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Healthy Living: 8 dieting hurdles for men

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Have you been trying to get rid of your shapely pot-belly for a
while, but the dastardly thing just won’t budge? Perhaps you’re
simply making one of these all too common dieting mistakes that guys are prone to fall for which includes thr following;

1. Man-sized meals
It’s kind of obvious, but you need to remind yourself of it every now and again: the more you eat, the bigger the chances of your weight going up. The most important watch-phrase is ‘portion size’. Rather than eating one humongously large plate of food once a day, go for more frequent, smaller portions.
And, no, eating large portions of health food isn’t going to help – a large portion is a large portion. Gradually cut down on the amounts you eat and you’ll find that your body will soon get used to less. Also: stop having seconds and polishing off everyone else’s leftovers. What you’re aiming for is a well balanced diet of regular healthy meals in moderate portions.

2. Liquid diet
Guys, our favourite dieting ploy of replacing food with a couple of pints of draught is flawed! Guess what? Beer has calories, too. Disappointingly plenty, in fact. To make matters worse, alcohol tends to lower your inhibitions. Let’s be honest: how often do we find ourselves ordering a plate of greasy pub grub with that extra bottle of lager. And if you’re hoping to drink yourself slim with fizzy sodas, energy drinks or even fruit juice, think again. They all tend to contain loads of sugar and won’t do wonders for your waistline. The most
appropriate drink for the thirsty man on a diet is a regular glass of delicious chilled water, which plays a crucial role in your body’s metabolism of fats.

3. Exercise is not enough
You can’t keep on pigging out on mega-burgers and family-sized pizzas and expect to remedy the problem with the odd extra gym session. Don’t get me wrong, regular exercise is important, but if you’re really serious about losing weight, you’ll have to adjust your diet. This is especially true for men in their 40s and older. As your
body’s metabolism slows down naturally with age, you’ll find it
increasingly difficult to keep up with poor eating habits by just
exercising.

4. Eating on the run
Many guys think they’re so busy all day long, they can only fit in high-speed meals between meetings and other more important bits of their lives. But the stress associated with such rapid-fire eating sessions can contribute to weight gain. If you’re always in a hurry, you’re less likely to make healthy food choices and it’s bad for your digestion, too. Make mealtimes a calm and enjoyable part of your daily routine and you’ll help your digestive system process
everything you send its way.

5. You’re no Jamie Oliver
For many a man the main stumbling block en route to a good diet is the fact that he can’t cook to save his life and is forever dependent on fattening, highly-processed junk food. Cooking may be a little intimidating at first, but once you get into it, it’s great fun.

Extra bonus: women tend to be really impressed by men who can cook. Buy yourself a nice entry-level cook book or two, find some
delicious-looking, healthy dishes and get cracking. You might even want to try cooking classes designed specifically for guys.

6. Skipping meals
Thinking that missing out on meals during the day will help you. lose weight is a fallacy. Quite the opposite is true: the practice tends to slow down your metabolism and encourage your body to store fat, most of it in your belly. So moderately-sized, healthy and balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner it is.

7. The weekend binge
After keeping on top of your diet all week long, you might be
tempted to think you have a free pass for an indulgent weekend, but this will only slow down your efforts to shed weight. Try to find healthier weekend food options rather than undoing all of the disciplined dieting you did during the rest of the week. The same goes for late night ice cream binges!

8. Diet pills and fat-burning supplements

Drugs definitely are the lazy way out of the dieting conundrum. But don’t kid yourself. You can’t get into shape through supplements
and pills alone. While they tend to suppress your hunger by lowering your metabolism, they also encourage your body to up its rate of fat storage as it snaps into survival mode because you’re
depriving it of calories. Once you go off the pills and return to your normal eating habits you’re likely to put all of the lost kilos back on again and more.

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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in FRESH!, Health, Sports

 

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Dealing with depression

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Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible. Try these tips:

•Turn to trusted friends and family members. Share what you’re going through with the people you love and trust. Ask for the help and support you need.

•Try to keep up with social activities, even if you don’t feel like it. Often, when you’re depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell, but being around other people will make you feel less depressed.

•Aim for eight hours of sleep. Depression typically involves sleep problems. Whether you’re sleeping too little or too much, your mood suffers. Get on a better sleep schedule by learning healthy sleep habits.

•Expose yourself to a little sunlight every day. Lack of sunlight can make depression worse. Take a short walk outdoors or sit out in the garden. Aim for at least 15 minutes of sunlight a day to boost your mood.

•Keep stress in check. Not only does stress prolong and worsen depression, but it can also trigger it. Figure out all the things in your life that stress you out such as work overload, unsupportive relationships, taking on too much, or health problems. Once you’ve identified your stressors, you can make a plan to avoid them or minimise their impact.

•Practice relaxation techniques. A daily relaxation practice can help relieve symptoms of depression, reduce stress, and boost feelings of joy and well-being.

•Care for a pet. While nothing can replace the human connection, pets can bring joy and companionship into your life and help you feel less isolated. Caring for a pet can also get you outside of yourself and give you a sense of being needed — both powerful antidotes to depression.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Health

 

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5 REASONS TO DRINK COCONUT WATER

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1. It prevents dehydration

Coconut water helps maintain the body’s fluid levels and its potassium content helps maintain water pressure within cells and blood. In developing countries where clean water is scarce, coconut water can be life-saving and save people suffering from diarrhea, dysentery, or cholera.

2. It fuels your brain and muscles

Due to its electrolyte content, coconut water improves nervous system functions and nerve transmission. It also helps prevent muscle spasms and cramps.

3. It fights aging

Coconut water contains a compound called cytokinin, which protects cells from aging and cancer.

4. It aids digestion

Improves digestion and metabolism through bioactive enzymes. It can also aid the absorption of food.

5. It supports immune function

Its Lauric acid content is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It boosts the immune system in fighting infection whilst helping to eradicate intestinal worms and candida.

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Posted by on April 30, 2013 in FRESH!, Health, Uncategorized

 

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7 Fruits That Help Prevent Cancer

Cancer is one of the world’s greatest health conditions that has threatened the well being of many, particularly women. It is so sad to note that many do not bother about finding preventive solution to this dreaded disease. Many instead wait to go for the curative.

But we think it pays to find better and more cost-effective ways of preventing rather than curing cancer.

We found a list of seven amazing fruits that can help in this preventive effort from Beforeitsnews.com, and thought it wise to republish it here.

Happy reading!

A diet rich in fruits and veggies can help protect against many cancers. People who eat at least four servings of fruits have a 50 percent lower risk of cancer than those who consume no more than two such servings each day. The following 7 fruits are particularly effective.

1. Avocado

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Contains Lutein (a carotenoid along with Vitamin E), Magnesium, and monounsaturated (healthy) fats. Avocado helps fight cancer of the mouth, breast, and prostate, and improves skin tone. It also improves absorption of nutrients in other foods.

2. Mango
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  Research found that women who eat more mango have a lower risk of breast cancer. Researchers conducted a study of polyphenols, focused on bio-active ingredients called tannins, which prevent and inhibit cancer progression. Tannic acid, which is found in mango, is a kind of polyphenol with a bitter taste. It was found that polyphenols can disrupt the cell division cycle. Grape seeds and teas also contain polyphenols.

3. Citrus
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Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemon, kumquat are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C can help prevent the formation of nitrosamine which may occur after eating processed meat. Vitamin C is good for patients with gastric cancer, laryngeal cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer.
4. Hawthorn
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Hawthorn is commonly used as an appetizer to boost digestion and lower blood lipids. It inhibits cancer cell growth and is rich in vitamin C. It’s good for the digestive tract and female reproductive system cancers such as gastric cancer and breast cancer.

5. Jujube

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Rich in B-carotene, vitamin C and B vitamins, this fruit contains a group of triterpenoids, an anti-cancer active ingredient. Jujube may be eaten in porridge or simmered with astragalus.
6. Kiwi
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Kiwi is a powerhouse of vitamin C. It has 4-12 times more vitamin C than an orange, 3 times more than an apple and 60 times more than grapes.
7. Red Apples
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Researchers found that red fruits such as red apples and vegetables protected against breast cancer in rats. Vitamins in fruits and vegetables with red skin can effectively inhibit production of cancer-promoting proteins and suppress the response of tumors to female hormones, thus reducing the risk of breast cancer.

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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Adults Don’t Eat Enough Fruit, Veggies to Fight Cancer

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As many as 2.5 million Canadians could be at risk of developing cancer because they don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables to reap cancer-fighting benefits, don’t exercise enough and don’t keep their weight in check, suggests a new study by Cancer Care Ontario.

And governments should be quick to institute educational campaigns about these preventable deaths, similar to the steps taken in the war against tobacco, authors of the study released said.

“The typical Ontario diet is one where it doesn’t provide optimal nourishment, it’s lower in vegetables and fruit, nor do we have the activity levels that we can maintain good health and reduce or risk of cancer,” said Ontario Cancer Care researcher and dietitian Melody Roberts, who helped create and carry out the Ontario Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Survey.

The survey found that up to 30 per cent of cancers in Ontario could be prevented if Ontarians ate more fruit and vegetables, got more exercise and kept their weight in check.

Another 30 per cent of cancers could be eliminated if smokers quit their habit, the survey said.

It also found that 835,000 Ontario adults – more men than women – didn’t get even the minimum required amount of fruits and vegetables and exercise, and didn’t keep their weight below the healthy body mass index of 25.

Applied across the country, disregarding any variation in eating and exercise habits, that number would amount to more than 2.5 million Canadian adults, suggested Dr. Alan Hudson, CEO of Cancer Care Ontario.

In Ontario, the provincial government currently spends one per cent of its cancer-fighting funds on prevention and screening, the agency said.

“Cancer Care Ontario needs to pay more attention to (prevention), and governments certainly need to pay more attention to it,” said Hudson.

“(Ontario Health Minister George) Smitherman is very keen on the prevention side . . . I’m hopeful that while he’s the minister of health you’re going to see much more emphasis on this side than you have in the past.”

Provinces across the country have been increasing tobacco taxes to offset health-care costs related to tobacco-caused illnesses such as lung cancer, and to dissuade people from buying the lethal product. Bans on tobacco advertising and television commercials about the perils of smoking are also part of the campaign to help people quit.

Similar steps should be taken to convince people that diet and exercise also have a big impact on fighting cancer, said Terry Sullivan, vice-president of research and cancer control at Cancer Care Ontario.

“Fifteen years ago people didn’t think we could do anything about tobacco, and somehow we’ve managed to initiate comprehensive strategies to reduce tobacco consumption,” Sullivan said.

“We have not organized ourselves in a comprehensive strategy with respect to diet, physical activity, healthy body weight and cancer.”

The survey backed its findings by saying cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, larynx, lungs and bladder all have “convincing or probable evidence for prevention by vegetable and fruit consumption.” Esophagus, colon, rectum, breast, uterus and kidney cancers seem to be positively affected by maintaining a healthy body weight, and physical activity may combat cancer of the colon, rectum, breast, uterus and prostate.

Health agencies recommend that adults eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but 40 per cent of adults fail to consume that minimum, Cancer Care Ontario adds.

The telephone survey, conducted between June 2001 and May 2002, involved 3,183 Ontario residents ages 18 to 64.

Forty-eight per cent of Ontarians surveyed were found to be overweight, with a body mass index of 25 or more. The index – the standard measure for health – is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of their height in metres.

Another 48 per cent of those surveyed said they got less than three hours of physical activity a week, less than the recommended 3.5 hours a week. More residents of northern Ontario than southern Ontario and the Toronto area got the recommended amount of exercise, either at work, doing chores or in their leisure time, the study found.

Only 14 per cent of those surveyed got the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables and exercise and maintained a healthy weight.

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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Health

 

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BE THE MAN YOU WANT….Avoid poor service delivery

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When I was growing up and became sexually active (at about 21 years of age), I had premature ejaculation. The excitement, maybe, of finally getting a girl to be interested enough to drop her pants for me, caused all sorts of trouble and, of course, early discharge.

My first girlfriend then was so profoundly frustrated she ended up going out with a 40-year-old ‘experienced’ man. Poor girl! She is still marrying old men till today.Image

My next girlfriend fared no better. She was fond of chewing gum and watching television during sex. No matter how much action was going on, she always looked relaxed as she changed channels. I cannot remember now what happened to that relationship or why it failed.

Now, as a doctor, I am more in tune with my patients who suffer from poor erection and premature ejaculation. Erectile function is one of the key questions I ask my patients complaining of back or neck pain. Many do not share the information voluntarily but open up once I let the cat out of the bag.

When I have a couple in the clinic, the man often says things are alright, while the woman sits quietly, rolling her eyes up and down. She should know, as she is at the receiving end!

Hadija left her husband after three years of poorly consummated marriage. She tried her best but was simply not getting the service she signed up for. All the money and financial security could not stop her from walking out of the marriage. Poor husband! It is not something he can talk about openly.

Poor erection

Almost all men sometimes have trouble getting or keeping an erection and it is common in adult men. In many cases, the problem goes away with little or no treatment. In other cases, it can be an ongoing problem. An erection problem that does not go away can damage your self-esteem and ruin your relationship. It therefore needs to be treated.

Erection problems become more common with age. Physical causes are more common in older men. Emotional causes are more common in younger men. The causes range from diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, thyroid problems, lack of interest, low self esteem, drugs such as Digoxin, to drug abuse — using cocaine, alcohol and smoking — can lead to failure of erection.

Unrealistic expectation, poor communication with partners and bad previous sexual experiences are other issues.

An erection involves your brain, nerves, hormones, and blood vessels. Anything that interferes with these normal functions can lead to problems getting an erection. Couples who cannot talk to each other are likely to have problems with sexual intimacy. Men who have trouble talking about their feelings may find it hard to share their anxiety about sexual performance. Counseling can help both you and your partner.

There are also many drugs now available for promoting better erection and therefore improving the ability to penetrate and satisfy your partner. These drugs, such as Ostrin, improve service delivery.

There are also specific instructions to be followed when using of drugs.

Warning: Buying drugs from mallams outside night clubs and inside Danfo and Molue is a dangerous practice. These poisons may do more harm than good and further destroy your ability to obtain a satisfactory solution. Say ‘NO’ to unethical herbal concoctions that are not standardized those drugs that ‘cure all!’

Premature ejaculation

This is often a problem during the teenage years and of no lasting consequence. It can be easily corrected in teenagers by general relaxation, experience and specific training. Actually, most men experience premature ejaculation at least once in their lives. The incidence is as high as 30 per cent, because there is great variability in both how long it takes men to ejaculate and how long both partners want sex to last.

The average time for normal intra-vaginal ejaculation to occur is about six minutes in most encounters. Ejaculating before two minutes may be considered premature, but it depends on the partners, as to whether it is adequate or constitutes a problem. Therefore, teenagers and young adults need not worry about this. A patient partner and comfortable surroundings help to achieve the impossible (last more than five minutes!).

Of course, there are tricks to use in delaying the inevitable. These techniques include concentrating on your partners’ fulfillment first, increasing the time allocated to foreplay and practicing coitus interruptus. This means slowing down and withdrawing, intermittently, for as long as possible.

For an adult who has recently developed premature ejaculation, the problem is totally different and demands more care and attention. A clinical examination is important to check for diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. If it is psychological, it may require the services of a psychologist to unravel the issues, which may or may not be related to the relationship.

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Ostrin, Dapoxetine are a useful drug for the treatment of premature ejaculation. It significantly improves erection and is generally well tolerated. Ostrin or Tramadol also helps in greater than 90 per cent of men. Finally, desensitising creams such as Stud that are applied to the tip and shaft of the penis can also be used to prevent premature ejaculation. Such creams are applied on an “as needed” basis and have fewer systemic side effects.

It’s good to talk

If you have any of these two problems, you have to talk to two people. First and foremost, have a frank discussion with your partner and search for ways to resolve the problem. Talk openly to your partner about sex and your relationship. Other things to do are as follows: Get plenty of rest and take time to relax. Exercise and eat a healthy diet to keep good blood circulation. Cut down on smoking, alcohol and illegal drug use. Use safe sex practices to prevent HIV and STDs.

The second person to talk to about this problem is your doctor. Your doctor should be able to help or refer you to a specialist or a counselor. Get help early so normal ‘service’ can resume.

If you think you need one let me know, i would willing be of help.

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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in 18+, Health

 

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ENDOMETRIOSIS!

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What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis (say “en-doh-mee-tree-OH-sus”) is a problem many women have during their childbearing years. It means that a type of tissue that lines your uterus is also growing outside your uterus. This does not always cause symptoms. And it usually isn’t dangerous. But it can cause pain and other problems.

The clumps of tissue that grow outside your uterus are called implants. They usually grow on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the outer wall of the uterus, the intestines, or other organs in the belly. In rare cases they spread to areas beyond the belly.

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How does endometriosis cause problems?

Your uterus is lined with a type of tissue called endometrium (say “en-doh-MEE-tree-um”). Each month, your body releases hormones that cause the endometrium to thicken and get ready for an egg. If you get pregnant, the fertilized egg attaches to the endometrium and starts to grow. If you do not get pregnant, the endometrium breaks down, and your body sheds it as blood. This is your menstrual period.

When you have endometriosis, the implants of tissue outside your uterus act just like the tissue lining your uterus. During your menstrual cycle, they get thicker, then break down and bleed. But the implants are outside your uterus, so the blood cannot flow out of your body. The implants can get irritated and painful. Sometimes they form scar tissue or fluid-filled sacs (cysts). Scar tissue may make it hard to get pregnant.

What causes endometriosis?

Experts don’t know what causes endometrial tissue to grow outside your uterus. But they do know that the female hormone estrogen makes the problem worse. Women have high levels of estrogen during their childbearing years. It is during these years-usually from their teens into their 40s-that women have endometriosis. Estrogen levels drop when menstrual periods stop (menopause). Symptoms usually go away then.

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What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms are:

  • Pain. Where it hurts depends on where the implants are growing. You may have pain in your lower belly, your rectum or vagina, or your lower back. You may have pain only before and during your periods or all the time. Some women have more pain during sex, when they have a bowel movement, or when their ovaries release an egg (ovulation).
  • Abnormal bleeding. Some women have heavy periods, spotting or bleeding between periods, bleeding after sex, or blood in their urine or stool.
  • Trouble getting pregnant (infertility). This is the only symptom some women have.

Endometriosis varies from woman to woman. Some women don’t know that they have it until they go to see a doctor because they can’t get pregnant or have a procedure for another problem. Some have mild cramping that they think is normal for them. In other women, the pain and bleeding are so bad that they aren’t able to work or go to school.

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

Many different problems can cause painful or heavy periods. To find out if you have endometriosis, your doctor will:

  • Ask questions about your symptoms, your periods, your past health, and your family history. Endometriosis sometimes runs in families.
  • Do a pelvic exam. This may include checking both your vagina and rectum.

If it seems like you have endometriosis, your doctor may suggest that you try medicine for a few months. If you get better using medicine, you probably have endometriosis.

To find out if you have a cyst on an ovary, you might have an imaging test like an ultrasound, an MRI, or a CT scan. These tests show pictures of what is inside your belly.

The only way to be sure you have endometriosis is to have a type of surgery called laparoscopy (say “lap-uh-ROSS-kuh-pee”). During this surgery, the doctor puts a thin, lighted tube through a small cut in your belly. This lets the doctor see what is inside your belly. If the doctor finds implants, scar tissue, or cysts, he or she can remove them during the same surgery.

How is it treated?

There is no cure for endometriosis, but there are good treatments. You may need to try several treatments to find what works best for you. With any treatment, there is a chance that your symptoms could come back.

Treatment choices depend on whether you want to control pain or you want to get pregnant. For pain and bleeding, you can try medicines or surgery. If you want to get pregnant, you may need surgery to remove the implants.

Treatments for endometriosis include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medicines like ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) or naproxen (such as Aleve). These medicines are called anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. They can reduce bleeding and pain.
  • Birth control pills. They are the best treatment to control pain and shrink implants. Most women can use them safely for years. But you cannot use them if you want to get pregnant.
  • Hormone therapy. This stops your periods and shrinks implants. But it can cause side effects, and pain may come back after treatment ends. Like birth control pills, hormone therapy will keep you from getting pregnant.

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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Health

 

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