Archive for August, 2014

Foods That Will Increase Your Sexual Appetite

1. Watermelon

Coined ‘the new Viagra’, watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid that relaxes blood vessels thereby increasing your sex drive. There have been multiple attempts to introduce L-citrulline in natural health supplements, however, cells absorb the active ingredient from unpasteurized watermelon juice better than supplements or even plain water spiked with the compound, suggesting the watermelons are the optimal delivery medium.

2. Celery

Celery may not be the food of choice that you dream of when thinking sex, but it is a great source food for sexual stimulation. Celery contains the hormone androsterone, a naturally occurring steroid found in human sweat and urine which is released through perspiration. It’s odorless, but it signals “maleness” and virility as a pheromone. It basically signals the brain centers in women to increase their sexual appetite when triggered. Celery is best eaten raw and should never be cooked.

3. Bananas

Bananas contain the bromelain enzyme, that increases libido and reverse impotence in men. Also, they are potent sources of potassium and B vitamins like riboflavin, which increase the body’s overall energy levels. Bromelain has also been reported to have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects.

4. Aparagus

Asparagus is high in the B vitamin folate that helps increase your production of histamine. The correct levels of histamine are important for increasing the sex drive in men and women.

5. Figs

Figs are excellent sources of amino acids that increase libido. They can also improve sexual stamina. Amino acids play a vital role in normal sexual function and will help increase the level of nitric oxide in the body. The fig is said to increase sexual stamina as well as having a sexual appearance, flavour and smell to heighten all our senses to improve our mood and let our libido rise from their slumber. Packed with potassium, manganese, and antioxidants, this fruit also helps support proper pH levels in the body.

6. Chillies

If you like it hot and spicy, this one will bring a smile on your face! Chillies contain capsaicin, a chemical which also increases blood flow and triggers the release of mood-enhancing endorphins that naturally pump up your libido. Chili peppers are also a heart-healthy food with potential to protect against the No. 1 cause of death in the developed world.

7. Avocado

Loaded with potassium, avocados boost libido for both sexes. And they’re rich in folate which provides energy and stamina – both of which are important once your libido is restored. The Aztecs referred to the avocado tree ahuacatl as a “testicle tree.” They contain vitamin B6 (a nutrient that increases male hormone production) and potassium (which helps regulate a woman’s thyroid gland), two elements that help increase libido in both men and women.

8. Almonds

Almonds are a great source of essential fatty acids. They contain omega-3 and fatty acids to help produce testosterone in men and provide the raw material for a man’s healthy production of hormones. They also contain vitamins E and B2, magnesium and calcium. Additionally, the smell of almonds arouses passion in females and is known to be an aphrodisiac. You can add to the sexual ambience by lighting some almond-scented candles to build up her mood. Eat almonds raw, never roasted, sweetened or salted.

9. Eggs

Eggs are rich in vitamins B6 and B5. These help balance hormone levels and fight stress, two things that are crucial to a healthy libido. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Eating raw eggs just prior to sex is said to heighten libido and maximize energy levels. But all bird and fish eggs contain B6 and B5. Know where your eggs come from.

10. Garlic

While you don’t want to be stinking of garlic during a passionate lip lock, garlic contains allicin, an ingredient that increases blood flow to the sexual organs. This trick doesn’t work overnight however as you need to consume it for about a month to reap its rewards.

11. Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine — an alkaloid — which is very similar to caffeine. It also contains phenylethylamine, a chemical that produces the feeling of “being in love.” Modern day foodies know raw cacao in its pure unadulteratedform is a superfood. It has more antioxidants than green tea or red wine. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study that found, women who enjoyed a piece of chocolate every day had a more active sex life than those who didn’t. So, when your woman talks about how good chocolate makes her feel, there is some science behind it. In addition, dark chocolate has a massive amount of anti-oxidants, which are great for the body in general, as they help maintain the immune system.

12. Maca

Maca is a root vegetable from Peru is considered to be the uber superfood to increase sex drive in men and women. It also helps increase sperm count. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids, all of which work to increase energy levels. In men, it can help with erectile dysfunction, and for women it is said to increase sex drive and fertility. Try adding a teaspoon of maca powder to smoothies.

13. Dates

Very popular in the Northern parts of Nigeria, dates are packed with amino acids for sexual stamina as well as a good dose of fruity sugars which make them sweet and an amazing pickup.

14. Ginger

“In the 21st century, those of us who know about botanical-ceuticals know that ginger helps circulation temperature adjustment, mucoid detoxification and also a libido enhancer. Whether raw, in supplement form, or added to your favorite recipe or drink, ginger also lends itself to defense against winter’s hard cold and flu season. Because trying to get frisky with a runny nose never ends well.

15. Saffron

Though on the pricey side, this spice is a treat for your stomach and sex life. Researchers at the University of Guelph have found that saffron can improve sexual performance. Soak the threads in hot liquid for 15 minutesthen add to quinoa, or barley for an tasty healthy dish.

16. Cloves

This sex superfood is versatile when it comes to cooking: it can be brewed in hot apple cider, infused in your favorite exotic dish, or added to a chai tea latte. Just make sure to share it with your guy, too. In India, cloves have been used to treat male sexual dysfunction for centuries and research published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine agrees, discovering that clove extracts produced an increase in the sexual activity of normal male rats. Add a little cumin and cinnamon and you’ve got a tasty, multifaceted aphrodisiac.

17. Walnuts

Walnuts improve the quality of sperm. It is known to improve the shape, movement and vitality of the sperm. Include walnuts in your diet to improve fertility. Walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, known to boost the brain’s “pleasure chemical,” dopamine, and arginine, the amino acid that increases the production of nitric oxide which assists with erections – it opens up the blood vessels to increase blood flow.

18. Black Raspberries

Both the berries and the seeds will transform your mind-set for getting in the mood, so pop in a handful a day to keep bedroom boredom at bay. “This phytochemical-rich food enhances both libido and sexual endurance,” say Drs. Anna Maria and Brian Clement, authors of 7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality and directors of Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. Consume 10 black raspberries or atablespoon of seeds a few hours before getting busy.

19. Cardamom

Cardamom is a natural alternative to Viagra, as it is believed to help counter male impotence. It contains cineole, a compound that increases blood flow to the sexual organs.

20. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which is important for testosterone production in men and helps boost libido. They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which act as a precursor for prostaglandins, which play a key role in sexual health. They are also great for prostate health! The oil in pumpkin seeds alleviates difficult urination that happens with an enlarged prostate.

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Tips for Fasting

Our digestive system is very busy and hard-working, which requires high amounts of energy; in fact, the digestive system can even drain energy needed for healing, repair and general maintenance of the body. Therefore, it makes sense to give it a vacation once in awhile.

The art of fasting is an ancient tradition practiced for thousands of years for curing illness of all kinds, rejuvenation, clarity and decision making, cleansing and strengthening. Have you noticed that when you’re sick, your appetite diminishes? (Similarly, when animals are ill, they lie down and often don’t eat or drink.) Energy goes towards healing our bodies instead of digesting food.

Fasting also allows for the body’s enzyme system to focus on detoxifying and breaking down toxins in the body quickly and efficiently without the job of heavy food digestion. During fasts, toxins are being circulated in the body in order for our organs to de-arm them. Therefore, it’s not always wise to detoxify quickly because a flood of toxins being released at once can cause serious distress to the body that can do more harm than good.

Effective ways to fast

If you’ve never fasted before, and would like to experience a fast, have no fear. Fasting should be gentle and nurturing and can range from a one day to as long as a week. More rigorous fasts, such as a water-only fast, should only be undertaken by those experienced in fasting and detoxification.

A gentle fast is great way to start — without even having to go hungry.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Eating a raw food diet of fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts
Eating a “mono” diet of one food (for example a fruit or rice gruel)
Consuming mineral-rich bone and vegetable broths
Drinking green smoothies
Drinking only fresh pressed vegetables/fruit juices
Eating salads exclusively
Eating kichadi ( a traditional Indian rice/vegetable dish full of healing herbs and spices)
Having an early dinner and refraining from food for a 16-hour period before eating breakfast.

Fasting may seem overwhelming or daunting, but if you simply choose one day per week and practice any of the above tips, you’ll get used to it.

When fasting, always remember to listen to your body, letting it decide when and how long fasting should last.

Homemade Conditioner For Dry Damaged Hair

Causes Behind Hair Damage

Applying direct heat on your hair (i.e. straightening curling tools or even hair dryers)
Too much exposure to sun
Bleaching
Perming
Highlighting and Coloring
Over brushing or not brushing enough
Over shampooing
Use of extensions and weaves

 

1. Avocado and banana conditioner:

Things that you will need:

Banana
Avocado
Eggs
Honey
Extra virgin olive oil

Method:

Firstly take an avocado, peel and cut it into half (you can also use one full avocado depending on the length of your hair) and smash it until it becomes a paste.
Then take half a banana and add about 2 tbsp of olive oil. Mix it well with the avocado paste.
Then take an egg and mix with the banana and avocado mixture in a blender until it is soft.

How to apply:

Firstly make sure your hair is dry. Start applying the avocado and banana conditioner from the top section of your hair. Ensure not to apply the conditioner on your scalp. Then work your way down and concentrate mainly on the hair tips as the tips are more likely to be damaged. Leave the conditioner for about 10 mins and rinse it off with water. You will see that your hair becomes soft and shiny.

Benefits of the conditioner:

Banana nourishes your hair and prevents the hair from getting frizzy.
Avocado helps in hair growth and conditions and moisturizes your hair.
Olive oil makes your hair healthy and shinier.
Honey adds sheen to your hair and it can also be used to lighten your hair.

This is a pack that you will listed in many places as the best homemade conditioner for damaged hair.

2. Vinegar egg conditioner:

Things that you will need

Eggs
Olive oil
Honey
Vinegar
Lemon juice

Method

Firstly start with 2 – 3 egg yolks and whisk it thoroughly, then add about 4oz of vinegar, about 5 oz of lemon juice and mix it; simultaneously add about 8 oz of olive oil and 2 – 3 tbsp of honey. Mix it well in a blender. You will be left with a thick and whipped paste.

How to apply

Take the vinegar and egg conditioner paste and apply it on hair tips. After applying, leave the conditioner for about 10 – 15 min and rinse it off thoroughly with cold or normal water.

Benefits of the conditioner

Eggs act as a good conditioner and add shine to your hair.
Olive oil makes your hair stronger and also healthier.
Honey can be used to lighten your hair and it also provides moisture.
Vinegar helps in treatment for hair loss.

3. Banana Hair Mask:

Things you will need

Banana
Egg
Honey
Milk
Olive oil

Method:
Mix one banana, one egg, three-tablespoon honey, three tablespoon milk and five tablespoon olive oil into a smooth paste.

How to apply

Apply the paste on hair and leave it in for 15 to 30 minutes and then wash off.

4. Yogurt Hair Mask:

Things you will need

Egg
Yogurt

Method
Beat an egg white until it is nice and smooth, add five to six tablespoons of yogurt to this mixture, and blend again.

How to apply

Massage into your hair and keep it covered in a shower cap, leave the homemade conditioner mask for 15 to 30 minutes and wash with a mild shampoo.

5.Different oils:
a. Avocado oil:
Avocado oil is great conditioner for dry damaged hair. It penetrates your hair shaft and reaches the core to provide moisture. It has excess amounts of monounsaturated fatty acid and vitamin E, which helps in hair growth and gives hair a healthy shine. You can deep condition your hair using hot Avocado oil, keep it on for 30 mins and then wash off or leave it overnight and wash it the following day.
b. Olive Oil:
Olive oil is a great emollient and penetrates your hair much better than other oils. Hot Olive oil works wonders to condition your hair. Use a tablespoon of warm olive oil, massage on your hair and scalp in a circular motion, and keep your hair covered in a shower cap or wrap with plastic wrap. Leave this cover for 40 minutes and afterwards wash it off and use a mild shampoo if necessary.

Homemade Bodyscrubs

1. Coffee body scrub:

This will scrub away all your dead skin cells, revealing softer and healthier looking skin. It will add moisture to your skin and is especially great for winters, as it will help prepare the skin to meet the harsh weather.

What you need:

¼th cup ground coffee

(Coffee is a great scrub for our skin as it helps fight cellulite.)

¼th cup sugar

(Sugar works as an exfoliator. It helps to remove the surface layer of dead skin cells. You can also use brown sugar instead of the regular white sugar.)

2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

(Olive oil penetrates deep into the skin and protects the skin from ageing. It makes the skin supple and endows it with a youthful glow.)

3 Vitamin E capsules

(Vitamin E has antioxidant properties that protect and repair the skin cells. It helps make the skin soft and supple.)
How to prepare:

Mix sugar with ground coffee, olive oil and the extracted oil from the slit Vitamin E capsule
Turn it to a paste.

How to use:

Use this mixture to scrub your entire body.
Scrub away gently for 10 to 15 seconds until you feel your skin has turned soft and silky.
Rinse it off with lukewarm water
Make sure you use a body wash to experience the softness of your skin.
Once done, apply a moisturizer of your choice to retain the moisture.

 

2. Lemon and sugar body scrub:

This is one of the best forms of exfoliation that helps to get rid of rough skin. It helps you get soft and smooth skin.
What you need:

1 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
6 tablespoons of Olive Oil or Sweet Almond oil

How to prepare:

Mix all the ingredients well.
Your scrub is ready

How to use:

Moisten your skin when you go for a shower
Next, massage and scrub all over your body.
Rinse it off and pat dry
You will immediately feel the difference in your skin!
Those who have very dry skin can apply a moisturizer of their choice to help retain the moisture. The olive oil or almond oil in the scrub will also act as a natural moisturizer for the skin.

Six Steps to a Healthy Homemade Fruit Facial

Step 1: Cleansing

The first step is to clean your face thoroughly. While you can wash the face with a mild soap, we suggest using cold raw milk in a cotton ball to wipe off all the impurities. Milk is great as a cleanser and is totally natural, so there are no harsh chemicals. Use the cotton ball in a circular motion to cleanse the skin. After cleansing, wash the face with lukewarm water. Milk helps to remove dirt and grime from the pores and adds an instant shine.

Step 2: Exfoliating

Next step for a good fruit facial is to exfoliate. For this, you will need 1 tablespoon of oatmeal and 1 tablespoon of lemon peel powder or dried lemon peel. Add the two together and make a paste by adding a bit of rose water/plain water. Alternatively you can also use a mixer to make the paste. Take lemon peels, add a bit of water to them and use the mixer to make it into a pulp. Then add the oatmeal to it to make the paste.

After the paste is ready, apply it all over your face using your fingers in a circular motion. Use the paste on your neck area also. Exfoliate for 2-5 minutes using the scrub and then wash off with lukewarm water. Pat dry the face.

Step 3: Lightening

Rub some honey on your skin to help it lighten a bit. Honey acts as bleach and helps to lighten skin tone. Wash it off after 10 minutes.

Step 4: Opening up pores

Boil a pan of hot water and use it to steam your face. Let the water stand for 5 minutes and lean over with a towel to keep the steam in. This will open the pores on your skin.

Step 5: Fruit Facial

Next take a ripe tomato and mash it into a paste and add some drops of lemon in it. Keep the mixture in a refrigerator for 20-30 minutes and then take it out. Add a teaspoon of honey to it. Apply this mixture on your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off with water.

Step 6: Nourish and Moisturize

Take a cucumber and make a paste of it. Apply this paste over the face and the neck area. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Pat dry and your home fruit facial is done.

Egg Masks for Healthy Skin

Egg makes for an excellent homemade face mask. Eggs improve our skin tone, texture and help minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

1. Egg Face Pack: Recipe with egg white

Cleanse your face well
Take an egg and separate the egg white from yolk
Now apply egg white directly on your face using a cotton ball
Let it dry completely for 10 – 15 minutes
Rinse off well with plain water

This face mask helps a great deal in improving blood circulation. It also helps in skin tightening.

2. Egg Face Pack For Dry Skin: Recipe with egg yolk

Take an egg yolk
Take one teaspoon of honey
Mix the two together well and apply on cleansed face.
Keep it on for 10- 15 minutes
Wash off thoroughly with plain water

This face pack proves pretty beneficial in providing moisture to dry skin.

3. Egg Face Pack For Oily Skin: Recipe with egg white for acne

Take some egg white
Mix it well with some fuller’s earth (multanimitti)
Keep mixing it well until you get a good consistency
Apply this on the face and let it dry for 15- 20 minutes
Wash your face off thoroughly

This face pack helps control oil secretion to a great extent. It also helps keeping all skin problems, related to oily skin at bay.

4. Egg Face Pack: Recipe with milk, carrots and egg white

Take some egg white
Take small carrot with some milk
Grate the carrot finely
Mix it well with the egg white and milk
Apply it on a cleansed face
Let it sit on your face for 15- 20 minutes before washing off thoroughly

This face mask is a great home remedy for anti aging for all skin types.

5. Egg Face Pack For Glowing Skin: Recipe with Gram flour and lemon for oily skin

Take some gram flour
Mix it well with egg white
Now add few drops of lemon to this mixture.
Apply it evenly on your face and let it sit for 20 minutes
Rinse thoroughly with plain water

6. Egg Face Pack: Recipe for Fine lines and Wrinkles

Apply egg white to a cleansed face
Let it dry completely
Rinse thoroughly with water after 10 minutes
Use under eye cream or gel after rinsing and wiping your face.

If used regularly, this face mask can show great improvement on fine lines and wrinkles.

9 Mystery Ingredients in Meat

 

Here’s a list of various ingredients that’s often found inside meat.

 1. Antibiotics

It’s been suggested that farmers and ranchers administer antibiotics to animals because it helps animals gain as much as 3 percent more weight without food. Farmers want their animals to weigh more because it means more profit.

Antibiotics in animals can increase risk for humans. According to Dr. Glenn Morris, if humans ingest meat that has antibiotics, over time they can become resistant to antibiotic treatment. Because of this reason, the European Union and Canada have banned the use of antibiotics in meat animals.

 2. Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Propionate and Benzoic Acid

These three chemicals are used as preservatives in meat. Sodium benzoate is also found in sodas and processed juices. When these chemicals are used with vitamin C, these chemicals can have carcinogenic effects.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is currently proposing to remove the use of  these chemicals from meat and poultry products.

 3. Ractopamine

Ractopamine is banned from 160 countries, but it’s not banned in the United States. Ractopamine is a meat additive that is used in 80% of pig and cattle population. It’s an asthma like drug that makes animals muscular and lean. It’s marketed as Paylean for pigs, Topmaz for turkeys, and Optaflexx for cattle.

Last year the FDA was suded by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) for withholding safety information of ractopamine. These organizations have found that ractopamine has effects on animal liver, kidney and thyroid, urethral and prostate form and function. Other affects of this drug on animals include stress, hyperactivity, rapid heartbeat, birth defects and enlarged heart.

In humans ractopamine has shown to affect the human cardiovascular system and cause chromosomal abnormalities.

 4. Nitrites and Nitrates

Nitrites and nitrates are added to meat products to inhibit the growth of bacteria and to give meat a more “appealing” color. When nitrites are combined with specific amino acids, nitrosamines are formed and have carcinogenic effects in the body. Red meat consumption has been linked with higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Excessive levels of nitrates and nitrites can also increase risks of developing leukemic, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, ovarian, rectal, bladder, stomach, esophageal, thyroid and pancreatic cancers.

 5. Sulphites

Sulphites are used as a preservative and help maintain coloring of meat products. Sulphites can trigger anaphylactic reactions. Other symptoms include headaches, irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and skin rashes.  This preservative has been shown to destroy thiamine which meat contains.

 

According to Fedup.com avoid sulphites by avoiding these ingredients:

 

    • Sulphur dioxide
    • Sodium sulphite
    • Sodium bisulphite
    • Sodium metabisulphite
    • Potassium metabisulphite
    • Potassium sulphite
    • Potassium bisulphite
    • Sulphurous acid
    • Sulphiting agents

 

Fedup.com listed other foods that Sulphites are found in:

 

    • Alcoholic beverages Wine, beer cocktail mixes, wine coolers
    • Baked goods Cookies, crackers, mixes with dried fruit or vegetables, pie crust, pizza crust, flour tortillas
    • Beverage bases Dried citrus fruit beverage mixes
    • Condiments and relishes Horseradish, onion and pickle relishes, pickles, olives, salad dressing mixes, wine vinegar
    • Confections and frostings Brown, raw, powdered or white sugar derived from sugar beet
    • Dairy product analogues Filled milk (skim milk enriched with vegetable oils)
    • Fish and shellfish Canned clams; fresh, frozen, canned or dried shrimps; frozen lobster, scallops, dried cod
    • Fresh fruit and vegetables Banned except for fresh pre-cut potatoes and sulphur dioxide used as a fungicide on grapes
    • Processed fruits Canned, bottled or frozen fruit juices (including lemon, lime, grape, apple); dried fruit;
    • Processed fruits (cont) canned, bottled or frozen dietetic fruit or fruit juices; maraschino cherries, glazed fruit
    • Processed vegetables Vegetable juices; canned vegetables (including potatoes); pickled vegetables (including sauerkraut, cauliflower, and peppers);
    • Processed vegetables (cont) dried vegetables; instant mashed potatoes; frozen potatoes; potato salad
    • Gelatins, puddings, fillings Fruit fillings, flavored and unflavored gelatin, pectin, jelling agents
    • Grain products and pasta Cornstarch, modified food starch, spinach pasta, gravies, hominy, breading, batters, noodle/rice mixes
    • Jams and jellies Jams and jellies
    • Nuts and nut products Shredded coconut
    • Plant protein products Soy protein products
    • Snack foods Dried fruits snacks, trail mixes, filled crackers
    • Soup and soup mixes Canned soups, dried soup mixes
    • Sweet sauces, toppings Corn syrup, maple syrup, fruit toppings, high-fructose corn syrup, pancake syrup, molasses
    • Tea Instant tea, liquid tea concentrates

 

6. Carbon Monoxide

 

Carbon Monoxide is used to help preserve meat and poultry and make it look fresh.

 

According to Food & Water Watch, “CO is toxic because it sticks to hemoglobin, a molecule in blood that usually carries oxygen, even better than oxygen can. When people are exposed to higher levels of CO, the gas takes the place of oxygen in the bloodstream and wreaks havoc. Milder exposures mean headaches, confusion, and tiredness. Higher exposures mean unconsciousness and death, and even those who survive CO poisoning can suffer serious long-term neurological consequences.”

 

 7. Heavy Metals & Vaccines

 

High residues of heavy metals like copper and arsenic can be found in meat products. Anti-parasitic vaccines and other drugs were also found in meat products according to the USDA Office of Inspector General 2010 report.

 

According to the same report, 23 high-risk pesticides were also found. Arsenic feed is given to animals to promote weight gain while controlling parasites. Companies like Pfizer stopped marketing arsenic feed because arsenic in its inorganic form is actually carcinogenic.

 

8. Viral Sprays

 

Viral sprays are given to animals to prevent listeriosis which is a bacterial infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes. The spray that is used is called LMP 102 and is made up of 6 different bacteriophages. The FDA also allows LMP 102 to be used as pesticides on crops.

 

Bacteriophages can cause allergic reactions.

 

9. Meat Glue

 

Meat glue is used to keep meat intake. It’s kind of like the pink slime that’s seen in chicken nuggets. It’s made of thrombin which is a coagulation protein taken from blood of cows or pigs. It’s scientific name is transglutaminase. Look at the labeling on the meat – if it says “formed” or “reformed meat” it means that transglutaminase was used.

 

The problem with using meat glue is that it promotes bacteria like E. coli, which can pose many risks including death.