Is Sex Addiction Real

We’re set to see movie star Michael Fassbender in a completely different light this January as he takes on the role of a sex addict in Steve McQueen’s Shame. Despite the subject matter the film is anything but erotic, instead it’s a cold clinical depiction of a condition that has grown in prominence in recent years.
Sex addiction has been at the centre of a string of tabloid stories as stars such as Michael Douglas, Tiger Woods and Russell Brand have admitted to suffering from the disorder and checked themselves into rehab for treatment. But while high-profile sufferers have helped to publicise the condition, the media coverage has also had a negative impact; leading people in some quarters to question whether it’s a genuine disorder or merely a handy excuse for errant individuals. We talked to the experts to find out.

So what is sex addiction?
The relationship counselling service, Relate, describes sex addiction as “…the term used to describe any sexual activity that feels ‘out of control’. That might be sex with a partner, viewing pornography, masturbation, visiting prostitutes, or any number of other sexual activities.”
While the compulsion might involve an action, sex becomes addictive for people in much the same way as drugs or alcohol. During sex, our bodies release a powerful cocktail of chemicals including dopamines. Sex addicts get hooked on this chemical high, but like all addicts their bodies become used to these chemicals as relationship expert Marisa Peer explains:
“Sex addiction is known as a ‘process addiction’ like gambling, the biochemical element is the release of dopamine in the brain that, in itself, becomes highly addictive and all dopamine addicts need more and more, so a sex addict will need more sex or more partners to get the same dopamine high.”
Even though it has become increasingly prevalent in popular culture, recognition of sex addiction as a genuine clinical condition is still a bone of contention. There are detractors who have expressed doubts over the legitimacy of the condition, arguing that it is in fact a way of projecting social stigma onto patients, or a symptom of another disorder. The fact that sexual deviance is still a social taboo and people’s sexual patterns are uniquely subjective has also caused contention in the clinical world. All of which means that at the present time there are no recognised clinical criteria through which sexual addiction can be diagnosed.
However, that looks set to change since at home and across the pond in America where sex addiction is widely acknowledged, medical institutions are moving to recognise the condition as a genuine clinical complaint. Continue Reading…

Kourtney Kardashian Has Special Pregnancy Diet

Kourtney Kardashian Has Special Pregnancy Diet: Kourtney Kardashian’s pregnancy diet is essentially an open book. With strings attached. “I’m just eating whatever I can. Whatever I can tolerate,” she said. “I think this [pregnancy] there is less I can tolerate.”

Kardashian, 32 – who already has a son, 2-year-old Mason – recently announced she’s pregnant with her second child, but said it’s too early to tell whether Mason will have a little brother or sister.

Joined earlier this month by her family and longtime boyfriend Scott Disick at Las Vegas’s Kardashian Khaos, a lifestyle boutique in the Mirage Resort and Casino, the Kourtney and Kim Take New York star’s baby bump was barely noticeable in her black dress.

Though she doesn’t know the sex, she hinted that she won’t be surprised when the child is born. Asked whether she wants to know in advance, she said, “I think so.”

Anti Smoking Efforts Often Fall Short

Anti Smoking Efforts Often Fall Short: Seven out of 10 smokers say they’d like to quit, and many may already be struggling to stick to their resolution to make 2012 a smoke-free year. If quitting were easy, after all, chances are good that nearly 20% of adults wouldn’t still be smokers, a figure that hasn’t budged much in several years.

Smoking is such a familiar health hazard that some experts say it doesn’t get the attention it deserves; the focus is often on other lifestyle-related conditions, especially obesity. But smoking is still the No. 1 cause of preventable death in this country. Nearly half a million people die prematurely because of smoking-related illnesses, including lung cancer, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most smokers need some sort of assistance to quit, whether it’s counseling, support groups or medication to help reduce nicotine cravings. But getting that help can be difficult. Continue Reading…

Siliana Gaspard – a Bikini Competitor: an Interview

Siliana Gaspard is a top bikini national competitor. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, she currently resides in Houston, TX, US. She is a mother to an eighteen months old boy.
She has lately won the following competitions:
– 2011 NPC Texas State Championships Rank 1st
– 2011 IFBB North American Championships Rank 3rd
– 2011 NPC Europa Super Show, Dallas Rank 1st
– 2011 NPC Branch Warren Classic Rank 2nd
Siliana was recently interviewed by Women Fitness. Here are experts from her interview for benefits of our readers.
About her well-toned figure and related achievements, this is what Siliana had to say, “It’s just a lot of hard work and commitment, in the gym and for your diet. After the birth of my son, I wanted to challenge myself.” On her lifestyle routine in terms of diet & exercise she goes to add “Luckily I am self-employed, so the stress of work depends on me. I do some modelling too, but people are always nice in that industry. I follow a more Mediterranean diet because of my culture, and it works to keep me healthy.”
She comments on how to balance between work and family “Most women have kids or full time jobs. The key is scheduling. Find a time that works for you, either in the morning or afternoon, evening, and just stick with it no matter what. Don’t make excuses” She further adds “I try to stay away from synthetic products.”
She says on her journey as a fitness model/ bikini competitor “I actually just started training to be a bikini competitor since May/June. I played tennis the majority of my life. My role model has always been my mother because she is the strongest woman I know.”
When asked why she loves Womenfitness.net, She enthusiastically said “Wow! Because it is just for women!”
Women Fitness Team thanks her for the valuable time she gave for the interview.

Good Bacteria Significant in Weight Management

Good Bacteria Significant in Weight Management: In recent decades the traditional three meals at home pattern has been replaced by snacking, junk foods and takeaways, contributing towards weight gain. This has been compounded by a decline in physical activity with expanding car ownership and new forms of home-based entertainment.
What has been further ignored is the importance of thorough mastication and regular bowel movements. Constipation, exemplified by a bloated abdomen, has been closely linked with obesity and could be avoided by means of regular habits, abdominal exercises and a high fibre diet.
When food is not chewed to a creamy consistency, it is left undigested and most of it inevitably turns into toxic waste. When food is eaten without chewing, toxins are consumed instead of nutrients. For optimal health we need to have 80-85% of “good” bacteria in our intestines.
Friendly bacteria manufacture many essential nutrients for our body, including vitamin K, B-vitamins, numerous helpful enzymes and other vital substances. Such “good” or Aerobic bacteria thrive in the presence of oxygen and require it for their continued growth and existence. In absence of enough oxygen in the cells of our body, “bad” bacteria take over and begin to thrive, causing an extreme amount of infections and disease. The pathogenic bacteria are anaerobic, and cannot tolerate gaseous oxygen. Taking care of our intestinal flora is vitally important! “Good” bacteria could be easily destroyed with countless factors, such as antibiotics, poor diet, overeating, stress, etc.
It has been researched that in the intestines of the healthiest individuals the ratio of “good” to “bad” bacteria is usually maintained at 85:15. It is interesting that healthy natural soil has the same ratio of bacteria as healthy human intestines. Having 15% of “bad” bacteria is essential to maintaining a strong immunity. According to multiple studies, in reality most people have a reversed version of this ratio. They usually have approximately 90% “bad” bacteria and only 10% “good” bacteria living in their bowels.
Bad bacteria and many other harmful microorganisms thrive in an acidic bodily environment (produced by sugar, wheat, meat), so consume a diet consisting largely of alkaline-producing foods (fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouted grains and nuts).
Lifestyle factors to promote development of “Good Bacteria ”
– Daily intake of a specific form of lactic acid bacteria could help prevent obesity and reduce low-level inflammation. Cultured foods like raw milk yogurt and kefir, some cheeses, and sauerkraut are good sources of natural, healthy bacteria, provided they are not pasteurized.
– Eat whole grains, beans, nuts and other seeds, fruits and vegetables. Portions of these foods cannot be absorbed in your upper intestinal tract, so they pass to your colon and provide the medium for a flourishing colony of good bacteria to grow there.
– Follow a low-fat diet. Too much fat can disrupt the good flora in your body. Fats should account for only 30 percent of your daily diet, ideally derived from monounsaturated fats and healthy oils such as olive and canola.
– Avoid consuming sugar, including fructose, and processed foods (which virtually all contain added sugar and fructose). The sugars serve as fuel for the growth of pathogenic anaerobic bacteria, fungi and yeast, and competitively inhibit your good bacteria, tending to crowd them out of their appropriate niche. These pathogenic bacteria, fungi and yeast then produce metabolic waste products that will cause your health to deteriorate.
– Pickle of a variety of fruits and vegetables using old-fashioned methods is another way to add beneficial bacteria into your diet.
– See your gynecologist regularly for pelvic exams. Many women with bacterial vaginosis, which occurs when harmful bacteria is uncontrolled by good bacteria, are asymptomatic, making detection and treatment important.
– Avoid douching, says WomensHealth.gov. This disrupts the normal bacteria that prevent the bad bacteria from multiplying and is not necessary. Wash the vaginal area every day with mild soap, avoid tight pants and wear cotton underwear to create an environment that does not promote the growth of bad bacteria.
– Limit your intake of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill good bacteria along with the bad, including the bacteria in your colon. Killing the good bacteria can allow harmful bacteria to grow, such as C. difficile, which can cause irritation and infection of the colon. Only take antibiotics as prescribed by your physician, and do not take antibiotics that belong to someone else.
– Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.
The above lifestyle and dietary changes can help restore good bacteria in your colon and prevent un-wanted weight gain.

 

Epidural anesthesia: option for painless child birth

Epidural anesthesia: option for painless child birth: Epidural anesthesia is the most common method applied for combating pain during delivery. The pregnant lady remains conscious and aware of the activities going on, but there is numbness at the pelvic region.
Epidural is a combination of pain killing medications. It is injected at the small of the back to numb the lower part of the spine when labor is well established and the cervix is at least 3 to 4 cm wide. The medication prevents transmission of pain signals from the womb and cervix to the brain. Although, epidural could be administered any time during labor, it is preferably injected when the contraction becomes strong. Despite the numbness, a woman could sense the contraction during delivery.
How does epidural anesthesia work?
An epidural anesthetic blocks the nerve roots that lead to the uterus and lower part of the body.
These roots are located in a space near the spinal cord called the epidural space. This lies within the spine just outside the outer covering of the spinal cord.
According to the American Pregnancy Association Epidural is usually administered by: “Intravenous (IV) fluids will be started before active labor begins and prior to the procedure of placing the epidural. You can expect to receive 1-2 liters of IV fluids throughout labor and delivery. An anesthesiologist, a physician who specializes in anesthesia, an obstetrician, or nurse-anesthetist will administer your epidural”.

Advantages of Epidural Anesthesia
• Almost complete relief from pain with the patient being mobile.
• No postpartum headache as in spinal anesthesia.
• Mother is conscious and alert throughout the labor.
• It reduces anxiety and irritability caused due to labor pains.
An Australian study, reported in the journal BJOG,  that epidurals could prevent pelvic muscle damage during delivery. Pelvic muscle damage leads to organ prolapse in later life, when the weak elevator muscles could no longer hold the bladder and uterus in their respective places. Nearly 10 per cent women suffer from organ prolapse due to vaginal delivery.
Another advantage of epidural anaesthesia is that it makes easy for instrumental delivery if any forceps are required and even is sufficient anaesthesia if an urgent caesarean section is required.
Disadvantages of Epidural Anesthesia
• The biggest disadvantage is that in some case there is sudden drop in blood pressure.
• Epidurals can cause nausea, dizziness, headache, backache, shivering and tinnitus.
• Because of pelvic floor relaxation, baby’s head may not rotate and forceps application may be required.
• Complications such as meningitis can occur, but are extremely rare if adequate sterile precautions are used.
Some health experts claim that babies born to mothers on epidurals are sluggish. They might require resuscitation. The babies might appear disoriented. They might have problems latching to their mothers’ nipples, which prevent them from receiving their first milk.
However, the best option is still the natural way of giving birth.