Best Foods To Boost Sex Drive

Are you going through a dry patch in your sexual life? Dipping testosterone levels, stress, or a hormonal imbalance could be to blame for the loss of mojo in bed. Whatever the reason, do yourself a favor and help that sex drive along with the right foods. Aphrodisiacs work in fairly scientific ways, so it isn’t all smoke and mirrors – these foods can help your body get to the right place and put you in the mood for an evening of indulgence in bed.

1. Ginger

Ginger can help improve blood circulation by lowering blood pressure, thinning blood, and preventing clotting. This increases blood flow to all parts of the body, including the genital region, making it a useful aid in boosting sexual function. It is also supposed to stimulate sexual desire, when taken freshly grated. You can add it to hot water or steep a few slices in hot water to make a fresh gingery tea.

2. Walnuts

These nuts are packed with minerals like zinc, iron, and potassium that are important for sexual health. The protein in them makes you feel satiated without feeling too full, perfect for keeping energy levels up for a long romp in the hay. Walnuts are a natural aphrodisiac as well as a tonic for the general health of both male and female reproductive systems. Almonds too offer similar benefits so you could munch on those as well, but walnuts are the more potent of the two.

3. Figs

These delicious fruits loaded with fiber, manganese, copper, potassium, and vitamin B6 help the body on multiple fronts when it comes to sexual appetite. Due to the mix of nutrients a fig has, it can help lower blood pressure and give your body an antioxidant boost. High blood pressure is a common cause of erectile dysfunction. Conversely, being able to keep it in check helps improve performance and, by extension, libido as well. Figs have also shown blood-building properties, helping improve red blood cell count in the body, in animal studies. A healthy blood supply to the genital regions is definitely good news for your sexual life. Figs improve semen production and act as an aphrodisiac. It is a popular fruit in vajikarana or vigor promoting therapy, done to boost sex drive.

4. Garlic

Garlic may seem like an unlikely candidate as an aphrodisiac, given all the bad press about “garlic breath,” a no-no on a date. Yet, the pungent pods can actually help you in the bedroom.  It is as effective as synthetic drug sildenafil citrate in curing erectile dysfunction. The allicin in garlic helps improve blood circulation, including to the genital region, which can be useful for both men and women. However, the jury is still out on whether there may be some fallout on fertility in men. So if you’re planning a baby, this may not be your top aphrodisiac of choice.

5. Watermelon

Researchers have found that watermelon may be able to give you some of the benefits of Viagra without the associated risks. The L-citrulline in the luscious watery fruit can help increase the nitric oxide in your body, allowing blood vessels to relax and enhancing sexual vigor. Studies show watermelon’s potential as an aphrodisiac, increasing sexual appetite or desire in test subjects, especially among men with an erectile dysfunction issue.

6. Spices

Spice up your life with cloves, an aphrodisiac that also leaves your breath smelling fresh and gently exotic. Or grate some nutmeg into your coffee to help give your sex drive a boost.These spices have been scientifically proven to improve sexual desire and function. One animal study found the spices to be effective sexual stimulants that also improve mating performance, paving the way for possible use in humans as well.

7. Saffron

What diamonds are for girls, saffron is for the woman in control of her sexual life. An expensive fragrant spice, it gives a sense of well-being and positivity. Due to its therapeutic effects on the mind, it tackles the problem of waning sexual desire at its root. It also has anti-stress properties and can ease fatigue. One study evaluated the effect of saffron on women with a history of depression that was impacting their libido. After taking 30 mg of the spice every day for 6 weeks, the women showed improvements on the overall sexual function parameter. Arousal and lubrication also improved, while pain declined.

8. Pomegranate

Pomegranates can help improve testosterone production in your body. And more of the male sex hormone translates to improved libido. Good for both men and women, this fruit can be eaten raw or drunk as juice. Researchers have found that the juice of the pomegranate has the potential to increase testosterone levels in as little as a week when consumed daily.

9. Wild Oats

Tucking into wild oats, also called Avena sativa, can be just what the doctor ordered. Especially useful for women, it improves sensitivity in the genital region by giving your nerves the nourishment they need. Studies confirm their ability to improve genital sensation – and as a bonus, orgasms were found to increase too!

The Healing Touch Of Reflexology

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Reflexology is a type of massage therapy based on the theory that all parts of the body are represented by specific spots in the hands and feet, and that stimulating these spots can have a positive effect on the corresponding body part. It’s been found to relieve anxiety and pain, assist with loss of sensation and pain in those with diabetes, ease constipation, and help reduce premenstrual symptoms. It can even alleviate sensory, motor, and urinary complications in people with multiple sclerosis.

Drawings on Egyptian tombs appear to indicate that foot massages were used therapeutically some 5,000 years ago. Today, there are many variations of massage practiced around the world, including reflexology, which works by massaging specific areas on the hands and feet to stimulate neural pathways. According to the doctrine of reflexology, every part of the body, including glands and organs, are represented by specific areas (reflexes) on the feet and hands. For instance, the tip of the toe on the foot is related to the left hemisphere of the brain. Health problems in any part of the body can be detected in the corresponding reflex area, and stimulating or massaging that area will have a positive effect on the diseased part of the body. By applying pressure to specific points in the body, reflexology is similar to acupressure, but it only focuses on pressure points in the hands and feet instead of throughout the entire body.

How Does It Work?

Although the specific mechanisms behind reflexology are still mostly unknown, many theories seek to explain its beneficial effects:

The Energy Theory: According to this theory, reflexes are linked to other parts of the body through energy pathways. Applying pressure on the reflexes supports the natural balance of energy and promotes healing within the body.

The Lactic Acid Theory: This theory suggests that lactic acid settles as microcrystals in the feet and that reflexology crushes these crystals, allowing energy to flow freely. It has also been suggested that reflexology improves blood flow and has a relaxing effect on the autonomic nervous system.

Relieves Premenstrual Syndrome

Want to cure your PMS? Book a reflexology session. A study found that 30 minutes of reflexology treatment once a week for two months resulted in a decrease in premenstrual symptoms. The participants also felt relaxed by the treatment (many of them even fell asleep during the sessions) and stated that they felt more energetic the next day. The researchers suggest that these results may be due to positive changes in adrenal, pituitary, and gonadal activity.

Reduces Diabetes Pain

People with diabetes often suffer from pain in their lower limbs and may even experience loss of sensation in their legs or feet. Research has found that reflexology can actually improve these symptoms, as well as nerve conductivity and blood glucose levels.

Manages Anxiety and Pain

If you’ve ever received any type of therapeutic massage, you’ll know how quickly your anxiety can evaporate with just the right touch. In one study, participants with lung or breast cancer experienced significant relief from anxiety when they were given foot reflexology. Breast cancer patients also experienced a reduction in pain, but, interestingly, those with lung cancer – the majority of whom were male – seemed to show a greater reduction in anxiety than those with breast cancer.

When receiving a reflexology treatment, endorphins are released, muscles relax, and blood circulation increases, all which can bring some much-needed pain relief. One study found that nurses with chronic lower back pain experienced lowered intensity of pain after receiving reflexology.

Eases Constipation

Reflexology techniques such as thumb walking can help to reduce constipation and increase bowel movements. In one pilot study, participants with chronic constipation underwent reflexology sessions once a week for 6 weeks. About 94% of the participants reported improvement in their symptoms. Even children seem to benefit. A study which looked at children aged between 1 and 12 years with constipation found reflexology to be helpful as a supplementary treatment to standard medical care. Over the course of 12 weeks, reflexology improved bowel movements, pain, general health, and behavior.

Improves Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Reflexology can even help patients with multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that currently has no cure. One study found that patients showed improvement in sensory, motor, and urinary symptoms after just 11 weeks of reflexology treatment. Those with multiple sclerosis also found that reflexology helped them relax and sleep better, reduced pain, stopped spasms, stabilized bowel and bladder problems, and helped with balance.

6 Ways to Sculpt A Six-Pack During Any Outdoor Workout

Get superb abs in the great outdoors.

Getting great-looking and hard-working abs doesn’t require a machine, a mat, or a boutique fitness class. In fact, you can (and should!) do abs exercises after a hike, outdoor run, or during your favorite workout you do outside the gym.

Adding these six multi-directional moves to your next outdoor workout will not only keep your abs looking impressive but will help strengthen surrounding areas, too: your hips, spine, and pelvis.

Do these exercises two to three times every week, either completed all together or intermittently throughout an outdoor run or hike. When completing them all together, allow 15 seconds of rest in between each exercise.

Knee tucks
1. KNEE TUCK

Place your hands on an elevated surface like a low wall or park bench so that your palms are directly below your shoulders. Step your feet back and together so that you are in a straight line from ears to ankles. Draw your abs in and brace, allowing a natural curve in your lower back. Draw inward through your torso and pull your left knee forward into a tuck. Allow your lower back to round upward slightly. Pause for a beat and deeply contract your ab muscles. That’s one rep. Step back with your left foot and complete the move on your right foot. Continue alternating legs for a total of 40 reps.

 

Seated crunch
2. SEATED CRUNCH

Sit on a bench or low wall and place your hands directly next to your hips. Extend your legs forward with feet together and knees bent slightly. Lean back with your upper body to counter balance and lift both legs using your ab muscles. Pull your knees in towards your chest and keep a long spine. That’s one rep. Release both legs back to the starting position, and immediately repeat. Complete 20 reps.

Side plank knee crunch
3. SIDE-PLANK KNEE CRUNCH

Using a bench or low wall, place your left hand directly below your left shoulder and step into a side-angled plank. With your right hand at your head and your feet together, ensure a straight line from your ankles to your ears. Keep your left leg firm and long, and pull your right knee upward toward your right elbow. That’s one rep. Step back to the starting position and immediately repeat for 15 reps. Switch sides and complete the same with the other leg.

Leaning crossover
4. LEANING CROSSOVER

Using a park bench or low wall, sit on the front edge so that you can lean backward and extend your legs. Reach your arms over your head and keep your feet together. Use your core muscles to hold the leaning angle, then bring your right hand and left toe together. That’s one rep. Release back to start and immediately complete the move on the other side. Continue alternating sides for a total of 30 reps.

Straight leg reach
5. STRAIGHT-LEG REACH

Find some grass and begin on your back with your legs stretched out and your arms reaching over your head. While exhaling, lift both legs upward and reach your hands to touch your shins or ankles. Move both upper and lower body in one swift move, lifting your chest upwards toward the sky. Focus on lifting up off of the grass to raise your shoulders as high as possible. That’s one rep. Inhale as you release back down to the starting position. Repeat for a total of 30 reps.

Straight leg oblique
6. STRAIGHT-LEG OBLIQUE

Lie on the grass with your right knee bent and left leg stretched out straight. Place both hands at your head. Draw inward and contract the muscles of your core to bring your left leg and right elbow together at the knee. Focus on lifting your shoulders off the ground, while you simultaneously twist your torso to the left. That’s one rep. Release back to the starting position and repeat for a total of 20 reps on this leg. Switch sides and complete the same on the other leg for another 20 rep

6 Drinks That Will Shrink Your Belly

Sip your way slim.

That sweet drink may hit the spot for breakfast or happy hour, but it’s not doing your waistline any favors. A 20-ounce packaged lemonade can contain 250 calories and 68 grams of sugar. Fortunately, there are plenty of refreshing sips that you can drink without guilt—and they may actually help you lose weight.Here are six ways to quench your thirst without packing on pounds.

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FLAVORED WATER

Staying hydrated is important when you’re trying to trim down. Sure, you can fool yourself into drinking more water, and research has proven that water helps your body maintain a proper fluid balance, stops water retention (a big cause of bloated bellies), and even increases the feeling of fullness so you eat less overall.

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WATERMELON SMOOTHIE
 As long as they’re made without sugary mixers like sherbet, smoothies are a guilt-free way to hydrate—and watermelon is a terrific, low-cal smoothie base. Not only is it a natural hydrator because of its water content, watermelon is also loaded with nutrients, including cancer-fighting lycopene, as well as an amino acid known as arginine. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that arginine can decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass, so whip up this 56-calorie metabolism booster and sip away!
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ICED PEPPERMINT TEA

This minty thirst quencher is super-refreshing, but it’s also a super-effective belly flattener. Find out how to brew your own teas, and go for the peppermint tea, which helps your stomach process fat, ensuring even high-fat foods like burgers and steaks are digested quickly, which helps prevent bloat.

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PINEAPPLE FRAPPE

This blended pineapple drink tastes like a beach vacation in a glass—and it packs in two belly-flattening ingredients. A tablespoon of flaxseed oil adds monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), proven belly flatteners, and pineapple itself contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps break down protein, ease digestion, and banish bloat.

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GREEN TEA

Besides reducing your risk of cancer and heart disease, green tea contains catechins, antioxidants that studies show can help reduce belly fat. That’s right: Green tea can actually help you lose weight. If you sip a little before a workout, these compounds can also increase your fat burn during aerobic exercise.

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DARK CHOCOLATE SHAKE

Really? Yes, really. Chocolate—especially dark chocolate—helps you slim you down because it decreases appetite and lessens food cravings overall. However, at nearly 400 calories, this shake is more of a meal than a snack.

Smoothie Snack Pack
Put 1/2 cup skim or soy milk, 6 oz (80-calorie) vanilla yogurt, 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, and 1 cup fresh raspberries plus a handful of ice OR 1 cup frozen raspberries in a blender. Blend for 1 minute, transfer to a glass, or eat with a spoon (387 calories).