Are Your Sperm as Healthy as You Think?

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Any time the topic of infertility is discussed, it usually focuses on female infertility. But the reality is, roughly half of the infertility cases in the United States involve male infertility. This number always comes as a shock to many men. Most have been conditioned to think that while women’s eggs have a time clock, their sperm stays young and healthy despite their own advancing years.

But this simply isn’t the case.

Yes, while certain male celebrities prove men can have children in their 50s, 60s and even 70s, no man should assume his sperm are healthy at any age. For as many men that have been able to conceive a child later in life, there are far more who have trouble getting their partners pregnant.

So what happens to sperm as men age?

Well, as men age, their sperm count as well as sperm quality go down. Some research has suggested that from the age of 40, the quality and quantity of sperm declines and fairly rapidly, too. Not only does it become harder to conceive when the man is over age 40, but chances of miscarriage also increase as do other conditions such as dwarfism, autism and ADHD.

And, while men are never really comfortable exploring their emotions, the truth is when they experience infertility and can’t get their partner pregnant, they struggle with feelings of shame and guilt.

Causes of Male Infertility

Now that you know male infertility is a bigger problem than you may have first thought, let’s take a look at some of the most common causes.

We already discussed one of the biggest causes of male infertility, and that is age. The truth is, if you know you want to have children, it’s best not to put it off until you are in your 40s. I know many couples now are trying to make sure they are financially set before having kids, but waiting too long can end up in infertility and heartache.

Most of the other causes of male infertility can all be gathered under the umbrella category of poor “lifestyle choices.” Here are some of the most common lifestyle choices that can negatively impact your sperm quality and quantity, at any age:

Obesity

Research has suggested that obesity is linked with decreasing sperm count and sperm motility. If you are overweight, it’s important for your sperm’s health and your overall health that you lose weight and maintain it.

A Poor Diet

Not only does a poor diet lead to obesity, it can also lead to type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Research has revealed that both health issues can lead to male fertility problems.

So this means even thin men who have diabetes or high blood pressure may also experience fertility issues as a result of their poor food choices.

It’s important to stay away from processed junk foods and stick to nutritious foods like meat, eggs, healthy fats and some fruits and veggies.

STDs

Sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause infertility in men. Be safe by limiting your number of sexual partners and always use a condom. If you want to really decrease your chances of catching an STD, stay in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who is not infected.

Stress

Stress negatively impacts just about every organ and system in the body. Chronic stress  also interferes with both male and female sex hormones and you need your hormones to stay balanced in order to conceive. Meditate, exercise, chill out however you need to to eliminate the effects of stress.

Alcohol

If you really want the healthiest sperm – and healthiest baby – possible, then you’ll want to refrain from heavy drinking. One or two drinks a week is okay, but too much alcohol can reduce testosterone production and decrease sperm count.

While we’re at it, smoking is a big no-no, whether it’s smoking cigarettes or marijuana, both can increase a man’s chances of infertility.

Toxins

Toxins like pesticides, herbicides, asbestos and lead can alter your hormones. Eat organic produce if your budget allows and do your best to stay away from other environmental toxins.

Heat

Increased scrotal temperature can negatively impact sperm production so wear loose-fitting underwear and avoid long soaks in hot tubs or saunas.

Natural Treatments for Male Infertility

Beyond following these tips, there are some natural remedies for treating male fertility issues. For instance, there are many natural herbs and supplements on the market that have been shown to help men with their fertility issues.

Golden Royal Honey has taken the science behind nature and used it to create a supplement that tackles male infertility at its core. Ginseng, royal jelly and long jack have all been scientifically tested and found to help men with their sperm count and sperm quality. They have also been shown to help men improve their libido and fight erectile dysfunction as well.

If you want to have a child with your partner but you have been found to have poor sperm count and quality, follow these guidelines and try some Golden Royal Honey for yourself today.

 

Sexual Performance Anxiety – Why it happens and What to Do About it

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Whether you’re 20 and just getting your sexual sea legs, or 50 and have been around the block a few times, there are so many emotions that go along with sex.

Obviously, there’s the emotion of being ecstatic! But for many men, there’s also a feeling of anxiety.

What causes sexual performance anxiety? A number of things, including:

  • Body image issues (you are concerned about your weight or penis size).
  • You are concerned you may not satisfy your partner.
  • You’re worried about premature ejaculation.
  • Relationship issues are stressing you out.

Any type of stress you may feel before or during sex causes your body to release stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones are a response to the “fight or flight” feeling and they help our bodies either fight the enemy or run like hell toward safety.

They do this partly by constricting blood vessels to redirect blood flow. This makes it harder for men to achieve an erection, because they are not getting enough blood flow to their penis.

Then it becomes a vicious cycle: you had performance anxiety, which caused hormones to release, which made it hard for you to get an erection, which has now made your performance anxiety a reality. And on and on the cycle goes.

Over time, your performance anxiety can worsen, severely impacting your sex life. In many cases, men may lose all interest in sex.

The good news is, many studies suggest that performance anxiety is one of the main contributors of erectile dysfunction. Once the performance anxiety has been tackled, many men will be able to achieve healthy erections again.

How to Beat Sexual Anxiety

So what are some proven ways you can beat your sexual anxiety and get your mojo in the bedroom back? Try the following:

Tackle Your Stress

I just mentioned how stress hormones can wreak havoc on your sexual health. It’s really important that you find healthy ways to manage your stress. Exercise is a great way to burn through those stress hormones, meditation is also effective and speaking with a trained counselor if you are really having a hard time with something.

And speaking of counseling…

Counseling

If your performance anxiety stems from a relationship issue (lack of trust, as an example), then it might be a good idea to seek help from a relationship therapist who can help you and your partner navigate the troubled waters.

Supplements

If your erectile dysfunction is rooted in something else, for example poor diet and lack of exercise, well, your first step would be to improve both of those areas of your life. Not getting enough sleep? Try and get at least 7 hours each night.

But sometime mother nature can give us the little extra help that we need to ensure optimal sexual health. Our Golden Royal Honey is chock full of powerful natural ingredients like Radix Eurycoma Longifolia (Long Jack), Radix Panax Ginseng and Royal Jelly, which have been scientifically proven to help men achieve strong and lasting erections.

Living with sexual performance anxiety is stressful. But there are things you can do to beat it. If you follow these tips and try our Golden Royal Honey, you may be able to get your sex life back on track.

 

Get Relief from Menopause Naturally

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Most women over the age of 40 become well aware that menopause is just on the horizon. For many of them, they look to the future with grief and worry, because they know menopause comes with a lot of unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and vaginal dryness and discomfort. They also know that because of their hormonal shifts, they may face certain health risks.

While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the most common option for menopausal women, is it the safest one? Mounting research is now suggesting that HRT may come with some potential and serious health risks.

Risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy

What exactly is hormone replacement therapy and what kind of risks are involved? HRT is a treatment plan that uses medications containing female hormones to help a woman balance her hormones. Some treatments use estrogen alone and some combine estrogen with progesterone.

These medications are meant to replace the important hormones that the woman’s body is still making, but at much lower levels. By replacing these hormones, the woman no longer has to experience the dreaded symptoms of menopause.

Now there are some benefits to HRT, namely it can prevent bone loss and fractures in postmenopausal women. But along with these benefits come some risks.

According to the Mayo Clinic website, in the largest clinical trial to date, a combination estrogen-progestin pill (Prempro) increased the risk of certain serious conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Blood clots
  • Breast cancer

This is another example of people trying to get relief from one medical condition, only to be potentially plagued with an even more serious medical condition.

Royal Honey – A Safer Alternative

Because of these potentially serious health risks, some medical experts are now advising their patients to seek natural treatments for relief from menopausal symptoms. Studies are now suggesting that royal jelly, a nutritious substance from bees, may help women naturally get the relief they need.

One recent study found that when women consumed just 150 mg of royal jelly every day for 3 months, their HDL (good cholesterol) increased while their LDL (bad cholesterol) significantly decreased. In addition, the study found that royal jelly may have the potential to reduce post-menopausal associated dyslipidemia, which is thought to contribute to the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

In addition, royal jelly has shown promising results in improving anxiety and depression symptoms associated with menopause and may do so in as little as 3 months. And as far as the fatigue many women experience during menopause, royal jelly seems to help there as well, giving energy throughout the day.

While more human studies will need to be conducted, the results so far are very promising and show that royal jelly may indeed be a safe and effective natural treatment for women suffering from the symptoms of menopause.

Our Golden Royal Honey May Offer Even More Benefits

Now you know that royal jelly offers some significant benefits to menopausal women. And while our Golden Royal Honey contains royal jelly, it contains some other powerful natural ingredients that may also offer some relief to menopause symptoms.

To start, our raw honey is great for boosting energy levels as well as helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Our honey also contains Panax Ginseng, which has been used throughout history to treat mood disorders and anxiety. Ginseng is also a proven energizer.

And finally, there’s Tongkat Ali. Many health experts discuss how this herb improves the sexual lives of men, but women can also greatly benefit from this herb as it helps balance hormones and give women their libido back.

If you’re tired of suffering from menopause symptoms but don’t like the idea of HRT treatments or the potentially dangerous side effects, then give our Golden Royal Jelly a try and see if life can’t start feeling better.

 

 

Got Low Energy? This May be Why and What You Can Do

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Are you someone that gets plenty of sleep each night, but you still wake up tired the next day? Do you rely on coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you get going in the morning? Do you eat right and exercise regularly but still suffer from low energy?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re definitely not alone. It seems a majority of adults these days suffer from fatigue and low energy. Just what’s going on and what can we do to feel more energized?

Common Causes of Low Energy

Here are some of the most common reasons many of us experience a lack of energy:

A Poor Diet

Probably the biggest reason people feel sluggish all the time is because they are not giving their bodies proper nutrition. Many people eat junk/processed foods laden with sugars and trans fats. These foods may give us a quick burst of energy, but eventually they lead to a big crash and no energy. Also, eating junk foods for long periods of time can ultimately lead to chronic inflammation and chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.

You would be much better off eating a low carb diet consisting of whole foods, healthy fats and protein that give you steady energy all day long.

Allergies and Hay Fever

Many people suffer from seasonal allergies or environmental allergies. These not only make your eyes water and your throat itch, they can make you incredibly tired as well. If you think you suffer from allergies, it’s a good idea to get tested. This way you know EXACTLY what you may be allergic to so you can avoid those triggers if possible. You can also use natural or pharmaceutical treatments to keep allergy symptoms at bay.

Anemia

Another common cause of fatigue is anemia, which more than 3 million Americans currently live with. Anemia is when your body does not have enough iron to make and transport red blood cells. Vegetarians, vegans and women with heavy menstrual cycles are particularly susceptible to anemia.

Iron supplements or eating more red meat is the best way to ensure you have enough iron in your diet.

Depression and Anxiety

Chronic stress and anxiety can ultimately lead to depression and low energy levels. This can be a result from your “fight or flight response” kicking out too many stress hormones. It can also be a result from not getting enough sleep. People battling depression or anxiety often have trouble getting a good night’s sleep.

Many people find relief from depression and anxiety through talk therapy and prescription medications. But there are natural remedies that may work for you such as changing your diet, exercising and practicing meditation.

How Our Golden Royal Honey May Help You Get Your Energy Back

Our Golden Royal Honey contains something called Royal Jelly. Royal jelly is a creamy white substance produced by nurse bees. It is full of nutrients and fed to the larva for their first few days of life. Royal jelly is also fed to the queen bee for her entire life. Eating it is what allows her to grow 10x as large as the other bees and live 10x as long.

Royal jelly has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine and contains a mixture of water, collagen, and numerous enzymes and hormones, as well as high amounts of essential vitamins and minerals. It contains all of the B vitamins, pantothenic acid and trace amounts of vitamin A, C, D and E.

All of these beneficial nutrients are what allow royal jelly to provide us with so many health benefits. Royal jelly has been found to naturally treat insomnia caused by depression and anxiety. It can also help you boost your immune system so you are not as susceptible to allergies and hay fever. Because it’s packed with vitamins and minerals, it can also help you fight those sugar cravings so you eat a more balanced diet that will fuel your cells.

If you’ve tried everything else for your low energy, it’s time to try something new. Golden Royal Honey may be just the thing to get you back to feeling like yourself again.

Exercise Tips for Men 50 and Older

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Men are highly competitive by nature. We don’t like to lose face if we can help it. That’s why so many older men, who should know better, try and “keep up” with guys at the gym who are half their age.

The truth is, older men can stay in fantastic shape. Do a Google search for older bodybuilders and you’ll see a ton of images for guys in their 40s, 50s, 60 and even older who are shredded.

So it’s not that older men can’t keep their hard bodies. It’s that HOW they train needs to change as they age. That is, if they want to avoid injuries.

Here are some key things to keep in mind:

Know Your Real Fitness Level

Are you someone who has been consistently going to the gym for years and now you’re just looking for ways to train to kick things up a notch? Or are you someone who has spent the better portion of the last decade on your sofa?

You’ve got to take a realistic approach to fitness or you’re setting yourself up for failure and, worse, possible injury.

Focus on Gains

While some cardio is important to keep your heart and circulatory system healthy, you want to really focus on building muscles as you age. Because, as we age, we lose muscle mass at a somewhat alarming rate.

The scientific term for this muscle wasting is called sarcopenia. But this doesn’t HAVE to happen to you. If you focus on building muscle when you work out, you will be able to keep your muscle tone as you age.

As a side note: it’s also important to up your protein intake and make sure you are eating enough calories each day. Older men who are hoping to keep or build muscle should be eating upward of 100+ grams of quality protein a day. Also, be sure you eat enough calories. You can’t build something out of nothing, so if making massive gains is your goal – eat to achieve this goal.

Pay Attention to Pain

Back in the day your motto may have been “No Pain – No gain” but, once you hit the big 5-0, those days must stay behind you. It’s important that you listen to your body. If you haven’t lifted weights in a while, don’t start at a weight you lifted 10 years ago. Again, you’re just asking for an injury. And never ignore dizziness or chest pain.

If you’ve never lifted before, it may be that you don’t have quite the right form down. If you belong to a gym, speak with one of the trainers there and see if they can advise you. In fact, it may be a good idea to pay for a handful of training sessions so you can be sure you do each lift accurately and safely.

Train Smarter Not Harder

If you’re hitting the gym again after a bit of a hiatus, one of the first things you’ll notice is your body won’t recover quite as fast as it used to in your teens, 20s or 30s. And if you never fully recover from a workout, you won’t be able to do the one after that and you’ll either injure yourself trying or quit.

It’s far better to train smarter and not harder once you hit your 40s and 50s. This means training to fatigue, but not trying to go way past fatigue or doing 3 or 4 sets when 2 will still get you the gains you want.

Focus on Real-World Movements

Our priorities change when we age. We go from wanting to look awesome with our clothes off to just wanting to be able to stay active. You may find you don’t need a six-pack ab, but you’d like to be able to age in your home and use the stairs and lift heavy bags out of the car.

This is why many professional trainers get their older clients to focus on workouts that are built around compound, multi-joint exercises like squats, lunges, deadlifts, presses, and rows, because they mimic real-life activities. It doesn’t mean you can’t do any curls or flies, just don’t focus on isolation exercises like you used to.

Respect Your Joints

You may notice your joints feel a lot achier than they did 15 years ago. Don’t ignore this. Look for aerobic exercises that are gentler on the joints like swimming, rowing and biking.

You can stay in fantastic shape and look great as you age. But it’s important that you be smart about getting there. Remember, work smarter and not harder, and pay attention to how your body feels.

Besides losing muscle as we age, men also tend to lose their erections. Sometimes this is a result of health challenges like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But sometimes it is a result of stress and poor circulation.

Our Golden Royal Honey  is made with natural and powerful ingredients that have been scientifically-proven to help reverse erectile disfunction. If you’re going to work out and get nice and cut, you want to make sure you can perform in bed. Because why have a great looking body if you can’t capitalize on it.

Try some Golden Royal Honey today.

Can Royal Jelly Help Your Brain as You Age?

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If you’ve “reached a certain age,” you are probably experiencing things like more fine lines and wrinkles on your face and saggy skin on other parts of your body. But are you also finding your brain is not as sharp as it used to be? Are you having more senior moments?

If you’ve reached that milestone birthday of 5-0, you may have noticed you have a harder time remembering things. Maybe you walk into a room, then completely forget why you walked in there.

Or maybe you are in line at the grocery store and the machine is asking for your pin code, a number you’ve entered hundreds if not thousands of times, and suddenly you are completely blank.

These are “senior moments.” The nonmedical term is used to describe mental glitches that occur more frequently as we age. The brain experiences some normal age-related memory loss and much of the time, it is nothing to be upset about.

It is only when senior moments make it difficult to manage daily affairs that you have cause for concern and a reason to make an appointment with your doctor.

What Can You Do to Decrease Senior Moments?

Senior moments happen when people are sleep-deprived and also when people are experiencing chronic stress. They can also be a result of poor diet and lack of mental stimulation.

Well, something we can all do is get more rest. If you tend to burn the candle at both ends, now is the time to form better sleep hygiene habits.

It’s also important to manage stress as best you can. Find healthy ways to counter the effects of stress on the body. For instance, you may want to practice meditation. Meditation has been found by countless studies at this point to help people manage their stress, anxiety and depression.

Exercise is also a great way to burn off those stress hormones.

It’s also incredibly important to eat well so your body has enough nutrients and antioxidants to fight degenerative diseases.

One substance that is easy and delicious to eat more of is royal jelly. Royal jelly is a creamy substance produced by nurse bees and used to feed larvae and the queen bee. It is loaded with powerful nutrients and because of this, has been shown to offer many health benefits.

One of those benefits is boosting brain function and memory. One study found that stress-induced mice treated with royal jelly had lower levels of stress hormones and a more robust nervous system.

Another study found that royal jelly improved memory and reduced the symptoms of depression.

And finally, another study found that rats treated with royal jelly were better able to remove chemical deposits in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

So, if you are tired of having senior moments, adding royal jelly to your diet may help.

But there are other ways your brain ages and other ways royal jelly can help…

5 Natural Treatments for Depression

It’s natural to feel sadness and grief throughout life. Loved ones pass, relationships end, and sometimes we feel a bit lost on our own journey through life. During these times it is common to cry and feel overwhelmed with emotions. After some time, these feelings typically subside.

What’s not a normal part of life is to have chronic feelings of sadness, loneliness and despair. These feelings suggest the person is suffering from depression and needs to seek help.

Unfortunately, when many people seek treatment, one of the first things their therapist does is to prescribe an antidepressant. While some people may require this medication for their own safety, the truth is antidepressants come with a host of negative side effects that can make the depression even worse! Weight gain, hair loss, insomnia… these are just a few of the common side effects of prescription antidepressants.

That’s why many people now look for natural treatments for depression.

Here are some ways people have successfully treated their depression naturally:

  1. Exercise

Exercise releases feel good endorphins (also known as happiness hormones) that act like natural anti-depressants.

  1. Stick to a Low-Carb Diet

Many people suffer from terrible mood swings when their blood sugars spike and drop repeatedly. The best way to handle this is to stick to a low-carb diet like Keto so you don’t experience this sugar roller coaster.

  1. Eat Foods to Enhance Serotonin

Many of the common antidepressants prescribed work by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin by receptors in the brain, this in turn increases your serotonin levels.

  1. Get More Sun

Sunlight helps your body create more vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression. Try and get more sun. If you live somewhere that gets little sun, you can either use a therapeutic light box and/or take a vitamin D supplement.

  1. Try Royal Jelly

In a recent study, scientists found a unique chemical compound in royal jelly called HDEA (10-hydroxy-trans-2-decenoic acid). This chemical protected the lab mice against depression and anxiety when they ingested it once a day for 3 weeks during extremely stressful days.

These 5 natural cures have proven to be effective for many people in treating their depression naturally. Having said that, if you are currently taking an antidepressant, do not suddenly stop. Talk with your therapist and let them know you wish to try natural alternatives.

If you would like to try royal jelly, our Golden Royal Honey is rich in royal jelly as well as other powerful natural ingredients that offer many health benefits. Try some for yourself and help your brain age gracefully.

 

 

Is Chronic Inflammation Behind Your Erectile Dysfunction?

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Over the years you have most likely heard and/or read plenty about what causes various diseases. Saturated fat supposedly causes heart disease. Too much sugar causes type 2 diabetes. Too much sun causes skin cancer. And too much salt causes high blood pressure.

But do you want to know the real cause behind most diseases? Chronic inflammation. From diabetes to arthritis, heart disease to cancer, the real culprit behind the majority of diseases is chronic inflammation. While “too much” of a good (or bad) thing may trigger inflammation, it is the inflammation throughout the body itself that does the damage.

What Exactly is Inflammation?

No doubt you’ve already experienced inflammation firsthand. If you’ve ever cut your finger or sprained your ankle, then you’ve experienced inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to an injury or illness. When you get the flu, you also experience inflammation. It’s the body’s way of dealing with something “bad” going on to help the body heal by sending white blood cells to the rescue. Acute inflammation happens when you get a sudden injury or illness. Acute inflammation is natural and beneficial.

CHRONIC inflammation, on the other hand, is something entirely different. Chronic inflammation is typically triggered by environmental factors and lifestyle choices such as smoking and eating a poor diet. In this scenario, white blood cells also flood the bloodstream, but instead of eventually retreating (the invaders of cigarettes and fast food never go away), they end up attacking healthy tissues and organs.

“Our own defenses literally bombard us with friendly fire,” says Peter Libby, M.D., a cardiovascular specialist at Harvard Medical School who studies inflammation.

Chronic Inflammation and Erectile Dysfunction

Chronic inflammation is thought to be one of the biggest culprits behind erectile dysfunction (ED). Men achieve erections when their penis becomes engorged with blood. It stands to reason that if there is something that stops the free flow of blood in the body, chances of getting a strong erection decrease.

Chronic inflammation damages the lining of the arteries. The lining is supposed to be nice and smooth. But inflammation causes tiny tears and rough spots to develop on the lining. What happens next is, plaque begins to get snagged on these jagged edges of the lining, causing plaque buildup. The artery wall eventually becomes narrower and narrower, constricting blood flow.

Beyond poor lifestyle choices, certain sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia pneumonia or cytomegalovirus are known to initiate chronic inflammation.

How to Fight Chronic Inflammation

There are a few different things you can begin to do today to fight chronic inflammation.

One of the first things you can do is lose weight. Belly fat has been shown to be a trigger for inflammation. So if you are a guy that has the proverbial beer gut, it’s time to take measures to lose it. Studies have found that even a small reduction in fat loss can lead to reduced inflammation.

Cutting back on refined sugars and processed foods is one of the biggest ways you can fight inflammation. In particular, avoid foods that are high in high-fructose corn syrup and vegetable oils. These are two BIG triggers of inflammation.

And finally, incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Some of the best anti-inflammatory foods are the ones that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These are foods like fatty fish (salmon, sardines, tuna) as well as walnuts and flax seeds.

Royal jelly is another food that has been widely acclaimed to reduce inflammation. In multiple animal studies, the fatty acids and phenolic compounds in royal jelly appear to reduce the levels of pro-inflammatory chemicals released by immune cells.

As an added bonus, men who are experiencing erectile dysfunction will be happy to hear that royal jelly has also been shown to be a powerful natural remedy for ED. So you are giving your body twice the chances at getting your erection back.

Try some Golden Royal Honey for yourself today!

6 Ways to Naturally Lower Cholesterol

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Cholesterol is a substance that has its good points and bad points. It has many important functions. For instance, it is necessary to make several hormones. It is also what helps keep the walls of your cells nice and flexible.

But, as with pretty much anything in life, too much of a good thing can often turn into a bad thing. This certainly goes for cholesterol, and most especially when that cholesterol is in the wrong place.

But there is a key to the cholesterol puzzle that many people are missing. It’s not the cholesterol itself that you need to worry about so much as the cholesterol transporters call lipoproteins. And different kinds of lipoproteins have different effects on health.

For instance, high levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) result in cholesterol deposits in blood vessel walls. This leads to clogged arteries, strokes and heart attacks.

In contrast, high-density lipoproteins (HDL) carry cholesterol away from vessel walls and help prevent disease. So what we really need to focus on is how to decrease LDL and increase HDL. This blog post will share natural ways to do just that so keep reading!

But first…

Does Eating Cholesterol Give You High Cholesterol?

Let’s put this myth to bed before we get into the health tips. Your liver makes as much cholesterol as your body needs.  It makes LDL to get the cholesterol to where it needs to go, and it makes HDL to remove any excess cholesterol from your bloodstream.

Though many food manufacturers have cashed in on the “low cholesterol” or “cholesterol free” craze, the truth is, dietary cholesterol has a finite impact on the amount of cholesterol in your body. This is because your liver adapts and makes more or less, depending on how much you eat.

Now, while dietary cholesterol has little influence on your actual cholesterol levels, certain foods can worsen levels, as can smoking, sedentary lifestyle and a family history. There are also some lifestyle choices that can help increase the beneficial HDL and decrease the harmful LDL.

  1. Eat More Monounsaturated Fats

We are told to be healthy we need to eat a low-fat diet. But studies have found that removing fat from our diet reduces the amount of harmful LDL cholesterol, but it also decreases the beneficial HDL cholesterol.

Your best bet is to eat more monosaturated fats, which reduce LDL  but also protect higher levels of healthy HDL. Good sources of monosaturated fats are:

  • Olives and olive oil
  • Tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts and cashews
  • Avocados
  1. Eat More Polyunsaturated Fats, Especially Omega-3s

Polyunsaturated fats have multiple double bonds that make them behave differently in the body than saturated fats. Research shows that polyunsaturated fats reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids are an especially heart-healthy type of polyunsaturated fat found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and deep-sea tuna.

  1. Eat Soluble Fiber

Soluble fiber cannot be digested by our digestive system. However, the beneficial bacteria in your gut thrives off the stuff. And these bacteria, also called probiotics, reduce the harmful LDL in your body. Plus, this fiber keeps you nice and regular.

Excellent sources of soluble fiber are beans, peas and lentils, fruit, oats and whole grains.

  1. Exercise

Without question exercise is all-around one of the best things you can do for your health. Not only does it improve your physical fitness and combat obesity, it also reduces harmful LDL while increasing beneficial HDL.

While even low-intensity exercise like walking can increase HDL, making your exercise longer and more intense increases the benefits.

  1. Quit Smoking

Smoking changes the way your body handles cholesterol, thereby increasing your risk of developing heart disease. The immune cells in smokers are unable to return cholesterol from vessel walls to the blood for transport to the liver. This damage is related to tobacco tar, rather than nicotine. These dysfunctional immune cells are also believed to contribute to faster development if clogged arteries in smokers.

So, if you smoke… QUIT!

  1. Eat Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is a creamy substance made by nurse bees and fed to larva and the queen bee. It is loaded with nutrients and offers many health benefits. One of those benefits is positively impacting cholesterol levels. Royal jelly is a delicious way to help get your cholesterol levels where they need to be.

Our Golden Royal Honey is loaded with beneficial royal jelly. Plus it contains ginseng and other nutrients that offer many health benefits. Try some for yourself today and potentially lower your risk of developing heart disease.

Do You Have a Biotin Deficiency?

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Ask most people what biotin is and if they are getting enough of it in their diet and they’re likely to give you a blank stare. You may run into some women who recognize the word from the back of their shampoo bottle. But most people simply don’t know about biotin or how important it is for your health.

Biotin, sometimes called B-7, is actually one of the B complex vitamins, a group of vitamins responsible for breaking down fat and carbohydrates from the foods you eat and turning them into energy. But that’s not all it does…

Biotin also promotes skin health and helps regulate your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and blood sugar. And the vitamin is necessary to produce keratin, a protein that promotes strong hair and nails.

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it is not stored in the body for long. And your body does not naturally produce it. The bacteria in your gut can produce biotin, but seeing as most of us are walking around with compromised gut flora, we can’t rely on them to do the job. We’ve got to make sure we find other sources of biotin for optimal health.

Symptoms of a Biotin Deficiency

If you are someone that eats a healthy diet consisting of whole foods, you most likely aren’t deficient in biotin. But if you are someone who eats a diet made up of mostly processed “food,” then there is a very good chance you are deficient in this important vitamin.

Here are the most common symptoms of a biotin deficiency:

  • red rashes on the skin, especially the face
  • dry or scaly skin
  • dry eyes
  • brittle hair
  • hair loss
  • fatigue
  • insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • depression
  • burning or prickling sensation in the hands and feet
  • muscle pain
  • changes in the intestinal tract (frequent upset stomach)
  • cracking in the corners of the mouth
  • seizures
  • difficulty walking

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and want to see if you have a biotin deficiency, make an appointment with your doctor. He or she will order a blood test to check your levels.

What Causes a Biotin Deficiency?

A biotin deficiency is usually attributed to one of the following:

  1. Medications

Medications such as anti-seizure drugs and antibiotics can prevent your body from absorbing vitamins correctly. Also, antibiotics destroy the good bacteria in your gut that can naturally produce biotin on your behalf.

  1. Intestinal Issues

Certain intestinal conditions such as colitis and Crohn’s disease may also prevent your body from absorbing nutrients from food.

  1. Long-Term or Restrictive Dieting

Strict eating may prevent you from getting the nutrients you need to maintain good health. Eating a well-balanced diet is necessary to ensure you get all of the macro nutrients as well as vitamins and minerals your body needs.

How to Get More Biotin into Your Diet

It is recommended that an adult should aim to consume 30 micrograms (mcg) of biotin per day. Getting this vitamin from food sources is quite easy. Here are some common foods that contain large amounts of biotin.

  • cooked eggs, especially egg yolk
  • organ meats, including liver and kidney
  • dairy products, including milk, cheese, and yogurt
  • seafood

Supplements

Biotin is also available in supplement form. If we can throw our hat into the ring, we suggest taking our Golden Royal Honey. It not only contains important biotin but also other important nutrients like royal jelly and Panax ginseng, which help with everything from anxiety issues, energy, loss of libido and impotence.

Try some Golden Royal Honey for overall vibrant health!

Is the Stress of COVID-19 Getting You… Down?

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If you’re like most people, you’re feeling pretty stressed right now from this COVID-19 madness. Lockdowns, economic hardship, confusing and conflicting information from the media and health “experts.”

I probably don’t have to tell you that one of the absolute best (and funnest) stress relievers is good ol’ sex.

The problem is, many men who deal with chronic stress also deal with erectile dysfunction (ED).

Now it is believed that ED is simply a part of getting older. But research suggests having trouble getting and maintaining an erection isn’t always related to age. Many men experience ED at some point in their lives, and often, stress is the culprit.

How does stress cause erectile dysfunction?

Mental health conditions like stress and anxiety can affect how your brain signals your body’s response to mental or physical stimulation. So in the case of an erection, stress can interrupt how your brain sends messages to the penis to allow extra blood to flow.

And unfortunately, once you experience ED, you feel stressed about THAT on top of what you initially felt stressed about. It is a vicious cycle.

So what are some of the best ways you can alleviate stress so you can get your mojo back in the bedroom?

Exercise

When we are stressed our bodies release a cocktail of “Fight or flight” hormones that are supposed to help us fight or run like hell. Some of these hormones are responsible for redirecting blood flow away from certain parts of the body to other parts. When you’re fighting for your life, you don’t need an erection, is your body’s point of view.

Exercise helps your body burn through those hormones so they can’t continue to wreak havoc. Getting some exercise every day during a stressful time, is best, even if it’s just walking for half an hour.

Of course, the harder you exercise the more your body will release feel-good endorphins. So that’s really a win-win.

Rest

It can seem very hard to get to sleep at night when you are feeling stressed. But restorative sleep is necessary to help repair your body’s organs and systems. The good news is exercise will help you get to sleep. Also, stay off of your phone or laptop. The blue light emitted from electronic devices can hamper our ability to fall asleep

Ginseng

Panax ginseng is a powerful herb that offers many health benefits. Not only can it give you more energy, it can also help relieve stress.

As an added bonus, research has show ginseng may help men fight erectile dysfunction, you are attacking the problem twice.

Our Golden Royal Honey is a rich source of Panax ginseng, so you’ll be able to destress as well as get help in the bedroom.

But it doesn’t end there. Our honey also contains long jack and royal jelly, two natural compounds scientifically proven to help men achieve long-lasting erections.

Are Men More Susceptible to Stress?

While we are all dealing with the stress of COVID-19, does stress affect men and women differently?

According to research from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, stressful life events are more likely to predict depression in men than in women.

In fact, over longer periods of time, men are more susceptible to the depression-inducing effects of each additional stressor. And their risk for developing clinical depression was 50% stronger than for women.

To make matters worse, men who are the most vulnerable to stress and depression see depression – and seeking help for it – as a weakness. They are generally not comfortable talking about their feelings and so don’t seek treatment.

Dealing with stress is challenging. If you are a man and you are having a hard time coping with stress right now, and that stress is turning into depression, it’s important that you get the help you need right now.

Reach out to a local therapist. Even if they are not holding face-to-face sessions right now, most are making telehealth (over the internet) a priority for clients. Talking to trained counselor can do wonders for helping you deal with painful emotions.

It’s also important to support your overall health to support your mental health. For instance, eating right and getting the right nutrition will ensure you give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs. For example, stress often causes our body to burn through magnesium causing a deficiency. Interestingly, a magnesium deficiency has also been linked to depression.

As we just mentioned, ginseng is also powerful in the fight against stress. Studies have found taking ginseng daily helps people feel calm and more mentally stable during times of stress.

Our Golden Royal Honey contains Panax ginseng to help you feel calm and relaxed. It also contains other powerful nutrients that have been scientifically proven to support your overall health.

Try some for yourself today!

 

 

 

Prediabetes and Male Infertility: What’s the Connection?

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Are you a guy that has been trying to get his partner pregnant, but you’ve had no luck? Has everything checked out with her reproductive health, and so now the issue seems to be in your boxers or briefs?

There are many different things that can cause male infertility, primarily either low sperm production or abnormal sperm function. These issues are typically a result of an illness, injuries, chronic health problems, and/or lifestyle choices.

Now you may be thinking, “I haven’t had any injuries and I’m healthy.” But what do you really know about your health? Many chronic health issues go unnoticed for months and even years before symptoms arise.

This is how diabetes occurs. Many have already developed and lived with type 2 diabetes for sometime before they recognize some of the telltale signs. According to the CDC, approximately 88 million American adults (that’s more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes. But more than 80% of THOSE people are unaware they have it!

So what is prediabetes, exactly? Well, it’s a condition that’s marked by having consistently high blood sugars. When these high blood sugars go unchecked, you may develop health issues. And for men, that can lead to fertility problems.

Your Sperm Don’t Lie

Research has found that men with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes have compromised spermatogenesis, that is issues producing healthy sperm. Glucose metabolism has a direct impact on basic cell activity and that in turn decides how your organs and systems function. Prediabetes may have detrimental effects on male fertility, especially on sperm quality, such as sperm motility, sperm DNA integrity, and ingredients of seminal fluid.

Are You at Risk for Prediabetes?

Prediabetes not only affects your reproductive health, but your overall health. If not identified and diagnosed early, you have the chance of developing type 2 diabetes and its many health complications.

According to the CDC, here are some criteria that may point to a diagnosis of prediabetes:

  • Being overweight
  • 45+ in age
  • You have a close family member with type 2 diabetes
  • You exercise less than three times per week
  • African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and some Asian American ethnicity

How to Prevent and Reverse Prediabetes

Of course, you’ll want to make an appointment with your doctor to get a blood test for prediabetes. If you are diagnosed, there are some things you can do to reverse it, reclaim your health and father a child.

Lose Weight

If you are overweight, it is recommended that you aim to lose 5 to 7 percent of your body weight.

Clean Up Your Diet

Are you eating sensibly? Or are you at Pizza Hut for lunch and ordering in Chinese for dinner? A high carbohydrate diet full of trans fats is a sure ticket to poor health and dis-ease. Clean up your diet and replace that garbage with meats, egg, cheese and organic fruits and veggies, making sure to avoid some of the sweeter fruits like bananas and pineapple.

Exercise

Partake in moderate strenuous exercise at least three times a week. Exercise not only helps to keep weight off, but it helps your body burn through available glucose, bringing down your blood sugar naturally.

 

What if your doctors tells you your blood test was normal and you don’t have prediabetes but you are still having trouble conceiving? Well, if the rest of your health checks out, it may be stress that’s the culprit.

Our Golden Royal Honey is loaded with natural ingredients that have been shown to help men with infertility issues and erectile dysfunction. Try some for yourself today.

How to Get Your Man in the Mood

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We are led to believe that men are always in the mood and women are the ones who often “have a headache.” But the reality is, there are plenty of times when women want a little action in the bedroom and men, for whatever reason, just aren’t feeling it. He may be tired and have had a stressful day, or he may be concerned that he’s just not up to performing for you in that moment.

So how do you get your man in the mood?

Help Him Relax

The number one reason men tend to not be in the mood is because they are stressed out. You can help him relax by making him a drink (bringing him a beer), cooking him his favorite meal, and listening to him. By simply being attentive to his needs in that moment, he won’t feel the weight of the world is solely on his shoulders and will be able to relax.

Give Him a Nice Massage

You’ve already relaxed him a little bit, but now it’s time to relax him more while turning him on at the same time. A hot oil massage is something no man can really refuse.

After dinner, have him take a hot shower, then after you slowly dry him off, have him lay down so you can give him a nice rubbing. And, if your clothes slowly come off in the process of massaging him, well there’s no harm in that, is there?!

Slip into Something Sexy

If it’s been a few days of your man not being in the mood, it’s time to appeal to his eyes. Men are very visual and they like when their woman looks like “eye candy.” So if you’ve been wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt around the house, perhaps you could surprise him by slipping into something you used to wear when you both tried harder to turn the other on. Why not meet him at the door wearing something sex as hell?

Wear His Favorite Fragrance

Turn on all of his senses by wearing a scent that drives him wild.

Talk Dirty to Him

While he sits on the sofa, glazed at the game on TV, lean in and whisper all of the naughty things you want him to do to you. You’ll both have a halftime show you won’t soon forget!

Tease Him

Men love it when women tease them. It turns us on BIG time. So touch him in ways that are suggestive but leave him wanting more. Kiss his neck, touch his thigh and stomach. He’ll get the message REAL quick.

Text Him Naughty Pictures from the Bedroom

If you’ve ever been in a long-distance relationship, you know that you have to get creative. Go into the bedroom and text him suggestive images, he’ll come a knockin’.

Honey

Honey is sticky and sweet. Drizzle a little on yourself and ask if he can help you get it off. As a bonus, use our Golden Royal Honey. It’s packed with natural ingredients like ginseng, royal jelly and long jack, all of which have been scientifically proven to help men and women get their libido back.

And, if your man has also been experiencing erectile dysfunction, our Golden Royal Honey has helped countless men achieve and maintain erections they can be proud of.

Order some today and with these other tips, you’ll be sure to get your man in the mood and KEEP him there!