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How to Do Kegel Exercises

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Incorporating kegel exercises into your everyday routine can help ward off pelvic floor problems, including urinary incontinence, and is beneficial for women who have difficulty achieving orgasm. Many things can lead to weakened pelvic muscles, but if you do kegels regularly they can regain strength. It takes some effort and time to learn how to do kegels properly.

Steps

  1. Find your pelvic muscles.
  • While urinating, try to stop the flow. This tightening is the basic move of a kegel. However, don’t use this as your regular kegel exercise routine. Doing kegels while urinating can actually have the opposite effect, weakening the muscle.
  • Place your finger in your vagina and squeeze your muscles. You should feel the muscles tightening and your pelvic floor move up. Relax and you’ll feel the pelvic floor move back again.
  • Tighten and relax these muscles daily. Try and work up to 100-200 times a day. Or you can choose a certain thing to associate with them - for instance, kegel at every red light you come to, or every time you open the fridge.
  • Get into a comfortable position. You can do these exercises either sitting in a chair or lying on the floor. Make sure your buttock and tummy muscles are relaxed.
  • Concentrate only on the pelvic floor muscles and try not to tighten any other area of your body. Breathe normally during the exercise.
  • To do a quick kegel, quickly squeeze the pelvic floor muscles and release 10 times in a row. This should only take about 10 seconds.
  • To do a slow kegel, squeeze the pelvic floor muscles for 5 seconds and release. Do this 10 times. It should take about 50 seconds to complete a slow kegel.
  • To perform a pull-in kegel, think of your pelvic floor muscles as a vacuum. Tense your butt and pull your legs up and in. Hold this position for 5 seconds and then release it. Do this 10 times in a row. It should take about 50 seconds to complete.
  • Imagine you are trying to hold back urine; lift and squeeze from the inside. Try and hold that action for the count of three. Imagine that you are trying to stop yourself from passing wind; lift and squeeze your anus and hold for a count of three. Combine those two movements into one fluid movement. Starting from the front, lift and squeeze, don't let go, follow through to your anus, lift and squeeze. Relax. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Rest for 10 - 20 seconds and repeat.
    • Work towards 12 strong holds and as it starts to become easier, try holding for longer, and repeat as many times as you can.
  • Ask for help if you don't think you're doing kegels properly. Your doctor can help you identify and isolate the correct muscles to perform the exercise.
    • If necessary, your doctor can provide biofeedback training. This involves placing a monitoring device inside your vagina, and electrodes externally. The monitor can tell you how successful you were in contracting your pelvic floor muscles and how long you were able to hold the contraction.
    • A doctor can also use electrical stimulation to help you identify the pelvic floor muscles. During this process, a small electrical current adheres to the pelvic floor muscles. When activated, the current automatically contracts the muscle. After some use, you’ll most likely be able to reproduce the effect on your own.
  • Perform kegel exercises regularly, about 3 or 4 times a day.
  • Expect results in a few months if you do kegels regularly. For some women, the results are dramatic; for others kegels prevent further urinary tract problems.
  • You can practice more complex Kegels after mastering the basics. Tighten up and down the vaginal barrel progressively.

Tips

  • Imagine your lungs are in pelvis and relax perineum on inhale and draw up on exhale.
  • Try not to hold your breath, squeeze your buttocks or thighs, pull your tummy in tightly, or push down instead of squeezing and lifting.
  • As you become more confident with these exercises, you will find that you will be able to do them standing up. The important thing is to keep practicing throughout the day and you can do them while you’re washing the dishes, waiting in a queue, or even sitting at your desk in the office, during television show commercials, or when you are stopped at a stoplight while driving.
  • Pregnant women can perform kegel exercises.
  • You can preform slow and quick kegel exercises any time and no one will be aware of what you are doing. Some women find it easy to incorporate them into their routine while driving, reading, watching TV, talking on the phone or sitting at a computer.

Warnings

  • Don’t do Kegels while using the bathroom, except to locate the muscles initially. Interrupting urine flow can result in urinary tract infections.
  • Always do kegels with an empty bladder. Doing kegels with a full bladder can weaken your pelvic floor and increases your risk of contracting a urinary tract infection.
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Watermelon May Have Viagra-Effect

A cold slice of watermelon has long been a Fourth of July holiday staple. But according to recent studies, the juicy fruit may be better suited for Valentine’s Day. That’s because scientists say watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido.

“The more we study watermelons, the more we realize just how amazing a fruit it is in providing natural enhancers to the human body,” said Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station.

“We’ve always known that watermelon is good for you, but the list of its very important healthful benefits grows longer with each study.”

Beneficial ingredients in watermelon and other fruits and vegetables are known as phyto-nutrients, naturally occurring compounds that are bioactive, or able to react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions, Patil said.

In watermelons, these include lycopene, beta carotene and the rising star among its phyto-nutrients – citrulline – whose beneficial functions are now being unraveled. Among them is the ability to relax blood vessels, much like Viagra does.

Scientists know that when watermelon is consumed, citrulline is converted to arginine through certain enzymes. Arginine is an amino acid that works wonders on the heart and circulation system and maintains a good immune system, Patil said.

“The citrulline-arginine relationship helps heart health, the immune system and may prove to be very helpful for those who suffer from obesity and type 2 diabetes,” said Patil. “Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”

While there are many psychological and physiological problems that can cause impotence, extra nitric oxide could help those who need increased blood flow, which would also help treat angina, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.

“Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra,” Patil said, “but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side-effects.”

The benefits of watermelon don’t end there, he said. Arginine also helps the urea cycle by removing ammonia and other toxic compounds from our bodies.

Citrulline, the precursor to arginine, is found in higher concentrations in the rind of watermelons than the flesh. As the rind is not commonly eaten, two of Patil’s fellow scientists, drs. Steve King and Hae Jeen Bang, are working to breed new varieties with higher concentrations in the flesh.

In addition to the research by Texas A&M, watermelon’s phyto-nutrients are being studied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Lane, Oklahoma.

As an added bonus, these studies have also shown that deep red varieties of watermelon have displaced the tomato as the lycopene king, Patil said. Almost 92 percent of watermelon is water, but the remaining 8 percent is loaded with lycopene, an anti-oxidant that protects the human heart, prostate and skin health.

“Lycopene, which is also found in red grapefruit, was historically thought to exist only in tomatoes,” he said. “But now we know that it’s found in higher concentrations in red watermelon varieties.”

Lycopene, however, is fat-soluble, meaning that it needs certain fats in the blood for better absorption by the body, Patil said.

“Previous tests have shown that lycopene is much better absorbed from tomatoes when mixed in a salad with oily vegetables like avocado or spinach,” Patil said. “That would also apply to the lycopene from watermelon, but I realize mixing watermelon with spinach or avocadoes is a very hard sell.”

No studies have been conducted to determine the timing of the consumption of oily vegetables to improve lycopene absorption, he said.

“One final bit of advice for those Fourth of July watermelons you buy,” Patil said. “They store much better uncut if you leave them at room temperature. Lycopene levels can be maintained even as it sits on your kitchen floor. But once you cut it, refrigerate. And enjoy.”

Delicious Sustenance for Mind Blowing Sex~

Sexual Sustenance

Taking the time to investigate which fruits and vegetables appeal most in terms of their fragrance, shape, touch, texture (and of course, taste), allows us to see our sustenance with new eyes. With these characteristics in mind, gathering the ingredients for a “sensual” new way of eating can be fun.

Here are some tips:

  • Feast on fruits.Bursting with fiber and antioxidants, and thought to be imbued with aphrodisiac properties, many fresh fruits are as sensual as they are nutritious. Apples, apricots, bananas, cherries, coconut, dates, figs, grapes, mangoes, papayas, peaches, pears, plums, pomegranates, quince, raspberries and strawberries are celebrated in erotic literature throughout the world. Whichever fruits you choose, enjoy them often, and with a new appreciation of their attributes.
  • Devour delicious vegetables. Asparagus, carrots, celery, corn, cucumbers, carrots, eggplant and several other phallic-shaped vegetables have long been prized for their aphrodisiac effects. Although it may be hard to think of them as “erotic”, these earthly delights certainly invigorate the body with vitamins and minerals. The avocado, on the other hand, is undeniably sensual—so much so that the Spanish conquistadors helped spread its reputation throughout the world as a powerful stimulant. The juicy tomato, or “love apple,” a potent source of the powerhouse antioxidant, lycopene, was once a highly sought-after libido enhancer. Other veggies reputed to turn up the heat and fortify the body, include: beans, garlic, leeks, onions, parsley, peppers, soybeans, spinach, truffles, turnips and watercress. Serve these foods often for optimal sexual health.
  • Savor fruits of the sea and lean proteins. Shellfish including abalone, oysters, clams, scallops, shrimp, lobster and deep, cold-water fish like cod and halibut, fuel the body, the brain and sex drive. Oysters, for instance, are rich in zinc and iodine. Zinc, a vital sexual nutriment, is essential for testosterone production in men and women.
  • Eat lean meats. Meats such as chicken and turkey are healthful in moderation. “Good protein intake is important, but excessive amounts can interfere with sexuality,” warns Elson Haas, M.D., and author of “Staying Healthy With Nutrition”. If possible, choose organic meats to avoid hormones, antibiotics and other additives typically found in these foods. Nuts, seeds and beans are also excellent sources of protein. Both pine nuts and pumpkin seeds are sexual adjuvants.
  • Get a little on the side. Although a healthy diet provides most of the nourishment necessary for sexual wellness, a multivitamin/mineral supplement offers extra health insurance. Vitamins including A, the B group, C and E are necessary for sexual functioning. Vitamin E, for instance, supplies the sex organs with sufficient oxygen. B vitamins, including niacin and B-5, can help men and women reach orgasm and improve sexual stamina. Selenium, manganese and of course, zinc, are also vital in regulating hormones and revving up sex drive. Rather than taking these individually, take a multivitamin/mineral to ensure correct dosages. Check with your doctor to learn which brands he or she recommends.
DiscoveryHealth.com writers.  “Erotic Foods for Sex”  20 April 2005.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://healthguide.howstuffworks.com/erotic-foods-for-sex-dictionary.htm>  04 January 2012.

Healthy Ingredients for “Gourmet Love”

The dietary ingredients for a lifetime of wonderful sex include a variety of fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. Complex carbohydrates should be the centerpiece of a healthy sex diet, with lean proteins comprising about 20% to 30% of daily calories, advises Chris Meletis, N.D., chief medical officer at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. Meals rich in fruits and vegetables provide beneficial nutrients that keep organs in peak condition and energy at maximum levels, both of which are essential for lovemaking.

Although some foods arouse, others can impair sexual function. Fried fare and rich cream sauces can leave us feeling more sluggish than sexy. What’s more, excessive sugar, salt, saturated fat and highly processed foods are linked to frigidity, difficulty reaching orgasm and lack of interest in sex. Cutting back on these foods will help revive and preserve sexual vitality and enhance overall well-being. It’s also a good idea to limit consumption of alcohol and coffee, and to skip tobacco altogether. These “pleasure drugs” can dampen sexual desire and leech beneficial nutrients vital to our sexual health.

The good news is that some indulgences are beneficial. The rich, delicious decadence known as chocolate contains phenylalanine, an amino acid that raises the body’s endorphins, our natural antidepressants. Enjoyed in moderation, a few morsels can lift libido, providing a tantalizing prelude to sex.

The following is a selection of high vitality, fresh foods that supply nutrients essential for a healthy sex life. “Looked at in the right light,” writes author Diane Ackerman in “A Natural History of the Senses,” “any food might be thought aphrodisiac.”

DiscoveryHealth.com writers.  “Erotic Foods for Sex”  20 April 2005.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://healthguide.howstuffworks.com/erotic-foods-for-sex-dictionary.htm>  04 January 2012.