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Capturing the Joy of Intimacy


By: Gynn Flores


IntimacyAn intimate relationship with somebody we love and care for is what most of us are longing for. It is a real joy for a person to experience moments of bliss regardless of gender, social status or nationality. In conservative cultures, intimacy is regarded as a reward of commitment but liberated people can become intimate with each other even without it. Commitment is considered by most people as important but not mandatory for some before getting intimate with each other.

In the bible’s book of Genesis, it was clearly recorded that it wasn’t good for man to be alone and so the Creator created a woman to perfectly complement his existence and to keep him company. She’s called a woman because she first existed for a man to be complete – to nurture and help him always in his endeavors. This should be the basis of a man and a woman’s sexual connection- that can follow after a long pursuit of commitment, as a by-product of a commitment-based love. No wonder that even with the aid of sexual drug enhancers there are couples that can still be unsatisfied with their union because of the absence of this kind of intimacy that is regarded by most people as follow:

  1. Being close to someone without inhibitions
  2. Being vulnerable, open and dependent to someone
  3. It is in giving to and receiving from another person that compose the deepest part of who we are- affecting our hopes, fears, secrets and our emotions
  4. To know and be known by another human in a special way
  5. To be one with another person in body and spirit like that of a relationship bound in marriage with trust and fidelity

There are other intimate relationships aside from romantic intimacy. You can be intimate to a friend, with a family member, with a co-worker but the deepest and most meaningful intimacy is that of a husband and a wife who share not only their hearts but also their bodies in sexual intimacy. This can only be fully enjoyed by married couples without inhibitions. In one way or another, sex is a responsibility that husbands and wives are bound to provide for each other and can be further enhanced by prescribed remedies when male wellness is an issue.

Doing it with someone that you love, respect, trust, care for and adore will feel as natural as breathing as one even with drug enhancers. On the contrary, do not expect lustful acts to be as fulfilling despite the use of any modern drug enhancers because if there’s nothing to be enhanced, it will still fail!

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Herbal Garden for Alternative Remedies


By: Elena Grace Flores


Herbal GardenYou can’t blame people for switching to medicinal plants for their home garden with the onset of alternative medicine. Ancient healing are never regarded as things of the past. Instead, they are being revived due to their tested health benefits. It is therefore advantageous to grow these kinds of plants in your own garden. You can just pick them from your backyard or pots if you’re growing them indoors – when the need arises. These are some suggestions of very effective plants that you can practically grow at home:

  1. Herbs and spices are known to have medicinal values even during ancient times. To give a concrete example, turmeric which belongs to the herbal family is used for Ayurveda Medicine and garlic which is a spice is known to lower blood pressure.
  2. Tea can also be grown in your backyard. There are varieties to choose from. You can either pick and boil them straight after harvesting or dry the leaves before boiling them.
  3. Aloe Vera has various medicinal values.  It is noted to make hair grow by just rubbing a newly cut branch with its sap dripping on your scalp. It can also thicken sparse hair.
  4. Ginger is known for its therapeutic effect as remedy for arthritis, sore throat and some stomach disorders. It can be taken as tea or used as topical liniment.

  5. Nettle plant is known for its astringent, expectorant, tonic, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. This is why it is called as a wonder plant.
  6. You can also add flowering plants in your herbal garden that can be made into potpourri by drying them up, mixing them with twigs and making them into ornamental centerpieces. They will generate an aroma that is soothing and relaxing to your senses.

Herbs are plants that are used for their scent, flavor and therapeutic properties. They can be processed into dietary supplements for complementary or alternative medicine by pharmaceutical companies. Their versions in capsules, tablets, teas or extracts are widely sold by health outlets.Note that certain elements of these herbal plants can interact with some drugs that you may be taking.  It is therefore recommended to eliminate doubts by doing the following:

  • Consult your doctor first.  Many doctors are well versed with the contents of specific medicinal plants and they can recommend or disapprove whenever they find them beneficial or harmful for you.
  • Do not take a bigger dose of what is recommended. Your body can only take so much.
  • Take it under the guidance of an experienced herbalist. This way, you can avoid making mistakes on the dosage, administration and combination of herbs with conventional medicine.
  • Be especially careful if you are pregnant or nursing. This is to make sure that there will be no side effects for you and your baby. You are vulnerable to infections and side effects when your system is not normal. So, take only what is approved by your doctor.

As herbal plants are 100% natural, they are still regarded as safer compared to most conventional medicines that are chemical-based. Study the needs of your family for these natural plants and prioritize in planting them in your garden. You can also share them to those in need or even sell them through your local market when your supply is too much. Some people definitely make a living out of it.

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Keeping your Body Trim without Deprivation


By: Gynn Flores


SlimmingGood nutrition is the key to staying healthy. Maintaining good health entails a balanced diet, good hygiene and exercise. It also requires clean living – which means staying away from alcohol and drugs. People who are living a healthy lifestyle can function well and enjoy life even during senior years.

Taking snacks in between meals in moderation can help in preventing you from eating in bulk. Remember that healthy eating does not mean that you have to give up foods you like best.  Just learn to balance the food items from the different food groups. The following are the 3 basic rules for a healthy diet that can be enjoyed:

  1. Variety means you include in your meals food items from different food groups. As a rule, there is no single food item that can supply all the needed nutrients that your body needs. Choose food items with different colors. The more colors or varieties, the more nutrients your body can have.
  2. Balance means that you must eat the right amount of food from the different levels in the food pyramid every day.  This way, you will get all the nutrients and calories your body needs for maintenance and development.

  3. Moderation means that you are cautious on not eating too much of anything belonging only to one single food group. The right amount of servings in each food group would depend on your age, gender, and body size and activity level as well.

In our youth, we have all the energy to indulge in sports and fitness activities. This should continue during adulthood. Allot some time for this as a way of socializing with your friends, workmates or loved ones. A game of tennis, badminton or bowling would be few of your choices. Schedule it on a regular basis – around three times a week. If you prefer the gym, then hit it off. Sweating it out and burning calories increase metabolism. Toxins will be washed away also through the pores during the process.

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Overcoming Negativity for a Happier Wellbeing


By: Gynn Flores


Happier WellbeingThere would be times when it seems that everything is just not right. There is a lot of negativity around you that you seem to be so consumed with problems and unpleasant events.  Know how to deal with all these and you will sooner or later overcome all these obstacles. Life is like a wheel, they say that some good things won’t last and so as the bad things – that are causing all the negative happenings. You have to learn how to turn negative circumstances into positive ones.  The good thing is – you can do this from within you. Here are the guidelines to feel good again:

  1. Always have a positive attitude. When problems come up, do not panic. Study the root cause of a dilemma and identify avenues where you can find solutions.
  2. Always be in control of the situation as much as possible. Now is the time to be more focused and to be on your guard.
  3. Always be open to suggestions from experienced people and trusted friends or loved ones. Weigh all these and make a sound decision.
  4. Always use time to your advantage. If the situation needs urgency, give it priority if not, allow some time for things to settle down and give yourself much needed time to troubleshoot.

  5. Always be hopeful and never lose faith. Sometimes our fears come from our inability to trust our judgment and capacity. When human judgment and capacity fails, know that that there is a Higher Authority bigger than our problems.
  6. Always have patience. Rome was not built in one day. Many wrong decisions are made when you hurry up things.
  7. Always have the courage to do things that you think can help solve the problems that you encounter. It may not always spell success but not trying at all will automatically make you lose the chance in solving the problem at hand.

Dealing with things varies depending on your style, attitude and capacity. Do not let negativity consume you.  Things happen for a reason and there is a solution for all problems.  It may not happen immediately but in time, things will fall into place. It may be impossible to get out from certain messes sometimes but miracles do happen – if only, you believe. At the end of the day when troubles persist, it may be time to call it a day and let tomorrow take care of things.

Negative circumstances come with lessons learned. It may be the hard way but they are needed in order for us to grow. It makes us stronger in facing each day with courage and hope in our hearts. If unattached, seek the comfort of people close to you. If with a partner, do not let the negativity affect your relationship. No matter how deep a certain problem is within a union or a marriage such as sexual dysfunction, this can be solved when partners are supportive with each other.

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The Placebo Effect of Positive Thinking


By: Gemma Lagasca


Positive ThinkingHealing yourself from any pain you might be experiencing is the placebo effect of positive thinking. The power of the placebo is hope.  This does not happen instantly. In fact you have to teach yourself not to be negative on things. No matter how hard a situation may seem, you need to see the positive side of it. It could be a blessing in disguise to make you avoid an even worse scenario. Here are some of the benefits of positive thinking:

  1. It allows you to control your emotions over anything that needs your course of action.
  2. It keeps you away from making impulsive actions and decisions that sometimes lead to more problems and mistakes.
  3. It makes you attract positive people and events in your life.
  4. It helps you avoid being depressed.
  5. It makes you calm no matter what the situation may be. Panicking will only cause more harm than good.
  6. It makes you heal yourself and move on fast after an untoward incident in your life.

As hope is the power of positive thinking, most people conclude that positive thinking is just for religious people. This is absolutely not true although faith can lead to positive thinking. Believing that they won’t have trials more than they can handle is enough to drive away negative energies. This is tantamount to say that every problem has a given solution.  All we need to do is face it and know that it will be over soon. Positive thinking is a very powerful influence in our mind and since the brain is like a magnet, whatever it conceives can be manifested.

In the medical field, a placebo is known as a pharmacologically inert substance which may produce therapeutic results because of the belief in its efficacy. There are documents online indicating that a placebo is an inactive substance or procedure, which on its own has no effect but often used as a control. A placebo effect takes place when the subject given the placebo shows similar result as the experimental substance or procedure.

Over the years, the following scientists and prominent people have these to say which are suggestive of the placebo effect of positive thinking:

  • Plato’s theory of forms suggests that the material objects around us are just abstractions of the real world, and that our intellect interacts with such entities which are inherently non-physical.
  • Thomas Aquinas, a Christian Philosopher said that while a soul can exist independently of the flesh, it must be a part of the human body to become a true person.
  • Rene Descartes, a French Philosopher is the most known wise man with regards to his theories on mind and matter.  He claimed that immaterial mind and the material body are two completely separate entities that somehow managed to interact and exert control over each other.
  • German Physician, Johann Christian August Heinroth in the 19th century coined the term psychosomatic, referring to his theory that the mind can encourage both mental and physical illness.
  • A French Internist and hypnotism advocated later in the 19th century, Hippolyte Bernheim that developed the Suggestion and Autosuggestion Theory describing the psyche’s influence over illness which is known today as the placebo effect.

There may be contradictions with modern medicine with regards to the theories on placebo effect of positive thinking but as long as a person shows remarkable relief from discomforts and bad condition, by just nourishing the mind with pleasant things, this is very much encouraged.

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