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15 Reasons You Must Only Sleep On Your Left Side!

MBBS, MD - Community Medicine
General Physician, Jaipur
15 Reasons You Must Only Sleep On Your Left Side!
15 Reasons You Must Only Sleep On Your Left Side!

We usually do not bother about how we are sleeping as long as we are having a sound sleep. But are you aware of the fact that way we sleep and the side we sleep on, has positive as well as negative effect on our health be it left side, right side, back or on stomach. Out of these, most of health benefits are attached with sleeping on your left side.

Benefits of sleeping on your left side.

1. Prevents snoring.
2. Pregnant women get the advantage of better blood circulation, flowing of blood to uterus, fetus, and kidneys and relief from back ache.
3. Helps in proper digestion after meals.
4. Gives relief to people having back and neck pain.
5. Helps in filtering and purifying toxins, lymph fluids and wastes.
6. Prevents serious illness as accumulated toxins are flushed out easily.
7. Liver and kidneys work better
8. Smooth bowel movements
9. Reduces workload on heart and its proper functioning
10. Prevents acidity and heartburn
11. Prevents fatigue during morning
12. Fats gets digested easily
13. Positive impact on brain
14. It delays onset of Parkinson's and Alzheimer
15. It is also considered to be the best sleeping position according to Ayurveda.

Everyone has a different habit of sleeping and it might be difficult for them to change it. But now that we know about so many benefits of sleeping on the left side, we must give it a try. After all, it's a question of getting healthier day-by-day and it will be no-big change if you make efforts. So, till now if you were sleeping on either right side, back or on stomach, try sleeping on your left side and see the benefits you get. Keep a check!
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Fox Nuts (Makhana) - 12 Reasons Why You Should Eat Them!

Masters in Nutritional Therapy, Lifestyle & Weight Management, Sport Nutritions, graduation in Nutrition & Dietics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Fox Nuts (Makhana) - 12 Reasons Why You Should Eat Them!
When we think of a light evening snack, we often think of a packet of fried chips or Kurkure. However, it is time to think of something healthier, as we are already aware of the ill effects of these snacks all around us. This is where snacks like fox nuts are gaining popularity. Grown in the wetlands of Asian countries, they are also known as phool makhana (because of their flowery appearance) and lotus seeds.

They are a great snack and have multiple benefits. Read on to know about this wonderful, economical, tasty, and healthy dish.

They are low in calories, fat, and sodium. They are therefore the perfect in-between-meal snack. They also make you feel full, so further cravings for binge eating are reduced
Their low sodium and high potassium and magnesium content makes them very useful for people with high blood pressure
The high calcium content is good for bone and teeth health
Their sugar content is low, and so are highly useful for diabetics, who have the urge to eat at short intervals
The fox nuts have astringent properties and are useful for kidney ailments
People looking for weight loss should try makhana, as they are very low in calories but can fill the stomach. This helps control hunger pangs and intake of high-calorie foods
It is rich in fiber and so can be used in weight loss as well as for digestion problems like constipation
Fox nuts are rich in antioxidants and therefore useful in fighting ageing and chronic inflammation and stress in the body
In both men and women, makhana is believed to improve fertility rates. The sperm quality and quantity is believed to improve when makhana is consumed
Given its multiple benefits, especially calcium and iron, pregnant women are given makhana. It also helps prevent hypertension and diabetes in the pregnant mother
Fox nuts are believed to help get rid of insomnia
If addiction to coffee is your problem, try some fox nuts to get rid of the addiction
Methods of use:

The seeds are actually tasteless and so whether it is salt or sweet, they take on the added taste
Roast the seeds with a little ghee on a light flame. Sprinkle salt, and the yummy snack is good to go
Other spices like cinnamon or oregano can be added to suit one s taste
They can also be used in sweet dishes like kheer and other desserts
If you are looking for a super snack that is highly healthy, economical, and has little hazards on your health, grab a bowl of fox nuts.
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Ways Alcohol Is Bad For Your Love Life?

Sexual Health Clinic
Sexologist, Delhi
Ways Alcohol Is Bad For Your Love Life?
If you are a heavy drinker and you are having problems with your sex life, they are likely to be caused because of your alcohol consumption. Sex and alcohol are not considered to be a good mixture. Although a small amount of alcohol is harmless, moderate to heavy drinking can hamper your sex life in several ways. Moreover, alcohol is very dangerous for pregnant women.

Alcohol can lead to sexual problems and issues in both men and women. It can also make them behave in a different and unusual manner, which may lead them into having sex with people who are unsuitable. It makes people take unnecessary risks and many get infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Unwanted pregnancy after having sex is a common aspect in today s world. Alcohol also makes people likely to be victims of sexual attacks.

The bad effects of alcohol on your sex life
There are several bad effects of alcohol which take a toll on your sexual life. They are as follows:

Alcohol may make people more likely to engross in sexual activity with the wrong person. Getting pregnant, catching infections and embarking in affairs which lead to the breakup of many marriages are common effects of alcohol. Alcohol is a primary reason for the demand of the emergency contraceptive or morning after pill, all over the world.
Alcohol fuddles up people's brain and many of them forget to take proper contraceptive precautions before having sex.
Alcohol is very harmful for unborn babies in pregnant women. It may cause brain damage to the baby. You should consume alcohol as less as possible during pregnancy and totally avoid it during the first three months of pregnancy.
Alcohol accounts for being a major cause of erectile dysfunction or impotence in men. Alcohol may increase your sexual desire, but it reduces your performance.
Men who are heavy drinkers may develop a permanent case of brewer s droop. Loss of sexual interest is also likely.
Excessive alcohol may lead to diminished or reduced libido in women as well. It is yet to be proven whether alcohol causes any other sexual complications in women.
If you are facing problems with excessive alcohol consumption and it is affecting your sex life, you need to take some steps. It is recommended to consult an alcohol counsellor or join the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group.
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What You Need To Know About Sex During Pregnancy?

Sexual Health Clinic
Sexologist, Delhi
What You Need To Know About Sex During Pregnancy?
Making love during pregnancy is a safe bet and can be carried on till one s water breaks. Studies in the past have shown that a normal pregnancy is not related to infections and miscarriages. It has also been established that sex during pregnancy is not related to premature birth. On the contrary, a good sex life during pregnancy helps to reduce mood swings and keeps a woman healthy and cheerful. Here are five facts that you should know about sex during pregnancy:

Does sex harm the baby? The womb is protected by the thick muscles of the uterus and the amniotic sac. Furthermore, the cervix is safeguarded by the mucus plug. These ensure that the baby doesn t get hurt while making love. In the midst of an orgasm, if you get a feeling that the baby is moving, it happens primarily because of the heart pounding faster. This being said, you might have to skip sex in the following cases:
You have placenta praevia
You start bleeding
Your water breaks
You suffer from cramps and pain in the abdomen
Your partner is suffering from genital herpes
How does sex feel during pregnancy? While an increased flow of blood in the pelvic region heightens the lovemaking experience for many, some complain that it leaves them with a bad feeling. There is yet another segment of women who complaints of a less powerful orgasm during pregnancy. At times pregnant women might feel pain if the penetration is deep. Even abdominal cramps are not uncommon during this condition. To sum up, the feeling of sex greatly varies from individual to individual.
Is a complete lack of sex normal during pregnancy? Yes, it is absolutely normal. Many women suffer from nausea and tiredness during the first three months of pregnancy, limiting their urge for sex. At times pregnancy hormones become responsible for the libido. But, mostly it is the state of mind of an individual that becomes a barrier. Women suffering from relationship issues are the ones who suffer from a lack of sex.
Does your husband s libido suffer too? It is not uncommon, to say the least. Some of the common apprehension that a male partner suffers from include the following:
Fear of hurting the wife
Apprehension about the baby s health
The consciousness of making love in the child s presence
Apprehensions about upcoming parenthood
Is there any risk involved in oral sex? Absolutely none, oral sex is considered to be one of the safest of sex options during pregnancy. If the fear of hurting the wife looms large, it is the best way to express one s love. However, it should be ensured that your husband does not blow air in the vagina. This might lead to blood vessel blockage.
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Health Supplements - Do We Really Need Them?

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition (Delhi University)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Panipat
Health Supplements - Do We Really Need Them?
It is important for you to have a healthy and balanced body in order to perform your daily activities well. People often think health supplements are efficient alternatives to a healthy diet and regular physical exercise while most of the doctors and nutritionists believe that there is no need for any health supplement if you take in right quantity and quality of food and engage in regular exercise. While health supplements are not alternatives to a healthy lifestyle, they are somewhat necessary for everyday health in the hectic lifestyles of today.

Nowadays, stress (learn more about for Controlling Everyday STRESS) is a constant companion and the foods that we consume are often not of proper quality. You may think that you are taking foods full of nutrients but pesticides and chemicals used farming diminish the nutrient content from the crops. This creates a necessity for taking health supplements for the proper nourishment of body.People with certain medical conditions also need supplements. Supplements fill the gap in your diet.

Beneficial health supplements:

Pregnant women and breastfeeding (leanr more about the Benefits of Breastfeeding) women need iron supplements. Folic acid can be supplemented in your diet in order to reduce the chances of birth defects.
You can take in vitamin D supplements if they don't get enough sunlight every day. Adults, especially after the age of 40 need vitamin D and calcium supplements to maintain bone health.
Adults above the age of 40 are also advised to take vitamin B-12 supplements.
Supplements have some side effects depending upon your health condition. If you take some supplements along with some other medicines or before surgeries, they can lead to serious complications. Research has concluded that some vitamin and minerals supplements particularly iron supplements, increase the risk of death. So it is necessary to have a proper examination of the body before you take health supplements. The risk factors include:

Taking vitamin B6 regularly in excess of 100 mg may lead to damage of your nerves
Taking 400 international units of vitamin E on a regular basis increases the health risk and may even lead to premature death
Taking multivitamins does not supplement poor eating habits. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dietitian-nutritionist.
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Male Scent - Is It Possible That It Can Sexually Attract Women?

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Male Scent - Is It Possible That It Can Sexually Attract Women?
One of the first things that attract a male to a female is the smell. It is not without any strong reason that perfumes for men are advertised so aggressively, and if you keenly observe, it is never done with a lesser known model. It is always the superstars who advertise for scents. So, while you cannot get the superstars to lure your woman for you, you can do the trick also by using some of the popular products available in the market.

Ask girls what are things that turn them on and one of the top 3 things would be how a man smells. This is further validated by multiple researches, where people are asked about what attracts them to the opposite sex. Genetic studies have been conducted and results suggest that women inherit special genes from their fathers which allow them to identify various odours. Just imagine someone smelling bad, sweaty, or pungent. Turned on?? It would be a big NO! It is as simple as that.

Some of the pleasant scents that could turn a girl on include the naturally occurring scents of pheromones. These natural scents are widely used by perfume companies to turn people on. Across the animal kingdom, the pheromones have a powerful effect on inviting the partner for sex. Most major cologne and perfume brands use the pheromones to replicate this effect.

We ve have often heard that in the animal kingdom pheromones are scents that act as signals used to sexually attract mates by the males. But, do pheromones work in humans too? Humans may not have pheromones in the strictly scientific sense, but they do have their own scent. Sexy, musky, dirty, or sweet each one of us has a unique odour and this scent does work as a sexual indicator. In other words, the scent is a communication system and it plays an important role in human sexuality.

Let s find out how
Sexual arousal and scents
Scents and sexuality has been a much-studied topic for scientists and they have proved conclusively that-

Men s odours that smell better to women belong to men who have immune genes that differ from their own. The idea here is that women can literally sniff out the scientifically dense complex in men called major histocompatibility complex or MHC. This is a group of genes that affect the immune system. This way, women get to reproduce with stronger mates who can protect their children.
Relation between testosterone and male body odour is male smell, which also communicate or signal other information like body and facial symmetry, testosterone levels, and behavioural dominance.
Testosterone does play a very important role in attracting women. What happens is that women partner preferences change over their ovulatory cycle. This means when a woman is very likely to get pregnant or when she is highly fertile mid ovulation, she prefers the scent of men with high levels of testosterone.

A 2013 study published in Evolution and Human Behavior has nailed this association. Other studies have found that women in the fertile phase of their ovulation cycle preferred the scent of men who scored high on a questionnaire used to check their dominance. And we know that higher testosterone levels have been associated with dominant behaviours, such as status seeking and male aggression and possibly body symmetry.

Trials using two groups of men were: One with pheromone scent and another with a neutral one have indicated that the response from girls was very different to the former group. Pheromones in all animals are linked to increased testosterone production, which in turn improves male sexual arousal and performance.

Signs to assess that a girl is attracted towards your scent and how to approach her?
Now that testosterone has been proven to be a magic bullet to attract women, all you guys have to do is spray on a musky odour which is sexy and alluring. A point to note here is never to mask your natural scent completely. Why? Because women react positively to a little male body odour.

Signs which signal female sexual interest include
An increase in non-verbal communication from women i.e. any communication that doesn t involve words. Hence, sexual interest is usually shown by increased eye contact, smiling, looking away, dilation of pupils in the eye and the body tilt. If a woman has her torso turned towards you while you are talking, it usually means that she likes you and may be ready to explore the attraction further.

Once you get this confirmation of interest, you can approach a woman by giving non-verbal cues like smiling and eye contact. Depending on the vibes, the next step would be to touch her in a non - sexual part of her body. You can touch her hands or hair initially and go on to explore the language of touch more completely.

So, for guys who are looking to lure a girl, move away from regular cologne and deodorant to something more powerful. It is not without reason that these ads show men s shirts being torn off by women. This does not, however, take away other aspects of it.

While there is definitely a strong correlation between how a man smells and how strongly a woman is attracted to her, there are multiple other binding factors. Talk to her and understand that sex is just a part of the relationship, not the only reason to be in a relationship. The above researches point definitely to a strong correlation. To boost your testosterone level refer here - https://www.lybrate.com/health-package/136660206/low-testosterone-natural-recovery-possible-in-30-days-by-dr-rahul-gupta-sexologist-a7
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Vitamins & Minerals For Your Everyday Need

Diploma In Dietetics & Nutrition, Diploma In Sports Nutrition, Diploma in Yoga, IDEEL
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Vitamins & Minerals For Your Everyday Need
Talk about nutrition and carbs, proteins and fats come to the mind immediately. However, these are the macronutrients and are not the only group of nutrients. More important are the micronutrients, comprising of a group of very important substances known as minerals and vitamins. Read on to know the most important vitamins and minerals that your body needs and the role they play.

Vitamin A: Essential for healthy eyes, general growth and development and glowing skin. These are found in carrots, sweet potatoes and oranges.
Vitamin B: These are essential for iron absorption, improved immunity and production of energy. Whole grains and unprocessed foods and vegetables like lentils, potatoes, bananas, yeast and molasses are good sources of these vitamins.
Vitamin C: Required for iron absorption, blood clotting, elastic skin and antioxidant function. Found in good amounts in citrus fruits, guava, kiwi, grapefruits, strawberries, etc.
Vitamin D: Extremely important for bone development, these are found in eggs, mushrooms and fish.
Vitamin E: It improves the blood circulation and reduces free radicals, which is essential for cancer protection. Almonds, nuts, tomatoes and sunflower seeds are good sources of vitamin E.
Vitamin K: It is very essential for the process of blood coagulation, these are found in spinach, broccoli, kale and other green vegetables.
Iron: Very essential ingredient for blood formation and muscle building, clams, oysters, soybeans, lentils and spinach are great sources of iron.
Calcium: Most important ingredient, as it helps in the formation of teeth and bones, dairy products, tofu and cheese are very good sources.
Zinc: A key ingredient essential for overall growth, immunity and fertility, spinach, beans, oysters and dark chocolate carry a good amount of Zinc.
Folic acid: Essential for iron absorption, cell regeneration, and in pregnancy for healthy development of the baby. Green leafy vegetables, asparagus, peas, seeds, nuts, lentils, beets, corn, etc. are good sources.
Trace minerals like iodine, manganese, copper, fluoride, selenium and chromium are also essential but in very small amounts. While these are not the only essential vitamins and minerals, these are the most important ones. The quantities of these substances required on a daily basis are very small, but critical for functions listed above. In addition, some of them also help in releasing free radicals, which provides protection against cancer and chronic inflammation. This helps prevent chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

An important point to consider is while there are multiple supplements available in the market today to make sure you get all of these nutrients, try to eat a wholesome meal and get these through natural sources to the maximum extent possible. The natural foods are the best source, and supplements should be used only when these cannot be obtained naturally.
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Pros and Cons of Female Condoms

M.D.Medicine, Diploma in Diabetology
Sexologist, Jaipur
Pros and Cons of Female Condoms
Female condoms are generally pouches made of latex and polyurethane, which are used by women during sex in order to prevent pregnancy and thereby reduce the chances of infection by sexually transmitted diseases. Each end of these pouches are made of rings that are flexible. They should be inserted deep inside the vagina before sex is initiated and held in the position by utilizing the rings available at the closed end while the rings which are at the open end remain outside the vagina during sex.

Even though it can be safely used by most people, some women would find female condoms to be an inappropriate form of contraception and would not feel comfortable with their genital areas being touched. Thus, it is very important that the appropriate form of contraception be considered for you and your partner. Condoms should be used correctly. In case of need for extra protection, other options of contraception should be considered.

Pros of female condoms
1. Since the exchange of bodily fluids, such as semen and vaginal fluid is prevented, female condoms aid in offering protection against many sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV.

2. Condoms can prove to be reliable pregnancy averting methods if they are properly and consistently used.

3. Female condoms are only needed during the time of sex. Any form of advance preparation is not required, hence making them suitable for unplanned sex.

4. Prescriptions are not needed

5. The condoms are usually small in size, disposable as well as easy to carry

6. Usually, using condoms does not show any medical side effects.

7. Insertion of female condoms can be done up to a duration of eight hours before sex. The responsibility for utilizing condoms properly should be shared by the woman as well as the partner.

Cons of female condoms
1. Even though condoms are generally very strong, they are prone to splitting or tearing in case of improper use.

2. Availability of female condoms pales in comparison to the male counterparts and they are usually more expensive.

3. The outer ring might produce a cumbersome feeling.
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Low Sperm Count - How Can You Get Pregnant?

MBBS
Gynaecologist, Gurgaon
Low Sperm Count - How Can You Get Pregnant?
Couples often experience a decrease in fertility because the man has troubles with his sperm count. Majority of infertility cases are due to low sperm count in men.A low sperm count can be established through the observation of a semen sample in a laboratory to check whether the sperm count available in the sample enough or not. However, it is still possible to attain pregnancy with low sperm levels.

Natural ways of improving sperm count

Plan your sex routine with your spouse at the time when she is ovulating; a woman is most fertile from the 9th to the 15th day of her menstrual cycle.
The testicle positioning outside of the body is to ensure that the sperm is made at a lower temperature than the normal body temperature. Therefore, men with low sperm count should avoid wearing tight underwear and exposure to hot tubs and sauna that can increase the testicular temperature.
A healthy diet and drinking lots of water also help increase the sperm count. Men with low sperm count should eat plenty of foods rich in protein and high-quality fat. They should avoid fast foods, sugary foods, alcohol, street drugs and cigarettes as well.
Having moderate exercise regularly also enhances the sperm count. Ensure to wear light loose clothing during the exercise to avoid increasing temperatures around the testicles that will lower the production of the sperm count.
Medical ways of increasing sperm count

One must seek medical intervention from a doctor to boost their sperm count. IUI involves getting a semen sample, washing it before inserting directly into the uterus through a catheter that is connected to the cervix. IVF involves fertilizing the eggs and sperm in a Petri dish before implanting inside a woman's uterus. Medical methods should only be sought when natural methods have proven unsuccessful. Always seek your doctor's advice before selecting a method for effectiveness.
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Ginger (Adrak) - 6 Reasons Why You Must Eat It!

BAMS, M-CSEPI, M.Ayu.D, Dipl.EMS
Sexologist, Pune
Ginger (Adrak) - 6 Reasons Why You Must Eat It!
In the realm of Ayurvedic medicine, ginger is considered as a wonder root. Its medicinal purposes are many and it never fails to heal some of the most common to the more serious diseases. Ginger can be consumed raw, with other foods, or in a paste form. It is regularly used in most of the dishes that you consume on a daily basis because of its medicinal values. Here are some of the most important values that ginger has, due to which it is considered to be one of the most cherished remedy in Ayurveda.

Anti-histamine properties: Often people get allergies to dust, pollens, dirt, and other impurities in the air. These allergies can be prolonged and the person suffers a lot. When you experience a bout of allergy, it is best to consume ginger in any form. Its anti -histamine properties help in reducing the allergic reaction and relieve the patient of the sufferings.
Stimulates digestion: Ginger is a regular herb used in every meal - mostly in the form of paste and at times as chopped pieces. This is because it aids the release of bile juices from the gall bladder, which in turn promotes smooth digestion.
Cancer: According to the researches carried out at Michigan University, it has been concluded that ginger powder has the ability to kill many cancer-causing cells. It is specially recommended to be consumed by medical practitioners if you suffer from lung, prostate, ovarian, and breast cancer.
Morning sickness: At times, you experience morning sickness with a heavy head and a bout of nausea. This mostly occurs when you are pregnant. In such circumstances, consuming ginger provides the necessary vitamin B6 to your body. This helps you to stabilise your condition in the morning and reduce weakness, laziness, and nausea.
Inflammation: Ginger root has anti-inflammatory properties, which help in reducing inflammation of any kind in the body. This means that whenever you have any kind of inflammation, you are asked to consume ginger so that the swelling and pain subsides to a considerable amount.
Menstrual cramps: Cramps are very common in women during their menstruation. To reduce the pain and cramps, ginger tea is often given to them. It is said that consuming ginger regularly during periods helps in reducing the pain and cramps that are associated with it.
In a gist, these are some of the essential qualities of ginger. These are the reasons as to why ginger is often consumed daily and seen as a home remedy as well.
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