Tips On Successful Detoxification

Feeling sluggish or out of sync? Struggling with skin problems, aches and pains, or digestive problems? Can’t seem to lose weight? It might be time for a body detox.

Practiced for centuries by cultures around the world — including ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems — detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.

How does detoxification work?

Basically, detoxification means cleaning the blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected. Detoxification works because it addresses the needs of individual cells, the smallest units of human life.

A detox program can help the body’s natural cleansing process by:

1. Resting the organs through fasting;
2. Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body;
3. Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin;
4. Improving circulation of the blood; and
5. Refueling the body with healthy nutrients.

How do you know if you need to detoxify?

Bennett suggests that everyone should detox at least once a year. However, Bennett cautions against detoxing for nursing mothers, children, and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis. Consult your health care practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you.

Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, “it’s critical to detox,” says Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., the author of Detoxification. Page recommends detoxing for symptoms such as:

  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Sluggish elimination
  • Irritated skin
  • Allergies
  • Low-grade infections
  • Puffy eye or bags under the eyes
  • Bloating
  • Menstrual problems
  • Mental confusion

How do you start a detox?

First, lighten up your toxin load. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process. Also, minimize use of chemical-based household cleanersand personal health care products (cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes), and substitute natural alternatives.

Another deterrent to good health is stress, which triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system. While these hormones can provide the “adrenaline rush” to win a race or meet a deadline, in large amounts they create toxins and slow down detoxification enzymes in the liver. Yoga, Qigong andmeditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress by resetting your physical and mental reactions to the inevitable stress life will bring.

Which detox program is right for you?

There are many detoxification programs and detox recipes, depending on your individual needs. Many programs follow a 7-day schedule because it takes the body time to clean the blood. This program involves fasting on liquids for two days, followed by a carefully-planned five-day detox diet to allow the digestive system to rest. Page recommends a 3-7 day juice fast (drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and water) as an effective way to release toxins.

Here are our five favorite detox diets:

1. Simple Fruit and Veggie Detox
2. Smoothie cleanse
3. Juice Cleanse
4. Sugar Detox
5. Hypoallergenic Detox

Top 10 ways to help your body detoxify

After a detoxification program, you can cleanse your body daily with these diet, supplements and lifestyle practices:

1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.

2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.

3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.

4. Drink at least two quarts of water a day.

5. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.

6. Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions.

7. Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.

8. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.

9. Dry-brush your skin or try detox foot spas/foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores.

10. Exercise is the most important way to detoxify. Yoga or jump-roping are good. One hour every day. Also try Qigong, a martial-arts based exercise system that includes exercises specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other exercises with specific health benefits.


Consult your doctor before using any health treatment — including herbal supplements and natural remedies — and tell your doctor if you have a serious medical condition or are taking any medications. The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is in no way intented as substitute for medical counseling.

10 Benefits Of Having Sex

February 25th, 2014 | Posted by Desmoné Gambrell in Health and Body | Men's Health | Sex | Women's Health - (Comments Off)

1. Helps Keep Your Immune System Humming

“Sexually active people take fewer sick days.

People who have sex have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other intruders. Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of the a certain antibody compared to students who had sex less often.

You should still do all the other things that make your immune system happy, such as:

  • Eat right.
  • Stay active.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Keep up with your vaccinations.
  • Use a condom if you don’t know both of your STD statuses.

2. Boosts Your Libido

Longing for a more lively sex life? “Having sex will make sex better and will improve your libido,” says Lauren Streicher, MD. For women, having sex ups vaginal lubrication, blood flow, and elasticity, she says, all of which make sex feel better and help you crave more of it.

3. Improves Women’s Bladder Control

A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence, something that will affect about 30% of women at some point in their lives. Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.

4. Lowers Your Blood Pressure

Research suggests a link between sex and lower blood pressure.One landmark study found that sexual intercourse specifically (not masturbation) lowered systolic blood pressure. That’s the first number on your blood pressure test.

5. Counts as Exercise

Sex is a form of exercise. It won’t replace the treadmill, but it counts for something. Sex uses about five calories per minute, four more calories than watching TV. It gives you a one-two punch: It bumps up your heart rate and uses various muscles. So get busy! You may even want to clear your schedule to make time for it on a regular basis.  Like with exercise, consistency helps maximize the benefits.

6. Lowers Heart Attack Risk

A good sex life is good for your heart. Besides being a great way to raise your heart rate, sex helps keep your estrogen and testosterone levels in balance. When either one of those is low you begin to get lots of problems, like osteoporosis and even heart disease”. Having sex more often may help. During one study, men who had sex at least twice a week were half as likely to die of heart disease as men who had sex rarely.

7. Lessens Pain

Before you reach for an aspirin, try for an orgasm. Orgasm can block pain. It releases a hormone that helps raise your pain threshold. Stimulation without orgasm can also do the trick. Vaginal stimulation can block chronic back and leg pain. Studies have shown that  many women that genital self-stimulation can reduce menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, and in some cases even headache

8. May Make Prostate Cancer Less Likely

Going for the gusto may help ward off prostate cancer. Men who ejaculated frequently (at least 21 times a month) were less likely to get prostate cancer during one study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. You don’t need a partner to reap this benefit: Sexual intercourse, nocturnal emission, and masturbation were all part of the equation. It’s not clear that sex was the only reason that mattered in that study. Lots of factors affect cancer risk. But more sex won’t hurt.

9. Improves Sleep

You may nod off more quickly after sex, and for good reason. After orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness.

10. Eases Stress

Being close to your partner can soothe stress and anxiety. Touching and hugging can release your body’s natural “feel-good hormone.” Sexual arousal releases a brain chemical that revs up your brain’s pleasure and reward system.

Sex and intimacy can boost your self-esteem and happiness, too, Ambardar says. It’s not only a prescription for a healthy life, but a happy one.

 1.  There are three (3) basic types of food: concentrated foods (proteins and carbohydrates), high water content foods (fruits and vegetables), and fats.

2,  Proteins are the most complex (concentrated) food and require the most time and energy to digest and assimilate.

3.  Fruit is the least complex (high water content) food and takes the least amount of time and energy to digest and assimilate. It can be eaten one hour before, but not after any other food. After a meal, you must wait at least six (6) hours before eating more fruit.

4.  All foods that are eaten have to be broken down into a form of sugar.

5.  Glucose (sugar) is the brains only food. It cannot burn protein or fat.

6.  All fruit, except for bananas, dried fruit and avocados, pass directly through the stomach and digest in the intestines.

7.  Medical science and nutritionists have erroneously classified ALL sugars, including fruit, as carbohydrates. Fruit may be classified as a carbohydrate, but its makeup is so entirely different that it MUST be thought of as a separate group. It is best to classify fruit as a sugar. The classification of fruit as a carbohydrate and a subsequent consumption of fruit along with proteins and carbohydrates have probably led to more digestive difficulties than any other dietary habit.

8.  In the digestive system, the process to break down proteins, carbohydrates and fruit are entirely different requiring different secretions. Therefore, to insure the most efficient digestion possible, theses three foods should not be consumed simultaneously.

9. If protein is eaten with a carbohydrate such as meat and a piece of bread or potato, the different digestive juices in contact with each other will nullify each other’s effectiveness. The protein will putrefy and the carbohydrate will ferment. The result is gas and flatulence in the system.

10. If a protein is eaten with a sugar, such as nuts with raisins, the protein will putrefy, and the sugar will ferment. The result is gas and flatulence in the system.

11. If a carbohydrate is eaten with a sugar, such as a cooked grain cereal with apple or banana, the carbohydrate and the sugar will both ferment. The result is gas and flatulence.

12. No healthy cell structure can be built from fermentation or purification.

13. Proteins (concentrated foods) should be eaten with steamed vegetables and/or salads (high water content food) for optimum digestion.

14. Carbohydrates (concentrated foods) should be eaten with steamed vegetables and/or salads (high water content foods) for optimum digestion.

15. If fruit is eaten alone on an empty stomach, it will have the effect of washing and cleaning the digestive tract, leaving it more capable of absorbing nutrients.

16. Eat cooked spinach infrequently. Spinach contains oxalic acid which assists in the peristaltic actions of the digestive system. That is the constant waving motion to keep foodstuffs moving through it. When cooked, oxalic acid forms acid crystals in the kidneys, and its beneficial properties are lost. Eat spinach raw.

17. Tomatoes are an acid fruit, but in the digestive tract they are extremely alkaline, helping neutralizing acid buildups in the body. When tomatoes are cooked, they are highly acid-forming and damaging to the internal organs. They are a prime factor in the high incidence of ulcers in the country, and severely aggravate an existing ulcer. If you must have cooked tomatoes, i.e., spaghetti sauce, be certain that the large green salad is eaten with it to offset its damaging effects. For the highest level of health, tomatoes should NEVER be eaten cooked.

18. Fluids should not be consumed along with or after a meal, because they wash away many of the digestive juices and they are severely diluted. This forces the body to secrete more digestive juices immediately, unnecessarily usurping energy.

19. Dairy products are highly mucous forming and difficult to digest. They do not combine well with anything. If they are eaten, they should be accompanied with a salad.

20. By adhering to the rules of proper food combining, the digestive system works less, thereby conserving energy that can be utilized else where in the body. The conserved energy can be used by the body for the cleaning of accumulated toxic waste.

21. Improper food combining is one of the main reasons so many people have an excess weight problem. The energy necessary to break down and eliminate the excesses that causes one to be overweight is constantly being used by the digestive system. There is simply not enough energy at the body’s disposal to carry out the function of digestion and eliminate unwanted excesses, unless the burdens placed on the digestive processes are decreased.

22. Ignore fad weight-loss schemes and standardize height-weight charts based on averages from an unhealthy population. The critical point to remember is that when you eat healthy, vital food your body will automatically go to your most optimum body weight and will remain there.

Top 10 Benefits of Eating Breakfast Daily

February 19th, 2014 | Posted by Desmoné Gambrell in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

The literal meaning of the word “breakfast,” is to break the fast between dinner and the meal eaten after a person wakes up the next morning. If you think about the amount of time spanning between dinner and breakfast, the meaning of the word is very fitting. For most people, it can be up to 12 hours since their last meal, and yet they are quick to skip it as they rush out the door. Here are 10 benefits of eating breakfast and why it should be considered the most important meal of the day:

1. ENERGY BOOST TO START THE DAY

Everyone should start their day off right by eating as many vitamins and other nutrients as possible. The great thing about breakfast is there are so many common breakfast foods that can be considered super-foods because of their nutrition value:

  • Eggs: Including an egg or two for breakfast may require a few extra minutes of preparation time, but the potential health benefits make them worth cooking and eating. Not only are eggs packed with protein and amino acids, they are also one of the few, significant sources of vitamin D, which is important for absorbing calcium for stronger bones.
  • Whole grains: Whether you are taking them in the form of bread, cereal or oatmeal, breakfast is one of the best times to enjoy whole grains in your meal. This super-food is a great source of fiber, which is essential for a healthy heart and digestive tract, and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
  • Vitamin C: You can hit your daily intake of vitamin C in your very first meal of the day, whether it’s in the form of a juice or solid fruit. Oranges, grapefruits and apples are common fruits on the breakfast table.

2. SHARPER FOCUS

Whether you are in class or on the job, the last thing you want on your mind is food, because once the thought of a hearty bowl of cereal with a side of fruit yogurt enters your brain, there is no use trying to focus on anything else. By eating breakfast every morning, you are able to be more focused and productive until it’s time to refuel at lunch. But when you skip out on breakfast, it’s hard not to think about anything except food, especially with a noisy stomach that needs to be fed.

3. BREAKFAST HELPS REDUCE MORNING CRANKINESS

Feeling cranky during the morning is understandable – you probably wanted to stay in bed for a few extra winks, you don’t feel like going to work, and what most people forget, you’re starving! Imagine going without food for 8 to 12 hours during the day; you probably won’t be the most approachable person in the office or classroom. Do yourself, your classmates and your co-workers a favor by eating breakfast to help you deal with any morning moodiness and stress.

4. METABOLISM BOOST

When you sleep, your metabolism tends to slow down. The only way to jump start your metabolism for the day is to start off right with a healthy breakfast. This will allow your body to start burning through calories from the very beginning of the day, rather than in the middle of it after you’ve eaten lunch.

5. PREVENTS STARVATION

When you’re asleep, your body isn’t burning as many calories. If you delay your first meal of the day till lunch, your body goes into survival mode and starts storing calories, creating fat. Do yourself a favor and take the time to have breakfast so your body doesn’t think you’re starving and needlessly store calories.

6. KEEPS YOU FROM OVEREATING

If you prolong the amount of time between dinner and your next meal of the day, it’s only natural that you end up eating more than you should. The hunger pangs and the thought of food all morning will only cause you to gorge at lunch, eating extra calories that can lead to obesity and other health complications.

7. ALLOWS YOU TO PROPERLY PORTION YOUR MEALS

You may not feel very hungry when you initially wake up, but eating a healthy, balanced breakfast can help you plan and portion out your meals for the rest of the day. That way, you won’t be tempted to binge eat or snack unnecessarily, both of which are unhealthy habits that can lead you to ignore your nutrition by satisfying hunger cravings with fatty foods anytime you like.

8. HELPS LOWER THE “BAD” CHOLESTEROL

Eating breakfast every morning can help lower LDL cholesterol, also known as the “bad” cholesterol. When you skip breakfast, you are creating a chain reaction within your body:

  • First, you slow down your metabolism.
  • Second, fat is stored longer in your body.
  • Third, you have a higher tendency to overeat at your next meal.
  • Fourth, you gain weight and your LDL cholesterol goes up.

9. BREAKFAST CAN BE NUTRITIOUS AND DELICIOUS

Don’t let a shortage of time keep you from enjoying a bite to eat upon waking up. Start the day off with a healthy and delicious meal. You can even indulge a bit with some crispy bacon, sausage links or pancakes. Just make sure to have something with a high nutritional value on the side like a slice of cantaloupe or a bowl of fresh strawberries.

10. EAT BREAKFAST TO LOSE WEIGHT

One of the greatest benefits of eating breakfast every morning is you can lose weight by doing so. Just from reading the previous health benefits, you can see how you’re helping your body stay lean. Numerous studies have also shown that an increase in weight is commonly associated with skipping breakfast. The best part is, even if you eat too much or have something a little unhealthy, you still have the entire day to make up for it. Eating breakfast every morning is one of the easiest ways to lose weight and eat healthier.

Basic At Home Yoga Exercises

February 8th, 2014 | Posted by Desmoné Gambrell in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

We know how annoying it could be to get up and go to yoga classes only to find the impossible to achieve any sort of nirvana on the mat. Between the packed studio and the rushing to make it to class on time nightmares its sort of like, why bother? That’s why home practice is key. You can get a toned, limber body and a stress-free mind without any worries about whether you’re running late or overdue for and appointment. And by doing yoga at home, you don’t have to share your space with a single holier-than-thou soul.  

A quick lesson on breathing: Inhale and Exhale through your nose during the entire workout, keeping a smooth, controlled rhythm. Your breaths should last slightly longer than each component of a yoga pose. For example: To raise your arms over your head, inhale for about one second before initiating the movement itself. Continue to inhale smoothly until your arms are fully extended. Hold your breath for a count of one and then exhale for a count of one before beginning to lower your arms. To perform each move with precision, picture the next movement when you pause at the of each breath.

Getting Started

Sequence basics: Aim to do the eight moves in the order given, three times in a row, working up to five times. Move briskly from one pose to the next in order to maximize energy-boosting benefits. Hold poses 1 to 6 for one breath (an inhalation plus exhalation). Hold poses 7 and 8 for 10 breaths each.

Equipment: Go barefoot and use a sticky yoga mat for traction and safety.

Cool down: After completing the entire sequence three to five times, lie quietly on your back—breathing normally and with arms and legs outstretched—for three to five minutes.

How often: Practice this routine two to three times a week, or when you need an energy kick.

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1. Mountain Pose

A. Stand still with your arms at your sides and your feet hip width apart, toes facing forward and feet parallel. Distribute your weight evenly on both feet; avoid leaning forward or backwards.

B. (Shown) Adjust your posture so your shoulders, hips, hands, knees and ankles are in one line.

C. Roll your shoulders back and down to open your chest. Tuck your chin in slightly so your ears align over your shoulders. Breathe deeply through your nose. Hold for one breath.

Tip: This pose goes beyond simply standing in place.Use it as an opportunity for you to focus inward and fine-tune your posture.

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2. Extended Mountain

A. From Mountain Pose, breathe in and raise your arms outward from your sides to above your head. Your palms should be facing each other with your hands shoulder width apart and arms straight.

B. (Shown) With your arms still raised, gently extend your spine until your back is curved slightly inward and you’re reaching your arms slightly behind you. Hold for one breath.

C. Still keeping your abs tight, release, and transition right away into Standing Forward Bend (next slide).

Tip: Keep your abs contracted throughout this exercise to help protect your back.

 

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3. Standing Forward Bend

A. Exhale and bend forward from your waist, keeping your spine as long as possible while reaching your arms straight down toward the floor.

B. (Shown) Place your hands on the floor or on your shins or thighs, depending on what is most comfortable. Gaze at the front of your legs. Hold for one breath.

C. Inhale and bend your knees so you can comfortably place your fingertips or palms on the floor, shoulder width apart. Your hands should be in front of your feet, pointing forward. Transition into Modified Long Staff for your next move.

Tip: Relax the back of your neck, allowing the crown of your head to point downward. If bending forward isn’t comfortable, rest your forearms on the seat of a sturdy chair.

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4. Modified Long Staff

A. As you breathe out, tighten your abs, step feet one at a time behind you and lower your body toward the floor until legs are straight behind you, you’re balancing on hands and toes, and your body is parallel to the floor.

B. (Shown) Bend legs to rest knees, shins and top of feet on the floor. Bend your arms, keeping elbows pointing behind you and close to your sides. Lower yourself to four to eight inches (10 to 20 cm) off the floor; keep ab and thigh muscles contracted.

C. Gaze forward slightly. Hold for one breath before slowly lowering hips to the floor.  Straighten legs to prep for Upward Dog.

Tip: To make this move more intense, try it with your legs straight so you’re balancing on hands and toes; tighten your ab muscles to support your back.

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5. Upward Dog

A. With hands, hips, thighs and feet on the floor, point your toes so the soles of your feet face the ceiling. Your hands should still be aligned under your shoulders.

B. (Shown) Inhale and straighten your arms, pressing through your hands and lifting hips off the floor. As you lift your hips, slide them slightly forward toward your hands. Open your chest and gently slide shoulder blades downward. Your feet and knees should still be on the floor.

C. Hold for one breath as you look slightly upward. To release, slowly raise your hips and get onto your hands and knees before transitioning to Downward Dog.

Tip: Lengthen upward through the spine and roll your shoulders back and down to encourage deep breathing and a good stretch in the chest and front of the shoulders.

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6. Knees to Chest

A. From being on your hands and knees, slowly lower your right hip to the floor until you’re sitting. Then gently roll over onto your back with feet on floor and knees bent.

B. (Shown) Exhale as you lift your feet off the floor to “hug” your knees into your chest, tucking chin in slightly. Gently place your hands on your knees or shins. Relax your lower back as you gently press your sacrum (the triangular bone at the base of your spine just above your tailbone) toward the floor.

C. Hold for 10 breaths. Then slowly lower your feet back to the floor and place your arms on the floor at your sides with palms facing down.

Tip: Focus on lengthening the spine to avoid tugging at your knees.

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7. Bridge

A. Adjust footing so your ankles are under your knees, toes pointing away from you.

B. (Shown) Inhale and contract your abs, lifting your hips off the floor. Lift your spine upward, arching it to open the chest as you roll your shoulders under and in. (If that’s difficult, keep spine straight instead.) Keep your arms on the floor or place palms on your low back for support.

C. Hold for 10 breaths. To release, lift your heels off the floor, tighten your abs and slowly lower your spine to the floor, starting from the top of your back. Repeat pose 7 for another 10 breaths before repeating the full sequence two to four more times.

Tip: Gently raise your hips a little higher with each deep breath. Press your feet into the floor as you arch your spine.

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Foods That Will Increase and Improve Your Sperm

February 1st, 2014 | Posted by Desmoné Gambrell in Food | Health and Body | Sex - (Comments Off)

Today’s post is perfect for the couple who’s working on getting pregnant. We all know that getting pregnant isn’t always as easy as you’d think it would be. One of the most common issues are low sperm count. Lucky enough, there are a variety of foods available that may not be your desired taste, but are great for sperm.

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Asparagus - Has fantastic powers over sperm. The ridiculously high amount of Vitamin C prevents sperm from oxidizing, and it protects the cells of the testicles.  Additionally, Vitamin C decreases free radicals so your body can focus on producing sperm instead of fighting off disease.
 
Avocado - Summer is the perfect time to pick up some delicious avocados for guacamole. Packed with vitamin E, vitamin B6, and folic acid, avocados boost sperm motility and give it the strength to penetrate an egg.

Bananas - There are amazing things going on in bananas to help increase sperm count.  Bananas have a rare enzyme in them called Bromelain, which has been shown to regulate sex hormones.  There’s also a good amount of vitamin B1, vitamin A, and vitamin C which will help increase your stamina and boost your body’s ability to produce sperm.

Beef - This was a little surprising to me given that doctors are constantly saying to lay off red meat if you want a healthy heart.  Lean beef, though, is a fantastic source of zinc.  Founded on the Dr. Oz website,  zinc has protective properties that keep free radicals from getting at your man’s little swimmers.  In fact, zinc goes even further to prevent testosterone from converting to estrogen, which is the culprit of a low sex drive.

Dark Chocolate - There’s no sexier food to bring into the bedroom than dark chocolate, but now, it’s not just the seductive taste you’ll want it for.  Dark chocolate contains L-Arginine HCL, an amino acid related to the arginine in walnuts.  It also doubles your sperm count and semen volume.  Men who eat a little dark chocolate everyday have also noted that they have stronger and more intense orgasms.

Garlic - Along the same lines as ginseng, garlic possesses the power to increase blood flow.  The chemical allicin not only helps keep plaque from building up in the arteries, it also improves the flow of blood to the genitals and boosts the strength and endurance of the sperm.  Garlic also contains selenium and vitamin B6 to prevent sperm damage and regulate hormones.

Ginseng - Studies have shown that men in Asia have been supplementing ginseng into their diets for centuries because it improves virility.  In fact, ginseng increases libido, sexual performance, and aids in blood flow to the testicles.  In a study at Southern Illinois University, 45 men with erectile dysfunction were put on a ginseng regimen, and at 16 weeks, 60% of those men reported having stronger erections.

Oysters - As mentioned before, oysters are a aphrodisiac. The process of feeding to each other and sucking down are what really gets people going.  Did you know they also have sperm count increasing benefits?  A good portion of a sperm cell is composed of zinc, which oysters are relatively high in.  Eating oysters can not only increase sperm production but it can aid in the repair of damaged sperm.

Pomegranate - This is the most super of all super foods.  It seems like it can truly cure whatever ails you from the common cold to low sperm count.  Because of the intense cocktail of antioxidants in pomegranates, the juice can lower a chemical in the blood called malondialidehyde.  That chemical destroys sperm, so drinking pomegranate juice is like putting a super hero cape on all those sperm so they can destroy the evil free radicals and get to the egg just in time.

Walnuts -  Walnuts contain arganine, which helps the testicles to increase sperm production and also aids in semen volume increase.  It also contains Omega-3 fatty acids which improve the blood flow to the penis.  These nuts also have twice the antioxidant power over other nuts so they do a great job of protecting the little guys, too.  BONUS: eating 7 walnuts a day lowers cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.

Top Three Foods Every Man Needs In His Life

January 25th, 2014 | Posted by Desmoné Gambrell in Health and Body | Men's Health - (Comments Off)

Maintaining a good and healthy diet most certainly is a must for everyone. But, when it comes to male health, there are 3 foods that should be eaten more of. Of course they may not be as appealing and appetizing, but incorporating them into your weekly diet will allow you to quickly see positive benefits.

Oily Fish: Men are at a much higher risk of dying from heart disease than women. Heart disease can be the result of numerous different environmental factors, and nutrition does not offer a ‘magic wand’ cure – but an improved diet can certainly help.
One key dietary component is the Omega 3 fatty acids group, which has been at the centre of a great deal of research in recent years. There are 3 types: EPA, DHA, and ALA; the first two are derived from fish, with EPA seen as the most active in terms of card vascular health.
There are several identified benefits to cardiovascular health associated with Omega 3. Firstly, they can have a cholesterol lowering effect when incorporated into an already healthy diet (Omega 3 will have zero benefit if the rest of your diet is dominated by pizza beer and fags ). They have also been shown to have an anticoagulant (blood thinning) effect.
Broccoli: this vegetable has several interesting properties. It’s rich in a compound called glucoraphanin, which, once consumed, gets converted into something called sulphoraphane. This active compound has been shown to increase our cell’s defence mechanisms, potentially offering protection from an array of diseases, including prostate cancer.
Sulporaphane works by allowing a protein called Nrf2 to enter a cell’s nucleus, where it stimulates the production of antioxidant and repairs enzymes.
Epidemiological data (the study of disease patterns in populations) has begun to reveal associations between sulphoraphane rich foods and lower incidences of certain cancers.
Pumpkin Seeds: Seeds have definitely become quite a trendy snack of late and are quite the staple for the health food enthusiast. There are many reasons that they are great, from their essential fatty acid content, through to the fibre they contain. However, in terms of men’s health, pumpkin seeds top the lot due to the high level of one particular nutrient: zinc.

Zinc is one of the single most important nutrients for men’s health. It is needed for the production of testosterone, and our stores are rapidly used for this task daily. A low intake of zinc can lead to a drop in testosterone levels in a matter of weeks. Zinc also has an important role to play in sperm motility, so is an essential nutrient to top up on if you are thinking of starting a family.

It is also vital for immunity and skin health. The white blood cells of the immune system use zinc to code genes that regulate the way in which they respond to specific stimuli, such as pathogens. Zinc is relevant to the skin as it regulates the activity of the sebaceous glands. If the skin is too oily, then adequate dietary zinc can reduce sebaceous secretions. Likewise, if the skin is too dry, zinc seems to increase sebaceous gland activity.

How Music Effects Your Mind

January 19th, 2014 | Posted by Desmoné Gambrell in Peace of Mind - (Comments Off)

Sit and consider how often you plug in a pair of earphones throughout the day. You’d agree that music is relaxing and helps in cooling down your temper and anxiety. Music is great to have while exercising because it will give you the sudden urge to boost more energy into your body and work out just as harder. Listening to music while meditating, traveling, and exercising have lead experts to closely study the therapeutic benefits of music. Results have shown that music has a deep and profound impact on our psyche and mind.

Here is a break down of music therapy:

Brain waves: Have you ever walked down the street listening to loud music and found yourself walking to the same beat as the music? Our brain is basically entrained to rhythm. Mothers across the world use music to calm their babies. Music has a very obvious soothing effect on us and slow tempo beats can promote a calm, reflective state.

State of nerves: Music helps in keeping anxiety and depression at bay. Musicians stress that if we’re in a low state of mind, fast uptempo beats can contribute immensely in lifting our spirits. However, it is advised to choose music that matches your mood before blasting high-energy music.

Physical factors: Music has also taken over gyms and other arenas of physical activity, namely yoga, meditation, zumba, etc. As fitness expert Mamtaa Joshi says, “When you’re into heavy training and exercising, music helps in diverting the mind. Combining music and workout is like combining two physical and mental elements, hence making the workout more soulful.”

Health benefits: Music helps greatly in reducing chronic stress. Madhavi Kaulgi, a music therapist who uses Hindustani Classical Music in her treatment says, “Music has healing properties and helps greatly in balancing the hormones thereby enhancing the mood. It helps in lowering blood pressure, boosting immunity and also eases muscle tension.”

Sixty percent of American’s start their day off with a fresh cup of coffee to wake up their bodies. Before that cup of joe here’s a tip that will change every thing. Squeeze half of a fresh lemon into a warm glass of water and drink daily. Having this first thing in the morning will not only wake you up, but it will give your body the hydration is needs to start the day.

 A pinch of cayenne pepper is a great add in to your lemon water as well. Cayenne will help raise the temperature of your body to help with detoxing and to speed up your metabolism.
You may also add grated ginger to your lemon water for a little something extra. Pregnant moms really enjoy the anti-nasuea benefits of the ginger, and for there rest of us, ginger is great for increasing circulation throughout the body.
  1. Stimulates digestive system. Once you get in the habit of doing this (or maybe even after the first time you do this) you will find that it will probably get things moving in your digestive tract…and you’ll be heading to the bathroom.
  2. Increase hydration. I love how hydrated this makes me feel each morning. Refreshed and wide awake.
  3. Help with cleansing and detoxing. The lemon water stimulates your liver to help with detoxing, and helps the digestive tract expel toxins.
  4. Improve skin. Thanks to the vitamin C in the lemons.
  5. Help with acid reflux and bloating.
  6. Help make your body more alkaline. Despite the fact that lemons may seem acidic they are actually very alkaline when they are digested in our body. Drinking lemon water will help increase the alkalintiy of our body, a key goal in decreasing inflammation and preventing disease.
  7. Support your immune system. Thank you vitamin C!
  8. Help with weight loss. One by keeping you hydrated and two, because they have pectin fiber which can help fill you up.

Food and Sex. Always Best When Combined.

January 14th, 2014 | Posted by Desmoné Gambrell in Sex - (Comments Off)

A bottle of wine and candle lit atmosphere always sets the mood for romance and will increase any sexual desire. Great sex combined with food is a great way to keep the spice in any relationship. Always keep in mind whatever your food of choice, to use finger foods in the bite-size form. It will creates less of a mess and continue to keep the sexual mood ignited.
 
Fruit: Cherries, strawberries, red and green grapes are great add-ons to any sexual extravaganza. You can even try to get bit more  complex with fruits like papaya, mango, grape fruit and oranges. Serve the fruits on a nice platter. Strawberries, cherries and grapes should be served whole where as the rest of the fruits should be peeled and sliced in bite sized form.
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Syrups: Chocolate, strawberry, banana, or mango syrup, whatever your choice this liquid concoction will change any mediocre night into an incredibly memorable one.
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Chocolate

In the spirit of syrup, chocolate is a welcome treat before, during and after sex. Whether you opt for the almond-covered variety or just plain old milk chocolate, it will definitely make the night sweeter and more interesting.
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Whipped cream

The cliché of all sexual foods, whipped cream still serves up some great fun. Master the body art of spraying whipped cream on each other then explore your creative options.  Spice it up by using whipped cream infused with alcohol.
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Oysters

A rumored aphrodisiac. Oysters are an acquired taste, no doubt, but for some, this seafood provides a zinc boost, which ultimately leads to longer, stronger sex.
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