J MARTIN’S BLOG

July 18, 2008

Your pee smells like coffee

Filed under: Health — J Martin @ 11:25 pm

It happens when you drink coffee …

But it’s normal, experts said. Your kidneys’ just not efficient enough to filter everything. So it’s nothing to worry about. At least coffee/caffein doesn’t build up in your system and block all your nerves …

July 3, 2008

Watermelon – cheap alternative for Viagra

Filed under: Health, Science — J Martin @ 8:26 pm

Taken from Yahoo!

A slice of cool, fresh watermelon is a juicy way to top off a Fourth of July cookout and one that researchers say has effects similar to Viagra — but don’t necessarily expect it to keep the fireworks all night long.

Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body’s blood vessels, similar to what happens when a man takes Viagra, said scientists in Texas, one of the nation’s top producers of the seedless variety.

Found in the flesh and rind of watermelons, citrulline reacts with the body’s enzymes when consumed in large quantities and is changed into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and the circulatory and immune systems.

“Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it,” said Bhimu Patil, a researcher and director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. “Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects.”

Todd Wehner, who studies watermelon breeding at North Carolina State University, said anyone taking Viagra shouldn’t expect the same result from watermelon.

“It sounds like it would be an effect that would be interesting but not a substitute for any medical treatment,” Wehner said.

The nitric oxide can also help with angina, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems, according to the study, which was paid for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

More citrulline — about 60 percent — is found in watermelon rind than in the flesh, Patil said, but that can vary. But scientists may be able to find ways to boost the concentrations in the flesh, he said.

Citrulline is found in all colors of watermelon and is highest in the yellow-fleshed types, said Penelope Perkins-Veazie, a USDA researcher in Lane, Okla.

She said Patil’s research is valid, but with a caveat: One would need to eat about six cups of watermelon to get enough citrulline to boost the body’s arginine level.

“The problem you have when you eat a lot of watermelon is you tend to run to the bathroom more,” Perkins-Veazie said.

Watermelon is a diuretic and was a homeopathic treatment for kidney patients before dialysis became widespread.

Another issue is the amount of sugar that much watermelon would spill into the bloodstream — a jolt that could cause cramping, Perkins-Veazie said.

Patil said he would like to do future studies on how to reduce the sugar content in watermelon.

The relationship between citrulline and arginine might also prove helpful to those who are obese or suffer from type-2 diabetes. The beneficial effects — among them the ability to relax blood vessels, much like Viagra does — are beginning to be revealed in research.

Citrulline is present in other curcubits, like cucumbers and cantaloupe, at very low levels, and in the milk protein casein. The highest concentrations of citrulline are found in walnut seedlings, Perkins-Veazie said.

“But they’re bitter and most people don’t want to eat them,” she said.

April 23, 2008

Masturbation may prevent prostate cancer (Male readers only – 18SX)

Filed under: Health — J Martin @ 3:13 pm

Caution: This is for men only … and don’t take this as my own posting … 😛

Source: Yahoo!

SUMMARY: Researchers find that men who masturbate frequently are at a reduced risk of cancer.

Frequent masturbation may help men cut their risk of contracting prostate cancer, Australian researchers have found. It is believed that carcinogens may build up in the prostate if men do not ejaculate regularly, BBC News reported on Wednesday. The researchers surveyed more than 1,000 men who had developed prostate cancer, and 1,250 men who had not. They found that men who had ejaculated the most between the ages of 20 and 50 were the least likely to get cancer. Men who ejaculated more than five times each week were a third less likely to develop prostate cancer.

Sexual intercourse may not have the same effect because of the higher risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, which could in turn raise the risk of cancer. “Had we been able to remove ejaculations associated with sexual intercourse, there should have been an even stronger protective effect of ejaculations,” Graham Giles of the Cancer Council Victoria, who led the researchers, said in the article.

The prostate produces a fluid that is incorporated into ejaculation, which activates sperm and prevents them from sticking together. Studies on animals have shown that carcinogens like 3-methylchloranthrene can be harbored in the prostate. Frequent ejaculation encourages the cancer-inducing fluids to “flush out.” (The Advocate)

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December 21, 2007

Tips from the net on how to keep fit (and healthy) – for men

Filed under: Health — J Martin @ 2:28 pm

Here’s some of the tips:

  1. Maximize your flavor – mix up your salads. Try cabbage instead of lettuce.
  2. Join a gym
  3. Deny hunger pangs – The more you hold out, the easier temptations become to ignore.
  4. Take small steps – Focus on one goal at a time. Building muscle can pack on fat, so use cardio-heavy fat shedding phases to look cut.
  5. Find role model – They can show you it’s possible to look the way they you want, if you eat right and exercise.
  6. Be consistent – Find a program you think will work for you, and stick to it, no matter what.
  7. Take the hard part – Compete with yourself. When you touch the bar, raise it a little higher.
  8. Train like it’s a real thing – Intervals workouts and long runs boast speed, but practicing the exact distance you’ll race lets you know exactly what to expect.
  9. Shock your body – Your body adapts if you are doing the same thing all the time. Once you are good at running, try biking.
  10. Start out slow – Too many people start hard and burn out early. Set small goals until you’re up and running.
  11. Cook your own meals – Preparing your own meals gives you the ultimate control over your diet.
  12. Use workouts as reminders – It’s less tempting to cheat if you feel like you’re sabotaging a recent gym session.
  13. Shore up your weaknesses
  14. Don’t finish dinner – Chain restaurants give you close to double the portion size you actually need, so don’t feel any pressure to finish it.
  15. Expand your grocery list – Some of the healthiest and most satisfying eats may be the ones you’ve been shunning for years.
  16. Evaluate your diet – Halfway to your goal, take time to assess what’s working and what isn’t.
  17. Lift heavy – Working your muscles hard helps you gain lean mass as you lose weight.
  18. Know your body – If you’re fixated on a specific sweet treat, that’s just a craving you should ignore. But if you’re plain hungry, it’s time to refuel.
  19. Get away from your bad habits – Just find your own sanctuary for dodging temptation.
  20. Pay attention to your body after meals – Foods that make you feel bloated and tired will sap your energy during workouts.
  21. Make your mental fitness a priority – Visualizing your goal takes the same discipline as eating healthy.
  22. Use common sense – Fast food and candy will make you fat. It’s not rocket science.
  23. Rotate your training intensity – Give yourself one recovery week a month.
  24. Set a near-impossible goal – Nothing motivates you like facing a 140.6-mile race.
  25. Play ball – Competition-even pickup games-can kickstart your weight-loss goals. The fitter you are, the more you win.
  26. Cook ahead
  27. Ask for help – Make sticking to your diet easier – convince your family and friends to join you in your healthy meal plan.
  28. Lift as you lose – Lifting weight – even light weights – can help tighten loose skin.
  29. Change it up – If you plateau on the scale, alter your diet to nudge your body back into weight-loss mode.
  30. Discover new cuisine – There are dozens of ways to cook chicken, and most are healthier than frying.
  31. Ease into the new you – Motivation is great, but changing your diet too quickly will increase cravings and set you up for failure.
  32. Look beyond the menu – When dining in a restaurant, ask the server how the meals are prepared. “Sauteed” probably means smothered in butter. Ask to use olive oil instead.
  33. Find a workout buddy – (To motivate yourself) or ..
  34. Do it yourself – No one can motivate you like yourself.
  35. Diversify your diet – (?)
  36. Create structure – Having a set workout time and regimen allows you to track your fitness progress beyond the scale.

Hmmm … such a long list to make.

Summarized from Men’s Health.

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