Doctor Nina Byrnes has today published a great article in the Irish version of the Independant newspaper. The main focus of the article is in relation to how the winter months result in greater numbers of patients with low mood and increased fatigue. We are all aware of the extra financial pressures of the new year and this does not help encourage a feeling of well-being!

There is no doubt that diet can provide a percentage of Vitamin D, but not all and Doctor Byrnes highlights that sunlight is the most effective source.

Vitamin D is produced by the body as a direct result of exposure to UV light and provides a multitude of health benefits. These include but are not restricted to; bone health, immune system function, the decreased risk of some cancers and multiple sclerosis and finally, research is ongoing into the benefits in relation to cardiovascular health and prevention of disease.

Humans in the Northern Hemisphere suffer long winters and this in turn causes low vitamin D levels across the population. It is necessary therefore to supplement the lack of exposure by either diet or artificial light in the form of UV tanning

There are currently no definitive guidelines offered by the scientific community in relation to the amount of UV exposure required by humans in the Northern Hemisphere in order to maintain appropriate levels of Vitamin D. This may in part be due to a lack of significant research data in relation to the subject and the necessity to take into account the research subjects skin type, colouring and tanning history. Research has to be extensive, covering not just a small sample of the population, but a more widespread sample, and over a long period of time

The Tanning Shop advocates responsible tanning practices whereby exposure is tailored the the clients skin type and tanning history. Great care is taken to ensure that the clients consultation reflects accurately their requirements for tanning.