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Erectile Dysfunction: Two Simple Lifestyle Changes That Can Make A Big Difference

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If you’re struggling with impotence, you’re likely taking medications or supplements to help improve your sexual performance. However, there are non-medical methods you can do on a daily basis that will drastically improve your ability to have and sustain an erection. Making some simple lifestyle changes can work in tandem with the directions from your doctor to make sure you’re experiencing optimal sexual health. 1. Increase your cardio. Exercise is always good for your health, but it is especially important for the health of your penis. The blood vessels in your heart and in your penis have an inner lining that help blood to flow more effectively. This lining is called the endothelium. Cardio-vascular workouts improve the health and and function of the endothelium. Because the penis is such a vascular area (it has a large number of small and large blood vessels), making improvements in your exercise can actually improve the blood flow to and from the penis, which directly combats erectile dysfunction. Of course, there’s also the bonus that regular exercise combats disease, strengthens the heart, and helps prevent weight gain.   Total body workouts will be more effective for men than doing pelvic floor exercises or workouts to target the groin–these generally, while good for the muscles in the area being worked, do not seem to have an effect on erectile function, even though they are good to restore strength and health to sex organs after surgery or when recovery from prostate cancer. For better prostate health, plan on at least 2 hours of heavy cardio, like high intensity interval training, or 3.5 hours of more moderate workouts, like hiking or medium speed cycling, each week. For those who lead less active lifestyles, start with 6 hours light exercise, like walking, and gradually build up intensity as your fitness levels improve.  2. Manage your stress. Chronic stress can be one of the reasons why men experience erectile dysfunction. Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline are great for your body when you need to run from an attacker or do well when delivering a speech. However, the presence of stress hormones affects the cardiovascular system of the body–it draws blood away from non-vital places, like the penis and digestive tract, to give more blood to the brain and extremities to produce a “fight or flight response.” Therefore, when these stress hormones are constantly present, your ability to perform sexually will decrease, simply because your brain and body are under constant stress. Managing your stress, or finding ways to relax, is then one of the most important things you can do. Exercise can actually help with stress management, because it raises your stress hormone threshold. Meditating is also an effective way to reduce stress, especially mindful meditation, which helps you to become more aware of how your own thinking affects stress levels. Consider spending some time each day in silence or listening to peaceful music.  Also, remember that erectile dysfunction can add to your stress–when you are anxious about your sex life, the added pressure will only increase your worries. Try to relax before engaging in intercourse by spending some time to yourself, going on a quick jog, or writing down your stressful thoughts in a journal. Taking time to de-stress before sex could help you to sustain...

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Tired And Sluggish? 4 Tips To Increase Your Energy

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Physical and mental fatigue is a common problem not always alleviated by adequate sleep. When you need a boost of energy to get through another day, modifications to your lifestyle can help. Use Caffeine The Right Way Although caffeine is a common method of increasing energy and alertness, you may be using too much to reap the benefits. If you drink many cups of caffeinated beverages throughout the day, it is likely that you have built up a tolerance. Give yourself a day or two to reset your body’s tolerance to caffeine. You may want to go caffeine-free when you have two or more days off in a row. Now, determine when you typically feel sluggish during the day. You may have a difficult time starting your day, and feel tired around the middle of the day and again in the afternoon. These are the times when you want to incorporate a small dose of caffeine, such as a shot of espresso or a single cup of coffee. Remember, a serving of coffee is only six ounces. Try to limit yourself to two or three caffeinated beverages, only when you need the extra boost. At other times throughout the day, only drink caffeine-free beverages. Eat For Energy Depending on your schedule, breakfast and lunch are the most critical meals for providing energy throughout the day. Therefore, you should be more selective about what you eat for those meals. Think high protein and limit your carbs to slow-burning carbs, such as oatmeal or brown rice. You may even consider skipping the carbs altogether and waiting until dinner. If you are interested in juicing or smoothies, breakfast is the ideal time to incorporate an energy-boosting beverage as a meal supplement. In addition to fruits and vegetables, use a low-carb protein powder that is nutrient-rich. Frequent, light meals are often recommended for health and weight loss benefits, but also help increase your energy. Large meals will make you feel tired, so it is better to leave your largest meal for a time when the aftereffects do not matter as much. Get Moving Exercise is not just for burning calories, but can help you feel revitalized. Take a brief midday stroll on your break, especially if you have the opportunity to walk outside in the sunlight. If you cannot go outside, but have access to a window, try to sit or stand near the window for a while to enjoy the sun. Another option is to use full-spectrum lights in your work environment to mimic sunlight. You can find other ways to incorporate physical activity into your day to improve energy. You might consider standing up at your desk while you work. Even standing for five minutes every hour can make a difference in your energy level. Consider Supplements Many supplements, like those from Genesis Advanced BioScience, can improve your energy. For example, energy drinks often incorporate B vitamins to help boost energy. Some people choose to take B vitamin injections to increase their energy and metabolism. Although increasing your intake of B vitamins will not be harmful, because they are water-soluble nutrients and the excess is excreted in your urine, you may only notice benefits if you have a vitamin deficiency. If your diet is mostly healthy and balanced, you are unlikely to...

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Herbs & Pregnancy: Know Which Are Safe & Which Are Dangerous

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With more medications and foods being outed for their dangerous chemicals, it is becoming more common for people to go the natural route with nadh supplements whenever possible. The problem is many people don’t understand that just because something is herbal, doesn’t mean that it’s safe; especially when pregnant or breastfeeding. Here are some common herbal supplements that are safe, and some that are dangerous for pregnant women. Dangerous During Pregnancy Many herbal supplements, especially those found in several herbal teas, are uterine stimulants. In fact, some midwives will give them to their patients to assist with labor. These include: Mugwort Lemongrass Sage Rosemary Black & blue cohosh Fenugreek Yarrow The proper dosage can strengthen contractions and speed up labor safely. However, if taken any other time during pregnancy, the consequences can be dangerous for the baby. First trimester ingestion of uterine stimulants can lead to miscarriage. If used later in the pregnancy, they can cause preterm labor. NOTE: Chamomile is considered dangerous in the first trimester, but can be taken safely during the second and third. Never ingest these herbs while pregnant unless under the supervision of your care provider. Some herbal supplements support the male reproductive system. If taken by a pregnant women, the fetus could become androgynous. This means that the baby can be born with both male and female sex organs. These supplements include: American & Korean ginseng Tribulus fruit Maca root Saw palmetto berry Yohimbe bark Safe During Pregnancy There are still many herbs that are considered safe during pregnancy. However, you should always consult a doctor or an herbal professional about the herbs and dosages before taking them. These herbs include: Ginger Red raspberry leaf Cranberry Echinacea Chamomile (After the first trimester) Nettle leaves Ginger is a powerful herb. Only a small amount is needed to do its job. If you have morning sickness, ginger can help ease your stomach. You can cut a small amount of ginger and add it to your food, drink ginger ale, or even juice a small piece into a juiced drink. If you don’t like ingesting it any of these ways, you can buy crystallized ginger candies. The natural candy has a sweet taste and will still calm your stomach. Red raspberry leaf is a great herb to take during the third trimester. It will speed up your labor process and has been proven to reduce interventions and complications. Place some in a reusable tea bag and make some tea. For added flavor, add spearmint leaves and rose hips. Drink a cup or two per day and you will receive its benefits when labor strikes. Echinacea is full of antioxidants. It reduces your chance of catching a cold, and reduces the length of your colds if you do. If you happen to catch a cold, take your ginger with it, which will reduce your cold symptoms. Chamomile has many benefits. It’s known as the calming herb which can only be helpful during pregnancy. It will reduce your anxiety and help you sleep. On those particularly uncomfortable nights, you’ll be more than happy to have it. Nettle leaves are the center of controversy around this topic. If you do a quick internet search, you will find conflicting information about whether or not nettle leaves are safe to take...

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