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  • Cold Weather Sun Exposure

    Hey everyone,

    Relatively new to TPB here and just gathering more in depth information as I traverse the wisdom I'm reading both here in the forums and in Mark's book. One thing I'm concerned about is getting adequate levels of sunlight as I live in a northern state that right now is sporting 4 degrees as a high. There also isn't much to do outdoors right now as there isn't even much snow on the ground even if I wanted to get out and do some wintery activities (skiing, snowshoeing etc). I am also not a fan of supplementation. I'd rather get my Vit D naturally if at all possible. So this leads me to the path of possibly using a tanning salon to meet my needs. Anyone else out there doing this? I know a booth isn't going to 100% match the sun, and I should be limiting my exposure to very brief periods, but is there any other concrete information out there about tanning booths as alternatives during winter months?


  • #2
    I use a daylight box. Google daylight boxes for SAD.


    • #3
      To me (also living in a climate where it's damn cold and the days are 8 hours long right now), swallowing a supplement through the winter is safer and easier than trying to tan my vitamin D levels up. I don't see laying in a tanning bed as getting vitamin D naturally, either. And the melanoma risk from repeated exposure to unnaturally high levels of UV just isn't worth it.