. Smoking throws off the equilibrium of your immune system, so if you’re trying to stay healthy avoid both first-hand and second-hand smoke.

3.Get more sleep

Getting sleep is so important because when we sleep our bodies produce and release cytokines. Cytokines fight infection and inflammation in our body and essentially trigger our body’s immune responses. When you’re stressed about getting sick, it can be hard to maintain a healthy sleeping schedule. Many people will use bright light therapy devices to help wake up in the mornings and fall asleep at night.

4.Manage your stress

Stress is your body’s biological response to an actual or perceived threat. We’re always going to have stress in our lives, but managing it is an important part of fighting off illness. Chronic stress can lower your body’s ability to regulate inflammatory responses. You can manage stress by avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, getting more sleep, meditating, or exercising!

5.Raise your Vitamin D

Low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to higher infection rates. As we’ve discovered, things like smoking, sleepless nights, and stress, can throw off your immune system’s balance and make it harder to stave off infections. Vitamin D helps your body trigger an immune response to infections, so lower levels make it more likely you’ll get sick this season.

It is estimated that 1 billion people worldwide are Vitamin D deficient. At Sperti, we’re passionate about providing a natural solution to low Vitamin D levels. Our Sperti Vitamin D Sunlamp is proven to help raise Vitamin D levels in just 5 minutes every other day.

What are some ways you’re keeping healthy?

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Can Vitamin D Help prevent Tuberculosis?

Approximately one quarter of the world’s population has been infected with tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. Nine million people become ill with TB each year and more than a million and a half of those will die from it. Some symptoms of tuberculosis are:

  • A long-lasting severe cough
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing up blood

While it is known that people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to contracting tuberculosis, new studies have shown that low Vitamin D levels are associated with latent tuberculosis (when a person carries tuberculosis but has no symptoms). 

Latent tuberculosis is often a precursor to active tuberculosis, so preventing the contraction of the latent form is the best measure to stay healthy. In a 2019 study of more than 6,000 people, the participants with Vitamin D levels of less than 12 ng/ml were twice as likely to have latent tuberculosis. In the same study, participants with a Vitamin D level of more than 30 ng/ml had the lowest probability of having latent tuberculosis.

If you’re interested in checking your Vitamin D levels, you can purchase a home testing kit here.

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Can Higher Vitamin D Levels Better Your Mental Health?

Vitamin D is proven to help you build strong bones, but can it help you build a strong mind?

Studies say yes!

43.8 million American adults experience mental illness in a given year, and chances are you or a loved one are a part of that group.

A 2017 study measured the emotional health, self-perceived mental health, self-perceived general health, and self-perceived stress of more than 7,500 Canadians. The end result of the study was a positive association between good mental health and high Vitamin D levels.

If you’re ever wondering why we’re so passionate about Vitamin D, this is why!

If you’re wondering what your Vitamin D levels are but want to avoid a trip to the doctor, you can purchase a Vitamin D test here!

If you want to raise or maintain your Vitamin D levels, our Sperti Vitamin D Lamp can help the natural way!

 

Four charts portraying the positive association between high Vitamin D levels and good mental health
This chart was created by Grassroots Health to visualize the positive association of high Vitamin D levels and good mental health.