I’ve got a challenge for you today. What comes to mind when you think of drinking? Yeah, it can be bad for you if you don’t watch yourself. But there can be an upside to this little vice. Did you know that moderate wine drinkers are 30% less likely to suffer a heart attack than their non-drinking counterparts?

Okay, let’s try another one. How about fast food? You’re thinking that it’s bad for you again, right? Well, yes. It is bad for you, if you have too much. But when you’re on the go, trying to get the kids to soccer practice and back before bedtime while juggling a full-time job and family… well, sometimes it can be a time and money-saving option.

So why can these be good things? It’s all about moderation.

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Now let’s do one more. What’s your opinion on tanning beds? Before you make your assumptions based on the media and that crazy mom that let her 5 year old tan, let me blow your mind. Tanning, in moderation, can actually be good for you!

Tanning beds use ultra-violet lights that give off UV rays. These rays absorb into your body and are then converted into Vitamin D. So what, right? Well, Vitamin D helps prevent and treat several ailments including depression, high blood pressure, Fibromyalgia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, PMS, Arthritis, Diabetes, and Osteoporosis. It can even help prevent some cancers!

There is evidence that the UV rays stimulate the thyroid gland, which is largely responsible for regulating your metabolism. Think of it this way, regular and safe tanning can kick-start your metabolism, which will help you get moving and finally lose that extra 5 pounds! (And who doesn’t want to feel skinnier, am I right?)

Still not convinced? What if I told you that tanning can help clear up your skin? The UV rays from tanning beds help dry up the oils in your skin that cause breakouts. Ever wonder why your skin looks so much better in the summer? It’s because you’re out in the sun so much! Tanning can also help even out the skin tone of those who have minor blemishes, stretch marks, and even post-surgical scarring.

Do you suffer from any of these issues? Today, I’m challenging you to rethink everything you thought you knew about tanning, because it might just be the natural remedy you’ve been looking for.

  
By Dina Shimp

NOTE: It is necessary use proper protection against UV rays to prevent skin damage. That’s why it is important to consult with a doctor before beginning any intensive tanning regimen.