Recommended by the Vitamin D Council
Scientists at the Vitamin D Council agree that both children and adults should have a Vitamin D level of 50 ng/ml all year-round. They recommend the use of any Mercola Tanning Systems as a safe and effective way to help you achieve natural levels of Vitamin D. The Vitamin D Council is a nonprofit organization whose aim is to educate the public about Vitamin D deficiency and how to prevent it.
Like most people, you probably take light for granted. As many who have lived through Seattle's relatively mild winters know, it is far more than just the right temperature that makes you healthy. Many wind up leaving the Seattle area due to its many months of relatively sunless skies.
From the days of the ancient Greeks, people have puzzled over the nature of light. Even back then, science experts considered light to be a stream of small particles. The late 1600's brought forth the theory that light travels in "waves" rather than a stream of particles.
Fast forward several hundred years…
Albert Einstein theorized that light was made from a stream of little packets of energy called photons.
Today's physicists believe that light can behave as both a wave and a particle. The truth is that light is a very complex subject, about which there is much more to be discovered.
What is known today, however, is that…
You Can Use Simple Light Rays
to Support Your Health
Of course, it is my strong belief that the best way to get your vitamin D is through direct and appropriate sunlight exposure on your skin. The problem is that you may not be receiving ample sunlight where you live. If you live in a colder climate, work indoors, or don't spend adequate time in the sun, you may not be generating the vitamin D you need.
In fact, your vitamin D levels may plummet more than 50% in the winter.
Aside from natural sunlight, there are 2 other practical ways to obtain the vitamin D you need.
You can supplement with vitamin D3.
However, if you choose to go this route, make sure you have your vitamin D levels tested regularly to make sure you do not take too much of it. You and your physician need to be aware of your vitamin D levels, so you can adjust your supplementation accordingly.
Your third alternative is to use a tanning system that utilizes UV-B rays to provide you with a way to help you naturally produce the vitamin D your body needs. If you choose this route, you must be very careful about the type of bed you choose and how long you tan. Choose a tanning bed with electronic ballasts rather than magnetic ballasts and only tan until your skin turns the lightest pink. Tanning any longer does not provide any sort of benefit.
Without getting into any complicated physics, light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. On one end of the spectrum, we have UV or ultraviolet light at 280 to 400 nm (a nanometer is a millionth of a millimeter).
In the middle, we have what is known as the visible light spectrum at about 400 to 700 nm. The visible light spectrum contains colors that range from violet to blue to green to yellow to orange to red.
Red light is quite important, as you'll soon see.
And on the right side of the electromagnetic spectrum, we have infrared light. These invisible rays of natural sunlight have a longer wavelength.
I'm sure you've heard about benefits from ultraviolet light (I'll review them for you shortly).
Tap the Power of Infrared Light
You may also have heard infrared referred to by its other name – radiant heat. Any kind of heat you can feel from a distance has been transported by infrared rays.
It doesn't matter if it is heat from the sun, from a stove, a light bulb, or even another person.
Infrared is quite different from ultraviolet light. It's a form of energy that heats objects directly. This process is called conversion. One reason it's different is because it doesn't have to heat the air in between the heat source and the object.
Without going into the more complicated aspects of physics, infrared is able to penetrate more deeply than other parts of the light spectrum (to a depth of about 1.2 to 1.6 inches) – and stimulate your body cells.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes, just lying out in the sun's warmth makes you feel a bit better? Well…
Using Infrared Light to Enhance Wellness is Not New
In fact, your own palms emit infrared energy at between 8-14 microns.
The Chinese have practiced traditional palm healing for 3,000 years based on the properties of these natural infrared rays. Both Chi Gong masters and the Yogis in India have used palm healing. In some cultures and religious rituals, this is known as 'healing by the laying on of hands'.
With today's advancing technology there are much more advanced methods of producing infrared rays.
Infrared Light Rays have Brought Temporary Pain and Stiffness Relief to Millions
You can get some infrared energy from the sun itself.
However, there are other ways to receive infrared light rays. These range from simple inexpensive hand-held gizmos and heating pads that produce a few infrared rays to expensive 'chi machines', infrared LED light devices, even infrared saunas.
I've tried a few of these myself. And as you can imagine, the quality and effectiveness varies greatly. However, millions of people have used these devices to achieve comforting heat and some measure of temporary relief from pain and stiffness.
But there's more. Infrared is only one of the 3 types of light with health-enhancing effects.
What about those Health Benefits from Ultraviolet Light?
If you've spent any time on my site, you're probably aware of the importance of ultraviolet or UV light to your health.
The sun's UVB rays are crucial to help your body produce vitamin D.
And when it comes to UVA, these rays not only help you produce a tan, but also naturally protect your body from sunburn and can actually help protect you from overdosing on vitamin D produced from too much UVB.
If you don't want a tan, then I've got the perfect solution for you. The Mercola Vitality D- Lite Bed gives you all of the benefits of the sun and the added benefit of red light in the 633 nm range.
You won't find a bed like this anywhere else out on the market. It is exclusive to Mercola.com.
Blue Light Can Promote Even More Skin Benefits for You
There is one more truly special type of light from the visible spectrum. Gentle blue light in the 417-419 nm wavelength has some extraordinary properties that your skin will love.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, blue light can actually help your skin health.
Best of all, blue light is totally safe and generates no additional heat or harmful radiation. Indeed, blue light therapies are known to help support your body's skin health.
Here's How to Get the Support of All 4 Types of Light Rays:
Vitamin D Producing UVB, Infrared, Red and Blue Simultaneously –
While You're Lying Down Relaxing
My best and least expensive recommendation is to use natural sunlight to get all the light rays you need. Most of us are modern cavemen and spend the vast majority of our time indoors. Remember that even if it is sunny outside and you are next to a window you will not receive the benefits of this radiation as most of it is filtered out through the windows in your home or car.
So make sure you get outside, preferably for an hour each day. There are many other benefits for being outdoors and light exposure is only one of them. However, I know that is just not practical for most people – and that could include you.
You could also go to a commercial tanning parlor but there are some real issues with this choice. Although the initial investment is far less there is the real cost of wasted time traveling to and from the facility but also:
- Many are concerned about poor hygiene due to improper disinfection by many of the facilities and the risk for acquiring some type of skin infection from contaminated beds
- Hjrays emitted by magnetic bulb ballasts
- X-rays emitted by certain tanning salon bulbs
In 2007 in response to demand, I started to offer a safe and convenient home tanning and vitamin D-producing UV system. And then, when I released the Sun Splash Renew system that combined UV tanning and vitamin-D producing capabilities – plus visible red light in the 633 nm range, it was an instant hit.
Still, since that time, I've had loads of requests for another system.
Many of you have written to me asking for a system that will let you lie down and relax while enjoying your UV tanning session.
Finally, I've been able to get the manufacturers of the Renew System to create a tanning bed unit – so you can comfortably relax while you lie down.
And even better, I made sure my Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Beds contain the infrared you heard about earlier. But, if you're not interested in blue light, the Vitality bed has everything else you've read about.
Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Bed
Take a Closer Look…
View close-up images of this attractive home tanning bed.
The Mercola Vitality Refresh Tanning Bed is exactly the same as the Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Bed, except 2 of the red light bulbs have been replaced by 2 blue light bulbs. The Mercola Vitality D-Lite Bed only has UV lights with red light in the 633 nm range.
All About the Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Beds
The stylish Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Bed comes with a total of 18 lamps, our Vitality Refresh 24 brings you even more "sunshine power" with 24 lamps, and our latest tanning bed – Vitality Elite 32!
In our 18-lamp models, you'll find 6 tanning lamps and 4 tanning/red light combination bulbs in the overhead canopy. And in the bench, there are 6 tanning lamps and 2 tanning/infrared lamps.
Offering all the same benefits as the original Refresh Tanning Bed, our Vitality Refresh 24 model has 2 additional tanning lamps in the canopy and 4 more in the bench. A total of 24 lamps means you can finish your tanning session in less time (only 15 minutes!) while getting a darker, quicker tan. And because your sessions are shorter, you'll enjoy a longer overall lamp life.
The Mercola Vitality Refresh Tanning Bed is exactly the same as the Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Bed, except 2 of the red light bulbs have been replaced by 2 blue light bulbs.
- The lamps are rated for an economical 1,000 hours (ensuring very little maintenance)
- Lamps use exclusive mirror technology and reflective coating to give you what I believe to be the highest quality indoor tan possible
- The ballast is electronic, eliminating that concern over electromagnetic radiation (this electronic ballast also uses 40% less electricity than other tanning systems, making it more ecologically 'green')
- The unit comes not only with a manual 20 minute timer, but also a 21 minute back-up timer for your protection (15 minutes for the Vitality Refresh 24)
- There are 3 cooling fans for your comfort, 2 in the canopy and 1 in the bench
- Included are FDA-approved eyewear and a pillow for your neck comfort
- Uses standard 110V outlets, so you don't need any expensive electrical work done
- A superior design and shape that ensures an all-around even tan
- American made by the highest-quality manufacturer of home tanning systems I could find after an exhaustive search
- The affordability factor (similar units – even without all these features – would cost you upwards of $10,000!)
If you're looking for the best in tanning, I believe I've achieved that with the Mercola Vitality Elite Tanning Bed. It has the most lamps of all my tanning beds – 32! There are 8 tanning lamps, 4 red light lamps and 4 blue light lamps in the overhead canopy. In the bench, there are 14 tanning lamps and 2 infrared lamps.
Besides having the most lamps, it's also the longest and widest. That means that you get a more even tan and less shaded areas.
Stacking Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Beds Against the Competition
How do the Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Beds stack up against other home tanning beds on the market?
I've prepared a chart, so you could see at a glance which beds contain the big four types of light – ultraviolet, infrared, red and blue light.
Pro 24 RSP
|Mercola Vitality D-Lite Bed
|Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Bed
|Vitality Refresh Tanning Bed
|Vitality Refresh 24 Tanning Bed
But What About a Warranty?
Of course, I wanted to make sure you received an excellent warranty to cover your investment.
The Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Beds warranty covers:
- 90 days on lamps/acrylics/plastics
- 1 year on electrical parts
- 5 years for structural issues
- Home use only
We actually use one of these beds in my medical clinic for my staff – that's why I can recommend it to you with such confidence.
A Mini-Vacation Without Ever Leaving Home
You know, a healthy glow can help you look and feel fantastic.
Although you should avoid sunburn, your skin was designed to tan as a natural body function.
Just remember not to over-expose your skin – it should be just the slightest bit pink, not sunburned.
And sure, you can (and should) treat yourself to a vacation once in a while. But you probably can't be on vacation all the time, so here's the next best thing!
Plus, with your Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Bed, you'll enjoy:
- The benefits of the UV rays that help produce your essential vitamin D.
- Red light in the 633 nm range
- Infrared light
- The convenience, privacy, and cleanliness of getting your tanning and UVB rays in your own home.
- Blue light (only available in the Vitality Refresh bed)
- The latest technology in indoor tanning/UV systems, far superior to the often-outdated equipment found in tanning salons.
So Don't Miss Out!
Just give me the word… and let's get started with your Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Bed today.
Oh, and if you're wondering, I'll cover ALL your shipping costs. You can have this high-quality unit shipped directly to your door. This truly is one of the most affordable and full-featured home beds on the market today.
Don't delay. Put in your order for your Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Bed now, while we still have them in stock.