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Cougar Tips – Anti Aging Tips for Women Who Wish To Remain Healthy, Vibrant & Sexy Into The Later Years Of Life

COUGAR TIPS!

Until recently, the idea of being “attacked” by a cougar was frightening to me!  But, times change, definitions change and now it would probably be a compliment.

But wait, the anti-aging scientist within me screamed out! There is more to consider!  “What does it take besides meeting the age definition of a “Cougar”, to perform physically, mentally and emotionally like a major league “cougar”?

Are there some hints or advice that I can offer to aspiring, or for that matter, established “cougars” that will keep them at the “top of their game”?

Yes there are!  Here are several of the main “biochemical/physiological/hormonal training” concepts that will keep your prey (is conquests a better word) hard pressed to keep up with you!

The Brain is a very sexy organ

It is essential to remember that sexual thoughts and stimulation start in the brain and then travel to other parts of the body.   Ask any one that is having a migraine how sexy they feel at that moment.

Certain neurotransmitters like dopamine and hormones that initiate the “sexual response”, (that “turned on” feeling), start their physiological magic in the brain, not between the legs!  Stress, sickness, lack of exercise and poor nutrition can all lead to deficiencies in these chemicals necessary for achieving heighten sexual feelings. 

What can we do to maximize our “turned-on” neurotransmitters that enhance the likelihood and intensity or orgasm?

The causes of Low Female Libido and female sexual dysfunction                                  

The most important neurotransmitter governing our sense of craving, lust, desire, need for satisfaction and pleasure is Dopamine (DA). Work hard, earn more money, dress beautifully, attract the opposite sex, eat-survive or the pleasure of taste sensation.  It’s all about being rewarded!

Adequate levels of dopamine turn on your “I want to feel good/reward circuitry in your brain and sexual satisfaction is right at the top of those feelings and cravings.

The reward circuity is there for continuation of the species.  Desire for sex means our genes will be passed on.  Desire for food means we will survive.

Just prior to orgasm, in normally functioning, orgasmic women, dopamine levels are at a high.  Dopamine levels are often lower in non-orgasmic women.

Certain supplements and foods can increase dopamine levels:

L-tyrosine is an amino acid. It is also the precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine (amongst others). It is found in dairy products, meats and fish.

Tyrosine has been successfully studied for its benefits against stress, and stress is often a major reason for sexual dysfunction and lack of orgasm. 

Depression also negatively effects sexual desire and performance and tyrosine has demonstrated human benefits here as well.

We need B vitamins (especially B-6 and folic acid) for tyrosine to convert to dopamine.

1000 mg/day of tyrosine taken with a B-complex vitamin is recommended.

Deep sleep, fish oils, salmon, cottage cheese, steak, low fat yogurt, bananas, avocado and spices can all increase dopamine levels and sex drive.

OTHER OPTIONS FOR LOW LIBIDO OR ORGASMIC DYSFUNCTION

PROLACTIN – Suppressing dopamine is so important that nature uses an additional neurochemical to curtail our sexual desire. It’s called prolactin. If dopamine creates desire and cravings, then prolactin decreases them.

PROLACTIN IS A HORMONE FROM THE PITUITARY THAT SIGNALS THE PRODUCTION OF MILK IN THE BREASTS WHEN PREGNANT. High blood level of prolactin often causes low estrogen levels, infertility and a decrease in menstruation some women may experience a loss of libido (interest in sex). Intercourse may become painful because of vaginal dryness.

The good news is that some of the dopamine raising suggestions we gave above may reduce prolactin levels that are too high and causing decreased libido and orgasmic function.

Low testosterone women produce only small, but necessary quantities of testosterone which helps with muscle strength, bone mass and sexual function. Testosterone levels decrease with age and restoring testosterone levels may help improve well-being and libido. Low levels in women cause problems of low libido and difficulty in achieving orgasms. A 2004 study demonstrated that both premenopausal and postmenopausal women with low libido exhibited lower testosterone levels than age-match women with healthy sex drive and ability to achieve orgasm.  Ask your physician to check your testosterone levels. Optimal levels for women are around 70-100 ng/ml (a ng is a nanogram which is 1 billionth of a gram which is a 28th of an ounce).  If you are much lower, your doctor can prescribe a lose testosterone regimen that can return your levels to where they should be.  A recent study indicated that 300 mcg. of testosterone via a patch, increased sexual desire in postmenopausal women.

SEXUAL AROUSAL INTENSITY AND VAGINAL SEXUAL RESPONSE TIME IN WOMEN IMPROVED BY COMBINATION OF L-ARGININE AND YOHIMBINE

Within 60 minutes of receiving the combination of 6 grams of L-argininine and 6 mg of yohimbine vaginal sexual response to an erotic film was substantially increased.

This result comes as no surprise to me being that L-arginine improves blood flow and yohimbine does too as well as having libido enhancing qualities.

Though yohimbine can raise blood pressure in some people, at this very low dose it is unlikely.  If you are taking anti-depressants, I would not recommend taking yohimbine.  If you feel excessively nervous while taking yohimine, discontinue its use.

For women who would like to implement some of the choices listed above, I would suggest trying the tyrosine, yohimbine/L-arginine supplements before trying prescription drug options mentioned in this article.

“The Heart” or “Sex is an Aerobic Exercise”

In poetry, the “heart” is the quintessential sources of emotions but actually it’s the brain! But the role of the heart in sexual performance and overall health cannot be overstated.

Both men and women reproductive and sexual organs require significant and continued blood flow to maintain an intense and on-going sexual encounter.

The heart has to be capable of delivering sufficient and on-going quantities of blood to these areas and the vasculature (arteries and veins) have to be youthful and flexible enough to receive and maintain the blood flow once it arrives.

CoQ-10 (Coenzyme Q-10) is a supplement that is involved in the production of energy. It is particularly helpful to the heart where it helps heart cells to produce energy efficiently which can take the load off of the heart and make it healthy and strong.

This can be very helpful in producing the youthful energy required for passionate love making.

 

 

Viagra for women?

Recent studies suggest that 50 mg doses of Viagra increased both clitoral blood flow and sexual satisfaction scores in women who were experiencing orgasmic dysfunction.

You may want to consider speaking with your physician to see if this is an option to pursue. 

Foods that enhance blood flow

Watermelon, dark chocolate, asparagus, spices,  black pepper, nutmeg, tumeric, garlic, sauerkraut, oysters, bananas, avocados, nuts and fish (fish oils)

The “Core” of the matter

The sex act and the different positions that can be assumed during creative and passionate sex require a certain degree of strength, especially if prolonged encounters are desired.

The strength of the central “core” of your abdominal area, as well as the strength and tone of the pubococcygeus muscle group (PC) (in your pelvic area)  is the key factor in determining how well and how long you can perform in the different sexual positions as well as your ability to orgasm.

Kegel exercises for the PC and 2 of the most effective core strengthening exercise are described below. Stay with the 3 simples exercise for 1-2 months and you will experience a notable improvement in your sex life.

The strength and tone of the pubococcygeus muscle group (PC) is vital to achieving consistent orgasms and maintaining urinary continence as well.

Stress as well as poor strength and tone of the PC group can lead to unconscious tightening of the buttocks, abdomen and thighs, which is known to interfere with the ability to reach orgasm.

Most women have heard of Kegel exercises but very few ever do them on a consistent basis. Studies have shown that both women and men experience more consistent and intense orgasms after doing these exercises several times a day for 2 months.

Kegel Exercise – Really works – don’t leave them out and they’re easy to do any place.

To isolate and identify where your PC muscles is and what it feels like when it is contracted, when the bladder is empty, insert one of your fingers into the vagina up to the first knuckle.

Pretend to urinate and try to stop the flow. The muscle that tightens around your finger is the PC.  Now you will now clearly where it is located and how it feels when it is tightened.

At least 4 times a day (more is better) tighten and release the PC 50 times.  This will also release any stress and induces tension in the buttocks, abdomen and thighs.

You can do these exercises anywhere. In a chair, standing up, lying down.

Two of the best and easiest “Core-strengthening” exercises ore the –Reverse Crunch or the Pelvic Thrust and the Quadruped.

You can do either the Reverse Crunch or the Pelvic Thrust (whichever you prefer. I energetic do both) and then do the Quadruped.

Reverse Crunch – Lying flat on your back extend both legs straight out towards the ceiling.  Keeping your lower back flat to the floor just raise and lower you buttock of the floor. (The only part of your body leaving the floor should be the buttocks).

Do this 30 times, rest for 45 seconds and repeat for another 30 times. Do this everyday for impressive results. 

The Pelvic Thrust – This is actually the same movement as the Reverse crunch but for women who find extending their legs straight out towards the ceiling uncomfortable. Repeat exactly as instructed for the Reverse Crunch.

The Quadruped – This core building exercise gets to the muscles of the back as well that are considered to be essential to total core strength.

Go on a carpeted floor or mat, and rest on you hands and knees, with your hands aligned shoulder width.   Extend your right arm out straight out towards the wall and hold it there for 20 seconds.  Place it back on the floor and do the same with your left arm.

Then replace the arm back on the floor and extend the right leg out behind you and hold for 20 seconds, retract and extend the left leg and do the same.

When this gets too easy, extend opposite limbs together. I.e. right leg and left arm, then left leg and right arm, hold each for 20 seconds.  Rest for 1 minute and repeat. Do daily.

Looking good naked

There is no doubt about the multiple health/cardiovascular benefit of consistent, moderate, exercise programs.

But when it comes to looking good in or out of your clothing, if you were only going to dedicate your efforts in this area to either a healthy diet or exercise…………….the healthy diet wins by a mile.  It’s not even close.

Think about it!  Go on the treadmill for an hour and burn maybe 400 calories.  Eat a cupcake in 1 minute and all of the calories lost on the treadmill are instantly gained back!

I speak with hundreds of women, who do more aerobic exercising than I will ever do. Many use weights or weight machines at their gym.  Many have pretty good musculature which is unfortunately covered by a layer of FAT!

The fat covering these exercised muscles can actually make them look chunkier than they like. Reduced caloric intake will get rid of that fat when aerobic exercise that is not accompanied by caloric reduction will not be anywhere near as effective.

HEALTHY EATING TRUMPS EXERCISE EVERYTIME!

Of course, combine them both and then the results speak for themselves.

The quality of your skin is obviously an important factor in how good you look and how young you look.

Keeping Your Skin Young looking

We have probably all seen thin, in-shape women, whose skin folds and hangs, despite low levels of body fat.  This is an example of the internal damage that can happen to the collagen and elastin levels in our skin that keeps it looking tight and young.

While even the best of creams and lotion can have some topical benefits, the true quality of your skin is determined by the aging processes that are occurring WITHIN your body.

Next we discuss what foods and supplements help protect your skin (and hair) and keep it young looking and protected, inside and out, from the damaging effects of aging.

Here are some ingestible and other things that will keep your skin looking young.

1-Grape seed extract   How does taking grape-seed extract help prevent wrinkles?

GSE helps with both blood flow (protects capillary integrity) to the skin and reduces free radical damage to the skin. Some research indicates that it inhibits the enzyme that breaks down elastin, the protein that keeps our skin tight. When our skin doesn’t snap back into place in certain places, the elastin has been damaged. GSE will help the skin to keep a youthful appearance.  Take at least 125 mg/day of GSE.

2-Tea tree and citrus oils topically (not ingestible) help tone skin between washings via their astringent (skin tightening) effects.

3- Vitamin C is biochemically crucial to the synthesis of collagen in our bodies. A minimum of 400 mg/day is recommended.

4- Antioxidant laden foods – Foods rich in vitamin A and vitamin C and other antioxidants, include brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens, tomatoes, strawberries, and kiwi. Vitamin E is found in a variety of nuts and their oils and wheat germ.

5 – Water hydrates the skin from the inside out, so practice drinking enough water that       you rarely get thirsty.

6 – Avoid smoking, few things are more destructive to skin quality. It can literally starve the skin of oxygen and destroy its youthful appearance.

7- Choose ‘Smart’ anti-aging Fats!

The essential fatty acids EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) found in fish oils and the essential fatty acid ALA (alpha linolenic acid) found in flax seed oil are anti-inflammatory, help with circulation and can add to the youthful quality of your skin in addition to cardiovascular, brain and multiple other benefits.  Try to get at least 500 mg/day of EPA/DHA in total. This can usually be achieved by taking 2 softgels of a well made fish oil product.

You can also get benefits from taking a tablespoon of flax oil a day.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and really do incorporate all or most of its suggestions into your day-to-day lifestyle.  I just realized, indirectly, I’m probably going to make a lot of men in their 20’s and early thirties very happy.

P.S. It’s tough for a Cougar to be at her best when suffering from a migraine. When a migraine occurs it’s too late for a romantic evening.  Preventing them from occurring is the real answer to the problem.

I’ve received two world-wide patents for the all natural, migraine prevention medicine I discovered.  If you are a sufferer, check out http://www.migrelief.com.

For those of you who are also interested in learning about the bio-chemistry (made easy) of aging, and what you can do to stop it, please link to our anti-aging site called “Aging is War on the Cellular Level”.

We can get you where you want to go, you’re only a “click” away!

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N.  C.N.S

Sleep Deprivation and Migraines

Sleep Deprivation Shown to Lead to Actual Changes in Brain Protein Associated With Migraine Pain

Perhaps you’ve read some of the past articles where I spell out the importance of consistent, quality sleep, for overall health and specifically for migraine sufferers. 

Now researchers at Missouri State University have demonstrated that sleep deprivation actually leads to changes in key brain proteins that are associated with migraines developing.

These proteins, in essence, seem to render nerves more susceptible to expressing pain and these protein levels increase with increasing sleep deprivation.

Techniques to calm down your brain before going to sleep such as mediation, not thinking about work or other nagging responsibilities the hour before you go to sleep, taking hot baths, using natural supplements that are calming and shown to make falling and staying asleep easier, are all options.

To the best of health,

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

Warning Signs of Heat Related Illness & Hot Tips to Stay Cool


Warning Signs of Heat Related Illness –  Signs and Symptoms May Include:

o Weakness
o Headache
o Dizziness
o Muscle cramps
o Nausea or vomiting
o Rapid heartbeat

If you experience these symptoms, get out of the heat immediately.  Drink water, and wet and fan your skin.  If you don’t feel better within 60 minutes, contact your doctor.  If you develop a fever higher than 102 F (38.9 C) or become faint or confused, seek professional medical help.  Regular physical activity is important, but don’t let hot weather activities put your health at risk.

HOT TIPS TO STAY COOL!

  • Soak a t-shirt in the sink in cool water (not cold or chilled water), wring it out, put it on and sit in the shade or in front of a fan.  (You may want to save this one for when you’re alone, unless you’re going for that ‘wet t-shirt’ contest!)
  • Fill a plastic spray bottle with water and freeze over night.  You will have a cool mist that lasts for hours.
  • Soak your feet in cold water.  The body radiates heat from the hands, feet, face and ears, so cooling any of these will naturally cool the body. 
  • Wear light colors darker colors will absorb the sun’s rays and be warmer than light or white clothing, which reflects light and heat.
  • Minty fresh use mint scented or menthol lotions and soaps to cool your skin.
  • More alcohol just the rubbing alcohol please!  Put some rubbing alcohol on a damp washcloth and hold it on the back of your neck and sit near a fan.  The evaporative effect can feel 30 degrees cooler.
  • FROZEN GRAPES:  A NATURALLY SWEET SUMMER TREAT

    These frozen bites always stay icy, but not frozen solid.  They must be eaten as soon as they are removed from the freezer before they thaw completely. 

    1.  Wash and dry green or red grapes.
    2.  Place in sealable plastic bag.
    3.  Keep in freezer for 2 hours or until frozen.
    4.  Fill a bowl with several ice cubes and place the bag in the bowl to keep cool while you enjoy!

    Have a wonderful summer!                                                             — Curt Hendrix

    Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety

     

     Though the elderly (65+), infants and children are more susceptible to heat stress, even the best conditioned of athletes can succumb to the health risks of hot weather.

    In the last 25 years more people have died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, lightning and earthquakes combined.

    As simple as it seems, understanding how and why the body cools itself, when faced with extreme temperatures, is the key to staying healthy and preventing injuries and even death.

    This well done and comprehensive pamphlet contains some valuable information, especially for those of you who live in areas where temperatures get into the 90’s and above.

    From recognizing heat stroke, heat exhaustion heat cramps, heat rash and sunburn and what to do about them, the information is presented in an easy to understand and interesting format and something you may want to share with your family and friends.       –Curt Hendrix

    Created by the Centers for Disease Control
    http://www.bt.cdc

    Pharmaceutical Companies Expanding Revenues at the Expense of Our Children

    Evidentially the pharmaceutical companies aren’t happy or satisfied with over-medicating the U.S. adult population.  They now want to increase the rate at which children are being drugged.
     
    Some of you may not have read my article on the rapid increase in the number of prescriptions taken by the elderly in the U.S.  Even though there is no observable benefit or decrease in various diseases such as diabetes, hypertension etc for which these drugs are prescribed, the number has doubled annually in the past 15 years.
     
    Don’t let your physician or the pharmaceutical companies expand their revenues at the expense of our children.  Read this article.  —  Curt Hendrix
     

    YOU WILL BE SHOCKED TO DISCOVER WHERE THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM RANKS WORLD-WIDE

    I am proud to be an American but that doesn’t mean I shut my eyes and am blind to the facts about our healthcare system.

    We, as American have been sold a “bill of goods” about the quality of the healthcare we receive that is far from accurate.  From the healthcare insurance companies, to the hospitals rendering services and especially by the pharmaceutical companies, we have been led to believe that we get the best medical and healthcare treatment in the world………………THIS COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!   We take more prescription drugs than any other country.  We pay the most for our healthcare per person and our system and health ranking world-wide are failing miserably.

    Statistics reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) state:

    *The U.S. has dropped from 11th in the world for life expectancy to 42nd.

    *The U.S. leads the world in all chronic, degenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease, asthma, allergies, depression, mental illness, autoimmune diseases, all forms of cancer, osteoporosis and obesity.

    *The U.S. leads the world in infant mortality.

    We cannot count on this system to keep us well.  We cannot count on machines and chemicals that are foreign to our bodies to be our first line of defense in staying well and living long lives………..this is counter-intuitive to common sense.

    Diet, exercise and supplements that are known to fuel, protect and heal our bodies should be our FIRST LINES OF NOT ONLY DEFENSE BUT OFFENSE IN REALIZING OUR GOALS FOR VIBRANT, ENERGETIC LONG LIVES.