A sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity. A person who lives a sedentary lifestyle may colloquially be known as a couch potato. It is commonly found in both the developed and developing world. Sedentary activities include sitting, reading, watching television, playing video games, and computer use for much of the day with little or no vigorous physical exercise. A sedentary lifestyle can contribute to many preventable causes of death.

A sedentary lifestyle and lack of physical activity can contribute to or be a risk factor for:

  • Anxiety
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Mortality in elderly men by 30% and double the risk in elderly women
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Colon cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Lipid disorders
  • Kidney stones
  • Spinal disc herniation (Low back pain)




  • Check for periodontal disease or abscesses. There are reports that deep cleansing of the mouth performed by the dentist (possibly under anesthesia) may help solve the problem.
  • Clarinet players may develop chapping at the contact area of the reed.
  • The ingredient propyl gallate in lipstick may be causing a contact allergy.
  • Your toothpaste may be to blame if it contains guaiazulene
  • Check out the ingredient label on your toothpaste. If it contains sodium lauryl sulfate, this may be a concern as well. Blamed for chapped lips, skin irritation and even perioral dermatitis, avoidance of sodium lauryl sulfate can be helpful.
  • A little known (or seen) condition known as chelitis granulomatosa may require a biopsy for diagnosis.
  • Being allergic to nickel may surface on the lips too. Remember; don’t put metallic items like paper clips in your mouth!
  • The juice from citrus fruits may cause both irritation as well as a sun sensitive allergy that looks like chapped lips.
  • Eating figs can result in a light allergy.
  • An ingredient known as phenyl salicylate (salol) used in lip care products may be your culprit.
  • You can develop an allergy to cobalt from taking vitamin B12 supplements. It may look like unexplained episodes of recurrent swelling and crusting of lips made worse by wind and sun exposure. And it is important to know that you may have a negative patch test to vitamin B12 despite the presence of the allergy.
  • The blood pressure medication propranolol may cause chapping as a side effect.
  • If you’ve got vertigo and chapped lips, check to see if you’re on the medication prochlorperazine.
  • Down’s syndrome patients have a genetic predilection to having chapped lips. Treatment with thyroid supplement and potent topical steroid ointments may clear the condition.
  • All those years in the sun may have caused precancerous changes known medically as actinic chelitis. Treatment with a topical chemotherapy medication known as 5-flourouracil may clear it up.
  • An allergy to red dyes used in candy, mouthwash, toothpaste, etc. may be to blame.
  • On the same note, cinnamates (the source of cinnamon flavor) used in candy, lozenges, gum, mouthwash and toothpaste may be to blame.
  • Do you snore? Enlarged tonsils, adenoids or sleep apnea may be to blame for those lips. That continuous flow of breath across your lips all night long can grossly dehydrate your lips. If you don’t know if you snore, it may be worthwhile to have someone check on you periodically during the night to find out. Consider applying a protective barrier on your lips come bedtime.
  • Do you have psoriasis or lichen planus? Believe it or not, unusual cases of either may involve the lips. If the scale and crusting is particularly thickened, this could be the culprit.
  • Is there scaling and cracking at the angles of your mouth? This is known as perleche and is due to a yeast infection which could involve the rest of the lips as well. Treatment with a prescription oral anti-yeast preparation should do the trick. Diabetics are particularly prone to this condition which may be recurrent.
  • Do you have lupus or a history of autoimmune disease? Photosensitivity may present itself on your lips. Wear a lip balm that includes a minimum SPF 15.
  • Are your eyes dry and your mouth dry? You may have an autoimmune condition known as Sjogren’s syndrome.
  • Have a history of thyroid disease? Hypothyroidism can cause dry skin and lips.
  • Too much vitamin A whether in oral supplements, prescription medications like Accutane or too much in your diet may lead to peeling lips. Check the label on your supplement. If you’re taking more than 25,000 IU a day, you may have found your cause.
  • Do you take out your stress by habitually licking or chewing your lips? Continuous contact with saliva can lead to both dehydration as well as irritation due to the enzymes present that are meant to aid in digestion. Many people are totally unaware of this habit. Sometimes this even happens during sleep




Chocolate milk has the same 16 nutrients as white milk, including all its calcium and vitamin D. As part of a healthy diet, it can help us meet Canada’s Food Guide recommendations for Milk and Alternatives.

Getting enough servings of milk products every day is essential for many health benefits including strong bones and healthy teeth, and is especially important for children whose bodies are still growing.

Research shows that kids choose chocolate milk instead of other sweetened drinks and therefore end up drinking more milk in general. The result is that children and teens who drink chocolate milk have a better overall diet quality than those who don’t. And, they weigh no more than their non-chocolate-milk-drinking peers.

Chocolate milk contains no more sugar than unsweetened apple juice and only a very small amount of caffeine found naturally in cocoa. Its balance of protein and carbohydrates makes it an ideal post-workout recovery drink, and just like white milk, chocolate milk contributes to the health of our teeth.

As widely loved as it is, chocolate milk accounts for only 7% of milk consumption in Canada and for less than 1% of our added sugar intake.






Your skin is an organ, actually the largest one you’ve got, and it has to be treated tenderly. Over time, certain ingredients in anti-wrinkle face cream can actually change the texture of your skin and cause other problems. None of that is put on the fancy label that promises long-lasting youth and beauty, is it?

A common anti-wrinkle face cream ingredient, lactic acid helps encourage healthy cell regeneration. Too much of it, however, can be a bad thing. Look for formulas containing 2 percent lactic acid or less. Too much of the acid can create irritation in skin. Hyaluronic acid is good for your skin, and it’s commonly used by dermatologists. Alpha hydroxyl acid helps your skin shed dead cells, and it’s common in face cream formulas. AHA stimulates collagen to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, and it’s a very useful anti-wrinkle face cream ingredient.

Over-use of anti-wrinkle face creams can lead to nothing good. Too much of them may cause skin irritation like inflammation, rashes and acne. Over time, your skin may even become thinner. This might make it easier to see the blood vessels just under the surface of your skin. Don’t put on a ton of cream; this doesn’t mean you’ll get bigger and faster results. Usually, it just means you’re putting too many chemicals on your skin




If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again.

  1. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
  2. Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar.
  3. Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps by eating a banana.
  4. Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
  5. Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.
  6. Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
  7. Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.
  8. High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.

    Eating Bananas Aids Digestion

  9. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.
  10. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
  11. Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
  12. Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhea
  13. Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.
  14. Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.

    Natural Cures From A Simple Banana

  15. Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
  16. Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
  17. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and chronic disease.
  18. Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.
  19. Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.
  20. Control blood sugar and avoid binging between meals by eating a banana.
  21. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.
  22. The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan, helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  23. Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
  24. Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.
  25. Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine.




An obscure term ostensibly referring to a lung disease caused by silica dust from volcanos.

People should avoid unnecessary exposure to ash and wear an effective face mask when outside to reduce inhalation of ash particles. Patients with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma should take special precaution to avoid exposure to ash particles and be aware that the use of any respirator other than single-use (disposable) respirator may cause additional cardio-pulmonary stress.
Medical services can expect an increase number of patients with respiratory and eye symptoms during and after ash fall. People will generally be very concerned about the effects of ash, and questions usually arise about the content of the ash, particularly regarding the minerals quartz, cristobalite, or tridymite. These are free crystalline silica known to cause silicosis, a disabling and potential fatal lung disease typically found in miners and quarry workers exposed to high concentrations of siliceous dust over long periods of time. Exposure to respirable-sized free crystalline silica from most ash falls are typically of short duration (days to weeks), and data suggests that the recommended respirable exposure limit of 50 micrograms/m3 of air can be exceeded for short periods of times for the general population.