Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Health Benefits of Kale

When you mention kale, the majority will look up with raised eyebrows and mumble "What"? "What's that"? An old, hardly spoken of and powerful green food. Kale is a leafy green vegetable with a mild earthy flavor. The season for kale is between mid winter and early spring where it can be found in abundance in most produce sections of the local grocery store. However, one can find kale year round. Thankfully, kale is starting to garner well deserved attention due its nutrient rich phytochemical content which provides unparalleled health promoting benefits.

Kale absolutely rich and abundant in calcium, lutein, iron, and Vitamins A, C, and K. Kale has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein. Kale is rich in Vitamin C not to mention the much needed fiber so lacking in the daily diet of processed food eating Americans. The "Icing on the Kale" are the natural occurring all important phytochemicals sulforaphane and indoles which research suggests may protect against cancer. Let's not forget the all important antioxidant Vitamin E. Rest assured kale spares nothing in providing one with much needed nutrients and associated health benefits.


The naturally rich sulfur content of kale deserves a bit more discussion. Science has discovered that sulforaphane, helps boost the body's detoxification enzymes, possibly by altering gene expression. This is turn is purported to help clear carcinogenic substances in a timely manner. Sulforaphane is formed when cruciferous vegetables like kale are chopped or chewed. This somehow triggers the liver to produce enzymes that detoxify cancer causing chemicals, of which we all are exposed on daily basis. A recently new study in the Journal of Nutrition (2004) demonstrates that sulforaphane helps stop breast cancer cell proliferation.

Kale descends from the wild cabbage which originated in Asia and is thought to have been brought to Europe by the Celtics. Kale was an important food item in early European history and a crop staple in ancient Rome. Kale was brought to the USA during the 17th century by English settlers.

A leafy green vegetable starting to gain widespread attention, kale belongs to the Brassica family, a group that also includes cabbage, collard greens and Brussels sprouts. Choose kale with small leaves as they will be tenderer and offer a sweeter taste. Make kale leaves a regular addition to your salads. A sautéed side dish of kale, onions, and garlic drizzled in olive oil is second to none. Enjoy your kale. You'll be glad did.

The Health Benefits of Kale


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Everybody Poops - What Your Poop May Be Trying to Tell You

I have to admit up front, this is going to be the crappiest article I've ever written.

You see, as I was walking my dogs Marty and Rosie the other day, it occurred to me that poop plays a huge role in my life. I'm not afraid to admit it. I pick up after my dogs every day, I scoop my cat's litter box every day (OK, not EVERY day, but it certainly feels that way), and I talk with my clients about their bowel movements. In fact, while I was in India this past summer, poop was actually the number one topic of conversation between my colleagues and me, as we compared notes on who had diarrhea and who was still healthy. I even remained on "poop watch," for several weeks after my return to the States, making sure that everything was OK (and thankfully, it was!)


So, if you are a pet owner, parent, health care professional, or world traveler, you probably know what I mean!

But many people don't get to talk about poop as much as I do. I know this because when I ask people about their poop, I often get blank stares and uncomfortable looks. So, I let's talk about all of the questions that people want answered but are usually afraid to ask. After all, your poop is an important indicator of your overall health!

What is Poop?

Have you ever wondered what poop actually is? About 75% of your average poop is water, although this will vary depending on the person. Water is absorbed out of fecal material as it passes through the large intestine, so the longer you take to "go," the drier your poop will be.

The remaining 25% is comprised of dead bacteria that helped us digest our food, living bacteria, protein, undigested food residue (also known as fiber), waste material from food, cellular linings, fats, cholesterol, salts, protein, and substances released from the liver and the intestines (such as mucus).

What Makes a Healthy Poop?

Your feces are a clear indicator of the health of your gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Mehmet Oz says, "At the end of the day you can analyze your body really effectively by looking at what comes out of your body."

So what should you look for? A healthy poop will be:
Golden brown, which is due to pigments formed by the bacteria in the gut and bile from the liver. You want to make sure the color is normal because that tells you a lot about what's going on in your gastrointestinal tract (more on color below). Formed into one long shape. Dr. Michael Levitt, an Australian colorectal surgeon who has written a book called The Bowel Book, says that the healthy human stool resembles the shape and consistency (although not the same color) of an unripe banana. Dr. Oz says " You don't want [pieces]." Some experts disagree, saying they don't have to be well- formed. Patrick Donovan, N.D., a naturopath in Seattle, WA says "Stools don't have to be well- formed logs. They can disperse in the toilet water; they can break down." Nearly odorless. About 1 to 2 inches in diameter and 18 inches long.
What About Other Colors?

Sometimes we don't see that "golden guru," and are faced with something else instead. Here's some insight into what those other colors might mean.
Black: Feces can be black if dried blood is present in it from internal bleeding in the upper digestive tract. See a doctor if this is the case. Very Dark Brown: Drinking wine the night before may result in dark brown poop. This could also be the result of eating too much salt, or not enough vegetables. Yellow: One condition that can cause yellow poop is an infection known as giardia, a dangerous infection that can spread to others. Another cause of yellow poop may be a condition known as Gilbert's syndrome. See your doctor if you are consistently seeing yellow poop. Green: Babies often have green poop when they are given food for the first time. Children may have green or blue poop from certain illnesses or from ingesting food colorings. Adults may also have green poop if they eat large amounts of green, leafy vegetables or if they eat large amounts of foods with green food coloring. Light green poop may indicate excessive sugar in the diet. Green feces can also occur with diarrhea if bile salts pass through the intestine unchanged. Again, see a doctor if you are concerned! White/pale: Feces can appear white or pale after drinking barium sulfate, which is often given to patients getting an X-ray of the digestive tract. A white or pale stool may also be an indication of problems with the gallbladder or liver. Red: Bright red in the feces may be indicative of active bleeding, possibly the result of hemorrhoids. A magenta color may result form eating intense red food coloring, or red foods such as beets.
How Often Should I Poop?

Ah - the big question! Experts disagree on how often a person should poop. The National Institute for Diabetes, Kidney, and Digestive Diseases says three times a week is normal and healthy for some people. According to Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system, once a day is ideal. Other experts advocate once or twice a day, while still others say a person should have a bowel movement within two to three hours of a major meal- -or two to three times a day. So you can see that it really depends on who you talk to. My personal opinion is that you above all want to be regular in your pooping schedule, and that one poop a day is ideal.

When someone poops four times a day or more and the poop has a liquid consistency, this is referred to as diarrhea. When someone poops less than two or three days a week and the poop is hard, dry, and difficult to pass, this is known as constipation.

What's the Deal with Corn?

It's funny, so it's ok to laugh. But most people I know have experienced it and they ask why it is that when you eat corn, the next time you poop there it is again! There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that most of us do not thoroughly chew our food. Another interesting tidbit I've learned that there is an outer coating on corn that is made up of indigestible cellulose. This outer coating slips off the inner kernel and, since it's indigestible, passes through the gut intact. It then emerges looking like a whole kernel, even though it's just the outer skin. The inside of the kernel is starchy and digestible, and that is the part that we succeed in chewing and digesting.

Well, hopefully you know now a lot more about this important topic. And that's the scoop on poop!

Everybody Poops - What Your Poop May Be Trying to Tell You

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Grapes, Nuts, and Your Dogs Health - Foods that Fido should Avoid

"Magoo was a big, playful Labrador retriever who often got himself into sticky situations..."

So begins a story in the latest report from the ASPCA on foods that may be toxic to dogs. It turns out that Magoo got into the pantry and snagged himself about a pound of raisins. He ate the whole thing, of course.


The ASPCA never mentions Magoo's fate. But they do tell us that as little as a handful of raisins can impair a dogs health and has been fatal for some. Ditto for the grape.

Who Knew?

Growing up, I regarded our family dogs as "the first cycle of the dishwasher". They were good about waiting their turn for whatever we left on our plates, and we weren't too concerned about offering them "people food". It never crossed our minds that our dogs health could be affected by a few measly table scraps. What was safe for us, we figured, was safe for our pets.

What's more, whenever I ate grapes, I liked to give one or two to our German Shepherd "Tiffany". The grapes always popped out of her mouth when she tried to bite into them and Tiffany, ever the good sport, refused to give up until she'd squashed each one into submission. It guaranteed at least 60 seconds of harmless fun.

Tiffany was also fond of chewing gum (she chewed it -- wrapper and all -- but didn't swallow it!) We had the sugarless kind, which is often sweetened these days with xylitol.

Little did I know that I might have been poisoning our family pet! (More on xylitol below).

Why are grapes harmful?

As far as grapes and raisins go, no one is sure why they're harmful. It's been confirmed that even grapes grown without fertilizers or pesticides can be toxic to dogs. But not to every dog, and not every time. It's also not known whether small amounts eaten over a long time period could have a cumulative effect.

What we do know is that the end result in nearly all reported cases of grape or raisin toxicity is acute kidney failure. (The term "acute" means that the condition is severe and comes on quickly.) The dog ultimately can't produce urine, which means they can't filter toxins out of their systems -- a process essential to life.

During the twelve-month period in which the effects of grapes were studied, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center handled 140 cases involving one or more dogs. Over a third of the dogs developed symptoms ranging from vomiting to kidney failure, and seven dogs died. The ASPCA based their study on reported cases, so naturally there may be cases where a dogs health is entirely unaffected by eating grapes. But until they know all the facts, the Society advises against feeding pets grapes or raisins in any amount.

An ounce of prevention

So, your dog just scored himself a big box of raisins. What's a pet owner to do?

The first line of defense, if the grapes or raisins were eaten recently, is to induce vomiting and administer activated charcoal (it absorbs toxins in the GI tract). Vomiting is also the first sign that your dog is in trouble, so skip right to the activated charcoal if vomiting has already occurred. (In a pinch you can make your own activated charcoal by charring a piece of toast until it's blackened and crumbles easily.) Then call your vet right away.

Can't reach the vet? Call ASPCA Poison Control: 888-426-4435

The vet will keep your dog on intravenous fluids for at least 48 hours and monitor blood chemistry daily. Normal blood work after 3 days usually means your dog is in the clear.

Keeping a watchful eye out, of course, is the best way to keep your pet out of trouble. Like children, dogs (and other pets) have a knack for getting into mischief when we're not looking.

It's Not Just the Grapes...

There are other foods your dog should be kept away from, and some of them may surprise you.

Here are some other foods that can put a dogs health in harms way:


Who can resist chocolate? Like it your not, your dog.

Chocolate is made with cocoa beans and cocoa beans contain a chemical called Theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. Different types of chocolate have varying effects on dogs health. Dark chocolate has the largest theobromine, coming in at a whopping 450mg (compared to 1mg for white chocolate). So on Valentine's Day, you're actually being kind to your best buddy if you eat all the chocolates yourself!

Cocoa Mulch

Cocoa bean shells are a by-product of chocolate production (which is how mulch made it into the "foods" category) and are popular as mulch for landscaping. Homeowners like the attractive color and scent, and the fact that the mulch breaks down into an organic fertilizer. However, some dogs like to eat it and it contains Theobromine.

Fatty foods

Fatty foods are hard for a dog to digest and can can overtax the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis. This can threaten your dogs health and is potentially fatal.


Macadamia nuts should be avoided. In fact most nuts are not good for a dogs health since their high phosporus content is said to lead to bladder stones.


Mulch isn't food, but there's one type tempting enough for dogs to eat. Some dogs are attracted to cocoa mulch, and will eat it in varying quantities. The coca bean shells can contain from 0.2% to 3% theobromine (the toxin ) as compaired to 1-4% in unprocessed beans.


Onions, especially raw onions, have been shown to trigger hemolytic anemia in dogs. (Stephen J Ettinger, D.V.M and Edward C. Fieldman, D.V.M. 's book: Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine vol. 2 pg 1884.) Stay away from onion powder too.


Potato poisonings among people and dogs are rare but have occurred. The toxin, solanine, is poorly absorbed and is only found in green sprouts (these occur in tubers exposed to sunlight) and green potato skins. This explains why incidents seldom occur. Note that cooked, mashed potatoes are fine for a dogs health, actually quite nutritious and digestible.

Artificial Sweeteners

Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, especially sugarless gum and candies. Ingesting large amounts of products sweetened with xylitol may cause a sudden drop in blood sugar in dogs, resulting depression, loss of coordination, and seizures. According to Dr. Eric K. Dunayer, a consulting veterinarian in clinical toxicology for the poison control center, "These signs can develop quite rapidly, at times less than 30 minutes after ingestion of the product" states Dr. Dunayer, "...therefore, it is important that pet owners seek veterinary treatment immediately."


Turkey skin is currently thought to cause acute pancreatis in dogs, partly due to it's high fat content.

Other foods listed by the ASPCA as harmful:

Alcoholic beverages

Avocado (the only "fatty" member of the vegetable family)

Coffee (all forms of coffee)

Moldy or spoiled foods


Yeast dough


The Bottom Line

Thanks to a more educated public, fewer fatalities from foods like chocolate are being reported these days. But it's important to keep up with what's currently known about foods and their effects on dogs health. Grapes and cocoa mulch, for example, were only discovered very recently to have harmful effects.
Check frequently with sources like the ASPCA, or sign up for the "Cold Noses News" and we'll keep you informed. (You'll also get a bunch of cool dog stuff along with your free registration).

Of course, being alert and getting your pet to the vet promptly will help assure a happy outcome if something unfortunate should happen.
Here's to your dogs health and good nutrition!

Grapes, Nuts, and Your Dogs Health - Foods that Fido should Avoid

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Friday, December 16, 2011

How to Lose Weight and Burn Fat Drinking Green Smoothies!

The weight loss industry would like to sell you special herbs and vitamins that they claim can burn fat and help you to lose weight without dieting or exercise. They prefer that you continue to buy their expensive weight loss meal replacements than for you to make your own Green Smoothies.

When it comes to an easy and rapid way to lose weight and burn fat without hunger, drinking Green Smoothies is one of the best ways to achieve your weight loss goals. Green Smoothies are so easy to make! Green Smoothies also taste great and not only will they help you lose weight and burn fat but drinking Green Smoothies can help protect you from many diseases.


It seems that every other month there is a new weight loss diet plan, program or book on the market that promises you can easily lose all of the weight you want if you will just buy and use their special fat burning herbs, vitamin supplements, meal replacement powders or diet book.

More often than not, most of those who do try the latest, greatest fad diet programs instead of drinking Green Smoothies will initially lose a few pounds and maybe even knock off a few inches of fat from their waistline due to the reduced caloric intake most of these programs require you to follow.

That's because in the short term all diets and weight loss reduction plans that require you to reduce the volume of food you are accustomed to eating will work to a certain degree and cause your body to drop a kilo or two. But then your body instinctively goes into protection mode because it perceives itself as starving and it slows your metabolism down to prevent further weight loss. Then when you finally grow tired of always being hungry because you have not been eating enough to feel full and stay hunger free you soon discover that the slightest increase in calories results in rapid weight gain.

Drinking Green Smoothies is a very delicious and highly nutritious and easy way to burn fat, lose weight and fool your body into speeding up your metabolism while decreasing your daily intake of calories all without ever having to feel hungry.

A Green Smoothie Diet is a great tasting way to lose weight and burn fat!

Talk about an easy weight loss program. This simple, fast and easy solution to weight loss will not only help burn fat and melt the pounds away reducing your BMI (Body Mass Index) but at the same time it will fill you up and deliver a flood of nutrients and antioxidants to your cells without having to purchase any expensive artificial supplements.

All you have to do is start your day off by making and drinking "Green Smoothies" that can fill you up while tricking your body into thinking its consuming more because of all the high quality natural nutrition and antioxidants its been craving for but can't get from a standard American (SAD) diet.

Don't confuse making Green Smoothies with juicing, You'll make these delicious energy boosters in your kitchen blender and once you try them and discover how super great you'll feel after drinking them you will want to make them a part of your weight loss routine.

If you want to lose weight try drinking Green Smoothies. You'll never again have to feel hungry and deprive your body of the real food and nutrition it needs. Try the "Green Smoothie Diet" for easy weight loss. Its free and tastes great too!

Imagine, now you can lose weight and burn fat without buying any weight loss pills or supplements because you can lose weight by making your own Green Smoothies whenever you want. But instead of drinking Green Smoothies to just burn fat and lose weight, why not drink them because doing so will make you feel great and live longer!

How to Lose Weight and Burn Fat Drinking Green Smoothies!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Goji Berries Contain Glyconutrients What are the Health Benefits?

Glyconutriest are a essential for our bodies. Glyconutrients means sweet or sugar. Therefore this means sweet or sugar nutrient and this is a important role in our body. Scientific research has shown that eight simple dietary sugars mostly which are no longer found in abundance in the standard modem diet, are now the form of very words of life at the cellular level. These types of sugars are combined with proteins and fats to create glycoforms that coat the surface of the every cell in our bodies. Glycoforms function as cellular recognition molecules that communicate messages to the body that is needed to function in health. Scientific research has found glyconutritionals can have a vital part in our health.

Foods that contain Glyconutrients.


A. Goji Berries

B. Carrots

C. Radishes

D. Tomatoes

E. Wheat

F. Pears

Goji Berries another name known as Lycium Barbarum. Doctor Earl Mindell met an
asian healer he was amazed by what he say that he dedicated the next 7 years to
unlock the secrets of this ancient himalayan remedy then found the four essential
bio active lycium polysaccharides. After his research Doctor Mindell excitedly said
"I believe that Goji juice will have more powerful benefits on health, well being
and anti aging than any other food, drug or supplement that I have seen in the last
40 years."

Goji polysaccharides were proved to be exceptional source of the essential sugars
like rhamnose, xylose, glucose, mannose, arabinose and galactose. These sugars
are highly regarded to be necessary in our immune system and in our proper
intercellular communication where in the cells in our body can work together
properly in fighting and resisting disease. Because of this Scientists were concluding
that Goji may be the richest source of GLYCONUTRIENTS yet found in the planet.

Goji Berries Contain Glyconutrients What are the Health Benefits?

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Friday, December 9, 2011

The Relationship Between Physical and Mental Health

It has been well accepted that health is not one-dimensional. The definition of health actually consists of physical health, mental health and social adaptability. Being physically fit doesn't mean you are totally healthy. It is also important to have mental health as well as social wellness. To adapt the society well means people have the abilities to form and maintain a complex network of friends and associates. But how do these components of health relate to each other? Especially, what is the relationship between physical and mental health and what meanings do healthy body and healthy mind really have?

People consider it commonly that components of health are interdependent, namely, aspects of health influence each other. When people using this type of health model are assessing health, they would focus on the balance among components of health. They believe an over-emphasis in one realm can be offset by activities in another realm. For instance, in order to keep the wellness system balanced, they may advise some people to take more physical exercises when they are working in offices for long hours consuming much mental energy. This is apparently a simple remedy, but it has profound meaning on wellness. A much more balanced health can be achieved even by making a small effort in a neglected realm. People would likely return to work energetic by spending some time out on physical exercises to rest their mind, for example, a small walk from time to time could make you feel refreshed and invigorated. Therefore, to keep your aspects of health balanced is worth to advocate while over-attention to one aspect of health is not.


It is widely believed that physical health and mental health are related to each other. A lot of athletes sustain physical performance by taking much mental effort. You will see the relation between physical and mental aspects of sporting performance is so close just thinking of a momentary lapse in concentration in a game of tennis. It is generally acknowledged that mind has influences on physical activities. However, it is not as widely understood that physical exercises has impacts on mental health. Yet there are researches supporting the view that physical exercises do have a positive effect on the mental health. Physical exercises can contribute to positive mood and elevated concentration. Those outcomes mainly attribute to chemical changes within the body caused by physical activities.

Through physical activities do have positive influences on mental health, but that doesn't mean physical activities are necessary relevant for mental ill-health. For instance, if someone has a mental illness, exercises would be unlikely to act as a remedy. However, it is widely believed by health practitioners that physical activities are a useful adjunct to therapy for mild mental illness.

The Relationship Between Physical and Mental Health

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Affordable Health Insurance In New York - Low Cost Plans Online

Recent changes in our health care system will help many Americans to finally get affordable health insurance. Major insurance companies have developed new lower cost health plans available to everyone. Plans for personal, individual, group, family, college student, and small business health care insurance are available in New York.

Because of a new program made possible by the Federal Government, many new health insurance plans are being formed. High deductible health plans (HDHPs) joined with (HSAs) health savings accounts allow you to get complete medical coverage at a cost lower than you might think. Money put into the health savings account is tax deductible and is used to pay for insurance deductibles when you need care.


This type of plan provides you with complete comprehensive health benefits for medical costs and a tax exempt savings account. Many such plans pay 100% of medical costs after you've reached your deductible amount. You can adjust the amount of your monthly premium by raising or lowering your deductible.

Preventive care up to 0 is also provided in many HSA health insurance policies. As with most health insurance policies, you get the most benefit at the lowest cost by using in-network care providers. Network providers give discounts of 35% to 45% to it's members for health care and hospital stays.

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One of the best ways to find affordable New York health insurance is to go to an insurance quote website and request quotes. Immediately after you complete their short form, you'll get several low cost HSA, HMO, PPO, and POS quotes while still online. After you have your quotes, you can compare the different policies and see if one will work for you. It's that easy.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

What Are the Health Benefits Of the Acai Berry?

The popularity of the Acai Berry keeps on growing, especially since it is already referred to as the Magical Fruit. It is already sold in a number of stores locally, especially in groceries and supermarkets. The ever powerful Acai Berry is already included in a number of products in the market, from cosmetic goods to fruit juices.

This berry was first discovered in Central and Southern America. The outcome of various tests and extensive research has revealed many of the excellent health benefits of the a
Acai berry.


The Acai Berry is not only loaded with antioxidants but it also possess a wide range of essential vitamins, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, as well as the important B vitamins like thiamine and riboflavin. This berry also contains many minerals like phosphorus, potassium, iron, and calcium.

Antioxidants are essential to people since it has been established that they build up the body's immune system and protect it from diseases and premature aging. Cell damage is also reversed through antioxidants.

Free radicals from pollution, poor diet, and stress can contribute to oxidative stress, damaging the cells and weakening the immune system.

The Acai Berry however, is able to neutralize the presence of free radicals in the body, thereby preventing the onset of threatening diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Free radicals also contribute to premature aging.

Therefore, if you want to preserve a youthful glow, you need to consume foods which are rich in antioxidants. Your skin can and will benefit from products which are filled with antioxidants from Acai Berry like facial creams and body washes, but you can also consume the natural fruit juice for optimal benefits. Today, there are also diet pills containing the well-renowned This Berry.

Is the this berry really effective in weight loss?
There have been quite a number of studies done in order to ascertain its weight loss properties.

Just like any other fruit, the item is loaded with fiber and contains no calories, saturated fats, sugars, and trans fats. Nonetheless, the ability of the berry to actually promote fat loss is yet to be determined. Notwithstanding, the Acai Berry is an appetite suppressant and an antioxidant, its wide-range of health benefits makes it one of the most valuable fruits in the market today.

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What Are the Health Benefits Of the Acai Berry?

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Shaving For Men - Should I Shave My Pubic Hair?

When it comes to Male hair removal, to shave or not to shave, that is the question. In these enlightened times, male grooming and male hair removal is becoming increasingly popular. The famous sack, crack and back wax is a well known treatment at wax bars up and down the country. So should you shave your pubic hair? There are many questions that might spring to mind. What are the benefits? What are the risks? Does it hurt? What is the best method?

Women have been shaving the lady gardens for years, and the bikini wax, Hollywood, and Brazilian all part of the on going maintenance women put themselves through to keep looking good when things get personal. And now the tables are turning, if the women are expected to attend to constant topiary of their bits - why not the men? And so shaving for men is becoming commonplace.

Men Health

There are numerous reasons why you might want to shave your pubic hair. As suggested earlier, request and expectation from a partner maybe one. Another is hygiene as there is an argument that it keeps things hygienic and fresh. One of the upsides, and this might just be the clincher, is it gives the appearance of making your manhood look an inch larger, and that can't be bad for the self esteem.

So should you make the leap? First of all, remember women are from Venus and men from mars, and shaving the pubic hair is a very different experience for men. Secondly, we are all very different and hair growth varies person from person. So some of us will stay smoother longer than others. Once you make the decision, it is an on going commitment to maintain.

In later blogs I explore the best methods, male hair removal options, waxing for men, razors for men and special shavers for men.

Shaving For Men - Should I Shave My Pubic Hair?

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pictures of Yeast Infection in Men

How can pictures of yeast infection (also known as candidiasis & thrush) be useful to someone who suspects they may have the disease?

Most men are reticent about illnesses that are sexually transmitted or have potentially embarrassing stigmatic associations (NB. Yeast infection is not necessarily transmitted and can occur for a variety of reasons). However, even though candidiasis is seen more frequently seen in women, men can fall prey to it too and should not take it lightly. There are several causes of this illness and there are many natural as well as allopathic remedies for it.

Men Health

Yeast infection in men is usually noticed on areas such as the penis, in the mouth and some other areas on the body. It usually attacks those areas of the skin that have folds and that don't get a chance to dry off. This fungal growth just loves areas which are not exposed to the sun and are wet and warm. Therefore one of the best ways to deal with this kind of infection is to make sure you wear clothes that absorb sweat. Also, areas of the skin which have folds should be thoroughly dried after exercising and after a shower.

As far as visual symptoms of this disease are concerned a photograph or picture of the male penis of an infected person will show an unmistakable angry red irritation which can be rather painful. Areas affected by the fungal growth can be gnawingly itchy and sore. Sometimes candidiasis causes dry broken skin which when scratched can cause flakiness and dry skin to fall off. Candidiasis in men and women both can be very painful especially during urination and intercourse. It is advised not to graze these areas with fingernails because this could lead to other problems like bleeding and worsening of the infection.

As far as Candidiasis in the mouth is concerned, one should look out for patchy white skin on the tongue and also sometimes a creamy coating on the tongue. Candidiasis makes it very hard for a person to eat and swallow and he will also constantly be plagued with bad breath. In other areas of skin in the body this illness can cause dry flaky patches and even red lacerations accompanied by pimples and inflammation.

Candidiasis in men and women should be treated with some urgency as inflamed and broken skin can pick up other infections from the environment. If neglected completely Candidiasis can spread to the intestines, esophagus and the urinary tract. Antibiotics can worsen the situation by killing off bacteria that is important to fight yeast overgrowth and should be avoided. Natural remedies are in abundance and should be used whenever possible. Topical applications of garlic, curd and iodine are said to give relief. There are also medications which doctors prescribe including anti-fungal ointments and pills.

Pictures of Yeast Infection in Men

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Urinary Tract Infections in Men and How to Treat Them Naturally

UTIs in men and women are caused by bacteria such as E coli getting into the urethra. It is believed that men do not get UTIs as often as women because their urinary tract is longer, making it harder for the bacteria to travel up and invade the bladder and kidneys. Once past age 50, however, the infection becomes almost as frequent as in women--and harder to diagnose.

In younger men, the most common source of a uti is sexual intercourse. After 50, the other causes of male urinary tract infections become more prominent. These are blockages of the urinary tract such as kidney stones or an enlarged prostate, catheters in the urinary tract or bladder, and diseases such as diabetes that suppress the body's immune system.

Men Health

UTIs show a number of symptoms, but not everyone will have all of them. First and foremost is a painful, burning sensation in the urinary tract and/or bladder while urinating. There is a frequent need to urinate, but usually there is very little urine. What urine there is will be milky or cloudy, or perhaps even have some blood in it. The smell will be unpleasant.

There will sometimes be a feeling of tiredness and weakness and back pain. If the infection has reached the kidneys there may be fever, nausea and vomiting.

Symptoms of UTIs in men over 50 are harder to diagnose. An abrupt change in behavior is the best sign. This infection causes stress to the rest of the body, and can show itself as mood swings and bad temper--especially in people who already have dementia. Incontinence, going to the bathroom more often than normal, nausea and vomiting, and coughing and shortness of breath can also be signs. Fever is an indication of a serious infection.

Antibiotics are used in contemporary medicine to treat the symptoms of UTIs. Bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics over the years, making it necessary to prescribe ever stronger drugs. These drugs kill the good bacteria along with the bad, in turn causing other types of infection. If you are being treated with drugs for an infection other than a uti, you can end up with a urinary tract infection because the "good" bacteria are gone as well.

Buchu and bearberry leaf are the most-used natural remedies. Buchu, found in southern Africa, has essential oils and flavonoids that cleanse and balance the entire urinary tract. Bearberry leaf has cleansing properties, but it also tones and tightens the walls of the urinary tract, making it harder for the bacteria to embed themselves. These two herbs are often used in combination with other herbs and homeopathic remedies to soothe the body and provide immune system support. A natural uti remedy can be used two or three times a year to balance the whole urinary tract system and prevent an occurrence--or recurrence. There are generally no down side effects to natural remedies unless you have an allergy to one of them. This should be checked with your physician or naturopath before you staring using them.

Male UTIs should be taken seriously. Don't try to tough it out; it is an infection that won't go away on its own. Natural remedies can help you flush out the bacteria while balancing your body's systems quickly and without unwanted side effects.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Why Women Have a Fear of Men

There are a lot of women all over the world that suffer from a severe fear of men. There are a lot of things that can contribute to this, and here we will look at what some of them are.

Beatings that have been endured by a woman are one reason for women to be afraid of men. This can have a very devastating on the life that the women has after the attack. It can result in a lot of negative things that they may have to endure for a very long time, sometimes the rest of their lives.

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Many women are victims of emotional abuse by men that are in their lives. This can be another thing that can make them have a fear of men as well. The intimidation and humiliation that they endure through the emotional abuse can take years for them to come to terms with, if they ever do.

There are situations where women that are around men that show outbursts that are very loud and angry in nature tend to show the signs of fearing men as well. They may be afraid that the anger that the men feel will get out of control and be turned towards them at some point in time.

Violent crimes like rape are another huge factor that can cause the development of fear of men in women. This is understandable considering the trauma that is associated with the ordeal that they have been through. They often feel that they will never be able to trust a man again, which can also lead to some very serious issues that they have to endure in their lives.

Many women undergo psychiatric treatment for the fear of men that they feel. Sometimes this treatment requires them to be placed on medication to cope with the feelings that they have with regards to their fears.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Girdles For Men For an Ailing Back

As a child, you've probably heard grown up chiding you to have better posture: shoulders rolled back, back straight and suck in your stomach. This was actually good advice if we ever remembered to follow it. This would have prevented a lot of problems with the back and spine later on life. Nowadays, it is support underwear to the rescue in order to cure what ails our back.

Although it might be a bit embarrassing for men to hear, support underwear is basically a girdle for men. While a girdle has been traditionally associated as women's underwear, for medical purposes, girdles are great for lower back and abdomen support. Wearing a girdle has the extra added benefit of looking slimmer in clothes.

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Male girdles have also come a long way. Before, the selection of girdles for men was extremely limited. Men even had to make do with female girdles and alter them in order to get the back and stomach support they needed. Thankfully, manufacturers of underwear have seen fit to design more support girdles for men without the frilly feminine undertones. This is in large part due to the improved fashion awareness that men now have. Men are now requesting comfort, functionality and style with their garments and this includes their underwear. The days of simple boxers or briefs, or even going commando are gone. When there are manly support briefs that can alleviate back pain as well as making one look slimmer, then this is the obvious choice. The next time you go underwear shopping, be on the look out for the next girdles for men as this might be the solution to your ailing back.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Do Men Go to Spas? Yes They Do!

Although spa services are generally thought of as something women indulge in, Philadelphia spas are seeing a growing number of male clients.

Men Like To Be Pampered As Well

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After a hard day chopping down trees, hunting mastodon or just pushing papers around, men need to relax. For a lot of men this might mean having a beer or catching a Phillies game but there are many other options that can be satisfying as well. Men who open themselves up to other possibilities often discover enjoyable leisure activities that they would have never considered.

A relaxing day at the spa is a luxurious and self-indulgent gift you can give to yourself. The techniques used by the skilled professionals who will care for you are designed to relieve stress and improve your appearance. Every man should try treating himself to a spa day just to see for himself how enjoyable it is.

Preparing for the Spa

If your spa visit will include a rejuvenating facial treatment, shave right before leaving. It will allow the esthetician to evaluate your skin more easily and the facial treatment to work better. Some spas include shaving as part of the procedure so it might not be necessary. Other than that, the only preparation is to relax.

Most men feel awkward on their first spa visit. It's an unfamiliar environment and they may feel out of place. Take a deep breath and relax. Allow plenty of time for your session. A relaxing treatment can be ruined if you suddenly realize you are late for a meeting. Arrive early to give yourself some time to soak up the ambience in the waiting room. Allow yourself to enjoy the experience to the fullest.

Enjoy The Results

Nearly every man who takes a day at the spa, no matter how reluctant he was at the start, walks out of the facility glad he did it. You'll feel calm, invigorated and stress-free, prepared to face the day with renewed enthusiasm. And even better, when you go back for the next time you'll be familiar with the place so can enjoy the experience even more.

In addition to your new relaxed self, you can enjoy your improved appearance. Spa treatments can take years off your face both from improving your skin and draining off the stress. People will comment on how rested you look and how youthful your face has become. You may just find you like how often people compliment the new you.

Men, don't dismiss Philadelphia spa services as something for ladies only. Try visiting one yourself and join the growing numbers of men who've discovered this relaxing and pleasurable secret.

Do Men Go to Spas? Yes They Do!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Growing Male Breasts - For Men Who Want to Grow Breast

For men who wish to grow from male to female breasts, there are quite a few male breast enhancement methods available. Growing male breasts is by no means an easy task, but many men have done it which shows that it is possible to do. In this article we will take a look at some of the most popular breast enlargement methods.


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Surgery for growing male breasts is not as popular as it used to be, the reason being that the results haven't been very good, often quite poor in fact. Male breast augmentation surgeries many times come out looking very unnatural because men usually don't have much extra tissue around the chest area to work with. Men usually also suffer from side effects more than women. The price of a breast enlargement surgery is also often too much for most men wanting to grow breasts.


In later years the "breast enlargement for men" business has grown a lot and unfortunately this always brings out some scam artists. There are all kinds of pills on the markets that are supposed to grow you some nice female like breasts. The fact is that most of these are pure scams and have nothing to do with actually helping you to grow male breasts. It is recommended to stay away from these products since you can't be sure of what they contain.


The natural method to grow breasts for a man has been reported to be the most effective one. It doesn't grow anybody a D-cup breasts, but it has gotten some noticeable results with most who have tried it. The natural breast enhancement techniques were actually first developed for women, but soon it was noticed that those same natural herbs and breast massage techniques work for men just as well. This method is also the only one that is completely safe.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Men's Health Magazine - An Insight

Men's health magazine is one of the biggest men's magazine brands. It has its reach to up to 12 million readers around the world on a monthly basis and boasts of 38 editions.

As the name suggests, the magazine covers various aspects of men's lifestyle and health like nutrition, sexuality and fitness.

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The magazine was first launched in the year 1987, by founding editor Mark Bricklin. The magazine when launched was aimed to be a health oriented magazine. With rise in popularity and increase in readership it has gradually evolved into a lifestyle magazine for men.

The magazine covers all aspect of a men's life like health, fitness, travel, technology, relationships, nutrition, finance and fashion. Promoted as a magazine which is a must read for successful, active and intelligent men, it is ideal for those men who want to make the most of their emotional, professional and physical self.

The magazine confidently says that it provides men with the tools which help them make their lives better. The magazine remains as the best selling lifestyle magazine for men in the world. It provides men with practical and positive advice on the small steps which can lead them to big gains. The magazine shares some exclusive ideas with men which they cannot get elsewhere.

The magazine covers every aspect of lifestyle that interests men- food, sex and sports. It has set a standard, a definition for success what success means to men. According to the magazine, men's success should be defined with a combination of factors like living well, achieving goals, looking as well as feeling good and enjoying great relationships.

The magazine has proved to be the lifestyle guru of men all around the world. Over the years, it has grown on to become every man's very own life coach and kind of personal trainer. It guides you regarding your eating habits by sharing good eating habits with you. You also get tips on general health and weight loss.

The magazine has received many awards over the year and it continues to deliver its best work in travel and wealth, grooming, gear and style and not to forget the very best in sex and relationships.

Thus, it has proved to be a one stop shop for everything that is of interest to men. And if you want to lead a perfect and successful life then get yourself a subscription today!

Men's Health Magazine - An Insight

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Restore Your Youth With Natural Testosterone Supplements For Men

Men: Have you noticed a decrease in your libido? Are you not as sexually active? Have you lost muscle mass and added a layer of body fat to your mid-section? Do you feel listless, tired, stressed and unmotivated?

Testosterone is the hormone responsible for libido and muscle building -but a loss of testosterone can also affect your bone density and lead to osteoporosis (weak bones) too.

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Without adequate testosterone, your moods and attitudes will suffer -you may even feel depressed, bored and uninterested in life.

Testosterone also regulates red blood cell production and fat distribution in certain areas of your body -such as your pectoral region, the abdominal area and the upper arm.

There are essentially two reasons that male testosterone begins to decline:

Male testosterone production begins to decline at the rate of about 1% per year after the age of 30 Stressful lifestyle, environmental toxins, poor nutrition and lack of physical exercise lead to declining testosterone production

But just because declining testosterone is a natural phenomenon or the result of a modern lifestyle is no reason to accept the side-effects as your modern reality.

Don't you remember how strong you felt -how powerful and bullet-proof you felt when you were younger?

You can have those feelings back -and without dangerous drugs or over-the-counter pills and potions that are filled with toxic fillers and harmful additives.

There are very high quality, natural testosterone supplements specifically engineered for men to naturally improve their libido and increase their muscle mass while restoring their youthful vigor.

Consider these three natural herbal supplements to increase your natural testosterone production:

Holy Basil-will balance your neurotransmitters and protect the body from environmental and lifestyle stress. Pantethine-will help alleviate early morning fatigue, fight the effects of lifestyle stress and is also great at restoring proper blood cholesterol levels. Tribulus-is a fantastic natural testosterone booster and when taken at night, naturally improves sleep and restorative functions of the body.

As with any change in diet and before taking any natural herbal supplement, always check with your doctor or health care practitioner prior to adopting any change. This article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition.

Take good care of your body and it will take good care of you.

~To Your Good Health!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis and the Affect on Men's Health!

Figures released show that five Australian men pass away each hour from conditions that could have been avoided? One of these conditions is Type 2 diabetes.

There are just over 22 million people living in Australia; there are over 304,000 million people living in the United States. Rather than five men dying every hour, the numbers for the United States are much higher. Regardless of how low or high the number is, any one, any man who passes away from a condition that can be avoided appears to be a waste of life.

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Living the Life You Choose:

While death is seen as a part of life, there's no need to bring it about before absolutely necessary... the average life span for a male now is 75... five years less than the average lifespan for females. One of the main reasons women live longer is that they go to the doctor for more checkups and are quicker at reporting bothersome symptoms. Why not think about an annual visit to your doctor? A 20-minute visit can do more than save your life, it could even lead to a better quality of life. After all, your doctor will check:
your heart prostate gland lungs blood pressure and cholesterol levels

And of course your blood sugar levels and HbA1c.

Your doctor will take into consideration the other medical issues you have and whether or not they are related to Type 2 diabetes.

Impotence is a common complaint of men with diabetes... between one third and two thirds of men with Type 2 diabetes have trouble getting an erection. Another sexual problem linked to diabetes is retrogade ejaculation, in which ejaculation goes backward into the bladder. This affects roughly 2% of men who have Type 2. Don't hesitate to mention impotency issues... quality of life is also important.

Avoiding the Type 2 Diagnosis?

Did you want to think that your Type 2 diabetes diagnosis was a mistake? You didn't want to hear those words; so maybe if you ignore the diagnosis, it will go away. But it's not just diabetes you are thinking about avoiding... it's any condition. It's the biggest reason that so many men die from preventable conditions.

Type 2 diabetes can be controlled and it's possible to live a healthy life minus heart attacks and strokes. An accurate check of your long-term sugar control is measured by a test called HbA1c which gives an accurate reading of how much sugar is being carried in your red blood cells. Many doctors recommend this test be performed at least twice yearly.

Diabetes is a long-term condition that will affect you every day for the rest of your life. Try to accept your Type 2 diabetes... at this time there is no known cure. You can live the life you choose... by making changes in you lifestyle to support your treatment goals, you can still be flexible in your day-to-day activities and have a long rewarding life.

Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis and the Affect on Men's Health!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Vitamins For Prostate Health

Vitamins and Minerals for a Healthy Prostate

One of the ways a man can make certain that he gets and maintain a healthy prostate is by making sure they are not vitamin or mineral deficient.

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Below are 8 Vitamins and Minerals that have been shown to have a positive effect on the prostate.

The very best way to make sure that you get an adequate supply of these is to eat a healthy diet.

1. Beta-Carotene - Research has shown that beta-carotene intake was linked to a strong correlation with reduced prostate cancer in Japanese men.

2. Magnesium. Most people do not maintain proper levels of magnesium. For this reason, many people would greatly benefit from supplementing their diet with magnesium.

3. Selenium Initial evidence from the Nutritional Prevention of Cancer (NPC) trial suggests that selenium supplementation reduces the risk of prostate cancer among men with normal baseline PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels, and low selenium blood levels.

4. Vitamin K2 An increased intake of vitamin K2 may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 35 per cent, suggest results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC).

5. Vitamin B6 Vitamin B6 benefits more of our body processes than any other mineral or vitamin.

6. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxident and one that every man should take for a healthy prostate.

7. Vitamin E A clinical trial of vitamin E and ß-carotene supplementation for lung cancer prevention among male smokers in Finland recently reported an unexpected, strong protective effect of vitamin E against prostate cancer incidence and mortality.

8. Zinc In prostatitis, zinc levels are only ONE-TENTH of those in a normal prostate. (Fair and Heston,1977; Pfeiffer, 1978) One time-tested prostate remedy is eating pumpkin seeds. It is no surprise that pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc

A Word About Supplements:

Even a slight search online will bring up page after a page of EXPENSIVE 'Miracle Cure' Prostate Supplements.

I feel many of these sites are simply taking advantage of the desperation that a man feels when his doctors informs him that "You may have prostate cancer"

My own research has proven that many of the supplements that people are charging hundreds of dollars a month for fall short in three vital areas:

1. They offer NO clinical proof or FDA proof that they work.

2. The EXACT same supplements are readily available at a fraction of the cost at your local health shop or supermarket.

3. They often ignore the need for changing your diet and exercise. Tha fact remains that if you eat like a pig and never exercise, all the supplements in the world are unlikely to do you much good!

You owe it to yourself to find out all you can about how to get and maintain a healthy prostate but make sure you don't get sidetracked by hype along the way...

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Extenze - Comparing Extenze With Other Male Enhancement Pills

What is Extenze?

There are dozens of male enhancement pills in the market and Extenze is one of the most popular ones. It is a natural dietary supplement, which enhances the size of your erections and makes them last longer. Another effect of this product is that it gives you more intense orgasms. However, the most thought after effect of Extenze (and other male enhancement pills) is increased erection size (that is why they are sometimes called penis enlargement pills in articles and advertisements). In this article, we will look at Extenze and find out how it compares with other similar products.

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How Extenze Compares With Other Male Enhancement Products and Methods?

Prescription Drugs. Extenze is a herbal product and thus doesn't require doctor's prescription (and for a male enhancement product, this is very important because few men fancy visiting a doctor and explaining their penis size problem).Synthetic Drugs. Extenze contains only natural ingredients, so it doesn't have any side effects. Common side-effects associated with synthetic drugs include heart diseases and other heart conditions.Penis Pumps or Weights. These are ineffective and potentially harmful. Also, taking a pill twice a day is much better than having a weight hanging from your penis for a few hours each day. Do not use these penis enhancement methods if you don't want to risk permanent impotence.Penis Surgery and Penis Implants. These should be used as a last resort technique only, because it is very expensive and has severe complications. Doctors will not recommend or approve penis surgery unless you have a micropenis (less than 2.5 cm or 1 inch in erect state).
Will Extenze or Other Male Enhancement Pills Work For Me?

As comparison above shows, natural male enhancement pills are pretty much the only option if you are looking for a safe and effective male enhancement method. In rare cases Extenze may not work for you but its money-back guarantee makes sure that you won't lose money in either case. Men have certainly increased erection size using Extenze and other similar pills, but the only way to see if it works for you specifically, is to try it.

Extenze - Comparing Extenze With Other Male Enhancement Pills

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Free Men's Health Tips

Health is one of the most important aspects of man's life. Without health no one can be happy or successful. The fulfillment of all your goals, dreams and wishes are dependent on health. For men, there are some particular health tips which can ensure their well being. Following these guidelines allows them to remain safe from diseases. It also enables them to live to the fullest and enjoy the blessings of life. Here are some tips which can ensure your health if you follow them properly.

Firstly, you need to monitor what you eat. Eating whatever you like does not always work. This is for the reason that the present-day man has unhealthy life choices in general. Most people stick to junk food which does not do much good to their well being. In fact, this kind of food proves to be detrimental for your health. Instead you have to eat healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, dairy products etc. A balanced diet is ideal for every man who desires to have a healthy body. Make sure you take fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals in desirable quantities so that all your body functions may work properly.

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Other than healthy diet, men must exercise on regular basis. When you exercise, harmful agents from your body are released. You are also able to improve your blood flow. Also, you get several other health benefits by exercising everyday. Men who exercise have stronger bodies. They not only remain safe from diseases but also look more attractive.

Drinking plenty of water everyday is another great men's health tip. Water is essential for you as it helps to regulate body temperature. Different body parts are in need of water to function properly. You remain safe from dehydration as well as constipation by having plenty of water everyday. According to health experts, it is recommended to have at least 8 full glasses of water every day.

Another very important health tip for men is to have healthy lifestyle. You must not take excessive alcohol or smoke. They only damage your health and create several fitness issues for you. Men who smoke are prone to lung cancer and scores of other diseases. Also, they have low stamina and constipation issues. If you desire to have a healthy life, you ought to stay away from smoking which reduces years from your life.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Man Boobs Epidemic - What is Causing the Male Breast Phenomenon?

As of today there is still no medical or scientific consensus on the exact causes of male breasts (gynecomastia). What is generally agreed is that in the majority of cases the condition results from an imbalance between the male hormone testosterone and the female hormone oestrogen. It is thought that this is why gynecomastia effects so many adolescent boys during puberty and why so many men develop breasts in later life when their testosterone levels drop off naturally.

But for every teenager and retiree whose man boobs can be explained by natural hormonal swings and cycles there are other incidences of the condition involving men across a broad range of ages and backgrounds. In a huge number of these cases the causes remain a mystery.

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So what are the possibilities?  Here are a few of the likeliest suspects.
Obesity Some people view the man boobs epidemic simply as a knock on effect of the obesity epidemic. Studies have shown that obese people have lower levels of testosterone. The problem with this hypothesis is that it's far from clear whether it is the obesity which leads to the drop in testosterone or the testosterone deficiency that leads to the weight gain. There are also plenty of gynecomastia cases which effect men with relatively low fat levels. Marijuana Some studies have indicated that prolonged marijuana use may lead to reduced sex drive and reduced testosterone production Alcohol Excessive alcohol consumption has been show to inhibit testosterone secretion both in the short term and long term. Oestrogen Pollution The elephant in the room when it comes to the subject of gynecomastia. The extensive use of female contraceptive and hormone replacement products has led to a flood of oestrogen in the water system, leading to sexual abnormalities in fish and other aquatic creatures and (some suspect) to a contamination of drinking water.

Similarly the widespread use of oestrogen-like chemicals in pesticides, herbicides and animal feed has also raised concerns that the food chain may also be tainted.

Until more definitive research has been carried out it is impossible to say with any certainty which, if any, of the above factors is responsible for increased prevalence of gynecomastia in modern society.

We are also faced with the worrying possibility that there isn't one single factor responsible, but several - that it is the combination of our sedentary, over-indulgent lifestyles with the gradual chemical pollution of our environment which is causing the man boobs epidemic.

If this does turn out to be the case then there will be no quick or easy fix and the problem could be about to get an awful lot worse.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How to Look Like a Men's Fitness Magazine Cover Model - Men's Workouts That Truly Work

How can we achieve a body (and face) just like that of a men's fitness magazine cover model through workouts? If you've always wanted to really spruce up your look and look phenomenal in doing so, then continue reading further, because in this article we'll reveal ways in which practically any man can beef up his regime and look fantastic in doing so!

We'll take a look at some men's workouts that really seem to do the trick, including the little known Hollywood "secret", face exercises! Let's first take a look at what's really necessary to create an impact, a real lasting change within your body: First of all, you might need to lose weight in certain areas. Next, you will want to tone and sculpt some of your muscles, of course, not forgetting your facial muscles!

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So how exactly does one do it ? How can you look more and more like a men's fitness magazine cover model more and more each day?

You can start out with what's known as interval cardio training. This is a insanely unique method for enhancing your resting metabolic rate and therefore increasing your fat loss, etc. You start out as you normally would any cardio workout. You start with your typical men's workout by warming up for 5 or so minutes. Next step will be where the intervals come in. You quickly step it up a notch and really intensely go as hard as you safely possibly can for the next 1-2 minutes. Then after this is done, you go back to the normal pace of motion for another 1-2 minutes. Rinse and repeat until your entire workout is done. And that's it! Now I must mention that you will want to do this for at least 20 minutes. Actually, 20 minutes is just the perfect combination!

Why? Simple. It works! In fact, it works so well that a 20 minute workout has just the amount of force as a slow, hours worth of hard sweat!

Next, you can do 200 sit-ups daily. Start with 50 regular crunches, followed by 50 oblique crunches on each side at 50 each also. You'll want to finish up the ab exercises with 50 leg raises. These are great for the lower ab region.

With your diet, you should simply eat smaller, more frequent meals every 3-4 hours. What's ideal to eat? How about lean proteins such as chicken, fish, meats, turkey, etc. Top off your meal with a large serving of vegetables and there you have it!

Your next step towards getting a men's fitness magazine cover model looks would be with muscle/bodybuilding. Simply work out all the major muscle areas every other day and there you go. For instance, focus on day on your arms, chest and abs. Then the next day do your legs, etc.

Your next step would be to build the perfect face. How exactly is a guy to do this? That's easy, through face and neck exercises! These men's workouts can be performed virtually anywhere, even while driving!

With face exercises you can sculpt and define a chiseled jaw line, build up your cheekbones, re-define your chin and even help remove annoying double chin syndrome! What's more, you can also help reduce under eye puffiness and bags from under the eyes!

So here you have it guys! With this short, brief outline, there is absolutely no way you can't achieve that male models body you've always wanted and dreamed of! You owe it to yourself to achieve this ultimate "dream" body, so why not try your best to pull it off starting today!

How to Look Like a Men's Fitness Magazine Cover Model - Men's Workouts That Truly Work

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Stomach Exercises For Men

We men want to keep a nice and tight stomach, and on top of that have ripped six pack abs. Is it impossible? Quite the contrary my friend, stomach exercises for men are what you need in order to get the results you want!

So, what are the best stomach exercises for men? If you think they are exercises for the stomach on weight machines you are wrong. The best exercises for losing your stomach can be performed anywhere you feel free to do it, let's look at them.

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The Vacuum

The vacuum is one of the forgotten stomach exercises for men. It's a breathing exercise that will work your transverse abdominal muscles, the deeper set of muscles in your stomach. The steps are pretty simple:

Slowly Inhale until your lungs are full.
While slowly exhaling, bring your belly button towards your spine.
Once you feel your sides tighten it means it is working. Hold the position for 10 seconds.
Exhale. This is one repetition. Repeat 10 times.

The Bicycle Exercise

Recent studies have shown that the bicycle is the exercise that triggers the most activity on your abs. This makes it an excellent stomach exercise for men, and it works many parts of the abs section at once.

Lie on a flat surface; make sure your lower back is pressed on the ground.
Take your hands behind your ears. Then bring up your knees at a 45 degree angle.
Start doing a bicycle pedalling motion. Touch your elbow with the opposite knee (right elbow with left knee and so on, alternating).
Breathe relaxed and evenly throughout the whole exercise.

The Vertical Leg Crunch

The vertical leg crunch is a variation of the common crunch. It adds a twist to the movement, increasing its power.

Lie on your back on a flat surface, using a mat or a towel.
Put your hands behind your ears.
Lift your legs into the air locking them at the ankles and bending slightly your knees.
Raise your head, shoulders and upper back to a 30 degree angle by using your abs.
Go back slowly and repeat for a set.

The Plank

Did you think Pilates was just for women? Pilates have excellent stomach exercises for men, since they work the core area of your body, giving you superior strength. Here's how to do the most effective exercise, the plank:

Lie face down.
With your elbows push your body and stay on your elbows and fingertips.
Hold for 30-60 seconds.
Repeat 3 times.

These stomach exercises for men will give you strength and definition. However don't forget your cardio routine and a healthy diet if you want the six pack to fully show.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Men's Health - How To Lose Man Boobs

The medical name for the condition is gynecomastia (gyneacomastia) which in the Greek language means man with breasts. The vernacular for the condition is "man boobs" or "moobs". There are two varieties of man boobs. There are two prime causes of the condition and this is the best way to differentiate between the two types. The physical symptoms of gynecomastia are:

-puffy nipples

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-oversized nipples

-enlarged breasts

-excessive fatty tissue in the chest

-excessive fatty tissue in the breasts

-hormone imbalance with either too little testosterone or too much estrogen.

All of the symptoms do not necessarily coexist. This condition is defined as gynecomastia. It is caused by either 'hormone imbalance' or 'obesity.'

Man boobs can occur for various reasons. Often the age of the male involved is a factor. Often pre-teenage males and adolescents temporarily suffer from hormone imbalances which result in physical manifestations like man boobs. This is temporary and passes with puberty or time. In adult males, hormone imbalances could happen naturally or they could be the result of medication. Irrelevant of age, man boobs will cause embarrassment which will have psychological effects if not treated.

When obesity is the cause of man boobs, the obvious solution is to lose weight. By making sensible life style choices, one can reduce one's weight. Dieting alone can reduce one's weight. However, if you combine a sensible diet with exercise, the results will happen more quickly and more likely be permanent. There are many options which address weight loss. Surgery is one possible strategy to remove the fatty chest tissue. One must consider the cost, the risk of scarring, and the general risks associated with any surgery before selecting this option. When using exercise to reduce chest fat, one must be certain to perform effective exercises or to tell your trainer what you want to accomplish. This may be embarrassing, but if you do not level with yourself and your trainer, you actually may increase your chest size by doing the wrong kind of exercises.

If hormone imbalance is the cause of man boobs, then one must work toward a proper balance of testosterone and estrogen. There are medical products available. However, with pharmaceutical products one must accept the risks associated with recalls, side effects, human error in diagnosing, packaging and dispensing, and so on. Using all natural supplements, is another alternative but there are still some risks involved here as the human factor is involved in packaging and dispensing. The ideal solution is to use your diet to adjust the hormonal balance within your body.

The subject of man boobs is often treated lightly with funny comments. Examples of ridicule are found in the recent movie "Knocked Up" and the TV show "Family Guy". However, are you too embarrassed to wear a t-shirt? Do you avoid swimming because you must take off your shirt before you get in the water? Is your love life suffering because your partner does not find your man boobs attractive or comfortable? Are you too embarrassed to be seen in public with or without a shirt? Suddenly, the subject is not so humorous.

Save yourself some emotional trauma and seek treatment whether you suffer from hormone imbalance or obesity. Get some information. Find out how to lose man boobs. There is nothing to risk in looking, all you have to lose is your "man boobs".

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Treatments to Do in Regard to Male Yeast Infection

You may question if male yeast infection really does occur. Yes, as vaginal infections experienced by women, the males can as well suffer from such ailment. Some may even grow a rash in the shaft of their penis. Some also find the occurrence of itching and swelling of the crotch area and rashes at the top of the penis' shaft.

If you undergo male yeast infection, do not be hesitating to go directly to a doctor to have it cured as early as possible. You may also go to the nearest drugstore as well as buy over-the counter-medicines, whichever is suitable for you.

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Male Yeast Infection: The Treatments

Male yeast infection can be cured almost as the same as vaginal yeast infection is treated. If you are among those suffering from yeast problem on male, you can use topical cream and ointments, tablets and capsules, and there are even the natural medicines such as herbal medicines. Nonetheless, unlike vaginal yeast infections, there's no medicine or healing in particular that is designed to treat yeast problem on males.

Be aware of the dos and the don'ts of the illness when you have male yeast infection. You need to prevent wearing tight pants. Tight pants tend to make the area warm where these organisms will stay around. It would as well be useful for you to change your diet.

You're recommended to stay away from eating food like grain, apples, corn, red meat, and peanuts as the causal reasons of yeast problem on male. Additionally, when going swimming, you should change clothes as soon as possible to prevent moisture from occurring in the crotch area.

Above all, you'd better discuss with a doctor or buy a medicine for cure at your nearest drugstore. Don't be ashamed, use your right to seek advantageous help and get yourself away from male yeast infection.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Counseling For Men

It's November again and that is traditionally the time to grow a mustache. Yep, November becomes Movember!

Movember is the word wide campaign to raise money for men's illnesses, especially prostate cancer. The campaign started in Australia and has been running for the last seven years. It's now a worldwide event. Prostate cancer kills one in ten men in the UK, one man dies every hour of every day- shocking figures. What makes it worse is that it is a cancer that can be treated if it's caught early enough. The advice is to have your prostate checked every year if you are a man over fifty. If you have a history of cancer in your family then you should move this forward to your forties. So why don't men get checked out?

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I'm afraid compared to women us blokes are a bit emotionally stunted. We are how we are because of the way in which we were brought up. It's not our fault. We struggle with emotions because we were taught at an early age that men are strong, do not cry, and work through situations regardless of how we feel about things. Many of us grew up with emotionally remote fathers and had little modeling of doing anything other than "being strong". Women are complicitous in this message and often support it covertly. This also serves a purpose in work and when times get tough. It can be a very useful behaviour when things are hard and I am not for a minute suggesting that we go around crying and acting out at the slightest provocation. It's about getting the balance right.

So what does being emotionally limited cost us men?

We tend to get stuck when situations with high emotions come along. Many men either go to a numb place or we express ourselves using the emotion that we have learnt is safest - i.e. anger. This can alienate us from our loved ones and get us into trouble with those around us. We tend to ignore worries or niggles until they have built up, so if we are feeling pain or discomfort we don't go to the doctors and get it checked out, we store it up until we are in agony then find out we have left it too late and done ourselves serious damage. Prostate cancer is a great example of this. We ignore the early symptoms (difficulty passing urine, increased frequency of passing urine, pain when passing urine or maybe blood in the urine) and only get it checked out when we are in great pain and it's passed into our bones too, and then we die. We avoid talking to others about how we feel lest they think we are weak. Our problems mount up and we think that the only way out is to kill ourselves. Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women in the UK (figures from the office for national statistics).

How can we put the situation right?

There is no doubt that working with a good counselor is a great way of restoring the balance. Counselors come in all shapes and sizes and you will find some male therapists that ooze emotions and some women therapists that are very "thinking" in the way they do things. Go meet a few and make your decision based on who you feel comfortable with. You can also do things without the support of a counselor. Here are three suggestions:

The first step is getting in touch with how you feel. This could be achieved by just sitting and giving yourself time to feel your feelings instead of rushing around all the time. Secondly, start talking to those closest to you about what's going on for you. You might begin this process by doing the easy stuff in general conversation. What are you enjoying in your life? What's really pissing you off? Are you feeling sad about anything? This is a great way to bond with your loved ones as it invites closeness and intimacy. Thirdly, as you open up, start expressing the stronger emotions you are feeling at the time you are feeling them rather than storing them up. Action feeling statements are great for this "When you (their behaviour) I feel (your feeling) so in future I would like you to (corrected behaviour). Keep it focused on behaviour and don't let it slip into criticism. Your emotion has been expressed and the other person knows what you want. A much better solution than getting very angry and doing damage either emotionally or physically.

I guess our ultimate goal is to feel our emotions so we can be in tune with those around us and make strong connections. We can also teach our sons and daughters that being a powerful man is not just about physical strength, but also involves the ability to connect with others, have empathy and access to the whole spectrum of emotions.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Candidiasis in Men - How to Cure Male Candidiasis, Fast & Permanently

Candidiasis in men is a yeast infection, commonly of the penis, mouth or skin. And Candidiasis in men is more common than you might think. It's just not talked about as much, and, men are far more secretive about problems 'down under'. But Candidiasis in men exists and must be treated with the same seriousness as in women.

The main symptoms of penile Candidiasis are; a red rash with white lesions on the head of the penis, sometimes ulcerations, itchiness, dry flaking skin, pain when peeing, painful intercourse, sometimes loss of libido.

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The symptoms of oral Candidiasis are; white / yellowish spots on mucous membranes, thick white coated tongue, cracks in tongue, problems swallowing, and, bad breath.

On the skin look for rashes, lesions, eczema, acne, etc.

The cause of Candidiasis in men is the same as in women; a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans. This is found in all of us quite naturally but is normally easily controlled by the friendly bacteria in our bodies. Sometimes the good guys can be overwhelmed though, and the Candida albicans 'overgrows' to such a level that it causes what we call Candidiasis, or, Candida, Moniliasis, Yeast Infection, or Thrush. Penile Candidiasis is more likely to occur in uncircumcised men, since the Candida albicans just loves the dark, warm, moist areas of the body.

There are many reasons why the beneficial bacteria cannot prevent the fungal overgrow. And of course if we know why this happens, we are well on the way to curing the infection faster, and more importantly, preventing it returning ever again. Some of the more common reasons are; overuse of antibiotics and / or steroids, diabetes, compromised immune system, bad diet, so-called recreational drugs, ill-health, some medications, obesity, etc. 

Treatment for Candidiasis in men is normally by drug-based topical antifungal medications that normally work between seven and fourteen days. These are available by prescription or over-the-counter. For severe Candidiasis oral tablets may also be in order. The downside of using drug-based treatment for some men are the bad side-effects of some drugs and the ability of the yeast infection to come back, sometimes repeatedly.

Also, when you think about it, these drug-based medications cannot address the underlying causes of the Candida overgrow in the first place: things like your diet, general health and 'lifestyle' issues as shown above. So if these are not identified and sorted out quickly your cure can take much longer than necessary, and, there is a much higher chance that your yeast infection will return.

This has forced many men to turn to alternative, more holistic therapies to cure their Candidiasis fast and permanently. And there are even reports of cures within 12 hours, using these completely natural home-based remedies.  

Candidiasis in Men - How to Cure Male Candidiasis, Fast & Permanently

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Men's Health Tips

For a healthy life every human irrespective of their gender needs to regulate their intake of water in the right amounts. The water consumption helps in flushing out the harmful components of the body and helps in regulating the moisture level of the skin and the teeth. Though it may sound incredible, but, the right water levels help in whiter teeth as they make the surface of the teeth difficult for the stain and the bacteria to deposit on the teeth. The better hydrated the teeth will be, the better will be the chances of attaining whiter teeth.

A healthy consumption of water for men includes drinking up to three liters of water on daily basis to curb the hunger pangs, smoothing the digestive process and preventing aging. However, men tend to drink water during the meetings and other corporate affairs immediately after a cup of coffee or steaming bowl of soup. This should be avoided, as it causes the pores of the teeth to expand and contract and the dirt and grime gets a chance of sinking in through these pores.

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Also when drinking dark colored cocktails and juices, it is recommended that one drinks making use of the straws so that one can avoid the chance of staining their teeth. Men who are over the age of thirty years should make sure to get their thyroid levels checked annually, as it may be responsible for their weight gain or fatigue related symptoms.

One of the problems that the aging men face is the receding hairline. This can be solved by making use of the pumpkin seed oil and massaging it into the scalp to reduce dramatically, the process of hair fall. Instead of the ready to eat food or the fast food, men should try to include the right proportions of the vegetables, fruits and the whole grain sources into their daily regimes. This will help them in benefiting from the good carbohydrates and the proteins, while allowing their digestive system to enjoy a smooth working due to the fiber consumed into the body.

Make sure to inculcate exercising regimes into the daily plans. However, it is important not to overdo during the exercising regimes as it might cause injury to the muscles of the body. Whenever possible exchange your medium of reaching the destiny by walking. Furthermore make sure to get the thyroid levels and the testosterone levels checked at regular intervals. This is vital to the health of the men who are above the age of thirty years. In order to avoid the after shave burns, the men should make use of the aloe Vera or other soothing elements like cucumber gels for mitigation of the burns.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Videos on How to Perform Brazilian Wax, Male and Female Versions

Brazilian wax isn't only a women's thing. In fact, The Best of Fox 10 News feature what the Men's Health mag has uncovered about their readers: Men think that Brazilian is cool and glamorous. In fact Brazilian wax has become the center of everything now. Danielle Marcelino, the "Queen of Waxing," of Suddenly Slimmer Day Spa, says that many men think that a full Monty is a must, "Making them feel sexier, smoother," says Marcelino. Brazilian wax is indeed, a trend both men and women feel will be here for quite some time. Whether you want to do it as a casual task or as a professional it is quite essential that you watch the Brazilian wax videos.

By watching a Brazilian wax video you will be able to actually visualize the procedure the reactions of your patient and also the coordination between the patient and the professional doing it. The professional aesthetician relies on viewing waxing sessions, as well as knowledge, experience, and trade secrets of fast and efficient temporary hair removal procedures. Learning the art of Brazilian waxing is one thing and getting to know the feelings of their customers is one thing. An aesthetician is expected to attend the a full fledged classroom course in waxing. But waxing is not really something that you can just learn from a classroom; the business of Brazilian waxing is really all about people.

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All the Brazilian waxing professionals have learned it as part of their family business by watching someone in their home and certainly not by reading the books. If you don't have a family business to guide you to this career, there are thousands of Brazilian waxing videos that you can purchase online to get you started. These videos are best suited for those who want to become aestheticians as well as the ones who have curious patients. Unlike reading materials, Brazilian waxing videos include almost everything a future practitioner needs to know in performing a Brazilian wax.

Due to the latest craze the Brazilian waxing videos are being sold by every other merchant online these days. The video you are going to purchase must entail all the vital details you are looking for. You need to be aware of the proper procedure to be undertaken to make the waxing relaxed and quick for your customers. You need to take care of your customers especially the ones getting this procedure done for the first time as Brazilian waxing is a very intricate procedure. The Brazilian waxing videos must be descriptive enough to give your the A to Z of the entire procedure.

Without any exception to man or woman everyone is going in essentially for the Brazilian waxing. It is for the sake of sanitation and neatness that most of the men and women get it done rather than to look chic as in the Hollywood. A video should be able to provide you with information to teach you the tricks to perform the Brazilian wax service both for men and women as quickly as possible.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

How to Increase Your Male Libido Naturally

To increase male libido naturally, you should try the supplements outlined here - not only will they increase male libido they will also make you feel happier and healthier.

So here are the best supplements for increasing male libido:

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· L argentine

This nutrient is highly important for peak sexual performance. In fact, it is probably the most effective natural supplement for increasing male libido.

Current studies support the use of argentine supplements to ensure that nitric oxide secretion is sufficient to keep blood flowing to the penis.

Nitric oxide insufficiency can stop the penis from becoming erect, as it relaxes smooth muscles in the penis during sexual stimulation, allowing increased blood flow to the penis - so it's needed to produce and sustain an erection.

A study published in 1994 showed an 80 percent improvement in the erectile function of men given 2.8 grams of argentine a day for two weeks.

· L Tyrosine

Supports and assists neurotransmitters in the brain. Reduced levels of L-Tyrosine are present when your body's under stress, aged, or tired.

L-Tyrosine supplementation helps reduce stress, improves mental alertness, and enhances mood, which in many instances manifests itself in increased male libido.

· Gingko Bilbao

Used to improve blood flow around the body, and functions as an anti-oxidant in the body.

Ginkgo is a standard herbal remedy for male sexual dysfunction and increasing male libido, due to its affect on blood circulation.

· Ginseng

Korean Ginseng - used in China as a sexual balancer and revitalizing tonic for over 7000 years - an adaptogen, and believed to help maintain balance in the body and help the body adapt to stress.

Korean Ginseng is widely known for its ability to boost energy (including sex drive) and support the immune system.

As an adaptogen, it also helps you adapt to physical or emotional stress and fatigue.

Ginseng also has a normalizing effect on hormone imbalances, and boosts metabolic rate, as well as improving blood flow to the genitals.

· Selenium

Selenium - believed to be good for sperm production and mobility - nearly 50% of the selenium in a man is in the testes and seminal ducts; men lose selenium in their semen.

Getting enough selenium is therefore vital for peak sexual performance and male libido.

· Zinc

Zinc is required for the production of testosterone, and the zinc content of the prostate gland and sperm, is higher than in any other body tissues.

A deficiency of zinc is associated with numerous sexual problems, including sperm abnormalities and prostate disease.

Zinc not only helps produce testosterone, but also helps to maintain semen volume and adequate levels of testosterone, therefore maintaining sex drive and keeping sperm healthy.

· Magnesium

Magnesium is a trace mineral that is important for the production of sex hormones such as androgen, estrogen and neurotransmitters that modulate the sex drive - such as dopamine and nor epinephrine.

· Essential Vitamins

Vitamin A

Helps regulate the synthesis of the sex hormone progesterone.

Vitamin B1

Thiamine (B1) is essential for optimal nerve transmission and energy production throughout the body - which means it's essential for sex.

Vitamin C

Participates in the synthesis of hormones that are involved in sex and fertility: androgen, estrogen and progesterone

Vitamin E

Often referred to as the sex vitamin, is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant that protects cell membranes from free-radical damage.

Vitamin E is also required for the synthesis of hormones, and hormone like substances known as prostaglandin.

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