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06 Dec

        2018 will be ending soon and some of us are still waiting for their Pie upgrades for the Android phones. Sad to say, not all Android phones with Nougat and Oreo operating systems will have an Android Pie upgrade.

        Android Pie has already launched months ago, specifically, 6 August 2018 and the first people to get an upgrade are those individuals who possess a Google Pixel phone since Google owns Android. These are the Google Pixel phones that had the first taste of Android Pie:

  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL

        Also, Essential phones were also the first recipient of Android Pie operating systems. Essential Products company was fortunate to have Andy Rubin as its founder since he is also the co-founder of the Android operating system.

        Aside from these phones, there are only a few confirmed updates for selected phones. Not all brands of phones will have an Android Pie upgrade before the year 2018 ends. Some of the phones that were confirmed to have an upgrade are the following:

  • HTC 12+
  • HTC U11
  • HTC U11+
  • HTC U11 Life
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10
  • Porsche Design Mate RS
  • Honor 10
  • Honor View 10
  • Honor Play
  • Motorola One
  • Motorola One Power
  • Moto Z3
  • Moto Z3 Play
  • Moto Z2 Force Edition
  • Moto Z2 Play
  • Moto X4
  • Moto G6 Plus
  • Moto G6
  • Moto G6 Play
  • Nokia 3
  • Nokia 5
  • Nokia 6 (2017)
  • Nokia 6.1 (2018)
  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Nokia 8
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco
  • OnePlus 6
  • OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus 5T
  • OnePlus 3
  • OnePlus 3T
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

Samsung is not on the list because they will have the roll-out of Android Pie at the start of next year.

So what are the essential features of the Android Pie?

        The most important aspect of a phone, for the author of this article, is the battery. Without the battery, just like in a car, it will not run. Even if you have the most notable features and remarkable downloaded apps on your phone, weak battery implies weak phone.

        The good news is that Android 9.0 Pie has enhanced its battery life by having an adaptive battery which means this feature is learning how you use your smartphone and adapts on your usage by keeping apps in the background which is part of the background restrictions feature.

        This is very useful for gamers who use a lot of battery life when gaming. The battery saver mode will also be noticeable again which was featured in the previous Oreo version but this time, a slider can be used to adjust what percentage of the battery they want this feature to use.

        Regarding adaptive features, one of the most remarkable features for the Android Pie is the adaptive brightness feature wherein the system will automatically detect your preferred brightness conditions in various scenarios and adjusts the brightness based on what the Android Pie system have learned from your constant activities.

        Another battery feature is the battery life estimate which will show you the estimated time that the battery will endure based on your current routine. This feature can also be seen on the Settings menu which is accessible by swiping down the menu from any screen and then tapping the settings icon.

        It is also extraordinary that Android Pie was developed with machine learning features since such innovations adapt to how we adjust our phone settings as well as how we use our mobile applications resulting in smarter performance. This machine knowledge is truly amazing since it can learn our ways and adjust the phone based on our own actions.

        In relation to this, the App Actions feature can already predict what your action will be since the phone has already learned what you will do which was based on what you have done before.

        Notifications on the Android Pie will be manageable since every time you get a notification, you can tap Manage notifications feature and you will immediately see the most recent apps and toggle notifications.

        This is also true for the message notifications wherein you can use smart replies which are canned responses that are generated based on the contents of the incoming text. These smart replies can be easily accessed when you tap one of the three options on the message notifications.

        The enhanced GPS feature adds smarter performance since any application that you frequently use will pop up in the apps menu which can be reached by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

        Predicted actions are also useful when you use headphones especially after plugging them in, the system will automatically show a playlist or an app it assumes you want to use and this is still based on the frequent app that you choose whenever you are using a headphone.

        The Android Pie system can also predict your usual activities most of the times like showing a Maps navigation for the address you always input or open a new browser tab or even WhatsApp a friend.

        There is also a Digital Wellbeing dashboard feature which monitors your phone usage including how many times you access a specific app. It will show you how many times you unlock your phone, how many notifications you receive, and even how many times you open an app including the amount of screen time for each app.

        There is also a Wind Down mode included in this dashboard for you to set your phone when you are already in the mood to sleep. Your phone will fade to gray until the time you set it back to your usual mode again. Along with this mode, the Do Not Disturb mode is also enhanced with notifications that can be customized and visual notifications are added aside from the accustomed sound alert notifications.

        With regards to phone security, Play Protect will display your security status.

        You can access this feature on the Security and Location settings where you can also turn on Lockdown safety feature preventing fingerprint unlocking or you can turn off Smart Lock and even dismiss notifications from showing on the lock screen mode. This is a striking feature since this can prevent unwanted accessing of your phone by anyone including breaching your fingerprint sensor.

        Other security features include Protected Confirmation and Strong Box features which can be useful for saving encryption keys. Idle apps will not be able to access the camera or microphone without your permission which is very useful when it comes to private surfing and web traffic.

        The Bluetooth also received enhancements that combined improved audio and video synchronization. This enhanced feature can also pair with multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneously and Android Pie system can even remember the volume you used with any Bluetooth device.

        Aside from these enhancements, high-definition movies will look more bright and sharper coupled with clearer audio. Photo compression was also improved decreasing the storage problems you always encounter for your phone.

        The Screenshot feature which normally just saves your screenshot file after snapping it by holding down power and volume-down buttons simultaneously was also enhanced. You can have the option to share it or edit it by using editing tools including cropping, pen, highlighter, undo, and redo features.

        Other notable enhancements include the mobile hotspot feature which can automatically turn off when there are no connected devices on your phone. Guest accounts can also be added so that you will not have to worry about the apps that others will be using. This feature is very effective for Android Pie tablets with multiple users.

        The Wi-Fi Round Trip Time is an added bonus for the Google Maps feature since the navigation will be more precise especially in malls and carparks. It also supports GPS trigger features especially for those with smart home devices that automatically turns on a light whenever you enter.

        These are just some of the remarkable Android 9.0 Pie features which will improve the power of using your Android phone. Truly, technology has its own way of rectifying previous issues encountered by Android users.

03 Dec

Everyone has bad days. If you failed an exam, did not get hired for a job, got stood up by a date, or missed your train, you sometimes can’t help but feel like the world is working against you. How do you rise from these situations and stop them from getting to you? What can you do to manage your mood and remain productive in life?

  1. Take a deep breath.

If faced with a challenge, you should remain calm and not do anything that you will regret later on. Stay put. Inhale and exhale. Take a few minutes to clear your mind and let your emotions settle down, before deciding what to do next. Rushing into things while you are all fired up may only make the situation worse.

  1. Think happy thoughts.

Every time you start feeling down, try to remember some positive memories from your past to help make you feel better. It can be that time you won an award, finished a marathon, completed a difficult hiking trail, had your first child, or got a promotion at work. If you are able to block the negativity, you can move forward to accomplish more things.

  1. Do not run away from your problems.

Problems do not automatically disappear. They have to be dealt with and fixed for you to be totally rid of them. Oftentimes, guilt, anxiety, and other negative emotions can be too heavy of a burden to carry, and until you make things right, you will be in a terrible mood and mindset for a very long time.

  1. Get enough sleep.

Sleep plays a crucial role in how your body functions. According to medical experts, everyone should get around 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night to allow the body to recuperate and recharge for the day ahead. If you lack sleep, your brain will not be able to perform at its best, and this can significantly affect your mood.

  1. Eat healthy.

The kinds of food that you eat are also a contributing factor to your mood. If you consume so much junk food, alcohol, and other foods high in sugar and fats, you are prone to developing various types of diseases that can trigger signs and symptoms. The pains and discomforts can turn your mood around and leave you feeling all negative. Thus, swap your chips and sodas with fruits and vegetables for a healthier mind and body.

  1. Exercise.

Exercising makes your body release hormones that make you feel good. The more you exercise, the more you get these positive feelings. Therefore, get into a regular exercise routine as soon as possible. You can start by running around the block for about 20 minutes on your days off, walking your dog every morning or night, or taking the stairs more often in school or at work.

  1. Pursue your hobbies and interests.

Doing something that you enjoy can help elevate your mood. If you like to learn new languages, why not enroll yourself in a language class? This will not only expand your knowledge, but also allow you to meet new people. If you like to cook, why not whip up new recipes in your kitchen? You not only give yourself opportunities to enjoy delicious dishes, you also can have a much needed bonding time with friends or family over dinner you yourself prepared.

  1. Be around people.

Alone time gives you the chance to reflect on yourself and your life. However, it can hamper your personal growth and social relationships if you do it so much. Human beings are social creatures, so developing bonds with others are integral to survive. If you feel hopeless and miserable, you should not hesitate to call a friend or family member to hang out with and help you get out of that rut. Dedicate at least a day or two of your month to grab lunch or dinner to catch up with people you trust.

  1. Stay off of social media.

Many studies have found that spending too much time on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms can contribute to depression. Oftentimes, upon seeing photos of your friends on their Europe vacation, with their new houses and cars, and grinning ear-to-ear with their families, you can’t help but feel inadequate, like your life is so pathetic. You forget that these photos depict only a small percentage of their lives, and they are very likely dealing with problems too. You fail to realize that these websites mostly feature the best highlights of people’s lives.

  1. Listen to music.

Music can affect your feelings and emotions. So, create a playlist of your favorite songs, and listen to it while you are working, doing household chores, or driving. Choose upbeat, feel-good tunes to put you in a good mood.

  1. Go outside.

Spend more time outdoors to breathe fresh air and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. A change in environment can help drive those negative thoughts away. In addition to that, you can get more oxygen into your body and boost your brain performance, and enjoy a good supply of vitamin D for a better looking skin.

  1. Clean your house.

Just like exercising, cleaning is a physically demanding task that makes your body release happy hormones. By vacuuming the entire house, scrubbing your toilets, polishing your kitchen counters, and rearranging your furniture, you get a burst of positivity, and feel energized and refreshed.

  1. Consult a medical professional.

Mental health problems require proper medical attention. They cannot be cured just by staying positive or smiling more often. They are caused by chemical imbalances in your body that can only be fixed by therapy and medications. If you find yourself in a bad mood so often, and feel down from the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, you should see a doctor as soon as possible, as you might have something serious that needs to be taken care of right away.

23 Nov

Many men think that fashion is not for them. In their opinion, looking nice and smart is like a math problem that just brings headaches and confusion, and only a few are good at. What they do not realize is that there is not one strict rule on how to look stylish. You do not need high-end suits, luxury brand shoes, and expensive accessories. You can look nice and smart even without having to spend so much.

How to dress better and sharper

Below are some quick and easy steps that can help you on your journey to being a well-dressed gentleman:

Get rid of clothes you have not worn in more than a year.

Do not let your closet get filled with stuff that you are not using. On your day off, dedicate a few hours rummaging through your boxes and luggage in there to see if there are things that you can throw out. Your high school P.E. sweats? Your tattered Halloween costume from 5 years ago? Those commemorative shirts from a local event? Unless they hold meaning to you, they are pretty much not worth a single inch of space in your wardrobe. If you want, you can pick out those that are still in good condition, keep them in a separate box, and donate them.

Quality over quantity.

Does the thought of spending more than a hundred dollars on a pair of shoes freak you out? Would you rather go for something that is only around 25 bucks? Unfortunately, most often than not, products that cost less are also of lower quality. They may not create as big of a dent in your wallet as compared to a popular, more expensive brand, but they also may not last as long. As a result, you end up buying a new one more times than you need to, and, in the end, actually wasting a lot more money.

Experiment with colors.

A lot of men like to play safe in their fashion choices, and usually just stick with black, brown, and gray clothing items. There is nothing wrong with. But, if you want to up your style, you have to take a risk, and introduce other hues and shades to your outfits. A little bit of red, yellow, blue, or orange here and there will not hurt. Depending on the situation, it can work really well and help make you stand out.

Wear more prints.

Be adventurous. Diversify your wardrobe with shirts with prints and patterns. It can be a bit scary at first, but wearing something other than plains will give you a more interesting and bolder appearance. You can get floral shirts, striped pants, animal print ties, or shaded shoes to transform yourself into a preppier and trendier version of you.

Buy good fitting clothes.

Forget the days when loose and baggy clothes were the craze. These days, good fitting shirts and pants are in, and they can make you look nice and smart. Even with just a plain, white t-shirt, as long as it hugs your body perfectly, you can confidently walk in to any situation, and exude that confidence that you did not know you had in you all along.

A good pair of jeans is your friend.

Whether frayed, patched, fringed, or regular, a pair of jeans offers versatility and flexibility in your style. It can be worn with plain or printed tops, closed shoes or sandals, or with or without a jacket, and works for any time of the year. For less than 50 bucks, you can find different good quality brands that should last you many years.

Improving your overall appearance

Being elegant, fashionable, and stylish is more than just the clothes. You also have to take care of other aspects about yourself to fully transform into your best gentlemanly self.

Get into a healthy skincare routine.

If your acne and pimple problems from puberty follow you into adulthood, it can be quite self-esteem crushing. However, you should not give up that easily. You should know and understand that you can do something about these blemishes. Every time you stand in front of the mirror, tell yourself that you have to do your part in giving your skin a radiant and vibrant glow. Wash your face in the morning, and before you go to bed. Do not be embarrassed about using facial creams, toners, moisturizers, and the likes. There are facial care products that are specially made for men’s skin. If you have more severe skin issues, see a dermatologist to get these taken care of as soon as possible.

Pay attention to your hair.

Even though you are dressed to the nines, your look will not be complete without the perfect hairstyle. It is important that you do not look like you just rolled out of the bed, and cannot be bothered with even with just running a comb through your hair. Do some research on what hair products are recommended for your hair type. Visit the salon to get the right kind of haircut for your face. If you are dealing with dandruff and other similar problems, do not hesitate to consult a doctor to remedy it right away.

Fix your posture.

Do you tend to slouch when sitting? Do you spend hours and hours hunching over your computer keyboard? Do you frequently feel back aches and pains? Bad posture is a common problem in men and women. It puts extra strain on the muscles, joints, and bones that keep your spinal column in place. Moreover, it presses your internal organs closer to each other, resulting to disruptions in their performances and functions. It causes various discomforts, such as difficulty in breathing and inability to digest food properly. To fix that, you have to practice the proper way to stand and sit. When standing, hold your head up, throw your shoulders back, tuck your stomach in, and straighten your knees. When sitting, your back should be straight, your shoulders back, and your butt touching the lower end of the backrest. You can also start doing stretching exercises, planking, and yoga on a regular basis.

23 Nov

Various daily activities such as working out in the gym, healthy diet and adequate sleep can work wonders for sexual health. Studies show evidence that healthy lifestyle habits have a direct link to your overall bedroom performance, but these are just some of the factors.

If you are using any supplements and medications, they can cause certain effects on your sexual performance and in some cases, result in brief dysfunction. Always remember that even over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements cause some side effects.

Luckily, there are options to help solve these issues to ensure that your sexual activities remain satisfying and always at its peak.

Antidepressants

For those who are going through a “rough” phase and the doctor prescribes an antidepressant, it has an influence on sexual performance. After taking these drugs, you are not in the mood at all for any “bedroom” activity.

These medications stimulate the serotonin receptors while at the same lowering norepinephrine and dopamine which are neurotransmitters that control mood. Although this helps calm the body to aid with depression, the effect also diminishes sexual desire and performance.

What should I do?

If under depression, you might want to add a drug to stimulate performance or try an herbal option. A substitute is adding a counteractive drug such as Viagra which kindles sexual arousal. If depression is minor to moderate, an herbal supplement specifically St. John’s Wort can treat the condition subtly without any side effects and does not alter the brain chemistry significantly.

Blood Pressure Medications

For those with high blood pressure, the doctor might prescribe a beta-blocker which lowers the pressure to a lower level. Although this is beneficial to the heart, it will lower sexual performance.

The medication can alter the blood flow to the sexual organs or disrupt with other physiological properties essential for sexual health such as achieving an erection.

What should I do?

Being able to perform optimally during sexual activity is a big factor for men, but also in maintaining relationships and overall happiness. Since high blood pressure is a dangerous condition if left untreated, there are other medications to use but it is best to consult a doctor first.

Antihistamines

Among those with allergies, an antihistamine is the drug of choice to lessen the undesirable symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes and coughing episodes. Although beneficial to highly sensitive individuals, the medication can briefly cause ejaculatory issues and potentially causing erectile dysfunction.

What should I do?

Luckily, these medications will only calm the symptoms as well as the libido for up to 8 hours without any lingering side effects. Try to listen to your body to determine what it needs the most. In case the libido is not at its “peak”, it is only temporary. If you are in the mood for a bedroom “escapade” tonight, you might skip on your morning dose.

Sudafed

The common cold is likely to occur at any time of the year. After taking an over-the-counter drug to ease the symptoms, you might be surprised that you seem “out of tune”. The reason for this is the cold medication you are taking.

Sudafed or any cold medication that contains the active ingredient Pseudoephedrine causes the constriction of the penile vessels, thus resulting in erectile dysfunction.

What should I do?

If the symptoms are minor, you can use home remedies for the sneezing and coughing episodes. After a break from the medication for a few days, your sexual performance will be back on track.

Opioid Pain Medications

Medical conditions and injuries might require an opioid painkiller. Although this medication is only for temporary use during the healing process, it can affect your sexual performance.

The opioid pain medications lower the sensitivity of the body as well as causing a drop in the level of testosterone, resulting in poor libido. It can lead to erectile dysfunction among men. Among those who cannot get enough of the drug and uses one for a long time can end up with detrimental effects on overall sexual health.

What should I do?

If under pain medications briefly for medical issues, consult a doctor regarding another aid to help with performance while completing the prescription. When counteracting pain medications, it is possible to use testosterone injections or another libido boosting drug such as Viagra.

Hormonal Drugs

Men with low levels of testosterone require a hormonal drug to increase the level of the hormone. With testosterone replacement, it can improve overall health and help with various sexual issues such as erectile dysfunction, ejaculation issues, poor libido, and poor sexual performance. Nevertheless, there is a drawback where some men suffer from frequent recurrence of these issues due to the medication.

What should I do?

Since every case of low testosterone varies, consult a doctor regarding the best options before using any medications. Oftentimes, lifestyle changes such as regular exercise or a healthy diet have a beneficial impact on sexual performance.

Recreational Drugs

Although legal in some parts of the world, marijuana and other recreational drugs, as well as alcohol consumption, will not help in any way with your sexual performance.

The drugs can cause impotence due to the alterations in the chemicals necessary to achieve an erection and changes in the flow of blood.

What should I do?

The best approach to maintain peak sexual performance is to limit the use of drugs and alcohol or avoid them entirely.

Bottom line

If you are under some medications and notice a slight or evident decline in your sexual performance, the root cause is certain. Depending on the medications or supplements you are using and their potential effects, there are ways to prevent a decline in your sex drive. If it becomes troublesome, consult a doctor to start the right intervention.

15 Nov

Do you get easily out of breath after walking up a single flight of stairs? Do you experience pain in your knees and ankles after running only a couple hundred meters? Do you often get chest discomforts and feel lightheaded even if you are not doing anything strenuous?

If your answer is YES to all three questions, then you need to get off the couch, turn your TV off, close your laptop, put your phone down, and start moving! You need to start doing cardio exercises for a healthier mind, heart, and body.

Why should you do cardio exercise?

For our bodies to develop strong and healthy muscles, we have to constantly use and move them. If you do cardio exercise, you raise your heart rate, and work one of the most important muscles in the human body — the heart. The more you do cardio, the stronger your heart gets. Your cardiovascular system becomes better at regulating blood and oxygen to the different parts of the body.

How do you prepare for your cardio routine?

It is quite difficult to change habits. It will take a lot of time and effort. It will not happen in the blink of an eye. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, where the most exercise you get in a day is your walk from the couch to the fridge or the bathroom, starting an active and healthy lifestyle seems to be unattainable. How do you even push yourself? Where do you begin?

  1. Understand and accept the fact that there needs to be a lifestyle change.

If you are overweight and out-of-shape, you have to acknowledge that. You are not healthy because you are doing something that contributes to it. Do you eat fastfood multiple times a day? Does it only take you one sitting to finish a large bag of potato chips? How many cans of soda do you consume daily?

You have to make a total overhaul of your diet. You can start slow by doing away with the softdrinks, and drinking only water. In a few weeks, you will notice how removing even just one unhealthy food item from your meals and replacing it with a healthy option leads to a significant change already. If you eliminate fastfoods and junk foods too, and swap them with fruits and vegetables, you will be shedding those extra pounds off and feeling a lot healthier in a shorter period of time.

  1. Choose activities that you enjoy.

For a lot of people, exercising is not fun at all. The thought of going to the gym, being surrounded by workout machines and equipment, and being around sweaty people is so dull and boring. If you think this as well, then why not just do your own thing? You can exercise someplace else, you can workout with no gym equipment at all, and you can exercise on your own, with no one else around, at home.

If you have a pet dog, then walk him or her a couple of blocks a day. If you have a bike, use it to go to the supermarket or commute to work. If you do not mind stairs, then stop taking the elevators and walk up and down those steps as much as possible.

  1. Tell yourself that taking the first step is the hardest.

It is okay to have a tough time jumping into anything new. It can be scary and anxiety-inducing because even though you want it all to work out, you have no clue what will come your way or if you can handle them. You really have to give your all if you are serious about changing your lifestyle, losing weight, and starting a cardio routine.

Because you are a beginner, no one expects you to complete a three-hour cardio training on day 1. That is simply unsustainable and absurd. Do not be pressured and feel that you have to perform well right away. Doing 10 to 15 minutes of running or biking on your first week of exercising is totally fine. Just get off your butt!

  1. Reach out to people that you love and trust.

Embarking on a journey like this will introduce you to lots of obstacles. Along the way, there will be tears and laughter, ups and downs. You will feel like you can do everything and come out victorious one day, then feel like the most useless and pathetic human being the next. It will be a rollercoaster ride, so hold on tight.

With a support group made up of close friends and family that you know will always be there for you, you can take one step at a time, and receive encouragement and find motivation that should help keep you going.

What are the best cardio workouts?

Running is probably the most highly recommended cardio exercise to anyone who wants to start a cardio routine. It is free and does not require any workout equipment. All you need is a good quality pair of running shoes, and you are all set. If you are a beginner, you can start by running at a slow pace around your block for 15 to 30 minutes a day. Then, after every week or so, increase your pace and cover more distance. Doing so allows you to burn more calories, and takes your workout to the next level.

Cycling is another beginner-friendly cardio exercise that workout newbies should try. With a bicycle, you can work not only your heart, but also your legs and thighs, as you pedal. You can start by exploring your neighborhood, and then moving on to hills and other areas with incline for a more challenging course.

Swimming is also an excellent cardio workout that impacts the entire body. When you do laps, your arm, back, core, thigh, and leg muscles are used. You can try different strokes to get to as many muscle groups as possible. Over time, increase your pace to keep your heart and lungs working harder.

10 Nov

Is there a lack of “spark” in the bedroom or the urge to engage in sexual activity seems to be “low”? Most men consider this a low point in their lives and low libido might be one of the culprits.

It is relatively normal to lose interest in sex from time to time and the level of libido tends to vary through life. Generally, it is also normal for a mismatch of interest between partners at certain times to occur. Nevertheless, low libido among men for a long time is an issue for concern. It might also be an indication of an underlying health condition.

Common causes of low libido among men

Depending on the root cause, there are various causes of low libido among men. Some are physical and others psychological, but sometimes it can be both.

Low testosterone

It is important to note that testosterone is a vital male hormone. Among men, the testicles are responsible for producing it. This hormone helps in building bone mass, muscles as well as stimulating the production of sperm. The level of testosterone is also a factor in the sex drive of a person.

The testosterone level is low if it drops below 300-350 ng/dL. Once the level drops, the desire for sex also decreases.

Although the decreasing level is a normal part of the aging process, a significant drop can result in poor libido. Consult a doctor if this is troublesome. You might be given supplements or gels to use to improve the level of testosterone in the body.

Medications

Using certain medications can result in a drop in the testosterone levels which leads to low libido. Some blood pressure medications such as beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors can prevent ejaculations and erections.

If you are experiencing any of these effects of low testosterone, see a doctor. In most cases, the doctor prescribes an alternative drug.

Restless legs syndrome (RLS)

Restless legs syndrome is the overpowering urge to move the legs. In a study, men with this condition face a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction than those without RLS. Remember that erectile dysfunction (ED) arises if a man cannot attain or maintain an erection.

In some studies, it reveals that men who experience episodes of RLS at least 5 times a month are likely to develop ED than men without RLS. Furthermore, men who have frequent episodes of RLS are likely to become impotent.

Depression

Depression causes a big impact on all aspects of life. If a person is experiencing depression, there is an evident loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed including sex.

Low libido is a side effect of some antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Consult a doctor if you are using antidepressants and have low libido. The doctor will deal with the side effects by adjusting the dosage or prescribing a different medication.

Chronic ailments

If you are not feeling well due to a chronic health condition that involves chronic pain, sexual activity is at the bottom of your priority list. Certain conditions such as cancer can cause a drop in the production of sperm since the body focuses on other vital functions to get through the day.

When suffering from a chronic condition, it is best to talk with your partner about ways to be intimate during this period. You should also consider seeing a relationship counselor or sex therapist about the issue.

Alcohol and drugs

Intake of large amounts of alcoholic beverages over a long period can drastically reduce the sex drive. Try to limit the intake if you do not want to lose the drive. Both men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week on a regular basis. Furthermore, incorrect use of drugs also has a connection to a drop in the level of libido.

Sleeping problems

Men suffering from obstructive sleep apnea experience a drop in the level of testosterone. This results in poor sexual activity and libido. In a study, men with a severe case of sleep apnea also have poor levels of testosterone during the night.

Men who have low levels of testosterone also have poor sleep efficiency. It simply means that the drop in the testosterone level has a link with poor sleep, especially among older men.

Aging

The level of testosterone in the body has a link to libido. It reaches its peak among men during their late teens. Remember that men generally notice a difference in their libido level between the ages of 60-65.

Upon reaching the older years, it will take some time to achieve orgasms, ejaculate and reach a state of arousal. Generally, the erections are no longer rigid, and it takes a while for the penis to achieve an erection. However, there are various medications available to treat these issues.

Stress

During scenarios or situations of high pressure, sexual desire might drop. The reason for this is that stress disrupts the hormonal levels in the body. Generally, the arteries constrict when under stress. This narrowing will limit the flow of blood and potentially result in erectile dysfunction.

Bottom line

The treatment for low libido often depends on the treatment of the root cause. There might be a necessity to shift to different medications. If low libido has psychological reasons, consult a professional for relationship counseling.

There are also measures that can help boost the libido. Some of the steps to improve the level of libido include the following:

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Getting enough sleep at night
  • Regular exercise and a healthy diet
  • Stress management

The doctor might suggest therapy if the root cause is psychological. In most instances, low libido might necessitate the need to establish a close connection with your partner. It is not necessarily sexual but intimate. In addition, it is also best to talk with a therapist, either alone or with your partner.

There are several measures to improve low libido. Generally, it starts with a healthy lifestyle to restore the body on the right track and eventually enjoying a satisfying sexual experience.

01 Nov

            Coronary artery disease is one of the most prevalent causes of impotence. When you have coronary artery disease, the blood vessel delivering blood to your heart is damaged and malfunctioning. This eventually leads to heart diseases, and it can even cause impotence due to weak penile blood flow.

            Your risks of coronary artery disease are greatly influenced by several factors. Some are conventional like old age and family history, while others are modifiable like smoking and a sedentary lifestyle.

Take a look at the 6 most common factors that lead to coronary artery disease.

  1. High Levels Of Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol

            Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is commonly called bad cholesterol simply because it causes a lot of health problems. LDL cholesterol is highly susceptible to oxidative damage caused by free radicals and reactive oxygen species.

            The problem is that when LDL cholesterol is oxidized, they turn to plaque in your arteries, thus causing damage to your arteries and eventually resulting in atherosclerosis. Your risks for developing atherosclerosis further increases when your LDL levels are high and it’s accompanied by a high triglyceride level.

  1. High Blood Pressure

            When your blood pressure is high, it means that your heart has to exert more effort in pumping blood to your body parts. And if your heart has to constantly work hard for a long period of time, then it will eventually get tired and weak.

            Your heart is also composed of muscles. Just like when your biceps and other muscles ache and become tired and weak when you exercise too much, your heart also goes through the same thing when it has to pump hard to deliver blood to your cells.

            High blood pressure leads to atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases. When your blood pressure is constantly high, it puts you at risk of angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, and even sudden death.

            Furthermore, when your blood pressure is constantly high, it can lead to restricted penile blood flow. Eventually, you will develop erectile dysfunction because your penis just isn’t getting enough blood to make it erect. To add to the problem, certain medications used to treat high blood pressure can also cause impotence as an adverse effect.

  1. Obesity

            When you’re overweight or obese, your body has to literally carry a lot of weight. And your heart has to supply blood to all of your cells, including the fat cells that make you obese. That’s a lot of work for your heart.

            Moreover, when you’re obese, your metabolic profile, as well as your cardiac structure, become altered. As fat cells accumulate in your body, your heart also has to adapt to these changes in your body.

            When you’re obese, the extra weight, the increased fat mass, the plaque build-up in your blood vessels, and the metabolic changes that occur in your body all contribute to impaired cardiovascular health. This is why when you’re obese, you’re at a higher risk for several diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, stroke, and erectile dysfunction.

  1. Diabetes Mellitus

            Diabetes leads to numerous health problems. That’s simply because when your cells are exposed to high sugar levels in your blood for a long time, your cells and tissues get damaged.

            One of the biggest problems about diabetes is that it causes blood vessel damage and nerve damage. When the nerves that are controlling your heart are the ones that got damaged, then your chances of heart diseases and stroke drastically increase.

            In fact, blood vessel and nerve damage are the main reasons why diabetic men often develop erectile dysfunction. Their penile blood vessels and nerves are already damaged due to long-term exposure to high blood sugar levels.

  1. Sedentary Lifestyle

            When you don’t engage in physical activity and live a sedentary lifestyle, you’re putting yourself at risk of coronary artery disease, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, and many other health problems.

            This is why exercise is so crucial to your health. Engaging in regular physical activity helps improve your cardiovascular health and helps maintain the proper functioning of your blood vessels.

  1. Cigarette Smoking

            Cigarette smoking, a strong risk factor for coronary artery disease, has been shown to have pervasive effects on the cardiovascular system. It’s closely tied to atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction.

            Cigarette smoking adversely affects your cardiovascular health through various mechanisms. For instance, it’s implicated in the formation of blood clots. It’s also tied to atherogenesis, a disorder that happens when white blood cells like lymphocytes adhere to the surface of your endothelium.

            Cigarette smoking also causes your blood pressure to increase. This results in hypertension, which is another risk factor for coronary artery disease and other heart diseases.

            Aside from increasing your risks of various cardiovascular problems, cigarette smoking also significantly impairs both your sexual and reproductive functioning. It can cause erectile dysfunction and infertility not only because it damages your cardiovascular system but also because it impairs your testicular health.

Improving Your Erectile Function

            Arteriogenic erectile dysfunction means that the reason why you can’t get an erection is that there’s not enough blood flowing to your sex organ. All-natural male sex enhancement supplements can help increase your penile blood flow.

            It is a male sex enhancement supplement that’s composed of herbal ingredients. These ingredients include horny goat weed and Tribulus terrestris, plus many more. Both horny goat weed and Tribulus terrestris are known for their pro-erectile effects which can help enhance your erectile function.

            The positive effects of horny goat weed on your erectile function are similar to that of prescription medications for erectile dysfunction. This amazing herb basically helps your penile arteries to open up so that more blood can flow going to your penis.

            Tribulus terrestris, along with the other herbal components like maca and Tongkat Ali, also help improve your ability to achieve penile tumescence. In fact, these popular herbs are well-known for their potency in treating erectile dysfunction.

            What’s even more amazing is that these potent herbal ingredients contained in these supplements also exhibit strong antioxidant properties. Maca and Tongkat Ali, for example, are both associated with a wide array of health benefits due to their strong antioxidant content.

26 Oct

As the number of fast food restaurants in the United States, the number of Americans who are obese or overweight also increase. It’s not a surprising trend, consider that most Americans consume fast food at least once weekly.

Unfortunately, fast foods are either junk or processed foods, which means that they give your body insufficient nourishment. But they do give you a lot of dietary and health troubles.

Here are 6 deleterious ways by which processed and junk foods are harming your health.

  1. Reduced Fertility

For both men and women, consuming significant amounts of processed foods and junk foods is closely tied to reduced fertility and impaired sexual functioning. In men, obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, and hormonal imbalances can have adverse effects on testosterone production, sperm production, libido, as well as erectile function.

Women who consume a lot of junk foods are also less likely to become pregnant. Phthalates found in junk foods and processed foods also have negative effects on female reproductive organs. On the one hand, men who regularly eat junk foods and processed foods as part of their diet often have reduced sperm quality.

Studies have also shown that when men consume a lot of unhealthy foods, their semen quality and fertilization rate decline. Processed meat, total dairy and full-fat dairy products, sugar-sweetened beverages, and sweets all have detrimental effects on male fertility.

  1. Increased Insulin Resistance

Junk foods are typically high in carbohydrates, particularly high-fructose corn syrup as well as added sugar. When you eat processed foods or junk foods, your body has to break down these heavy carbohydrates into glucose, which is then released into your bloodstream.

When your body senses that your blood glucose levels are increasing, your pancreas responds to the rising blood sugar levels by releasing insulin. The transportation of those glucose molecules from your blood to your cells is actually the main function of insulin.

However, when you frequently snack on junk foods, your pancreas will need to keep releasing insulin to take care of excess glucose in the blood. When your blood sugar levels and insulin levels frequently and continuously spike up, it can lead to insulin resistance. Hence, junk foods can increase your risks of type 2 diabetes and make you gain weight.

  1. Respiratory Problems

Processed foods and junk foods contain large amounts of empty calories which is why these unhealthy foods are often blamed when people gain weight. Unfortunately, when you put on extra weight, it can exert additional pressure on both your heart and lungs. This can lead to respiratory problems.

In fact, there’s a high prevalence of asthma in children who frequently consume fast food. Moreover, in non-obese asthmatics, eating even just one fast food meal that’s full of saturated fat can already cause their airway to become inflamed. This also increases their potential of having an asthma attack.

  1. Depression

Several studies have shown that there’s a strong link between diet and depression. Depression symptoms are not common in those who follow a Mediterranean diet or eat more vegetables, fruits, and fish. A healthful diet can protect you not only against depression but also against various health problems like obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.

In contrast, people with poor diet quality have a higher likelihood of experiencing depression symptoms. In particular, people who frequently eat large amounts of processed meat, fried foods, high-fat dairy products, desserts, and refined cereals are at risk depression.

One study showed that the more you eat pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers, doughnuts, croissants, fairy cakes, and other commercial baked goods, the higher your risks of developing depression symptoms will be. According to the study, those who ate processed foods and junk foods frequently are 51% more likely to become depressed.

  1. Impaired Cardiovascular Health

If someone tells you that you’ll die early if you don’t stop eating junk foods or processed foods, you should pay attention. Processed foods and junk foods are highly associated with impaired cardiovascular health.

If you always make it a point to eat fast food at least twice a week, you should change your dietary pattern if you don’t want to become obese. If you visit fast food restaurants more than twice every week, then you’ll probably develop type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. More importantly, your chances of dying from a heart disease will also increase.

  1. Disrupted Hormonal Balance

The processed foods that you eat at fast food restaurants are not only high in unhealthy fat, sodium, and sugar, but they’re also high in phthalates, which are substances that can disrupt your hormonal balance.

Phthalates are commonly referred to as plasticizers since they’re typically used to make plastic more flexible. Phthalates are absorbed in the body through ingestion of food. Fast foods, processed foods, and junk foods are usually packaged using containers that contain phthalates.

When phthalates enter your body, these harmful substances can cause damage to your lungs, liver, kidneys, and even to your reproductive system. Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), in particular, is a type of phthalate that is considered to have strong negative effects on the endocrine system and can even cause cancer.

Phthalates have chemical structures that are similar to estrogen. Because of this, phthalates are able to bind to molecules in the body that are supposed to be bound to estrogen. These harmful chemicals basically affect the function of endocrine glands and affect your hormone production.

Improving Your Fertility

If you have concerns about your fertility, changing your lifestyle and diet can definitely help you improve your fertility. You can also take a an all-natural male sex enhancement supplement that’s made with herbs that are widely popular for their pro-fertility and pro-sexual properties.

It contains Tongkat Ali, horny goat weed, maca, and Tribulus terrestris, which not only boosts your ability to achieve strong erections but also enhance your sperm count and improve your sperm quality.

It also contains Butea superba, damiana, and muira puama which are recognized as amazingly potent aphrodisiacs. These herbs can greatly increase your libido and also enhance your sexual performance. With these natural ingredients, it can dramatically increase your sexual vigor while enhancing your fertility.

17 Oct

If you’ve ever lost your erection while putting on a condom, then you have experienced what experts call a condom-associated erection problem. It’s quite common, especially among young men.

The problem is that if you always lose your erection whenever you use a condom, you may get demotivated about practicing safe sex. And you may lose your protection from sexually transmitted infections.

Here are 4 common factors why condom usage causes men to lose their erection.

  1. Condom Application

Not everyone instinctively knows how to wear condoms. It’s actually a learned skill, and it’s not something that’s always taught in formal education. Even if you were taught the theory, properly applying a condom requires practice. And if it’s your first time wearing one, then it’s understandable that you may become nervous while you’re doing it.

For many men, however, the main reason why they lose their erection is due to the time it takes to put on a condom. And if you have to scramble around for your wallet or pants to look for your condom, then that’s another factor.

Having to put on a condom can also distract you from the more important task at hand, which is to have a successful sexual intercourse. And if you’re distracted, then your sexual arousal may wane and your penis may start going soft.

Nevertheless, these are not enough reasons to dissuade you from wearing protection during sex. You can always practice and reduce the time it takes for you to wear a condom. Even if it takes you a minute or two to get it done properly, that’s still time wisely spent. You’re basically investing your time so that you can protect yourself and your partner from STDs.

  1. Product Selection

There are perhaps thousands of condom brands, flavors, and types. Choosing the right product can be overwhelming and confusing. Before you go and buy one, you need to make sure that it’s the right size and feel.

Regular and snug fit condoms are usually around 7 inches long and 1.9-2.10 inches in width. Large-sized condoms are usually around 8 inches in length and more than 2 inches in width.

Although buying a large-sized condom can make you look cool, it’s actually extremely uncool when the condom slips off while you’re having sex simply because the condom is too big for your penis. On the other hand, when the condom is too small for you, it can make sex quite uncomfortable.

When you’re wearing a condom that’s either too big or too small for your penis, chances of breaking or slippage are higher. And the consequences of either are quite life-changing. Your partner may get pregnant or you may acquire a sexually transmitted infection.

A lot of men lose their erection during sex because they’re distracted by the fit and feel of the condom they’re wearing. And if you or your partner doesn’t like the smell of your condom, then that can be an added distraction, too. It can even make you lose your erection, or your partner may even want to stop having sex just because of the strange smell.

You may have also experienced irritation on your penis when you tried out a new condom brand or type. Penis irritation is another factor that can make your erection disappear while you’re wearing a condom. Different condom brands use different lubricants, and some even contain spermicides. These chemicals can cause penis irritation.

  1. Reduced Penile Sensations

The reduction in penile sensations is one of the most common reasons why men lose their hardness when wearing a contraceptive. If your penis doesn’t feel stimulated enough, it may take you longer before you reach an orgasm or your arousal may wane.

Many try to make up for the reduced sensations by thrusting more vigorously to get more stimulation. However, this doesn’t always lead to increased penile sensations, and in the end, you can still lose your erection.

Others take off the condom and ask their partner to manually or orally stimulate them so they can become hard again. However, this method may not be convenient for the partner, especially if the partner doesn’t like the taste or the smell the condom leaves on the penis.

If you often feel decreased penile sensations whenever you’re wearing protection, you may want to consider trying a different brand or using an ultra-thin or a ribbed condom. Although these condoms can’t fully replicate the sensations you feel when you’re not wearing protection, they may still be able to help increase your penile sensations.

  1. Condom Worries

When your partner doesn’t like the feel of your condom or when the condom makes your partner’s vagina dry, you can end up becoming too worried about it. Your partner may also feel discomfort or pain when you’re wearing a condom.

Condom worries like these can also make your erection disappear, especially if your partner wants to stop having sex due to the discomfort caused by the condom. Worries about the condom breaking or slipping can also be too distracting and can even cause anxiety.

Having previously lost their erection while wearing a condom is actually one of the most common condom worries. A lot of men worry that they’ll experience it again if they wear a condom. So when they’re already wearing one, they get too anxious about it and eventually end up losing their hardness.

Maintaining Your Erection

If you’re having problems maintaining an erection, you should try taking natural male sex enhancement supplement that can help you achieve erections that last long. One advantage that this has over other male sex enhancement supplements is that it is both fast-acting and long-lasting.

This means that when you take it, you can immediately feel the effects and you’ll be able to achieve strong erections easily without any problems. And because the effects of this are long-lasting, it means that you won’t need to worry about losing your erection while you’re in the middle of an intense sexual experience.

It is formulated using only the most effective herbal ingredients. These include Tribulus terrestris, damiana, horny goat weed, muira puama, maca, Butea superba, and Tongkat Ali.