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Stay Firm With Dental Floss

26 Nov

In the November 2009 issue of Men’s Health magazine, the one with Jason Bateman on the cover, they address an interesting issue in their monthly “Health Bulletin.”  The article, which is aptly named and features suggestive imagery, is titled “Stay Firm With Floss.”  Here is what they have to say:

“Bad Breath?  Bleeding gums?  Start flossing – it may save your teeth and your sex life, say Israeli researchers.  In their study, they found that gum disease was seven times more common in men with erectile dysfunction than it was in those who always rose to the occasion.  Study author Yehuda Zadik, D.M.D., says that bacteria in gum tissue can travel throughout your body, causing inflammation that may damage the blood vessels that pump up your penis.”

So my suggestion is to floss daily – you hear every man joke about what they would do if they lost what they loved most, so consider flossing sexual life insurance, and invest today.

Is it true if you don’t use it, you lose it?

22 Sep

6a00d83451e0d569e201127945beef28a4All 40 Year Old Virgin jokes aside, research shows that you need to keep your brain active and stimulated in order for it to function at its optimal performance.  In the October 2009 issue of Consumer Reports magazine there is an article on how various things can keep your brain active, which can lead to a longer lifespan and reduce your risk of dementia.  While it may be fun to be a crazy old person (I mean, what have you got to lose?), I would prefer to live a long life.  Personal preference?  I don’t think so.  Follow these rules throughout life and you may be living longer:

  • Develop a new skill or refresh an old one. Learn a new language, plan an instrument or get a hobby studying art – and get out of the house to do it.  Intellectual stimulation can be very fun and it is a good way to keep your brain healthy.
  • Eat less meat, more fish. Several magazines have published reports on how healthy fish is for your brain (yay, Omega 3’s!), and this adds yet another.  A couple years ago the world’s two oldest women, both 114, each were asked what they think was the biggest contributing factor in their longevity.  One said “eating a lot of herring.”  The other said “minding my own business.”  There you go.
  • Stay Productive. This combines the first one with getting out of the house in a sense.  Make to-do lists, even if they are not “musts,” and start checking them off the list. Stay productive!
  • Stay physically active. This will help your mind by increasing  oxygen and blood flow to your brain.  It will also keep you in better shape, which could help you live longer as well.
  • Feed your head. Studies suggest that social engagement and lifelong learning may continue to improve cognition well into your life, and loneliness could trigger dementia. To preserve a healthy brain: go for a walk with a friend or a pet 5 days a week, travel with family or friends, join a gym, sign up for a reading club, or start a new hobby. Just some ideas.


Diet Tricks for Holiday Treats

21 Sep

barack_obama_mens_health_magazine_2008_november_coverIf you are like us, you love candy…and constantly fight with your waistline.  In the October 2009 issue of Men’s Health magazin (the one woth Obama on the cover) has and article on how to get your candy fix but not gain weight.  You can indulge, and like everything…moderation is key.  The article states that candy sales spiked in the recession, because it is a cheap pleasure, but that you can enjoy candy without the guilt that typically comes with it.  The tip?  Keep it to 400 calories or under.  Here are 3 ways to stretch your halloween pleasure:M_M

The small but sinful: rich chocolate with richer fillings.

  1. Milk Chocolate M&M’s – one fun-size bag is 90 calories.
  2. Milky Way – 1 fun-size milky way is 75 calories.
  3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – 2 cups = 210 calories.
  4. TOTAL = 375 calories

The balanced approach: A medium sized mix of rich & fruity candies32033-1Jawbreaker

  1. Snickers – one fun-sized bar is 80 calories
  2. Skittles – one fun size bag is 60 calories
  3. Butterfinger – one fun-sized bag is 100 calories
  4. Jawbreaker – 2 jawbreakers are 70 calories
  5. Starbursts – 4 Starbursts equal 80 calories
  6. TOTAL = 390 calories

The big pig-out – lots of low-cal itemsfruit-skittles-loose

  1. Nerds – one small box is 50 calories
  2. Jolly rancher – 3 hard candy pieces are 50 calories
  3. Bubble gum – 2 pieces equals 30 calories
  4. Smarties – 1 roll is 25 calories
  5. 3 musketeers – 1 fun-sized bar is 63 calories
  6. Tootsie pop – One sucker is 60 calories
  7. Brach’s Candy Corn – 10 pieces is 75 calories
  8. Hershey’s Sticks smooth & Creamy – 1 stick is 60 calories
  9. TOTAL – 413 Calories

Work Advice: Avoid the Afternoon Crash

21 Sep

0208bc0769mj200909septp11jpgw300A nutritionists advice on staying alert all day without any caffeine, pills or 73-hour energy.  This post is brought to you by the September 2009 issue of Men’s Journal Magazine.

7 AM: Start with Breakfast – if you eat sugary cereals your sugar could spike, only to crash later and cause you to become lethargic. Oatmeal typically provides the right carb/protein ratio to get you going without the crash.  The more natural, the better.

9 Am: Snack Intelligently – when you start to get hungry reach for natural peanut butter and whole wheat crackers.  These metabolize slower and maintain blood sugar levels.

11 Am: Take a Speed Walk – Japanese researchers found that a 3-minute speed walk every half hour increases oxygen to the brain and keeps you more alert.

12 PM: Hydrate often – Thirst can be mistaken for hunger.  Keep a reusable water bottle handy…a good rule of thumb is an ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight per day.

2 PM: Eat a Smart Lunch – Heavy food makes you tired.  Instead, go for grilled chicken & avacado on whole wheat to carry you through the day.


Manly Breakfast News: Sunny Side Up

11 Sep

eric-bana-mens-health-2Men’s Health magazine is always a good read when it comes to nutrition…and just living a healthy lifestyle in general.  In the September 2009 issue, one of the facts that they share with their health-conscious readers is that eating eggs for breakfast can benefit your body all day.  We have always heard that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, and not it has more back-up.  The article states that researchers at the University of Connecticut found that men who ate eggs for breakfast took in fewer calories over a period of 24 hours than those that had cereal or bagels.  The reason is that protein is much more satiating than carbohydrates are.  So if you are eating cereal for breakfast…yolk’s on you.  Sorry…I will never do that again.