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Men and women handle babies differently, even if they are both very adept at handling children. In many children’s lives a father’s presence is the exception and not the rule, but how does this affect the children? For that matter, how does it affect the father?

 

Here are some ways a father affects children’s development and vice versa.

 

A FATHERLESS CHILD DOESN’T EXIST

Though a child’s father may not be in the home or not present at all, this doesn’t mean the child will live their life without a father. When a child is able to understand that children have a mother and a father, this child starts to look for a paternal figure. These children either make up a father or adopt one that is to their liking. They may not use the term “Daddy”, but this man has a big influence on their life, nonetheless. If a child has had no masculine influence, they may seek out a paternal figure for the rest of their lives.

Children’s foundation and perspective on the world are shaped when they are very young and a father plays a vital role in this picture. His presence or lack thereof contributes to the survival and well-being of the child. For a child, the father need not be the biological father, but the child will assign an “emotional father”. this is the most important bond that will shape the future of the child.

The differences in the mother and father relationship ensure that mothers do not “father” a child and fathers do not “mother” a child. There are intrinsic differences in the handling and nurturing of children.

Read on to see the profound contributions a father has on a child and how much a child can affect a father.

GOING FROM A “MALE” TO A “FATHER”

The bond between a child and its father is very strong, even before birth. This change occurs both in the psychological and physical realms. Throughout many cultures, men are intensely invested in the pregnancy and delivery process and may experience physiological changes such as aches and pains in the mouth and abdomen, weight gain, and food craving. For instance, in the Yucatan peninsula, a woman’s pregnancy is undeniable when her spouse craves carbohydrate-rich foods. Often, men may feel immense anxiety about their abilities to provide and protect their child and spouse. Not only in their waking life but in their dreams.

dad who takes Progentra with his infant child resting on his chestA nearly unmatched effect on the transition from “male” to “father” is witnessing the birth of his own child. This helps the father, especially if he is a new father, attach to his baby in a unique way and create his own feelings. A study, conducted by Greenberg, showed that being present for your baby’s birth increased men’s ability to describe their babies temperament, mood, and personality at 3 and 6 months. He named this period of time “engrossment”. this was characterized by men’s desire to hold, touch, and look at their newborn for hours. Most men were surprised by this intense connection with their child.

After birth, this bond can be disrupted, unintentionally. Society, in an effort to boost the uninterrupted bond between mother and baby, may cut the connection with the father. Fathers are often told or hinted that they should give the mother and newborn space to bond. Often, this can last for three months and over this time the father can miss many opportunities to nurture that close bond he has for his child.

According to Zaslow, two-thirds of first-time father feel some depression during this time. The feel inadequate, like they lack control, and pushed to the side. This study showed that the greatest treatment for this unpleasant state was more contact with the infant.

Often, the vulnerability of parenthood and all its associated concerns is understood from the mother’s point of view, but not the father’s. when her baby responds to her and she is able to practice her new skills, she receives the relief from her feeling of anxiety of being a new mother. This same feeling of anxiety and need for relief of parental inadequacy is present in the father.

Unlike the mother, many fathers haven’t had prior experience caregiving, but for the mother, she is tasked with the unending pressure to be a “good mother” so she may feel a much stronger need to start bonding early and showing her competence. This fear of failure, and not living up to her expectations, may push her to hold close to the infant and push the father out of the bonding relationship. Overall, the mother gets exclusive control of the bonding time with the infant while the father hardly gets in any time.

Francis Grossman labels this behavior “gatekeeping”. The mother holds the key to the child and allows the father access to do tasks she believes he can correctly do, rather than helping the father build his own, unique, relationship with the child.

If society had similar expectations for fathers as mothers, how would this negatively or positively affect this “gatekeeping” behavior?

PATERNAL CARE

Progentra user dad playing with daughter outdoors20 years of research have shown that infants respond different to father, physiologically. Eight-week-old infants are able to tell the difference between their mother and father. A study done by Yogman looked at infants who sat comfortably. In anticipation of being picked up by their mother, the babies responded by settling in, partially closing their eyes, and slowing their heart and respiratory rates. When anticipating being picked up by their father, the babies hunched up their shoulder, increased their heart and respiratory rates, and widened their eyes.

These are vastly different responses and show infants value their father’s interactions and look forward to them.

INFANTS’ HEALTH

It has been shown that paternal involvement helped all infants score higher on tests of development, social responsiveness, resiliency, and boosts in weight gain and earlier discharge of premature infants.

FATHER AS SOLE CAREGIVER

When fathers were the sole or primary parent, their babies were shown to be vigorous, active, curious, and enjoyed inviting the external world into their own. They reveled in the external world and were competent.

Fathers play a significant role in children’s lives, experience great anxiety around the outcome of their children, and need a chance to show their paternal side. Rather than being a supplement to the mother’s care, fathers must be considered fully-developed parents who have a profound impact on their child.

So, you’ve landed a high-ranking exec who wears that business suit like he owns the world and you’re wondering what the sex will be like because he’s not telling. Well, you might be getting yourself a sexually submissive man who’s turned on by your domination, but how do you know and why is he?

Many men who are sexually submissive don’t “look it” in their everyday lives. They’re not meek, suspender-hitching guys who play video games all day. Though, those guys are amazing, too. Many times, these men are high-powered executives, doctors, or lawyers. They might want to relinquish all that control when it’s time to let loose. Making decisions, absorbing failures that may not be their direct fault, handling legal issues, and constantly having to put their best foot forward is exhausting. So, when it’s time to relax, bathe in their arousal, and enjoy their partner, they’d love it if you make the decisions, control the events, and blow their minds. Take control so they can enjoy themselves.

Here are 11 hints that suit-wearing uber-competent man would love you to tell him what to do and how.

#1 SUCCESS TURNS HIM ON

While this man may like his own success, he loves yours. Submissive men get very excited when talking about “high-powered women” such as female business leaders and politicians. If he follows up inquiries about a woman’s occupation with, “Does she run the show?” this man finds fully-realized female power very sexy.

#2 HE ENJOYS SEEING YOU TAKE CHARGE

Whether you are asserting yourself in public or sending back food you don’t like, he enjoys watching your strength and hopes that will include making all the decisions about outings and dates. While some men may think you are neurotic and controlling, the submissive man will find you “magnificent”. He’s secure in his own power and isn’t ashamed to bow to yours.

sexy woman in underwear and high heels#3 HIGH HEELS

He loves seeing you strutting around in high heels, especially the Louboutins. These red-bottomed calf-killers can make a submissive man drool with lust. He might dislike flats or other comfort shoes. For him, heels are female power and dominance come to life.

#4 YOUR FEET

Many submissive men love feet. They don’t particularly care about the specifics of what’s attached to those feet, for instance, if you are overweight, but he may ask if you have gotten a pedicure and he will compliment you on your toes. This man may really enjoy giving foot rubs.

#5 HE’S NOT FOND OF PENETRATION

If you hear him say that penetration “isn’t his thing” he could be a submissive man. Sexual intercourse may be a big turn-off for submissive men while sexual rejection may be a big turn-on. This behavior indicates he is straight and submissive, not of some other orientation. Though a submissive man can, most certainly, be the other half of a homosexual or bisexual relationship.

#6 HE GAZES UP AT YOU

Part of his erotic desires, a submissive man enjoys looking up to you. When he is physically below you he gets excited. He may sleep on the floor beside your bed or ask you to sit in a seat while he sits below. When you hover over him, he may feel protected, desired, and turned on.

#7 HIS SKIN IS SMOOTH

He may shave his body hair often. If he gets undressed and his chest, legs, and pubic area is smooth, this is a hint you may be falling for a submissive man. Though, if he’s a competitive swimmer, you’ll want to look for other signs.

#8 AN EXCELLENT FATHER

dominant woman with whip and submissive man who takes ProgentraNot content to just be in his children’s lives, a submissive man is often an amazing father. He may travel long distances to his children’s games or activities and greatly enjoy being a father. If the two of you were to get divorced, he’ll often begin a custody battle. As much as you care for your children, he cares for his children just as much.

#9 HE ENJOYS CLEANING

A submissive man won’t sit around watching you do all the work and have the nerve to comment, “You missed a spot.”, no, he will clean the home happily. Menial chores which may include dusting and laundry excite him and are a pleasant part of his day. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t share in some of the duties.

He may also like small spaces, as they make him comfortable.

#10 HE’S OLD-FASHIONED

A gentleman, through and through, he is deferential to women. He may show chivalry with grand gestures that include opening doors, pulling out chairs, and when at a restaurant, asking if the meal, seating, and atmosphere was to your liking. He values women, greatly, and it pleases him to please you.

#11 HE BELIEVES IN FEMALE SUPERIORITY, WHOLEHEARTEDLY

Most likely, he is vocal about female superiority. He may go on a long speech about how women hold the majority of the wealth, are better at tolerating pain, and in general, are the superior sex. Not to mention, all the ways women are becoming leaders in politics, business, and other areas. Rather than threatening his masculinity, this will excite him beyond all measure. As mentioned in #1, he loves female success and power. The submissive man doesn’t dislike men, or being a man, but relishes in the power of women, and so he may not understand why men rule the world when women are the logical choice.

Submissive men don’t have one look to them, but they often come with an expensive suit, polished shoes, and a very successful company on their shoulders.

Working out is always important for maintaining your health because it protects your body against a wide range of serious health concerns. However, if you work your body too hard, then the positive effects of the physical activity will not be as prevalent as you might like it to be. After a workout, your muscles and other tissues need a variety nutrients in order to repair themselves from the minor tissue damages that they might have experienced while you were engaging in physical activity. Therefore, it is important to eat the right types of food after you work out.

Eggs

When you work out, you start to break down your muscle tissues. When it repairs, it should be stronger and healthier. However, if you do not have the right nutrients in your body, you muscles will not be able to efficiently and effectively repair themselves. In order to synthesize proteins necessary for new muscle cells, you need a high protein content diet. Eggs are extremely dense in protein, so they provide your muscles with necessary nutrients for post-exercise repair. Although it only contains 40 percent of the egg’s protein content, the yolk of the egg is especially healthy for you because it contains many other important nutrients. A recent study showed that, when you eat eggs with the yolk, your muscles have an easier time using and absorbing the protein from the rest of the egg for muscle protein synthesis.

Seafood

Mackerel, salmon, cod, herring, oysters, sardines, anchovies, trout, tuna, halibut, mussel, and caviar all contain relatively high amounts of a fatty acids called omega 3s. Omega 3s act as antioxidants, which can counteract the effects of oxidative stress that occurs when you engage in physical activity. When your body undergoes certain types of metabolism during exercise, some oxygen compounds in your body break down and lose an electron, becoming unstable. These unstable compounds are known as free radicals. In order to stabilize, these free radicals sometimes steal electrons from important cell components such as your DNA. It can also take electrons from important proteins.

slice of fresh tuna and salmonWhen these cell components lose an electron, they become more unstable, which can cause some long term health problems. This process is partly what causes your muscles to get sore after you work out, but soreness is the least of your problems if you experience chronic oxidative stress. Too much oxidative stress can lead to inflammation and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Therefore, you need antioxidants such as omega 3s to prevent oxidative stress. Antioxidants donate electrons to the free radicals, preventing these compounds from stealing electrons from more important cell components. Some research has demonstrated that omega 3s can work better than other antioxidants because omega 3s can also reverse muscle loss due to aging or cancer.

Carbohydrates

After you engage in physical activity, your body produces cortisol and adrenaline, which are hormones that raise your heart rate so that your blood can more rapidly bring your cells the additional nutrients that your body might need as a result of serious physical activity. However, cortisol and adrenaline can lower the amount of white blood cells that you have. This process allows your body to focus on responding to the stress that it experiences as a result of physical activity, but you also need those white blood cells if you are trying to fight off an infection. While physical activity usually helps to make your immune system much stronger, your immune system can be temporarily weaker following high intensity physical activity.

Research shows that sleep is an important way to recover from this temporary loss of immunity due to working out, but you can use the carbohydrates from foods such as potatoes, grains, and fruits to give your immune system a temporary boost. Since your body is probably going to use the energy in these carbohydrates for your immune system, you most likely will not end up storing any of it as fat. Therefore, these carbohydrates will be unlikely to cause you to gain weight, but they will help to keep you from getting an infection.

Apples

red apples are beneficial just like Progentra pillsApples have polyphenols (a type of antioxidant), carbohydrates, and other important nutrients, which all help with speeding up the processes of muscle and immune system recovery following strenuous physical activity. They can also replenish your store of potassium, which is an electrolyte that you sometimes lose when you sweat. Sweating additionally causes you to lose water and apples can rehydrate you since most fresh fruits are a very good source of water. Some studies show that after working out, you can get hungrier later and gain back some of the weight you lost. However, by finding healthy sources of fiber such as apples to eat after a workout, you can prevent yourself from getting too hungry.

Dairy

Dairy products contain whey protein, which is healthy for your weight, muscles, endurance, and bones. Whey is extremely effective when it comes to activating a special enzyme in your body that functions to stimulate post-exercise muscle repair and synthesis. You only need nine grams of this dairy protein to stimulate muscle repair and synthesis. Some dairy products are especially good sources of whey protein. Cheese, for example, tends to have a lot of whey in it. Some people worry that other dairy product proteins such as casein might cause weight gain, but recent research has revealed that casein has no effect on your body composition when you ingest it after working out. Other studies show that casein might even help a little bit with increasing muscle size. However, if you are still worried that dairy products can be fattening, you can try taking whey protein supplements.

Exercise might be extremely important for improving your health. However, it can put a number of new stresses on your body and you need to allow your body to adequately handle these stresses. In order to give your body the most efficient and effective post-exercise recovery, you should probably try to eat some sort of combination of proteins, antioxidants, fibers, electrolytes, and carbohydrates. Otherwise, strenuous physical activity will not be as beneficial to your health as you might like it to be.

Regardless of how you feel about the taste, coffee is one of the most common sources of the stimulant affectionately known as “caffeine.” Roughly 80% of caffeine consumption comes from coffee. Coming in second and third place are soda and tea, respectively. Caffeine can be found in some diverse places, however, and is the most frequently used drug globally.

What Is Caffeine, Anyway?

Caffeine is a fairly common topic; most everyone you speak to will understand what you mean when you say “caffeine.” The vast majority of American adults consume caffeine daily, but what exactly is it? At its core, caffeine is a white powder with an intensely bitter taste, known by the name 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. Since that was not a catchy name, they decided to call it “caffeine.”

Where Does Caffeine Come From?

cup of coffee and sack of coffee beans with plantation backgroundCaffeine can be naturally derived from the parts of over sixty different types of plants. The most common sources found in the American diet are from coffee, tea, and soda. Energy drinks are increasingly popular. Caffeine can also be created in a synthetic process and added to products, such as supplements and medications.

Caffeine consumption is widely regarded as a safe process in the correct amounts. This comes down to approximately 200-300mg of caffeine daily. High doses can exceed 400, however. The average sits around 280mg, while some outliers consume as much as 600mg each day.

How Addictive Is Caffeine?

If you ever feel like you cannot face the day without your morning cup of coffee, you might be addicted. Or could you? Whether caffeine is addictive is a hot topic. Do you consume is for the desire to drink it or do you drink it to satisfy a craving?

Based on the criteria for substance abuse, most would argue that you can become addicted to caffeine. However, because those that drink caffeine and then remove it from their diet do not always experience withdrawal symptoms and do not always develop dependence, there is no use comparing it to other, more serious types of addition.

The effects of caffeine can vary widely from person to person. You may feel that you are dependent upon it, but it is not a universally addictive substance. The best advice to take is to experiment with caffeine to see how it affects you. Learn how your body feels about it and make well-informed decisions based on those observations.

Can You Overdose On Caffeine?

The amount of coffee, tea, or soda that you would have to ingest in order to die from caffeine intake would be astronomical. However, high caffeine intake has been on the rise recently and there are more caffeinated products on the market than ever before. There are supplements, energy drinks, candy, gum, and medications that all contain caffeine.

This begs the question: if caffeine were dangerous, federal law would dictate that the dosage of caffeine in each product be listed on the food label, right? Unfortunately, that is a false statement. Caffeine is required to be listed as an ingredient, but manufacturers are not required to list the amount of caffeine in any given product on its label.

There is a syndrome known as “caffeine intoxication” which is common in people that are rarely exposed to caffeine. However, anyone who uses caffeine in levels that their body is not used to can be at risk of intoxication. The symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Excitement
  • Nervousness
  • Flushed face
  • Insomnia
  • Diuresis
  • Other gastrointestinal grievances

 

It is also possible to die from overdosing on caffeine, though the dose would have to be extremely large. In order to die from drinking coffee, you would have to drink approximately one hundred cups right after another in order to get to a lethal dose. It sounds unlikely, but there is a confirmed case of death from caffeine powder consumption, so it is not entirely out of the question.

Does Caffeine Aid In Weight Loss?

cup of artisan coffeeWeight loss supplements are flooding the market and they are rarely all they are cracked up to be. While the claims are often substantial, the payoff as well as the research behind the products are often not there. Caffeine has been dubbed “the next big thing” in the world of weight loss supplements for its use as an appetite suppressant, energy enhancer, and for its so-called “fat burning” assets.

However, the evidence to support these claims that caffeine can help weight loss are mixed. In some studies, high intake of caffeine was shown to lead to higher weight loss, while another found that it leads to gaining weight due to increased stress hormones. As of now, the evidence is inconclusive.

Are There Health Benefits To Caffeine?

While people often say that their coffee habit is a “guilty pleasure,” it can have certain health benefits. Most of the research done, however, is based around coffee, rather than isolated caffeine. Because coffee is the most widely consumed source of caffeine, the benefits can be linked to both caffeine and coffee itself.

  • Coffee can affect your brain health by aiding in increasing your long-term memory.
  • Drinking 2-3 cups a day can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • As caffeine is digested, it affects the burning of fat cells, blood flow, and capacity for oxygen, making it a good option for a pre-gym treat.
  • Drinking coffee can lower your risk of developing cancer, especially skin cancers, endometrial cancer, prostate cancer, and liver cancer.
  • You can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by even occasionally drinking coffee.
  • Drinking three cups of coffee can also prevent cognitive impairment from developing into dementia.
  • Drinking 2-3 cups of coffee a day lowers your risk of suffering symptoms of depression.

 

Overall, caffeine is a very personal experience. How it affects you and how you deal with its affects is up in the air. Until you know how certain levels of caffeine affect you, you should do your best to monitor your intake. Additionally, make sure to never consume more than 10 grams!

 

Men are the last people to ask for help, and this is a serious problem. You need to be strong, tough, never cry, etc. Well sometimes not asking for help can truly backfire. There really is a reason that women live longer than men, and it is because they openly talk about what is wrong and find solutions easier. Men think that if they ask for help that they are considered to be weak. Even if you don’t feel like talking about your health issues with your buddies, try talking about them with your physician. There are multiple conditions and diseases that men can fall victim to as they age. Here are the top 10 health issues found in men.  

Cardiovascular disease

Did you know that 1 in 3 men have some sort of cardiovascular disease? Cardiovascular disease can lead to strokes, heart attacks, hypertension, and even death. Make sure that you are getting regular checkups to make sure that do not have, or are not experiencing, the effects of cardiovascular disease.

Respiratory disease

There are more and more men being diagnosed with lung cancer every year. It is not just men who smoke either. Respiratory disease can come from multiple things, including poor working conditions. Make sure that you are getting regular checkups on your respiratory system, even if you are not a smoker.

Alcohol

alcoholic man pouring a bottle should learn about Progentra benefitsAlcohol can lead to many different diseases and conditions. This is not to say that you should completely cut it out of your life, but you should enjoy it in moderation. Studies have shown that alcohol in moderation can help prevent many different conditions and diseases as we age. If the alcohol is not enjoyed in moderation, it can lead to harmful cancers like throat, mouth, esophagus, colon and liver cancer. Alcohol can also affect your hormone production and your testicular functions.

Depression and Suicide

This is a major killer of men. More men die every year from depression and suicide than women. This does not mean that women experience these conditions less, it just means that they are more likely to ask for help. It is not detrimental to your manhood to ask for help if you believe that you may be suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. It is better to receive help than to lose your life to a condition that can be helped.

Accidental injuries

Men are more likely to experience accidental injuries or accidents. This is not saying that they are less careful, but it does mean that they are more likely to put themselves at risk. Whether you are at work or at home you are almost twice as likely to experience an accident or injury as your female counterpart. Take it from a woman and think twice before you do that questionable activity.

Diabetes

diabetic man taking blood sugar test can benefit from ProgentraDiabetes is a rising health condition. More and more people are being diagnosed with diabetes every year. This is a result of our fast paced, grab and go, lifestyles. Diabetes can create a few complications for men including lower testosterone levels and sexual impotence. If your diabetes goes untreated it can also create nerve damage, heart diseases, kidney damage, vision problems, stroke and, even death. To prevent this, make sure that you are getting yearly physicals from your primary care physician.

Skin cancer

We are all susceptible to skin cancer, but men are especially. Men are less likely to wear sunscreen or have good skin care routines. Unlike women, who even have sunscreen in the makeup they wear, men are much less likely to have sunscreen lying around. This makes men more than twice as likely to develop skin cancer over women. Men also tend to spend more time in the sun and spend less time visiting their doctors. Make sure that even if you never develop a good skin care routine, to try to apply sunscreen at least once a day, especially if you are spending the day outside.

HIV/AIDS

HIV infections are rising among gay and bisexual men once again. This epidemic is detrimental and could affect you, even if you are a straight man. To prevent the spread of diseases such as HIV and AIDS make sure that you are taking the proper precautions before every sexual experience. You should also visit your primary care physician if you are worried that you may have contracted and STDs, STIs, or anything else.

Influenza and Pneumonia

These may seem like common illnesses, but as we age we become more susceptible to their more detrimental side effects. Aging makes us more susceptible to dying from these illnesses that were fairly easy to conquer when we were young. You cannot always prevent these types of illnesses but, especially as you age, you should get annual flu shots to help prevent the spreading of these illnesses.

Liver disease

The more alcohol that you drink and the more tobacco products that you use, the more like you are to get liver disease. Although the liver is a regenerating organ, it is still very detrimental to get liver disease. Your body needs your liver to help process out all of the bad toxins that enter it, which is why it is more susceptible the more you drink or use tobacco. You should get a physical every year from your primary care physician to help prevent the development of liver disease or any other disease.

These are only the top ten health issues that are found in men. There are a lot more out there and you can be susceptible to any of them. There is a wide range of cancers, conditions, and diseases that you should get checked for. Just one yearly visit to your doctor can make all the difference. If you believe that you may be experiencing any of these conditions, or others, contact your doctor immediately. Doctor visits are never very pleasant, but living a long, full life is much better than dying young and in a lot of pain.

 

There are an overwhelming amount of diet tips out there, so how do you know which ones are right and which are wrong? This is a very common struggle for both men and women. Many of the past diet ideas are wrong and should be left in the past. Here are some of the worst diet tips and why you should avoid them.

“Avoid fat.”

Guys, good fat does not make you fat. Your body needs it to perform at its highest. Now, eating saturated fats like what can be found in your local junk food aisle, may not be good for you, but unsaturated fats, like what is found in salmon, is very good for you! A healthy diet will consists of good fats. When you completely avoid fats, you are missing out on some really good things for your body.

“Quit snacking.”

Yes, quit snacking on junk food, but to keep your metabolism up, you should have at least two snacks a day. You should eat in small amounts throughout the day to help keep your portion sizes right and keep track of the food you are eating. By cutting out snacking this is almost impossible. You will actually lose more weight if you eat three, correctly portioned, meals a day and two healthy snacks, than if you cut out snacking all together.

counting calories of food and learning about Progentra“Count your calories.”

Yes, you should count your calories, but they should not all be evaluated the same. Not all calories are the same, there are many calories out there that are actually good for you and should be evaluated differently than bad calories. Your body reacts differently to calories found in junk food and calories found in fruits. You should evaluate your calories differently for everything you eat. Good calories are not a waste, but bad calories are.

“Get rid of carbs.”

Please, don’t do this. Your body needs carbohydrates to perform at its best. You should not eat a lot of carbohydrates like those found in white bread, but you should still eat the ones that come in whole grain breads. You should aim for better carbs in your diet, not cut them out altogether. Good carbs, like those found in fruits and vegetables, will not hinder your weight loss, but will actually help it.

“Eat all the protein you can.”

Sorry guys, while protein is good for your diet, you need to be careful with how you use it. Your body needs more than just protein to help lose weight and keep a healthy diet. It needs protein, carbohydrates, and fats to create the perfect diet. By just loading up on protein, you will get nowhere with your weight loss.

“Get rid of gluten.”

Well, if you’re allergic to gluten, obviously get rid of it, but if you’re not, don’t immediately cut it out of your diet. There is absolutely no evidence that suggests that gluten is a fatty ingredient. The key to this is to cut out refined grains, like those found in white bread, and instead substitute whole grain options into your diet. Gluten can help to provide many different nutrients to your body that it needs to stay healthy. Always talk to your primary care physician before cutting things like gluten out of your diet.

“Your stomach should be empty when you exercise.”

Are you kidding me? That’s how you pass out at the gym. It is such a bad idea to do anything on an empty stomach. Now, you should not be so full you feel like you are going to burst when you hit the gym, but eating a snack before can be very beneficial. You should try eating a handful of almonds or a fruit bowl before you hit the gym. It will help you stay focused and give you the nutrients that you need to get a great workout.

guy on a binge treating himself on weekend and tries out Progentra“Treat yourself all weekend.”

No. Just no. You should be able to treat yourself every now and then, but by giving into your cravings for a whole weekend? Now, that’s a bad idea. You might order a pizza on a Saturday night, but you still should have been somewhat active during the day. Now, you may not be in the gym, but getting outside for even 30 minutes is a good way to balance this treat yourself mentality. You need to stay consistent with your diet and exercise program, otherwise you will never see results.

“Swear off foods.”

As stated above, it is okay to indulge yourself on some occasions. It is really bad to swear off foods completely as this will just make you want them more. You will be more likely to stay on your diet plan if you let yourself have one brownie a week, compared to trying to completely resist them. It is like a reward system for yourself, instead of a punishment. Once your diet becomes a punishment, the more likely you will be to quit it.

“Don’t eat breakfast.”

Breakfast can help to boost your metabolism in the mornings. The only way that eating breakfast can hinder your weight loss plan is if you are only eating sugary things for breakfast. You should add whole grain cereals, oatmeal, eggs, whatever you like, instead of the brightly colored kid’s cereals. By eating breakfast, you will stay fuller for longer throughout the day and get some of the crucial vitamins, minerals, and proteins you need to get through your day.

“Detox all the time.”

This can be good for your body, but only if you are doing it every so often. You should not be doing more than one detox a month, if even that. Your body does need the bacteria that builds up inside you to stay healthy. I know that sounds funny, but by keeping this bacteria in your body, things like your kidneys, will have an easier time preventing themselves from getting infected. Plus, you already have many organs in your body that detox for you.

Perfectionism sounds like a good thing, but it is not. Humans are flawed, so this impossible goal translates to the pursuit of perfection. This pursuit will never end, but still, we continue to chase. This compulsion stems from anxiety and it propels a talented person to hoard their imperfect creations in the misguided belief they can rid them of errors. If you struggle with the need to perfect your product before releasing, this article can give you some insight into how this need may be getting in the way of your amazing masterpieces

Release And Then Collect The Benefits

Some mainstream products were not only imperfect, but were released to the world with many needed improvements, such as the first iPhone, SpaceX Falcon, and the first electric car. These amazing technologies were released with the big picture in mind. Overall, they worked, and though they had many flaws people loved them. They were patient with the flaws because like the creators they could see the brilliance that needed only polishing. They poured money into the project so the creators could improve these revolutionary products. When you hoard your work or spend four or five times the amount of time needed to finally force you to release it, this delays all the feedback you will need to begin work on the next iteration. Like us, all products are a work in progress.

Imperfection Accompanies Most Great Things

Except for babies and prodigies, there aren’t many first drafts of anything that come out perfect. Developing the knowledge, skills, and failures that will lead to success in any endeavor is a process. Releasing a mostly-polished product that may have some issues is better than holding onto it until it has reached the peak of imperfectness. To get the feedback you need to improve you must first release. Creating something that is useful and resonates with others is the ultimate goal. Even those perfect babies don’t come out walking, using the bathroom, and feeding themselves. Over time, they improve, just like your product.

Embrace Feedback

perfectionist businessman who takes Progentra accepting feedbackTo improve your product you have to first submit it for feedback. There’s only so much critique you can give your work before you need someone else to give their objective opinion. Many times, people don’t share their ideas or opinions because they fear they’re stupid. Holding these potentially great ideas in erases your path to success. Every great idea started with a partial idea that needed feedback to become better. Some great ideas began as awful rough drafts. By keeping a product or idea back until its perfect, you are slowing down the iteration process. Once your idea is out in the world, you will receive the suggestions that will help you make the product the best it can be.

Even if your idea is excellent from the start, an objective opinion can help you see it in a different angle. With many other opinions, you can ferret out new functions, potential issues, and other ways to improve.

Feedback isn’t a bad thing. It is used to improve your product or idea. But, first, you must release the idea or product.

Fear Is The Root Of Perfectionism

Criticism and the resulting negative feelings associated with it lead to perfectionism. When your idea is not already perfect, you may fear that others will hate it and you’ll fail. Luckily, fear can be changed, because it is produced by the mind. The irrational fear of releasing a less than perfect product or idea can be combated through analyzing your fear and the worst-case scenario.

What is the worst case scenario?

You will get feedback and it may be critical. Just by knowing the root of your fear, you are helping yourself eliminate, or reduce, it. Criticism is an excellent way to improve your product or idea. It allows you to engage your potential customers and track what they do or don’t like. When you are more in tune with your customers’ desires, you can tailor your idea or product to their needs and reach more people.

If you don’t know what your customers need, how will you solve their problem?

Criticism can be scary, but you need it to make the solution that can help others.

Failure Is Amazing

perfectionist man learning to accept failure and wants to try ProgentraIf you have never failed, you have never done anything. That’s not how you want to live your life. You have too much potential to do nothing. All great innovators failed. A lot. Before hitting his biggest success, the PC, Steve Jobs failed repeatedly. Elon Musk fails, often. Like you, they have great potential, and though they continue to fail, they persist in order to better the world.

Dreaming, creating, and releasing is the triad of reaching your potential as a human. Many of us look for our purpose, but it seems, our core purpose is to create. Success is a journey littered with failures. A broken wheel here, a rusted car there. You will fail many more times than you will succeed, but each failure is there to help you learn how to be successful.

There Is No Perfection

None of us will ever be perfect. Not a day in our life. We’re wired with flaws. We’re wired to make mistakes because we need to change to evolve. If we were perfect, however you want to define that, we would go extinct. With no need to adapt, we would remain the same throughout the generations and be unprepared for the changing world around us. Our intellect, introspection, and mistakes keep our species alive.

So, go out, and help us evolve. Make mistakes and learn from them!

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a lung disease that blocks airflow from the lungs. It is chronic and inflammatory by nature, usually caused by contact with lung aggravations, such as cigarette smoke. COPD can lead to an increased risk of developing other disease, such as those that affect the heart and lungs.

Despite its glum outlook, COPD is treatable as well as preventable. When detected early enough and properly managed, COPD sufferers can control their symptoms and lead a healthy life with a lessened risk of the side conditions that often come with COPD. Living with the disease is also made easier with the support of others.

Symptoms

COPD symptoms all hover around the respiratory system, typically encompassing most breathing activities. These symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath that worsens with physical activity
  • Excessive clearing of the throat
  • man coughing from COPDA chronic cough
  • Wheezing
  • Constant respiratory infections

 

Symptoms may also occur outside of the respiratory system. These can include:

  • Tightness of the chest
  • Blue tint to lips or nail beds
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Swelling in feet or legs

 

There are also instances where people with COPD experience worsened symptoms that persist for several days. These are called “exacerbations” and are common with COPD. They can become worse over time and possibly lead to lung failure, so seek help immediately.

Causes

The main cause of COPD is tobacco smoke. 20-30% of habitual smokers will develop COPD, regardless of diagnosis. However, COPD can develop when individuals are exposed to fumes when cooking or heating when in poorly ventilated areas.

COPD affects your lungs by effectively weakening them and worsening their function. Air becomes trapped in the lungs when exhaling, making breathing more difficult. This also leaves your airways more susceptible to further illness. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are common in people with COPD.

Risk Factors

Being exposed to tobacco smoke is the most prevalent risk factor for developing COPD. Habitual cigarette smoking is the most common cause, and the longer and more you smoke, the greater the risk becomes. Victims of secondhand smoke inhalation and those with asthma that smoke are also much more at risk of developing COPD.

Unfortunately, age and genetics also play a role, so even if you do not smoke you are not necessarily in the clear completely. COPD is a slow burning disease, and many are over the age of 40 when symptoms begin. Certain genetic disorders and deficiencies also influence the risk.

Complications

COPD opens the door to a whole host of complications due to decreased lung function.

Respiratory infections, such as the flu, pneumonia, and the common cold, are more common in those with COPD. These can verge on dangerous because they further weaken the lungs and the lung tissue, as well as making it more difficult to breathe. Regular vaccinations can help prevent these infections, but it is not guaranteed.

Lung cancer is more common with COPD. The risk of development is also common in chronic smokers, so quitting may reduce the risk.

People with COPD are also more likely to develop heart problems, including the elevated likelihood of experiencing heart attacks. Heart disease is also elevated with chronic smokers, so quitting smoking may reduce the risk.

High blood pressure is a risk that comes with COPD as well, predominantly in the arteries of the lungs. Bringing blood to the lungs becomes more difficult and a condition called pulmonary hypertension may occur.

People with COPD are also at a higher risk of developing depression. COPD can prevent you from enjoying the activities you were previously able to do and combating a chronic illness can lead to depression.

Treatment

doctor looking at lung xray of COPD patientCOPD is diagnosed with lung tests, X-rays, or CT scans. COPD is most commonly found in mild stages, but even when it reaches advanced stages, outlooks are still positive. There are effective therapies available for controlling symptoms, improving breathing ability, and reducing risks of complications.

One of the most crucial steps is stopping smoking. There are also many different types of medications on the market to treat symptoms as well as complications of COPD. Inhalers, steroids, and bronchodilators are common forms of treatment.

There are also types of lung therapy available for those with more severe symptoms. Oxygen therapy is common for those who need assistance with activity or sleep, but also for those who need an extra hand with everyday breathing. This is a proven technique backed by evidence, and it is the only form of treatment that can extend life.

There are also rehabilitation programs that can help you change your lifestyle. These generally include education on exercise and nutrition alongside counseling. These programs can shorten hospital stays as well as improve your overall quality of life.

Surgery is also a viable option for those who see less success on medication. Lung volume reduction, transplants, and bullectomy are common practices.

Prevention

COPD is a clearer condition than most other chronic diseases. The cause and path of development is much more obvious than in the cases of other diseases. The most important route to reducing your risk of COPD is to quit smoking, or never begin to smoke.

This may not seem easy for a longtime smoker, but the resources are out there. There are programs to help with the tobacco and nicotine addiction. This is the best and more dependable chance to prevent damage to the lungs over time.

Your life will change after a COPD diagnosis. Life becomes a little bit more difficult when you cannot breathe, but even knowing the cause of the issue can weigh you down. There are physical as well as emotional trials that come with the disease. However, management of the disease is only the beginning of a better life.

There are ways to manage your symptoms, as mentioned above, but there are also support groups available for you and those affected. Sharing experience and strength with others is a major step in your emotional recovery process, and you may also be able to improve the life of someone else with your own experience.

          Are you a lark or an owl? Larks are morning persons while evening persons are owls. This morningness or eveningness is referred to as chronotype. Whether you’re an owl or a lark will depend on your biological clock as well as your psychological circadian rhythm. It all varies depending on the individual, and it may change, over time, too.

          What’s interesting about chronotypes is that it also applies to one’s preference for when to have sex. If you think back, do you really prefer having sex at night, or is it just because that’s the way your partner wants it? A recent study looked at whether chronotype similarities between partners influenced sexual and relationship satisfaction. Here are the key takeaways from the study.

Preferred Time For Sex

3 AM – 6 AM.

The researchers used 3-hour intervals to measure the participants’ preferred time for sex, from 3 AM – 6 AM, 6 M – 9 AM, 9 AM – 12 PM, and so on. It was interesting that of the 91 couples (91 males and their female partners), none of the participants in the study chose 3 AM – 6 AM either as their preferred time for having sex or the actual time for having sex.

6 AM – 9 AM vs. 9 PM – 12 AM.

For male morning persons, the preferred time for having sex was between 6 and 9 in the morning, as reported by half of those who had high scores on morningness. For those who scored high on eveningness, on the other hand, more than 70% reported they preferred having sex between 9 PM and midnight. This shows that there is an actual significant difference in the preferred time for having sex between men who are morning persons and men who are owls.

For the female participants, however, their chronotype did not appear to influence their preferred time for sex.

couple getting intimate in kitchen in the morning higher sex drive with ProgentraThe only trend the researchers found was that women who were morning persons were likely to prefer having sex before 9 PM, whereas female evening persons preferred having sex after 9 PM.

Female preference influenced actual time of sex.

The researchers found that it was the female partner’s preferred time for having sex that heavily influenced the actual time for sexual activity. Thus, for most of the couples, sex usually happened at night at around 9 PM.

Lower satisfaction in morning men.

In couples wherein the male had morning chronotypes, there was a huge gap between preferred and actual time for having sex. The researchers observed that men who were morning-types were less likely to be satisfied, both with the relationship and sexually. This is because of the huge gap in the preferred time for sex between partners. As one might imagine, a morning-type man desiring sex early in the morning will have to wait for more than half a day just to be able to have sex at around 9 PM when his partner is more receptive to sexual intercourse.

Chronotype similarity works for the women.

When it comes to similarities in chronotypes, the researchers found that when the couples are both morning persons or both of them are evening persons, the female partner was more likely to be express relationship satisfaction. However, chronotype similarity did not appear to influence the men’s relationship satisfaction.

Sexual satisfaction depended on lower discrepancies between preferred and actual time for having sex.

The researchers noted that if the preferred and actual time for having sex was almost similar, the participant was more likely to report sexual satisfaction. The opposite of this is the trend observed among men who were morning persons. Since their partners preferred having sex at night, there was a huge discrepancy between the men’s preferred time and the actual time when they engaged in sex. Thus, these morning men reported lower sexual satisfaction, as compared to evening-type men who were more in sync with their partners.

Other Observations Regarding Preferred Time For Sex

Women looking for long-term relationships prefer men who have the same chronotypes as they do.

couple morning sex in bedroom thanks to Progentra resultsComparing the results of the study with previous studies, the researchers noted that for women, chronotype similarity was important if they were focused on having a long-term relationship. However, if it’s only a short-term relationship, chronotype similarities did not matter as much to women. Hence, for short-term relationships, women preferred men who were evening persons. This is also related to another study’s findings that evening-type men had more mating success, meaning they had more female sexual partners than morning-type men did.

Women are more influenced by culturally approved norms for sexual activities.

Citing a previous study, the researchers observed that the female participants preferred having sex at night regardless of whether they were evening-type or not because nighttime is the “culturally approved” time for having sexual intercourse. Men, on the other hand, were less likely to be influenced by culture or social variables when it comes to their preference for when to have sex.

Men’s sexual desires are stronger and more frequent.

Because of this, men are more likely to adjust to their partner’s preferred time for having sex and are willing to wait for the time when their female partners indicated they were willing to have sex. Moreover, the researchers considered that women reported having a lesser interest in sexual activities when they were in a bad mood. Men’s sexual desires, on the other hand, were less likely to be affected by whether they were in a bad mood or not. In short, even if a man is having a bad mood, his desire for sex is not necessarily diminished.

The Bottom Line

          Although this study may not necessarily reflect time preference for having sex in different countries or cultures, it still offers valuable insights. Once you know whether your partner is a morning-type or an evening-type person, you can make adjustments to your actual time for having sex to improve your relationship and sexual satisfaction.

          Of course, communication between partners is very important in any relationship. Talking with your partner about your chronotype and preferred time for having sex may help you both gain a better understanding of your sexual desires, and hopefully, increase your sexual satisfaction. Moreover, improved communication between partners also contributes to better relationship satisfaction. Feel free to share the results of this study with your partner.

Reference:

Jocz P, Stolarski M, Jankowski KS. Similarity in Chronotype and Preferred Time for Sex and Its Role in Relationship Quality and Sexual Satisfaction. Frontiers in Psychology. 2018;9:443. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00443.

So, you’ve sat down, turned on the TV, and are wondering what to watch. You’ve been on a positivity kick for months and you’re looking for encouraging movies that’ll boost your endorphins to the max. Well, you’re on the right track. Positive movies have the ability to inspire, motivate, and lift your spirits. But, what are some super positive movies?

I’m glad you asked. Here are 11 uplifting movies for your voracious appetite.

 

#1 Big Fish

This whimsical tale of the unbelievable life of Ed Bloom is filled with larger-than-life characters and magnificent stories. Ed Bloom has lived a life we can only dream of. From giants to witches to knowing his future, his life is extraordinary. Watch Big Fish alone or with your family.

#2 Remember The Titans

Based on a true story, this is the story of racism, two football teams, and people’s ability to come together for a larger cause. As integration is shoved through this Southern high school and two teams are forced to combine into one, hatred blooms. But, Coach Boone, the newly-appointed African-American coach, will not tolerate hatred between his players. If they can’t come together, they can’t play together. With his no-nonsense ways and huge heart, he will transform this team into a beast of a machine both on and off the field. Remember The Titans is a film you’ll want to watch again.

#3 Little Miss Sunshine

family watching movie at home theaterA testament to being true to yourself, Little Miss Sunshine, is the story of one extremely dysfunctional family and the little girl who wants to join a beauty pageant being held across the country. Her family gathers together to get there in time and the various issues that ensue will bond them closer than ever. Full of the realities of being in a family, especially a dysfunctional one, this movie will keep a smile on your face.

#4 Groundhog Day

A masterful feel-good classic, Groundhog Day, chronicles the life of a grumpy, bitter, news reporter. Through some stroke of bad luck, the reporter begins to live the same day over and over again. As the day ends and begins again, he will eventually lay down his sword of bitterness and discover the wonders of life. Groundhog Day’s overarching message is gratitude. Each day you have is precious.

#5 Slumdog Millionaire

A teen from the slums of Mumbai looks for his lost love. To get a better chance of finding her, this resilient, intelligent, teen goes on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”. After he wins he is arrested and charged with cheating, so he must convince the world that an impoverished boy is capable of winning this show. With suspicions mounting, and still in search of his love, he may not find her, but he’ll keep trying.

#6 Down With Love

Set in the ‘60s, this movie begins with two people who don’t love. The man avoids love like it’s a rabid dog, while the woman has no need for love, at all. A wonderful romcom, these two love-haters meet and are pleasantly surprised with the result. They learn the true nature of love-when you don’t know you need it, love will show you that you do.

#7 The Pursuit of Happyness

Based on a true story, The Pursuit of Happyness, follows the struggles and triumphs of an intelligent man’s battle with homelessness. A bright spark in a dull world, this man sells large and heavy bone density scanners. Through rough times, abandonment, and a stranger who steals one of his bone density scanners to time travel, this man, and his young son, lose everything. With one chance cloaked in an unpaid internship, this man’s fortitude, resilience, and sheer unstoppable conviction will build a world for him and his son. Starring Will Smith and his real-life son, Jaden Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness, is a tour de force that will careen you through many emotions and, by the end, leave you craving to live up to every potential you have.

#8 Billy Elliot

couple in movie theater, guy has more energy with ProgentraDuring the ‘80s miner strike in England, one boy, Jamie Bell, has dreams of ballet. Harboring great skill and passion, he fights against the stigma of boy ballet dancers. Though his family is impoverished, they sacrifice everything to help him go to ballet school and fulfill his life’s purpose.

#9 Stepmom

When a woman’s cancer progresses, she enlists her husband’s new wife to care for her children. Sitting on opposite sides of the same fence, she befriends this woman to find the best mother for her children. This story will bring up a well of emotions as these women redefine family and the loyalty of a mother.

#10 Big

When a teen wishes “to be big” he’s beyond surprise when he wakes up the next day a grown man. Suddenly, his voice is deep, his legs are hairy, and he has to get a job. A real job. But, what’s a teen to do? Learn and mature. In this 1988 classic, not only does he find a good job but he even finds love.

#11 Precious

A hard-hitting and inspirational story of a teenage girl who has many strikes against her, Precious, is an amazing movie spearheaded by Oscar-nominated Gabourey Sidibe. This teenager lives a life of hardship, abuse, illiteracy, poverty, and obesity. None of these strikes will dampen her determination or hope. She is set on creating a beautiful life for her and her children. Note that this movie doesn’t soften the hardships of her life; it is gritty, raw, and real. After watching this brilliant film the answer to this question will be a resounding yes.

Can a rose bloom in a dark room?

Movies are an excellent way to explore many different facets of your own personality. You can get a glimpse into the lives of people of a different age, race, gender, sexual orientation through the stories told from their perspective.