Clearing the Facts: What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are bacteria plain and simple!

Yes, bacteria that lives in your body and defends it against infectious diseases. Probiotics are found in all types of foods and are also available in the form of pills. Think of them as “good” bacteria that provide balance with the bad bacteria present in your body.

Probiotics promote a healthy immune system and aids in digestion. These microorganisms are already present in the body and in a large amount. However, the ratio of good and bad depends on your lifestyle.

Did you know that there are more bacteria in your body than human cells? The ratio stands at 3:1 and this is the reason why you will find various types of probiotics when you will visit a pharmacy.

There are more than hundred different types of probiotics and a few serve different purposes. Made for specific conditions, each probiotics contains a particular blend of microbes that help with daily health problems.

Function of Probiotics

Probiotics are primarily known as the remedy for various gut ailments. They have gained reputation in the medical industry as the medicine that help people tame diarrhea.

Took a visit to a country where they had sketchy water?

Probiotics will help you get back to your normal routine!

Probiotics may even help you treat problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, vaginal and urinary health problems, receding gums and teeth and chronic digestive issues.

Who Can Take Probiotics?

The short answer is: Anyone can take probiotics. Even when you are healthy or don’t have any struggles relating to your body, probiotics can be very beneficial. If you are gluten free or are following a special diet, you are neglecting these microorganisms.

At this point, your body might need an intervention but the struggle to maintain your weight can obscure this. So, get in touch with a doctor and come with a diet plan that will help you achieve your goal, as well as keep up your probiotics count. Often, this can lead to a healthy outcome and after that, you won’t be requiring any probiotics.

7 “Friendly” Bacteria

The most common friendly bacteria that your body needs in order to keep up with the demands of your changing body include:

  1. Saccharomyces boulardii
  2. Lactobacillus bulgarius
  3. Lactobacillus acidophilus
  4. Streptococcus thermophilus
  5. Bacillus subtilis
  6. Bifidobacterium bifidum
  7. Lactobacillus reuteri

13 Foods Rich in Probiotics

Certain foods such as yoghurt and yeast are extremely rich in probiotics. In fact, yoghurt is rated as the number one food that is the richest in probiotics. A yoghurt cup a day can help you keep your body healthy and protect your immune system. Following are 13 other types of foods that are rich in probiotics:

  1. Kefir
  2. Kombucha
  3. Natto
  4. Coconut Kefir
  5. Sauerkraut
  6. Salted Gherkin Pickles
  7. Raw Cheese
  8. Kvass
  9. Apple Cider Vinegar
  10. Brine-Cure Olives
  11. Miso
  12. Tempeh
  13. Dark Chocolate

Now that you have an idea what this bacteria can do for your body, it’s time to reassess your diet and include the above mentioned food types in your daily meals. In case you are thinking about taking a supplement, consult a doctor first.

3 Best Male Enhancement Products that Actually Work

You are in the right place. This is not some spammy article that will talk about pumps or other male enhancement toys for boys. We are going to discuss a few male enhancements products that can actually help men increase the girth of their penis.

Man vs. Woman – Perception Regarding Penis Size

There have been various studies conducted over the years on the term “Short Penis” Syndrome. According to Ian Kerner, who is a New York Times best-selling author and a sexuality counselor, men are more concerned about the size of their penis rather than their partner.

A study published in British Journal of Urology talked about how when researchers looked back at the impressive amount of male enhancement studies, 50 to be exact, which were conducted over 60 years, they found out that 55% of men are not happy with their penis size while 77% of women are satisfied with their partner’s penis size.

The good news is that male enhancement products do not have any side effects. They will either work or not. There’s no in between! Depending on the quality of the pill and your metabolism, a pill might last from 30 minutes to 3 hours. It is usually recommended to take the pills for 2 to 3 months to see any results. If you don’t feel any change, then chances are the pill is a placebo or not effective for your body type.

Following are the 3 male enhancement products that promise great results:

1.     Max Performer

First up in line is Max Performer. The pill has been actually voted #1 on multiple websites for its performance. Some of the key ingredients in it that has made the pill so popular include Horny Goat Weed, Maca, Red Korean Ginseng, Cordyceps, Bioperine, Selenium and Zinc. All these nutrients help increase strength and stamina. The website provides free delivery all over the world and a packet of 60 tablets costs $69.

2.     Male Extra

Next in line is Male Extra. The company has changed the ingredients in its tablets a couple of times. This has helped them to come up with better formulas that guarantee a stronger and longer erection. The great thing about this pill is that the trials conducted with it were posted online for the world to see how effective they are. This convinced men that they were buying the right product. The pill contains ingredients such as Pomegranate 40% Ellagic Acid, Zinc, Cordyceps, Niacin and more. A bottle of Male Extra costs £39.95 and if you buy one of the packages, you get 1 free bottle and 1 free pro erection gel.

3.     VigRX Plus

The new and improved version of VigRX Plus promises better, bigger and harder results, pun intended. Trials conducted with it have been published in several journals, some of which include The Journal of Urology, The official Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and The Natural Products Journal. This pill contains several unique ingredients, some of which include Epimedium Leaf Extract, Damiana, Ginkgo Leaf, Asian Red Ginseng, Saw Palmetto Berry, Muira Pauma Bark Extract and Catuba Bark Extract. The pill is a bit expensive as compared to other male enhancement products but it does show good results. A month supply of 60 tablets costs $76.99.

You will find various other male enhancement products on the internet such as TEKMale, Vydox, Zynev, Alpha Man Pro, Extenze, Xanogen, SizeGenix and Vimax. With that said, we believe the above mentioned three pills are the best that offer a longer and more pleasurable night.

5 Reasons Why Iron Is the Best Supplement for Your Health and Skin

The moment people hear the word supplements, their mind immediately goes to various types of side effects they might encounter due to them. Granted, if you abuse the supplements, you might experience some discomfort but they most certainly do not represent a health hazard.

Let’s talk about our lives in general. Every day, we are bombarded with dozens of problems, some of which are under our control and some aren’t. It’s the latter that usually keeps us busy and makes us forgot about taking care of our health. The two everyday problems we face are fatigue and exhaustion. The constant running back and forth to keep up with the hectic schedule, forgetting to eat lunch and then picking at your dinner… all this usually results in an iron deficiency.

The Use of Iron

So, what exactly is iron and why does our body need it?

Iron is the key nutrient that the body requires in order to carry out daily activities. When you have an inadequate diet, your body preserves around 25% of iron for future use. However, this gets used up quite easily. A few main functions of iron include production of red blood cells, enzymes and hemoglobin, and metabolization of proteins.

Iron is divided into three areas of our body: 70% is found in myglobin and hemoglobin. The former protein helps release oxygen in the cells and the former protein helps transport oxygen, 5% is helps in enzymatic reactions and the remaining 25% is stored in the cells.

Benefits of Iron

1.     Improves Muscle Function

As mentioned earlier, iron helps transport oxygen to the muscles, which allows contraction. Without any oxygen, the muscles lose their elasticity and tone. This weakens the muscles and lack of hemoglobin causes anemia.

2.     Increases Brain Function

Iron is the key mineral that helps with brain function. Let’s have a look at the cycle: Iron boosts hemoglobin, which helps transport oxygen. The blood carries this oxygen and delivers to different cells and body parts. 20% of this blood oxygen is used up by the brain. When the body performs this cycle efficiently, our cognitive activity is stimulated. This creates neural pathways that prevent cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

3.     Brings a Healthy Glow to Your Skin

Dark circles and pale skin are signs of anemia. They are caused by iron deficiency, when the hemoglobin levels decrease. A reduction in RBCs slows down the flow of oxygen to the skin. This makes the skin appear sallow and unhealthy. There are various iron-rich foods that can restore this glow but if you fail to include the right amount in your diet, a supplement is the next best option.

4.     Eliminates Fatigue

Chronic fatigue is something that both women and men encounter everyday in their life. This can be easily eliminated with an iron supplement. Women often lose a lot of blood during pregnancy and menstruation. By using iron supplements, they can increase their RBCs and pregnant women can keep themselves and their baby healthy.

5.     Speeds Up the Wound Healing Process

With proper supply of oxygen to the RBCs, iron can help speed up wound healing. When hemoglobin transports oxygen, the cells also receive other nutrients, which is how a wound starts healing properly. Without it, an injury might result in infection.

The benefits of iron supplements are numerous. You might not feel the lack of energy due to iron deficiency now but you will feel the changes in your body after your iron reservoir finishes. So, if you can’t maintain a diet that is packed with iron, better start taking iron supplemmts.

5 Tips on How to Maintain Your Heart Health

Smoking, eating fatty food and drinking alcohol are the three most dangerous causes of heart failure.

If your blood pressure goes high, you are at risk.

If you have diabetes, you are at risk.

If all you do in your day is sit and watch TV, you are at risk.

There are various other scenarios, where you are at risk of having a stroke and dying, just because you didn’t take better care of your heart’s health.

One of the biggest risks is ignorance. Family history plays a huge role in your health. The older you get, the more problems you are going to encounter. Chances are; diseases that have been lying dormant for so many years will make an appearance as you grow old. While you can’t change your genetic makeup, you sure can take a few precautions to protect your heart’s health.

Following are five tips on how to maintain your heart health:

1.     Manage Your Weight

It’s time to make a few changes in your lifestyle. Being overweight is one of the biggest factors of heart disease. Calculate your BMI and if you fall in the “overweight” category, then you need to start following a diet plan. Being overweight also causes a number of other problems such as osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and sleep apnea. Introduce more fiber into your diet, around 30% and start eating more fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods, candies and especially junk food such as burgers and French fries.

2.     Start Exercising

To burn that excess body fat that’s causing all the problems, you need to include exercise in your daily routine. 20 minutes of exercise in the morning, before breakfast will not only help you lose weight faster but will also keep you energized all day long.

3.     Avoid Eating Salty Food

By cutting salt from your diet, you will be able to maintain your blood pressure quite easily. Adults are recommended to eat only 6g of salt, which amounts to a teaspoon. So, reduce the amount of salt you eat gradually. Add less salt in your food day after day until you are used to the taste of the food as it is. When buying canned food, make sure that you read the label and find out its sodium content. Ideally, 100g of food should contain 0.6g of sodium.

4.     Monitor Your Cholesterol

Invest in a home sugar test kit and a blood pressure checker machine and use them monthly. Get regular checkups to keep track of your cholesterol after you have changed your diet. This will help you make the necessary changes in your routine to keep your cholesterol level in control.

5.     Eat Fish

When planning your diet, include weekly fish meals in it. Fish such as fresh tuna, mackerel, salmon and sardines are good omega-3 fat sources that protect you from heart diseases. Moreover, fish contains fewer calories, so in turn; you will be able to manage your weight.

Use these five tips in your daily routine when planning your diet. Remember, consuming less calories and fatty foods is not enough. You need to start exercising to keep your muscles healthy and your body fit.