Understand SPF and Sun Block

In the News

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According to an About.com report, SPF is actually determined indoors by exposing human subjects to a light spectrum to determine how the light affects their skin.

The study said that sunscreen with an SPF of 15 filters 92 percent of UVB rays.  In other words, a sunscreen with a SPF of 15, will “delay the onset of sunburn in a person who would otherwise burn in 10 minutes to burn in 150 minutes. The SPF allows a person to stay out in the sun 15 times longer.”

Unfortunately there is currently no measure of UVA absorption that has been determined.  Most sunscreens offer protection from UVA and UVB rays, although the time factor that a person can stay out in the sun and not be affected by UVA rays cannot be determined like that of UVB rays.

Either way, it is extremely important to wear sunscreen of at least a SPF of 15 when you are outdoors and reapply every two- to three hours.

 

 

 

 

Easy Treadmill Workout

Fitness for All

Tired of your same old treadmill routine?  Why not spice things up this week and try this easy treadmill work out that will help you burn a quick 2,000 calories in just seven days.

 

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Day One:

Power walk – 30 minutes

Strength train – 20 minutes

Day Two:

Warm-up (walk easily, then briskly) – 3 minutes

Power walk – 2 minutes

Run fast (don’t sprint) – 2 minutes

Repeat steps 1 and 2 – 10 times

Cool down (walk easily) – 2 minutes

Day Three:

Warm-up (walk easily) – 5 minutes

Do your favorite strength-training move – 12 reps

Power walk (4-6% incline) – 3 minutes

Repeat steps 1 and 2 – 6 times

Day Four:

Warm-up (walk easily, then briskly) – 3 minutes

Power walk – 2 minutes

Run fast (don’t sprint) – 2 minutes

Repeat steps 1 and 2 – 6 times

Cool down (walk easily) – 3 minutes

Day Five: 

Repeat Day One’s Routine

Day Six:

Warm-up (Walk easily, then briskly) – 5 minutes

Power walk – 2 minutes

Run fast (don’t sprint) – 4 minutes

Repeat steps 1 and 2 – 6 times

Cool down (walk easily) – 4 minutes 

Day Seven:

Rest

Repeat this workout weekly or every other week.  Remember to mix up your workouts to keep things fresh and exciting.

 

 

Summer 101: Avoid Pesky Bugs

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Just like we have been cooped up all winter, many insects have been cooped up, too.  But now they are making their appearance known.  Researchers suggest that the best way to deal with insect bites and stings is to prevent them before they happen:

  • Apply repellents to exposed skin. Do not apply repellents directly to your face, instead spray the repellent into your hands and apply to your face that way.
  • Wear shoes when walking around outdoors.  Avoid going barefoot whenever possible.
  • Do not swat or attempt to hit a flying insect.  This will only make them mad and attack you more frequently.
  • Avoid bright colored clothes when you are outdoors for extended periods of time as insects are attracted to bright colors.
  • Try not to wear heavy smelling perfumes outdoors as insects are also attracted to the smells.

How Soda Impacts Your Body

Food for Thought

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Weight:

Drinking just one soda per day equates to ingesting 39 pounds (yes 39 pounds) of sugar per year! Drinking soda on a regular basis interacts with the genes that affect weight and more than 180,000 obesity-related deaths each year are linked to drinking sugary beverages.

Kidneys:

The extremely high levels of phosphoric acid (especially in colas) have been linked to kidney stones and other renal problems.  Diet cola packs a two-fold risk – especially if you drink more than two servings each day.

Bones:

Soda consumption has been linked to osteoporosis and bone density loss, mainly because of the phosphoric acid and caffeine.

Teeth:

The high levels of acid in soda corrode your teeth, almost as badly as drinking battery acid.

Heart:

Habitual diet and regular soda consumption leads to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Brain:

Having too much sugar in your diet reduces the production of a brain chemical that helps us learn, store memories and process insulin.  Consuming too much sugar also dulls the brain’s mechanism that tells you to stop eating.

Lungs:

The more soda you drink, the more likely you are to develop chronic lung conditions like asthma and COPD.

 

 

Spotlight on: Tomatoes

Eating Healthy

  • Besides containing 40 percent of your daily value of vitamin C, tomatoes also contain 15 percent of your daily value of vitamin A, 8 percent of your daily value of potassium, and 7 percent of your recommended dietary allowance of iron for women and 10 percent for men.
  • Lycopene, what gives tomatoes their red pigment, acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that can damage cells in the body.
  • Studies show that men who at least eat 10 servings of tomatoes a week can reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer by a whopping 45 percent.

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Recipe: Corn and Black Bean Salsa

  • 3 to 4 small ears of corn
  • 1 can (15 to 16 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly
  • 1 large tomato, seeds removed, diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons finely minced jalapeno or poblano pepper
  • Juice of one lime, about 3 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoons fresh, chopped cilantro
  • Dash salt and pepper, to taste

Grill or broil corn to char slightly; let cool. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl.  Cut corn from cobs and add to the mixture.  Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving time.

Great alternative to sauces, and is especially tasty on grilled fish, chicken or pork!

Recipe: Tomato Casserole with Sweet Onions

  • 6 medium tomatoes, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1 large Vidalia onion or other sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, or scant ½ teaspoon dried dillweed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, or scant ½ teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil

Place peeled tomato wedges on paper towels to drain.  Peel onions and slice into ¼-inch rings.  In separate bowl combine dill, thyme, salt, pepper and bread crumbs.  Layer half of the tomatoes and onions in a lightly buttered baking dish and top with half of the minced garlic.  Sprinkle with half of the bread crumb and seasoning mixture, half of mozzarella cheese, and drizzle with half olive oil.  Repeat layers.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until bubbly.

Pain Management without Resorting to Pills

Food for Thought

If your most recent workout has left you with a case of aches and pains, you may find yourself reaching for the closest pain medicine that you have in your medicine cabinet.  But if you are looking to manage your pain without taking pills, fortunately there are plenty of other ways that you can do so.

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Here are some ways to treat post-workout aches and pains without popping pills:

Go see your chiropractor – Chronic and nagging pain can be alleviated oftentimes by a trip to your chiropractor.  There are many different pain patterns and chiropractors are trained to handle these pain patterns.  They can best determine how to handle your pain from the most invasive to the least invasive way.

Ice bath – An ice bath is perfect for reducing inflammation in your joints and muscles.  The ice bath helps to constrict your blood vessels, pushing your blood to your core and then that blood returns to your muscles after you get out of the ice bath.

Anti-inflammatory diet – Inflammation causes much of the pain that people feel, so by eating an anti-inflammatory diet, with plenty of whole foods, this will help cut down on your discomfort.  Choose lean foods like chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds.  By eating “real foods” you are giving your body the nutrients it needs to heal.

Foam rollers – Foam rollers help to smooth out and realign fibers that are damaged in your tissue and promote healthy collagen growth.

Biggest Sunscreen Mistakes

Healthy Living

We all know that we should be wearing sunscreen now that the sunny days of summer are here, but do you know what you are doing wrong with that sunscreen? Here are the biggest mistakes we are making when it comes to sunscreen.

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  • You wait until you are outside to apply your sunscreen. – According to experts, you should apply your sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun.  That way it has time to absorb into your skin, plus you won’t get those harmful UV rays during those crucial minutes when you are first in the sun.
  • You apply your sunscreen around your clothes and/or swim gear. – If you are applying your sunscreen around your clothes or swimsuit then you may be missing parts of your body because you are worried about getting the lotion on your clothes or swimsuit. It’s best to apply your sunscreen when you are naked and you can better make sure that you aren’t missing any important spots.
  • You think you are safe indoors or in a car. – Driving can be a major source of incidental sun exposure. Windows and windshields block out UVB rays, but UVA rays can still seep in and those rays are on the spectrum that can cause the most skin aging and skin cancer.
  • You miss other important areas. – According to experts, the most common areas missed are: the toes and feet including the bottom of the feet, underarms, back of the neck and under the hairline, ears and especially the tops of your ears, eyelids and inner upper arms.  Sunscreen should be everywhere as the sun doesn’t discriminate.
  • You sweat or rinse it all off. – Be sure to read your sunscreen label and make sure you are choosing the correct sunscreen for the activity you will be participating in – like swimming or working out outdoors.  Make sure you choose a water-resistant lotion for swimming or activities where you may be sweating a lot.

Natural Facelift System

This month’s product review will review the pros and cons of our very popular Natural Facelift System. Out of all of the products we have, this is the one product that gets the most positive feedback.

This cloth mask has the eyes, nose and mouth pre-cut and the herbal remedies are pre-applied to it the mask.

After unfolding a single treatment and wearing it on your face for at least an hour, you can expect to see spa-like facial results from the very first treatment.  After using a three pack, some of our customers have reported they look years younger.

The only con is that the Natural Facelift System is not meant to sleep in, and in fact, your facial wrinkles will look as if they were ironed on if you do this.

To try the Natural Facelift System, go to: www.HealthyRevelations.com/products.asp

 

Eat Your Way to Better Sleep

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According to Men’s Health Magazine, good old mom may have had it all wrong when she offered us a glass of warm milk to help aide our sleeping.  The protein in milk could actually boost alertness rather than calm it.

Instead the magazine’s experts offer the following snacks to induce “feel-good relaxation chemicals” thereby calming your nerves and slowing your brain down towards relaxation: nonfat popcorn, oatmeal with sliced bananas, one cup of plain yogurt with two tablespoons mixed nuts, sesame seeds, pretzels, 4-oz. glass of unsweetened cherry juice, and red bell peppers.

Not only is a good night’s rest good for your overall well-being, but it is also helpful to keep a youthful appearance and will it will also help you to feel younger, too.

So, pass on the glass of warm milk tonight and opt for any of the above snacks for that peaceful night’s sleep.   Good night!

Pilates Moves to Help You Get Bikini Ready

Fitness for All

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Pilates is one of the best ways to tone the hips, thighs, waist and abs… all places that you want tone when you are donning your bikini on the beach this summer.

Here are the some Pilates moves that you should be doing for that beach bod…

“The Hundred” – Start lying on your back and lift your legs 45 degrees off the mat and lengthen out through your arms as you lift your head, neck, and shoulders off the floor. Pump your arms vigorously up and down five times on an inhalation and five times on an exhalation. Repeat 10 times for 100 pumps.

“Single-leg circles” – Start lying on your back and lift your right leg up and keep your body still as you make 8 clockwise circles, then 8 counter-clockwise. Repeat with your left leg.

“Single-leg straight-leg stretch” – Start lying on your back and lift your head, neck, and shoulders up. Kick your left leg straight up and pull twice with your hands as you lengthen your right leg, then switch and pull the right leg. Continue alternating legs for 8 reps.

“Double leg stretch” – Pull your knees to your chest and lift your head and neck off the floor. Extend your arms overhead and your legs out to 45 degrees, then circle your arms around and pull your knees back in to your chest. Repeat 8 times.

“Small circles” – Start lying on your side with your legs slightly in front of your hips. Lift your top leg a few inches, turn your toes up to the ceiling. Circle your leg forward 8 times then backwards 8 times, making tiny circles. Don’t let your body rock at all–stay solid in your center. Repeat on the left side.