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How to Improve Blood Flow for Better Sex

Improve blood flowHow to Improve Blood Flow for Better Sex

Guys, let’s be honest… it’s time to talk about how to improve blood flow.

Have you recently noticed you don’t respond in quite the same way?

It may not be your fault – you still want her as much as ever. And it’s certainly not her fault – she’s as sexy as always. Still, just imagine her excitement and your confidence when you both can enjoy those rock-hard erections.

But blood flow can effect more than just your heart. Blood flow is what gives you those rock-hard erections, giving you both the pleasure you’re looking for.

And there are several, natural ways to improve blood flow. So before you resign yourself to a lackluster sex life, check out some of these alternatives… Continue reading…

Is This Type of Salt HARMING Your Body

Benefits of Sea SaltIs This Type of Salt HARMING Your Body?

You’ve been told over and over and over again that salt is bad for you – but what if everything you’ve been told is wrong?

What if what you’ve been eating… what’s been labeled salt… what’s been on your table for years isn’t even salt at all?

You probably think I’ve lost my mind asking you these questions, and that’s okay because it doesn’t make any sense that what you and I have always called salt isn’t salt.

But here’s the thing – I’m not crazy. Your table salt really isn’t salt. And the people who have been telling you to eliminate salt from your diet have been wrong.

Because they’re talking about non-salt, the regular stuff you probably have in your salt shaker. They aren’t talking about the benefits of sea salt – the real salt you want in your diet.

Redefining What We Mean By Salt

Salt, in its natural form, is so much more than just sodium chloride.

Pure salt has minerals and elements that your body needs, and this is where you find the benefits of sea salt – in pure, unrefined salt. In fact, your body can tell the difference.

The human body was never meant to consume just sodium chloride, or table salt. The reason you crave that salty, tangy punch of salt is that’s your body’s way of saying it wants all those nutrients you’re supposed to be able to find in unrefined sea salt – nutrients including potassium, magnesium, manganese, boron, silica, strontium, zinc, copper, and more.

Many of those minerals are worth good money on their own, so it’s economically smart to separate them out for sale independently. But once they get separated out, you lose all the benefits of sea salt, because you’re dealing with sodium chloride – and that’s not all.

The way table salt is created is by heating it to extreme temperatures that destroy all nutritional value. Then, this non-salt gets stuff added to it: anti-caking chemicals, iodine, MSG, and aluminum derivatives.

But the taste and feel of it matches the cravings your body has for pure sea salt, which means you’re fooled into thinking this non-salt and unrefined sea salt are the same thing.

They take all the benefits of sea salt, purge them, and then add fillers and chemicals so they can sell it to you as salt. This is why it’s time to take back the benefits of sea salt, and redefine what we mean by “salt.”

So What ARE the Benefits of Sea Salt? Does It Really Make THAT Big of a Difference?

Oh yes – when compared to table salt, the benefits of sea salt are huge. Just be sure you’re getting unrefined sea salts in order to get all the benefits. Once any salt goes through the excessive heat and processing of refining, it loses its nutritional value.

There are 3 major brands of unrefined sea salts: Real Salt, Celtic Sea Salt, and Himalayan Pink Salts. The benefits of sea salt may vary slightly, but not significantly, depending on which brand you choose. That’s because the source of the salt can impact how many elements and minerals the salt has.

Depending on which brand you use, pure, unrefined sea salt can contain anywhere from 60 to all 84 of the trace elements found naturally in your own body.

They’re the trace elements you need to stay hydrated, to keep your sodium-potassium levels balanced, to keep your adrenal and thyroid glands functioning properly… The list goes on and on, but you get the idea.

From boosting your immune system, to helping reduce the signs of aging, the benefits of sea salt can help keep every part of your body healthy.

The problem isn’t that you’re eating too much table salt. The problem is that you aren’t eating salt. Switch to unrefined sea salt and start seeing – and feeling – the benefits of sea salt.

The MIND Diet: 10 Foods That Fight Dementia (and 5 to Forget)

The MIND Diet: 10 Foods That Fight Dementia (and 5 to Forget)

Eating a healthy diet is important for all of us.

But if you’re concerned about dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, knowing which foods fight against these is even more important.

Luckily, you’re not the only who feels that way.

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center developed the MIND diet. Now you can know for certain what foods fight dementia – and which ones it’s okay to forget. Continue reading…

Can You Really Relieve Pain with Marijuana?

Marijuana for Pain ReliefCan You Really Relieve Pain With Marijuana?

So far, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for pain relief.

But does it really work? And should you take it?

Indications are Positive – But…

Current research indicates that yes, marijuana does work for pain relief.

In the states where it’s legal, doctors sometimes prescribe it for migraines, chronic pain conditions, cancer pain treatment, and glaucoma. But it is also used in some cases for nausea, nerve pain, and muscle spasms.

Regardless of how you feel about using it for pain relief, indications are that medical marijuana does work. But does that mean you should you use it? Continue reading…

The Unknown Drawbacks of Prescription Pain Pills

Prescription Pain PillsThe Unknown Drawbacks of Prescription Pain Pills

When you start to feel those aches and pains, you just want a doctor to help you feel better, even if that means a prescription pain pill.

No matter what type of pain you are suffering from, doctors do want to help you feel better. But some doctors might go too far.

These days, it’s easier than ever to ease a patient’s pain with a prescription pad, which seems good on the surface.

The doctor is able to help his patient and you get to feel better. But before you stop off at your pharmacy for your prescription pain pills, think about this first –

Prescription Pain Pills Really Can Lead You Down an Uncertain Path

As a grown up, you probably like to think that you’re immune to the same kinds of temptations that kid’s fall for. You know how to make smart decisions, and you’re certainly not going to give into peer pressure any time soon. And for the most part, that’s true.

But when it comes to prescription pain pills, people tend to be more relaxed about being cautious. Continue reading…

Is Coconut Oil Good For You? A Closer Look at Saturated Fat

Health Benefits of Coconut OilIs Coconut Oil Good For You? A Closer Look at Saturated Fat

It wasn’t too long ago that coconut oil was considered one of the worst possible foods!

Well now, even in spite of its saturated fat content, coconut oil is being touted as the next super food! ,

So – which is it? Is coconut oil good for you – or not? And what does that mean for other foods with saturated fat?

It’s okay for you to question if food with saturated fats, like coconut oil, are good for you or not, because we’ve got answers! Continue reading…

Medications that Cause Memory Loss

Memory Loss with AgeMedications that Cause Memory Loss

Memory loss is a common part of aging.

We’ve all heard of “senior moments” – and many of us have started having them. The occasional slip is easy to shrug off. Sometimes they’re even amusing, just as long as they stay occasional.

But when those “senior moments” start becoming a regular way of life, that’s another story.

Suddenly memory loss with age is no longer easy to shrug off, and it’s certainly not amusing.

If you are experiencing other signs of dementia along with your current memory loss, that’s when things could become a bit concerning. Continue reading…

What Causes Stiff Joints?

Stiff JointsWhat Causes Stiff Joints?

Sometimes stiff joints seem like an inevitable part of aging.

Almost everyone complains about a tight knee, or stiff finger sooner or later. But what causes stiff joints? And do they have to be inevitable?

Let’s get the obvious option out of the way – arthritis causes stiff joints. If you haven’t been to your doctor yet, and your joint stiffness is becoming a problem, check in withthem first.

You may discover you have arthritis. If that’s the case, there are lots of ways to ease arthritis pain without any medications  or prescriptions.

But what if it’s not arthritis that’s causing joint stiffness? What else could it be? Continue reading…

Sciatica Relief Exercises: Pain Free in 1 Minute a Day

Sciatica ReliefSciatica Relief Exercises: Pain Free in 1 Minute a Day

Sciatica pain is a pain unlike any other.

It hurts when you walk, sit, or lie down. If you try to sleep on one side, or roll onto the other, it doesn’t matter.

If you have sciatica, it all hurts. Period. But you really can be pain free in 1 minute a day with sciatica relief exercises.

What is Sciatica? And What Can Be Done About It?

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your entire body. It starts in your lower back, and runs down the backs of your legs. When this nerve gets irritated or compressed for any reason, the pain you feel is sciatica.

Only your doctor can diagnose sciatica, but some tell-tale signs are butt, hip, or leg pain that isn’t caused by a known injury and isn’t in the joints. And even though the sciatic nerve starts in your back, back pain isn’t necessarily a symptom of sciatica. Continue reading…

6 Foods That Cause Constipation

Foods that Cause Constipation6 Foods That Cause Constipation

As you age, natural changes  in your body can cause regularity issues.

But did you know there are some surprising foods that cause constipation?

Since your body is already working differently to digest food and keep you regular, make sure you give it all the help you can by limiting these 6 foods that can cause constipation.

1) Bananas. Like I said, some of the foods that cause constipation can be surprising! Bananas are interesting because when they are very ripe, they can help ease constipation. But the key is that they have to be very ripe. Bananas that are still green, or even simply under-ripe, can cause constipation. The problem is that under-ripe bananas are full of starch, which is difficult to digest. Plus, they have more pectin than ripe bananas, which draws moisture out of the intestines, exacerbating the situation

Continue reading…

4 Reasons for Feeling Dizzy: Is It Old Age, or Medication?

Reasons for Feeling Dizzy4 Reasons for Feeling Dizzy: Is It Old Age, or Medication?

You probably don’t think about the reasons for feeling dizzy if it only happens occasionally.

After all, everyone experiences it, no matter how old you are. But frequent dizziness is another matter to be taken seriously.

And the older you get, the more concerning dizziness can be – and the more questions it can raise.

You don’t know if the reason for feeling dizzy is simply an inner ear issue, or something more serious.

Luckily, there’s a completely benign, non-health related reason you may feel dizzy. Your medications.

Before we get into that, let’s look at what we’re talking about when we mention “dizziness” – Continue reading…

SynerFlex Supplement Prices: How Much Does SynerFlex Cost?

SynerFlex Supplement PricesSynerFlex Supplement Prices: How Much Does SynerFlex Cost?

When it comes to supporting your joint health, it’s easy to say there’s no cost too great!

But realistically, you need to know if the price of SynerFlex is actually affordable.

Especially when there are so many supplements available, at such very different price points. It’s tough to know a good price versus what’s just too expensive.

So, in this article, we’re taking a close look at the price of SynerFlex… helping you discover just how affordable it is.

“What Makes SynerFlex Different”

SynerFlex doesn’t only bring you a single ingredient.

Instead, you get 8 separate joint supporting ingredients in one powerful formula – taking on nearly every cause of your aching joints.

We start with the proprietary blend, Hyal-Joint, which gives you 2 of those 8 ingredients – hyaluronic acid and hydrolyzed collagen. Continue reading…

Insomnia: Is it Old Age? Or a Side Effect of Medication

 What Causes InsomniaInsomnia: Is It Old Age? Or A Side Effect of Medication?

All your life, you’ve slept like a baby. 7, 8, maybe even 9 hours a night!

But recently, have you found yourself awake later than you want to be, unable to drift off?

Or are you awake earlier than before, with no hope of getting back to sleep?

So, what causes insomnia? And how do you know if it’s just getting older, or something else?

Insomnia is when you aren’t – when you can’t – get enough sleep. For some people, that may be anything less than 8 hours.  For other people, they may be fine as long as they get 5. But the key is whatever amount of sleep you’re getting, it’s not enough.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Irritability, depression, or anxiety
  • Poor concentration
  • Headaches
  • Or if you’re still tired when you wake up

You could be dealing with insomnia. And maybe it’s just getting older, but maybe not, because some causes of insomnia could surprise you… Continue reading…

What to Watch for When Buying Supplements

Buying SupplementsSupplement Interactions: What to Watch for When Buying Supplements

When most people decide on which supplement to take, they focus on how it can improve their health. And that’s fair.

You’re taking supplements to make you healthier, after all. But supplement interactions with other drugs is important to consider as well.

The last thing you need is for one of the supplements you’re taking to exacerbate another – often entirely unrelated – condition.

In this article, I’m going to talk about some of the most common supplements people take – and the supplement interactions you could be facing.

Astaxanthin – If anyone ever truly finds a fountain of youth, I’d be willing to bet it includes astaxanthin. That’s how amazing this anti-aging supplement is. You’re still going to want to be on the lookout for these supplement interactions, though. If you’re taking blood thinners, blood pressure, or blood sugar medications, talk to your doctor about taking astaxanthin. Because it can lower all of those on its own, it may cause unhealthy drops when combined with medications. It also has the potential to lower serum calcium levels, so use caution taking astaxanthin if you have osteoporosis, or other calcium-related conditions. Continue reading…

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil: Is It Really All That Healthy?

Health Benefits of Coconut OilThe Health Benefits of Coconut Oil: Is It Really All That Healthy?

The health benefits of coconut oil are all over the news these days.

People are raving about it. Except for the people who aren’t – who are saying that the risks outweigh the benefits of coconut oil. So which is it?

Does coconut oil belong in your diet? Or doesn’t it? Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between reality and spin.

So, in this article, we’ll do just that.

Take a look at the health benefits of coconut oil so you can see for yourself if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. Continue reading…

The Best Hair Loss Products for Men

Hair Loss Products for MenThe Best Hair Loss Products for Men

Be honest – how old were you when you started looking for hair loss products for men?

Maybe you were young, and hadn’t hit 30 yet. Or maybe you’ve just started to notice some thinning.

Either way, finding the best hair products for men probably hasn’t been easy, or you wouldn’t be here.

Creams are messy. Surgery can be expensive. Shampoos only do so much. And sprays don’t last. So what are you supposed to do? Watch as your hair fills up your sink – and then suddenly stops because it’s gone? No more settling for products that are messy, only work so well, and don’t even last.

That is definitely not your style.

Which is why we’ve developed Restore FX, gathering 15 of the best hair products for men in one place. For the man who isn’t willing to settle, but only wants the best. Continue reading…

6 Foods That Cause Joint Pain

Foods that Cause Joint Pain6 Foods That Cause Joint Pain

Are your joints still stiff and achy in spite of your research and everything you’ve done?

If so maybe it’s time to stop looking at what you’re doing, and start looking at what you’re eating – because you’re probably eating these 6 foods that cause joint pain.

Now, if you’ve been reading the NorthStar Nutritionals blog for a while, you’ve probably started a light exercise routine.  You watch your posture, and you’ve even changed your mattress.

Yet it still feels like you’re fighting an uphill battle against joint pain and stiffness.

And here’s the reason why – if you’re still eating these foods that can cause joint pain, there’s still more you can do… Continue reading…

Stop Eating These 10 Foods that Give You Cancer

Foods that Cause CancerStop Eating These 10 Foods That Give You Cancer

Most people think about the foods they should eat to stay healthy and cancer-free, but how often do you think about the foods you should stop eating?

The foods that cause cancer – but can easily be avoided.

Good health isn’t just about what you do eat, it’s about what you don’t eat, too.

Take a look at these 10 foods that cause cancer and make sure you aren’t sabotaging your healthy eating habits. Continue reading…

How to Improve Your Blood Sugar Naturally

Lower Blood Sugar NaturallyHow to Improve Your Blood Sugar Naturally

You’re here because you know how important it is to keep your blood sugar at that healthy level.

After all, high blood sugar levels can impact just about every system in your body.

And whether you’re looking to improve your blood sugar naturally, or you simply want to keep it in the healthy range, maintaining your blood sugar has proven to be harder than expected.

The good news is that you really can improve your blood sugar naturally by making some very simple dietary and behavioral changes. And in this article, you’ll see how. Continue reading…