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  1. 4 Secret Minerals to a Strong Sex Drive

    sex drive strongAre you ready to take your sex life to the next level?

    Want to support a strong sex drive, but do it naturally, without a scary prescription or the risk of a six hour erection?

    We’re not going to send you into some back alley.

    Or ask you to buy a questionable product off late-night television. And certainly no strange looking devices.

    All you need for a naturally strong sex drive are the right minerals. Seriously. These four minerals can be the key to rejuvenating your sex life and revving up your sex drive.

    Who knew it could be so easy?

    1. Calcium. Most people know that you need calcium for bone health. And some people know that it helps support muscle health and function, too – but not many people make the connection that muscle health and function leads to a strong sex drive! It works like this: your muscles use calcium to contract. All your muscles, including the ones in play during an erection. Weak muscle contractions mean weak orgasms. But that also means that powerful muscle contractions mean powerful orgasms. And when your orgasms are powerful, it’s easy to have a strong sex drive! Find calcium in dairy products and leafy greens.

    2. Vitamin D. Consider this item 1a on this list if you prefer because vitamin D obviously isn’t a mineral. However, your body can’t absorb calcium properly without enough vitamin D – so it doesn’t matter how much calcium you’re getting if you’re not getting vitamin D. Be sure to balance them both with plenty of salmon, cheese, and eggs.

    3. Magnesium. The list of reasons why magnesium is good for you is simply too long for any one article. But when it comes to why magnesium is vital for a strong sex drive, we’ll try and keep it short – your body requires magnesium to produce some of the sex hormones that trigger desire and arousal. It also helps with muscle function, which we’ve established helps strengthen your orgasms. But just as importantly, magnesium helps with nerve function, so you’re sure to feel every pulse, tingle, and touch. Get enough magnesium to keep your sex drive strong in figs (a sexy food, in their own right), black beans, and avocado.

    4. Selenium. This mineral is a vital part of a strong sex drive and a healthy reproductive system. Almost half of all the selenium in a man’s body is found in the genitals. But it’s a catch-22 because men need selenium in semen, but they lose selenium when they ejaculate. Keep a strong sex drive by making sure you replenish your selenium stocks with almonds, walnuts, and oysters – a classically sexy food!

    5. Zinc. Known as “the sex mineral,” zinc may be the most important mineral when it comes to having and keeping a strong sex drive. Most importantly, it’s required for the production of testosterone. Obviously, this means that a deficiency in zinc can cause lowered testosterone levels, a decrease in semen production, and a drop in sex drive. After all, no testosterone means no sex drive. But that’s not all. Zinc has been linked not only to sex drive, but to fertility, potency, and long-term sexual health. Part of that is because it’s also a vital mineral when it comes to prostate health – which is directly tied to sexual health! But, like selenium, men lose zinc every time they orgasm. So load up on selenium with plenty of pumpkin seeds, lobster, and chickpeas. Or, you can get 100% of your recommended daily allowance of zinc from ProTeva Plus, and protect your strong sex drive by protecting your prostate!

    Don’t think a strong sex drive and a rousing sex life are things of the past. Protect them the right way, with the right foods.

    Sexual health is as important as any other health goal. Embrace it!

  2. Zap Poor Eating Habits With These 5 Simple Tricks

    eating habits poorMaybe your weight isn’t moving.

    Or your numbers just aren’t as good as you and your doctor want them to be.

    Or maybe you’re just not happy with the way you’re eating any more.

    There doesn’t have to be a specific reason to want to change poor eating habits.

    You can just want to be healthier and have more energy. But if you’ve tried in the past to change poor eating habits into healthy ones, you know it’s not always easy – but that may be because you tried to do too much too fast.

    Now isn’t the time to think in terms of “go big or go home.”

    Instead, start here:

    • Admit that you may have some poor eating habits that are holding you back from your health goals. It’s not easy to acknowledge that sometimes it really is our own doing, but this is important. As they say, the first step to fixing a problem is to admit it exists.
    • Figure out why you’ve adopted poor eating habits, and what (if anything) triggers them.
    • Make a plan to change poor eating habits into healthier ones.
    • Go slowly and start small. If you try to make huge changes and eliminate all your poor eating habits at once, you’re just setting yourself up to fail.

    These are some common poor eating habits you might recognize – and here are some simple ways to address them.

    Do These Sound Familiar?

    1. Skipping Breakfast. Mornings are fast-paced and busy. And sometimes, you’re not hungry anyway. It’s easy to skip breakfast, and wait until lunch. But doing so starts your entire day off on the wrong foot. This poor eating habit slows your metabolism, but can also cause you to overeat later. People who skip breakfast tend to be hungrier, so eat more, at lunch. But they also overestimate how many calories they skipped, thinking they can “make up for them” later in the day. Instead, have something for breakfast. It doesn’t have to be big. Cheese and some fruit is enough. Just make sure you eat enough to get your motor running and keep you from overeating later.

    2. Mindless Eating. If you’re doing other things while you eat – driving, talking on the phone, watching a movie – you could be overeating. Suddenly instead of a small handful of nuts, you’ve eaten half the container and hardly noticed. You overeat and you don’t enjoy it, so it’s not satisfying. It’s a bad combination. When you choose to eat, be deliberate. Take a serving and thoroughly enjoy it. You’ll eat less but be more satisfied.

    3. Grazing. This poor eating habit is similar to mindless eating. It’s when you nibble on snacks all day, rather than planning what you’re going to eat. Some people respond well to eating five or six times a day, rather than having three larger meals, and if you’re one of them, that’s fine. But it should still be planned. Otherwise, you risk overeating, and making unhealthy choices. Stock up on healthier choices, so when you do snack, you choose wisely.

    4. Emotional Eating. Most people have probably done this at some point in their lives. If you eat when you’re stressed, or you eat when you’re happy, it’s all still emotional eating – and it’s a poor eating habit. Work on finding other ways to deal with your stress. Try exercise over eating, and get fit instead of flabby. As for celebrating, do so without food. Treat yourself another way, with flowers, a small gift, or a special event.

    5. Overeating. Let’s be honest, American meal portions are simply too big. From restaurants to our own tables, portion control is out of control. Luckily, breaking this poor eating habit is simple. Aim to cut your meal sizes by 20%. First, use smaller plates. If you clean an eight inch plate, you’re getting less food than if you clear a twelve inch plate. Then, move from family style serving to buffet serving. By taking the serving platters and bowls off the dining table and moving them to a side table, counter, or leaving them in the kitchen, you’ll reduce the amount of food you eat. It goes back to the mindless eating – when you have to get up and get more food, you’re less likely to do so!

    6. Eating Too Fast. A poor eating habit that’s tied to over eating is speed eating. When you’re in a hurry, or really hungry, it’s easy to wolf down your food. But it takes your body fifteen to twenty minutes to register that it’s full – so if you’re eating faster than that, you’ll eat more than your body needs before you ever even have a chance to know you’re full! Slow down. Chew each bite. Taste your food, don’t just swallow it. You’ll realize you’ve gotten as much food as you need without eating nearly as much.

    It’s Simple – But Not Easy

    Now, if letting go of poor eating habits was as easy as just deciding to eat less or more mindfully, no one would have poor eating habits! Since it’s not that easy, it helps to have simple steps to get you started.

    1. Get specific. Don’t just decide to eat less junk food. Plan to eat less junk food by replacing those snacks with fruit, Greek yogurt, hummus and veggies, whatever healthy snack you love. Because if you deny yourself, or try to wing it, you’ll be back at the potato chips in no time.

    2. Switch from refined white flour to whole grain. Don’t give up pasta or crackers or bread, if you love them. Do choose whole grain versions of your favorite carbohydrates. Just remember that whole wheat isn’t the same as whole grain. Read your labels and make sure you’re getting whole grains.

    3. Swap juices and sodas – eve diet sodas – with seltzer, regular water, and teas. There’s no reason to get the overdose of sugar, or artificial sweeteners, when you have so many alternatives. Add fruits or veggies to waters and teas for flavorful, healthy options.

    4. Season your foods with herbs and spices, rather than heavy sauces and gravies. The right seasonings can be as flavorful as any sauce!

    5. Add BenVia Gold to your daily diet. A single scoop of BenVia Gold is packed with fiber, so you stay fuller, longer – which is key to preventing overeating. Plus, it’s a nutritional powerhouse for less than sixty calories! Doing away with poor eating habits means taking a lot out of your diet. Put something in for a change, and add BenVia Gold.

    As with anything else, the key is to start small and set achievable goals. Changing you’re a lifetime of poor eating habits takes time. So give yourself that time – you’re worth it!

  3. 12 Empty Calorie Foods Disguised as Healthy Foods

    Eating healthily is easy – stay away from junk foods and empty calories.

    But what happens when you think you’re eating well, but really you are not?

    That can happen when you’re dealing with empty calorie foods disguised as healthy foods.

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  4. Are You in a State of Sexual Depression? [Take the Quiz]

    depression sexualCall it sexual depression. Call it a rut.

    Whatever you want to call it, you may not even be certain you’re in it.

    Sexual depressions can sneak up on you.

    You go a week…two…a month…and that stretches into so long that you’re not quite sure when the last time you had sex was.

    But if you don’t even know you’re in a sexual rut, how do you fix it?

    Like any other problem, you start by identifying it.

    Answer these questions, and see how you feel when you’re done…

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  5. How to Treat Back Pain WITHOUT a Doctor

    back pain treatGenerally speaking, you really can treat back pain without going to the doctor.

    In fact, nearly 90% of all back pain resolves itself within six weeks!

    So before you run to the doctor for a scary shot or dangerous prescription, try to treat your back pain at home, with these simple steps –

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  6. You’re Always Exhausted Because of These 7 Everyday Items

    exhausted alwaysNo matter how much sleep you get, or how much you exercise, it seems you’re always exhausted.

    Even changing your diet only improved your energy so much.

    If this sounds familiar, it may be time to start looking around your home for less obvious reasons you’re always exhausted!

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  7. 12 Tips to Stay Regular While on Vacation

    regular stayIt’s summer and that means summer vacation!

    Whether you’re globetrotting, heading to the beach, the mountains, or somewhere in between, the last thing you want is to deal with stomach issues on the road.

    Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort or even planning to stay regular every step of the way!

    We’ve even compiled this go-to guide, with the tips you need to keep “going”, no matter where you’re going.

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  8. 5 Reasons Why You Are Experiencing Muscle Cramps at Night – and 10 Ways to Fix Them

    at night muscle crampsThe lights are out, you’re just about to sleep, and they hit: muscle cramps at night.

    If you’re lucky, they’re an annoyance keeping you awake.

    If you’re unlucky, they’re painful enough to bring tears to your eyes.

    Either way, pretending you don’t have muscle cramps at night is impossible, wishing them away doesn’t work, and hoping tomorrow night will be better gets you nowhere.

    You have to deal with your nighttime muscle cramps.

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  9. How Getting in a Good Daily Routine Can Improve Your Sex Life

    daily routine goodMany people equate having a routine with being in a rut, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

    A good daily routine can make just about anything easier – your health, your stress levels, even your sex life!

    Since sex is often spontaneous though, the key to a good daily routine that helps rather than hinders your sex life is focus on the big picture, rather than the clock.

    It’s not about a rigid calendar. It’s about being engaged, interested, and connected whenever the mood strikes.

    Make each one of these steps part of your day, every day, and you’ll find you’ve got a good daily routine with very little effort.

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  10. The Secret to All-Day Energy in 8 Easy Steps

    energy all dayMaybe you wake up feeling rested and alert.

    Or maybe you wake up feeling like you didn’t get any sleep at all, no matter how many hours you’ve been out.

    Either way, by afternoon, you’re already ready for bed because all-day energy is a dream that seems to stay just out of reach.

    But a nap is out of the question – you’re too busy and won’t sleep come bedtime.

    You need to find a way to have all-day energy without sleeping your day away or loading up on caffeine!

    The good news is having all-day energy, is easier than you might think.

    Just follow these eight steps and see what it’s like to be able to go all day, every day –

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  11. 6 Common Metabolism Myths Explained and Debunked

    myths Metabolism Anyone who has ever struggled with their weight – and who hasn’t – has probably also struggled with metabolism myths.

    There’s so much misinformation out there, it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s false when it comes to your metabolism and losing weight.

    Rather than leave you guessing, we’re going to take a closer look at six common metabolism myths, so you know what’s real – and what’s not.

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  12. 5 Healthy Cooking Oils to Boost Your Health

    cooking oils healthyWhen it comes to healthy cooking oils – or health in general – we want decisions to be black and white, good and bad, healthy and unhealthy.

    And sometimes, the choice is that clear cut. We know that trans fats are bad and should be avoided. Period.

    For better or worse, though, when it comes to cooking oils, it’s not always so straight forward.

    That’s why we wanted to look at cooking oils and clear up some confusion.

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  13. 4 Delicious Easy-to-Digest Meals

    digest easy toMany things change as our bodies age, some good, some not so good.

    For some people, it becomes more important to eat east-to-digest foods and meals than it once was.

    But that doesn’t mean your meals have to be bland, uninteresting, or tasteless.

    Your digestive tract may need a little TLC, but your taste buds are just fine!

    So, we’ve collected four recipes, and even a few tips, that taste good AND keep your tummy happy.

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  14. 10 Nighttime Beauty Tips to Help You Age Gracefully

    gracefully ageIn an ideal world, how young you look would reflect how young you feel.

    Reality, though, is rarely ideal, which means you have to worry about how to age gracefully every day.

    But don’t just focus on every day – pay attention to every night, too!

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  15. 9 Tasty Recipes That Can Help With Stress

    stress help withSo much has people stressed these days – health, work, finances, family.

    As far as your body’s concerned it’s like you’re in a state of fight or flight all the time!

    You need help with stress.

    So why not get help with stress from a health source you’re already thinking about: your diet!

    That’s right, what you eat can help with stress.

    And since you’re already taking care to make healthy food choices, it’s not much of a stretch to start making dietary choices that will help with stress, too.

    Give your body a break from stress with these recipes –

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  16. The Ultimate Brain Fog Test: How is Your Brain Really?

    test brain fogWouldn’t it be nice if there was a brain fog test that could analyze just how healthy your brain is?

    You get that some things will start to slip as you get older, but a brain fog test could give you a better idea of whether your senior moments are from living a long, full life – or if they are indicative of a bigger problem.

    We agree with you: it would be nice if there was a brain fog test to let you know how you’re doing.

    So, we developed one.

    We realize that no at-home brain fog test is the answer to everything.

    And we can’t promise that you’ll stay sharp forever, but these are good questions to get you started, and to, hopefully, alleviate any immediate concerns you may have.

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  17. 8 Hair Hydration Techniques to Boost Growth

    hydration hairHair hydration can be just as important to hair growth as what’s happening at your scalp – but so many people forget about this vital step!

    Sure, hair growth is the goal, and we’re not denying that. But healthy hair requires hydration, too.

    Especially considering hair dries out as you age. Just when you need strong healthy hair the most, it starts drying out and breaking off.

    Suddenly, you’re looking at thinning growth at the scalp AND through the length.

    But you can break that cycle and keep your hair hydrated, healthy, and growing, with these eight hair hydration techniques…

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  18. What Good Balance Could Mean for Your Joints

    balance goodBy now you know that movement is key to keeping your joints healthy – even if your instinct is to rest in order to avoid injury.

    Because regular, low-impact aerobic activity is one of the best things you can do to stay mobile and keep your joints fluid.

    So you walk, or swim, or ride…something, almost every day.

    But when was the last time you thought about good balance and how stability affects your joints?

    If you’re like most people, the answer to that very well may be “never.”

    So, we’re about to change that, because good balance is almost as important as low-impact aerobic activity when it comes to joint health.

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  19. 10 Tips to Cure Acid Reflux Naturally

    acid reflux cureThat burning sensation in the middle of your chest.

    That acidy taste in the back of your throat.

    You may think they are the issues, but they might just be the symptoms.

    If you experience these more than twice a week, you could be dealing with more than just heartburn.

    You could be dealing with acid reflux. The good news is, that you can cure acid reflux at home, naturally.

    And in this article, we’ll tell you how…

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  20. 15 Ways to Turn a Lack of Intimacy into Too Much Intimacy

    intimacy lack ofWork. Family. Health. Schedules. Meetings. Life is as busy today as it’s ever been.

    And while your days are full and satisfying, how busy they are may be leading to a lack of intimacy at night that’s less than satisfying.

    Because when daily life gets hectic, your love life can suffer.

    But it doesn’t have to stay this way – and you certainly don’t have to give up your busy, fulfilling days!

    You just have to make turning around that lack of intimacy a priority…

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