Lower Blood Pressure, Reduce Belly Fat and Increase Heart Health While Relaxing

Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) February 27, 2015

Sunlighten celebrates its 10th year of supporting the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease. Every February the company donates a portion of sales to the Kansas City AHA chapter. Sunlighten’s patented Solocarbon® heating technology is the only sauna technology clinically shown to lower blood pressure, increase core temperature, aid in weight loss, and have been proven up to 99% effective.

More and more studies show that saunas are good for your heart. On February 23, a study posted by JAMA Internal Medicine (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2130724) found that people in Finland who used a sauna four to seven times a week decreased their risk of sudden cardiac death by 63% and decreased their risk for overall death by nearly 40%. The risk of fatal coronary heart disease and fatal cardiovascular disease were also reduced.

In a 2009 study on the cardiovascular benefits of infrared saunas in people with Type 2 Diabetes (http://www.canadianjournalofdiabetes.com/article/S1499-2671(10)42007-9/abstract), Sunlighten saunas were shown to help lower weight and waist circumference in just a three-month period. The common theme among subjects in the study was that far infrared sauna use was similar to moderate exercise but “much more relaxing”. Therefore, Sunlighten saunas can be an effective lifestyle adjuvant for those who cannot participate in regular exercise due to medical conditions.

In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City (http://www.sunlighten.com/pdfs/UMKC-Sauna-Study.pdf), researchers used Sunlighten’s Solocarbon heaters and found that regular infrared sauna use lowered blood pressure. Study subjects participated in a program of 30 minute far infrared sauna session 3 times per week. The study concluded that Sunlighten infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining, thus improving heart health by increasing circulation to promote healthy blood pressure.

“We’ve committed to supporting the American Heart Association for the past 10 years because we share a common goal in helping healthy hearts. We want to make a difference in people’s lives. ” says Connie Zack, co-owner of Sunlighten and Sunlight Day Spa. “We developed our Solocarbon Full Spectrum technology to do just that. With wellness programs for cardio, weight loss, detoxification, pain relief, relaxation and anti-aging it truly empowers our customers improve their quality of life. There is simply no other sauna available that can do this.”

Sunlighten supports the AHA with a contribution of February sales and participates in a number of local AHA events such as the Red Dress Dash and Go Red for Women Luncheon. “During Heart Month, we project the Go Red logo on the side of our building on I-435 and Metcalf. Anyone driving by at night becomes aware of this important cause,” says Zack. Owners Aaron and Connie Zack have also served on the board of directors for the local AHA chapter.

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Center for Primary Care Celebrates American Heart Month

Evans, GA (PRWEB) February 27, 2015

In honor of American Heart Month in February, Dr. Edwin Scott, from the Center for Primary Care (CPC) South office, is offering tips on how to improve heart health.

Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that doesn’t mean people have to accept it as their fate. Although one may lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps to take.

Dr. Scott has six helpful tips to improve heart health and prevent heart disease:

1. Don’t smoke or use tobacco

Smoking or using tobacco of any kind is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage the heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). The good news, though, is that when one quits smoking, one’s risk of heart disease drops almost to that of a nonsmoker in about five years. No matter how long or how much someone has smoked, they will start reaping rewards as soon as they quit.

2. Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week

Getting some regular, daily exercise can reduce the risk of fatal heart disease. When physical activity is combined with other lifestyle measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight, the payoff is even greater. Try getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense physical activity most days of the week. It’s not necessary to exercise strenuously to achieve benefits, but there are bigger benefits to increasing the intensity, duration and frequency of workouts.

3. Eat a heart-healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of heart disease. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help protect the heart. Beans, other low-fat sources of protein and certain types of fish also can reduce the risk of heart disease. Limiting certain fats is also important. Heart-healthy eating isn’t all about cutting back, though. Healthy fats from plant-based sources, such as avocado, nuts, olives and olive oil, help the heart by lowering the bad type of cholesterol. Most people need to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet — with a goal of five to 10 servings a day. Eating that many fruits and vegetables can not only help prevent heart disease but may also help prevent cancer and improve diabetes. Eating several servings a week of certain fish, such as salmon and mackerel, may decrease the risk of heart attack.

4. Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight, especially carrying excess weight around one’s middle, ups the risk of heart disease. Excess weight can lead to conditions that increase the chances of heart disease — high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Even a small weight loss can be beneficial. Reducing weight by just 5 to 10 percent can help decrease blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol level and reduce the risk of diabetes.

5. Get enough quality sleep

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Center for Primary Care Celebrates American Heart Month

Evans, GA (PRWEB) February 27, 2015

In honor of American Heart Month in February, Dr. Edwin Scott, from the Center for Primary Care (CPC) South office, is offering tips on how to improve heart health.

Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that doesn’t mean people have to accept it as their fate. Although one may lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps to take.

Dr. Scott has six helpful tips to improve heart health and prevent heart disease:

1. Don’t smoke or use tobacco

Smoking or using tobacco of any kind is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage the heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). The good news, though, is that when one quits smoking, one’s risk of heart disease drops almost to that of a nonsmoker in about five years. No matter how long or how much someone has smoked, they will start reaping rewards as soon as they quit.

2. Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week

Getting some regular, daily exercise can reduce the risk of fatal heart disease. When physical activity is combined with other lifestyle measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight, the payoff is even greater. Try getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense physical activity most days of the week. It’s not necessary to exercise strenuously to achieve benefits, but there are bigger benefits to increasing the intensity, duration and frequency of workouts.

3. Eat a heart-healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of heart disease. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help protect the heart. Beans, other low-fat sources of protein and certain types of fish also can reduce the risk of heart disease. Limiting certain fats is also important. Heart-healthy eating isn’t all about cutting back, though. Healthy fats from plant-based sources, such as avocado, nuts, olives and olive oil, help the heart by lowering the bad type of cholesterol. Most people need to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet — with a goal of five to 10 servings a day. Eating that many fruits and vegetables can not only help prevent heart disease but may also help prevent cancer and improve diabetes. Eating several servings a week of certain fish, such as salmon and mackerel, may decrease the risk of heart attack.

4. Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight, especially carrying excess weight around one’s middle, ups the risk of heart disease. Excess weight can lead to conditions that increase the chances of heart disease — high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Even a small weight loss can be beneficial. Reducing weight by just 5 to 10 percent can help decrease blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol level and reduce the risk of diabetes.

5. Get enough quality sleep

Sleep deprivation can do more than leave one yawning ...Read More