Stay healthy without trying

The best kind of health is when you do something effortless that you didn’t even know was healthy. Tell me if I’m wrong here, but today it seems like we need to do a million things to stay healthy. The day should start with a ginger shot and hot lemon water, followed by an hour long walk, to later hit some weights in the gym. Have a green protein smoothie for breakfast together with a thousand “superfoods”, and finish your day with yoga and meditation. Not to mention we have to keep a journal and write down our gratitude and goals every day. I prefer when you’re just healthy without trying.

If you’re doing this everyday I salute you, but for the normal person, living like this every day is not sustainable. But, my dear friends, to be healthy doesn’t need to be this detailed and specific. Health is actually pretty simple, and there’s so many things you can do every day without even realizing that you’re healthy. Get ready to bathe in the fountain of health, because here are some saucy hacks that you can start doing today!

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Wake and hydrate

No wake and bake here, but wake and get that water in! Make it a habit to go straight to the tap every morning and chug down 1-2 glasses of water. Well, if you’re like me and usually need to take a pee-pee the first thing in the morning, do that first…please. Drinking a glass of water takes you about 30 seconds extra every morning, and I know you can afford that for your health. Hydration is a major key, as DJ Khaled would say. We’re basically made of water, and if our hydration isn’t in place, everything will feel kinda off.

Add some color to your plate

Eat whatever you love to eat, just make sure you add some veggies to your meals. Yes, I’m telling you to eat your pizza, snack on your chips, just also incorporate some greens or veggies sticks in between those bites. We know that veggies are good for us, and somehow we’ve got the misconception that we have to stop eating other foods just because we eat our veggies. This is not true! As long as you’re incorporating more colors onto your plate, you’re winning!

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Move your feet

Walking is one of the most natural forms of movement for us humans,.The problem today is that we don’t do enough of it. If you think I’m going to tell you to “get those 10 000” steps in, you’re wrong! If you can get in 10 000 steps a day that’s amazing, but any movement is better than no movement! Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, walk to the grocery store, park a few minutes away from your destination and walk! Even on those days where you’re just too lazy for your own good and order take out straight to the door, at least make the effort to go outside to meet your carrier. he doesn’t need to come all the way to your door step.

Get up, stand up

If you have a sedentary 9-5 job, you’re most likely squishing down your juicy ass most of the day. Get a standing desk and bless the office with a better view of your beautiful behind. I mean as long as people aren’t being creepy of course! The simple action of standing up is way better for our health than sitting down, especially for long periods of time. If you don’t feel ready to give the standing life your full 8 hours, start out by standing at least a few hours each day.

Gratitude

You don’t have to write down your daily gratitude’s in a journal each day, but you should at least say them out loud at least think about them hard enough. We are so blessed with a lot of things if we really start to think about them. If we step into life with a grateful mindset we are more likely to be healthy, have a better understanding for different people, and to be less irritable and stressed.

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Get off the grid

Sleep is one of the most important things for us and we know this very well. What we are not as good at is actually prioritizing it. I feel like I talk about sleep in almost every blog post, but man, it’s major importante!! What I like to do when it’s time for sleepy time is to get of the grid during my nighttime hibernation. By this I mean turn your phone in to airplane mode and don’t put it back on until you’re stepping out the door the next morning. This will make you sleep without any disruptions and it will also help you get more efficient in the morning.

Brush your teeth

Now you might be thinking, dear woman, how nasty do you think we are? Of course you should brush your teeth. This isn’t rocket science? I know that you guys aren’t a bunch of nasty asses (or at least I hope you’re not), and that you probably brush your teeth two times a day. But, I want you to really take care of your sweet fangs. Floss them, brush them, mouthwash them. Your oral health is way more important to your overall health than you might think. Our body is so connected in every way, that if one thing is off, it can severely affect the other. So keep that mouth fresh and clean!

Phone a friend

Tell the people you love that they’re awesome. Send a weird GIF to your friend, grab coffee with them, phone your mom or siblings. Make sure to have some social interaction everyday. No matter how much of a lone wolf you might be, we all benefit from social interactions, how small or how big they might be.

Laugh

While you might not be able to force a legit hard laugh, try to at least fake one everyday. At least a smile. Move those lips into a little grin! Laughing, smiling, or grinning are all a easy mood boosting hack. “A happy wife is a happy life”, but I would say that “happy people are a happy world”. I know, there was no saucy rhymes in that line what so ever, but I’m not Busta Rhymes. Don’t expect too much of me.

Health shouldn’t be this complex thing that set us up for failure. True health is something you can keep up with on a daily basis, because in the long run it’s the small daily efforts that actually make a difference. I hope you enjoyed this tips and get out there, grab life by the balls, and live your best, healthiest life!

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Biohack your body for better health

Imagine if you could insert a chip into your brain to achieve the impossible? Would you do it? Day by day, we are moving towards a more technological world and the integration between man and machine is inevitable. Star Trek might become reality, guys! I’m pretty sure you’ve stumbled across the term biohacking, the ability to hack our biology to perform at maximum levels. The thought of installing a chip into your brain might seem a bit too much, but there are ancient, more natural ways to biohack your body for better health.

What is biohacking

It’s hard to put a definite definition to biohacking, but what it essentially comes down to is the process of improving our body in some shape or form. The goal with biohacking is to increase our energy, increase our physical performance through the change of our chemistry and biology. As mentioned earlier in the post, some people do it by changing up their diet and lifestyle, and others go all-in with technology. Whichever option tickles your fancy better, here are some tips you can try naturally.

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How to biohack safely

Since the goal of the biohacking mission is to change our biology, we need to think about what’s currently safe and what’s not. The absolute best way to check this is with a simple blood test. Simple and simple aren’t quite the right words coming out of my mouth since I’m the biggest cry baby when it comes down to taking a blood test… But, for your other brave-hearted people, a blood test is the easiest way to start your biohacking journey.

Your blood work will give you the foundation of where your vitamin levels are at, and it will also act as a blueprint if the biohacking is working or not. I mean, keeping track of your vitamin levels is never a bad idea.

The different types of biohacking

Biohacking has levels to it, as mentioned it ranges from simple lifestyle changes to programming technology into your fabulous body.

Nutrigenomics

You could possibly already figure out what nutrigenomics refers to by reading the name, yup, it refers to the nutritional science about how our bodies react to the food we eat. Keep in mind that whenever we are talking about food, every person reacts differently, and because of this we can’t pinpoint a “one size fits all” diet. We can do a generalization scan and talk about the foods that work for most people, but to start creating your personal diet plan, you’ll have to make that vein in your arm say adios amigos to some blood (by taking a blood test).

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DIY Biohacking

Not as simple as arts and crafts, but DIY biohacking refers to people who do experiments on themselves in uncontrolled environments. This refers to experiments that are not conducted in labs or medical facilities. I want to salute these people for being brave bunnies, and testing our different theories on themselves, but please don’t go out there and start experimenting on yourself before you know what you’re doing. I don’t want to get accused of bad peer pressure.

Grinder

No, I am not referring to the gay dating app. What grinder means in the biohacking sphere is the most “extreme” form of biohacking. The one where you put in technology into your body.

How to biohack your body for better health

Alright, now when we have the boring theory part out of the way, it’s time to get down with the really interesting part – how we can biohack ourselves for better health. I will not talk about DIY or Grinder hacks because of obvious reasons. If you’re into that, you’re just a Google search away from exploring the unknown. Or maybe join a DIY biohacking group? Yes, they do exist. Look it up on father Google.

Food allergies

One of the best things you could do for your health is to find out your food allergies (if any) and say adios to them. By taking a blood test you can easily get a report of what food allergies you have. But if you’re a weakling like me, you could also dry the elimination diet. What this means is that you start eliminating the major food allergens such as gluten, soy, and dairy. After about 3-4 week you start introducing one of these foods into your diet again and pay attention to how they make you feel.

I know that it sounds like a lot of effort, but the benefits are huge. Once you know if you have any allergies you can move on with your life feeling way more energized and generally more satisfied with your life. Of course, it will hurt to have to give up some of your favorite foods, trust me I KNOW! I’ve discovered that I’m gluten and soy sensitive. Yup, I had to break up with my dearest wheat bread and pasta, and turn to gluten-free or wheat-free options. And when it comes to the soy, keep my tofu and faux meat consumption to a minimum.

But then again, I’m human, just like you and everyone slips up now and then. That’s OKAY! As long as you don’t eat these trigger foods daily, you’ll still improve your health tremendously.

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Intermitted fasting

You are what you eat but did you know that when you eat also can have an impact on your overall wellbeing? Eating past 7 pm has long been a “no go” in the health industry, but it’s not that kind of “when” I’m talking about. By the way, this 7 pm myth can be thrown out the window.

Fasting has significant health benefits for us. Controlling our insulin, increasing our energy, and stabilizing our ghrelin (the hunger hormone) and leptin (fullness hormone) are just a few of the amazing things fasting does for us. And no, you don’t have to go without food for days or restrict your calories like crazy. Fasting has found a sweet middle ground. You’ve probably come across the term “intermitted fasting” which refers to fasting for 16 hours and eating during an 8-hour window. Well, technically you can adjust your fasting period to how long you want. Some people do 18, or even 20 hours of fasting with a 6 hour, or 4-hour eating window. The 16:8 rule is the most common one and probably the easiest one to start with.

Try to experiment with intermitted fasting, and you should at least let your digestive system rest for 12 hours every day. If you think about it, that’s not that crazy. Let’s say you eat dinner at 7 pm, then you only have to hold your hunger to 7 am (12 hours) or 11 am (16 hours). Try it out and see how your body feels. Remember, it will take some time to adjust.

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Don’t sleep on sleep

Sleep, sleep, sleep. We know that sleep is one of the most important things for our health, yet it’s the first one to get deprioritized when we have a lot to do. Getting your beauty sleep is more than just looking pretty, it’s essential for health. Ways to biohack sleep? Get more of it! Get your 7-9 hours and make sure to get into the deep sleep every night. If you’re a night owl like me you just got to change up your circadian rhythm. Wake up early, get moving during the day, and find ways that work for you to rewind your mind before bedtime.

Throw the processed foods in the trash

I’ve mentioned this over and over in previous blog posts, but processed and refined foods are the devil to our body. Whatever diet you may follow (vegan, keto, vegetarian) make sure to stick to whole, real foods in their most natural form. Also, make sure to get those plants in! Turn that 5-a day into 6- a day! Fruits, vegetables, and berries are essential to our health and brain function. Limit the refined sugars, read the food labels, and become more aware of what you’re putting in your body. Yes, I want you to become that person who is hunching over the food labels in the grocery store. Own your label reading hunch!

Clear your mind

The mind is just as, if not even more important when it comes to improving our health. Our thoughts, our environment, and how we respond to it all play a role in our health, and we can all biohack the shit out of it!

Meditation is the secret sauce (and it doesn’t contain any hidden sugar) to put your mind in check. I have to admit that I’m not an expert in the meditation field. I’ve tried several times but failed. What I have realized though is that I’m able to get into the meditative state in other ways than the traditional “legs crossed, sitting in silence” – position. While commuting, during exercise, and by listening to low stimulating beats I manage to get into that clear space where I forget about time and space.

Find your way to meditate and if you need a helping hand there’s a ton of apps you can download to get a little pat in the right direction.

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What to think about

By now you have a little more knowledge about this biohacking world. But, just like with everything else health-related you have to find the things that work for your body. In the end, we are all unique and the best biohacking you can do is to check yourself before you hack yourself. Getting to know our body takes time, I know. But health that lasts a lifetime isn’t a quick fix. It’s about trial an error, learning to accept yourself, and learning to admit to yourself and others what works best for you.

I’m personally fine with just changing up my lifestyle a little bit to reap these benefits, but when I’ve done the proper research about integrating technology into our bodies, and it’s maybe a bit more mainstream, then hell yes! I’ll be the first one to jump on board the biohacking train!

https://www.tonyrobbins.com/health-vitality/biohacking-for-beginners/

https://www.healthline.com/health/biohacking#types

https://www.vogue.com.au/beauty/wellbeing/everything-to-know-about-biohacking-your-diet/news-story/b82a6438ead54d3552068e87ccbe9e66

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Are orgasms healthy?

Let’s talk about the one topic every human finds interesting. No matter if you’re black, white, tall, short, boy, a girl or a nun we all sharpen our ears a little bit harder when sex is the topic of discussion. Since we all essentially came from sex, and we all sooner or later will develop an interest in it (you know, hello there evolution), it can be interesting to see if there are any health benefits to it, and especially, are orgasms healthy?

What is an orgasm?

Well, we all know that an orgasm is the peak of sexual pleasure. The grand finale, the climax, the part where we afterward say something awkward like “high five dude!”, or “that was cool”. Or if you’re riding solo you might just high five yourself.

What we first associate orgasms with is the genitalia pleasure, but actually, it all takes place in the brain. And, believe it or not, it’s absolutely possible to achieve an orgasm without having anyone touching you at all. No, I’m serious. What about that trip, huh? Casually strolling down the street, and then bam!!

To be fair, everything we do is connected to our brains, so that an orgasm shouldn’t take place in the brain would be kinda weird. During the orgasm itself, our brains enter party mode x 1000. With an overload of dopamine released to your body, the brain is bouncing up and down like an energizer bunny. If the brain during orgasm was a person, you’d want to bring this guy to every single rave. Besides the release of dopamine the brain also flushes out a stream of oxytocin through our bodies, which we will get more in to below.

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What are the health benefits of orgasms, are there any?

Okay, so now let’s get into the fun part! Are there actual health benefits to reaching the big O more than just feeling pretty awesome? Continue reading and you’ll find out!

Glowing skin

Since an orgasm pretty much is an overdose of feel-good hormones, our stress levels go down significantly. And since stress and anxiety can be a cause of aging skin, I do recommend that you take a quick break once in a while during stressful times and gett off a little. Think “The wolf of wall street”, they made it pretty clear that if you don’t get off once in a while you’ll burn out.

During sex, and an orgasm our blood is flowing like crazy, being able to carry more oxygen to our skin. An increase of oxygen causes collagen production, which, if you have ever read on any anti-aging face cream, is the magic formula for slowing down aging.

For us chicas, we also release HGH – human growth hormone which also helps us obtain our youthful glow. Does this mean that you should go an inject a bunch of growth hormones? Definitely no! Get it the natural way through exercise, and you know, a few orgasms here and there.

Strengthen your heart

Sex is a physical act, you move around, it takes effort, you might break a sweat, your heart gets pumping, basically it’s a form of exercise. Obviously, the more work you put in, the more you’ll burn during a steamy session. And to be honest, you’ll probably have more fun as well. Movement and exercise are all part of the healthy heart formula, so get on that high horse to not only feel good but to make your heart stronger and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as well.

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Become closer

So, ever wondered why sex can cause a slight obsession with your partner after reaching orgasm? It’s because of the oxytocin released during the big O. Oxytocin is a hormone that causes us to bond and get closer to each other. During childbirth and breastfeeding, oxytocin is released as well, which explains the attachment a mother feels towards her child.

And ladies, I know that we can sometimes become a bit crazy, and we have all heard guys tell stories about “that crazy girl” after sex. Not to say acting crazy is a woman thing only, guys also have some crazy in them! But, women do have a stronger reason for it, since the release of oxytocin continues to get released even after the orgasm itself, while it in men just happens during the orgasm.

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Cure your cold

Maybe getting down and dirty might not be the top priority when you’re down with the sniffles, but if you do manage to convince your partner to get a little frisky the orgasm comes with a lot of nice benefits. I mean, if you don’t have a partner you might as well get it on by yourself!

Again, the release of oxytocin also spikes the endorphin levels in our blood which strengthens our immune system. Besides that an orgasm also lets you sleep like a baby, which we all know is the best medicine to treat a cold.

That an orgasm comes with health benefits shouldn’t come as a major surprise. In the end, it’s nature’s way of leading us towards more reproduction, which from an evolutionary standpoint we need to do for survival. It’s such a natural phenomenon that has made taboo by modern humans and religion. Interesting and weird at the same time.

No matter what, it’s something we all like, love even! So own your orgasm and make sure you get them in as a part of your health routine!

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/orgasm-benefits#boost-of-estrogen

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5052677/

https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-what-happens-to-your-brain-when-you-orgasm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15316239