|He's Making a List and Checking It Twice...
Decisions, decisions! Just the other day Nick and I ran into two gentlemen at the new Lambda Rising Store. One said he enjoyed my articles and liked my down-to-earth way of relaying information to my readers. I thanked him and his partner very much. They also liked it when I do a list of things to go by, follow, eat, sleep, exercise and what-not. So, in keeping with my habit of making lists, I've decided to keep this one health oriented.
Betcha don't know the top ten sexiest foods. Oysters? Nah. Lobster? Nope. Chocolate? Nada. Well, if things are slowing you down in the bedroom, then Gillian McKeith, PhD, has a solution for you. She has just had her new book published: You Are What You Eat (how true). These are her picks for the top ten sexiest foods, and the reason(s) why.
1. SauerkrautOK, OK, calm down. Her reasoning is that it contains enzymes that fire up sex drive and are good for the liver, which maintains hormonal balance. I plan on giving Nick a case of this all wrapped up with a bow on it. Hey baby, how 'bout a little sauerkraut tonight?
2. StrawberriesYummy-love 'em. The antioxidants in strawberries increase libido. So succulent....
3. SproutsSay what? Why? 'Cause sprouted veggies are high in digestive enzymes that take the pressure off your body's enzyme production and leave you with more energy.
4. BlueberriesHey, no problem there. These are great to eat. They are high in B vitamins and good for the kidneys. They contribute to a healthy libido because the kidneys are the base organs for sexual prowesshey, these are her words, not mine.
5. Pumpkin seedshmmmm...dunno...a small packet daily is all you need; pumpkin seeds are rich in EFAs for sex hormone production, and zinc for healthy spermare ya listening, fellas??
6. Avocadosa traditional Aztec cure for erectile dysfunction, avocados are rich in healthy fats.
7. CinnamonI do like the smell of it...the doctor says it stimulates the brain and has an evocative aroma.
8. GingerI hear this one has sexual healing powers. Ginger is a traditional Indian remedy, and it improves circulation.
9. ParsleyNext time, don't throw away that garnish of parsley on your plate. Eat it, 'cause it has B12 for sexual energy, and it improves adrenal function for dealing with stress.
10. Brown RiceThis is a head-scratcher, but her reasons are that it has B vitamins that improve kidney function, digestion, hormonal balance and sex drive.
You all may have your own personal favorite, and I do, too.
It's summertime and we are all trying to be skin sensitive and skin friendly. I've found this summer's top 10 super-antioxidant foods. The next time you shop at your local supermarket, keep this list in mind and be aware that these fruits and vegetables are packed with skin friendly antioxidants. The list includes: blueberries, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, papaya, peaches, red peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, and watermelon.
Rememberthe more antioxidants in your diet, the healthier and happier you will be.
Do you dislike hot weather or cold weather? New information has just been published that could help us cope with the extremes. Is this you? You are too hot if you dislike hot weather, like lots of cold drinks, sweat easily, have trouble sleeping, tend to have a loud voice, are prone to having skin outbreaks and get mighty irritable. Well it's recommended that in order to cope better, you try the following: eat less dense protein sources, such as white fish, crabs, clams, etc., consume lighter foods such as salads, eat soy foods, dairy products, and beans. These will help put your body back in balance. It is also suggested that "hot people" eat cooling foods such as cucumbers, peppermint, broccoli, bok choy, kale, celery, green tea, yogurt, and watermelon.
If you're not a hothead, then you may be a cold person. You are too cold if you dislike cold weather, like to sip warm drinks, don't sweat easily, sleep curled up, tend to have a soft voice, have pale skin, and are quiet and reserved.
For balance, this is what they recommend for you: eat denser meats such as lamb, turkey, chicken, pork and beef; and heavier foods such as bread, rice and other grains. Cold people really need to chomp down on these good heat foods: nuts are nice, chilies are hot, ginger is a zinger, garlic and onions produce heat. Peppers, mustard greens, coffee, and cinnamon round out the Top 9.
The last of the lists. Since it is the start of the summer season, here is a reminder about the sun. There are many people out there that use sunscreen supplementsthey insist that by ingesting these essential nutrients, they will have you covered for the summer. The Top 5 sunscreen supplements are:
1. Carotenoids - 10 to 25 IUs ingested 2. Vitamin E - 400 to 800 IUs (that's pretty high) 3. Vitamin C - 500 mg. 4. Pycongenol - 50 to 100 mg 5. Green Tea / EGCG - 200 to 400 mg
Now, granted this stuff may help you for a short time in the sun, but nothing could be safer than an SPF of 30. You know you can still tan with an SPF 30, so don't be shyslather it on when at the beach this year. Friends of mine, John and Steve, insisted that I warn people of the dangers of too much sun exposure. Well, you have been warned.
See you at the beach and bring that sunscreen with you!
Rick Moore is a personal trainer certified by the American Fitness Professionals & Associates. Visit him at www.ricksfitness.net.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 6 June 3, 2005