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  1. Everyday Things You Can Do to Boost Your Libido

    things everydayIf you listen to commercials, it seems like the only everyday thing you can do to boost your libido is to change your diet.

    It’s enough to make a man decide to put up with a slow sex life instead.

    Luckily, there are plenty of other everyday things you can do to boost your libido, without having to rely on something questionable or live with a lackluster love life!

    1. Ask about your other medications. Most people don’t consider a lagging libido as a medical side effect, but several common medications can dampen your drive. If you’re on other medications, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects. Especially if your lack of interest coincided with a new prescription.

    2. Use a lubricant. As women age, dryness can become an issue. And dryness can lead to painful sex, which isn’t a good time for either of you. Don’t take it personally, though. It’s a physical, not emotional, reaction. Find a lubricant she likes and look forward to making love again.

    3. Get some rest. Think about when you’re tired – you have no energy, you’re not interested in much, you’re irritable and unenthusiastic. None of that is conducive to a satisfying sex life. So make sure you’re getting the sleep you need. Go to bed earlier, or set your alarm later. However if you can work more sleep into your schedule, do so. Your libido will thank you.

    4. Have date nights. A date accomplishes two very important things. First, it’s a way for the two of you to connect over something you both enjoy. But just as importantly, making more of an effort than moving to the couch and picking up the remote makes you more likely to want to do more than watch television in the evenings. And while it can be as elaborate as dinner and a show, it can also be as simple as heading to the bookstore, buying a tea, and wandering the stacks together. The key is to make an effort to do something that will bring you together.

    5. Work sex into the schedule. If the problem is you aren’t ever in the mood, waiting until you’re in the mood certainly won’t help. Instead, schedule sex out a few days. Give yourself a chance to think about it, anticipate it, and look forward to it. Flirt with each other leading up to it. By the time your “appointment” arrives, you’ll be more than ready. And if you’re still not? Have sex anyway. In many ways, your libido is a use-it-or-lose it response. But the very act of having sex is often enough to rekindle those flames.

    6. Relax. Life is stressful. By the end of the day, when many people are deciding about sex, that stress has taken its toll. The last thing you want is to say yes to anything intimate. Instead of rejecting the idea out of hand, though, take a minute and a deep breath. Find a way to relax. Take a hot, soaking bath. Pour a glass of wine. Whatever works to relax you, because if it relaxes you, it will boost your libido.

    7. Take it to the kitchen. No, we don’t mean have sex on the counters (although…). But aphrodisiacs aren’t just old wives’ tales. Figs, avocados, oysters, and chocolates all have reputations for being sexy foods. And, of course, there are drinks, too. A glass or two of wine, especially red wine, really can help you get in the mood, as well as help you relax. Just be sure to hold it at a glass or two, because more than that can become counterproductive. Instead, drink Argi-Vive III, the male performance drink with everything you need to boost your libido! The specially designed formula will make you proud to drink pink!

    A lagging libido may be a natural part of aging, but it doesn’t have to be an inevitable or permanent one.

    There are easy, everyday things you can do to boost your sex drive and get the romance back in your relationship.

    A little time, a little effort, and a little Argi-Vive III, and you’ll both be looking forward to nights in again.

  2. Lumbar Spine Stretches and Exercises to Erase Your Lower Back Pain

    stretches lumbar spineWhen your back hurts, all you want to do is stop and rest.

    As counterintuitive as it seems, though, the key really is to get up and get moving.

    Lumbar spine stretches and the right kind of exercise can be your first step back towards feeling good and living pain free.

    The key is to choose your exercise and lumbar spine stretches wisely.

    Because some of the most common stretches and exercises can do more harm than good.

    When your back hurts, avoid toe touches, leg lifts, and sit ups.

    Yes, they can help stretch and strengthen a healthy back – but one that’s already hurting will only make it worse!

    So what are you supposed to do? Try these exercises and lumbar spine stretches, instead. And feel your pain melt away.

    Exercise for Back Pain

    As we said, even though you want to stay in bed and rest, exercise really will help your back pain. And it doesn’t take much.

    According to one study, people who experienced back pain and then exercised a few days a week for a year reported their pain diminished by 45%. Forty-five percent, just from exercise.

    Walking is the easiest, cheapest, and definitely most effective exercise for back pain. Get a pair of good shoes that will support your back, and step out your front door.

    You can also drive to a flat biking path or school track. Even some malls open early for people to get in several laps without worrying about the weather or investing in a gym membership just for a walk.

    You’re aiming for thirty minutes, but work up to it if you need to. Even ten minutes is better for your back than nothing.

    If walking is still too much, consider a recumbent, stationary bike or a swimming class. Both are no-impact aerobics that won’t jar your back at all. The same time guidelines apply, too. Aim for at least thirty minutes, but get there at your own pace.

    Now to the Lumbar Spine Stretches…

    While lumbar spine stretches are excellent for back pain, there are some rules to remember. First, don’t do anything that hurts. Yes, you may – and should – feel the stretch, but that’s different from pain. Go at your own pace. Your health isn’t a competition. And finally, remember that you can do these in conjunction with aerobic exercise – they make a great cool down – but you can also do them on their own since lumbar spine stretches help back pain in their own right.

    You’ll do all the lumbar spine stretches on the floor, so you’ll need a mat or towel and room to stretch out.

    1. Cat and Cow. Start on your hands and knees, back flat. Make sure your hands are flat on the ground, about shoulder width apart. Legs should be hip width apart, as well. Slowly arch your back upward, like a cat stretching. Contract your abs, as if you’re trying to get your belly button to touch the ceiling through your back. Hold for five to ten seconds. Slowly, lower your back through neutral, until you are pushing your tummy towards the floor. While it should look like your back is sagging, do not actually let it. Keep your muscles strong and stay in control of the motion. Hold for five to ten seconds. Slowly return to neutral. Repeat entire cycle ten times.

    2. Knee to Chest. Lie down on your back, legs extended with your toes pointing up. Carefully, raise one knee towards your chest. Keep the other foot flat on the floor. Wrap your hands around the back of your thigh to help hold your leg in place. Hold for twenty seconds, the carefully lower your leg. Repeat with the opposite leg. Perform whole cycle three times.

    3. Two-Knee Twist. Stretch out, on your back, with your arms extended so they are perpendicular to your body. Bring your knees to your chest. Keeping your shoulders as flat as possible, lower both legs to the left. Eventually, your left knee will touch the floor. To start, lower them as far as possible without lifting your right shoulder. Hold for one minute. Slowly raise your knees back up to neutral, then repeat, lowering your legs to the right. Hold for one minute. Return to neutral. Don’t be surprised if you get closer to the floor on one side than the other.

    4. One-Knee Twist. A slightly more advanced version of that lumbar spine stretch is the one-knee twist. Begin in the same starting position, but only bend your right leg. Carefully roll to the left side, letting your knee drop toward the floor. Hold for twenty seconds. Make sure you keep your shoulders flat. Slowly, bring your leg up, straighten it, and bend your left leg. Lower the left knee to the right side, keeping shoulders flat. Hold for another twenty seconds. Return to starting position. Repeat whole cycle three times.

    5. Sphinx. Stretch out on your stomach, legs straight, hands directly under your shoulders. Gently, press your palms into the floor and raise your upper body. Your palms, elbows, and hips should still be in flat contact with your mat. Square your shoulders and lift your head, so you’re looking ahead of you. Hold for ten seconds to a minute. Slowly lower yourself back down. Once this lumbar spine stretch is easy, it can evolve into the cobra stretch. Simply straighten your arms, rather than keeping your elbows on the ground. This extends your back even further, however, so don’t make this advancement until you’re ready for it.

    These lumbar spine stretches and aerobic exercises will help you feel better, move better, and live life better, in spite of lower back pain! For

    ultimate results, combine them with Soothanol X2, the all-natural topical pain reliever that stops pain almost instantly. Because if you hurt too badly to move, you’re not going to.

    So get moving, with Soothanol X2. And stay moving with Soothanol X2 and these lumbar spine stretches – the combination you’ve been looking for!

  3. My Eyes Are Dry - Now What?

    dry my eyesWhen your eyes are dry every day feels like an annoyance.

    No, there’s nothing seriously wrong, but there’s certainly nothing right, either.

    On bad days, life can become an itchy, scratchy irritation one just has to get through.

    That’s no way to live life!

    Luckily, just because your eyes are dry doesn’t mean you have to live with it.

    Let’s take a closer look at dry eyes, and the natural ways you can manage them. Continue reading

  4. Men Over 60: How to Enjoy Sex for the Future

    over 60 menMen over 60 have to learn how to deal with so many changes – to their health, to their bodies, and yes, to their sex drives.

    But just because things are changing doesn’t mean things have to be bad.

    Your sex life can be different, and still be fulfilling and sexy!

    These tips can help men over 60 navigate the changes in the bedroom without ever missing a beat – Continue reading

  5. Don't Ignore These 9 High Blood Pressure Warnings

    warnings high blood pressureToo many people are unaware that high blood pressure comes with warnings.

    They think that high blood pressure is something you can’t identify until you’re in the doctor’s office waiting for the cuff to release.

    But that is a false and quite frankly dangerous misunderstanding of how high blood pressure works.

    High blood pressure warnings do exist, and you can identify them. You just have to know what they are. Continue reading

  6. 11 of the Best Herbs to Defeat Your Pain

    herbs bestThere’s so many health-related things you can do naturally these days – so why are you still using scary drugs to relieve your pain?

    Because there’s no need to! Not when there are herbs that work just as well at relieving your pain.

    Look no further to find the best herbs for easing your pain.

    Give up the NSAIDs and stick with your healthy lifestyle even when it comes to pain relief. Continue reading

  7. How to Enjoy Good Sugars this Halloween

    sugars goodHere’s our secret – we haven’t eliminated sugar from our diets completely.

    The occasional treat is simply too delicious for us to get rid of it completely.

    After all, have you seen our BenVia Gold brownie recipe?

    Have you tasted it? So no, we haven’t given up sugar completely.

    The key, though, is that we use good sugars the majority of the time, and save traditional sugars for very occasional indulgences.

    Which makes Halloween tough, because there are chocolates, candies, and desserts everywhere this time of year.

    And none of those bags you see at the grocery store are sweetened with good sugars, you just know it.

    We aren’t, however, willing to throw away our occasional taste of traditional sugar on the mass produced stuff that will fill trick or treat bags later this month.

    Luckily, we don’t have to – and neither do you. Not with these good sugar desserts that taste just as good as anything made with traditional sugar! Continue reading

  8. 8 Rules for Defeating Anxiety That Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You

    anxiety defeatingAlthough defeating anxiety is one of the most important things you can do, it’s also one of the most intimidating.

    After all, part of anxiety is the feeling that you can’t ever get better.

    How are you supposed to defeat anxiety when the very fact that you have it makes you feel like you can never defeat it?

    First, it’s vital that you lose the stigma about having anxiety.

    Talk to your doctor. Admit you’re struggling with it. There are ways your doctor can help.

    But your doctor isn’t the only one who can help with defeating anxiety.

    You have a powerful ally where you might not expect it: yourself.

    In spite of what the anxiety may have you believing, you really can help manage, control, and defeat it. Continue reading

  9. BP Complete 120 Ingredients: What’s in the BP Complete 120 Formula?

    Ingredients BP Complete 120When you take your health seriously, you’re not willing to trade one unhealthy condition for another.

    You’re not willing to trade worrisome blood pressure numbers for worrisome blood pressure remedies.

    So instead of jumping blindly on the bandwagon of the next new thing, you do your research. You ask questions.

    We get that. We respect it. Which is why now that we have a new blood pressure support supplement, we want to ask – and answer – your questions before you ever have to.

    What are the BP Complete 120 ingredients? How do they help keep your blood pressure where you want it?

    And what makes the formula so special? Continue reading

  10. 14 Dull Skin Remedies Your Ancestors Used

    remedies dull skinThere are commercials for wrinkle reducers and skin tighteners, but you rarely see dull skin remedies.

    Which doesn’t make sense because wrinkles and sags aren’t the only skin issues you deal with as you age.

    At some point, most people are going to look in the mirror and see something…different. It’s hard to identify what’s changed at first.

    There are no new wrinkles. Nothing’s sagging more. But your skin seems duller. Gray. Flat. It’s not your imagination. Your skin does lose its glow the older you get.

    And that’s why you need dull skin remedies, as well as wrinkle reducers and other anti-aging suggestions.

    Luckily, there are dull skin remedies. Ways to counter the dullness and reclaim your youthful glow. And many of them have been around for centuries… Continue reading

  11. Nutrient-Rich Sweet Treats and Desserts

    rich-nutrientEating empty calories just to sate a sweet tooth is so outdated. But does that mean that you have to give up desserts entirely?

    Not if you follow a few simple guidelines and focus on nutrient-rich sweet treats! Continue reading

  12. BP Complete 120 Benefits: Help Improve Your Blood Pressure in 3 Steps

    Benefits BP Complete 120When we set out to develop our new blood pressure supplement, BP Complete 120, we knew exactly what we wanted the BP Complete 120 benefits to be.

    We wanted natural blood pressure support, based on cutting edge research, with no off-putting or frightening side effects.

    And if we could happen to make the last BP Complete 120 benefit be a tightly focused formula that only uses the best ingredients, well, that would be ideal. Continue reading

  13. Fight a Cold With These 5 Ultra-Nutritious Drink Recipes

    cold fightYou wash your hands regularly, use tissues when you sneeze, and make sure to get plenty of sleep.

    But with winter upon us, it’s sensible to wonder if you’re doing everything you can to fight a cold and stay healthy.

    If you’re looking to go the extra mile and supercharge your immune system – and who isn’t this time of year? – try these ultra-nutritious drink recipes, the easy and delicious way to fight a cold. Continue reading

  14. The Ultimate All-Natural Ear Wax Treatment

    treatment ear waxLet’s be honest – ear wax is not something people talk about.

    It’s hardly something people think about.

    But if you’re looking for an ear wax treatment, suddenly you wish more people would talk about it!

    Because even if you’ve never thought about it a day in your life before now, by the time you need an ear wax treatment, you’ve probably been thinking about it a lot! Continue reading

  15. Clean Your Lungs Naturally in 12 Easy Steps

    lungs clean yourDetoxing is all the rage these days.

    You’ll find articles on how to clean your liver, your kidneys, your digestive tract...

    But did you know you could also clean your lungs? And doing so is important!

    So many people smoked when they were younger, before society knew just how bad it was for your health.

    But even if you’ve never smoked a day in your life, you’ve inhaled pollutants, toxins, and chemicals. There’s just no way to avoid them all.

    Luckily, it’s easier than you may realize to clean your lungs. Simply follow these steps, and you’ll clean your lungs naturally, in just three days! Continue reading

  16. 8 Ways to Improve Night Vision At Any Age

    night vision improveMost articles that talk the talk about vision only address daytime vision.

    And they always seem to ignore ways to improve night vision. Why?

    You still need to see once the sun goes down, after all!

    Which is why in this article, we’re going to break out of the usual routine and look at how to improve night vision, so you can still see in the evenings.

    You may learn some new tricks – and be surprised to find out that some of the steps you’ve taken to protect your daytime vision are helping improve night vision, too. Continue reading

  17. Tasty Beauty Recipes Revive Your Skin’s Glow

    recipes beautyTopical ointments can only do so much to help revive your skin’s glow, so it’s important to work from the inside out, too.

    Which means diet, beauty recipes, and supplements are vital to looking your best.

    But what if you’re not the greatest in the kitchen? Or just don’t enjoy making elaborate meals?

    That’s when it’s important to know which foods work to help protect your skin – and have a few simple, delicious beauty recipes you can reach for.

    Mix and match any of these foods to create your own beauty recipes, or try one of ours, as is or for inspiration. Continue reading

  18. What Does Your Tongue Say About You and Your Health?

    health tongueYou can’t always tell much about your health just by looking in the mirror – unless you’re looking in the right place: your tongue.

    That’s right. You may be able to tell what’s going on with your health by paying attention to your tongue!

    Look for any of these tell-tale signs, because your tongue could be telling you more than you ever imagined. Continue reading

  19. Shrink Your Stomach Naturally with 10 Quick Techniques

    stomach shrink yourIf you’ve already turned your health around, or if you’re just looking to start, there tends to be one stubborn area that seems hardest to shrink: your stomach.

    Belly fat has a reputation for being some of the hardest to lose – which is even more frustrating because it’s also some of the most detrimental to your health.

    However, there are ways to shrink your stomach, even if you’ve already changed up your diet and embraced crunches! Continue reading

  20. The Mysterious Link Between Wine and Sex

    sex and wineEverybody knows there’s a mysterious link between wine and sex.

    After all, even when the restaurant’s overcrowded and the meal is mediocre, all it takes is a little wine and the evening can take a decidedly romantic turn.

    And it’s more than just the liquid courage that comes from a couple of cocktails, because hard liquor doesn’t have quite the same effect.

    In fact, at least one study showed that red wine has a greater effect on sexual desire and arousal than other liquors or abstaining completely.

    So why do wine and sex go so well together? Researchers are finally beginning to figure it out… Continue reading