Humans need Sunlight
Like almost all life on earth, human beings require fresh air, water, food, and sunlight to survive. The sun is essential to our health, strength, peace of mind, and survival. A surprisingly small portion of the sun’s spectrum is responsible for almost all of the benefits we receive from it. Without this specific wavelength, our immune systems malfunction and we become susceptible to disease.
At SOLIUS we have isolated that very specific beneficial spectrum of the sun’s energy and packaged it into a user-friendly device, prioritizing the patient experience. The foundation of SOLIUS (the device and the company) is our light science.
Light energy from the sun is used by humans and other life forms to synthesize several photoproducts. There is a mountain of scientific research that validates our innate drive to get outside on a sunny day and soak up those rays. When human skin is exposed to sunlight, it produces several peptides and hormones that contribute to systemic wellness, including vitamin D.
77% of the global population has low levels of vitamin D.
Humans evolved to synthesize vitamin D through the skin when our bodies were exposed to sunlight. When people spent most of their day outside in the sun, this mechanism provided us with ample vitamin D. More recently though, we have become a mostly indoor society. Most people spend the majority of their time indoors in schools and offices and children are spending less time playing outside in the sun. As a result, many of us have low levels of vitamin D.
There are few food sources of vitamin D and foods that do contain it usually do in too low of levels. Many people have turned to supplements in an attempt to achieve higher vitamin D levels, but for a variety of reasons supplements aren't solving the problem. Certain health conditions can make it difficult or impossible for individuals to absorb vitamin D from supplements, and often the doses claimed on the supplement bottles are not accurate.
Vitamin D and Our Bodies
Vitamin D functionality is implicated in over 200 physiologically regulated processes, ranging from modulation of gene expression to activation of protein receptors and signaling pathways. Vitamin D plays a key role in the homeostasis of calcium and phosphate in the body, helping with mineralization of bone and proper functioning of the musculature. However, its impact goes much deeper.
When levels of vitamin D are deficient in the body, systems suffer and perform sub-optimally. This manifests as a hormonally dysregulated system, with increased risk for bone demineralization, reduced ability to fight infection, and an increased likelihood of complications with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and type 1 diabetes, among others.
Safety and Efficacy
Our research shows that the amount of ultraviolet energy delivered by SOLIUS is significantly lower than any other vitamin D producing light source. SOLIUS stimulates the production of 10 times more vitamin D than the WHO’s recommended daily exposure for safe sun, yet the total amount of UVR administered in a treatment is equivalent to only 9 seconds in the sun.