Reishi Mushroom: The Elixir of Immortality

Lingzhi or ReishiReishi mushroom is also known as Ganoderma Lucidum, it is one of the most ancient organic and natural mushrooms made use of in todays medicine. It has been used for 100’s of years in China as it has been thought to aid people with a large selection of medical conditions. As the mushroom was scarce and highly-priced treatments were reserved for royalty. Through technological advancements growing Reishi Mushrooms has now turn out to be a actuality thus decreasing the cost of this mushroom making it available to the everyday man or woman.

The Reishi mushroom is considered to enhance the body’s immune system and aid in rehabilitating the immune system if needed. While some of todays traditional western medicine basically don’t work as well after a time period with Reishi Mushroom the entire body nerves seem to fully get used to the effects that is has , thus promoting a more robust immune system.

Pipa // Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
Pipa // Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) (Photo credit: Valter Jacinto | Portugal)

People who have allergies may find some relief when using Reishi Mushroom. In addition people who suffer from simple mental problems such as stress, concentration problems, fatigue and sleep deprivation have also found the mushroom to be of tremendous aid.

Reishi Mushroom has also been known to prevent health problems that may lead to more serious problems such as heart attack or other heart conditions. It is claimed that it can also help people with liver disorders, blood circulation , lung disorders and even help with symptoms of HIV.

The Reishi Mushroom also is known to have wonderful effects on the skin as it helps to increase the delivery of nutrients to the skin. It may also help control acne and minimize fine lines and age spots which can only make you look younger!

Pipa // Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
Pipa // Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) (Photo credit: Valter Jacinto | Portugal)

As with all types of treatment one should always consult with the medical practitioner before starting any type of therapy, we suggest you check with your doctor should you want to try alternative remedies.

Reishi Mushroom is also known as the “elixir of immortality” because of its advantageous properties on the body. It is also known as the “King of Adaptogens” with its ability to improve the immune system, stamina, and circulatory system.

Mushroom of Longevity in Changdeokgung
Mushroom of Longevity in Changdeokgung (Photo credit: Nathan (Mushroom Nathan))

Reishi Mushroom is known to help restore the organs natural functions. People who take Reishi Mushroom have been known to improve mental clarity, skin, and overall body functioning. This can be taken for short and long term benefits. Not only does it restore the body’s overall vitality like Ginseng, but it also has a “fountain of youth” effect for those who take this supplement on going.


Hidden Health Dangers of Energy Drinks

Trendy world, trendy people & trendy drink that is what energy drinks become in today’s life style. In the current scenario energy drinks are just like a trendy beverage & we can get the evidence of its popularity by entering in any of the store where lots of energy drink cans may be found easily. Young people are fond of it but lots of kids also use them like sodas. I knew that now there must be a question in your mind that is it just a harmless craze, or there is some real health concerns with energy drinks? Energy drinks can have a drawback if they won’t be drunk properly. You all might be aware that energy drink can do so much for you. As they not just help in increasing your level of enthusiasm in your work but your confidence. In these stressful times you might feel that your energy needs a boost and be tempted to try one of the energy drinks that seem to be taking over the soft drinks shelves in the supermarkets. In spite of hard times globally sales of caffeine energy drinks have apparently overtaken bottled water sales.

Energy drinks are simple beverages that contain some form of vitamins & other chemicals which boosts your energy for very short span. You might be thinking they could be good for you when they also contain herbs like Ginseng, Green Tea, Echinacea, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Kava Kava, Damiana, Mate and Schizandra. But besides caffeine energy drinks  frequently contain other legal stimulants such as ephedrine, and guarana.

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Beware of the stimulants in energy drinks

Ephedrine, a chemical cousin of amphetamine, stimulates the central nervous system, increasing heart rate and blood pressure, sometimes to dangerous levels. Besides heart attack and stroke and risk of seizures, it can cause nervousness, heart muscle damage, and irregular heartbeat Guarana and ginseng are often added to energy beverages and can enhance the effects of caffeine, often 80 mg and the equivalent of a cup of filter coffee.

Adverse effects associated with caffeine consumption include nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, increased urination, abnormal heart rhythms, (arrhythmia), decreased bone density levels, and stomach upset.

People who are used to energy drink say that it’s very effective. But you should be aware about the effect & consequences of the product. This is true because once you make use of it or take it in a wrong manner you can face some health problems. There are short and long-term effects of energy drinks though

  • The long-term effects of energy drink ingredients are that you may be addicted of this drink & addiction of any thing is harmful.
  • In these types of drinks it has not been mention any where that whether any medical conditions or related prescription medication will react with them.
  • Energy drinks must be taken properly because the ingredients used in it are powerful enough to affect your system & body.
  • Ingredients used in these drinks can affect your heartbeat and blood pressure. This arouses awareness from medical specialists who have conducted studies about the effects of energy drinks.
  • However it doesn’t means that harmful effects of these types of drinks can’t be prevented. The problem is only how to drink & in what amount that can be easily digested.
  • Don’t ever try to make energy drink an alternative for the lost water in the system while doing exercise because the caffeine in the energy drink can leave a dehydrating effect on your body. You should prefer to have something natural during exercises.
  • The most important point is that you should never combine energy drinks with alcohol because energy drink is a stimulant while alcohol is a depressant. You can imagine yourself the contrasting effect that this combination can bring in your system

Not good for your heart or circulation

Researchers are finding that energy drinks may give you more than an energy boost. They may also boost heart rates and blood pressure levels and increase the danger of blood clots. These results could be significant in people with any heart problems or those taking drugs to lower heart rate or blood pressure.

Many energy drinks are high in sodium and sugar but researchers have found that the sugar-free version of Red Bull could increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

Many sugar free energy drinks contain the artificial sweetener Aspartame which has been shown to have multiple neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal, and carcinogenic effects.

The toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make the linings of drink and food cans and there have been concerns over the effects of this chemical for some time. New published research has linked this to increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. High body levels of the chemical can damage the liver.

Don’t mix your drinks

Mixed with alcohol energy drinks may be even more lethal. Since energy drinks are stimulants and alcohol is a depressant, the combination of effects may be dangerous. Both energy drinks and alcohol are very dehydrating. Dehydration can hinder your body’s ability to metabolize alcohol and will increase the toxicity, and therefore the hangover, the next day.

Like any quick energy boost when the effect wears off you’ll start feeling lethargic again and will want another can to boost your energy once again.

The new soft drink Cocaine is advertised as not causing the jitters or sugar crash associated with other energy drinks but contains 280 milligrams of caffeine and reputed to be 350 percent stronger than Red Bull! Bad news if you value your health.

No nutrients

Energy drinks are supposed to help boost energy levels substantially and keep individuals alert and active for longer periods of time than usual. The drinks are targeted largely at teenagers and young adults and are readily available in grocery stores, convenience stores, and a variety of other places. Many drink the products under the illusion that it will help them sustain higher energy levels without interfering with their weight loss goals in the way other energy boosters can. While the products are often promoted as relatively harmless drinks, in reality, energy drinks can be quite harmful when consumed regularly. Studies have shown that consumption of energy drinks over an extended period of time can result in problems such as elevated blood pressure, increased anxiety levels, insomnia and heart palpitations

Energy drinks like other carbonated beverages offer little value to your body. They may contain traces of Vitamin B and the amino acid taurine but this does not make up for the detrimental effects of the caffeine, other stimulants, sugar or artificial sweeteners.

If you would love to boost your energy levels energy drinks aren’t the answer. It is far wiser to address the underlying reasons why you do not have as much energy as you would like.

Generally it’s best to avoid all specialty and soft drinks that contain sugar as they could have an enormous influence on your long-term health. They will raise your insulin levels and contribute to a host of diseases and accelerate your aging process.

The problems are caused by the ingredients that go into an energy drink. Many energy drinks contain nutritional supplements such as Gingko Biloba, which is supposed to enhance memory, Taurine, a natural amino acid that regulates heart-beats and the Guarana seed, a natural stimulant. However, most energy drinks also contain extremely high levels of caffeine. On average, an 8.5 ounce can of an energy booster contains at least 80 to 100 mg of caffeine which is well more than double the legal amount of caffeine permitted in a soft drink can. Studies have shown some brands of energy drink to contain more than 200 mg of caffeine in an single can, which is a staggering amount by any standard. Caffeine is not only addictive, it is also a diuretic. When consumed in excessive amounts, it can trigger severe dehydration. This becomes even more of a problem when energy drinks are combined with alcohol, which is the manner in which it is frequently consumed. Energy drinks also often contain excessive amounts of sugar, which is also known to be harmful to the body.

In addition, makers of energy drinks are under no legal obligation to disclose the source of any natural supplement that might be used in the product. As a result, consumers have no way of knowing whether the herbs and other natural supplements that are used in energy boosters have been contaminated by pesticides, irradiated or contaminated in any other manner. Without further research, it is hard to know what kind of toxins might be present in energy drinks. Also, while natural Taurine is good for the body, the synthetic version, which is what is used in energy drinks, has been known to cause illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.

According to the Mayo Clinic, any boost provided by energy drinks is often short-lived and comes at a steep price in terms of health. The excessive sugar in energy drinks for instance, can lead to weight gain. Meanwhile, the abundance of caffeine that is present in energy drinks has been shown to result in increased nervousness, sleeplessness, irritability, rapid heart beat and increased blood pressure. The problems can be exacerbated when energy drinks are mixed with alcohol. Energy drinks have a way of masking the effects of alcohol and may lead to heavier drinking and higher exposure to alcohol related injuries and health problems.

The health issues raised by energy drinks are not always life-threatening but they should not be overlooked either. Until further research becomes available, consumers should be wary of energy drinks according to doctors and researchers.

“Vitamin water” sounds like a health drink, doesn’t it? Try a whopping 33g of sugar + other synthetic stuff. Coca-Cola (oooo, that’s a surprise, a water that has the sugar content of a soda made by a soda maker) is actually being sued by a non-profit org for their misleading name & ads. Their defense? A Coca-Cola lawyer said: “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitamin water was a healthy beverage.” You’re the consumer, what do you think?

How to Increase Your Energy Without Energy Drinks

Lack of energy is a common complaint of modern day living and stressful lifestyles but is not normal.
If you lack energy it is likely to be due to a combination of factors including:

  • Poor food choices
  • Low-quality food
  • Toxicity – causes blocks in the energy production cycle
  • Stressful lifestyle
  • Not enough sleep
  • Lack of exercise
  • Negative emotions

Frequently these factors will help increase your energy:

  • Avoiding sugar and foods containing that trigger insulin
  • Eat slow releasing carbohydrates instead – whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, fruit
  • Always eat breakfast and regular unrushed meals
  • Take time to eat and chew food properly.
  • Get enough sleep
  • Get some regular exercise even if it only brisk walking or rebounding
  • Reduce stress – rebalance stress hormones with Yoga, Tai-Chi, Qi Gong
  • Take a good multi vitamin and mineral supplement that contains at least
    25mg of each B Vitamin, 100 mg of Magnesium and 50 mcg chromium.
  • Detox regularly to remove toxins that interfere with energy production

Healthy Sex Life or Libido Depends on Good Nutrition

The definition of Libido is: – emotional or psychic energy that in psychoanalytic theory is derived from primitive biological urges and that is usually goal-directed. Or put much more simply, it’s a persons sex drive which in turn is a measure of levels of certain hormones like testosterone.

Since ancient times, certain foods have always been thought to increase the sex drive or libido. Dining being a time-honored mode of foreplay, lovers have always complimented their ability to make love with foods considered to have aphrodisiac nutrients, which are believed to have powers in maximizing performance and increasing satisfaction.

Libido is usually taken to mean sexual desire, a person’s sex drive or sexual urge. Libido does vary from person to person, from female to male.

General levels of libido & sex drive decrease slowly as people enter mid life. If you have a lower than normal libido, then eating the right types of foods and cutting down on the wrong foods can help to increase your libido and rebuild your sex drive.

Changing eating habits can increase libido

The saturated fats in Fast Foods, Take Away’s and processed foods have all been linked to a loss of libido. Cutting back on these foods could help towards increasing your libido and get your sex drive back on track.

By increasing your intake of the foods listed below and decreasing these negative libido food sources, you can naturally increase your testosterone levels and restore your libido without medication.

A loss of libido is something that can affect women who are pre or post menopausal. Menopause is a natural event in a woman’s’ life and loss of libido may be one of the symptoms experienced around this time.

Whatever the reason for a loss of libido, changing your diet and eating healthily food can help increase libido levels. It certainly won’t do you any harm to become fitter and healthier. This applies to female and male libido.

The smells of certain foods have been found to be sexually arousing, notably pumpkin pie and buttered popcorn for men and licorice candy for women.

Testosterone levels control both male and female libido

For both males and females libido all comes down mainly to one hormone – testosterone. Your libido is controlled by your hormone levels, with testosterone being the key. If the balance is off, things may not function as they should.

When it’s right, everything falls into place. So one of the keys to getting your libido back is to increase testosterone levels in your body. Testosterone production is dependent on zinc and vitamin B, both of these are abundant in many of the foods we eat regularly. But, as nutritional deficiencies increase with age, it does make sense to increase the intake of these vitamins and minerals. So adding a few of the foods listed below can boost your libido especially when combine with a little regular exercise.

Sex Drive or Libido as the Product of an Active Imagination and a Healthy Body

Sex burns calories and helps lose pounds.

Today, there is no question that psychological health is as important as an optimally functioning body. How many times has it been said that the imagination is the greatest aphrodisiac? Sexual drive is maintained by an active mind in a  healthy  body.

Fatigue and depression are common precursors to sexual dysfunction, particularly in men. These conditions are often linked, and can often be alleviated by an  exercise  program. Regular exercise stimulates the production of endorphins, which are mood alleviating chemicals. Fatigue and depression underline the importance of a healthy mind, or mindset, that should partner with a healthy body.

Increase Your Sex Drive with Zinc, Ginseng, Vitamin E, Iron, Catuaba Bark, Saffron, Damiana, Rhodiola Rosea Herb, Mucuna Pruriens  or  Exercise

Optimal nerve function, healthy hormonal levels, and an unobstructed blood flow to the pelvic area are essential to sexual performance. Certain nutrients assist the body  in achieving these conditions.

Here is a list of nutrients, or foods, that help increase the sex drive:

  • Saffron – Ask any herbalist and you will be told that saffron is a sexual stimulant. Herbalists recommend summer savory as a sexual stimulant and tonic. Winter savory is believed to dampen sexual desire. A word of caution: These claims have not been proven.
  • Ginseng – Studies have shown that ginseng boosts stamina and mating behavior in mice and rats. It has been touted to be a good source of energy. It is believed to fight off fatigue and stress. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada classify the herb as “safe,” but neither regulatory agency will vouch for claims of its aphrodisiac, and medicinal, potency.
  • Yohimbe –  Also known as Pausinystalia, this is the bark of a tall western African tree. Yohimbe bark has been used for centuries in some western African nations for healthy support of erectile function. Yohimbe is also effective for women. Women like the enhanced sensation and engorgement of genital organs that yohimbe provides, as long as the dose is kept low to prevent any side effects. Yohimbe is considered an aphrodisiac in many countries. It has no effect on the mental aspects of sexual stimulation, but may dilate blood vessels, thus might alleviate impotence
  • Vitamin E – Many experts believe that without a healthy supply of this vitamin, sexual function is likely to suffer. Vitamin E is abundant in foods like nuts and seeds, legumes, oils, green vegetables, and wheat germ.
  • Iron – In some cases, iron deficiency anemia is responsible for fatigue, which dampens the sex drive. To replenish iron stores, diet must include meat, fish and shellfish, nuts and seeds, legumes, enriched or fortified grains or cereals, leafy greens, and dried fruits.
  • Zinc – Zinc has long been linked with healthy sexual function. Without enough zinc, sexual development in children is delayed. Adults need zinc for sperm manufacture. Zinc is found in high concentrations in the male sperm. Zinc is abundant in animal foods, seafood (especially oyster), poultry and liver, eggs, milk, beans, nuts, and whole grains. Testosterone production is dependent on zinc, and testosterone levels control both male and female libido and sex drive.
  • Damiana –  is a small shrub with smooth, pale green oval leaves and aromatic yellow flowers. It grows in Mexico and Central America. Damiana (or Turnera diffusa) is said to help with impotence, relieve anxiety, promote general well being and act as a sexual stimulant for male and females alike. This plant has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac for men and women in Central America, because it helps to re balance your hormones and also has mildly stimulating properties
  • Rhodiola Rosea Herb – From the Arctic regions of eastern Siberia. Russians have drunk rhodiola tea for many centuries as an energy booster. Rhodiola root has a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression and enhancing work performance, decreasing fatigue. There have been claims that this herb influences sexual activity and in turn helps with increasing libido levels. Rhodiola root is also called rhizome.
  • Mucuna Pruriens – Also known as velvet bean or cowhage. Mucuna pruriens contains L-Dopa which is used by the body to make dopamine, an important brain chemical involved in mood and sexuality. Mucuna pruriens has also been shown to have some antioxidant properties.
  • Catuaba Bark – This is a small tree found in the Amazon rain forest in parts of northern Brazil. In Brazilian herbal medicine, Catuaba bark is considered to have aphrodisiac properties and the bark is used for nervousness, poor memory, and helping with sexual weakness. Topi Indians have used the Catuaba bark herbs for increasing libido for many centuries.
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Possible causes of low libido include: There can be lots of reasons for having low libido levels, many of which can be emotional or mental. Stress and anxiety are two main causes. Additionally, there can be more physical reasons for low libido and sex drive including being overweight or just generally under the weather with a cold or flu.
Emotional conditions that lower libido – especially female sex drive.
  • General stress : Stress unsets the normal hormone balance of the body.
  • Normal relationship – lack of excitement. Spice up your long term relationship.
  • Fear of pregnancy – If possible, talk things through with your partner. Find a safe sex method that you’re both fully confident using.
  • Relationship Problems – Lack of libido during problems periods in your relationship is normal. Your sex drive should return once the issues are sorted out.
  • Anxiety – fear of future events, often based on past experiences. Talking about your fears with a close friend, therapist or doctor can help ease any sexual anxieties you may have.
  • Depression
  • Depressive conditions
  • Post-natal depression
  • Premature Ejaculation – causes anxiety and stress.
Busy, restless mothers may have little desire for sex.
More General Reasons for Low Libido
  • Alcoholism – quite common cause of loss of libido.
  • Abuse of drugs – such as cocaine or cannabis.
  • Anemia – unusual unless the man has been bleeding for any reason.
  • Obesity – quite a common reason for low libido; simply losing weight down will often help increase libido levels to normal.
  • Prescribed drugs – things like Proscar (finasteride), a tablet used for prostate problems. Blood pressure medications, antidepressants and psychiatric drugs.
  • Low male hormone level (testosterone) – this is not a common reason for low libido, this is rarer than most of us think it is.
  • Any major ‘generalized’ medical condition – flu, Glandular fever, Diabetes or any illness that cause tiredness and fatigue.

What to Avoid to Increase Sex Drive or Libido

  • Eat a diet low in saturated fats – There is a proven link between high intake of saturated fats, elevated blood cholesterol levels, and the buildup of atherosclerotic plaques in the blood vessels around the heart. This condition may also be true relative to the tiny blood vessels in the penis. Without free-flowing blood circulation, the penis cannot achieve optimal erection, which is a response to the mental aspect of the sex drive.
  • Curb alcohol consumption – William Shakespeare should be credited with popularizing the notion of alcohol being all fury and no fire, so to speak, when he wrote that wine “provokes the desire, but takes away the performance.” Although alcohol lifts inhibitions related to sex, it has a depressant effect. Alcohol causes impotence and shrinks the testes in men who drink heavily.
  • Stop smoking – Nicotine is perhaps the prime enemy of arteries. Nicotine not only promotes the formation of atherosclerotic plaques in penile blood vessels, it also constricts them.

Exercise also Increases Sex Drive

With a healthy dose of the right nutrients, to enhance a healthy mind and a positive attitude, an optimal sex drive can be achieved. This, coupled with regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle, can almost guarantee a busy lovers’ nest until the wee hours of morning. Regular exercise increases metabolism and blood flow to the pelvic area, and burns fat. Any kind of exercise will help, it doesn’t have to be going to the gym. Swimming, running, cycling and even a brisk walk are all good exercises to do regularly that will help with low libido levels.

Sex as a form of exercise can improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and balance, not to mention your emotional health.

Disclaimer: The text on these pages is for your information only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your general health, libido or sex drive.