Men: Seven Steps to a Healthier Sex Life

Men: Seven Steps to a Healthier Sex Life

Boost your libido (and your basic good health, too) with these simple tips.

By Esquire


Lose the Belly

If you decrease the size of your belly, this will boost your sex drive. Testosterone is normally broken down in the body's fat cells, and abdominal fat breaks down testosterone extra quickly and leads to testosterone deficiency. By losing that belly fat, you'll increase the amount of testosterone in your system. Other health concerns? Check out 99 Tips from Dr. Oz.


Do More Squats

By doing exercises concentrated below the waist, you can increase the blood flow in your pelvic region.


Eat More Walnuts

Or almonds. Or anything that contains an amino acid calledarginine

, which is also found in beans, cold-water fish (tuna, salmon), soy products, and oats. Arginine promotes a process called nitric-oxide release, which relaxes blood vessels and increases the blood flow. You can also find arginine in dietary supplements like L-arginine—though don't exceed more than 2,800 mg in a day, and make sure to enjoy these places where men eat.


Get Serious About Lowering Your Cholesterol

Among the many other reasons for doing this: It will facilitate blood flow and increase your sex drive. Other health concerns? Read Dr. Oz's answers to 99 health mysteries.


Pay Attention

Does it burn when you pee? Are you seeing blood? Is there any discomfort when you adjust yourself? If the answer is yes and the problem lasts for more than a few days, see a doctor. Plus, find out how to get in and out of the bathroom more quickly.


Do a Self-Exam Every Six Months

Feel around your testicles for hardness and discomfort, and if you sense anything that feels like a knuckle, see your doctor. There's a chance it could be testicular cancer.


Get a Physical Once a Year

Ask your doctor about your blood pressure, cholesterol, and testosterone levels. If you're having problems with any of those things, it'll eventually influence your sex life. And here's a guide to how to have a good heart.

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Enough is enough: Nepal's parties failed the people (Dirty Politics)

Enough is enough

Parties have failed the people

Nepalis are deeply frustrated with their political parties. The 601-member Constituent Assembly they elected with great expectations two years ago first failed to deliver on its original mandate: of drafting the constitution by May 28. Now the parties have forgotten why the people put them there in the first place. The centrality of the peace process in the ongoing transition seems to have been lost on them, as they get increasingly caught up in the power-hungry politics. For the third unfortunate occasion on Monday, the prime ministerial race turned into an ugly charade. 

Factional politics and the parties’ monumental failure to work together have stopped the formation of a new government - more than a month after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned.

Nepal is now being held hostage to an extremely short-sighted and opportunistic brand of politics. And all parties need to shoulder the blame but the Big Three and the newly reconstituted Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) even more so. Opportunistic politics is nothing new to Nepal. But even by their poor standards, our politicians have now scaled new heights. Never before has there been a power vacuum for so long (and so frightening) as the last one month. The results are all too evident: a steady erosion of state authority and undermining of vital state institutions, including security agencies. The morale among top-level government officials is perhaps at an all-time low. Needless to say, the economy is in a shambles; the much looked forward-to budget speech which was expected to provide a much needed boost to the national economy has been shelved - thanks again to the parties’ failure to agree on a minimum common ground. The country and the Nepali people can go to dogs for all they care.

The political parties are certainly fiddling while the country burns. Still, it would all have been perhaps forgivable if the country’s security situation was not so fragile. Nepal ranks among the most fragile states in the world - 26th in the Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy magazine’s annual Failed States Index for 2010. All this as the parties fail to settle their never-ending intra- and inter-party feuds.

The parties are unwittingly creating a new space for external forces to step in. But as much as our issues with the meddling ways of external forces, we primarily blame our own national actors for their failure to stand up to value based politics and the larger good of the Nepali people.

We want the new government to be formed without further ado and the revival of politics of consensus much in 

evidence at the early stage of the peace process. The centrality of a lasting peace should be allowed to reclaim its rightful space.

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