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Bayer — one of the world’s biggest producers of bee-killing pesticides — is about to hold its annual shindig for shareholders.

This gives us a crucial opportunity to take the fight to Bayer, and show its shareholders exactly what is being done in their name.

Bayer has been fighting tooth and nail to overturn Europe’s bee-killing pesticide ban. They’ve been busy fighting in court, lobbying behind-the-scenes and spending wads of cash in the process. Why? Because Bayer knows if Europe’s ban stays, it spells the end of its profits from selling bee-killing neonics.

SumOfUs was created to stand up to corporations putting profits ahead of our environment and our health. So we’re planning to get a group of beekeepers inside Bayer’s shareholder meeting to speak out for the bees, and make sure the shareholders can’t hide from our message.

 

Da jeg tidligere på året var i Thailand, besøgte jeg elefantreservatet BLES, som vi støtter med hjælp fra dyrevenner som dig. Efter med egne øjne at have set elefanter blive slået og leve i lænker i turistindustrien, var det en lettelse at komme til BLES.

Her blev jeg mindet om, at vi KAN give de stakkels, mishandlede elefanter et godt liv. Der er stadig alt for mange elefanter, der har brug for vores hjælp – men det føles godt at vide, at de reddede elefanter i BLES nu har friheden til at leve et godt elefantliv.

I BLES foregår alting på elefanternes præmisser – lige fra hvad tid, de går i gang med dagens vandretur ud i reservatet, til hvilke andre elefanter de tilbringer deres tid sammen med. Menneskene følger bare med og indretter sig efter dyrene.

https://www.worldanimalprotection.dk/nyheder/paa-besoeg-hos-elefanterne-i-bles?utm_source=email_news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dk_wine&utm_content=18-05-2018_bles

Dear Brian

In an incredibly dangerous move, the government has just proposed radical new rules that could make it as easy for fracking companies to drill as putting up a garden shed [1].

This would remove the rights of local people to have their say. 

But the decision isn’t set in stone. The government is launching a consultation on its new plans. And that means we have a small window of opportunity to demand they don’t open the floodgates for frackers to drill across huge parts of the country.

On June 1st, local water defenders in Osceola Township are heading to court to stop Nestlé from sucking their community dry.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) granted Nestlé a permit to pump this community’s water at huge profit. But the township are fighting back and getting ready to challenge the decision court.

They have a strong case too — in 2009, Michigan courts ruled against Nestlé when it tried to make another a huge water grab.

SumOfUs members like you have been supporting Osceola Township since last year — and now the community have once again asked for your help.

These are just a very few examples of what is going on in the world, just in front of you.

https://www.sumofus.org/

So you see there is a lot of good hearted fighters around the world, fighting a good course for our Earth. Will you join or do you live your life in ignorance and with your eyes wide shot…???

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

 

 

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The True Beauty Of Nature

2. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.'”

—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

3. “Not just beautiful, though—the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.”

—Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

4. “‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’ …

‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.'”

—Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

6. “If we surrendered

to earth’s intelligence

we could rise up rooted, like trees.”

—Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

7. “The glitter in the sky looks as if I could scoop it all up in my hands and let the stars swirl and touch one another, but they are so distant, so very far apart, that they cannot feel the warmth of each other, even though they are made of burning.”

—Beth Revis, Across the Universe

8. “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'”

―Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

10. “This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”

—John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir

11. “Snow was falling,

so much like stars

filling the dark trees

that one could easily imagine

its reason for being was nothing more

than prettiness.”

—Mary Oliver, “Snowy Night”

12. “Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.”

―Robert Frost, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”

14. “Quiet stars and the still of expectation. The eucalyptus branches heavy with evening dew, their feet shuffling woodchips, braiding eights in the silver grass, and edging hillocks from the first mulch of fall.”

—Will Chancellor, A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall

15. “The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.”

—Christopher Paolini, Eragon

16. “But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called—called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come.”

—Jack London, The Call of the Wild

18. “‘To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.'”

—Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

19. “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. … There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

—Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

20. “These people have learned not from books, but in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it at setting, the very trees, and wild herbs.”

―Anton Chekhov, “A Day in the Country”

22. “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:

I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”

—Lord Byron, “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage”

23. “Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

—John Muir, Our National Parks

24. “I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.”

—Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

 

Have a great day in nature. Enjoy it….

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Friends Of The Earth

Together we can protect people and planet

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Save Sherwood Forest from fracking

Our investigations have revealed that a huge energy company called INEOS wants to explore for shale gas in beloved Sherwood Forest – the first step towards fracking.

We aren’t going to sit idly by and let this happen. 

We need your help, and we need it urgently. Please give what you can to our fighting fund today.

Donate To Save Sheerwood:

https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/donate/savesherwood

Love Earth

Brian

 

 

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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.

 

Love, health and wisdom

Brian

 

 

 

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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.

Mindset your body

Love and wisdom

Brian

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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 www.ProSolutionPills.com 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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Love and wisdom

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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.

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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

Brian

 

 

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