Sex and Weight Loss
Dr. Oz says that sex, besides all of its obvious other advantages, can help men lose weight, too. But that's not because it burns so many calories—in fact, it burns just about 25, equal to less than a half of a slice of bread.
Instead, Dr. Oz says the real value of sex comes from the release of a hormone called oxytocin, which makes you feel community, love and empathy. "That is incredibly important because besides lowering your blood pressure, what it does is it tells your gut not to send signals to the brain to eat. So it's a wonderful tool to get you where you want to be," Dr. Oz says.
Sex—Weight Loss and Penis Length
While sex can help men lose weight, the weight loss itself can improves men's sex lives. Often when a man is carrying a lot of extra weight, Dr. Oz explains, a fat bundle builds up and starts to surround the penis shaft. As a man drops the weight, that fat starts to recede. "If you lose 35 pounds, if you're a male, you are gaining one inch of penis length," he says.
One of the best ways a man can make sure his body is operating at its peak is by getting his recommended daily vitamins and minerals—either through diet or with the help of supplements and multivitamins.
- A – No more than 2,500 IU
- B6 – 4 mg a day
- B12 – 25 mcg, in a supplement
- C – 400 mg a day three times a day
- D – 400 IU a day if under age 60; 600 IU a day if 60 or over
- E – 400 to 800 IU a day
- Folate (sometimes listed as vitamin B9) – 800 mcg a day
- Thiamin – 25 mg
- Riboflavin – 25 mg
- Niacin – 30 mg a day
- Biotin – 300 mg
- Pantothenic acid – 30 mg
- Calcium – 600 mg twice a day
- Magnesium – 400 mg a day
- Selenium – 200 mcg a day
- Zinc – 15 mg
While it's small, aspirin packs superior health benefits for men over 35. In fact, Dr. Oz says taking 162.5 mg of aspirin helps your skin and reduces arterial aging by 36 percent. It fights cancer, too.
There are some health risks involved with daily aspirin therapy, however, so consult your doctor. For typical men the benefits of taking 162.5 mg of aspirin a day exceed the risks at age 35.
Rock 'n' Roll—Reversing Lifestyle
As just about every Behind the Music
has shown, partying like a rock star can leave a person's mind and body ravaged. But it's not too late for most men to turn their lives around. Changing key habits, especially for a man younger than 35, can result in getting about 90 percent of the benefits you'd have if you'd been doing it all your life.
A few of the best things you can do are:
- Weight training
- Quitting smoking
- Starting yoga or some other stress-relieving activity
- Taking vitamins and minerals like B6, B12, C, D, folate and calcium
- Lowering your blood pressure
- Starting aspirin therapy (about 162.5 mg a day)
- Eating a heart-healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish)
- Exercising your mind with games and puzzles
Start now with just three changes and gradually add more as you master each. You'll feel younger in no time.
Rock 'n' Roll—Loud Music
The threat that loud noises—especially from personal music players—poses to men's hearing is no joke. Loud music can lead to hearing loss and tinnitus, a permanent ringing in the ears.
The good thing about personal music players and their headphones—especially those ubiquitous white earbuds—is that you can groove in the gym or rock out at the market. The bad thing about them, Dr. Oz says, is that they will almost certainly damage your hearing if you listen for too long or crank up the volume too high.
"If you're exposed to a noise as loud as a city street for more than an hour at a time, it's dangerous," Dr. Oz says. "Think about this: When you wear your earphones, you [could] generate noise that's loud enough to drown out the city street."
Loud noise may not only leave a ringing in your ears—it could take years off your life. Dr. Oz says a recent study in Germany suggests there may be a connection between loud noises and heart problems. "Women had a 50 percent increased chance of having a heart attack if they were exposed to a lot of noise all day long, especially at home," he says. Though Dr. Oz says the reasoning behind this isn't known for sure, researchers believe that the added stress of being around loud noises creates more heart-damaging anxiety. "Although you don't realize it, your body does. And it doesn't react to it on the right way."
Treat your ears right and don't ever turn the volume up to more than 70 percent of the maximum.
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