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Physical activity comes with some inherent risks. That’s why we warm-up before we exercise. It’s why we stretch before a run. Why we warm up before lifting weights. Why we make sure to cool down after too. We need to prevent injury. And empirical data supports that, what is in my opinion, the best kind of physical activity — sex — causes just as many injuries as physical workouts. In fact, 6 out of every 10 people has suffered a sex-related injury.

That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Sex IS a workout. It’s solid cardio with a rapidly increased heart rate. Like yoga, you contort your body into weird shapes and angles. You’re basically wrestling with another human being. And it’s actually the most vanilla of all sexual positions — missionary — that causes the most injuries.

A plurality of those injuries, for men, was related to the penis, while a majority of women report injuries to the vagina during missionary sex. This likely has little to do, statistically, with the activity, angle or anything else inherent with the position, but rather it’s likely because of the popularity of the position and how often people are in it during sex.

Of course the penis isn’t the only body part at risk to injury during missionary sex.

The next most common injury that men reported was to their backs. This is a repetitive movement and stress-related injury that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise if you put some though into it. Notably, men experienced more joint injuries when performing sex doggy-style — with reports of injuries to elbows, shoulders, and knees.

man taking Progentra pills in bed with sexy womanSome of these injuries — up to 13% — sent men to the emergency room for treatment and required immediate medical care. And a majority of men reported that the injuries ended up sending them to seek medical treatment some time later, including seeing a specialist.

If something like this happens to you, it’s important that you be completely honest and truthful with your doctor about what happened. You probably don’t need to give them all of the gory details of how you ended up having that injury, but you do have to provide them at least the base, foundational idea of the actions that led to your sex-related injury.

If they need further details, they’ll ask. But be forward with the info. Even the best diagnostician can’t figure out what is wrong with you just by looking at you. And lying about the source of the injury will only cloud things and keep them from — potentially — being able to actually properly help you.

Doctors know how common injuries like this are.

Furthermore, they’ve likely already seen and heard things far worse than you could possibly share with them. And if you’re really worried about sharing, comfortably, details of your sexual exploits, know that there are laws in this country that will protect your privacy.

Doctors know all of the code words and phrases for sex-related injuries and can usually tell when you’re not being totally truthful about some injury that you’ve suffered. They know what a fall in the shower looks like. They’ve seen plenty of those. They know it doesn’t look like that hip strain from that recent tussle in the sheets with your partner.

So, what should you do about any of this?

What can you do to prevent embarrassing injuries that could send you to the doctor having to explain your recent sexual exploits to a nurse or specialist? Well, I doubt you want to break out the full calisthenics before getting it on. That could totally ruin the mood that you’re putting some effort into trying to set. Doing back bends and touching your toes are not necessarily the sexiest moves to be pulling off right before you’re about to get into bed with your partner. You should be focused on pre-gaming for the big event, warming things up sexually to make sure you’re ready to go, and getting her into the right frame of mind.

couple under covers satisfied with Progentra effectsInstead, your best bet is to work some stretching or some yoga into your normal exercise routine.

Make sure that you’re staying limber and building core strength to support yourself. And, as with any injury that could occur at the gym or with any physical activity, you should limit yourself to what you’re capable of. When you’re at the gym, you know when to push yourself to see some gains, but you know not to go too far. You’ll hurt something or, at least, suffer some set back that will sideline you for enough time as to put a dent in any gains that you’ve seen. This goes for sex too.

With sex, we’re not as regimented about the physical activity that is inherent in the act of sex. We will push and stretch beyond our physical limitations because we’ve been told that it feels good. You’re adventurous and exploring new things, but failing to take into account that you’re still bound by your own body and what it can and cannot do.

If you make sure to keep in mind that this is a physical activity with all of the same risks associated with sports and exercise that bear a striking resemblance to it when you really think about it, you’ll save yourself a lot of pain and aggravation later. Hey — you’ll even save yourself, potentially, some serious cash considering the cost of medical bills and the potential hit to your insurance bill if it ends up being a chronic condition.

If you keep in mind that sex is a physical activity with all of the same inherent risks as any other exercise that includes cardio, stretching, contorting your body into different shapes and basically what can look like ancient Greco-Roman wrestling, then you’ll be a lot safer. And you’ll already be several steps ahead of that guy in the ER right now who “slipped in his shower and fell on a shampoo bottle.” Every doctor has heard that one. So, don’t be that guy.

 

In the dictionary definition of pornography, two elements are present. First, there is erotic behavior depicted, regardless of whether it’s in words or graphics. Secondly, the purpose is to cause sexual excitement. That may be the purpose of porn but even up to now that we’re already in the age of digital technology and no longer in the Victorian era, the debate about watching pornography still goes on.

 

Or rather, especially now that we’re in the digital technology age. Because there’s internet pornography now. And experts are saying that it’s an addiction, much like alcohol or substance abuse is an addiction. So, how is watching pornography an addiction?

According to scientific studies, watching porn triggers your brain to activate feelings of reward and pleasure, which should be healthy. However, when you watch too much internet porn and you do it all the time, your brain gets rewired – your brain may react to the pornographic material the same way as drug addicts do when shown pictures of cocaine or heroin. And this is when things get really problematic.

There are many arguments for and against porn, but to say that watching internet pornography is an addiction is a novel thing. Let’s take a look at what a 2015 study has to say about the matter.

 

Behaviors are also addictions.

The old school view of addiction was focused merely on substance abuse. As of 2011, however, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has revised its definition of addiction. According to the organization, addiction is a disease characterized by an individual’s pursuit of the feeling of reward and/or relief by using substances or manifesting certain behaviors – such as watching internet pornography. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) may also move in the same direction, with a sub-chapter created in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) for addiction disorders that are non-substance related.

 

Brain maps for sexual excitement.

man with increased libido from Progentra us watching porn onlineThe purpose of pornography is to cause sexual excitement and as an individual experiences this and continually and chronically watches porn on the internet, dopamine is also continually released into the brain’s system for motivation and rewards. This then creates a map in the brain for sexual excitement.

 

Brain maps for natural sexual excitement cannot compare.

Unfortunately, because the brain map for sexual excitement created when an individual regularly watches internet porn are more consistently reinforced, the brain maps for natural sexual stimulation pale in comparison. This means that if you watch internet porn more regularly than you engage in physical sex with a partner, your brain gets trained to feel more rewarded with porn than with actual sex. This is the part that can cause a lot of trouble later on, like when a physical partner can no longer sexually excite you because your brain is looking for porn stimulation instead.

 

Watching internet porn and drug addiction light up the same brain areas.

One neuroimaging study showed that in people with compulsive sexual behaviors, watching internet pornography triggered the same regions in the brain that are also activated when substance addicted individuals are shown drugs or alcohol. Their conclusion was that the neural networks for pathological use of substances and pathological consumption of natural rewards, such as the pleasure derived from sex or watching internet pornography, may actually overlap. This bolsters the argument that watching internet pornography can be an addictive behavior.

 

The more you watch porn, the more it excites you.

In a study involving men who were shown visual sexual stimulation, as in porn, it was revealed that those who watched porn for two or more hours per week felt more sexually aroused while watching porn. The researchers even went so far as to suggest that watching visual sexual stimuli may be able to improve erectile functioning because it could prime the brain for sexual thoughts, which, in turn, could eventually lead to better sexual response.

 

Still pictures don’t work anymore.

People who watch internet pornography more and for longer or who may be considered as internet pornography addicts are less sexually aroused by still sexual images. Those who consume a lot of internet pornography may already be desensitized to less explicit graphics and are instead looking for more explicit sex videos. Researchers suggest that this could become a tool for identifying internet pornography addiction. If you no longer feel sexually excited just by looking at a sexually explicit photograph, or if you feel that it’s no longer enough to arouse you, you may be at risk of being an internet porn addict.

 

Internet pornography more arousing than real partners.

man distracted by online porn ignoring wifeIn people who are addicted to internet pornography, more than half experience difficulty in achieving an erection or getting sexually aroused by a real partner. This is not necessarily a symptom of erectile dysfunction, but more of a psychological or neural problem. However, if it’s already causing distress and relationship problems, it would be wise to seek expert help to prevent it from becoming a full-blown sexual dysfunction later on.

 

Excessive consumption of internet pornography is associated with hypersexuality.

The condition is sometimes called sexual addiction or hypersexuality disorder and is characterized by being excessively preoccupied with anything to do with sex, such as fantasies, urges, or behaviors, so much so that it already causes distress, is no longer controllable, and already has negative impacts to aspects of your daily life. Unfortunately, in a study on hypersexuality, it was found that more than 80% of hypersexual individuals watch internet porn excessively.

Watching pornographic materials elicit both positive and negative outcomes. However, as with anything else, too much of something not always good, and the same goes true for watching internet pornography excessively.

Unfortunately, the positive effects of porn watching are not often studied by researchers, so the negative effects of pornography are often the ones being highlighted, which adds to the negative reputation of porn. This doesn’t mean that you should stop watching porn now. But just to be on the safe side, just make sure you do it in moderation.

 

It may be unimaginable for most men, but there is actually a medical condition called spermatorrhea where a man spontaneously and uncontrollably ejaculates. And here’s the kicker – it happens without any sexual activity or stimulation.

It’s not exactly the opposite of anorgasmia in men, in the sense that with spermatorrhea, you

just ejaculate out of the blue, whereas in anorgasmia, try all you might, you still can’t ejaculate. Moreover, the causes are different as well as the treatments.

Since the ejaculation is spontaneous, you can just imagine how unexpected and unwelcome it is. It usually happens without warning. You can be watching a sports game or giving a presentation at a business meeting and it can hit you. You end up in a literally sticky situation. Here are 14 things you should know about this curious condition.

 

Kidney Qi Imbalance.

Spermatorrhea is recognized in Chinese traditional medicine as a condition caused by imbalance or problems in the kidney qi. There are two further classifications of the condition in Chinese traditional medicine. The first one is Meng Yi and the second is Hua Jing.

Meng Yi And Hua Jing Differentiated.

In the former, involuntary ejaculation happens during sleep and is usually accompanied by dreams. In western medicine, we can think of it as having wet dreams. The second case is more the equivalent of the western spermatorrhea concept, wherein involuntary and spontaneous ejaculation happens while the person is awake or during sleep without dreaming.

Reproductive Disorder.

woman looking at man's erectile dysfunction that can be helped by ProgentraIn Ayurvedic medicine, spermatorrhea is considered as a reproductive disorder caused by imbalance in your body, including improper diet, emotional imbalance, and excessive sexual activity like masturbation.

Spontaneous Orgasms In Women.

Women suffer the equivalent of spermatorrhea in the form of spontaneous orgasms. This condition is also unrelated to any sexual activity or stimulation, and just like spermatorrhea, it also happens spontaneously and uncontrollably. Even though the physical sensations are very similar to a sexual orgasm, complete with vaginal contractions, spontaneous orgasms are not always pleasurable. This is partly because they are so unexpected, and also partly because it usually happens in stressful situations.

Stress-Related.

Both spontaneous orgasms in women and spermatorrhea in men are related to stressful situations, at least according to western medicine. Anxiety, psychological stress, and panic can cause spontaneous ejaculation in men, and although it rarely happens, it can lead to severe further psychological stress.

Causes Of Spermatorrhea.

The condition is currently viewed as a pathological disorder. In western medicine, neurosis is associated as a cause of spermatorrhea. The condition is also linked to prostatitis or the inflammation of the prostate gland, spermatocystitis or the inflammation of the seminal vesicles, and orchitis which refers to the inflammation of the testicles.

Drugs Can Also Cause Spermatorrhea.

There have been reports, although rare, of men experiencing spermatorrhea after taking fluvoxamine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Fortunately for these men, the condition disappeared after they stopped taking fluvoxamine. There was also a report of spermatorrhea after taking citalopram, which is another SSRI.

Outdated treatments.

man holding crotch with spontaneous ejaculation that can be improved with Progentra useEven in the past, spermatorrhea was already considered by western medicine as a disorder with devastating effects, especially psychologically. Nineteenth-century treatments included enforced chastity and, in worst case scenarios, castration. Avoidance of masturbation was also highly recommended as excessive masturbation was thought to be one of the causes of spermatorrhea.

Herbal Treatments.

Both in traditional Chinese medicine and in Ayurvedic medicine, there are many herbs that are used to treat spermatorrhea. Herbal formulations are usually prepared as a combination of different herbs. Here are some medicinal plants that are often used in formulations for the treatment of spermatorrhea.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).

Ashwagandha is popularly used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of many conditions. It is also considered as an adaptogen which helps the body react to and handle stress better. The herb is also associated with lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. In men, the effects of Ashwagandha center on improving testicular health as well as increasing fertility.

Kavach Beej (Mucuna pruriens).

Mucuna pruriens is commonly called velvet bean and the plant is medicinally valuable because of its L-Dopa content. L-Dopa is converted by our body into dopamine, which is why L-Dopa is often used in treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Velvet bean is also used to treat fertility problems. One study showed that intake of a 5-gram extract made from Mucuna pruriens for a duration of three months significantly increased testosterone levels in men suffering from infertility.

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus).

This plant is related to your regular asparagus vegetable and is native to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Shatavari is associated with improved immune system and it is used in treatments for its anti-ulcer, antidepressant, and anxiety reduction properties. For sexual health, shatavari is used as an aphrodisiac. Shatavari is associated with increased penile erection and improved sexual behavior. It is often used in combination with other herbs in the formulation of Ayurvedic treatments.

Tu Si Zi or Dodder Seed.

Tu Si Zi is touted to have many health benefits, not only for the sexual health of men. For instance, it is considered to have anti-aging properties and is therefore popularly used as a longevity herb in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicines. It is also called Dodder seed or Semen Cuscutae. Flavonoid extract from semen cuscutae was shown to increase testis weight, as well as the weights of the pituitary gland and the epididymis. After seven days of treatment, Semen cuscutae flavonoid extract was also shown to increase testosterone and luteinizing hormone secretion.

Rou Cong Cong (Cistanches herba).

Also known as desert ginseng, rou cong cong is used not just in China but also in North Africa and Arabic countries. It has many medicinal benefits and is used for its healthy properties including neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties, among many others. In traditional Chinese medicine, one of the many uses of rou cong cong is for the treatment of impotence. Rou cong cong is also often used in combination with other herbs in the formulation of herbal treatments, both in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.

 

You wouldn’t have believed my shock when my college physician told me that my cholesterol was high. By every other metric, I was perfectly healthy, but my cholesterol was through the roof; if I recall correctly, it was 230. I was stunned. My cholesterol shouldn’t be high! Not that I was particularly healthy, just, high cholesterol was something that happened to old guys, not to young, virile kids like me. Well, I was certainly scared straight, and from there, I learned everything I could about fixing my cholesterol, and a few years later, I was back down in a healthier range. But before we talk about methods of lowering cholesterol, it might be a good idea to get a clear idea of what cholesterol is.

What Is Cholesterol?

As with most things that can kill you, cholesterol isn’t actually a bad thing. Everyone’s body makes cholesterol, and it’s a necessary part of the functioning of our cells. It’s a waxy type of fat found within all of the cells, producing hormones and helping to digest the food that gives us energy. In large quantities, though, cholesterol is a killer. That waxy fat can build up inside blood vessels and eventually create plaque, a hard substance that clogs the vessels, which can lead to a heart attack or blood clots.

Difference Types of Cholesterol

You’ve probably heard of “good” and “bad” cholesterol, but don’t know what the difference is between the two. The two types of cholesterol are LDL and HDL, specifically, low density lipoprotein and high density lipoprotein. The major difference between the two is, of course, density. The low density cholesterol can easily spread and make issues, whereas the high density cholesterol is capable of absorbing the low density cholesterol and bringing it back to the liver to be processed out. This is why doctors will say LDL is bad cholesterol, and HDL is good cholesterol.

How to Lower Cholesterol

So now that we’ve covered what cholesterol is and why you need to maintain a low amount of it, it’s time to discuss some strategies to keep that cholesterol low. Obviously, these tactics are generally aimed at lowering your LDL in particular, and keep a healthy level of cholesterol overall.

Manage the Fats You Eat

The number one factor when it comes to your cholesterol is the food that you eat, so you need to be sure that you eat the right foods. These changes can make a big difference at any point, whether you’ve had a high cholesterol for years or you just don’t want to develop one. Cholesterol comes from fats, so to make sure that you get the right cholesterol, it’s better to eat the right fats.

You’ll find that all of the fats that come from meats are saturated fats, which means they will add to your LDL. Eat less of those meats, and choose leaner cuts when you do eat meat. You can get a much better type of fats, unsaturated fats, from sources like fish and nuts. The worst type of fat you can eat, trans fats, generally doesn’t come from animals at all. It’s more of a processed food issue, and can be found in tons of foods that come pre-packaged, especially junk food, and is always present in fried food. If you don’t manage anything else, cut out the trans fats from your diet.

Lots of Soluble Fiber

soluble fiber rich foodYou’ll find soluble fiber in places like oats, fruits, vegetables, and beans. Not only is fiber good for your digestive system and your heart, it’s also been shown to lower your LDL levels, making soluble fiber a multitasker. It’s also a good idea to add whey protein into your diet, as that’s also been known to lower your LDL and your overall cholesterol.

Exercise More

Diet is going to take you a long way in making your cholesterol better, but it won’t fix everything. Creating a good exercise routine is also vital to lowering your cholesterol to healthier levels. Exercising for just a half hour a day will boost your levels of HDL, the good form of cholesterol, and will help you manage your overall cholesterol more effectively. Cardio is the best type of exercise for your heart health, so think about incorporating a jog into your routine, taking breaks throughout your day to do some jumping jacks, or make time to go for a swim after work. It doesn’t really matter what you choose; literally any activity is forward progress, even if it’s just taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Lose Weight

It does go hand in hand with exercising, and heart healthier foods will generally be healthier for your weight as well, but it’s still important enough to warrant its own category. When you’re obese, your body systems are out of whack with their natural rhythm, and have too much ground to regulate and manage. Part of that is your cholesterol; when looking inside the blood vessels of an obese person, you will always find excess cholesterol.

Quit Smoking

man breaking cigarette quit smokingNo, the tobacco companies didn’t put trans fats in your cigarettes, although I wouldn’t put it past them, no, the very act of smoking keeps your HDL levels lower, and since your HDL keeps LDL in check, that leads to higher cholesterol levels overall. Granted, if you’re smoking cigarettes in the information age, you already know that they’re not good for you and have made your peace with that, but if cholesterol is a new problem in your life and you’re not sure why, look to the pack in your pocket for a possible reason. Consider cholesterol just another reason that you need to quit.

Limited Alcohol Use

In small amounts, alcohol is actually good for your cholesterol. It actually boosts your HDL levels, so alcohol is not something that you need to avoid. However, those benefits have diminishing returns, and large amounts of alcohol consumption come with its own whole host of health troubles.

Since the earliest days of the burgeoning internet, porn has been a lure used by hackers and scammers to trap unwitting (and horny) web users.

Your porn habits are a secret — or at least closely held — thing. So, if while you’re taking some personal time to surreptitiously sneak in some porn on your laptop or smartphone, you get nailed by some malware or ransomware, you’re not very likely to go not he offensive to stop it from happening or report the full extent of the circumstances that led to the infection. If you did that, then you’d have to admit to the, admittedly, banal, but still stigmatized act of looking at porn. If you got a virus — you need to address it. And the best way to handle it and make sure nothing like it happens in the future is to be able to explain the full circumstances of what happened.

Porn is still the most popular lure used to get internet users to fall for hacks and for phishing scams. Macs may not get as many viruses as PCs, but they still get them — and the numbers are growing. Android devices are vulnerable to malicious programs and everyone is susceptible to potential phishing scams.

porn on computer of a Progentra userThe most common phishing scam out there affecting people browsing for pornography on the internet is one in which a malicious website is set up with the purpose of stealing the website’s visitor’s porn credentials. You go to a website that’s made to look like a mock up of your favorite porn site — Naughty America, Pornhub, Brazzers, Playboy, Hustler — and then you enter your log in user name and password into the boxes and click “OK.” Then the hackers have your info.

They’re stealing your porn!

Yes, in fact, the most common phishing scam is to steal your porn. They get your credentials and then sell it on the dark web. And even though we’re frequently reminded not to use the same credentials across multiple platforms, humans are inherently laze and we do it anyway. Then, your log in and password for any number of things — your e-mail, your work computer, your bank’s online services — they’re all out there for the selling.  The best way to protect yourself from this kind of hack is to be observant. Make sure you’re not entering your login information into a pop up. Also, make sure you’re entering the name of the website correctly at the top of your browser, and make sure you see all of the right security notifications before you put in anything.

Tell tale clues for any kind of phishing scam are the misspelling of the website name you’re trying to access, and the use of a pop up to collect your credentials.

If you run into that, most likely you’ll have no problems as long as you quickly exit out of the window and that website. Malware and phishing are not passive. You need to take affirmative action for them to harm you, but the sites can be very clever and get you to click on links and download things that you would otherwise avoid. Phishing sites that use porn obviously have a leg up because downloading is a part of the name of the game of enjoying porn on the internet.

Speaking of pop ups that are trying to trick you into clicking on them, they will often try to mimic your virus checker or prompt you to scan your computer for a virus. Then by clicking the link, you get a virus. Or it’ll tell you that you need an update to your flash player to view a video. Then you click on the update — it’s a virus or some malware. Malware can slow down your computer by taking up resources to do things in the background but it can also record keystrokes and send them to people you don’t want them going to. Then your personal information or your credit card numbers can end up in the wrong hands. There are different levels of malicious when it comes to malware. It’s best to avoid it altogether in general.

hacked through porn sitesThe best way to avoid any viruses or malware that are disguised as updates to programs on your computer is to check with the official site first before clicking anything.

If the site is claiming that you need an update to view something, such as adobe flash, close out the website, go to the official adobe website and check to see if you have the most recent version. If you do need an update — best to get it from the source while you’re there rather than download it from some third-party site. Just to be safe.

If you get a pop up about a virus being detected or your computer needing a scan, turn to your friendly neighborhood virus scanner: whichever you have on your computer at the time. Those kinds of pop ups are nearly always a scam, but if you want to be overly careful, scan with your own program. It’s usually pretty quick.

There are three basic and easy ways to practice safe pornography on the internet.

You want to stick to the websites you know are safe. Go to the same sites that you trust and patronize them. Going off into the woods with no protection will only end in tears.

While we’re talking about trusted sources, only download programs and applications from trusted sources. If you don’t know the source of a program or its in an attachment in an e-mail from an address you’ve never seen promising loads of porn, don’t open it. You’re setting yourself up for some potentially extreme viruses, malware or, potentially, ransomware — perhaps the worst of them all.

And finally, don’t patronize dark web sources for credentials to porn sites. If you want premium porn content — pay for it.  First, there’s no guarantee that what you pay for will work, let alone for how long it will if it does. Second, you’re incentivizing the continued practice of stealing and selling of porn log ins, leading to more scams using smarter and uglier means.

1. Watermelon

If you’re craving for something sweet, watermelon can easily give you your sugar fix. It’s a low-calorie fruit that’s rich in fiber and antioxidants. It’s also packed with lycopene, which has been associated with a reduced risk for heart-related diseases and even cancer. Plus, watermelon contains citrulline, which could enhance the health of your blood vessels.

This compound could even be beneficial for those struggling with diabetes and erectile dysfunction. It doesn’t end there though because watermelons are also rich in vitamins A and C, as well as the minerals potassium and magnesium. This reddish watery fruit is truly good for you in so many ways.

2. Yogurt

Yogurt helps you prevent gum disease and this is important in terms of your heart health because gum problems are linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Aside from this, eating yogurt also means you’re consuming some potent nutrients such as vitamins, fiber, probiotics, and antioxidants.

These are all important for your body to thrive and maintain its health and well-being. Nonetheless, not all yogurts are healthy. The flavored ones are usually loaded with a high amount of sugar. Hence, it’s better to go for the plain ones to avoid harmful ingredients and other additives.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed with vitamin C and lycopene, which are two of the most powerful antioxidants. Consumption of foods high in antioxidants on a daily basis can certainly help you fight off free radicals from causing any damage to your body and overall health. For one, Vitamin C can be reliable to shield your cells from any damage.

4. Avocados

This fruit is packed with monounsaturated fats, which is one of the healthy kinds of fat there is. It’s also a great source of potassium, a mineral that can help with blood pressure regulation. Apart from these important nutrients, avocados are even rich in vitamin C, fiber, and carotenoids.

Carotenoids, in particular, have been linked to a reduced risk of fatality from cardiovascular illness. To top it off, it’s also been demonstrated in studies that avocados can help the body in the absorption of antioxidants when consumed with vegetables.

5. Berries

Berries are loaded with antioxidants and they’re also a great choice for snacking to sustain your heart’s wellness. Firstly, berries heighten the body’s good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) as it decreases your blood pressure. Secondly, berries are a great choice for snacking since they’re fat-free and contains low calories.

strawberries and blueberries in heart shaped bowl

Thirdly, it even has nutrients that facilitate bone development and help with the body’s mechanism to convert fat into energy. Eating them every day can help the body a great deal as they fight oxidative stress and inflammation. Lastly, berries also contain polyphenols, which have been demonstrated to augment nitric oxide levels, which is a molecule that promotes relaxation of the blood vessels.

6. Collard greens

heart healthy food salmon nuts olive oilCollard greens are low in calories yet they’re high in vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also a great source of folate, manganese, calcium, and fiber, among other essential nutrients. These nourishing components enable your blood clotting functions to work efficiently, aid in the prevention of artery calcification and even help shield your bones from breakage.

In addition, collards have also been shown to attach bile acids to the digestive tract. As a result, your body’s cholesterol level is reduced. Meanwhile, its anti-inflammatory properties make it great for strengthening your heart.

7. Beans

Eating a half cup of beans each day is good enough to protect your heart thanks to the soluble fiber they contain. The fiber attaches to cholesterol and prevents it from being absorbed in the stomach and accumulating to harmful levels. It also has other valuable nutrients that can guarantee heart health, including folate, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

8. Walnuts

Walnuts are not only an expedient snack option; they’re actually healthy especially for the heart thanks to their antioxidants and omega-3 fats. In fact, eating two ounces per day has been demonstrated to augment the function of the blood vessels, particularly among those who suffer from diabetes. In addition, they can also help in lowering the risk of heart disease.

9. Quinoa

This amazing grain is packed with vegetable protein, which is totally healthier when it comes to taking care of your heart, kidney, and blood pressure than protein you get from red meat. What’s more is that when it comes to fiber content, quinoa has twice the amount of fiber as other kinds of grains. They’re even loaded with antioxidants and monounsaturated fat as well. It’s even gluten-free. Talk about wonder food.

10. Salmon

Numerous studies have found that eating fish on a regular basis every week is linked to a 30 percent reduced risk of having coronary heart disease. One great example is salmon, which has omega-3 fats that can decrease lipid levels that can be detrimental if raised. Omega-3s are also capable of reducing blood pressure and can even avoid unstable heartbeat, while they decrease the incidence of inflammation in the body.

11. Almonds

Snacking on almonds is a great way to protect your heart while also enjoying their taste. In fact, consumption of a couple of almonds daily has been demonstrated to reduce LDL cholesterol. They’re also rich in fiber, vitamin E, and protein, which are vital nutrients to make sure that your heart is protected.

12. Oatmeal

Whole grains are great for your heart and they can also be helpful when it comes to losing weight. The fact that it promotes weight loss is one of the ways it can protect your heart since being overweight or obese can lead to heart-related concerns.

What is Synagen IQ?

Synagen IQ is a mind-boosting supplement that’s claimed to work through the use of natural components. It is also touted to produce other remarkable effects such as boosted energy levels and better mental functions. With improved cognitive capacities, it is said to augment your concentration and even your drive. What’s more is that it is also said to help with improving general health and wellness.

The company behind Synagen IQ recommends taking a single pill in the morning every day. It is also said that this works greatly for both men and women regardless of the age sans the adverse reactions linked with other drugs.

What Causes Cognitive Decline?

When we say cognition, we’re talking about a person’s overall cognitive capacities and other processes involving the brain. This includes attention, memory, logic, assessment, decision-making, intellectual capacity, and formation of language, to name a few. Simply put, cognition is an intricate process though it’s fundamentally about how we recognize and interrelate with everything.

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Basically, our cognitive functions sustain its efficacy but by the time we get older, a lot of us start encountering minor memory problems. This is called mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Just like other health issues, MCI can be triggered by a lot of variables such as thyroid or kidney disease, strokes, tumors, and Parkinson’s disease and even early onset of dementia. Fortunately, unless it becomes a more serious condition like dementia, MCI doesn’t really significantly affect your everyday life habits.

Synagen IQ’s Product Label

While it is claimed that Synagen IQ has natural components, customers don’t know exactly what’s in the product’s formula because such information wasn’t given. The company only said that Synagen IQ contains the right components and vitamins for re-energizing the brain.

Cognitive Decline and How to Prevent It

In actuality, minor issues with your cognition can be alleviated by making the necessary lifestyle modifications. For instance, you can exercise on a regular basis, consume a clean and a well-rounded diet, boost your omega-3 fatty acids intake, and take on mental activities that can stimulate your brain. Being socially engaged with friends and family also help with maintaining a healthy brain.

About the Manufacturer

Synagen IQ is mainly headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. As of this writing, there wasn’t any other information we could gather about said company. We also looked for user feedbacks but the only ones we found were from affiliate sites. Most customers surely wouldn’t feel comfortable taking products from companies that don’t have comprehensive information.

mental power 3D digital image of human mindWhen we know the company that develops the supplements we’re taking because there’s enough transparency about how it operates and what ingredients are used to formulate their products, we feel more secure about it. As for Synagen IQ’s manufacturer, we’ve mentioned earlier that there’s no information provided about the ingredients used in the product. Hence, the users won’t know what exactly they’re taking.

Moreover, Synagen IQ is part of an ongoing popularity due to the high demand that brain-boosting supplements get these days. Even though most of these supplements aren’t clinically tested, many people still believe they can help with improving cognitive functions thanks to the natural ingredients that are potent to generate said improvement on cognition.

As for the customer reception, in general, nootropic supplements have varied feedbacks. Some users say that these supplements work and some think they’re not that effective. Nonetheless, the safety and efficacy of such products probably have something to do with the potency of the ingredients and the credibility of the company making them.

Synagen IQ Pricing Options

Synagen IQ is offered in three options:

1 Bottle (30 capsules): $49.99
3 Bottles: $113.97
6 Bottles: $149.95

There’s a free shipping included regardless of the selection you go for. But if you want to hurry the shipping up, you need to pay $6.99 for faster shipping. Synagen IQ is also offered with a 30-day money-back guarantee, less shipping and handling. If you want to have a refund, you need to reach out to their consumer support at 844-465-0024.

Is Synagen IQ the Real Deal?

It’s hard to recommend a product without a comprehensive list of ingredients. Thus, it is suffice to say that the absence of a product label is a serious issue among all customers who need to know. This predicament needs to be addressed by the company by being transparent to their consumers.

In the case that you’re experiencing some issues with regards your memory, it’s ideal to see your doctor instead. This way, a proper diagnosis can be made and a more effectual treatment plan can be put in place.

cup of green tea

You can only expect for green tea to deliver numerous health benefits. For one, it is loaded with antioxidants and multiple other components that can help your body to thrive. These days, green tea is also widely believed to be effectual in helping people lose weight. Several studies have demonstrated that green tea has powerful components that are capable of boosting the body’s fat burning mechanism, which can help you shed extra pounds. But how does that work? Here’s how:

Green tea has components that promote weight loss

Green tea is more than just a soothing drink. Since the bioactive components in the tea leaves dissolve in the water, you’re providing your body a huge quantity of beneficial compounds with strong biological effects when you drink it.

green tea for weight loss

One of the widely recognized substances in green tea is caffeine. A cup of green tea has less caffeine, which is around 24-40 mg, than a cup of coffee, which is 100-200 mg, but still enough to produce a mild effect. Caffeine is a largely known stimulant that has been proven to help in the burning of fat and augmenting exercise functions and performance in many studies.

Aside from its caffeine, green tea also features a powerhouse of antioxidants, particularly the potent kinds known as catechins. The most abundant catechin in green tea is EGCG or Epigallocatechin gallate, which can help increase metabolism.

A faster metabolism means weight loss. These benefits can be obtained from consumption either by drinking green tea as a beverage or taking supplementation.

Green tea aids in the mobilization of fat from fat cells

The process of burning fat starts with it being disintegrated in the fat cells and transported into the bloodstream. The good news is that the active substances in green tea help in this said process by increasing the effects of some fat-torching hormones.

green tea with mint leaves for weight lossTo elaborate, EGCG, the primary antioxidant in tea, can help restrict an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine. When this enzyme is held back, the quantity of norepinephrine augments.

Essentially, this hormone is utilized by the nervous system as an indicator to the fat cells, notifying them to break down fat. Hence, the more norepinephrine there is, the stronger the signal is sent to the fat cells so that more fat is broken down.

So what happens is that fat cell breaks down more fat. The disintegrated fat is released into the bloodstream and becomes accessible for use as energy by cells that require it, such as the muscle cells.

Green tea boosts the body’s fat-burning mechanism during a workout

Many studies have shown green tea to be effectual in increasing the body’s fat-burning mechanism, especially during an intense physical activity such as a workout. Since numerous studies have found the same conclusion, green tea’s effectiveness in weight loss is now considered as a fact. The weight loss effects are even long-lasting when there’s regular exercise involved.

Green tea increases metabolic rate and the body’s calorie-burning capacity

Fundamentally, the body is continually torching calories. Even during inactivity, such as sleeping and sitting, the cells in the body conduct billions of functions that need energy. Hence, a substantial amount of research also implies that green tea makes the body torch more calories even when resting. Nonetheless, it is also important to note that not all studies demonstrate that green tea heightens metabolism. This effect also depends on the person.

Green tea lessens appetite

It is said that another way that green tea helps with weight loss is by decreasing the appetite, which means you consume fewer calories naturally by not eating too much. However, the studies done trying to see the correlation between green tea and appetite always end in contradictory outcomes. Nevertheless, there are also animal studies implying that green tea can lessen the amount of fat absorbed from foods, although this hasn’t been substantiated on people yet.

Green tea can help you lose abdominal fat

In terms of the tangible pounds shed, the effects of green tea are comparatively moderate. While there are lots of studies demonstrating that people lose weight with green tea use, there are also other studies showing otherwise.
On the other hand, it is also vital to consider that fat varies. While there is subcutaneous fat that’s found under the skin, there’s also the visceral fat, which is the abdominal fat that accumulates around the organs.

It’s the latter fat that is detrimental and poses health risks. It can lead to inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which are sturdily associated with all kinds of life-threatening diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
So, while many studies on green tea demonstrate that the weight loss outcome from his herbal remedy is modest, a substantial percentage of the fat that is lost is the dangerous visceral fat. This only means that your risks of developing serious diseases decrease by drinking green tea.

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What is Go Cleanse?

The truth is that living a modern world has its negative repercussions and one is the toxicity of several lifestyle factors around us. The American Endocrine Society reports that people’s exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s) has been significantly high and this can cause serious health problems such as obesity. The most typical source of toxicity is the food we eat and the water we drink. Regrettably, these toxins commonly linger in the body and their favorite hangout place is the colon. For this exact reason, colon cleansing products are on the hype. One of such is Go Cleanse. This review will focus on the said product, dissecting its features and its potential effectiveness to see if it’s worth your money.

More info on Go Cleanse

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Manufactured by Green Organics, Go Cleanse is a colon-cleansing supplement that offers to get rid of toxins stuck in your colon. The company behind the supplement, on the other hand, is a new product as of this writing and they don’t seem to have any other products aside from Go Cleanse. This particular colon cleanser comes from natural components, specifically from the antioxidant properties of Acai mixed with the intestinal cleansing effects of many herbs and natural extracts. Go Cleanse is the form of a capsule and its recommended dosage is 1-2 times daily. Acai berries are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and other essential amino acids, making it the perfect active component in Go Cleanse as it is claimed to help eliminate toxins from your system.

Also, Go Cleanse has cape aloe leaf that delivers the very same properties that fiber provides to the body. This ingredient has also demonstrated to detoxify and purify the digestive tract. Aside from the aforementioned ingredients, there’s also cascara sagrada. It is a shrub that originates from the Pacific Northwest of the US, which has active substances that lead colon contraction; hence, supporting regular bowel movement. Other components in Go Cleanse are senna leaves, black walnut power, and bentonite clay. These collaborate for the purpose of purifying the body of toxins and digestive waste materials.

Go Cleanse Product Features

  • Go Cleanse has a distinctive combination of active compounds from natural components.
  • It is reasonably priced compared to similar products.
  • It consists of components that underwent clinical studies and trials confirming their efficacy.
  • There are several positive feedbacks from other customers.
  • There are low to zero possibility of adverse effects since it’s made of natural components.
  • It comes in a capsule form, which makes it convenient to take.

On the other hand, Go Cleanse is made from a newly built manufacturer so its reputation hasn’t been established yet. And while the ingredients in this product have gone through clinical studies, the product itself isn’t scientifically proven to give positive results. Purchase of Go Cleanse doesn’t come with a satisfaction guarantee as well and it doesn’t have any free trial offer, either.

Safety Precautions

Some ingredients may cause allergic reactions to certain users.
It is not recommended for women who are expecting or breastfeeding to take this product.
In the case of pre-existing conditions, always ask your doctor before proceeding in taking this product, or any other supplement for that matter.
Stick to the recommended dosage only to avoid side effects.

What’s the deal with Go Cleanse?

woman pouring green vegetable smoothie into glass

Go Cleanse is one of many colon cleansers available in the market. It claims to use natural ingredients for the cleansing and the purification of your colon for optimal health. This product is reasonably priced, so it’s affordable for many customers. Still, there are similar products that are cheaper. While the ingredients in Go Cleanse seem promising, some users may find that the product being new in the market could be a cause for concern, especially since its manufacturer is not known yet. It also doesn’t offer a satisfaction guarantee, which means you can’t get a refund should you find the product ineffective. It is fair to say that there are many other colon cleansing products in the market that possess better features.

sad man leaning against wall can gain benefits from Progentra

At some point, your anxiety can disrupt with how you want to live your life, whether you like it or not. When this happens, it is only fitting that you do something about it. You can start with trying these 9 natural remedies that have been shown to help you deal with anxiety.

1. Drink chamomile tea

chamomile tea and flowersWhen you’re feeling anxious, you can try drinking chamomile tea to help you feel relaxed. This is because chamomile has apigenin and luteolin – two chemicals that promote a soothing feeling. A research also showed that anxiety patients who consumed chamomile supplements for an eight-week period had a substantial reduction in anxietysymptoms than those patients who were provided with a placebo.

2. Consume 1-3 grams of omega-3s per daily

There’s scientific substantiation showing that omega-3 fatty acids could relieve manifestations of anxiety disorders, as well as boost your mood by reducing adrenaline and cortisol levels in the body. There’s a variety of foods that have high levels of omega-3s, such as tuna, salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds. A study determined that students who got fish oil supplements had less exam anxiety gauged by their sleeping and eating routines, cortisol levels, and mental conditions.

3. Inhale some lavender

fresh lavender

Multiple studies have found the benefits of lavender when it comes to soothing both the body and the mind. There was also another research that found that lavender can reduce systolic pressure, which is the topmost blood pressure number linked to stress. You can test its effectiveness at home by putting lavender essential oil either on your pillow or blanket.

You can also do the same in your bath. Another option is to add a few drops to a cup of boiling water, so you can just breathe it in. Since it’s one of the few essential oils that can be used directly, you can also apply it on your skin. The fragrance of vanilla has also been demonstrated to reduce anxiety symptoms.

4. Incorporate L-lysine into your diet

It is an amino acid that serves as one of the building blocks of neurotransmitters, which are basically your brain’s chemical messengers. Based on some studies, participants consuming L-lysine supplementation had decreased anxiety symptoms as well as lowered levels of stress hormones. To incorporate this amino acid into your diet, you just need to eat meat, fish, and beans. There are supplements available, too.

5. Bask in natural sunlight

Getting exposed to the sun is the natural way to get Vitamin D, which can lower depression and anxiety indications. Ideally, spend around 15 minutes outdoors just enjoying the sun’s warmth. This will not only provide an escape from the things that stress you, you’re also able to enjoy the benefits of walking outdoors.

And the greener the environment, the better – a research in Japan found that people who traversed through a forest for a period of 20 minutes had lower stress hormone levels afterwards than the people who had similar walk in a city. If you live in an urban place, look for parks or silent roads with trees to take a walk.

6. Exercise regularly

You don’t need to undergo intense workouts for hours to reap the benefits of physical activity. In fact, studies show that 20 minutes of exercise is enough to credibly lessen the symptoms of anxiety. By working out, you don’t only feel confident and good about yourself; you also improve your mood as your brain releases endorphins.
Some studies even suggest that augmenting your body heat, which happens as a result of physical activity, could modify neural circuits regulating mental capacities and mood. This also includes the neural circuits that impact the neurotransmitter serotonin. As such, researchers suppose this response can improve your mood, enhance a sense of comfort, and relieve symptoms of anxiety disorders.

7. Use Epsom salts during a hot bath

For sure, a hot bath always soothes both the body and the mind. One of the reasons is because increasing you’re your body heat could help you control mood and anxiety. For extra benefits, you can add some Epsom salts in your bath. This is because the magnesium sulfate present has been demonstrated to soothe anxiety and reduce blood pressure.

8. Go easy on caffeine

Being a stimulant, caffeine naturally increases your energy and can also cause you to be anxiety and have jitters. If you can’t completely eliminate caffeine from your life, at least decrease your consumption. Try decreasing a cup per day and check if you notice any reduction in your anxiety. You can also try replacing your cup of coffee with something that has less caffeine but with more health gains, like green tea. You don’t only get caffeine from coffee or tea. Other sources are soda, energy drinks, chocolates, and some over-the-counter pain relievers. So, it is also important to be mindful of these other sources.

9. Scrutinize your diet

What you eat and drink can also contribute to anxiety. Some food and drink items, such as caffeine and added sugars have been recognized to heighten anxiety. Nutrient deficiencies, such as lacking in vitamin B12, zinc, and magnesium have been associated with anxiety symptoms.

Research also suggests a significant correlation between the gut and the mind, so steer clear of foods that are hard to digest. This includes processed meals, foods loaded with saturated fats, as well as those fried. Lastly, don’t wait a long time before you eat your meal. Allowing yourself to be very famished results in your blood sugar dropping, which can cause an anxiety attack.