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Foods You Can Regrow

Want to take your commitment to local foods to the next level? Look no further than your own trash can or compost bin. While many people think of food scraps—such as carrot tops, onion bottoms, and the tips of romaine hearts or pineapples—as waste (or future fertilizer), these items can be enjoyed all over again.

Reduce waste, save money, and build self-sufficiency with this handy guide to growing real food from scraps.

You can grow your own avocado

Don’t throw away your avocado pits. Use them to grow an avocado tree. Not every pit will produce roots, so your best bet is to try two or three pits at once. Start by cleaning off the pit, removing any remains by rinsing it under cold water and then toweling it dry. Push four toothpicks into the pit, evenly spaced apart. Use the toothpicks to balance the pit over the top of a glass jar (feel free to salvage a wide-mouthed jar from the recycling bin), making sure the pit is pointy side up. Fill the dish or jar with water, enough that about half of the pit is submerged. Place the dish/jar in a sunlit area and change the water every day or so. After approximately three to six weeks, the top of the pit will begin to split open. Several weeks after that, a stem, leaves, and roots will begin to grow.

A few weeks after this growth occurs, you should see leaves. Be patient. In approximately three months, when your tree is around 7 to 8 inches tall, plant it in a 10-inch pot with adequate drainage. Fill the pot with soil, and press your avocado sapling into it, root-side down (so the top half of the pit remains uncovered). Keep the sapling in a sunny area and water it regularly.

how to regrow basil from scraps

Liven up pasta dishes, sauces, and pizzas, all for the price of one basil plant. Select several 4-inch stems from a bunch of basil. Then strip all leaves from about 75 percent of each stem with a sharp knife. Put the stems in a jar of water and place in a sunny (but not too hot) location. Change the water every other day. You’ll soon notice new roots form along the stems.

When the roots grow to about 2 inches in length, plant the individual stems in a 4-inch pot. Keep the pot in an area that gets at least six hours of sunshine each day, and water regularly. Harvest when the plants are full grown but do not remove all the leaves at one time.

grow your own bok choy from scraps

Cut off the base of a bok choy plant and place it in a bowl bottom-down. Add a small amount of water in the bowl. Cover the whole base with water, but do not add more than 1/4 inch above the base. Replace water every few days. In about one week, you should see regrowth around the center of the base.

Once you see regrowth, transfer the plant to a container or garden. Cover everything except the new growth with soil. Your bok choy should be full grown and ready to harvest in approximately five months.

How to grow your own cabbage from scraps

Grow your very own cabbage patch for cheap. Place leftover leaves in a bowl and add a small amount of water in the bottom. Set the bowl in an area that receives a lot of sunlight. Every couple of days, replace the water and mist the leaves with water.

When roots and new leaves begin to appear, transplant the cabbage into a garden. Harvest when fully grown, then repeat with the new leaves.

You can grow your own carrot greens

Instead of defaulting to the compost, use carrot tops to grow healthy carrot greens. Place a carrot top or tops in a bowl, cut side down. Fill the bowl with about an inch of water so the top is halfway covered. Place the dish in a sunny windowsill and change the water every day.

The tops will eventually sprout shoots. When they do, plant the tops in soil, careful not to cover the shoots. Harvest the greens to taste. (Some people prefer the baby greens; others prefer them fully grown.)

How to grow celery from scraps

Rinse off the base of a bunch of celery and place it in a small bowl or similar container (any wide-mouthed, glass, or ceramic container should do). Fill the container with warm water, cut stalks facing upright. Place the bowl in a sunny area. Leave the base as-is for about one week and change the water every other day. Use a spray bottle to gently mist the plant every other day. The tiny yellow leaves around the center of the base will grow thicker and turn dark green.

After five to seven days, move the celery base to a planter or garden and cover it with soil, leaving the leaf tips uncovered. Keep the plant well watered. You’ll soon notice celery leaves regenerate from the base, as well as a few small stalks. Harvest when fully grown, then repeat the process.

How to grow cilantro from scraps

Just like basil, cilantro can regrow roots, and grow new plants once replanted. Simply place cilantro stems in a bowl of water, put the bowl in a sunny area, and change the water every other day.

Once the stems sprout plenty of roots, plant them in a pot. Expect new shoots to come up in a few weeks. In a few months, you’ll have a full-grown plant. Harvest leaves as needed, but be sure not to strip a stem of all its leaves at one time.

How to grow garlic sprouts from scraps

While you may not be able to grow garlic bulbs, you can grow garlic sprouts—also known as garlic greens—from a clove or bulb. Place a budding clove (or even a whole bulb) in a small cup, bowl, or jar. Add water until it covers the bottom of the container and touches the bottom of the cloves. Be careful not to submerge the cloves in order to avoid rot. Change the water every other day and place in a sunny area.

After a few days, the clove or bulb will start to produce roots. Sprouts may grow as long as 10 inches, but snip off the greens once they’re around 3 inches tall. Just be sure not to remove more than one-third of each sprout at one time. They’re tasty on top of baked potatoes, salads, in dips, or as a simple garnish.

How to grow ginger from scraps

Fresh ginger is great to spruce up soups or stir fries, but it can also be pricey. Have your ginger and grow it too from an existing rhizome. Just pull off a piece of ginger from a fresh chunk and place it in potting soil with the smallest buds facing down. Plant ginger in a garden plot or planter that receives only indirect sunlight. The ginger will grow new shoots and roots.

When it’s ready to harvest, pull up the entire plant, including the roots. Remove a piece of the rhizome and replant again to continue reaping the rewards.

How to grow onion from scraps

Instead of tossing the green part of these veggies, use them to grow more. Place the greens in a cup or recycled jar filled with water. Put the cup or jar on a windowsill and change the water every other day. In about a week, you should have a new green onion, leek, and/or scallion to add to your supper. Harvest when fullygrown—just make sure to leave the roots in the water.

How to grow hot peppers from scraps

Harvest the seeds from your favorite spicy peppers and plant them in soil in a sunny area. Peppers tend to grow fast, so get your pickling materials ready. Once you have a new crop, save the seeds so you can repeat the process.

How to grow lemongrass from scraps

A frequent component of Thai dishes, lemongrass is a great addition to marinades, stir-fries, spice rubs, and curry pastes. To grow your own from scraps, cut off the tops of a bunch of lemongrass and place the stalks in water. Change the water every few days. In approximately two or three weeks, you should see new roots.

When the stems have developed strong root growth, plant the stalks in a pot or garden (preferably in an area that receives lots of sun). Because lemongrass needs to stay warm year round, plant the stalks in a container that can be moved inside during the winter months. Harvest lemongrass once it reaches one foot in height; just cut off the amount you need, being careful not to uproot the plant.

Hot to grow mushrooms from scraps

Be a fungi (or gal) and grow your own mushrooms from scraps. Start by removing the mushroom’s cap; you only need the stalk. Plant the stalks in soil and cover everything except for the very top of the stalks. Harvest your mushrooms when fully grown.

How to grow onions scraps

Here’s another simple one. Just place an onion bottom in the ground and it will regenerate its roots. Once roots appear, remove the old onion bottom and allow the roots to grow. Harvest when onions are fully grown.

How to grow pineapple from scraps

Here’s one for people who aren’t afraid of a long-term commitment. While it can take up to two years for a re-planted pineapple top to bear fruit, the satisfaction of growing your own pineapple is well worth the wait.

Choose a pineapple with green, fresh leaves. Remove the top of the pineapple, ideally by twisting it off (doing so will preserve the parts needed for regrowth). Peel back any leaves around the base so the bottom layers are exposed. Finally, cut off just the tip of the base, being sure to remove any excess fruit.

Next, poke three or four toothpicks into the pineapple base right above the area where you peeled back the leaves. Use the toothpicks to suspend the pineapple top over a glass container. Add enough water to the container to cover the base of the pineapple top. Leave the whole contraption in a sunny area, change the water every few days, and watch for roots to grow.

In about a week, roots should begin to form and the green leaves should be longer and wider. When the roots fully form, plant the pineapple top in a planter (or outdoors if you live in a warm climate). Make sure it is exposed to plenty of sunlight, and water it regularly. Expect a new pineapple to grow in a few months.

How to grow potatoes from scraps

To grow your own potatoes from scraps, cut the potato(s) into two pieces, making sure each half has at least one to two eyes. Let the pieces sit at room temperature overnight or for a few days until they’re dry to the touch. Once the potato halves are dry, plant them about one foot apart in 8 inches of soil. When they’re fully grown, potatoes can be harvested for several months—even after the plants die.

regrow food scraps pumpkins

Plant pumpkin seeds in a garden, spreading out the seeds in a sunny area before covering with soil. Don’t feel like harvesting the seeds? Just plant the entire pumpkin by filling it with soil and burying it in a garden. Harvest pumpkins when fully grown, then repeat the process with the new seeds.

How to grow romaine lettuce

When you chop up hearts of romaine, set aside a few inches from the bottom of the heart. Place in a bowl with about a ½ inch of water. Keep the bowl in a sunny area and change the water every day.

In a few days, you’ll start to notice sprouts. Plant the sprouted hearts directly in the garden. If you like the taste of baby greens, you can pinch off outer leaves as the lettuce grows. Otherwise, harvest romaine when it’s around 6 to 8 inches tall. If you want to continue growing lettuce, cut the romaine heads off right above the soil line with a sharp knife, leaving the base and root system intact. Otherwise, uproot the whole plant.

regrow food scraps tomatoes

Instead of composting the messy insides of tomatoes, save the seeds and plant them. Rinse the seeds off and allow them to dry thoroughly. Next, plant them in rich potting soil in an indoor planter. Once the sprouts are a few inches tall, transplant them outdoors. Be sure to plant the tomatoes in a sunny area and water a few times a week.


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Din selvhelbredende krop 7 – Du er ikke offer for dine gener

Du er ikke offer for dine gener

Yderligere støtte til tanken om, at vores overbevisninger medfører fysiologiske forandringer i vores krop, finder vi i de laboratorier, hvor man studerer det felt inden for molekylærbiologien, der kaldes epigenetik, hvilket betyder „kontrol over generne“. Så hvad findes der „over generne“, når vi taler om epigenetisk kontrol?
Det har vist sig, at selv om vi ikke kan ændre vores dna, er vi måske i stand til at bruge sindets kraft til at ændre den måde, dna kommer til udtryk på. Traditionel genetisk determinisme, som den blev forklaret af Watson og Crick, der opdagede dna’ets dobbeltspiral, støtter tanken om, at alt i kroppen kontrolleres af vores gener – at vores gener i alt væsentlighed er vores skæbne. Hvis det er sandt, er vi bogstavelig talt ofre for vores gener. Hjertesygdom, brystkræft, alkoholisme, depression, forhøjet kolesterol – hvad end du kan komme i tanke om. Hvis det ligger til familien, er du i den grad blevet snydt af skæbnen.

Dogmet om genetisk determinisme, som man har opfattet det traditionelt, er enkelt. Du fødes med dit dna, der så kopierer sig selv som rna, før det bliver forvandlet til et protein. Men studiet af epigenetik afdækker nye teorier, som sætter spørgsmålstegn ved hele ideen om genetisk determinisme.
Forskere tror nu, at ydre signaler – ting som ernæring, det miljø, vi lever i, selv tanker og følelser – kan påvirke de reguleringsproteiner, som bestemmer, hvordan og tilmed om dna kommer til udtryk på bestemte måder. Det er med andre ord ikke så fikst og færdigt, som vi engang troede.
Der forskes mere og mere i den fysiologiske side af, hvad der sker, når vi tror, vi bliver raske, i modsætning til, når vi tror, vi bliver syge. Hos mange af os stammer tankerne omkring vores helbred dog fra barndommen, hvor negative tanker om helbredet kan være blevet programmeret ind i vores sind mod vores vilje.
Desværre er de færreste af os programmeret til at have positive tanker om vores helbred. I stedet bliver sindet fra barndommen programmeret med forventninger, som undergraver vores anstrengelser for at blive så sunde og lykkelige som muligt. Forventninger som „jeg bliver nemt forkølet“, „jeg spiser altid for meget“, „jeg kommer formentlig ikke til at leve så længe“ og „kræft ligger til familien“, får sindet til at udløse fysiologiske mekanismer, som skader kroppen.
Disse programmerede forventninger, der stammer fra barndommen, gælder ikke kun vores fysiske helbred. De svarer også til dybere og mere omfattende overbevisninger, vi begrænser os selv med („jeg er ikke værdig“, „jeg er ikke klog nok“, „jeg fortjener ikke at tjene en masse penge“, „jeg er en taber“, „ingen vil nogensinde elske mig“).

Et nærmere kig på epigenetik

Det viser sig, at hvis vi forandrer vores tanker, kan vi rent faktisk ændre den måde, vores hjerne kommunikerer med resten af kroppen på, og derigennem ændre kroppens biokemi. Det er ikke bare hjernen, der har denne form for plasticitet. Selv om vi ikke kan ændre vores dna, hævder cellebiologen og forfatteren dr. Bruce Lipton, at vi har mulighed for at ændre den måde, vores dna kommer til udtryk på, i kraft af vores tanker.

Vores genetiske kode er som en grundplan, der kan fortolkes på millioner af forskellige måder. Før The Human Genome Project gik biologerne ud fra, at vi havde mindst 120.000 gener, et for hvert protein, der fremstilles i kroppen. Forskerne var derfor forbløffede, da de opdagede, at vi kun har cirka 25.000 gener, som kan komme til udtryk på mange forskellige måder.
Rent faktisk ved vi i dag, at hvert af disse 25.000 gener kan udtrykke sig på mindst 30.000 måder via reguleringsproteiner, som bliver påvirket af signaler fra omgivelserne. Undersøgelser har ligefrem vist, at miljøfaktorer kan tilsidesætte visse genetiske mutationer og effektivt ændre den måde, dna kommer til udtryk på. Disse ændrede gener kan derpå videregives til ens afkom, så dette afkom får mulighed for at udtrykke sundere egenskaber, selv om de stadig bærer på det muterede gen.

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Studiet af epigenetisk kontrol er godt i gang med at revolutionere vores opfattelse af gener. Før i tiden tænkte vi, at nogle mennesker var velsignet med „gode gener“, mens andres forbandelse var det, man ufølsomt i lægekredse omtaler som „pivdårligt protoplasma“. Rent faktisk er det meget få sygdomme, som skyldes en enkelt genmutation. Under 2 procent af alle sygdomme, for eksempel cystisk fibrose, Huntingtons sygdom og beta-thalassæmi (en blodsygdom), skyldes et enkelt, fejlbehæftet gen, og kun 5 procent af alle kræft- og hjertesygdomspatienter kan forklare deres sygdom med arvelige faktorer. Forskere finder i dag ud af, at genomet er langt mere påvirkeligt af det miljø, der omgiver cellen, end den genetiske determinisme tyder på. Det vil sige, at hovedparten af alle sygdomsprocesser kan forklares gennem miljøfaktorer, som cellerne bliver udsat for, ting som ernæring, hormonelle forandringer og oven i købet kærlighed. Vi behøver ikke at være ofre for vores dna.

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Exercises that will give mens sex lives a BIG BOOST

One of the best ways to improve your performance in bed and boost your self-confidence at the same time is making yourself look sexier. People who enjoy a balanced diet and follow a regular exercise regimen look and feel better than those who don’t. When you feel better about your body, it becomes much easier to show it off to your partner.

Meanwhile, exercise provides you with better circulation and increased endurance to help you last longer in bed. You also gain the strength required to try out some of the most exciting sexual positions.

In general, exercise helps us feel better and makes or body capable of boosting our libidos. As you exercise, there is an increase of flow of blood around the body, including the flow to the genital area.

Simultaneously, various neurotransmitters (hormones) are released that make you feel at ease and happy. All of these positive feelings and increased bodily functions help to make you feel more interested in sex and enjoy a better performance in bed.

At the same time, exercise is simply good for your overall well-being, along with your sexual health. Various sexual problems like hormonal imbalances and erectile dysfunction can arise from unhealthy diets and lifestyles. Men who do regular exercise can increase their body’s blood flow, allowing the penis to become erect more easily.

People who regularly exercise will tell you how they find themselves looking and feeling sexier, while also being much more comfortable while having sex itself. You don’t believe us? Check out the top 10 ways you can work out to boost your sex life.

1. Do cardio for your libido

Cardio training offers a myriad of benefits for your sexual well-being, as well as your general health. The primary effect of cardio exercise is increased stamina and endurance. Working out with cardio helps to improve your body’s breathing and circulation by strengthening the heart and lungs. Increased stamina levels mean you can last longer in bed without getting tired.


There are many kinds of cardiovascular training. You can switch between them to vary your training.

This type of exercise is actually quite similar to sex itself. Intercourse can be its own kind of cardio workout.

So, doing some running or cycling three or four times a week can be a good way to practice for your bedroom sessions.

Cardio is also well-known as an effective way to reduce stress levels. When you are anxious, you can find it hard to focus and enjoy sex. Thus, getting rid of that stress will certainly help you out.

In terms of effects to your physical appearance, cardio does not work to increase your muscle mass enormously. But, it will help you lose weight and become much more toned. If you look sexier, you will feel sexier.

One thing worth bearing in mind is that you should not train too hard or too much. This tip applies to this entire list of exercises, and is extremely important. Overtraining can easily have a negative effect on your sexual performance and even make certain problems worse.

So, keep it simple and don’t overdo it. If you wear yourself out every day, then you won’t have the energy left to enjoy some private time with your partner. Similarly, if you do too much and injured yourself, you could put yourself out of action for an extended period of time.

2. Yoga can relax your mind and boost your sex life

More and more men have opened their eyes for yoga. Yoga is the perfect way to free your mind of stressful thoughts while exercising your entire body.

The practice is famous for its sexual health benefits, being capable of helping you with your libido, sexual performance and enjoyment of intercourse.

As with various exercises, yoga can improve your blood flow, leading to easier arousals and long-lasting erections. The yoga session also helps to greatly improve your flexibility, giving you access to a wider variety of sexual positions.

If you are just getting started with yoga, we can recommend the following three positions for you to try out for their sexual health benefits.

  • Upward-Facing Dog: Lie on your front with your legs shoulder-width apart and the tops of your feet flat on the floor. Lift your hands up to the sides of your chest and then lift your torso up off the ground. Try and lift your head as high as possible and push your shoulders back and hold the pose for at least 15 seconds, while controlling your breathing.

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  • Reclined Butterfly: This one is ideal for your hips and thighs, muscles that are essential for sexual activity.
    To begin, lie down on your back. Bend your legs in towards your torso, then grab your feet with your hands and pull them close to your chest, keeping your soles together.

At the same time, use your elbows to push your knees apart. Try to relax your back while holding this position for at least 15 seconds.

  • Camel: Begin on your knees. Put your hands on your lower back and push it forwards while pushing your chest up and outwards. Throw your head back and try to lean your chest up to the ceiling. More advanced practitioners can try to hold their heels while keeping the pose stable for 15 seconds.

3. Speed walking for better sex

Walking is a simple way to get fit. Anyone can do it, and you can change the speed and length of your walks to suit your own schedule and needs.

For men, speed walking has also been proven to help with erectile problems, as it gets the blood flowing more regularly and rapidly, which is necessary for a man to attain erection.

A Harvard study of over 30,000 men aged 50 and above proved that those who undertook regular aerobic exercise, like speed walking, had a 30 percent lower risk of erectile dysfunction. The science behind this is that speed walking makes our hearts beat faster and pump blood quickly around the body to the muscles that need it, improving overall circulation and making sure our sexual organs get the blood they need.

4. Kegel exercises to train your Pelvic muscles

Kegel exercises, named after a Los Angeles-based doctor named Arnold Kegel, are specifically designed to train and develop the muscles associated with sex.

They are also known as pelvic floor exercises, and involve squeezing the pelvic floor muscles repeatedly.

These muscles are what help you hold in urine. Kegel exercises works to help women with incontinence, but they are also helpful for men. Kegels can help reduce the risks of premature ejaculation and make a man’s erections stronger and longer-lasting.

If you are not sure how to do these exercises, try holding in your urine mid-stream. The muscles you use to do this are the exact same muscles you need to be working out. So, if you can hold in your urine then you already know how to do it.

An effective method is to squeeze the muscles for about 10 seconds, then relax for five seconds, then repeat this as many times as you can. An amazing thing about this exercise is that you can do it at any time of day, and in any location.

5. Lift some weights

Weightlifting and strength training in general, can both have significant effects on your libido at a hormonal level.

Lifting weights increases the levels of testosteronesecreted in your body, and this hormone is vital for sexual well-being in both men and women. But, it’s more important in men.

If you want to focus on testosterone production, you should choose big weights and focus on a low amount of reps. You will want to use a weight that makes you struggle on the seventh or eighth rep. If you can do 15 reps or more with a weight, then that means it’s too light.

Higher levels of testosterone help to boost our desire for sex, as well as improving performance levels and making erection easier and stronger. In general, it’s also beneficial to get bigger muscles as you will look and feel sexier, while also being able to try more strength-oriented sexual positions.

6. Do the plank

The plank pose is quite similar to the sort of position you find yourself in during missionary sex, or various other sexual positions.

It is therefore ideal to train yourself for sex by holding a plank position for 15 sec. then 10 sec. break, again 15 sec. plank etc. Do this 4 times in the beginning (4 x 15 sec.).

That way, you will be able to last longer in this position in bed without your arms getting tired or painful. Doing some plank exercises also immensely helps to strengthen your abs and core, giving you more endurance overall.

To get into plank position, you just need to begin the same way as you would if you were doing a push up. Arms should be shoulder-width apart and the classic plank pose involves you lowering yourself onto your forearms and then holding that position for as long as you can.

You can also change things around a bit by holding the standard push up pose. Doing the plank on your knees, or changing the width of your arms or legs can make things easier or more difficult for yourself.

7. Lying leg raises for a stronger core

This exercise is ideal for strengthening your abs and core, improving your ability to enjoy sexual intercourse. You will be able to support your body weight for longer and control your thrusts by having a stronger core.

To do lying leg raises, you need to lie flat on your back with your legs stretched out on the floor, heels together. For more spinal support you can place a towel or cushion under your lower back.

Arms should be flat by your sides. You then need to raise your legs straight up until they are perpendicular to your body, or just get them as high as you can.

Don’t use your upper body or momentum to lift the legs, keep the rest of your body still. You should then slowly lower your legs back down. You should feel the exercise affecting your abs. You can adjust speed and do more reps if you find this exercise too easy.

8. Do some squats

Doing squats is a remarkable way to improve your sexual performance. Squats help to boost testosterone levels and improve blood flow all around the pelvic region. This makes erections easier and gives you an improved sex drive overall.

To do a squat, you should begin standing up straight. You then want to keep your back as straight as possible while bending at the hips and knees until your butt is as low as possible.

Try to keep your knees above your ankles. You can then slowly return to the standing position, and repeat the exercise at least 15 times. To make things more intense, hold a dumbbell in each hand as you squat.

9. Push-ups to improve your performance

Push-ups are one of the most commonly-used and effective exercises out there. You don’t need any equipment and can vary the exercise to affect different muscles in different ways.

This exercise will give you more strength in your chest, arms, back, and core and improving your overall endurance. It also makes you more capable of performing the sexual positions that require plenty of upper body strength.

For the basic push-up, you need to begin in a plank position, with your arms slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Your feet should line up with your hips. Try to keep your back straight and your butt in the air, also avoid letting your chin fall into your chest. You can then bend your arms at the elbows to lower yourself to the floor and then push back up.

You can alter the speed at which you do this exercise. Faster speeds will result in more endurance and lean muscles while slower movements provide more muscle growth.

10. Go for a swin to last longer

Swimming is an effective all-body workout. It involves all of the major muscle groups and is the perfect way to keep fit and boost your sexual performance at the same time.

Another Harvard study found that people over 60 who went for regular swims felt like they had the sex lives of 40 year olds.

Swimming will help you lose weight, tone your body to look sexier, and improve your stamina levels. It helps you go for longer in bed without getting tired.


Some important tips

Breathe. While exercising and while having sex, people often forget this quite simple thing but it makes all the difference. Paying attention to your respiration can have a huge effect on your sexual performance.

When we experience an orgasm, we tend to suddenly hold our breath without even realizing it.

However, when you breathe, you are pumping more blood around your body, particularly to your sexual organs.  This in turns make them more sensitive and actually make orgasms more enjoyable.

Take it easy.  Too much exercise can cause injuries, and end up ruining your sex life. Workouts that are too intense can actually reduce your levels of testosterone and other sex hormones, so relax your body. It’s vital to exercise regularly, but trying to fit five workouts in one day won’t help you at all. Plus, if you hurt yourself, you might find it impossible to make love or exercise at all until you are healed.

Get some help. It’s also worth considering some sexual enhancement supplements for a simpler way to boost your lovemaking. The supplements provided by are completely safe and all-natural. They work by boosting the blood flow to the penis and stimulating the release of testosterone. This gives you harder, longer-lasting orgasms and a greatly-enhanced libido for more regular and exciting sexual sessions.

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Der er noget om sex…

Hvorfor har vi lyst til sex?

Vi bryder os sjældent om at tænke om os selv som dyr. Slet ikke når det drejer sig om sex. Alligevel kan det være, at vi skal vænne os til en sådan tankegang. For måske er vi mere dus med dyrene, end vi selv er klar over.

Rent råt biologisk set, så kan man sige at med mindre yngelplejen kræver en indsats fra begge forældre, virker det evolutionsmæssigt fornuftigt at skifte sexpartneren ud jævnligt, så der kommer variation i afkommets gener.

Den franske statsmand Georges Clemenceau, god for mange rammende oneliners, er citeret for at sige: »Det smukkeste ved kærligheden er det øjeblik, hvor man går op ad trappen«. Man fornemmer tydeligt forventningens glæde og lyst i hans udsagn.

Det er erotikken, der tænder sexlysten. Erotik er – modsat porno – på mange måder antydningens kunst, det er fantasi og forventning, situationer og fænomener, der fremkalder og understøtter attrå.

Det er berøring, duft, billeder, sanseindtryk, som vi tolker som seksuelt stimulerende.

Hjertet banker, huden bliver varm og rødmer lidt. Pupillerne bliver større. I underlivet øges gennemblødningen, mænd får erektion, hos kvinder fyldes vævet omkring skeden, klitoris og kønslæberne med blod, og skeden bliver fugtig. Sanseligheden og sensibiliteten øges mærkant og man kommer nærmest i en vægtløs kosmisk univers.

Vi får lyst til sex, og hvis situationen ellers er til det, ser vi os måske om for at finde en sexpartner.

Sexdriften opstår i puberteten, når kønshormoner begynder at blive dannet i testikler og æggestokke. For de fleste af os vil den være til stede resten af livet. Den vil svinge med livsomstændighederne, måske være helt væk i perioder og overvældende til andre tider.

Og når de erotiske følelser tager over og giver os lyst til sex, er det ikke en mulig graviditet, der er vores motivation – vores eneste drivkraft er at få stillet lysten.

Hvad tænder vi på?

Men lyst til sex er ikke bare noget, der bringer os dejlige oplevelser. Seksuel afhængighed kan være en byrde. Den ramte må bruge al sin tid på at tænke på sex og jagte sexpartnere, så han eller hun får problemer med at passe job, studier eller andre forpligtelser.

Der er også en risiko for at blive revet så meget med af sin egen seksuelle ophidselse, så man kun tænker på egne behov og ikke tager hensyn til andres.

Men de, der bekymrer sig mest om sexlysten, er formentlig dem, der synes, de har for lidt af den.

Hvis man googler ‘loss of desire’, får man 28 millioner hits. Det viser noget om problemets omfang. Der ville være mange penge at hente for et medicinalfirma, der kunne markedsføre et præparat, der beviselig styrkede sexlysten.

Derfor er forskere verden over beskæftiget med at undersøge, hvad der gør mennesker erotisk opstemte.

Kvinder reagerer på flere stimuli end mænd

Hvorvidt vi synes om et andet menneskes udseende eller ej, er selvfølgelig en altafgørende faktor. Hvor meget vores synsindtryk betyder for vores sexlyst, kan testes på forskellige måder.

Man kan vise forsøgspersoner film eller billeder med erotisk eller neutralt indhold og bede dem markere på en skala, hvor stærk lyst til sex de føler. Eller man kan måle, hvordan deres krop og særlig deres kønsorganer reagerer ved at måle gennemblødningen i penis eller skeden.

I et canadisk studie fra 2007 kombinerede man de to teknikker. Man viste en gruppe kvinder og mænd forskellige korte filmklip – dels af mennesker i gang med forskellige slags seksuel aktivitet, dels bonobo-aber, der parrede sig, og indimellem en række billeder af betagende landskaber.

Som ventet blev mænd seksuelt opstemt ved at se de erotiske film, der passede til deres seksuelle præference. Men kvinder tændte både på filmene med mennesker og med aberne. Bare der var en eller anden form for seksuelt indhold.

For mændenes vedkommende var der overensstemmelse mellem deres kropslige reaktion og den sexlyst, de oplyste, at de følte. Det gjaldt ikke kvinderne. Selvom de reagerede seksuelt på flere stimuli end mændene, angav de sjældnere, at de fik lyst til sex.

Det fortæller os to ting: Kvinders lyst er ikke så målrettet et bestemt objekt som mænds, og kvinder registrerer enten ikke altid, at de får lyst til sex, eller også vil de ikke fortælle det.

Skal der kærlighed til?

Der er ingen tvivl om, at det er fra naturen, vi har vores sexlyst. Men heldigvis er det ikke bare parringsinstinkter fremkaldt af vores gener, der styrer vores sexliv.

Så selvom sex og kærlighed ikke nødvendigvis går hånd i hånd, starter en erotisk forbindelse for de fleste mennesker med en forelskelse.

De færreste af os vil i hvert fald kaste os over et fremmed menneske, bare fordi vi ved første blik oplever ham eller hende som sexet eller som en potentiel præmieforælder.

Vi vil gerne vide lidt mere – i det mindste at det er en nogenlunde sympatisk person, vi har udset os.

Nogle kan nøjes med at snakke lidt sammen og måske få et par drinks og går så hurtigt videre til at have sex med hinanden. Andre lægger ud med en forelskelse.

Måske af den altopslugende slags, hvor de føler, at alt i deres tilværelse har peget frem mod det øjeblik, hvor de skulle møde den, de aldrig mere vil skilles fra.

Oxytocin fremmer tillid og tilknytning til andre mennesker

Spørgsmålet er så, om det også kan gå den anden vej: Kan vi blive forelsket i en person, vi i første omgang bare har tændt fysisk på og haft sex med?

Ja, for i forbindelse med ophidselse og orgasme danner vores kroppe hormoner, som vi ved, påvirker relationen mellem mennesker. Det er blandt andre oxytocin, der fremmer tillid og tilknytning til andre mennesker, afslapning og velvære.

Dopamin, et signalstof i hjernen, der motiverer os til at opsøge situationer, vi ved, er behagelige, er også involveret. Måske kan den romantiske kærlighed mellem to mennesker netop opstå, fordi de har sex og får orgasme sammen?

Hvis det er sådan, ligner vi til en vis grad den lille nordamerikanske præriemus.

Den tager i høj grad parforholdet alvorligt: Efter parringen er hannen og hunnen uadskillelige, de har en fælles rede, hvor ungerne fødes, og de sørger for dem i fællesskab.

Hannen forsvarer reden, hunnen og ungerne, hvis en mår eller slange nærmer sig, og hvis en han eller hun i løbet af sit korte museliv mister sin partner, finder den sjældent en anden.

De små præriemus er nok de mest monogame væsner, man finder i denne verden.

Den eneste ene?

Helt så trofaste som de små monogame mus er vi dog ikke. I hvert fald ikke Calvin Coolidge. Han var præsident i USA i 1920’erne, og en dag besøgte han og hans hustru en hønsefarm i Kentucky.

De var på rundvisning hver for sig, og da præsidentfruen kom forbi en hønsegård, standsede hun og spurgte guiden, hvorfor der kun var en hane.

»Han kan parre sig masser af gange hver dag,« lød guidens svar. »Vær så venlig at fortælle præsidenten det,« sagde mrs. Coolidge.

Da præsidenten blev informeret om hanens præstationer, spurgte han: »Er det med den samme høne hver gang?« »Nej,« svarede guiden. »Vær så venlig at fortælle mrs. Coolidge det,« sagde præsidenten.

Anekdoten har inden for biologien givet navn til den såkaldte ‘Coolidge-effekt’. Den dækker over det videnskabelige faktum, at alle dyr parrer sig mest intensivt i starten af en kontakt.

En hanrotte, der får en hunrotte ind i sit bur, bestiger hende for eksempel ustandselig de første dage, men bliver efterhånden mindre interesseret.

Evolutionsmæssigt er det fornuftigt at skifte partner

Men hvis forskerne skifter hunrotten ud med en ny, bliver han igen meget aktiv. På samme måde kan hunrotterne blive trætte af deres velkendte hanner og blive aggressive over for dem, hvis der dukker en ny lækker hanrotte op.

Og medmindre yngelplejen kræver en indsats fra begge forældre, virker det evolutionsmæssigt fornuftigt at skifte sexpartneren ud jævnligt, så der kommer variation i afkommets gener.

For os mennesker spiller vores aktuelle situation en afgørende rolle. Når forskere har bedt forsøgspersoner om at vurdere, hvor attraktive forskellige ansigter er, får velkendte ansigter den højeste score.

Det gælder dog ikke mænd, der er interesserede i en kortvarig relation – de synes bedst om nye kvindeansigter.

Skulle man tolke disse resultater med evolutionspsykologiske briller, betyder det, at de pågældende mænd har valgt den første af mandens to forplantningsstrategier: dvs. hellere parre sig med så mange kvinder som muligt end at sætte alt på et bræt.

Biologien manipulerer med os

Mænd og kvinder, især dem i længerevarende forhold, kender nok også til Coolidge-effekten. Mange har sikkert oplevet, at de dyrker mindre sex, end da de var nyforelskede. Særligt hvis de har fået børn.

Faktisk er småbørnsforældre nok de, der klager mest over manglende sexliv. De har travlt med karriere, med at hente og bringe børn, der er ingen kærestetid til forældrene, og de er for trætte, når de endelig kommer i seng efter middagen, vasketøjet, oprydningen og morgendagens madpakker.

Men travlheden er faktisk bare en dårlig undskyldning. Der er en meget mere sandsynlig forklaring.

Det er nemlig vores biologi, der manipulerer med os, når vi har fået børn. Den skruer ned for vores kønsdrift og op for vores lyst til at tage os af vores unger. Det kan vi se biokemisk hos især nybagte forældre, der har et højt niveau af mælkehormonet prolaktin, der nedsætter sexlysten.

Det gælder ikke bare de ammende mødre. Fædrene har også et højere niveau af prolaktin end normalt. Det kan jo være rart at vide, hvis man hellere vil læse halvanden side i en krimi end dyrke sex, når man endelig er kommet i seng.

Hvorfor har vi mere lyst til sex om sommeren?

Safterne stiger om kap med temperaturen, og lysten til sex er højere end normalt. Hvorfor har vi mere lyst til sex, når det er sommer?

Bar hud frister til sommer-sex

Sommerens lys giver mere energi, og det øgede energiniveau giver mere lyst til fysisk aktivitet, herunder sex.

Om sommeren har vi typisk mindre tøj på, så sekundære kønskarakterer som solbrune muskler og kavalergange blottes, og den bare hud pirrer sexlysten.

Undersøgelser tyder på, at mænd pirres af selve synet af bar hud, hvor kvinder i højere grad bliver seksuelt opstemte af synsindtryk, der indgår i en pirrende sammenhæng – som fx at fantasere sig til at mødes med en hemmelig elsker eller dyrke sex på offentlige steder. Desuden gør sex mænd mere afslappede, rolige, imødekommende og mindre aggressive.

Fortsættelse følger…..

Love and wisdom





Biology, Health, Nature, Wellness

De duftende geranier

Duftgeranier stammer fra Sydafrika

Oprindelig kommer alle vildarter af pelargonier fra Sydafrika, og i løbet af 1700-tallet blev de indført til Europa.

Geranier er en gammelkendt fællesbetegnelse for en gruppe småblomstrende pelargoniearter med krydret duft i bladene. De har alle rod i slægten Pelargonium, som er ud af Storkenæb-familien Geraniaceae. Det latinske navn Pelargos betyder stork, og hentyder til den storkelignende forlængelse af frugten.

En duft af rose, citron, balsam, æble . . .

Jeg holder rigtig meget af duften fra mine duftgeranier. Lige så meget som duften af lavendel, kanel og vanille. Duftgeranier er dejlige, taknemmelige stueplanter, der er frodige året rundt indendørs. Geranier har vidt forskellige dufte. Det kan være rose, citron, pebermynte, balsam, muskat, æble m.m..

Bladene varierer i form fra runde, takkede eller dybt fligede, næsten bregnelignende. Bladfarven kan også variere fra mørkegrøn, lysegrøn til blågrøn. Nogle blade har hvide, gule eller rødbrune tegninger.

Selvom blomsterne er små og uanselige er de smukke, og giver planten en fin lethed. De kan dyrkes både som stueplante og udplantet i haven om sommeren, hvor de kan blive meget store.

Her er min lige taget ind. Jeg synes de giver et friskt indeklima……og så producerer de jo også ilt ikke at forglemme. Mine dufter af citrus.

Stiklinger fra Dronning Ingrids have på Gråsten Slot

Den Gamle By har en ret stor samling af geranier, heraf er der 10, som stammer fra Gråsten Slot Sønderjylland.

Dronning Ingrid, som var en stor blomsterelsker, havde foran Prinsessehuset anlagt 10 kvadratiske bede med 10 forskellige geranier, som hun havde skaffet hjem fra England og Sverige.

Den Gamle By har været så heldig at få planter fra denne samling, og de udstilles hver sommer i Paradedrivhuset fra Bernstorff Slot.

Duftgeranier var et must i oldemors beklumrede stuer

I 1800-tallet var duftgeranier særlig velsete netop på grund af duften. Dengang var stueluften ofte ret beklumret, og det var så som så med tøjvask og den personlige hygiejne. Derfor var det praktisk med sådan en duftplante, som man kunne gå hen og ryste lidt, hvis man ventede fint besøg, f.eks. af præsten, så der duftede fint og friskt. Den blev derfor også kaldt “Ryst æ pot’, Marie”.

En af de mest velkendte af geranierne, nemlig Rosengeranien (Pelargonium graveolens), blev derfor også kaldt Præsten-kommer-plante. Men den er nok mest kendt som Ørepineplanten.

Et effektivt husråd mod ørepine

Rosengeranien er i Danmark den mest kendte af duftgeranierne, som også kaldes duftpelargonier. Hvis man ikke tilhører den unge generation er Rosengeranien bedst kendt under navnet Ørepineplante.

Foruden at være blevet brugt som luftrenser er planten også blevet anvendt medicinsk som et effektivt middel mod ørepine. Ældre mennesker fortæller, hvordan deres mor tog et blad, rullede det sammen til en kugle og puttede det i det ømme øre, hvor det som regel fik smerten til at forsvinde.

Planten har desuden været anvendt til at lægge mellem linned på samme måde som lavendel.

Men, som man siger, kært barn har mange navne, her er et par stykker: fisfordriver, parfumetræ, tisurt, vejrskidurt, bondegeneral, vintergeranie.

En af geranierne skiller sig ud

Noget af det karakteristiske ved geranierne er de små blomster i afdæmpede farver, men der er en der skiller sig ud både i farve og størrelse.

‘Clorinda’ er en meget kraftigvoksende geranie, og kan blive op til 1 m høj. Denne sort har store iøjnefaldende pink-rosa blomster, og de mørkegrønne, lappede blade dufter krydret af eucalyptus eller ceder alt efter hvilken næse man spørger.

Prøv at tage til gartneren og find den duft-geranie du synes dufter bedst. Den vil give dig et bedre indeklima. Det er duft-wellness.

Love and wisdom



Biology, Learning and development, Nature

Wise words from a 256 year old chinese man

People have been searching for ways to extend their lifespans since the dawn of existence, and to our credit, we’ve made a lot of progress. In the Middle Ages, you would be lucky to live to 40, while for many people today, 90 or even 100 isn’t out of the question.

There is one legend from more recent times that involved a man who, supposedly, had lived well beyond his 120’s; in fact, according to some accounts, he was believed to have surpassed 250 years. He not only figured out the secret to a long life, he might have been the oldest person to ever live. And when you hear his story, you’ll be totally captivated!

 This is Li Ching Yuen. According to a 1930 article from The New York Times, he reportedly lived to be 256 years old…

In 1928, professor Wu-Chung Chieh of Chengdu university discovered documentation congratulating Li on his 150th birthday in 1827, and even more documents congratulating him on his 200th birthday in 1877. According to the Times article, the old men in the neighborhood claimed that Li was already a grown man when they were just children.

Li began his career as an herbalist at just ten years old, and for almost forty years, had a diet of mostly herbs, goji berries, lingzi, wild ginseng, he shoo wu, gotu kola, and rice wine. He continued this for the next 100 years of his life.

At the age of 71, in 1749, he joined the Chinese army as a martial arts instructor.

He was a beloved member of his community, and reportedly married 23 times, fathering some 200 children in the process.

According to one version of Li’s married life he had buried twenty-three wives and was living with his twenty-fourth, a woman of 60. Another account, which in 1928 credited him with 180 living descendants, comprising eleven generations, recorded only fourteen marriages. This second authority said his eyesight was good; also, that the finger nails of his right hand were very long, and “long” for a Chinese might mean longer than any finger nails ever dreamed of in the United States.

One statement of THE TIMES correspondent which probably caused skeptical readers to believe Li was born more recently that 1677, was that “many who have seen him recently declare that his facial appearance is no different from that of persons two centuries his junior.”

But supposedly, he wasn’t even the oldest man that he knew! One of his disciples claimed that Li once met a 500-year-old man that taught him Qigong exercises and a special herb-rich diet that can help people live extraordinarily long lives.

When asked about the secret to his long life, Li had this to say: “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog.”

There has, of course, been skepticism espoused about Li’s lifespan; as early as 1928, a newspaper article from October, 1928, had quoted Dr. Royal S. Copeland saying that, “even if this venerable Chinese is only one-third that age, his longevity formula is well worth living.” According to, the earlier birthday of 1677 might have been a result of an error in the records themselves; and arguably, if Li Ching-yun’s own stated date of birth had been some time in 1736, this would have to be the more likely period during which he had been born.

Still, this would have made Li Ching-yun 197 years old when he passed away, which far exceeds even the eldest known to exist among us. Maybe it’s not impossible… but to live to be nearly two centuries old is still highly unlikely.

There may, however, be another possibility here: could Li Ching-yun’s age (and some of the apparent discrepancies about it) have been due to a case of mistaken identity? It is possible that Li had kept the name of an earlier ancestor, a name that, perhaps, had been used many times throughout his ancestry. This might explain records that showed the name “Li Ching-yun” dating back more than 250 years at the time of his passing; it would not, however, explain the Chinese government honoring him at ages 150 and 200, nor Li’s own claim to have been 197 years of age. To explain this as “mistaken identity” would further require the presumption that the man had possibly been complicit with an ongoing hoax–perhaps one that lasted several generations–which simply cannot be proven.

As medical science nears the stages where technology can improve one’s chances of living beyond 120, perhaps a few of us will still find the notion of a mysterious diet of Chinese herbs and rice wine thought-provoking. Or, one could always employ those time-tested traditions of tortoise-sitting and pigeon-strutting instead.

Whether or not you believe the story, that certainly sounds like sage wisdom. We could all stand to take a page from this incredible man’s book!

Love and wisdom




Biology, Health

Your important cell communication

An Introduction To Cell Communication

You are your approx. cells and they are all you in a communicative netwerk. Like Bruce Lipton describes it, you are one big organism of communicating intelligent cells that sends informations to each other. Alle from your toes and fingers to your brain, heart and mouth and the other way around.


The communication between our cells, organs and tissues is facilitated by a signaling process.

Impulses – carried by certain molecules derived from oxygen, food and water – activate signals and messages that enable function to occur.  For example, when biting into an apple, the body will immediately signal a complex sequence of messages and processes to break down the apple into energy and essential structural nutrients for cellular repair and replacement.

That initial signal activates communication throughout the entire body, enabling your metabolism to send support to every facet of your function, be it mental, emotional or physical.  Your health and performance is completely dependent upon how efficient that signaling and communication process works.

Another example…

…if the body is exposed to a toxin or pathogen, the signaling process will enable communication between cells to release pro-oxidants (free radicals) to neutralize or kill the threatening agent.  Or the opposite can occur…such as when mental, emotional or physical stress is getting the best of us, a situation in which the body will need antioxidants in order to protect cells from the oxidative stress that can damage or initiate premature cell death.

That ‘decision’ to turn on the production of either pro-oxidants or antioxidants, is left to our native biological intelligence.  It’s a constant and delicate balance, all dependent upon cellular signaling and communication.

Where Nutrients Come Into The Picture

We know that our native intelligence has evolved a sophisticated and magnificent system for our survival and defense by signaling what to do at the right time and place.  Our health depends upon it.

We have also learned that specific nutrients are essential signalers for this delicate operation—nutrients like:

-B vitamins


-Vitamin D

-minerals like magnesium and zinc

-a rich assortment of micronutrients found in select plant foods

These can help cells communicate better, defend what needs protection, restore what is exhausted or damaged and enhance our metabolic fitness.

Each of us strives to do our best, regardless of what we do.

We want to realize our potential. 

But, unless we’re careful, the pursuit of high performance can be costly and land us in the sinkhole of being “burned out”.  This happens when cells—the mitochondria in particular, put out more than they receive, ultimately causing cells to fail.  When demand upon cells exceeds the ability to be restored, the system suffers a net loss.  If we project this micro event into the cosmos of our overall biology, our metabolic function becomes run down, immune surveillance is compromised, causing us to slide into a constellation of possible diseases and disorders.

Preferably, we’ll prevent that from happening.  To do that, cells must be highly tuned communicators, enabled to listen and respond appropriately to the choices we make.

That means our cells must be supplied the nutrients and building blocks for energy production and proper signaling, be protected from damage by excessive stress and have the necessary support for repair and regeneration in a sustainable way.”

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