Wednesday, September 4, 2019

How To Quickly Tighten And Tone Up A Flabby Stomach

Human health has long been an issue of great interest and curiosity besides the subject of vast research and studies. What makes us tick? The human body is like a well-oiled machine and functions well when all the systems are carrying out their 'duties' properly in conjunction with each other. But the larger 'duty' of managing the body well rests with us. Health is the vast sum of all functions that humans have to exercise in order to survive in a given situation or environment, the diverse the environment the greater the emphasis on health and its importance. But the irony is that besides illnesses and diseases that are the leading causes of deaths globally, factors like air pollution, water pollution, exposure to chemicals and pesticides also cause millions of deaths each year.

Let's get in detail some information on this as well as other health related issues from around the world. Risk factors

Health studies and medical data provide the startling fact that air pollution from industry and vehicle exhaust lead to the premature death of over 3.5 million people each year. When you find that that number is more than the combined deaths from Aids/HIV and Malaria, it is a rather grim picture indeed!

Particulate matter and gases like nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide from vehicular emissions and burning fossil fuels are the leading causes of suppressed lung growth in young children, asthma, diabetes and heart disease. Fetal brain growth is affected severely when pregnant women are exposed to air pollution. Even in countries that have strict legislation in place and have long histories of tackling air pollution, the solution does not seem to be in sight. Globally, several countries are involved in long-running legal tussles with world environmental agencies and pollution control boards over their failure to cut pollution levels. The ill-effects of global warming and the severity in weather patterns is something we have been witnessing for over a decade now.

Nationwide statistics

A recently concluded report on the health and lifestyle habits of Australians has thrown up some very worrying facts. Australian Health Policy Collaboration released 'Australia's Health Tracker' which examines the health of the people in relation to chronic illnesses and associated risk factors. The report concluded that Australia ranks as one of the most obese countries in the world with every fourth Australian being obese or overweight. An overwhelming 92 percent of teenagers had virtually no physical activity while in the adult category nearly 50% were found to have no regular exercise pattern resulting in high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and record-high suicide rates. The report also found that even when Australians were drinking less overall, the culture of binge-drinking was influencing young people to consume alcohol in excessive amount.
Lack of self-kindness can lead to the loss of identity, the blues, symptoms of depression, or a medical diagnosis of depression. You don't need any of these things at this time of life. Instead, identify the self-kindness steps that work for you--a trial and error process. While you're figuring this out, you need to continue to be a caregiver and take care of yourself.

Like buying new shoes, you have to "try on" self-kindness. You may eat lunch out with a friend for weeks, until you realize this is costly self-kindness. A new hobby may grab your attention until you realize you don't like it. Getting together with family members can be self-kindness, but this is difficult if relatives live far away, and your meetings are few.

Whether you are a volunteer family caregiver or a paid health care professional, each caregiver has to determine the self-kindness steps that work for them. I'm in my 19th year of caregiving and am also a health and wellness writer. To produce articles and books I need time for thought and research. Therefore, I build quiet time into every day. In fact, quiet is my top self-kindness step.

Mike O'Connor cites examples of self-kindness in his article, "40 Ways to Practice Self-Kindness," posted on the Kindness blog. Some ideas, such as drinking plenty of water, sound simple. In reality, staying hydrated is crucial to good health. Another of his suggestions is to learn to accept compliments and resist the urge to deny them. Being emotionally honest, asking for help, mindful eating, and limiting the time we spend with difficult people are more of his suggestions.

The question is, "What works best for me? You may have to get better at self-talk, for example. At the end of the day, if you find your thoughts slipping into the negative zone, counter these thoughts with positive ones. Doing this takes practice. Focusing on the benefits of caregiving can be helpful. Remember, you're making a difference in someone's life.

Be willing to change course. Keeping a self-kindness step that doesn't make you feel better is a waste of your time and energy. Nix that step from your list and head in a new direction. You may be stymied on this direction and, if so, ask a caregiver friend, or member of your support group, or a member of an online support group, for some ideas.

In their book, The Tough and Tender Caregiver, David A. Travland, PhD and Rhonda Travland compare the caregiver's needs to the care receiver's needs. "If the caregiver cannot continue to be a whole person," they write, "he or she is not going to be much good as a caregiver." The goal of self-kindness is to keep what makes you the person you are, and energize you for the weeks ahead.
The abdominal area is often one of the hardest parts of the body to tighten and tone. Most strength building activities that target this area are difficult and not very fun to do. Unfortunately, not only is a flabby waistline less than attractive, but it also puts you at far greater risk of heart disease and serious back issues. Following are a few, simple strategies for creating a smooth, flat and muscular belly.

It is first important for people to recognize the difference between subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat is the fairly harmless, soft fat that accumulates on top of the muscles and that can be easily pinched and measured with your hands. Although and excess amount of subcutaneous fat can be dangerous, all humans need a certain amount to support their normal metabolic functions and to ensure overall well-being.

Visceral fat, however, is a dangerous, yellow fat that collects around your actual organs. You have a lot of this fat if your belly feels bloated and hard. The accumulation of visceral fat is responsible for the development of heart disease, fatty liver disease and many other problems.

Understanding the type of fat you have will allow you to alter your diet and exercise plan accordingly. If you have subcutaneous fat, you can benefit from a moderate workout and diet plan. If your belly is distended with visceral fat, you should seek the guidance of a nutritionist and personal trainer right away. This could be essential for protecting your overall health from serious problems in the future.

The best diet for burning weight loss will contain lots of fresh and all-natural ingredients. Make a plan to stick to foods that have not been processed or refined. Moreover, focus on eating the things that your body needs, rather than constantly thinking about what you should be cutting out. If you load up on nutrient-dense foods, you'll hardly have either the appetite or room for options that lack nutritional value and are loaded with calories and fat.

One of the best forms of abdominal conditioning is running. The opposite arm and leg movements that running entails engages all of the abdominal muscles at once. If you don't like running, you're in luck. You can gain many of the same benefits by power walking or jogging an equal distance. You will also burn a nearly equivalent amount of fat while subjecting your joints and bones to far less stress.

If you choose to do abdominal exercises that require you to lie prone, such as sit-ups and abdominal crunches, make sure that you are using good form. Keep your chin tilted upwards and away from your stress while curling upward, so that you are lifting with your core muscles rather than your neck. Also, be sure to keep the lower back firmly pressed into the floor so that you are not using momentum to lift your upper torso.

You should also sign up for boxing training. This will provide the perfect combination of cardiovascular exercise and strength building for blasting away stubborn fat deposits and creating a tight, toned stomach. Guided boxing workouts are the best form of conditioning for obtaining remarkable results within the minimum amount of time.
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How to Achieve Better Health

Few, if any, people in contemporary industrialized societies are truly healthy. If you ask a dozen people on the street to answer honestly about their current health condition, the majority will probably tell you that they are struggling with one or more chronic health problems, whether it’s lower back pain, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, acne vulgaris, fatigue, overweight, or disorders that are generally considered more serious, such as type-2 diabetes, breast cancer, or cardiovascular disease. Some may say that they’ve tried what feels like every diet, drug, and supplement under the sun in an attempt to overcome their problems – but with little to no success.
A common belief is that the so-called diseases of civilization that plague us in the modern world emerge because the human body is inherently flawed, and that to find solutions to these problems, we have to look at each disorder individually, establish which pathways, receptors, and hormones that are involved. and develop drugs, supplements, and other similar therapies. The problem with this approach is that it doesn’t take evolutionary theory and ancestral health principles into account – and it typically fails at addressing the underlying causes of the diseases.

As opposed to modern medical research and practice, which largely focuses on the molecular and physiological mechanisms underlying health and disease, the goal of Darwinian medicine is to understand why people get sick, not simply how they get sick. When we look at human health through the lens of evolution it quickly becomes clear that many, if not most, of the chronic diseases that plague us in contemporary, Western societies don’t appear because there is something inherently flawed with the human body, but because there has been inadequate time and selection pressure for natural selection to sculpt the human body into one that is well adapted to our modern environment.

In the modern, industrialized world most of us subject our bodies to stimuli that fall in the category of being too much, too little, or too new, and as a result, mismatch diseases present themselves.

When we realise that the so-called diseases of civilization are a manifestation of an evolutionary mismatch, we immediately get a better understanding of what it takes to combat these conditions. The first priority is to resolve the conflict between our environment and our ancient genome (1, 2). Here are 8 lifestyle changes that can help you do just that…
1. Eat more fiber-rich fruits and vegetables

salad-daysThis is standard advice within the world of nutrition, but sadly, a lot of people fail to realise how important it is.

In my recent article on the topic I talked about how consumption of fermentable fibers help promote an anti-inflammatory gut microbiota, healthy intestinal barrier, and properly functioning immune systems, and I discussed data which show that fiber intake has plummeted since our days as hunter-gatherers.

Most of the carbohydrates in the typical Western diet are digested and absorbed in the small intestine, leaving little for the critters in the colon. In my mind, there’s no doubt that this low intake of indigestible (to the human host) carbohydrates in contemporary societies is an important cause of many chronic diseases; in particular colon cancer and IBS, but also a wide range of other health disorders that are seemingly unrelated to the gut.

We evolved to eat a diet that not only feeds our human self, but also our microbial self. I’m willing to bet that you are probably taking in less than optimal amounts of fiber, even if you are adhering to a Paleo-style diet or healthy whole foods diet. Onions, leeks, artichokes, tubers, broccoli, slightly green bananas, and apples are some fiber-rich foods that you could probably benefit from eating more of.

P.S. Getting full benefits from fiber-rich foods requires having a gut microbiota that is matched to the diet (See point 4 for more info)
2. Do more strength training

strength-traiining-the-pressFossil evidence shows that our physically active Paleolithic ancestors had strong bones, broad and well-developed shoulders, and low incidence of osteoporosis (3, 4). This is in stark contrast to contemporary, industrialized societies, where a lot of people spend the majority of their wakeful hours sitting in front of a computer, have to take breaks to catch their breath when walking up the stairs to the office, and develop fragile and weak bones, poor posture, and back and knee pain.

Many of the readers of this blog are probably already doing some form of strength training on a regular basis, but if you aren’t, it’s time to get started. Not just because adding some muscle can help you look better naked, but also because doing squats, deadlifts, presses, push-ups, kettlebell swings, and other multi-joint exercises can improve your posture and help prevent and possibly reverse many musculoskeletal problems.

The best way to get started depends on your current health condition and goals. If you’re someone who’s struggling with fatigue, HPA axis dysfunction, and/or other similar problems that reduce your ability to perform strenuous activities, simply doing some bodyweight exercises a couple of times a week may be more than enough.

For those who are already performing strength training on a regular basis, focusing more on progressive overload in the compound lifts and improving exercise technique may be more important than just adding more exercises and volume.
3. Get more beneficial microorganisms into your gut

saurkrautI can’t emphasise this point enough. Overuse of antibiotics, excessive hygiene, consumption of highly processed foods, reduced exposure to biodoversity from the natural environment, and many other factors associated with our modern lifestyle have left the gut microbiome of the typical Westerner in a sorry state.

There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that we’ve lost some old microbial friends that co-evolved with our ancestors for millions of years. This loss of biodiversity is an important underlying cause of many chronic diseases; in particular those associated with poor immunoregulation (5, 6).

I often get e-mails and questions from people who are constantly tweaking their diet in an attempt to resolve chronic health issues such as food intolerance, fatigue, low libido, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and acne. Sometimes, an unhealthy diet, perhaps lacking in dietary fiber or containing high amounts of sugar, is largely to blame. However, many of the people who suffer from these health problems are already eating a very healthy diet. After all, they’ve often spent years adjusting their diet in an attempt to overcome their issues, so it’s only natural that they’ve landed on a plan that isn’t too off base.

Usually, in these cases, the main problem isn’t the quality of the diet, but rather the body’s inability to properly digest and metabolize the food that is consumed. Hundreds of bacterial species are needed to break down those components of the diet that the human host doesn’t possess the genetic capabilities to digest itself (7). Without a diverse gut microbiota that is matched to the diet, symptoms of food intolerance and health problems associated with chronic low-grade inflammation, such as the ones mentioned above, will occur.

So, how can you get some more critters into your gut? As you know if you’ve read my work or followed what’s going on in the world of the microbiome; there are many ways, including, but not limited to, getting a dog, eating more fermented vegetables, doing some gardening, eating raw, minimally cleaned fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and taking high-quality probiotic supplements.
4. Reduce your exposure to artificial lighting the last couple of hours before bed

computer-nightI talk a lot about sleep on this site – and for good reason. There are few things that are more important to our health than making sure we get enough high-quality sleep.

Exposure to artificial lighting (e.g., computer screen, lamps) at night messes with our melatonin production and makes it harder for us to fall asleep and sleep well throughout the night, and consequently, one of the most important things we can do to improve our odds of getting a good night’s sleep is to turn off the lights when bedtime approaches. It’s particularly important to avoid using blue-light emitting electronic devices right before bed.

Ideally, we would just turn off all of our electronic devices and lamps when the sun goes down and bring out a book and some candle lights – but that’s clearly not an option for most people. However, making some small adjustments to your lifestyle, such as not using your phone the last 1-2 hours before bed, installing f.lux on your computer, turning down the lights late at night, and/or buying a pair of amber goggles that block blue-spectrum light, can really go a long way towards optimizing sleep.
5. Eliminate or reduce your consumption of highly processed foods, acellular carbohydrates, and foods with a very high fat density

fast-foodThe Western pattern diet bares little resemblance to the diet our East African Paleolithic ancestors consumed. It’s higher in starch, salt, sugar, refined fat, and omega-6 and lower in dietary fiber, omega-3, most micronutrients, and protein, among other things (8).

While I would argue that the deterioration of the human diet started already with the Agricultural Revolution approximately 11.000 years ago, it’s probably the changes that have occurred over the last two centuries that have had the most harmful effect on human health.

Of all the issues with the Western diet, the high intakes of highly processed foods, acellular carbohydrates such as refined grains and refined sugars, and foods with a very high fat density, like refined vegetables oils and very fatty meats, are high on the list of the most problematic ones. As I’ve previously described on the blog; a high intake of these foods sets the stage for a suboptimal gene expression pattern, gut dysbiosis, leptin and insulin resistance, weight gain, and chronic-low grade inflammation.

Many readers of this blog have probably already taken most of these foods out of their diet, but if you haven’t, doing so could very well en up being one of the best decisions you ever make for your health. Replacing these Westernized products with meat, seafood, fruit, eggs, and vegetables will cool down inflammation, help you achieve the body composition you want, and contribute to the prevention of chronic disease.
6. Log off the internet, log onto the real world

RunningI think we can all agree that there are many benefits to having access to modern technology. However, there are also many negative aspects that come with our constant connectedness.

While we have become increasingly more connected to the rest of the population on this plant in the online world, we’ve become increasingly more disconnected from people in the real world – in the sense that more and more communication happens through e-mail and phone, and a lot of people spend most of their days staring at a computer screen.

Our increased use of electronic devices is problematic for a number of reasons, one of which being that our constant connectedness can make us chronically stressed. When kept within reason, the use of the internet can help enhance our lives. However, it can quickly get out of hand, especially if we end up constantly checking our phone and spending hours each day watching the online lives of other people on social media.

For 99% of the species on earth – and also for our species throughout most of our evolutionary history – acute stress is the dominant form of stress. While the short-term stress our ancient ancestors faced when attacked by a predator lead their bodies to adapt to rapidly changing environmental conditions, the repeatedly or continuously activated stress response that often accompanies life in the 21st century can become maladaptive. In other words, natural selection never equipped us with the mechanisms to deal with constant stimulation of the fight-or-flight response and a steady supply of stress hormones such as catecholamines.

While I generally follow my own advice/practise what I preach, I do have a way to go in some areas. As a blogger and contributing writer for various sites, I pretty much have to spend a lot of the time on my computer if I’m to get things done. However, I have certain rules regarding my use of electronic devices – and in particular social media and web surfing. I also make a conscious effort to be present in the moment when I’m with people, instead of spending time checking my phone and e-mail. I definitely have a way to go in this area; and I’m willing to bet that you probably do too…
7. Start buying more organic and grass-fed foods, as opposed to conventionally produced food

fruits-vegetablesThose who get their information about nutrition from the media might be led to believe that it doesn’t really matter whether you buy organic or conventionally produced food. After all, some studies seem to indicate that organic foods don’t contain more micronutrients and health-promoting phytochemicals than non-organic (9). However, the thing that is often forgotten is that many studies do show that organic fruits and vegetables have a superior nutrient profile when compared with conventionally produced varieties (10, 11).

Perhaps more importantly, there are several other factors besides the nutrient composition that have to be taken into account. By choosing organic instead of conventionally produced food you reduce your exposure to pesticides and help support a more sustainable form of food production.

As for animal source foods, emphasising food quality is especially important; not just because animal welfare is something that should be taken into account, but also because organic, free-range eggs, grass-fed meat, and wild-caught seafood have a superior fatty acid profile when compared with conventionally produced products.

What most people don’t realise is that when they eat raw, minimally cleaned fruits and vegetables, they aren’t only providing their body with nutrients, they are also ingesting plenty of food-borne microorganisms; some of which may pass through the acidic barrier in the stomach and contribute to the biodiversity of the gut microbiota. Recent research shows that “humans are exposed to substantially different bacteria depending on the types of fresh produce they consume with differences between conventionally and organically farmed varieties contributing to this variation” (12). While the importance of these differences is still to be elucidated, I have a strong feeling that there are some benefits to choosing food that is produced in a way that is closer to the way nature intended.

Last, but not least, as I think most people will agree, a grass-fed steak from the farmer’s market tastes so much better than a conventionally produced piece of meat that contains residues of antibiotics and growth-promoting hormones.
8. Get toxic products out of your life

cosmeticsCultural innovations and technological progress have allowed us to design plastic bottles, fancy cosmetics, drugs and supplements for virtually every condition known to man, cleaning detergents, and a wide array of other products that contain ingredients that even those with a PhD in chemistry can’t spell. These products benefit us in various ways, but they can also harm our health.

Many of the ingredients (e.g., dioxane, formaldehyde, lead/lead acetate, parabens, and phthalate) found in cosmetics and beauty products we put on our skin and in our hair could disrupt he hormone system and in other ways adversely affect our health (13, 14, 15, 16).

Soaps and anitbacterial gels help decrease the spread of pathogens, but they also reduce our exposure to beneficial bacteria and alter the skin microbiome in ways that we are just beginning to understand.
Completely removing all of these modern products from the bathroom closet is not on the table as a possible solution for a lot of people. However, a lot can be gained from replacing the worst offenders with more natural products and making a conscious decision to reduce your use of conventional cosmetic products and harsh cleaning products.

’ve always felt a need to figure out what it takes to achieve perfect health. When I first started getting serious with the whole health & fitness thing more than a decade ago, I designed my lifestyle according to what mainstream medicine, public dietary guidelines, and conventional wisdom told me was healthy. As for my diet, I ate a lot of whole grains, restricted my intake of red meat, eggs, and other foods high in saturated fat and/or cholesterol, drank a protein shake directly after every strength workout in an attempt to take advantage of the so-called “anabolic window”, consumed several small meals throughout the day, and always ate an early breakfast – regardless of whether I was actually hungry or not. In terms of exercise, I had been doing a lot of sports and endurance training for most of my life, but as I got older, my interest gradually started to shift more towards strength training. Just like so many else in the fitness community, I started out with the typical bodybuilding-type training split where each muscle group was trained to exhaustion once a week.

I experimented a lot with new training routines, supplements, and diets, but I always kept the key ingredients of the standard model; primarily because a lot of the conventional wisdom surrounding training and eating was, and still is, so ingrained in the public’s mind – and at the time, in my mind as well. I was definitely doing some unconventional and/or “extreme” things here and there, but overall, it’s safe to say that I was doing pretty much everything society told me was healthy; I was very physically active, ate a diet based on public dietary guidelines, and lead a lifestyle that most people would consider to be very healthy. The problem: The approach didn’t make me healthy at all. My body and health were a wreak – and conventional medicine didn’t seem to have any solutions.

Why am I telling you this? Primarily to show that I can relate to all of you out there who are struggling with chronic health issues, feel you are getting little help from mainstream medicine, and/or have experienced poor results from following conventional health & fitness advice.
A better way

It took years of trial and error, mediocre results, declining health, and intense research before I realised that instead of looking to mainstream medicine, the latest trends in the health & fitness community, and public dietary guidelines for advice, I should have turned my attention towards what evolution and good science could teach me about nutrition, exercise, and health. This new perspective on things opened me up to a whole new world, and I’ve now spent the better part of a decade immersed in everything related to nutrition, ancestral health, and evolutionary health promotion.

In retrospect, I clearly see that the approach to diet, training, and lifestyle I stuck with when I first started getting serious about health & fitness has no solid scientific support, but at the time, I believed I was doing the right things. After all, most of what I did was consistent with the mix of standard advice I got from dietary guidelines, public health authorities, dietitians, and health & fitness gurus.

When I look back on my early days of trial and error with diet, training, and health, I realise that I was grasping in the dark. I had never learned about ancestral health principles or the importance of applying an evolutionary perspective to health and nutrition, and consequently, I was destined to make a lot of mistakes.

As everyone who’s followed this blog knows, the approach to diet and exercise I stuck with in the beginning – which is the approach a lot of people out there choose – has little evolutionary support. Humans clearly aren’t well adapted to eat the type of diet I was taking in or follow the high-volume, high-intensity strength training program I did.

As I started to broaden my horizons many years ago, I gradually moved away from my old way of doing things. The grain-centered, low-fat diet was replaced by a Paleo-style diet, and the bodybuilding-type training split was abandoned in favor of a more balanced training program. Many other areas of my life also received a solid injection of evolutionary wisdom.
Getting back in touch with our evolutionary roots

My overarching health & nutrition philosophy, which was sculpted through many years of trial and error and  research into nutrition and health, has now stayed fairly unchanged for many years. That’s not to say that I never change my stance on certain topics, don’t have a lot left to learn, or have no nagging health issues left to resolve, it just means that the foundation that supports everything else has become firmly established. After all, it’s hard to argue with millions of years of evolution.

One of my main goals with this site is to get more people to recognize the importance of evolutionary biology and Darwinian medicine. Why? Because when you start to see things through the lens of evolution, you get a much better understanding of the world. Also, as I’ve tried to convey here on the blog, applying evolutionary theory to the understanding of health and medicine is crucial, as it gives us insights and tools we need to be able to take control of our own health.

It’s important to mention that natural selection selects for or against traits based on their effect on the fitness of the organism. It only “cares about” health as long as it impacts reproductive success. In other words, studying our evolutionary journey doesn’t immediately tell us how to achieve perfect health. However, as anyone who’s followed this blog or stayed up-to-date on the research on Paleo and ancestral health knows, looking at nutrition, exercise, etc. through the lens of evolution is important, as it gives us a good idea of what type of lifestyle and environment we’re well-adapted for; insight that lays the foundation for building a healthy and fit body. As I’ve repeatedly highlighted on this blog, Paleolithic humans were lean, fit, and largely free from the so-called diseases of civilization, a statement that is supported by several lines of evidence, including studies of hunter-gatherers and traditional people who live in environments that closely resemble those we evolved in as hunter-gatherers in the Paleolithic era (1, 2).

There has been inadequate time and selection pressure for natural selection to sculpt the human body into on that is well adapted to live in a modern, industrialized environment. To achieve a healthy and fit body, we have to align our diet and lifestyle with our primal genetic identity ( 1, 3, 4). That doesn’t mean that we have to move into the wild or adopt a strict Paleo diet. It simply means that we should keep in mind that we are still – to a significant extent – stone agers from a genetic perspective (1, 5). This is clearly of importance when we make diet and lifestyle choices, as the “physical activity, sleep, sun exposure and dietary needs of every living organism (including humans) are genetically determined”.

All of this is not to say that adopting a Paleo-inspired lifestyle is enough to help everyone overcome their chronic health problems and achieve their health & fitness goals. It’s certainly a natural first step for everyone, and for those who are fairly healthy to begin with, it’s usually enough. However, for those who struggle with chronic health problems of some sort, a more personalized approach is sometimes needed. If your health condition is very poor, perhaps as a result of years of poor diet and lifestyle choices or certain underlying genetic/epigenetic factors, specific diet and lifestyle adjustments or treatment protocols may be needed to really see the improvements you are hoping for (I should now, as I’ve been dealing with my share of chronic health problems over the years). That’s why not only includes basic diet and exercise tips, but also information on how to repair a broken microbiome, optimize gene expression, sleep better, etc. It’s not always easy to find solutions to complex health problems, but with an evolutionary framework to help guide our decisions, everything becomes so much easier…
I realise that the title of this article might seem like it’s taken straight out of a book about supernatural phenomena or religion and divine forces. It doesn’t sound very scientific. In science and medicine, different things and phenomena are typically studied in isolation. In its totality, the world around us is too complex and massive for the human mind to fully get a grasp of, so, in order to make the task of exploring the world seem less daunting, we try to cut it into smaller pieces. Some scientists focus all of their attention on one or a couple of microorganisms that live on Earth; others spend their whole careers investigating the workings of a single human organ; and yet others single out a specific hormone or compound that they set out to learn everything about.

The upside of doing things this way is that we – as a species – acquire in-depth knowledge about many different things. The downside is that we may forget or neglect the fact that “everything” is connected: nothing operates in isolation. History has shown us that we humans are extremely prone to make this error in thinking. We often forget that the world, including the human body, is built up of complex systems, which interact in various ways, not by isolated structures or compounds that are unaffected by each other.
We fail to see the big picture

Let’s imagine that a gym goer notices that he has tight hamstrings. Most likely, he’ll start doing a lot of static stretching in an attempt to loosen them up (the standard approach to fixing muscle tightness). Chances are he’ll pay little attention to the question of why his hamstrings got tight in the first place and which other muscles that may be involved.

If another part of his body malfunctions, he’ll likely use a similar strategy. For example, if his brain stops working properly, then chances are he will seek out the help of a brain specialist, who will most likely scan and investigate what’s going on up in the fantastic organ that equips his patient with cognition and memory. Most likely, all of the brain specialist’s focus will be on the brain; little attention will be paid to other organs and how they may affect the workings of the mind.

I could go on, but I think you get the message. The problem with specialization is that it can lead to oversimplification. We oversimplify things and forget to look at the big picture. We forget to see the forest for the trees sort to say. This problem is particularly severe and widespread within the field of medicine.

The field of medicine is separated into many different branches. Some branches deal with the nervous system of the human body, some deal with the workings of the musckuloskeletal system, some are built up of theories and concepts related to mental health, and so on. Different health practitioners and medical scientists specialize in different areas. Some know a lot about brain disorders, some are experts on gut health, and yet others do their best work when they are presented with patients who suffer from liver-related diseases.

Some doctors, in particular general practitioners, haven’t specialized in one field, but rather know a little about “everything”. Unfortunately though, modern medicine and medical training are built on the way of thinking mentioned earlier: “the separation approach”. The result is that many conventionally trained health practitioner fail to see the big picture of things. Perhaps needless to say, it’s recognized that different bodily systems and organs interact with each other. However, this fact is not given enough attention. Far from it.

This is unfortunate, because it’s impossible to locate and address the root causes of illness if you’re caught up in the workings of just a single organ or receptor and operate under the belief that all diseases and health problems are separated from each other by their etiology.
If one part of your body isn’t working correctly, then chances are many other parts are malfunctioning as well

To illustrate the issue above, let’s take a look at brain disorders. Disorders such as autism, ADHD, and chronic depression have historically been thought to originate in the brain, and health practitioners and scientists have focused virtually all of their attention on locating and manipulating the parts of the brain that are involved in the development of these types of conditions. This approach hasn’t gotten us very far. The incidence of these and many other brain diseases just keeps on increasing. It’s clear that our current approach to preventing and treating brain-related illness isn’t working.

I would argue that the main reason it isn’t working is that we’re overlooking several factors that play a key role in brain health. The assumption that the brain is separated from the rest of the body in terms of its health and functioning has proven to be highly flawed. The brain is not separated from the rest of the body; it’s a part of it. Actually, it is greatly affected by what goes on further down in the larger system that it is a part of.

Particularly the gut has a profound impact on the brain. Actually, as you probably know if you’re a regular reader of this site, the gut is likely the place of origin of many, if not most, brain diseases. Hence, we have to bring it into the equation, or else we will never be able to effectively prevent and treat ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, and so on.

We have to acknowledge that when something is wrong with the gut, it’s not just the gut that’s compromised, but also many other bodily organs. If you go to your doctor and tell him you’re suffering from gastrointestinal problems such as bloating and diarrhea, he will likely diagnose you with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), unless he’s able to detect signs or symptoms of organic gastrointestinal disease.

What he may not tell you though, is that your problems are not isolated to the gut. A faulty gut goes hand in hand with a faulty body. Your immune system is not working at peak capacity, your energy levels are undoubtedly lower than optimal, your memory and cognitive abilities are likely impaired, and your libido is low, among other things. In other words, your whole body is compromised, in part because poor gut health is tightly linked with chronic inflammation.

This is something a lot of people don’t know. They think that conditions such as liver disease, depression, and type-1 diabetes are isolated to the organs they affect (the liver, brain, and pancreas), failing to realise that these disorders typically develop as a result of chronic, systemic inflammation and/or imbalances in the microbial communities of the body. Hence, it goes without saying that a holistic approach is required to treat these conditions. You can’t simply go in and manipulate a couple of receptors in the diseased organ.

This is one of the key things I want to convey with this site. Most diseases and health problems originally develop as a result of faults in the system that is the human body; not due to faults in the specific organ that’s affected. Most of the time, the organ damage is a secondary occurrence. For example, in type-1 diabetes, a loss of microbiota diversity, dysbiosis, and chronic inflammation typically precede the destruction of the pancreatic beta cells.

All of this is to say that very few, if any, diseases and health problems develop in isolation. For example, if you are obese, then chances are you also suffer from other health problems, such as insulin resistance. You are also at a higher risk of developing various types of cancers, heart disease, and many other disorders, due in part to the fact that your body is chronically inflamed.

This brings us over to the next thing I wanted to talk about in today’s article: “the cycles of life”.
The cycles of life

Again, I’m using a heading that may seem like it’s taken out of a book on divine or supernatural forces. The notion that life operates in cycles may seem foreign to a lot of people. They may see the world as a fairly static structure that is composed of many distinct building blocks; not as a massive, complex system that is composed of many smaller systems.

One such subsystem is the human body. One of the things that have become increasingly clear to me over the past decade is that many of the processes that take place inside the human body occur as part of different types of cycles. For example, in the case of obesity mentioned above, the consumption of an unhealthy diet, coupled with an unhealthy lifestyle, leads to dysbiosis and fat accumulation. This then sets the stage for chronic inflammation, cravings for more unhealthy foods, and fatigue/sedentary behavior. In other words, a vicious cycle is set in motion. The intensity of this cycle will likely increase over time, unless the deleterious behaviors that drive it are eliminated.

If the deleterious behaviors are eliminated, the vicious cycle may turn into a virtuous one. In other words, a new set-point or homeostasis is reached. For example, if the imprudent diet is replaced by a prudent one, the state of the microbiota will improve, fat will be released from adipose tissue, and the levels of inflammatory cytokines in the blood will decline. This will then translate into changes in dietary preferences and less fatigue, which will fuel the engine of the virtuous cycle.

Many other parts of the human body operate in a similar manner. For example, let’s return to the tight hamstrings I mentioned at the beginning of the article. Hamstrings don’t get tight for no reason. There’s always going to be an explanation as to why they tighten up. Often, we have to expand our perspective beyond the hamstring muscle to find this explanation.

vicious-cycle-muscle-imbalance-syndromeAs I’ve discussed in many of my articles on musculoskeletal problems (e.g., this one, this one), hamstring tightness often develops as a result of muscle imbalances in the hip region. Typically, when the hamstrings are tight, other muscles, including the glutes, abs, and hip flexors are also in a compromised state. The former two tend to be weak and inactive, whereas the latter tend to be tight, like the hamstrings.

This type of muscle imbalance syndrome develops due to a vicious cycle, in which excessive sitting and/or other deleterious behaviors lead to tightness of the hamstrings and hip flexors and weakening of the muscles that produce posterior pelvic tilt. These imbalances then cause the person in question to change how he moves his body and compensate for poor glute and abdominal strength, which further exacerbate the muscular imbalances. Again, this cycle can be turned into a virtuous one; if the deleterious behaviors are eliminated.

These types of processes don’t just take place inside the human body; they take place in the rest of the natural world as well. This is one of the reasons why it’s important that we are cautious about interfering with nature.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a good track record in this regard. Via our activities we have disrupted the flow of nature: we’ve damaged the soil in which we grow our food and harmed the ecosystems of the world. The consequences of these changes are more severe than we think. We don’t fully acknowledge that we’ve disrupted the “natural” flow of the cycles of life and that some of the fallout of our actions lands upon us and our health. For example, when we disrupt the microbial ecosystems of the soil in which we grow our food, we also change the microbial communities that cling to the plants we eat, something that will obviously affect our health.
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The Best Vitamins for Men

Hydronephrosis (swelling and urine retention) in one kidney occurs in about one in 100 people. There’s also some evidence that about two percent of all prenatal ultrasound examinations reveal some degree of hydronephrosis, making it “one of the most commonly detected abnormalities in pregnancy.” (1)
Things that put you at risk for hydronephrosis include: having kidney stones, scarring in your urinary system due to past surgeries or infections, frequent UTIs, history of bladder or colon cancer or increased pressure in your pelvis due to pregnancy. Anatomical defects can also cause this condition in babies or unborn fetuses.

In most cases, with treatment hydronephrosis will resolve and the kidneys will resume their normal function. Sometimes the condition even clears up on its own, although not always. It’s important for severe hydronephrosis to always be treated promptly in order to reduce the risk for potential complications — like permanent kidney damage or kidney failure. Treatments for hydronephrosis typically include use of antibiotics or pain-relieving medications … or sometimes surgery.

What are some natural ways you can improve recovery from hydronephrosis and support kidney health? Eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, dulling pain with a warm compress and preventing UTIs and kidney stones are all beneficial for managing hydronephrosis symptoms.
What Is Hydronephrosis?

Hydronephrosis refers to excess fluid that builds inside a kidney (swelling) due to a backup of urine. (2) The condition can affect one kidney or sometimes both; unilateral hydronephrosis describes one kidney being affected, while bilateral hydronephrosis describes both being affected. It’s most common for hydronephrosis to cause dysfunction of one kidney, which fortunately means that the other kidney can do the work for both. Sometimes reverse flow of urine also occurs, which is called reflux.

The kidneys are small, bean-shaped, fist-sized organs that sit in the middle of your back below your rib cage. The kidneys connect to the urinary tract, including the two ureters, bladder and urethra. Their role in the body includes draining waste, excess fluids and urine from the body.

Both adults and children, even infants and unborn fetuses, can develop hydronephrosis if urine is not able to leave the body properly. Hydronephrosis is more often seen in males than females, but both sexes can be affected.

How do you know if something is wrong with your kidneys? Hydronephrosis doesn’t always cause noticeable symptoms, which means it can sometimes be ignored or overlooked until it becomes a more significant problem. Pain over the kidneys, tenderness in the back and abdomen and changes in urination are some signs there may be a problem with your kidneys.
Signs & Symptoms of Hydronephrosis

When they do occur, what are the symptoms of a blocked kidney? (3) The most common hydronephrosis symptoms include:

    Pain near the kidneys, which are located against the back muscles in the upper abdominal area. Pain may be felt on the side of the body and the back (this is sometimes called flank pain)
    Pain when urinating
    Urgent or frequent need to urinate
    Blood in the urine
    Abdominal or groin pain
    Nausea and vomiting
    Increased abdominal mass and swelling
    Urinary tract infection
    In infants, increased fussiness, crying and “failure to thrive”

Symptoms depend on whether hydronephrosis is mild, moderate or severe. Moderate or severe hydronephrosis that is not treated can sometimes become very serious and lead to complications including permanent kidney damage or even kidney failure (although failure is rare).

Can hydronephrosis cause high blood pressure? It doesn’t happen very frequently, but sometimes hydronephrosis can lead to hypertension (high blood pressure), especially in the elderly. Researchers believe this happens due to factors like vasoconstriction (constriction of blood vessels) and salt and water overload. (4)

Hydronephrosis is different than the condition called nephrosis (or nephrotic syndrome), which is a type of kidney disease characterized by edema and the loss of protein from the blood into the urine. In adults, the most common cause of nephrosis is diabetes, while other causes can include amyloidosis, multiple myeloma, lymphoma, preeclampsia, systemic lupus and HIV. (5) Both hydronephrosis and nephrosis can cause swelling of the kidneys, but nephrosis is different because it also involves too much protein being excreted into the urine, resulting in symptoms like malnutrition, muscle wasting and others. Nephrotic syndrome can also increase your risk of infections and blood clots.
Hydronephrosis Causes & Risk Factors

What causes hydronephrosis? Most often hydronephrosis occurs because there’s a blockage in the tubes that drain urine from the kidneys (called the ureters). The ureters normally take urine from the kidneys and bring them to the bladder so the urine can be removed from the body.

Sometimes there will be a partial blockage in the urinary tract where the kidneys and ureter meet (called the ureteropelvic junction), or there can be a blockage where the ureter meets the bladder (called the ureterovesical junction). Blockages trap urine in the kidney, causing it to build up and stretch. When the ureter becomes dilated, this is called hydroureter.

Vesicoureteral reflux happens when urine flows backward through the ureter from the bladder up into the kidney. Vesicoureteral reflux is graded according to the degree of reflux: in mild cases, urine backs up only to the ureter (grade I or 1) and in severe, kidney swelling (hydronephrosis) and twisting of the ureter occur (grade V or 5). (6)

What can cause inflammation of the kidneys and kidney dysfunction? Hydronephrosis is not a disease itself, but rather a side effect caused by other diseases, injuries, infections or conditions. Causes of urine backing up in the kidneys or ureters can include: (7)

    An anatomical defect, or congenital blockage (a defect that is present at birth)
    Scarring of the ureter caused by prior infections, surgeries or radiation treatments
    Kidney stones
    A tumor in the abdomen or pelvis, which can sometimes be cancerous. For example, hydronephrosis can occur in patients with bladder cancer. It may be caused by tumor at the ureteral orifice or other ureteral tumors that cause compression of the ureter (8). Cervical, colon or prostate cancer tumors can also lead to hydronephrosis
    Enlarged prostate
    Problems with nerves that lead to the bladder
    Blood clots
    Inflammation and infection of (or near) the kidneys
    In women, blockage from an enlarged uterus during pregnancy
    Uterocele, or the lower part of the ureter protruding into the bladder
    Not being circumcised. Researchers now hypothesize that boys with an early diagnosis of hydronephrosis who undergo newborn circumcision will have reduced rates of UTI. A recent study that appeared in the journal Pediatrics and was released by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that circumcision was associated with a reduced risk of UTI for those with isolated hydronephrosis, vesicoureteral reflux and ureteropelvic junction obstruction. (9)

Is hydronephrosis genetic? It can be. Normally hydronephrosis is not genetic and is not hereditary. However, it’s possible for hydronephrosis to occur due to a genetic defect that causes obstruction of the ureter. Hereditary hydronephrosis is considered an autosomal dominant trait that causes unilateral or bilateral pelvi-ureteric junction (PUJ) obstruction. (10) Certain genetic conditions can cause the kidneys to develop cysts, increasing the chance of a blockage occurring.
Diagnosis & Conventional Treatment for Hydronephrosis

How is hydronephrosis diagnosed? Your doctor or a urologist (who specializes in conditions that affect the urinary system) can make a diagnosis of hydronephrosis by performing a physical examination and a number of tests.

Tests might include: blood test, urine test to check for signs of infection or a blockage, ultrasound imaging exam to view the kidneys, voiding cystourethrogram/X-ray exam to observe the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra and potentially other tests such as computerized tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or MAG3 scan to evaluate how the kidneys are functioning. An ultrasound can detect structural abnormalities that may lead to hydronephrosis in infants or unborn fetuses. This test can also be used to reveal swollen kidneys in an unborn baby and primary vesicoureteral reflux (the backward flow of urine).

Sometimes mild hydronephrosis will resolve on its own and not require any treatment. But if the condition has become more moderate or severe, then treatment is needed to get rid of any blockage and restore function of the affected kidney(s). Treatment for hydronephrosis will typically involve:

    Sometimes a “wait-and-see approach” is utilized, which is when nothing is done while the condition is monitored for a period of time. This is recommended for mild to moderate hydronephrosis, but not if the condition is severe.
    Sometimes antibiotics will also be given to help prevent spreading or worsening of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Antibiotics can keep the infection from moving to the kidneys. This is especially important in people who have only one kidney or who have immune system disorders, such as diabetes or HIV.
    Analgesics or over-the-counter medications may be used to relieve pain.
    Surgery may be recommended to eliminate a blockage, but usually this is only needed in severe cases. A procedure can also be performed for vesicoureteral reflux to repair the defect in the valve between the bladder and ureter, preventing urine from flowing the wrong direction. Surgery options include: open surgery that is performed under general anesthesia and involves an incision in the lower abdomen, robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery that uses a smaller incision to repair the valve between the ureter and the bladder or endoscopic surgery, which involves a tube (cystoscope) being inserted through the urethra and a bulking agent being injected to strengthen the valve’s ability to close. (11)
    If kidney failure occurs, dialysis or a kidney transplant may be needed.

5 Natural Ways to Help Manage Hydronephrosis Symptoms & Prevent Them
1. Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water and fluids helps to dilute urine and flush out bacteria from the urinary system. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day, such as by having a glass every hour or so while you’re awake. If your baby or child is affected by hydronephrosis, encourage them to drink more fluids by making them freshly squeezed juice, ice pops or chilled herbal tea; however, you and your child should avoid juices and soft drinks containing citrus and caffeine since these can irritate the bladder and make pain worse.
2. Reduce Pain Associated with Swelling

If you’re dealing with pain around your abdomen or back, try applying a warm compress, such as a heating pad or warm, damp towel. You can prepare a warm towel or blanket by placing one in the dryer for a few minutes. Gently apply the towel over the abdomen for about 15 minutes, several times daily, or whenever needed. Just make sure the towel/compress is not very hot so it doesn’t burn the skin.
3. Avoid Holding In, Constipation and Straining

Try to urinate about every two hours, or more as needed. Don’t hold in urine, which can make discomfort worse.

Constipation can also make pain and swelling in the abdomen worse, so take steps to prevent it by:

    Eating enough fiber, such as from high fiber foods like: a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit, nuts, seeds, soaked legumes/beans, avocado and coconut.
    Drinking enough fluids
    Staying active as much as possible, such as by doing gentle exercises like walking or stretching
    Getting enough sleep and managing stress
    Taking a magnesium supplement if needed before bed, in order to help loosen stool and relax muscles in the pelvis (to be safe, check with your doctor first before beginning any new supplement)
    Consuming chia and flax seeds soaked in water, which absorb fluid to form a gel-like consistency that helps lubricate stools
    Using aloe vera gel or pysillium husk

4. Help Prevent Kidney Stones

You’re at a greater risk of developing kidney stones if you take diuretics (which can lead to dehydration), have a history of chronic urinary tract infections, gout, hyperthyroidism and trouble digesting minerals normally or are very inactive.

You’re less likely to develop kidney stones if you eat a healthy diet that is alkalizing and low in oxalates. (12) Here are some of the top foods for supporting kidney health and helping prevent kidney stones:

    Fresh vegetables and fruit — Some research shows that people who follow a mostly plant-based diet, low in dairy products and meat, tend to have fewer kidney stones. Good choices include: bananas, leafy greens of all kinds (and fresh-squeezed veggie juice), sprouted legumes, sprouted grains, fish and small amounts of pasture-raised poultry.
    Vitamin E-rich foods — Berries, olive oil, almonds, avocado and butternut squash
    Alkaline foods — Lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, raw honey, green smoothies, sea veggies and fresh vegetables
    Magnesium and potassium-rich foods — Leafy green veggies, cruciferous veggies, melon, bananas, cocoa and avocado for example
    Sprouted grains (as opposed to refined grain products) — Sprouting grains reduces their antinutrient content, making their nutrients more digestible.

Make sure to reduce consumption of processed and refined foods. Limit or avoid: sugary foods and sweetened drinks, unsprouted grains or refined grains, foods naturally high in oxalic acid (these include: spinach, rhubarb, tomatoes, collards, eggplant, beets, celery, summer squash, grapefruit/grapefruit juice, sweet potatoes, peanuts, almonds, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and parsley), processed meats and cold cuts, too much vitamin C and zinc, caffeine and alcohol.

It’s also important to stay hydrated. Supplements that can help reduce kidney problems include magnesium, B vitamins, cranberry extract, aloe vera juice/gel and essential oils such as lemon, orange, lime or helichrysum essential oil. Additionally, if your doctor feels you’re at a high risk of complications due to kidney stones, he or she might recommend you take medications that can help prevent them.
5. Reduce Your Risk for Severe UTIs

Below are tips that may help prevent UTIs, or keep them from worsening and spreading:

    Practice safe sex. Limit the number of partners you have, use protection and urinate shortly after.
    Visit your doctor regularly for annual check ups, including pap smears or urine tests. Always report any UTI symptoms promptly, like pain or burning sensations.
    Take a probiotic supplement daily and eat probiotic-rich foods.
    Drink plenty of fluids.
    Urinate often, which helps to flush out bacteria that may have entered the urethra.
    Wipe properly, from front to back, especially after a bowel movement. This ensures that bacteria doesn’t get into the urethra.
    Wear loose-fitting clothing and underwear to keep the urethra dry and allow for air flow. Avoid wearing tight jeans or material like nylon that can trap air and bacteria.
    Drink fresh cranberry juice.
    Consume garlic regularly, or take garlic capsules.
    Use clove, myrrh and oregano essential oils to help improve UTI symptoms.

Hydronephrosis Precautions

If you or your child are being treated for hydronephrosis, including if you’re taking antibiotics or other medications, it’s important to be monitored regularly and to visit your doctor for physical exams and urine tests. This can help to detect infections in their early stages and prevent complications from occurring.

Your doctor will likely want to perform bladder and kidney exams periodically to determine if the condition is improving or if vesicoureteral reflux if worsening. Make sure you understand how often you or your child should be examined in order to prevent kidney damage and other serious problems from developing.
Key Points About Hydronephrosis

    Hydronephrosis refers to excess fluid that builds inside a kidney (swelling) due to a backup of urine. This usually affects only one kidney, but can sometimes affect both.
    Pain over the kidneys, tenderness in the back and abdomen, changes in urination, UTIs, fever and bloody urine are some signs that there may be a problem with your kidneys.
    Risk factors for hydronephrosis include: being male, family history/genetic factors, kidney stones, history of cancer that affects the urinary system, blood clots, enlarged prostate and others.
    Conventional treatments for hydronephrosis include “watching and waiting” (mild cases), antibiotics, pain-reducing medications and sometimes surgery.
    To help take care of your kidneys and manage hydronephrosis symptoms, natural remedies include: staying hydrated, eating a nutrient-dense diet, urinating frequently, preventing constipation and preventing UTIs and kidney stones by practicing safe sex, taking beneficial supplements and more.
In an ideal world, we would all eat very low-processed, organic and nutrient-dense diets filled with all sorts of foods that provide us with the vitamins we need. But this isn’t always possible or realistic for many men, leaving a lot of room for common nutrient deficiencies and health problems as a consequence. Many people assume vitamin or mineral deficiencies are mostly a third-world problem in the 21st century, but in fact research tells us that even in developed nations, the best vitamins for men aren’t consumed enough.

A high percentage of men today eating a typical “western diet” experience at least one type of vitamin or nutrient deficiency, mostly due to eating a poor diet that’s low in vitamin-rich foods like veggies and fruit. In 2009, a report by NBC News stated that “studies show 77 percent of men don’t take in enough magnesium, that many of us are deficient in vitamin D, and that the vitamin B12 in our diets may be undermined by a common heartburn medication. And we haven’t even mentioned our problems with potassium and iodine yet.” (1)

Make no mistake, men are just as susceptible as women are to experiencing low vitamin and mineral levels. Resolving deficiencies and consuming more nutrients help improve many aspects of a man’s overall health: better muscle strength and gains, a faster metabolism and fat loss, more energy, better sleep, improved sexual performance, and protection against health problems like a heat attack, colon or prostate cancer. That’s why it’s important to get as much of the best vitamins for men as possible in your diet, just as it’s crucial for the opposite sex to obtain the best vitamins for women, many of which overlap due to these damaging deficiencies.
The Best Vitamins for Men

Ideally, vitamin supplements wouldn’t be necessary. However, high-speed western lifestyles often prohibit a diet rich in every nutrient men need for optimal health.

When searching for a multivitamin, I highly recommend choosing a fermented option. Fermentation is a form of pre-digestion that makes nutrients easier to absorb, meaning you’ll get more nutritional bang in each dose than a non-fermented option. I personally take a multivitamin rich in superfoods like ashwagandha, saw palmetto, ginger, ginseng and others.

Based on statistics about which vitamins a high percentage of men might be missing, here are some of the most important and best vitamins for men to make sure you or your loved one gets enough of:

1. Vitamin D3

Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies in both adult men and women. It’s estimated that a whopping 45 percent to 75 percent of all adults in the U.S. experience at least some degree of vitamin D deficiency, especially those who live in cold climates and spend most of their time indoors. (2)

Men need vitamin D3 to produce enough testosterone, maintain strong bones, protect brain health, prevent mood disorders like depression, and help control cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Vitamin D3 is also capable of helping lower inflammation, which is why some studies have found that men deficient in D might be up to 80 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than those who aren’t deficient. (3)

Vitamin D3 can be obtained from eating certain foods like eggs, some dairy products and even certain mushrooms, but we get the majority of our vitamin D from directly being exposed to the sun, without wearing much or any sunscreen. By spending 15–20 minutes outside most days of the week without sunscreen on, you help vitamin D become synthesized when it comes into contact with your skin, plus you detox your body with the sun. (4) During the colder months of the year, or if you just aren’t able to regularly get outdoors, consider taking a supplement to cover your bases.

2. Vitamin B12

Many men and women tend to be low in vitamin B12, although for somewhat different reasons. Studies show that most men usually consume the daily B12 they need (from eating things like beef, poultry and eggs), but they often have trouble with proper absorption of vitamin B12 due to medication use, especially older men taking several prescriptions at once. Medications like acid-blocking drugs and those used to manage blood pressure or diabetes can interfere with how B12 is metabolized in the body — which is a problem considering vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to fatigue and central nervous system problems.

A report from Harvard Medical School stated that estimates show around 3 percent to 4 percent of all adults are severely low in B12, but about 20 percent have a borderline deficiency that’s still risky. (5) B12 can be obtained from eating most animal proteins, especially lamb, beef and salmon. If you avoid eating most or all animal products or are taking any medications regularly, it’s also a good idea to get your levels tested and consider taking an additional B12 supplement daily to cover your needs.

3. Antioxidant Vitamins (Vitamins A, C and E)

Eating a diet rich in high-antioxidant foods like fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens like spinach, kale or collard greens, is the best way to get protective antioxidants like vitamin C and A. These fat-soluble vitamins cannot be made by the body, so they must come from our diets. Their biggest benefit is fighting free radical damage (also called oxidative stress), which speeds up the aging process and puts men at a greater risk for problems like cancer, cognitive decline, vision loss and heart disease. (6)

As men get older, consuming antioxidant vitamins helps protect healthy cells, prevent cell mutations and tumor growth, and spare muscle wasting/sarcopenia, artery damage and tissue loss. Dry, irritated skin and poor vision (including night blindness or sensitivity to light) could be a sign that you’re low in vitamin A or vitamin E, while vitamin C deficiency might show up as a weakened immune system, frequently getting sick, swollen gums and nosebleeds.

Making sure to “eat a rainbow” worth of different colorful vitamin C foods, veggies and fruits — plus nuts and seeds like almonds and sunflower seeds for extra vitamin E benefits — goes a long way in lowering your risk for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, skin damage and diabetes.

4. Vitamin K

Vitamin K is important for building and maintaining strong bones, blood clotting, and preventing heart disease — currently the No. 1 cause of death among adult men living in the U.S. and many other western nations. (7) Why might a man be low in this vitamin? Vitamin K deficiency is more common in men who don’t regularly consume veggies or dairy products, those who have been taking antibiotics or medications for an extended period of time, and men suffering from intestinal problems, such as IBS or inflammatory bowel disease, which interfere with absorption.

Vitamin K1 is found in many green vegetables, while vitamin K2 is found in things like dairy products. The best way to prevent vitamin K deficiency is to eat plenty of different veggies, including green leafy vegetables, broccoli, collards and cabbage, plus some wild-caught fish and cage-free eggs too.

The best multivitamin for men will contain these vitamins. In addition to these important, best vitamins for men listed above, all men should make an effort to consume these essential minerals and fatty acids too:

5. Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential electrolyte mineral involved in over 300 different chemical processes. It plays a part in regulating calcium, potassium and sodium levels, helping prevent conditions like high blood pressure, muscle spasms, headaches and heart disease. Levels of magnesium in the modern food supply have been going down due to soil depletion, which is one reason people might be getting less. (8) When a man is under a lot of stress, works out often or has a form of a digestive disorder that blocks absorption, he’s more likely to experience low magnesium levels.

Signs of magnesium deficiency are far-reaching and common: muscle twitches, anxiety, trouble going to the bathroom, and difficulty getting good sleep, for example. Make sure to get enough by consuming magnesium-rich foods, such as leafy green veggies, cruciferous veggies, sea vegetables/algae, beans, nuts and seeds. It’s also a good idea to supplement with extra magnesium since studies show many older people are prone to experiencing reduced magnesium intestinal absorption, reduced magnesium bone stores and excess urinary loss of magnesium.

6. Omega-3 Fish Oils

Research has shown there are many benefits associated with eating more wild-caught fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines, tuna and halibut. Omega-3 fish oil supplements can also be useful for tipping the scale in favor of a healthier ratio of fatty acids within your diet. Most people eating a “western diet” consume plenty omega-6 fatty acids, which are pro-inflammatory and found in many packaged foods and vegetables oils, but not nearly enough omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory and found in certain fish, eggs, nuts and seeds.

Ideally, all men (and women too) would consume a ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s that’s between about 2:1 to 4:1 (so roughly double the amount of omega-6s than 3s). (9) However, some men might be consuming up to 10 times more omega-6s than this! The two need to balance each other out in order to keep inflammation levels down and protect the heart, brain and immune systems. Eating wild-caught fish several times per week, or taking an omega-3 fish oil supplement equal to about 1,000 milligrams daily, is the best way to ensure you get enough.

7. Potassium

Low potassium raises the risk for cardiovascular problems, especially high blood pressure, which affects about one in every three adult men. It’s also been linked with poor bone health, a sluggish metabolism, fatigue (since it helps your cells use glucose for energy), poor digestion and muscle spasms. Many adults in the U.S. and other developed nations suffer from low potassium. In fact, research done by the USDA shows that a significant percentage of adults don’t even get half of the recommended amount of potassium they need!

Potassium deficiency is most common in men who take medications or diuretics in order to treat high blood pressure, diabetes or coronary heart disease, plus in those taking laxatives often for constipation, men with a history of kidney or adrenal disorders, alcoholics, and men who exercise for more than one to two hours a day.

You can help meet your potassium needs by eating foods like beans, avocado, sweet potato, bananas, salmon and grass-fed beef. If you’re dehydrated, have a fever or have diarrhea, chances are you’re falling low and should make an effort to get more than usual.

More than 2 million new cases of the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2016, according to a new report, 2016 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (1) This is the highest number of cases reported for these diseases, and the CDC is warning communities that unless changes are made, the numbers might continue rising.
CDC Findings about STDs

The report focuses on the three sexually transmitted diseases for which there are federally funded control programs: chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. The majority of the new reported cases, or nearly 1.6 million, were of chlamydia, an increase of 4.7 percent when compared with 2015. Gonorrhea accounted for 480,000 cases, an increase of 18.5 percent from 2015. Nearly 28,000 new cases of syphilis, the most dangerous of the three, were reported in 2016, an increase of 17.6 percent from 2015.

Because doctors are required by law to report only these diseases and HIV, when you factor in other diseases that are transmitted sexually, like herpes, the CDC estimates that the actual number of STD cases in the U.S. is 20 million. Half of those cases are among young people ages 15 to 24 years old.

The CDC attributes the uptick in STD rates to a decrease in STD public health program funding; in 2012, more than half of state and local STD programs had their budgets cut, leading to reductions in clinic hours and screening. The resurgence of syphilis, in particular, points to a deteriorating public health infrastructure and lack of access to health care.

Additionally, a lack of facts-based sexual education among young people and limited resources when they do receive education, means that young people are contracting the diseases, unaware of how to protect themselves, what symptoms to look for, and when and how to get tested.

While chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis can all be treated with antibiotics, these STDs often go undetected. If left untreated, they can cause serious health problems including, in the case of syphilis, death.
Conventional and Natural Treatments for STDs

A doctor can test you for all three of these STDs. After treatment, another test should be done to ensure the infection is completely gone.

This is the most common STD. Unfortunately, chlamydia often doesn’t exhibit symptoms or, when it does, they’re not recognized as a problem. Symptoms for women can include painful urination, vaginal discharge, bleeding between periods, painful intercourse or bleeding after sex. In men, they include painful urination, testicular swelling, cloudy discharge from the penis or redness and swelling at the opening of the urethra. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause serious, lasting damage to the reproductive system.

Conventional treatments for chlamydia include a round of antibiotics, usually for 5 to 10 days. You must complete the entire course of antibiotics to eliminate the disease. Chlamydia can also be passed to your partner during this time, so if you have been diagnosed with chlamydia, you’ll want to refrain from sexual intercourse, but also have your partner get tested.

Unfortunately, the antibiotics most commonly prescribed for chlamydia treatment ­— doxycycline, erythromycin, azithromycin and levofloxacin — can bring about unpleasant side effects. You might consider supplementing your conventional chlamydia treatment with some natural alternatives. Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic that can help fight infections. Echinacea can help fight a chlamydia infection, as can raw garlic. Oregano oil fights infections, while taking probiotics like kefir or goat’s milk will help strengthen your immune system against the infection.

If you opt to treat a chlamydia infection only with natural treatments, it will likely take longer than a course of antibiotics. Before engaging in sexual activity again, make sure to get tested to ensure you’ve beaten the infection.

In 2009, STD rates of gonorrhea were at an historic low, but those days are long gone. Complicating matters even more is that it’s becoming more difficult to treat a gonorrhea infection, as the infection has become resistant to many of the treatments, another victim of antibiotic resistance.

Today, the only treatment recommended by the CDC to treat gonorrhea is a dual therapy treatment of ceftriaxone and azithromycin. Symptoms for both men and women are similar and include painful urination and discharge. Gonorrhea can also spread to other parts of the body, including the eyes and throat.

Alternative and natural treatments for gonorrhea are especially critical, considering the limited resources now available to treat it. Berberine, goldseal, apple cider vinegar, echinacea, Epsom salts, l-arginine, probiotics, raw honey and black tea can all help with gonorrhea symptoms and fighting the infection.

Not so long ago, it was believed that the U.S. would eradicate syphilis entirely. Instead, STD rates of syphilis are on the rise once again, and physicians fear that as public health funds are further reduced, these rates will continue climbing. Worryingly, rates of syphilis among babies are rising as well. That means that mothers were left untreated during their pregnancy — even though only a simple test is required — and passed the disease along to their unborn child.

Like chlamydia and gonorrhea, syphilis can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, however, syphilis can lead to death, often years after the initial infection. Syphilis goes undetected because its symptoms — sores, fevers, rashes, sore throat, muscle aches and overall fatigue ­— are usually mistaken for something else.

Penicillin is the preferred treatment option for syphilis. Your dosage and course of antibiotics will depend on what stage of the STD you have. If you’re allergic to penicillin, you’ll likely be prescribed doxycycline or azithromycin.

Because syphilis is such a serious disease, natural treatments for it are meant to be used in conjunction with your prescribed conventional treatment to manage symptoms and side effects from your medication, not to replace it. I recommend eating probiotics, vitamin B12, collagen, mugwort and ginger. Exercise, Epsom salts baths, massage therapy and a DIY aloe and lavender rash cream can also help ease symptoms.

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How To Live An Overall Healthy Life and Immune System Development

Your immune system is your body's defense mechanism against harmful pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasitic worms, etc. The system is an interactive combination of various ways in which the body recognizes foreign cells, tissues and organisms and proceeds to fight them. The body system is your own, silent intelligence network and private army that identifies harmful organisms and destroys them throughout your life.

The immune can be of two types: Innate and Acquired. All livings beings are created with an auto-immune system or innate immune system. However, while some people are born with a strong immunity, others have to develop it. This is acquired or adaptive immunity. If you need to acquire better immunity, the following practices can strengthen and reinforce it.

1. Good Diet:
All things related to the body start with healthy nutrition consisting of a well-balanced diet. Your immune system is also directly affected by the food you eat. Making some foods part of your staple diet can work wonders for your immune system. Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruits); berries, particularly strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries; papaya and kiwi are very potent immunity boosters.

Certain vegetables have ingredients, which can considerably enhance the potency of your resistant system. These are carrots, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, and onions. Even ordinary spices like turmeric, garlic, and ginger have medicinal properties that can toughen weak immune systems. Yogurt, almonds, flaxseeds, and mushrooms are some other foodstuffs, which can boost your immunity considerably.

2. Good Sleep:
Proper rest and sound sleep can perform miracles on your mind and body. It is common knowledge that fatigue, stress, and anxiety have a negative impact on health. Intense stress and fatigue trigger a hormonal imbalance that can wreak havoc on your body with far-reaching consequences for your body's immunity and the diseases you may be exposing yourself to.

Stress may even lead to loss of sleep, becoming a vicious cycle, which can be catastrophic. Hence, learn to worry less and never compromise on your sleep, however busy you may be. We would do well to follow the old dictum of "early to bed an early to rise". Make sure you get your minimum daily sleep quota of 8 hours.

3. Reduce Stress:
Exercise and physical activities are good stress busters. They are significant contributors to building better immunity. Physical exertion lowers the level of stress hormones in the body, thus enhancing your immune system. Another stress-preventer is meditation. Apart from keeping you mentally healthy, it also increases the body's resistance to various bacteria, viral illnesses, and infections.

Spending quality time with your loved ones, being cheerful and having a positive attitude diminishes worries and keeps stress at bay. Stress has no place in the workplace either; you can take short breaks or go on annual vacations to revitalize yourself. Remember this mantra: The lower the stress, the stronger your immunity.

4. Lifestyle Habits:
Smoking and alcohol consumption is bad news for the body but they can be particularly harmful to your immune system as well. What's more, the dangerous pathogens present in them can actually weaken a strong immune system.

So, try and quit smoking and drink only socially if you want to fortify your body with a strong immune system. Trying to quit smoking may seem difficult, but if you consider how much more potent you can make your immunity, it's well worth trying. All the best!

I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer in March of 2008. I was only 27 years old at the time, and in complete shock. I decided to get checked on a whim because my older sister was diagnosed the previous year (even though papillary thyroid cancer isn't always hereditary). I had absolutely no symptoms and I was told that it was caught very early. My surgery for the removal of my thyroid was scheduled immediately. I was informed that I would have to undergo radioactive iodine treatment shortly after my surgery in order to destroy any thyroid tissue left behind. This is a routine procedure following a thyroidectomy (an operation that involves the surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland).

Approximately four months after your radioactive iodine treatment your doctor will order a blood test to calculate your thyroglobulin level. Small amounts of thyroglobulin are normal in those with normal thyroid function.

Thyroglobulin levels should be undetectable or very low after the surgical removal of the thyroid (thyroidectomy) and/or after subsequent radioactive iodine treatments. If levels are still detectable, there may be normal or cancerous thyroid tissue remaining in the person's body, indicating the need for additional treatment.

In most cases, the patient is only required to undergo radioactive thyroid treatment one time following the thyroidectomy. But, here I am, two years later completing my third round of radioactive iodine treatment. My thyroglobulin level was still at 14. My doctor wants me to be under 1. The radioactive iodine treatment itself isn't very difficult. My doctor educated me on what to expect before (low iodine diet) and during my short hospital stay for treatment. What I wasn't informed about was the effects that the treatment would have on my immune system in the coming months.

Following my first two radioactive iodine treatments I was constantly sick. It ranged from the common cold to pneumonia (pneumonia is NOT fun). I was spending hundreds of dollars a month on primary care doctor visits, and prescription medications. I was also losing money because of my constant absence at work. I would only feel "healthy" a couple of weeks at a time here and there.

This went on for about 7 to 9 months following my first radioactive iodine treatment. I was finally getting back to my old self again to find that I had to do a second treatment the anniversary month of my surgery. Then the "sickness cycle" began all over again. I tried so many different immune boosters after my second treatment but nothing worked.

Finally, just after my third round of treatment this past January, I found something that worked. AND it was an all natural product which was the best part. It's been four months since my third (and hopefully final) radioactive iodine treatment and I haven't had so much as a sniffle! I can not believe how much better I have felt these past four months compared to the past two years! I am writing to share my experience with others in hopes that I may help in some way. Click on my link below for more information on how to boost your immune system for those tough times ahead. I'll also share with you two low iodine recipes that I wouldn't have made it through with out!!

The muscles connect the bones of the skeletal system and it is one of their main functions. As the muscles contract they move the bones. However, muscles also have other minor functions which are not that well-known. They help in increasing the body fluids, like blood and lymph. The muscular system also helps to improve the immunity in the body.

The immune system is one of the most complex and diverse systems in the human body. It protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. It works with the white blood cells, and the organs that produce it. In a book entitled "Anatomy and Physiology," authored by Dr. Gary Thibodeau, it is mentioned that lymph nodes play a very important role in the immune system. The blood passes through spleen, which is a warehouse of cells. The lymph nodes filter the lymphatic fluid and contain immune cells.

Lymphatic fluid is light yellow in color, is the liquid in our blood. The main consistency for the fluid comes from dissolved sugars and salts. It does not contain proteins or cells required by the body. Lymphatic fluid is formed when the blood vessels leak fluids into the blood stream. The lymphatic nodes filter this fluid. Then it is sent back into the capillaries. The fluid that does not enter into the capillaries is sent back into the lymphatic system.

One of the main problems with blood circulation is the wrong posture that most people sit in. The heart is located at the upper portion of the body. The blood that is returning to the heart has to flow upwards against gravity. The capillaries create pressure and push the blood upwards. The lymphatic fluid too has to go through the same system of circulation. The muscular system plays a very valuable role in sending these fluids upwards. They squeeze the lymph upwards so that the fluid is kept circulating and the lymphatic system functions efficiently.

Lymphatic flow of fluids is very important for circulation and immune system. It helps the fluid travel throughout the body. The lymphatic fluid re-enters the blood through the lymphatic nodes and here it is checked for immune cells and possible bacteria or viruses. If lymphatic nodes are not functioning properly, they decrease the immunity of a person, making him/her more susceptible to illnesses. Lymph also plays an important role in circulation because if it did not return the blood, the volume of blood in the body will be affected.

Good health is the gift of God. In this busy life, it is very difficult to maintain a good and healthy lifestyle. Which is the core of attaining the good health. There are a few things that can make your lifestyle a healthier lifestyle, hence helping you to get a good health. These include:
Diet / Nutrition
The very first and the most important thing in maintaining a good health is your diet. In general, dieting is considered as the eating of some specified foods. If you are not maintaining your diet no matter what exercise you do or what sport you play, you can't have good health. Diet not only includes healthy eating but keeping it regular and having your meals at a specific time is an essential part of dieting and good nutrition.
Good nutrition includes intake of enough calories required by the body. This can be done by maintaining a moderate amount of essentials like proteins, carbohydrates, fats and liquid calories as well. Water plays a very important role in maintaining your shape (shape of your body). Besides that, water helps in cleansing your skin as well. Depending on the weather a normal human body requires at least 8 glasses of water. This required amount increases in the area where it is hotter.
Along with nutrition, sleep is also very important to have a good health. Good sleep can benefit your mind, heart, weight etc. It is the part of a good and healthier lifestyle which many of us ignore. If you are not having a good sleep you can face many issues like the disturbance in mood, having dark circle around your eyes (under-eye circles). It is highly recommended to have 6-8 hours' sleep during 24 hours of the day.
A good sleep can be helpful in:
  • Maintaining good weight.
  • Having sharp attention.
  • Improving your memory.
  • Low stress
Exercise is also an essential part of your healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps you a lot in maintaining your weight, keeping your body in shape. Exercise includes playing any game which includes physical activity. The best exercise anyone can do is the morning walk or jogging / running in the morning. Going to the gym for muscle building can help you get six pack abs. Regular exercise can help you strengthen your body to fight against different diseases.
At the end we can say that good eating habits, having enough sleep and regular exercise collectively lead to a healthier lifestyle.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Clues That Your Relationship Might Be Coming To an End

There is a doubtful discussion that our advanced age makes it simpler for individuals to associate. Messages, errand person applications, online networking stages, dating applications and even video gaming have turned into the social standards for interfacing. However, the pace of suicide keeps on ascending in the US. Maybe we are feeling the loss of an undeniable and neglected point

Human cooperation is a primary component of association. It is likewise an essential piece of the soundness of our nation. Consider significant pieces of society, for example, training, prescription, law, police/fire/ems and country security. So as to effectively work in any of these fields, human cooperation is required.

However, we keep on setting such enormous incentive on innovation that our ranges of abilities are getting to be out of date. As we continued looking for time enhancement, we have made problematic strategies for setting up and keeping up sound associations. Consistently that we advance mechanically, we above and beyond and further away from genuine association. The outcomes are expanded paces of tension, wretchedness and suicide.

Families content each other from space to room in their very own families. Online courses are turning into an essential wellspring of instruction. Content informing is viewed as a satisfactory route for accomplices and life partners to speak with each other and online connections are presently viewed as private types of association. We are putting some distance between each other and all the while losing the central pieces required for wellbeing in the public eye.

Come it down to the essentials, you can't digitize human association. Habits can't be gained from online stages. Love can't be cultivated solely through words composed on electronic screens. Regard can't be instructed through a Marvel film or a YouTube video. Wellbeing can't be learned by survey fit bodies on Instagram. What's more, restorative help can't occur without association. Presently, consider the enormous incongruity of our advanced age with respect to accepting assistance or backing.

When somebody is in passionate or mental emergency, we beg individuals to open up and talk about how they are feeling. We tell: our children, our understudies, our friends, our relatives and our local officials to connect. Here is the intelligent and clear question that is consistently disregarded. How is somebody expected to connect and interface when their essential propensities for drawing in have rendered them so disengaged?

Genuinely think about the hole at play here. We are asking somebody who is enduring to wonderfully get to, as well as abruptly secure, a range of abilities of helplessness to associate utilizing a technique that is never again the standard. Also, to further muddle the effectively overpowering test, to all of a sudden challenge their own propensities for association. The desire is that somebody will effortlessly connect when it requires association in a manner that has turned out to be so remote in feeling as well as in their genuine neural coding.

It would be ideal if you keep on pondering these focuses when you wind up so stunned over what number of youngsters and teenagers are ending their very own lives just as individuals from the military, law implementation and people on call in our nation. Life is valuable, yet we are setting more an incentive on innovation.

Try not to trust that emergency will get association, or the absence of it in your lives. Set aside the effort to back off. Set aside the effort to figure out how to associate. Begin with yourself, at that point your families and as insane as it might sound, think about your locale and building associations. Innovation doesn't relax. You do, your friends do, your educators do, your accomplices, your neighbors do. Remain associated. It involves last chance No one prefers experiencing a separation. A separation can leave you feeling sold out. It damages and frequently requires some investment to get over. A separation can be particularly be awful on the off chance that it comes as an astonishment. This frequently leaves an individual befuddled. So in what manner can an individual perceive if the relationship they are in is going to end? There are intimations you can search for. These regularly include an adjustment in conduct being shown by your loved one.

Here are some basic signs that your relationship might come an end:

1. Is it accurate to say that you is accomplice maintaining a strategic distance from your telephone calls?

This a noteworthy piece of information to understanding why your relationship could be arriving at and end. Let's be honest when you don't answer your PDA it is on the grounds that you would prefer not to converse with that individual or association. So for what reason would your better half not answer your telephone call? It could be they are impractically engaged with another person.

2. Has your accomplice turned out to be less Romantic?

Obviously when you are lying in bed with your better half and they are not impractically slanted is a positive sign to the start of the conclusion to your relationship. This is particularly apparent when there a general absence of foreplay In certainty this would me be able to they are as of now impractically slanted to another person.

3. Is your accomplice investing more energy with companions?

There is nothing incorrectly when your loved one invests energy with their companions. This is there play time. Anyway this a spot where they can meet other individuals of the contrary sex. In the event that your relationship is on the stones. In the event that she or he is investing more energy than expected with companions this could be a solid intimation to the part of the arrangement

4. You frequently get into contentions over trifling things.

These circumstances frequently mean a lot more serious issues are the underlying driver. It is okay to examine things with you accomplice. In some cases there will outrage in the talk. Anyway a decent relationship will pardon and be fit for trade off. Be that as it may, in the event that you and your loved one contend over minor things them you are going enemy a conceivable partition or more terrible a separation.

5. Has your accomplice turned out to be discourteous towards you?

Awful conduct, for example, looking at other ladies or men could an unmistakable sign. This an unequivocal indication of conceivable separation. This is additionally a sign when a lady begins taking a gander at other men. She will do to demonstrate to her man that she isn't happy with him.

Understanding your association with someone isn't simple. Anyway this relationship merits keeping. the principal thing you should create is a fellowship before you turned out to be impractically included.
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