Sex up your health

How many of you talk about sex? And how many of you know the health benefits of sex? It’s much, much more than fun
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Couple Lying on a Beach

Talking about sex is a taboo, but in itself it is as natural as feeling hungry. We know this, yet we don’t know it. I mean, if sex has the potential to give birth to a new life, just imagine the healing powers of sex. This means that the stuff that life is made of comes from sex. Now, how is that for a perspective?

Sexy Health Facts

  • One of the reasons why this caught my attention: sex can help you lose weight. Yes! One sack session can burn 200 calories. That’s as good as a 15-minute run. Who wants to run these winter mornings anyway? Just get jiggy inside your quilt.
  • According to worldlifeexpectancy.com, frequent orgasms, at least a hundred per year can add 3 to 8 years to your life. That’s about 0.28 orgasms a day. While the stat may sound weird, two orgasms per week is achievable. In any case, forget the longevity factor, it is pure pleasure. Continue reading Sex up your health

Foodie Moody Blues

Can food affect your mood? The answer is yes. To know what, why and how, read further.

By Avanika Mote
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They might tickle your taste buds but damage your mood and body
They might tickle your taste buds but damage your mood and body

Last year I drove into the Aundh outlet of McDonalds and drove out with a McMeal. It had a soda, a burger and a pack of fries. Just one of those days you don’t want to cook. The day was tiring as I didn’t want to write a thing on technology. All I looked forward to was a ready-to-eat meal and an episode of The Big Bang Theory to make me feel like it’s a great evening. Once in a while it’s okay to indulge in atrocious food habits. Especially on a Thursday evening. I peeled the paper cover off the burger, put a straw inside my Coke and squeezed some ketchup for the fries while searching for Z-Cafe on my TataSky. Multi-tasking comes handy when there’s a burger to look forward to. It’s also a prep to eat all things inside one burger in a bite. It isn’t easy with burgers, with the mayo dripping and the remote in your other hand.

While Sheldon Cooper was doing what he does the best – turning lame into a verb that creates LOLs – the whole burger-and-Big Bang concept was not working out for me. My funny bone would not tickle. I was starting to feel irritated, though the Coke tried its best to calm my throat. When the meal was over, I started to feel worse than before. And then I was just a phone call away from two pints of beer. This was the last ray of sheer optimism to make my evening great. And Google calls it the ‘junk food blues’. You need to understand that it could happen to you too. Since information is power, it is good to know what junk does to your psyche. So, here are the top five foods that can give you the blues. Continue reading Foodie Moody Blues

8 ways to boost testosterone levels

If you are down, you probably need to up your ‘T’ levels. Here’s how: Image

If you are a man and have been feeling tired and depressed for no apparent reason, and concentrating on your regular work is getting tough, even the stuff you enjoy, then you need to take care of your testosterone levels. If you are not feeling up for love, and the blues are catching up, you could probably be sure that the levels are hampering your natural joie de vivre.

Millions of men around the world suffer from this. In America alone, at least 13 million men have ‘Low-T’.

Nature ordains that testosterone levels are optimum when a man is young, and fall steadily beginning around age 30.

Besides sexual function, testosterone in the right amount is needed for strong muscles and bones. It also keeps fat evenly distributed in the body.

Low T can even up your bad or LDL cholesterol levels. Which means, it is crucial for a healthy and happy life, as it affects both our psychology and physiology.

If you have been feeling blue for no apparent reason, you could try these simple ways to boost your testosterone levels:

Get lighter, feel better
That simply means lose extra body fat, as it lowers testosterone levels. Especially if you have a paunch, it is sure sign that T levels are likely to go down faster. At least, 40 percent of obese men have low testosterone readings. But it isn’t tough to reverse it: lose weight and get the T joy back.

Cuppa of joy
Drink some coffee. Make it on the stronger side. Caffeine, which is the heart of coffee, boosts testosterone. According to a Harvard study, around five cups of coffee a day for a month increased testosterone-to-estrogen ratio in overweight men by nearly 200 per cent! While the effects are not long lasting, a cup of coffee during your breaks does not hurt as far as testosterone levels are concerned.

Vitamin D is vital
This vitamin is really a hormone. Contemporary life is such that Vit D deficiency is a major problem around the world, especially in urban settings. A three-year study of older men published in Hormone and Metabolic Research stated that men with higher levels of Vitamin D had higher levels of free testosterone. In any case, it does not do any harm to pop a Vitamin D3 pill once a month to keep your bones strong.

Take it easy
Stress is not only bad for your heart, but also causes low-T situations. When in stress, the body releases huge quantities of cortisol. Cortisol inhibits the function of testosterone and even blocks it, a University of Texas study stated. Apparently, high cortisol levels messed  with the ability to reproduce.

If you are feeling low or stressed out, this is the time to hit that yoga class or go for a walk on a hill or wherever you like. A beach in South Goa is a great idea too. Or simply, meditate in your office cubicle for 15 minutes before you start work.

Sleep well, sleep enough
Sleep is the ultimate pain balm, the ultimate relief for every ailment. It is the ultimate natural drug.  According to a team of Dutch researchers, older men between 64 and 74 can double their testosterone levels simply by getting a good night’s sleep. The longer you sleep, the more testosterone circulates in your blood.  A University of Chicago Medical Center study stated that being sleep deprived for a week decreases testosterone levels by 15 per cent.

You gotta move it
We mean, don’t just sit on your desk. Move it, get some exercise because it boost testosterone levels appreciably. A Baylor University study found that T levels remain elevated for 48 hours after lifting weights. Another research suggested that short but intense sprints significantly increased testosterone. Try sprints that are around 10-second long, take a break and do it again. Do it about 10 times, and feel the difference. Apparently, evening workouts are best for boost testosterone levels. They can push levels by 40 per cent.

Be nutty, feel great
All nuts, like almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, walnuts…. All of them are great for encouraging production of testosterone. A diet high in monounsaturated fats, the kind found in nuts, push testosterone levels and make it optimum.

Nuts not only drive up testosterone, but also the amino acids in them improve blood circulation. Which is why, instead of chips or some other junk snack with your beer, try a few nuts. Or just eat them when you get a hunger pang or a food craving.

 Root for your team
This might sound far-fetched but rooting for your favourite cricket team or your favourite sportsman actually increases testosterone levels by 20 per cent, a University of Utah study found. The dark side is, if your team loses your T levels go down. So, just for the sake of your health, trying supporting the winner. Funny, isn’t it? But it works.

Stress is just hype; only simple daily habits can defeat it

Stress has become a very common factor that is found in working professionals, many youngsters and even teenagers. Having the spirit to excel and giving your best is one thing and worrying about it all the time is another. When it comes to stress, it is only YOU who can help yourself. It’s as simple as accepting the fact, problems won’t stop occurring if you stress more. You will never be able to remove stress from your life completely, issues are going to creep up every now and then, and people around you (your parents, siblings, colleagues, seniors, managers)are going to expect higher and better performance every time.

It all comes down to how well you manage your stress.

Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This may not sound simple but in reality if you sit down and think, you will come up with a list on your own. The real reason of stress is not always obvious and more than often you tend to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings and behaviors. You are aware that you are constantly worried about work deadlines but the real reason may be your procrastination that lands you in a soup.

Stress management comes with practice, you need to exercise habits. Your to-do list is never going to be complete and more tasks will keep adding but there is one task that should never come off your to-do list: Relax.

The following tips if practiced daily may help you manage your stress. Just a mere couple of minutes from your schedule and you’ll be fresh and energized to take what the day brings!

Meditate

Meditation is one of the best ways to help you ease anxiety. Research has shown that when you meditate daily the neural paths in your brain may alter making you more pliant to stress. Meditation is a very simple process, sit up straight with both feet on the floor (you may also sit cross legged on the floor the bottom line is to sit up straight). Once you get comfortable, focus your attention on reciting a mantra loudly or silently that makes you feel positive. It can be anything like “I feel at peace” or “I am the strongest”. You can place your hands on your belly to sync the mantra with your breaths.

Just Breathe

Every time you feel you are worked up or beginning to stress due to the work load, take 5 minutes off and focus on your breathing. You can do this sitting at your desk in office, all you have to do is take deep breaths, inhale and exhale fully. Taking deep breaths releases stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.  5 minutes may seem a lot when at work but even if you try focusing on work you will be less productive. So take time off and just breathe!

Be Present

Live the moment, it’s as simple as that! You rush through dinner, hurry to reach the destination; you are running the race to strike off another to-do from your list. For a change try something different, try to slow down. Focus on the thing you are doing right now! If you’re having food, enjoy the texture and taste of every bite, notice how air feels on your face while walking or driving. When you are working concentrate on the task at hand and not about the problems that will arise in the next task. When you start to spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel the relaxation that grips your body and be more productive.

 Reach out

Very often you hear people saying, “Those were the golden, carefree days when we talked so much!” One of the major reasons that add to stress is not talking to family and friends. Take time out from your “busy” schedules to catch up with friends. Talk about worries that are troubling you and it will surprise you that talking out loud to your friends can do wonders to your mood. A good social support system plays a major role when dealing with stress. Meet friends face-to-face and spend time with them without talking or thinking of the to-do list, just have a good time! Having a good laugh is a great way to better manage whatever is stressing you out.

Listen to your body

Whether you believe it or not, your body is constantly talking to you, giving you signs to handle it with care. One of the best ways to manage stress and stay fit is to take up a sport of your choice – anything that requires physical involvement. Join a gym and more importantly go regularly, participate in a physical group activity you love whether it is cycling, running, football, table tennis or badminton. Just sweat it out at least for 45 minutes once in a day. You will be surprised by the wonders working on you. After continuous practice, you will see and feel the difference in you and your reaction to tension.

– By Shraddha Barde