Sexercises: fun for more than one

If you’re like me, you remember starting sexual education in elementary school and learning the same thing every year until you had to take health in high school. Don’t get me wrong, sex ed is great and very informative on subjects like abstinence and safe sex. If you’re not like me and was never exposed to sex ed and want to be informed, check this out.

However, I don’t recall anyone teaching me about any sex exercises, which I had to learn about on my own after being a college student for several years. “Sexercises” can be very useful to know about, even before being sexually active.

In case you still haven’t figured it out, I’m talking about kegels. It’s totally okay if you don’t know what I’m talking about, although if you’ve ever had to hold your urine in your bladder you’re actually already familiar with the process and you didn’t even know it.

Kegel exercises simply make your pelvic floor muscles stronger. These are the muscles that control your urine flow and help hold your pelvic organs in place. These are also some of the muscles that contract during an orgasm.

You do the math. By strengthening these muscles, you will strengthen your orgasms.

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Let’s not leave our male friends out. Guys can definitely also do kegels, and they’re healthy for everybody. It could even be fun to try them together during foreplay or intercourse. By getting together with partner and doing the exercises you can show each other your progress while spicing up your bedroom time simultaneously.

Kegels are also important because as we all know when we get older, our bodies get older too. If you don’t do kegels it can leave you more susceptible to things like leaking urine while exercising and having an urge to urinate so strong that you can’t wait until you get to the toilet before it happens. I’m going out on a limb here, but I don’t think anyone actually wants to have accidents like this.

Another awesome thing about kegels is you can do them anywhere and no one will know. Kegels are simple to execute as well. All you have to do is pretend you’re trying to hold in your urine for three seconds, and then rest for three seconds. That squeezes the correct muscles.

So if you’re already an active person that enjoys exercising (or even if you’re not) why leave out any muscles? Hopefully this post inspires you to add some kegel reps to your workout routine, and remember keep it klean out there!

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A how to for you to not be so blue

outlets of some sort are good for you
venting is a good thing to do

there are many ways to get bad feelings out
that include going for a jog or giving a shout

no matter the method you decide to choose
just remember to do it; don’t snooze

because it’s really no good to hold bad feelings in
keeping them bottled up is never a win

if you couldn’t tell by this post
rhyming is the way I like to vent most

so figure out the way that works best for you
and implement that method the next time you’re blue

I hope this post makes you a little more aware
about venting and remember, keep it klean out there!

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Today’s Tea: Election stress (less)

I hope you enjoy my first “Today’s Tea” post. If you read my other post about tea you’re already familiar with how much I enjoy tea, and I decided that I like it so much I want to tell you guys about a new tea every day. I believe that being a chronic tea drinker plays a part in living a klean lifestyle.

Thus bringing me to today’s tea selection: lavender.

I know what you’re thinking: lavender, in my tea? Isn’t it used for its fragrance?

Well, here’s what I’m thinking: Yes, it is used for scent but is not limited to that. Steeping a cup of pure dried lavender is what’s known as a tisane

Now you’re probably wondering why I chose this as today’s tea.

If you’re an American citizen, and even if you’re not, you’re probably (hopefully) aware that today is Election Day. The numbers have looked close all day which can be stressful for everyone involved. No matter what outcome someone might want, we all still have to wait and that anticipation is what can increase stress levels.

Lavender is known for it’s calming effects. So if you’re biting your nails, on the edge of your seat, pulling your hair out, or all of the above, take a break from the election coverage and stop by your local grocery store. In the spice section there might be dried lavender, and in the tea section there are probably some brands, like Yogi or Traditional Medicinals, that have night time teas with lavender in them. You can mix it with anything you’d like, such as chamomile or mint, whatever’s your personal cup of tea (ha, ha).

Too much stress is unhealthy on the body, physically and mentally. If you’re stressed about the election results, or anything else going on in life, don’t hesitate to do anything in your power to lower that stress. Less stress makes for a healthier, cleaner mind.

So let’s wait together, but not worry, about the results tonight. Put on the tea kettle and remember, keep it klean out there!

Eat good for yourself and your mother (Earth)

In virtually any neighborhood, San Francisco is known for some hella good food. Another well-known fact about the city is its conservation efforts due to circumstances like California’s drought and pollution, among others.

Because of this restaurants that practice sustainability thrive in the Bay Area. From the Panhandle to Glen Park to Noe Valley to South of Market, there isn’t just amazing food; it’s sustainable for our bodies and the Earth, too.

Here are just a few restaurants out of the wide showcase that the city has to offer it’s environmentalist locals and visitors alike.

I’ve only been to Tataki Canyon, but I plan on checking out the other four spots on my list. If you decide to go to any of these restaurants I hope you enjoy. And remember, keep it klean out there!

-Michelle Brignoli

 

 

Skip the pill and pick up the plant

Painkillers are everywhere. They’re easy to purchase in a drug store or convenience store by just about anyone.

After a minor injury, it’s too easy to pop a few ibuprofen. Some people might be familiar with the side effects that these over the counter medications can have on a consumers body, others might not. Many, though, might be unfamiliar with alternative, homeopathic methods.

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). There are more, but this one is over the counter, which makes it a common choice for consumers.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that people who take NSAIDs (other than aspirin) such as ibuprofen may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or a stroke than people who do not take these medications. These events may happen without warning and may cause death. This risk may be higher for people who take NSAIDs for a long time, or very frequently.

While taking ibuprofen can alleviate pain and reduce inflammation, there are warnings on the labels to inform consumers about what exactly is going into their bodies.

Studies show that turmeric, on the other hand, may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Instead of taking a pill to reduce inflammation, turmeric can be consumed or applied as a topical solution.

As a spice, turmeric has an intense flavor when consumed alone.

To make it less of a chore to drink, some people make “golden milk.” This is a mixture of turmeric, black pepper, milk or water, and coconut oil. Black pepper is added to increase the absorption of turmeric in the body. Honey or agave syrup can be added as a natural sweetener.

If a part of the body is sore of inflamed after long intensive physical activity, turmeric can be mixed with coconut oil or aloe vera and applied to the area affected. Users should keep in mind that turmeric is a bright yellow and orange spice and that it will stain skin temporarily, and clothes for longer or possibly permanently.

Like taking ibuprofen, turmeric only works to the consumers advantage when consistency is practiced. Drinking or applying turmeric will not work as a one time use. But after taking ibuprofen, is the pain gone indefinitely?

No. The side effects aren’t gone either.

In July 2015, the FDA released a notice that they are strengthening an existing label warning that non-aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke.

Side effects of turmeric may occur after taking large amounts of turmeric for long periods of time. This may cause stomach upset and, in extreme cases, ulcers.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. However, herbs can trigger side effects and may interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications.

If it wasn’t apparent, I’m not a doctor. If you’re considering taking ibuprofen or using turmeric as a health benefit, please speak to a doctor before doing so. What might help some can potentially hurt others. And remember, keep it klean out there!

-Michelle Brignoli

A tea for any occasion

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It’s been said that tea is beneficial to the body. Incorporating tea into your everyday life can help with weight loss, high blood pressure, and other health issues.

When people say they don’t like tea, what’s probably happening is that they haven’t gotten the chance to explore the wonderful world of tea. These folks don’t know about all the different types of tea and the magic tea can do for your body. Perhaps these humans do not drink tea because they’re on the coffee side of the caffeine spectrum.

Next time you have to stop at Starbucks, just keep in mind that the more coffee you consume the more cortisol, (an enzyme that increases the rate at which your body retains fat) is released.

Fear not, weight watchers, yerba mate is here to save the day. Yerba mate is a plant that grows in South America. This is one type of tea that a lot of the people who are trying to quit coffee switch over to, because it has a significant amount of caffeine and it is lacking in the enzyme responsible for the caffeine crashes.

If mate isn’t your cup of tea- pun intended- there is a plethora of options. Black, green, oolong, and pu-erh are just a handful of other caffeinated teas. Depending on the time of day or how much caffeine you have already consumed, there’s a tea for that.

Black, green and white teas all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, which is native to Asia. The reason they’re different is because they’re picked at different times throughout growth.

White teas are harvested first, which means they contain the least amount of caffeine and the most amount of antioxidants. Black teas are picked last so they contain the most amount of caffeine and the least amount of antioxidants. Green teas fall in the middle. Regardless, all of these teas are beneficial in their own individual way.

You’ve probably heard at least once in your life to drink tea when you’re sick. This is true, and there are different teas that help to ease different types of illnesses.

Rooibos is a popular tea from South Africa that is known for working with the digestion system while it is working to help keep water weight off. Also, rooibos is not caffeinated so it is a perfect after lunch or dinner to soothe a stomach ache or settle your food.

Another caffeine free tea is tulsi, or holy basil. This tea is native to India and it helps to naturally balance out your stress levels, perfect during the semester right before bed. Some people use it as a homeopathic remedy for airplane nervousness.

There’s so much to know about tea, I could go on and on but if you want to learn some more for yourself check out this website for some more neat facts. And remember, keep it klean out there!

-Michelle Brignoli

A little cleaning goes a long way

Welcome to my hopes and dreams. This blog is designed to produce different methods to clean different parts of your life. We only have one body, one life, and one world. However, keeping these things clean all mean entirely different things.

Clean body.

This generally means maintaining a healthy diet and some form of exercise.

Clean mind.

People associate this idea with a stress-free happy life.

Clean world.

This one is self-explanatory which is why it’s ironic that it’s not been achieved.

It’s so important to remember to treat your body like it’s the only one you’ll ever have, and the same can be said about the world (at least in our lifetime, who knows what the future will hold).

Disclaimer: I’m not perfect and I’m working on my “klean” journey day by day.

So step right up, we’re in this together. Who knows? We might even have a little fun.

-Michelle Brignoli