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The Full Truth about E-Cigarettes
24 Mar. 2016

smoking e_cigaretteE-cigarettes were developed in China and came to the US market in 2007. They are battery-operated devices that serve to deliver nicotine to their users. They are vaporizers in fact, which contain no tobacco. Instead of burning tobacco, e-cigarettes heat up a liquid that turns into vapor, which is then inhaled.

There are lots of speculations about e-cigarettes just as there are myths about smoking cessation treatments or about everything out there. The only way to dispel them is to learn the truth. Read more…

Dancing for Heart Health
16 Mar. 2016

health benefits of dancingThere are people who cannot imagine their life without dance, those who yield to a sudden impulse, get carried away by the music and start dancing at home, at a disco or when walking. Doctors and psychologists all over the world have long known the benefits of dance for the human body. And even if you spend a lot of time at work and think that all this dancing thing is not worth your time – do not deny yourself the pleasure of dancing!

Australian scientists have found out that the beneficial effect of dance on the body is even greater than we think. Read more…

How Much Does Weather Influence Us?
10 Mar. 2016

Many of us see the weather as a force that is constant yet unpredictable. Although many professions like farmers, construction workers, and pilots rely on the weather very strongly because it affects their daily routine, the everyday man will probably feel like it’s not that important, making for a good topic for conversation or simply something to be blamed or praised when important events are in order. However, the effect weather has on us is more profound, and you’ll be surprised to discover to exactly which degree.

The first major effect might be one that you’ve already considered but chalked up to no more than an excuse – that good weather brings us good mood, while bad weather brings bad mood. Read more…

Why Do We Get Varicose Veins?
3 Mar. 2016

causes of varicose veinsVaricose veins are a fairly common condition. As per statistics, every third woman and every tenth man suffer from this disorder, and it most often begins between the ages of 30-40 years.  The more time a modern man spends sitting at a computer or in a car, the higher the risk of developing varicose veins is.

Veins have special valves stopping the blood that returns to the heart from flowing backwards. Varicose veins progress when these valves stop working properly and become leaky, the walls of the veins become weak and the blood starts collecting in the area of weakness causing stretching and sagging of the veins. Read more…

Sauna Bathing: Health Benefits
24 Feb. 2016

health benefits of saunaSweat-inducing baths, including saunas, have proven to be effective in flushing out toxins and maintaining physical and mental health. They work by generating abundant sweating to detoxify the body and relax the mind. They also help to improve circulation of blood, strengthen the immune system, and relieve stress, all of which translate into better health. Other health benefits include:

Improved cardiovascular performance. Sauna increases the rate of blood circulation. In high temperatures of sauna when skin heats up and the body temperature rises, blood vessels dilate and cardiac output increases. Read more…

Breast Changes Before Periods
17 Feb. 2016

breast changes before periodsBreast is the part of the female body that undergoes constant changes, it’s one of the most sensitive ‘barometers’ that responds to any changes in the condition of the body. So, it stands to reason that cycles specific for female physiology (periods, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding) have a strong effect on its state.

Estrogen, progesterone, prolactin and other hormones that maintain the hormonal profile in females get concentrated in the excretory ducts and tissues of the mammary glands; therefore, any changes in their balance may cause swelling, tenderness, itching, dull and heavy pain and other unpleasant sensations in the breast. Read more…

Why Do We Gain Weight in Winter?
10 Feb. 2016

winter weight gainSeasonal fluctuations of weight are noticed in northern countries, where there are marked drops of winter and summer temperatures. Scientists believe that the change to a high calorie diet with the coming of cold weather is in our genes. In ancient times, winter was the hungry time of the year and people gained weight during autumn to be able to survive it. In addition, subcutaneous fat kept them warm.  So, to stay slender and avoid obesity, we have to outsmart the nature and prove our body that winter will not be long and cold. Besides, the following factors promote winter weight gain as well. Read more…

Blood Clots: Who Is at Risk?
4 Feb. 2016

blood clotsFew people know that the formation of blood clots is not a pathological process, but a natural defense mechanism running constantly in the body in order to prevent blood loss and infection of an injury in all kinds of cuts, wounds, scrapes and other tissue damages. From time to time, small blood clots dissolve and form again and that is OK. The problems begin when these blood clots become attached to the walls of a weakened (for various reasons) vein. They cluster together like a snowball and form a bigger blood clot (thrombus), sort of a ‘plug’ in the blood vessel, interfering with the blood flow. So, a dangerous condition called vein thrombosis progresses. Read more…

Bags Under the Eyes: Why Do We Get Them?
1 Feb. 2016

bags under eyesYou can have a good night’s sleep and be well-rested, but if you have bags under your eyes, you will still look ill and exhausted. This problem might seem pretty unserious – you feel fine, there is no pain, itching or redness. Yes, in most cases, baggy eyes can be just a cosmetic defect caused by the lack of sleep or exhaustion; however, sometimes they can be a symptom of quite serious health problems. So why do we get bags under the eyes?

Waking up in the morning and seeing those puffy eyes in the mirror, you should not run panicking to the nearest hospital. Read more…

How Does the Lack of Sleep Affect Men’s Health?
28 Jan. 2016

lack of sleepA lot of men that want to maintain their health focus on eating a balanced diet and exercising but tend to underestimate one of the most important parts of our lives – sleep. Nowadays, everyone is juggling dozens of tasks every single day and a lot of people choose to sacrifice their hours of sleep to get things done. Unfortunately, such attitude towards sleep can negatively impact not only our productivity but also health. When it comes to men, it has been proven that such sleep disorder can reduce the levels of testosterone in the body, which is an essential hormone for men’s health. Read more…

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