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If you’re a little shy, you might want to brace yourself. Because it’s time for some straight shooting. For married folks only.
Everybody knows that sex is usually a lot of fun. But if we’re being honest you have to admit, sometimes it can feel a little like a chore.
Maybe you’re a bit too tired. Or perhaps your joints and muscles ache or just don’t move as easily as they used to. And truthfully, a cuddle on the couch is nice, too.
Well you aren’t going to get an argument from me on that. It’s true nothing beats a good cuddle. Besides when it comes to sex, it’s all about quality, not quantity.
And the good news is while how often we’re doing it usually does drop as we get older, we also tend to become masters at the intimacy part. In other words, we get really good at pleasing our partners and ourselves.
But I have some news that could inspire you to go ahead with that roll in the hay a little more often anyway.
Sex linked to longer healthier lives
It turns out sex is literally good for your health. In fact, every time you do the deed you…
1. Improve your immunities:
A study out of Wilkes University in Pennsylvania revealed that folks who had sex one to two times per week produced more of an antibody called IgA than those who opted out more often. IgA improves our immunities, helping to protect us against illnesses such as colds and flu.
And that’s not all. A 25-year study by Duke University found that sex literally helps us live longer. Both men who had sex regularly, and women who reported enjoyed having sex, lived longer healthier lives than folks who had less sex or simply didn’t enjoy it as much.
2. Get a cardio workout:
You know how everyone from your doctor to me is always trying to get you to exercise a bit more often? Well I have great news. Sex counts as a cardio workout when it comes to heart health.
A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that men who have sex twice a week have a 45 percent less risk of heart disease. And another study revealed the likely reason why.
Lovemaking slashes the levels of a chemical called homocysteine that’s behind a number of heart issues, according to the study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Guys who have sex regularly tend to have healthier blood flow and better blood vessels as a result. Which helps keep the chemical from building up.
3. Reduce your stress levels:
Sure, we’re all familiar with that relaxed glow you get after a round of bedroom aerobics. But it turns out the stress busting power of sex goes so much further than that.
Scottish researchers found that folks who had sex regularly responded better to stressful situations. Their heart rates and blood pressure levels stayed lower whenever life got stressful.
4. Boost your brainpower:
If you think smart is sexy, you’ve got one more reason to hop into the sack more often. Canadian researchers found that ladies who have more sex have better memory and word recall than their peers who stick to just sleeping in the bedroom.
Experts say that sex may be activating the hippocampus, the part of your brain that’s responsible for learning and memory.
5. Reduce cancer risk:
This benefit is for the guys, and those of us who love them. Early research published in the
Journal of the American Medical Association has linked ejaculation to a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
The magic number appears to be 21 times per month. But if five (plus) nights a week sounds far too ambitious for you, don’t worry. There’s good reason to believe that having frequent sex, even if it’s not most nights a week, brings plenty of benefits too.
6. Gain better bladder control:
You use many of the same muscles during sex that you use for bladder control. And this is true for both men and women.
Which means every time you have sex you’re giving those muscles a good workout and making them stronger. That can translate into better bladder control, which can become an issue for women after childbirth and all of us as we age.
7. Improve your sleep:
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sex doesn’t just release feel-good hormones. It also releases the sleep hormone prolactin. Which means having sex allows you to fall asleep easier, and get a better nights rest.
Plus it turns out having sex can lead to a pattern I think we can all get behind. According to a group of researchers out of Michigan, women who have sex sleep better, get more rest and end up wanting more sex. And that, of course, makes them sleep better. Talk about a cycle you never want to break.
Oh, and let’s not forget sex is an excellent pain reliever. Making love releases the hormone oxytocin, which in turn triggers feel-good endorphins. So if you find yourself tossing and turning because your joints ache (or you have a headache) sex could have you slipping off to sleep in no time.
No, this is not a photograph of old time erotica, so you can stop blushing! In fact, this is a picture of how doctors used to treat patients with scoliosis back in the day.
Difference between a girlfriend & a wife massage 😂😂😂
Posted by Vivien Gan on Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Complied by Dr Lipschitz
Working for Adolf Von Bayer, the chemist Felix Hoffman discovered aspirin, by chance, in 1897, when he combined acetic with salicylic acid to create acetylsalicylic acid in a chemically stable form.
Soon thereafter, scientists at Bayer realized they had identified a drug that reduced fever, relieved pain and had anti-inflammatory properties. By 1915, it was available without the prescription as a tablet used primarily for joint, back and neurological pain.
In 1948, a family physician noted that 400 patients taking aspirin never had a heart attack and recommended an “aspirin a day” to reduce heart disease.
And in 1988, a classic research study clearly showed that middle-aged men taking aspirin daily had a 40 percent reduction in heart attacks and a 32 percent reduction in all cardiac events.
Later, aspirin was shown to reduce the risk of stroke, peripheral vascular disease and in helping treat high blood pressure.
Aspirin’s benefit goes beyond protecting the heart and brain. Everyone knows that aspirin is an excellent pain reliever and anti-inflammatory drug.
But one of the most intriguing findings is aspirin’s effects on preventing cancer. In 2003, Dartmouth researchers reported that people taking a baby aspirin daily reduced their risk of precancerous polyps in the colon by 19 percent.
The anti-inflammatory effects of aspirin is believed to prevent damage to the lining cells of the colon, reducing cell abnormalities that can lead to polyps and cancer.
And in an article just published in the journal Lancet, scientists in Great Britain evaluated 14,000 people who were taking low dose aspirin for heart disease.
Taking 81 mg (baby) aspirin daily reduced the risk of colon cancer by 24 percent and the risk of death from cancer by 35 percent. Although still open to question, there is suggestive evidence that aspirin may decrease the risk of breast cancer.
In February 2010, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reported that taking regular aspirin decreased recurrence of or death from breast cancer by 50 percent in women with the proven disease.
Aspirin impairs the function of an enzyme system called the cyclooxygenases (COX).
Two forms of the enzyme, COX1 and COX2 are inhibited by aspirin. The COX1 form is essential for normal platelet function and the integrity of the stomach wall.
By inhibiting the COX1, aspirin interferes with platelet function by reducing their ability to clump on arterial walls. This, in turn, reduces the risk of a blood clot and hence a heart attack or stroke.
Unfortunately, it also increases the risk of damage to the stomach wall leading to pain, indigestion and a high risk of bleeding.
Aspirin effects on the COX2 enzyme lead to less pain and a reduction in inflammation. Thus, the analgesic effect of aspirin and its role on inflammation may be protective against cancer.
What is truly remarkable is that the benefits occur as effectively when a baby or 81 mg aspirin tablet is taken daily as compared to larger doses.
But side effects remain a concern. Even at a tiny dose, the drug can cause severe bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract, heartburn and indigestion — and in some patients, an allergic response leading to asthma.
Aspirin is a part of a family of medications called Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs that include Motrin, Aleve and Celebrex. When used together with these agents, the adverse effects of aspirin become more common and elevation of the blood pressure and declines in kidney function are significant risks.
For reasons that are not clear, women don’t benefit from aspirin as much as men. The drug doesn’t reduce the risk of heart attacks and only decreases the risk of stroke in women over 65. However, the reduction in cancer risk appears to occur in men and women equally.
Despite the somewhat disappointing evidence that aspirin doesn’t reduce heart attacks in women, the benefits beyond the age of 65 and the potential reduction of two of the most common cancers makes it prudent that from aged 50 onwards we should all take a baby aspirin (81 mg) daily.
Despite the risk, the benefits of aspirin far outweigh its potential side effects. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, take an aspirin a day. It can save your life.
Dr. David Lipschitz is the medical director for the Mruk Family Education Center on Aging and the Fairlamb Senior Health Clinic. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most folks know a bit about omega-3s these days. Perhaps you’re even taking an omega-3 rich fish oil supplement.
Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids that we get in our food. And they’re critical for our health. In fact, without them our bodies wouldn’t even function.
Plus they also deliver some hefty health benefits such as helping to protecting us from major diseases such as Alzheimer’s, asthma and heart disease.
EPA and DHA are omega-3s that you will get from eating fish. And ALA, another fatty acid, is in plant foods such as seeds and nuts.
Shining a spotlight on omega-6 fatty acids
But if you’ve never heard of omega-6 fatty acids, you’re in good company. They aren’t a household name like the omega-3s. However, like the omega-3s they’re found naturally in some healthy foods you’re likely already eating such as nuts, seeds, chicken and cheese.
When combined with omega-3s, omega-6s help keep your brain, bones and hair healthy. Plus they help make your skin looking gorgeous, and even play a role in keeping your metabolism humming along.
But omega-6s have a dark side too. When you get too many of them, they trigger systemic inflammation. And that means they can contribute to all kinds of health problems, including heart disease, arthritis, dementia and more.
Omega-6 and omega-3 misbalance harms health
Which is why it’s critical that you’re getting enough omega-3s to balance out your omega-6 levels. And that’s where we run into a problem. Because the typical Western diet is drowning in omega-6s, and far too low in omega-3s. Some experts estimate that our modern diet has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of more than 10 to 1.
Vegetable oils—such as corn, soybean, safflower and sunflower—are one of the main culprits behind excess omega-6s. These inflammatory oils are lurking in everything from so-called health foods to fried fare. And, ironically, mainstream medicine has pushed them on us as a “healthier” alternative to animal fats.
But it gets worse. Because when those excess omega-6s meet LDL cholesterol, it can trigger a series of events that ultimately ends in a heart attack or stroke.
Oxidized LDL dangers triggered by excess omega-6s
Longtime Healthier Talk readers know that despite its reputation, cholesterol isn’t the villain it’s always made out to be. In fact, even so-called “bad” cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein, isn’t really a bad guy.
LDL helps to deliver cholesterol to tissues throughout your body where it’s used to make vital hormones including vitamin D. But when unstable omega-6s deteriorate, they generate damaging free radicals that bounce around in search of molecules to attach themselves too.
When those molecules are LDL cholesterol, they form oxidized LDL or oxLDL, and that’s when the real trouble starts. Your body identifies these damaged molecules as a danger, triggering inflammation and sending white blood cells rushing to the site.
The white blood cells surround the oxLDL, walling it off in an attempt to protect you against it. And these sticky particles begin to stack up on the inside of your blood vessel walls forming plaque.
Over time, this build up restricts blood flow, raises blood pressure, contributes to heart disease and eventually can even lead to a heart attack or stroke. In other words, an omega-6 stuffed diet isn’t just dangerous for your health it could be deadly too.
3 simple changes help dial back omega-6 overload
But the good news is with a few small changes you can start dialing back on the omega-6s, and achieve a better ratio between the omegas, starting today.
1. Dump the veggie oils:
Inflammatory vegetable oils are one of the main sources of omega-6s in the Western diet. Cutting back on them can make a drastic difference in your omega-6 levels.
Corn oil, cottonseed oil, grapeseed oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil and canola oil are all examples of these unstable oils. Clear them out of your pantry and switch to coconut oil, avocado oil, organic cold-pressed olive oil and butter instead.
2. Read ingredients labels:
When you go grocery shopping, take a moment to spin your food around and check out the ingredients label. You’re looking for any of those vegetable oils we’ve just mentioned. Sometimes food manufacturers simply use the generic term “vegetable oil.”
Omega-6 heavy veggie oils can be in almost anything, including some of your favorite go-to pantry staples. For example…
- Wishbone Ranch Salad dressing contains soybean oil
- Kraft Mayonnaise contains soybean oil
- Goldfish Baked Snack Crackers contain sunflower oil
- Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Bars contain soybean oil
In general, avoid commercial salad dressings which tend to use veggie oils. And crackers, snack foods and fried foods are often heavy in omega-6s so strike them from your shopping list too.
3. Create a better balance:
You can’t eliminate all omega-6s from your diet, nor would you want to. But your goal should be to cut back on them to avoid their dark side, especially the potential heart consequences. And to create a better balance with the omega-3s in your diet.
Boost your omega-3s…
- Add more omega-3 rich foods to your menu such as wild-caught salmon, sardines and mackerel.
- Switch to pasture raised eggs. Conventionally grown have significantly higher levels of omega-6.
- Choose grass-fed beef over grain fed, which typically are far higher in omega-6.
- If you’re not already taking a high quality fish-oil supplement, consider adding one to your routine.
A few smart choices can go a long way towards correcting the omega-6 misbalance in your diet. Protect your health and your heart by making these changes today.