Reasons to Be Repulsive

tyWe humans are a terribly self-conscious bunch, bound by the shackles of social etiquette and governed by our need to fit in. As a child of rural Ireland, I was taught the following by teachers, clergy, childminders and my parents;

Picking your nose can cause brain damage.

Sweaty people are dirty and unhealthy.

Masturbation can make people cross-eyed.

Forgetting to put on knickers would certainly lead to a chill in your kidneys. (This was also true of sitting on a stone wall or step).

If you get too close to a swan, it will break your neck with its wing.

I gradually worked out that many of these theories are unfounded and have recently embarked on some research of my own. On nights where sleep evades me, I can be found lying awake, scanning scholarly articles and published studies on the actual benefits and risks of what are proposed to be ‘bad habits’. Also I work in the field of personal development and the pursuit of happiness and therefore have a natural curiosity about this kind of stuff. During my casual study, I was pleased to discover 5 good reasons to be rude.

1. MASTURBATION MAKES YOU MERRY!

Recent studies have produced evidence to support the hypothesis that ejaculating approximately 5 times a week improves prostate health. Also,it encourages new, healthy sperm production and is said to better sperm motility. Therefore, if a fellow wants to father some pure bred, A-list swimmers, it is recommended that they go about pleasing themselves regularly. Orgasm is also thought to reduce symptoms of hay fever which is great news for anyone plagued by this evil condition! Ladies who, like I, have had their vajayjays massacred by childbirth will know how boring and unappealing traditional pelvic floor exercise is. More good tidings- frequent orgasms are said to be very beneficial in strengthening one’s pelvic floor. Sex is often linked to UTIs and cystitis but many online articles state that masturbation helps to rid the cervix of unwanted bacteria via mucous secretion. (I know… ughhhhh). As high levels of oxytocin and dopamine are released at climax, masturbation may also be a healthy alternative to a drug high. Therefore mass masturbation is the ticket to a happy society!

2. SNOT IS A NATURAL ANTI-BIOTIC

I found this study really funny. Canadian researcher, Professor Scott Napper carried out a study to prove that picking your nose and eating it allows the body to digest germs in small and harmless amounts which in turn builds up our immunity to some of the bacteria present in our snot. Apparently, taking in bacteria this slowly is not going to harm us but will strengthen our defences. I do suspect that Professor Napper enjoys eating his snot more than the average Joe given that his penchant for bogeys led him to do a whole study on it.

3. LET IT ALL HANG OUT

We have been programmed to go straight to the underwear drawer every morning as the initial step in the clothing process. However, research suggests that liberating one’s testicles from tighty whiteys or indeed any incarcerating undergarments keeps them at the ideal temperature for sperm production. From a female perspective, it has been proposed that because a lady’s nether region boasts a warm and humid climate and in some cases (depending on grooming rituals) there is some foliage present, underwear can be suffocating and is linked to yeast infections. On a positive note, airing one’s undercarriage means no VPL and no risk of a wedgy. Win win!

4. SWEAT SPOTS AWAY!

If green tea and lemon juice are not your thing, breaking a sweat is a great alternative for getting rid of nasties in your system. Sweating can flush out alcohol, salt and cholesterol. By reducing levels of salt in the body through sweating, you reduce your risk of kidney stones and fight viruses and fungi. Also, sweating clears toxins out of the pores, keeping unwanted zits at bay.

5. SMELL YOUR FARTS!!!

I LOVE this! A study in the University of Exeter proposes that exposure to small amounts of hydrogen sulphide (i.e. the amount present in a smelly fart) may prevent mitochondria damage. Scientists supporting this research have suggested that this could help defend us against cancer, stroke, dementia and arthritis. Anyone with a dog should be feeling pretty elated right now.

These are the interesting, useless facts I have encountered so far during my insomnia fueled searches. So for optimum health, my advice is; a good snotty breakfast, sweaty workout, no knickers, lots of farting and if time and schedule allows a refreshing, cervix cleansing and sperm renewing ‘lamb shank’

Improve your health through masturbation, nose picking, sweating, going commando and farting! Ditch the fancy detox for a more fun approach to well being!!

Choose Your Fitness Classes With Care and Have Maximum Health Benefits

kiIt seems as if everyone around wants to stay fit and healthy. It also seems as if everyone plans to join a gym and get total fitness. Maybe not everyone but it’s true that more people today want to gain fitness and health benefits. It’s also true that more people are joining gyms these days in the hope of achieving desired fitness level and health benefits. Fitness classes are now in great demand and in fact, they are coveted by people of all age groups. Some want to lose weight while others are desperate to tone the body, and all this makes them join a gym.

It’s perfectly normal for people to join gym and try to tone and chisel the body in order to look good and make an impression on the world and people around. However, health-conscious people sometimes make the mistake of choosing wrong classes, which fail to give them the desired results. They often rush into joining a fitness centre even without assessing its classes, facilities and equipment. As a result, they end up losing a lot of time and money with exercises neither beneficial nor easy for them to do. It’s therefore important to join only those classes that meet specific fitness requirements.

In order to choose a right kind of fitness class, one should be first aware of their workout strength and weaknesses. One should know in advance that weights can be rigorous and physically demanding while aerobics not. More so, one should enrol for a combination of circuit training and weight if the prime target is to get as toned and chiselled a body as a bodybuilder possesses. You simply can’t enrol for aerobics hoping to craft the body and get rippling muscles. There has to be a clarity of thought else your investment may be squandered away without fetching any concrete results.

The best strategy would be to first consult a professional health trainer or expert and get a complete idea about right fitness classes. Once the kind of classes is ascertained, the next step should be about knowing the nature or method of training. Fitness goals and time-frame often determine whether group workouts or one-on-one training will do the trick. Both these factors will also play a role in determination of the cost that your fitness classes will entail. After that, you can decide whether to chart out your daily, weekly and monthly fitness goals.

Once fitness goals are fixed, one can go ahead and choose from available local gyms based on the requirements. This is how fitness targets are achieved, or this is how most people go about achieving their fitness targets. You should follow the same route as any diversion from this standard path means you will have to face problems. You should consult an expert before embarking on a fitness journey as this gives you an indication of treading the right path. So, be careful in selection of your fitness classes and join only a gym that meets your requirements with ease.

Tips for Dealing With a Picky Eater

etWho exactly is a picky eater?

Well, at the very beginning it really needs to be said that the very word picky actually means particular or discriminating. Hence, when we say picky eater, it actually refers to any person who makes a hell lot of discrimination while eating anything and everything. Picky eaters are extremely selective of what they want to eat.

There is a lot to worry about a picky eater. According to scientists, this condition of selective eating of food is better termed as Food neophobia. This reluctance to eat new foods or new varieties of foods is quite a problem in the case of parents or guardians.

What are the problems associated with a picky eater?

In kids, who are very selective in their foods, several types of health issues arise. Theses often lead to the stress of their parents as it is not very much simple and easy to deal with them. Studies have successfully shown the bitter truth about the consequences of being a picky eater. Children who are very much selective about their foods they eat are often victims of several psychological problems like depressions, lack of sleep, anxiety and even attention deficit disorders. What is more, kids who are too much sensitive in selecting their foods suffer the most and fall prey to depression quite easily. With the advent of time, sometimes these conditions often tend to become worse.

Now, let us come to the case if the picky eater is an adult person. In the case of adults, another type of problem often arises. Some adult people, who are picky eaters, often feel embarrassed by their habit of selective eating. And this is the underlying problem due to which they often tend to hide this problem of theirs and try to keep it hidden from their closest friends as well as relatives. Some people often tend to become picky eaters while trying to cope up with some other parallel problems or health issues, like obesity or diet restrictions due to allergies.

Is the habit of picky eating in the genes itself?

If we are observant, we can see clearly in most cases that if parents are picky eaters, then their children also fall prey to this same problem. This is due to the fact that the genes have been passed on by the parents to their children. Several types of research based on this have been conducted by scientists who revealed something that can be truly called as a bitter truth. Studies suggest that the TAS2R38 gene is responsible for encoding the taste receptors.

However, the good news is that scientists believe that with further research on this, several remedies can be developed in the near future that may help to literally turn off these receptors, and hence can cure the selective nature.

How to deal with someone who is a picky eater?

Let us have a glance at some of the tricks and tips that are a must if you really want to deal with a picky eater, be it your child or any adult. Here they are, as follows:-

• Always try to respect the person’s appetite – If a person who is a picky eater, is not much hungry, you should not force that person. Try serving small portions to that person so as not to overwhelm him.

• Try to introduce some healthier elements in the food that the person actually likes – You can include such types of food that the person actually likes, in the daily diet. For this, you have to be attentive and understand what he likes. Who knows it can be a healthy food.

• Quit buying unhealthy food stuff – Try not to buy unhealthy foods for your home. Unhealthy foods affect the appetite and are one of the reasons for making anyone picky eater.

• Try to keep up patience when it comes to new foods – This is the case of young children. Often we see children try to taste newer food stuff. We can encourage them to eat properly by including their favorites along with the regular foods.

• Try to stick to a routine – Always try to maintain a perfect routine no matter what. The proper routine of daily intake of food also helps to reduce the selection of foods by picky eaters.

• Try not to cut down on treats – Try to think and always remember that a cotton candy or a scoop of ice cream will never harm the food habits. A nice treat often works when it comes to picky eaters.

• Encourage them to eat their favorite colors – This is a perfect trick that works with kids. If you assist them to eat a variety of brightly colored foods, then there is obviously intake of more nutrients.

• Include the person in your prep work – You can include the picky eater in the process of buying the food items. You can take him/her along with you to the market.

• Try avoiding the TV while having food – This is a bad habit among most of the people. They always opt or watching the TV while having lunch or dinner. TV is one of the biggest distractions when it comes to eating. So try to avoid the TV while having food.

• Try to be a good role model – Last, but not the least, it can be said that perhaps the best way you can adopt is to influence as well as motivate other people. You can never actually expect your children to eat bitter gourd if you do not have it once. Similarly, you cannot even influence a person to have spinach if you yourself do not touch it even once.

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Watch Out for the 9 Signs of Dehydration

makOur bodies are composed of a lot of water. For adult males, its 60% while for the ladies, its 55%. Imagine if the water levels go down significantly, all sorts of problems can set in. Whether you’re physically active or just going about your everyday routine, you can get dehydrated. But how do you know you’re already lacking fluids or just being affected by the summer heat? Watch out for the 9 signs of dehydration.

Always Hungry. Most of the time, thirst is mistaken for hunger. People unnecessarily eat rather than drink. This is because the part of the brain which indicates hunger and thirst is the same area. How do you know thirst from hunger? Hunger happens gradually, not suddenly. So if you become hungry all of a sudden, reach for a glass of water first and not for a sandwich.

Sudden Sweet Tooth. The lack of water reduces the liver’s release of glycogens for energy. The brain sends this as craving signals, which you may interpret as a sign to grab a chocolate bar. When you have that craving, reach for a high water content snack, like a watermelon. Not only will your thirst be quenched, but you get to satisfy your sweet tooth in a natural way.

Dry Skin. Let’s say you’re out for a run. A good SPF cream will take care of your skin right? While it’s true the cream moisturizes and protects, you also need good fluid intake to keep your skin from drying. Even the best moisturizer can’t keep the skin from drying because of dehydration.

Cramps. If you’re physically active, cramps are a good indicator that your fluids are on the low side. Muscles are composed of over 70 percent of water, imagine when you hit 40 percent or less because of sweating, muscles can cramp up. All that sweating depletes sodium and potassium levels as well, so besides water, a sports drink may be necessary.

Dry Mouth and Smelly Breath. Salivary glands use water to produce saliva, when there is a low supply, the glands reduce production significantly, leaving you with a dry mouth. But it does not stop there, the lack of saliva and warm environment promotes bacteria build up which then results in bad breath.

Headaches and Dizziness. There is a fluid sack which envelops the brain, protecting it from the impact of sudden blows. If the fluid sack’s water level significantly decreases, expect severe headaches. Also, when you’re dehydrated, there is a tendency for your blood pressure to decrease, leaving you dizzy. Some even experience disorientation.

Reduced Sweat. This one’s a bit more basic, you don’t drink much and you’re dehydrated, your body can barely produce sweat even on a very hot day.

No Twinkle in your Tinkle. Urine is another indicator of dehydration. If you have dark urine, and has a really pungent smell, then you lack fluids. Urine should be clear or light yellow. Some vitamins and medicine can affect the color of your urine, but they will only make it into a darker shade of yellow.

Constipation. Your bowels need enough water to successful pass stool, without it you’ll be constipated. Being well hydrated also helps your intestines absorb nutrients from digested food.

What’s your best option to prevent dehydration? Well, you can always buy bottled water, but in the long run you’ll be throwing away lots of money and adding plastic to landfills. So you’re better off buying a reusable drinking bottle, like the ones made by Laken.

Laken drinking bottles are reusable, safe and environment-friendly. It’s great for adults and kids alike. You can check out the reusable bottles at your favorite online shop.