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Yoga Tips for a Firm Body & a Toned Butt! (Sex Health Guru Tip)

Categories: VIDEO | May 24th, 2011 | by HART 1-800-HART | 19 comments

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

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Try the cat-cow position for a sexy body – soon you’ll need a thong for your sexy new butt! Boost your sex appeal: www.sexhealthguru.com

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Battling VIDEO

Yoga Girls #5: Sun Salutation (Sex Health Guru Tip)

Categories: VIDEO | April 4th, 2011 | by HART 1-800-HART | 10 comments

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

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Girls, get toned and sexy for summer – with Yoga! The sun salutation is your ticket to a hot bikini body! Or, get CRAZY fit: www.sexhealthguru.com

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Battling CANCER

Summery Christmas down under

Categories: CANCER | December 27th, 2010 | by Raquel | no comments

Sun, sun, warm sun. We had a great time here down under on Christmas Day with 25°C temperatures. Lazing around on the beach or by pool. Hmmm, I haven’t done that in a while.

The sun is such a paradox. It is the source of life. It is the best source of the essential vitamin D. It is also the main cause of skin cancer, most especially melanoma. Once again, this is proof that too much of a good can be bad for your health.

So while the American Heart Association and other health groups are actively campaigning for people to get out and be active in the northern hemisphere freezing temperatures, Australian advocacy groups are campaigning for people to protect themselves from the sun through the SunSmart campaign.

Australia has among the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. According to the Cancer Council ACT of Australia:

  • More than 1850 Australians will die from skin cancer each year.
  • Two out of 3 Australians will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

Coming from the cold wintery north, we sometimes are unprepared for the intensity of the sun down south. The ACT gives us the “5 S’s”- SunSmart tips that will help us remember how to protect ourselves from the sun.

Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.

Slop on SPF30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen. Always use in combination with the other sun protection measures. Reapply every 2 hours.

Slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.

Slide on some sunglasses. A close fitting, wrap-around style will offer best protection. Sunglasses should meet Australian

Seek shade whenever possible.

Still, there are conflicts of interests that can hamper the SunSmart campaign. The Australian province of Victoria is having problems with the many summer festivals currently ongoing. The festivals are very popular among the young people but for security reason, liquids are not allowed in the festival locations and are confiscated at entry points. Thus, sunscreens are confiscated.

SunSmart manager Sue Heward appeals to the festival organizers:

“We implore festival organisers to put in place a UV policy that ensures their patrons are supplied with sunscreen, whether it be at a number of different easy-to-access locations around the festival area, and/or roving sunscreen sellers or that there is an exception to the no liquids allowed policy allowing patrons to bring their own.”

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Battling VISION

Bright is not good for sight: sun safety tips for the eyes

Categories: VISION | May 20th, 2009 | by Raquel | 3 comments

sunglasses-dubaiWith the sun shining and the weather so fabulous, the great outdoors is inviting us to enjoy nature. We all know however that too much of a good thing can be bad and this is also true when it comes to the sun. So we go out with our sun hats and sunscreens. After all, we are worried about how the sun can cause skin cancer, especially the deadly melanoma.

But do not forget. Our eyes also need protection from the sun because its UV rays can cause eye damage that may be immediate but also in the long-term.

Here are some examples of how the sun can damage our eyes:

Sunburns to the eyes. Do you know, for example, that you can also suffer from sunburns to the eye? According to Prevent Blindness America, prolonged exposure to the sun can cause photokeratitis, a painful condition [that] may result in temporary loss of vision for 1 to 2 days. Pterygium. In addition, the presence of pterygium, a growth of tissue that forms on the white of the eye, is in direct correlation to the amount of UV exposure that the person has been subjected to. Without treatment, this condition may require surgical treatment.

Cataracts and macular degeneration. Long-term damage may not be obvious until years later. Studies have shown that UV damage to the eyes accumulates and lead to cataracts and macular degeneration.

Basal cell carcinoma. The skin around the eyes and the eyes can also be damaged by UV rays to cause a type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma. It may develop on the lower lid, in the corners of the eye and under eyebrows.

So how do we protect our eyes from the sun?

It is actually easy and cheap. According to Prevent Blindness America:

  • Use sunglasses that block 100% of UV A and UB B radiation from the sun.
  • A brimmed hat or cap can prevent the sun from directly hitting our eyes.
  • A wrap around sunglasses are highly recommended since they not only protect the eyes but all the skin around the eyes.
  • Children should also wear sunglasses that that fit properly and block UV but these should be made from unbreakable polycarbonate to avoid injuries.
  • Do not let children wear “toy sunglasses” that do not have UV protection because sunglasses without UV protection may shade the eyes but actually cause the pupils to dilate, allowing in even more harmful rays.

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Battling HEART AND STROKE

Sunny treatment for your heart

Categories: HEART AND STROKE | September 4th, 2008 | by Raquel | no comments

It can be found in abundance in nature. It’s available in most inhabited places in the world the whole year round. And best of all, it’s for free.

I am referring to vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin.” Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that can only be synthesized by the body when skin is exposed to the sun.

Vitamin D deficiency can result in many health problems including, weak bones, bad eyesight, and neurological symptoms

New research results report yet another benefit of vitamin D, this time as “heart tranquilizer.”

In laboratory studies, researchers from the University of Michigan observed in rats with cardiac hypertrophy that treatment with activated vitamin D (1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D3, a form called calcitriol) provides protection against heart failure. Cardiac hypertrophy is a condition wherein heart muscles grow abnormally bigger, leading to enlarged and overworked hearts. Treatments with activated vitamin D prevented overstimulation and overcontraction of heart muscles symptomatic of heart failure. In other words, vitamin D “tranquilizes” the heart.

About 5.3 million Americans have heart failure, a progressive, disabling condition in which the heart becomes enlarged as it is forced to work harder and harder, making it a challenge even to perform normal daily activities. Many people with heart disease or poorly controlled high blood pressure go on to experience a form of heart failure called congestive heart failure, in which the heart’s inability to pump blood around the body causes weakness and fluid build-up in lungs and limbs. Many people with heart failure, who tend to be older, have been found to be deficient in vitamin D.

In recent years, many people avoided exposure to sunshine for aesthetic and health reasons. In many parts of Asia, women avoid the sun because its skin-darkening effect. In European and North America, sunshine has been blamed to cause skin cancer. This led to large number of the population to be deficient in vitamin D. About one-third to one-half of US adults middle-aged and older. It also affects a lot children and adolescents.

A recent study gives the following disturbing statistics:

  • 40% of American infants do not get enough vitamin D
  • 12% of infants and young children are already deficient in vitamin D,
  • 28% are at risk for vitamin D deficiency

The sun is a source of renewable energy. It is also a source of seemingly endlss benefits endless health benefits.

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