Rooney took pills before US arrest

Wayne Rooney’s arrest for public intoxication was due to mixing sleeping pills and alcohol, his spokesman said.
The former Manchester United star was arrested in the US accused of public intoxication and swearing charges.
The 33-year-old football ace, who now plays for American team DC United, was taken into custody on December 16 in Virginia, officials said

Rooney was charged and paid a $25 fine and $91 costs on January 4, according to documents from Loudoun General District Court.

His public intoxication arrest came when he was left “disorientated” by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking, his spokesman said.
In a statement, the spokesman said: “Wayne Rooney was arrested and detained at Dulles airport following a long flight from Saudi Arabia after a one-day promotional business trip.
“During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival.His public intoxication arrest came when he was left “disorientated” by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking, his spokesman said.
In a statement, the spokesman said: “Wayne Rooney was arrested and detained at Dulles airport following a long flight from Saudi Arabia after a one-day promotional business trip.
“During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival.

“He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport. The matter is now at an end.
“Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.
“No further comment will be made.”

Rivals seek to move into Syria’s east,with US leaving

BEIRUT — The planned US troop withdrawal opens up a void in the north and east of Syria, and the conflicts and rivalries among all the powers in the Middle East are converging to fill it.
The sudden American decision to pull out its 2,000 troops has forced a reassessment of old alliances and partnerships. The Syrian government, the Kurds, Russia, Iran, Israel and Turkey have all had a hand in the country’s nearly eight-year war — each in a way, fighting its own war for its own reasons within Syria. Now all of those conflicts play out in the territory being abandoned by the Americans, creating new tensions, potential chaos and bloodshed.
To reassure jittery allies, Washington sent national security adviser John Bolton to Israel on Sunday, to be followed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who is planning an eight-country tour of Arab allies this coming week.
Here is a look at what’s at stake.

THE TERRITORY
The area up for grabs is around a third of Syria, forming a rough triangle. To the north is the border with Turkey, to the east the border with Iraq, and the third side is the Euphrates River. This was the heart of the Islamic State group’s foothold in Syria until the United States partnered with a Kurdish militia, creating a force of some 60,000 fighters —including some Syrian Arabs and Christian Assyrians — that wrested it away from the militants.
The territory is strategically important. For the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad and its allies Russia and Iran, regaining it means re-establishing sovereignty. The territory was once the source of Syria’s wheat and barley, its dams generated electricity and it holds some of Syria’s richest oil resources. Without it, Assad will have a harder time with reconstruction and operating long term. For the same reasons, it’s been a source of income for the Kurdish militia.
For the Kurds, their hold gave weight to their long-sought goal of autonomy. For the US, the troop presence ensured American influence. Turkey sees Kurdish autonomy on its border as an existential threat and has vowed to prevent this, accusing the US of empowering the militia Ankara says is linked to Kurdish insurgents in Turkey.

ASSAD and RUSSIA
Without the Americans, the door opens for Assad and his Russian backers to move in.
“The only obstacle preventing Assad from gaining control of the east was the US presence and the cover that it provided to the (Kurdish militia). With that gone … there is simply no real challenge that would prevent the regime from re-establishing control over those areas,” said Ayham Kamel, of the Eurasia group.
Abandoned by the US, the Kurdish fighters are forced to move toward Russia and Assad for protection against their more feared enemy, Turkey. Their force, armed and equipped by the US-led coalition, is unlikely to disappear. Instead, it is seeking an arrangement with Assad to continue operating as the government extends control over the territory.
Syrian officials boast that the withdrawal is a defeat to America. Controlling the east would help seal Assad’s victory in the civil war. The American move also accelerates a trend by Arab states to normalize relations with Assad, whom they shunned for years. The United Arab Emirates, a close US and Saudi ally, recently reopened its embassy in Damascus.

TURKEY vs. KURDS, RUSSIA and ASSAD
Turkey’s military, along with some 15,000 allied Syrian rebel fighters, is poised to launch an offensive in the east to break Kurdish control over the border.
But an offensive risks creating friction with Russia. In particular, it could wreck a cease-fire agreement the two reached over Idlib, the northwestern province held by rebels and Islamic militants where Turkey has influence — enabling a Syrian government assault on the province. Russian and Turkish officials have been holding talks, trying to avert tensions.
“A massive Turkish operation is not in Russia’s interest. It destabilizes the situation, risks undermining Idlib agreements and talks on reconstruction. Plus, if Turkey decides to capture all of the Kurdish areas it will inevitably clash with Russia and Iran,” said Yury Barmin, a Russia analyst.
Turkey is equally concerned over the prospect of Syrian government control over the east. In the past, Damascus has used the Kurdish militia as leverage against Ankara and could do so again. For nearly 20 years, Syria hosted the main Kurdish leader until he was captured in 1998, now imprisoned in Turkey.

IRAN and ISRAEL
A Syrian government move east means the spread of Iran as well. It will dramatically widen the land corridor where Iran enjoys free rein for its allied fighters, weapons and supplies across Iraq and Syria to Lebanon. Already, Iranian-backed militias have expanded control over areas near Syria’s border with Iraq and freely cross back and forth.
That has alarmed Israel. The likely result will be increased Israeli airstrikes against suspected Iranian-linked targets in Syria.

THE US, TURKEY and the ISLAMIC STATE GROUP
President Donald Trump dismissed the idea that the US needs influence in the conflict, saying Syria was nothing but “sand and death.” He claims the US mission there — to fight IS — has largely been completed. But IS still holds pockets and US-led coalition officials warn it could surge again.
There has also been growing unrest among Arab tribes in the east, disgruntled by the Kurdish-led administration. They too are likely to be a source of tension and may be leveraged by the different players for their own advantages.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Trump his forces could take over fighting IS. In two previous offensives, Turkish forces and their Syrian allies retook territory in the northwest from IS and Kurdish fighters. But their track record of abuses, forced displacement of Kurds and lawlessness raises concern over whether they can exercise authority in the east.

“The force that Erdogan has to offer Trump to replace the (Kurdish militia) in eastern Syria is not large enough, locally legitimate enough, and quite frankly not vettable enough, for the standards of the US military,” said Nick Heras, a Syria expert with the Center for a New American Security.

Nigeria’s Rich & Famous and How They Made Their Money

There are a lot of really interesting things about the remarkable continent of Africa. From the natural beauty and resources to the different cultures and all they have to offer, Africa is truly amazing. What people might not have realized about Africa is that it also has its share of billionaires and millionaires.
These charismatic, wealthy individuals have their own unique backstories and ways they obtained their riches. The richest Africans in the world run businesses operating in many different industries.
These industries include textiles, food production, agriculture, diamonds, communication, and more. Diversification and investments also have helped generate a lot of wealth. Click through to see the world’s wealthiest Africans

Dangote Group
Net Worth: $14.1B
Country: Nigeria
A list of Africa’s richest would not be possible without Aliko Dangote. His net worth is $14.1 billion, making him the richest man on the continent. Aliko was born in Kano, Nigeria.
He owns the Dangote Group. The Dangote Group owns stakes in many different industries. What really helped Dangote get his start was cement.
Aliko owns Dangote Cement, which is Africa’s largest producer of cement, making more than 44 million tons of cement annually. The Dangote Group has stakes in sugar, flour, and salt manufacturing companies as well, giving it a diversification edge.

Globacom
Net Worth: $4.2B
Country: Nigeria
Born in Idaban, Nigeria, Mike Adenuga has a net worth of $4.2 billion. He owns the company Globacom. Globacom is the second-largest telecommunication provider in Nigeria.
In addition to owning Globacom, Adenuga also has stakes in several ventures. He owns investments in the Equitorial Trust Bank and Conoil. Conoil is an oil exploration firm that has proven to be very lucrative for Adenuga.
He got his first oil drill in 1990, and, just one year later, he struck oil. Adenuga’s company was the first indigenous drilling company to achieve this.

Duchess Kate Felt Like Meghan ‘Used Her to Climb the Royal Ladder’

Hurt feelings mended on both sides. The royal drama that’s reportedly been brewing for months between Duchess Kate and sister-in-law Duchess Meghan was put to rest on Christmas Day after the two women aired their grievances with one another.


“Kate opened up about feeling like Meghan had used her to climb the royal ladder,” a source tells Us Weekly.
Pregnant Meghan, 37, meanwhile, admitted that she had felt snubbed by the Duchess of Cambridge, 36.
The two worked through their issues on Christmas Day, which they celebrated with the royal family at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England.
“Being under the same roof meant that they couldn’t avoid each other,” the source told Us.
For more about what caused their feud, watch the video above, and pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now!

The Biggest Tech Companies In The World

Technology giants have absolutely skyrocketed in value over the last decade, offering consumers an endless stream of continuously innovative new products – one rolling out after the next. Ten years ago, we saw these massive, growing corporations as heroes that would take human technology into the next era. Nowadays, however, these companies have managed to be embedded into our day-to-day lives like we could never have anticipated – on top of making a lot of investors rich in the process

APPLE (AAPL)
Interesting Fact: The founder of the company – Steve Jobs – was actually fired in 1985, when he was 30 years

Apple

*Founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976.
*CEO: Tim Cook
*Employees: 123,000
*Headquarters: Cupertino, CA
*Market Cap: $875.3 billion AND GROWING
*Growth in last ten years: 770%
*This company needs no explaining – just watch the Golden Globe-winning 2015 film “Steve Jobs” to get an inside look at the beginnings of this legendary tech giant. This company got its start back in the 70s when its three founders developed the first commercially successful line of personal computers – and eventually launched one of the most successful mobile phones of all time, the iPhone.AMAZON (AMZN)

AMAZON (AMZN)
Interesting Fact: Amazon.com was almost named Cadabra.com, but it was changed when a lawyer misheard it as “cadaver.”

Amazon

*Founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994
* Has Employees: 566,000
*Headquarters: Seattle, WA
* Market Cap: $719.1 billion AND GROWING
* Growth in last ten years: 2020%
Amazon.com is the largest online retailer worldwide today, and it got its start in a garage back in the mid-90s. Jeff Bezos had been the VP of a Wall Street firm before moving to Seattle to start an internet company after feeling like he missed the boat with the online boom. Since then, the company has exploded into groceries, artificial intelligence, and many more innovative services that almost all of us use.

FACEBOOK ( FB)
Interesting Fact: Within just a month of forming, over half of the Harvard student population had already signed up

Facebook

*Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, *Dustin Moskovitzand Chris Hughes on February 4, 2004.
*CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
*Product: Social Network
*Employees: 25,105 AND GROWING
*Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA
*Market Cap: $520 billion AND GROWING
*Growth in last ten years: 483%
If you want to understand the beginnings of Facebook, which is one of the most widely-used social media platforms in human history, just watch the movie “The Social Network.” The film is all about the founding of this social network at Harvard University, which also includes depictions of the characters who eventually sued and won for the theft of their original social network idea.

Alphabet (GOOG)
Interesting Fact: While its two founders were grad students at Stanford, they already had a search project called BACKRUB that was hosted on the university’s servers for over a year

*Founded by: Larry Page and Sergey Brin on October 2, 2015
* CEO: Larry Page
* Product: Conglomerate (Google parent company)
*Employees: 72,053
*Headquarters: Mountain View, California
*Market Cap: $784.2 billion AND GROWING
*Growth in last ten years: 411%
The two co-founders of Google eventually ended up founding Alphabet, Inc, and chose to launch a higher-up umbrella conglomerate to take some of the pressure off of Google – which was in control of a number of subsidiaries until they were passed up to the new parent company. The massive restructuring will certainly go down in corporate history.

Microsoft (MSFT)
Interesting Fact: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has executed nine stock splits since going public.

*CEO: Satya Nadella
* Product: Software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and services
*Founded by: Bill Gates & Paul Allen on April 4, 1975
*Employees: 124,000
*Headquarters: Redmond, Washington
* Market Cap: $ 724.2 billion AND GROWING
* YoY growth: 47%
*Growth in last ten years: 231%
Microsoft was founded back in the mid-70s in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It took about ten years until it completed its Initial Public Offering (IPO), which raised $61 million at the time – famously making Bill Gates super rich. Since then, this has been one of the most reliable tech investments, as we use its software and video games technology all over the world.

TWITTER (TWTR)
Interesting Fact: This wildly popular social media network was almost called Friendstalker instead of Twitter

*CEO: Jack Dorsey
*Product: Social Media
*Founded by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone & Evan Williams on March 21, 2006
*Employees: 3,583
*Headquarters: San Francisco, California
*Market Cap: $24.15 billion
* YoY growth: 98%
* Growth in last ten years: -28%
It was long before Twitter became the preferred communication medium of President Donald Trump that it had changed social media (and the world) forever. This platform, where quick thought-bites are tweeted out to followers all over the world, has exploded in popularity and is seen in all sorts of media nowadays. Its growth has lulled in the past couple years, but it looks like it’s starting to make a comeback.

ALIBABA (BABA)
Interesting Fact: The founder, Jack Ma, taught English classes for 5 years at a University where he only earned $12.00 to $15.00 per month

*CEO: Daniel Zhang
*Product: E-commerce, Internet, AI and Technology
*Founded by Jack Ma & Peng Lei on April 4, 1999
*Employees: 50,092
*Headquarters: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
* Market Cap: $496 billion AND GROWING
*YoY growth: 82%
*Growth in last ten years: 108%
Alibaba is often thought of as the “Chinese Amazon” – but it is much more than that. This company actually delivered the highest-value initial public offering in US history with $21.8 billion raised. Its founder, Jack Ma, is one of the richest people in the world, and one of the most influential in China.

NETFLIX (NFLX)
Interesting Fact: The starting pay for most entry-level jobs at Netflix, like positions in call centers, is $18.00 per hour.


*CEO: Reed Hastings
*Product: Streaming Entertainment/Production
* Founded by Reed Hastings & Marc Randolph on August 29, 1997
* Employees: 5,400
* Headquarters: Los Gatos, California
*Market Cap: $124.1 billion
*YoY growth: 104%
*Growth in last ten years: 6259%
Netflix is a company that started out as an innovative DVD-mail-service venture and slowly grew to nearly dominate film and TV on Earth – with its online streaming services, it truly transformed the way that human beings consume entertainment. Nowadays, some of the most popular films and television shows are produced and put directly onto the Netflix platform

PAYPAL (PYPL)
Interesting Fact: This company was actually voted as one of the 10 worst business ideas of 1999.

*CEO: Daniel Schulman
*Product: Online Payments
* Founded by Ken Howery, Luke Nosek, Max Levchin, Peter Thiel & Elon *Musk in December 1998
* Employees: 18,100
*Headquarters: San Jose, California
*Market Cap: $95.6 billion
*YoY growth: 89%
*Growth in last ten years: 129%
PayPal went public in 2002, just four years after it was founded – and it got picked up by eBay in the same year of its initial public offering (IPO). It was originally called Coinfinity until it merged with Elon Musk’s X.com back in 2000. Since then, it has become one of the top online payments processors in the world – and we can see their label on tons of e-commerce sites globally.

TESLA (TSLA)
Interesting Fact: The founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, put $70 million of his own cash into the venture.

*CEO: Elon Musk
* Product: Automobiles & Energy Storage
*Founded by Martin Eberhard, Marc Tarpenning, Ian Wright, Elon Musk & *JB Straubel on July 1, 2003
*Employees: 33,000
*Headquarters: Palo Alto, California
*Market Cap: $59.5 billion
*YoY growth: 40%
*Growth in last ten years: 1728%
Tesla has been one of the global images of innovative technology and renewable energy since its all-electric sports cars hit the road. Its Model S was the global top seller when it came to plug-in electric cars for both 2015 and 2016, and has since released a crossover as well as its latest model (the Model X). This company’s super-celebrity CEO and founder is probably what this stock is best known for, however.

‘Aquaman’ Surges to $51.5 Million in 2nd Weekend at Box Office

Aquaman” is becoming exactly what Warner Bros. hoped it would be for the DC Universe. After passing the worldwide total of “Justice League” on Friday, the James Wan film is on its way to becoming the studio’s first billion-dollar release since “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012.
In the second weekend of its domestic run, “Aquaman” has added an estimated $51.5 million, holding on strong this holiday season with just a 24 percent drop from its $67.4 million opening. The film now has a 10-day total of $188.7 million, with IMAX accounting for 13 percent of that total with $24.8 million.

In second place is Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” which is following the box office trajectory of previous holiday season musicals like “The Greatest Showman” with a second weekend total of $28 million. That’s approximately a 21 percent increase over its opening weekend, and puts the film around $100 million domestic after 12 days in theaters.
In third is Paramount’s “Bumblebee,” which wasn’t able to improve on its opening with “Aquaman” still peeling off much of the “Transformers” spinoff’s core demographic. With a $21 million second weekend, the blockbuster has an estimated 10-day total of $67 million. Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” did see an increase in its third weekend, boosting 12 percent for a total of $18.6 million

That pushes its domestic total to $104 million.
WB completes the top five with “The Mule,” which also saw a third weekend increase to $11.9 million, pushing its total to $60 million.

Aquaman

This Expert Break It Down On How Safe It Is To loose weight In a week

how much weight is safe to loose

How  much weight is safe to loose

Losing weight is a tough and frustrating endeavor. You have a goal weight or dress size in mind and are eager to get there, but it seems to take forever. Then, you see programs that promise to help you lose up to 20 pounds in a month, and that sounds intriguing – what could be wrong with hitting your goal weight in half the time? Turns out, not only are these diets too good to be true, they can do more harm than good.

Registered dietitian and ACSM-certified personal trainer Jim White, owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios, said that while there are plenty of programs that make these lofty claims, it’s not advisable. “As your body loses weight, there is a breakdown of both lean muscle and fat,” he told POPSUGAR. “Unfortunately, lean muscle is lost before your fat stores.”

Caroline Meehan, RDN, agrees. “Weight-loss plans that promote a weight loss of more than two pounds per week, or say 20-30 pounds in one month, tend to be unsafe, unrealistic, and unsustainable,” she said.

Instead, Jim and Caroline both said a safe amount of weight to lose is one to two pounds a week. “If one is losing larger amounts of weight than that, it could indicate they are losing more lean muscle mass than fat,” Jim said. “When your body loses its lean muscle mass, it will slow down your resting metabolic rate.” As your resting metabolic rate drops, you burn fewer calories at rest. “This is why many dieters can lose some weight fairly easily, but then tend to plateau,” he explained.
Instead of looking at the big picture and thinking you need to lose 30 or 40 pounds, Caroline advises setting smaller goals that promote sustainable weight loss. “Taking the focus off weight-loss goals and instead focusing on positive lifestyle changes that promote good health are the more important goals we should create for ourselves,” she said. 

The best time to have sex


Sex is a powerful thing. In addition to improving your mood, sex can also whittle your waistline. And new research shows it could even lengthen your life––check out how many times you need to have sex to slow down aging.
You already know that hormones have huge implications on your sex life, as well as the feelings you experience afterward and yes, even the pillow talk. Find out what post-sex pillow talk says about your relationship

  

As it turns out, these hormones peak and valley throughout the day, and synchronizing yours with your partner’s could lead you to even more enjoyable sex than ever, according to hormone expert Alisa Vitti in an interview with the DailyMail.
So what’s the best time to have sex? According to Vitti, it’s 3 p.m.

For women, this is when the hormone cortisol peaks, and brings with it energy and alertness. At the same time, men have high levels of estrogen, which makes them more emotionally present during sex.
Vitti, author of the hormone guide WomanCode, says the key to satisfying sex is for partners to find a way to synchronize their libidos.

Another good time for sex is the early to mid-morning, when men’s testosterone—a hormone they produce during sleep—is highest. ‘Men are more interested in initiating sex during this window and are more capable of a better sexual response,’ says Vitti.
And if you’re looking to conceive, you might want to heed that advice as well. One Italian study found couples are more likely to get pregnant during morning sex. Next, check out the 12 things sex therapists wish you knew.

Physical benefits of female masturbation

woman taking a sensual bath outside

Masturbation is an important and wonderful way of knowing yourself physically and emotionally. Research shows that women who masturbate are more likely to have fulfilling sex lives, better health, better partnerships and marriages, and increased self-confidence. Even with all that going for it, masturbation is still difficult for many women to talk about, much less do.

Generally speaking, women often think their sexual needs and desires are less important than their partners. Because of cultural taboos, many women feel that the urge or desire to masturbate is somehow wrong, or the idea of it makes them feel guilty or ashamed.

The fact is there is enormous potential for healing, growth and wellbeing through exploring your sexuality, expressing it, and experiencing it with joy. Women who masturbate experience a wide range of health benefits, and here are just a few.

Physical benefits of female masturbation

1. Female masturbation helps prevent cervical infections and relieves urinary tract infections.Studies are showing that female masturbation can provide protection against cervical infections because when women masturbate, the orgasm “tents” or opens the cervix.

Many women with urinary tract infections (UTI) report the desire to masturbate when they feel a UTI coming on, and for a good reason: masturbating helps relieve pain, lubricates the vagina, and flushes old, “unfriendly” bacteria from the cervix.

2. Masturbation is associated with improved cardiovascular health and lower risk of type-2 diabetes. In a number of studies, women who experienced more orgasms, and overall greater frequency and satisfaction with sex — with a partner or not — were shown to have greater resistance to coronary heart disease (CHD) and type-2 diabetes.

clitloris facts 3. Masturbation can help prevent insomnia naturally through hormonal and tension release.Many women masturbate to wind down at night or to help them fall asleep, but they might not know that there’s a hormonal reason why that works. Dopamine, the “feel-good” hormone, rises during the anticipation of a sexual climax. After the orgasm, the calming hormones oxytocin and endorphins are released, allowing you to feel a warm afterglow that helps you sleep.

4. Orgasm increases pelvic floor strength. There are so many advantages to having a healthy pelvic floor. In the “plateau” stage of orgasm, the pelvic floor gets a real workout. The clitoris surges with increased blood pressure. Muscle tone, heart rate, and respiration all increase. The uterus “lifts” off the pelvic floor, increasing pelvic muscle tension and strengthening the entire region, as well as your sexual satisfaction.

Psychological and emotional benefits of female masturbation

Women say fatigue is the main reason for their decrease in, or loss of, libido, and it’s a legitimate one. A tired body should focus on resting and taking care of itself. The second most common reason for women’s decreased interest in sex is dissatisfaction with their appearance. Given the often unrealistic standards of American beauty, it is challenging for many women to feel attractive. Because it’s done privately, masturbation is one easy way to feel beautiful and sexual on your own terms.

Since you’re in control of your body when you masturbate, you can learn a lot about who you are. You can cultivate positive feelings about your miraculous body, which gives you confidence from the inside out. Masturbation also has the potential to heal the memory of past negative sexual experiences and replace them with positive ones.

beautiful woman reading an erotic book by candlelight

Masturbation can help you feel more confident and connected because it:

1. Improves your mood. Masturbation helps relieve depressed feelings. As you become aroused, the hormone levels of mood-boosting dopamine and epinephrine soar in your body. Many studies show that women who report personal satisfaction with their sex lives live a better quality of life overall.

2. Relieves stress. In her book For Yourself, noted sex therapist Lonnie Barbach explains that the stress from avoiding sex can create body imbalances. Masturbation can help relieve emotional stress because we’re taking time for ourselves, amidst the demands of home, family and work.

3. Strengthens your relationship with yourself. When you know and love yourself on deeply emotional and physical levels, you gain confidence and let yourself grow through self-awareness. Being able to recognize, articulate and experience what brings you pleasure is a powerful step toward fulfillment.

4. Strengthens sexual relationship with your partner. Because many couples have different sexual drives and needs, masturbation is one way to meet the personal needs not met by a partner. Still, it can be shared with a partner. Watching a partner masturbate can teach us what methods our partners use and enjoy. It can also open up communication between partners who might assume that the old routine is okay when it could use a refresher.

Myths and truths about the female orgasm

lovemaking couple in bed enjoying themselves

The top myths about female orgasm:

  • A woman needs a man to feel sexually fulfilled.
  • The vaginal orgasm is the “true” orgasm.
  • The perfect orgasm is simultaneous with your partner’s.
  • An orgasm only happens through intercourse.

We want you to know that these myths do not accurately reflect women’s real-life experiences. More than 70% of women who are sexually active report not having vaginal orgasms during intercourse. This statistic indicates that there may be as many ways to arrive at climax as there are women!

What is certain is that both the vagina and the clitoris are the central physical players in orgasm but we shouldn’t overlook emotional factors because they’re just as important as the physical ones.

It’s also important to understand the fundamental, hormonal difference between the sexes. For heterosexual couples, being in a relationship where each partner feels able to communicate their desires can lead to a wonderful sex life. But this actually applies to all types of couples: good partner communication will lead to better sex.

If you have a male partner, it helps to talk about these differences. But no matter who your partner is, sharing details about your own desire builds intimacy with your partner. It’s one of the deepest, most personal ways we can communicate and grow closer to the ones we love.

Masturbation builds healthy connections

Masturbation is a way to learn about, and understand, the connections between our minds and our bodies. And if you’re in a relationship, it can expand and enrich your sex life with your partner. If you’re interested in exploring these connections, plan some romantic time for yourself. Light a candle, take a long, sensuous bath or try reading an erotic book. Then, see what happens and go with the flow.

Masturbation is self-pleasuring at its best — a positive, enjoyable and healthy experience. If you’re not comfortable with masturbation, that’s okay because the choice is always completely up to you. We hope that knowing more about the very real health benefits of masturbation will encourage you to give it a try, if you haven’t already.

How to get in the mood

When it comes to your sex life, you worry about things like how to get in the mood fast, having different sex drives, and not having time for sex. You know that you don’t want to end up in a sexless relationship, but you aren’t sure what to do about these issues.

You’re so not alone.

These are the most common sex questions I hear from women in long-term relationships like yours. And while the exact cause of each is different, learning how to get turned on fast can help you with all of them.

Before we get to the “how-to” section, we gotta bust some myths. There’s tons of wrong information about how to get in the mood, especially for those of us with vulvas. You’ve definitely heard and maybe and believe some of these myths. So first we’re going to prove those wrong so you know for sure that however you get in the mood is totally normal and awesome.

Getting in the mood doesn’t always just happen.

Despite what you see in movies, books, and everywhere else. It’s plain not true.

There definitely are times you and your sweetie look at each other and BOOM! are ready to go. But often one or both of you need something more.

Your body & brain need to shift from your day to being intimate.

Say you and your sweetie have sex scheduled. You feel tired, stressed, and not really in the mood when the time comes. Once you start talking, kissing, touching, and connecting, though, that changes and you’re ready to go!

This is called responsive desire. It’s really common, especially (but not only) among women. More importantly: it is totallyhealthy and normal.

As the name suggests, responsive desire is when you feel arousedafter sexy things — touching, kissing, fantasizing, etc — happen. It’s why you don’t want sex until after you start fooling around.

There are things you can do to get in the mood more quickly.

Some of these you can do throughout the day so you’ll be ready to go when it’s sexy time. Others you can do on your own…and no I’m not talking about masturbation (though that’s totally a good idea if it’s your thing).

How To Get In the Mood Fast – 11 Ways for How to Get Turned On Fast

  1. Think about sex all day. Start with morning cuddles andextra kisses and read something sexy (like this blog or a romance novel) on your lunch break and/or commute.Fantasize about what you want to do to your partner and what you’d like them to do to you.
  2. Touch. A lot and all over. Touch the back, face, feet, neck, chest, stomach, etc. Hug, kiss, cuddle, massage. Maybe even use some props like a massage candle, feather tickler, or scalp massager.
  3. Do it “before dinner.” In other words, have sex first. Don’t wait until nothing sounds sexier than a tummy rub and a nap.
  4. Roleplay. You don’t have to invest in outfits or props (unless you want to). Instead, keep it simple and meet your sweetie at a bar or restaurant and pretend to be strangers. Invite them back to your place  and let the magic happen. If you want to take it up one more notch, incorporate one of your fantasies. Maybe one of you is a pilot, traveling salesperson, etc.
  5. Flirt. With everyone and especially your partner! Bat them eyelashes, be playful and sassy, strike up a conversation. If you take public transit, have a lil’ eye sex on the subway. Chat up that cute barista. Take a sexy selfie (you don’t have to share it). Generally be playful and sassy. That sexual energy spills over into the bedroom too.
  6. Sext. If you and your significant other enjoy it. Talk about what you want to do to each other. Share photos. You’ve been thinking about sex all day right? Go on and share those thoughts. Use words, pictures, or even video if you’re feeling extra sassy and bold.
  7. Hop into the shower together. Its practical and sexy. Washing each other is intimate, you get to relax and unwind, and you know you’re both clean. Plus its environmentally-friendly and you have someone to reach those hard-to-reach spots (AMEN). If you have a bathtub, even better. Just remember: use silicone lube for sex in the water. Hint: I ❤ this one.
  8. Shut out the world. This is especially important if its been a stressful day. Take some time to meditate, dance, journal. Do whatever you need to shift from “on” to “turned on.”
  9. Have a dance party! Put on your favorite sexy tunes and move however feels good for you. This helps you get out of your head and into your body and physically start the arousal process. Its like foreplay with yourself. You and your sweetie can always dance together too.
  10. Get ready. Put on some lingerie, set out some candles, play some sexy tunes, spritz your sheets, dab on some perfume. Maybe shave each other if you prefer being bare down there.
  11. Foreplay, in the more traditional sense. All the foreplay- kissing, stroking, caressing, licking, sucking. Have a make-out session, fondle each other, explore each other’s bodies, go down on each other, use sex toys…the list is endless!

We all have different things that get us in the mood

You may find one of these is the magic key. Or you may discover that you need a few of these or to switch things up regularly.

 

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12 Things That Interfere With Male Sex Drive & Performance

There’s a silent epidemic going on that rarely gets discussed, and shame and isolation keep this health problem in the dark. Millions of men struggle silently with a low sex drive and/or erectile dysfunction (ED), an issue that is so closely tied to our masculinity and self-worth. Over the years, I’ve talked to countless men in my functional medicine clinic and have to drag it out of them, to find out if it’s an issue or not. They will come in for other health problems, with no mention of ED or a low libido. It’s not until I dig deeper with the many health questions we ask in functional medicine that I find out about their struggles in the bedroom.

Let’s break the stigma and get personal.

Low libido and ED have everything to do with low testosterone, other symptoms of which include weight gain, irritability, and breast tissue enlargement. If you are going through any of these, I suggest looking at this list of the top reasons why I find men struggling with erectile dysfunction and a low libido:

1. Chronic stress.

We all know stress is not good for our health. (And if you didn’t know, now you do.) You can be eating the cleanest foods on God’s green earth, but if you’re gorging yourself on stress, you are counteracting all the good healthy stuff. One Russian study found that stressors directly affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis. In other words, your brain and testicles don’t speak well to each other when you’re stressing.

2. Poor sleep.

Quality, restorative sleep is über-important for your sex drive. One large cohort study found that men with poor sleep habits or health problems like sleep apnea had lower testosterone levels on average.

3. Statin drugs.

Cholesterol is demonized in mainstream medicine, but as I have written in the past, it’s crucial for our health. Optimal cholesterol levels are needed for a healthy brain and hormones, which are essential for a healthy sex drive and performance. A meta-analysisof placebo-controlled randomized trials confirmed that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs also lowered testosterone levels, because cholesterol is needed to make testosterone!

4. Over-aromatization.

Did you know that men make estrogen as well? Unlike women, we don’t make our estrogen from our ovaries (for obvious reasons), but in the male body testosterone is converted into estrogen in the liver by an enzyme called aromatase. One common issue I find in patients is a hormonal imbalance caused by an over-aromatization of testosterone to estrogen. This over-conversion can be slowed down with aromatase inhibitors. These foods are some of the world’s best down-regulators of aromatase:

  • Grapes
  • Licorice
  • Tea (Black or Green)
  • Turmeric
  • Red Ginger

5. Lack of exercise.

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Of course you know exercise is good for your overall health, but did you know it can very effectively increase testosterone and sexual performance? It’s true. Get your blood pumping in the gym to get it pumping in the bedroom. Exercise can increase your T levels by up to 250 percent.

6. Zinc deficiency.

If there’s one micronutrient needed for healthy testosterone levels it is probably zinc. One study gave 250 mg/day of a zinc supplement for six weeks and saw a significant increase in T levels.

7. HPG-axis dysfunction.

Poor HPG (hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal) axis function, that I mentioned above, can be a major player to erectile dysfunction and a low libido. If you don’t know already, I am an adaptogen superfan. This plant family is great at balancing out stress hormones, lowering inflammation, balancing that brain-testicular communication.

8. Low DHEA.

DHEA is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, and one of its jobs is to be a precursor to testosterone. One study found that after HIIT training, supplementing 50 mg of DHEA increased testosterone up to 200 percent compared to those who just did the burst training. What a cool possibility to enhance the T-boosting benefits of exercise!

9. Low magnesium levels.

Magnesium is critical for hundreds of intricate pathways that keep us alive and thriving. And testosterone optimization is another reason to make sure your Mg levels are on point. Medical literaturehas found that supplementing 10 mg magnesium per kilogram of body weight significantly boosted T levels in just four weeks.

10. A low-fat diet.

Just like cholesterol, fat is also paramount for optimal brain and hormone function. One of the many possible side effects of a low-fat diet is low testosterone levels. One study showed that after eight weeks on a low-fat diet, testosterone levels were lowered by 12 percent.

11. Low vitamin D.

Every cell of your brilliant body needs vitamin D to vibrate at optimal capacity. Studies have shown that supplementing to optimize vitamin D levels increased testosterone levels by 25 percent. For everything you need to know about vitamin D, check out my articleall about the sunshine vitamin.

 

12. Not enouegh antioxidants.

I love tea, and for good reason! Studies have shownthat the beneficial tea antioxidant EGCG had some pretty rad testosterone-increasing capabilities.

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Reasons why you should masturbate

Seriously, sexual solitaire has enough physical, mental, and emotional health benefits to fill a book—or a few books. But for today’s purposes, I’m going to share with you seven of the best arguments I’ve heard for spending some erotic time with Y-O-U:

1. It’s natural.

Bonobos do it. So do dolphins, horses, dogs, kangaroos, porcupines, and most other animals, including humans. Ultrasounds show us that many fetuses in utero put their tiny hands between their little legs and masturbate. Powerful gods of various major and minor religions and their emissaries on Earth may rail against it, but the science tells us that masturbation is natural.

2. Our sex drives don’t dry up when we’re single.

Imagine you’ve recently gone through a breakup. You’re probably not ready or eager to go out and find somebody new to get frisky with. And even if you are, as Truman Capote once pointed out, “You don’t have to dress up for it.” Come as you are. The Greek philosopher Diogenes praised the extraordinary physical efficiency of masturbation: “Would to heaven that it were enough to rub one’s stomach in order to allay one’s hunger.” The folks who brought the world the concept of democracy understood the powerful, positive benefits of solo sex. So did their gods. Maybe we should too.

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3. It’s eco-sexual.

It produces very little real pollution (unless you toss your tissues out the car window). You can try getting even more eco-sexual with your self-love by doing it in the great outdoors, where you feel at one with nature (but maybe not in a park, where you’ll get arrested). Love the earth you make love on—just watch out for the poison oak.

Speaking of nature…have you ever noticed some fruits and vegetables seem shaped for masturbation? Could this be a divine sign? Try a nice cucumber or turnip—nature’s own dildos!

4. It’s a great stress reliever.

Partner sex is romantic, but it can be stressful in ways that masturbation is not. There’s no pressure, just pleasure. Much like partner sex, orgasms through masturbation can relax you deeply, release your stress, and help you to get the rest your body needs.

5. Masturbation is a learning experience.

When it comes to learning your own turn-ons physically and mentally, you can’t beat the education of masturbation. You can use your self-pleasure time to practice your Kegels, tantric breathing, or the stop-start technique. You can test new sex toys more easily when solo-sexing than when you’re with a partner. But mutual masturbation is also educational: Show and tell your partner what you like. Talk about home schooling! You won’t want to play hooky from this.

6. It’s good for your health (seriously).

Masturbation, especially if you have a good, heart-pumping orgasm, is a cardio workout that benefits heart health, blood pressure, and brain chemistry. It also helps fight off yeast infections in women and prostate cancer in men; not to mention, masturbation releases mood-boosting endorphins. It also keeps you in shape for partnered sex. Use it or lose it, right? Self-pleasure is healing in a million different ways. Heal your sexual shame through self-pleasure!

7. The most important relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself.

Nobody talks about it, but the longest relationship you’ll ever have is the one you have with yourself. So, why not make it a good one? Masturbation is totally Socratic, after all. It’s one of the best ways to “know thyself,” at least sexually speaking. So, get into it, and get to know you. Treat yourself. Even if it’s just for a few moments, focus on your pleasure without worrying about anyone else. Turn self-pleasure into self-love. And no, that doesn’t make you selfish. It makes you feel nurtured and abundant. And when you feel abundant, you’re more likely to be able to give of yourself to others when they need it.

Kourtney kardashian and younes bendjima have officially split

Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima have called it quits after nearly two years of dating.

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A source told E! News the two have experienced a series of “ups and downs” since returning from their romantic getaway to Italy.

“Kourtney and Younes have been arguing since coming back from their big Italy trip and have truly not been getting along,” the insider told E! News.

The source said the two “decided to take time apart but ultimately it led to a split.” Younes was also recently photographed getting cozy with Jordan Ozuna in Mexico.

“Kourtney is upset but she is trying to focus her energy on other things and stay busy,” the source continued. “Kourtney doesn’t plan on calling attention to it publicly and wants everything to blow over. It’s upsetting to her. They have been having ups and downs for the past month. There was a huge chance they were going to get back together and they were working on things. But now that these photos surfaced, things are definitely over.”

Younes commented on the split via Instagram after Daily Mail published a report and cited the photos.

“They really want me to be the bad guy,” he wrote with a series of laughing emojis. “F–k your Hollywood bullsh-t (cant have fun with your friends no more).” He then added, “dailymail Where are my 12 other friendssss? Nice catch tho.”

 

We are just saying there is a chance for her ex-husband.

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See How Kylie Jenner Has Grown Up Over the Years Ahead of Her 21st Birthday!

See how exactly Kylie’s grown up over the years by taking a look at the gallery below. Also, don’t forget to wish the mother of one a happy birthday on Aug. 10!

Let’s take a trip down memory lane by looking back at Kylie Jenner’s cutest baby pics and childhood photos!

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Stop. Too cute for words. Baby Kylie was born Aug. 10, 1997.

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Kylie walks her first red carpet at the premiere of The Emperor’s New Groove.

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Who is that bright, sparkly young girl? A budding fashionista already!

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Kylie had major bangs back in 2009 at KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango.

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Lighter hair, looking more grown up by the day! The sisters attend a charity even in L.A.

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Blue babies on the red carpet! Kendall and Kylie coordinate at a Hollywood premiere.

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Posing in Vegas!

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Showing off a a new vibe in Miami.

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The model’s career is taking off! Kylie walks the runway for Avril Lavigne’s clothing line.

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Rocking the crop top before it was the trend!

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Look at that fierce pose!

Kylie Jenner, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Kylie looks like a goddess at this film premiere!

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Business women!

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Short black hair and all-black clothes.

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Our first glimpse of Kylie with blue hair! Kylie stuns at the 2014 AMAs.

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My what a year can do!

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Kylie looks stunning and so mature!

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The model and author looks gorgeous at a fashion show in NYC!

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The reality star appears with sister Kendall Jenner at a screening for Paper Towns in West Hollywood on July 18.

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Pop the champagne, dolls…Kylie Jenner‘s 21st birthday is just around the corner!

Thus, we felt it was only right to take a look at the Kylie Cosmetics mogul’s most noteworthy photos from over the yearsand, boy, does she have some epicsnapshots.

Like the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, the businesswoman was a particularly precious youngster. However, Kylie quickly grew up before our very eyes and is now a doting mother to her daughter Stormi Webster. Time certainly flies, right?

Happy birthday in advance Kylie

Keys to a longer life

Healthy lifestyle and longevity

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health conducted a massive studyof the impact of health habits on life expectancy, using data from the well-known Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS). This means that they had data on a huge number of people over a very long period of time. The NHS included over 78,000 women and followed them from 1980 to 2014. The HPFS included over 40,000 men and followed them from 1986 to 2014. This is over 120,000 participants, 34 years of data for women, and 28 years of data for men.

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The researchers looked at NHS and HPFS data on diet, physical activity, body weight, smoking, and alcohol consumption that had been collected from regularly administered, validated questionnaires.

What is a healthy lifestyle, exactly?

These five areas were chosen because prior studies have shown them to have a large impact on risk of premature death. Here is how these healthy habits were defined and measured:

1.   Healthy diet, which was calculated and rated based on the reported intake of healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, healthy fats, and omega-3 fatty acids, and unhealthy foods like red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages, trans fat, and sodium.

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2.  Healthy physical activity level, which was measured as at least 30 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity daily.

3.   Healthy body weight, defined as a normal body mass index (BMI), which is between 18.5 and 24.9.

4.   Smoking, well, there is no healthy amount of smoking. “Healthy” here meant never having smoked.

5.   Moderate alcohol intake, which was measured as between 5 and 15 grams per day for women, and 5 to 30 grams per day for men. Generally, one drink contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol. That’s 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits.

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Researchers also looked at data on age, ethnicity, and medication use, as well as comparison data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research.

Does a healthy lifestyle make a difference?

As it turns out, healthy habits make a big difference. According to this analysis, people who met criteria for all five habits enjoyed significantly, impressively longer lives than those who had none: 14 years for women and 12 years for men (if they had these habits at age 50). People who had none of these habits were far more likely to die prematurely from cancer or cardiovascular disease.

Study investigators also calculated life expectancy by how many of these five healthy habits people had. Just one healthy habit (and it didn’t matter which one) … just one… extended life expectancy by two years in men and women. Not surprisingly, the more healthy habits people had, the longer their lifespan. This is one of those situations where I wish I could reprint their graphs for you, because they’re so cool.

This is huge. And, it confirms prior similar research — a lot of prior similar research. A 2017 study using data from the Health and Retirement Study found that people 50 and older who were normal weight, had never smoked, and drank alcohol in moderation lived on average seven years longer. A 2012 mega-analysis of 15 international studies that included over 500,000 participants found that over half of premature deaths were due to unhealthy lifestyle factors such as poor diet, inactivity, obesity, excessive alcohol intake, and smoking. And the list of supporting research goes on.

So what’s our (big) problem?

As the authors of this study point out, in the US we tend to spend outlandishly on developing fancy drugs and other treatments for diseases, rather than on trying to prevent them. This is a big problem.

Experts have suggested that the best way to help people make healthy diet and lifestyle change is at the large-scale, population level, through public health efforts and policy changes. (Kind of like motorcycle helmets and seat belt legislation…) We have made a little progress with tobacco and trans-fat legislation.

There’s a lot of pushback from big industry on that, of course. If we have guidelines and laws helping us to live healthier, big companies aren’t going to sell as much fast food, chips, and soda. And for companies hell-bent on making money at the cost of human life, well, that makes them very angry.

4 Common Money Habits That Will Hold You Back from getting rich

imageAre your monthly money habits setting you on the path to wealth—or holding you back from your full potential?

The answer might surprise you.

Unless you’re prone to undeniably bad habits like over-drafting your checking account and maxing out your credit card, it’s easy to assume you’re on the right track. But there are some obstacles to wealth that often don’t even register as red flags because the behaviors are so widespread. As a result, many of us brush them off as no big deal.

“A lot of people don’t even realize they are in a fragile situation—or just one crisis away,” says Bob Gavlak, a Certified Financial Planner at Strategic Wealth Partners in Columbus, Ohio. “And if you don’t realize that your habits are putting you at risk, that may be even more dangerous.”

Here are four big—but surmountable—blockers to wealth, and advice on how to get back on track if they apply to you.

1. You’d Be Sidelined By an Unexpected $2,000 Expense

“Think of everyday things that could happen, like the radiator in your car going out or plumbing issues at your house,” says Charlie Harriman, a Certified Estate Planner and partner at Cloud Financial Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama. “If you don’t have the cash to pay for emergencies like that, you are very financially fragile.”

According to a PwC report, nearly 50% of Millennials fit this bill. While it might seem like having little or no money in an emergency fund is a glaring sign your finances need some TLC, it’s not always so obvious—especially if you haven’t been hit with any big expenses.

“Some people have great jobs with a large salary and no debt, but they don’t have money in the bank for unexpected expenses,” Harriman says. “If they lose their jobs or have an accident and can’t work, then what? The smart thing is to know that at some point the unexpected will happen, and be ready for it.”

What to Do

Start socking away cash now. Even a little bit can add up—$50 a month would get you to $600 after a year. Increase that to $20 a week, and you’ll have more than $1,000 after a year. Gavlak recommends opening a high-yield account at a credit union or bank that’s different than where you have your checking account, so you’re not tempted to tap into it.

“Set up a direct deposit from your paycheck and opt out of online banking, so you have to actually drive to get the money,” he says. “That will help you avoid spending it in a non-emergency situation and allow you to build up a good emergency fund.”

2. You’re Only Making Minimum Payments on Your Credit Card

“If you owe $10,000 on a credit card, and you’re paying just $140 each month, for example, it will take you 25 to 30 years to pay it off,” Gavlak says. What’s more, you’ll pay thousands in interest—and your credit score will likely suffer because of the high-utilization ratio.

Gavlak says this might surprise those who mistakenly believe that carrying a balance helps build a solid credit history. But the only real way to build great credit—and wealth—is to pay off everything you charge at the end of the month.

What to Do

Develop a plan for wiping out your debt for good—even if it means making tough sacrifices in order to triple or quadruple your monthly payment, or seeking other consolidation methods, like applying for a balance-transfer card.

You can also consider a personal loan through sites like Upstart and Prosper. “These sites [require] higher payment amounts [in exchange for] lower interest because they are for shorter time frames,” Gavlak says. “This can help you if you’re not disciplined enough to pay higher monthly amounts on your own, and you can be in a better situation in two or three years.”

3. You Only Have a Vague Idea of Where Your Money Goes Each Month

Always paying with a debit card won’t get you into debt like relying on credit—but if you’re still not keeping tabs on your transactions, you could find yourself in hot water. Even all-cash dieters who don’t diligently watch their spending might visit the ATM a few too many times each month.

Bottom line: Not watching your daily spending won’t necessarily dig you deeper in the hole, but mindless spending can prevent you from having funds available to save, pay off debt, or use in an emergency. And that keeps you from getting rich.

What to Do

If you don’t already have a budget, the first step is to create one. With that in place, you can set up systems that make it simple to stick with it.

Prefer plastic? Consider an app like Mint, Mvelopes, or Personal Capital that tracks and categorizes your expenses for you. If you like cash, you might give the physical envelope system a try. Each week, you stuff different envelopes (labeled “lunch,” “gas,” and “prescriptions,” for example) with money, based on the categories and values in your budget.

“You go to the bank at the beginning of the week and take out the cash you’ll need to for all purchases throughout the week,” Gavlak explains. Then when you’re out, you’re out.

4. You Don’t Have a Plan to Pay Off Your Debt

There’s a difference between knowing you owe money and truly understanding how much you owe, the interest rates, and what it’ll take to be debt-free one day.

“A lot of people don’t really take ownership of their debts; they just glide along,” says Andrew Rafal, president and founder of Bayntree Wealth Advisors in Scottsdale, Arizona. “Maybe they feel like as long as they’re making payments, they’re doing the right thing. But if you don’t have a timeline for becoming debt-free, you will probably never get out of debt.”

What to Do

If you don’t have a handle on how much of your income is dedicated to debt—or for how long you’ll be paying it down—Rafal recommends tapping the same tech resources you use to track your spending.

They’ll give you a more comprehensive financial picture and often let you enter your balances and interest rates, in order to help you prioritize which debt to pay first. (Hint: Start with the balance attached to the highest interest rate to save the most money.) You can also use onlinecredit card calculators or other debt calculators.

Rafal likes this process because it teaches you to build a roadmap, set goals, and hold yourself accountable—the same process you’ll lean on again and again, whether you’re endeavoring to pay off another card or to become a millionaire.

BENEFITS OF DRINKING MORINGA EVERYDAY

Moringa plant is beginning to gain more popularity as a new “superfood” for its highly nutritious profile and powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and tissue-protective properties among many other health benefits.

Moringa oleifera, also known as horseradish tree, ben tree, or drumstick tree, is a small tree from India, Pakistan, and Nepal that has been used for generations in Eastern countries to treat and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, and respiratory, skin, and digestive disorders.

Moringa has become popular as a natural leaf powder supplement, although the pods, roots, bark, flowers, seeds, and fruits are also edible.

It’s used as a traditional remedy for many ailments, and here are 10 scientifically backed health benefits of consuming the moringa leaf:

1. It’s nutrient-packed.

Moringa is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It contains significant amounts of vitamin A, C, and E; calcium; potassium; and protein.

2. It fights free radicals.

Antioxidants fight free radicals, molecules that cause oxidative stress, cell damage, and inflammation.

Moringa contains antioxidants called flavonoids, polyphenols, and ascorbic acid in the leaves, flowers, and seeds.

A study found that leaf extracts had higher antioxidant activity, free-radical-scavenging capacity, and higher inhibition of lipid, protein, and DNA oxidation than flowers and seeds.

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Inflammation can lead to chronic diseases like diabetes, respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and obesity. Moringa reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body, and moringa leaf concentrate can significantly lower inflammation in the cells.

4. It helps reduce some diabetes symptoms.

Moringa leaf powder has been effective at reducing lipid and glucoselevels and regulating oxidative stress in diabetic patients, which means it lowers blood sugar and cholesterol and improves protection against cell damage.

5. It protects the cardiovascular system.

Moringa leaf powder has heart-healthy benefits, particularly in blood lipid control, the prevention of plaque formation in the arteries, and reduced cholesterol levels.

6. It supports brain health.

Moringa supports brain health and cognitive function because of its antioxidant and neuro-enhancer activities. It’s also been tested as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease with favorable preliminary results.

Its high content of vitamins E and C fight oxidation that leads to neuron degeneration, improving brain function. It’s also able to normalize the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline in the brain, which play a key role in memory, mood, organ function, responses to stimulus such as stress and pleasure,and mental health, for example in depression and psychosis.

7. It protects the liver.

Moringa contains high concentrations of polyphenols in its leaves and flowers that protect the liver against oxidation, toxicity, and damage.

Moringa can reduce liver damage and fibrosis and reverse oxidation in the liver. Moringa oil can also restore liver enzymes to normal levels, reducing oxidative stress, and increasing protein content in the liver.

The liver is responsible for blood detoxification, bile production, fructose metabolism, fat metabolism, and nutrient processing, and it can only fulfill these functions with the aid of liver enzymes, so it’s vital they stay at normal levels. For instance, lower levels of hepatic enzymes can impair its ability to filter the blood.

8. It contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

Moringa has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that fight infections. It’s been effective against types of fungi that cause infections on skin andstrains of bacteria responsible for blood and urinary tract infections and digestive problems.

9. It enhances wound healing.

Moringa has blood-clotting properties in its leaves, roots, and seeds that benefit wound healing and can reduce clotting time, which means it reduces the time it takes for scratches, cuts, or wounds to stop bleeding.

How to Use It

You can add moringa powder to your smoothie or drink it as a tea. The leaf powder was deemed safe in human studies, even in larger doses than normal. The powder has a mild flavor, so it makes for a light moringa tea with a slightly earthy taste.

But you might want to stay clear of seed extract consumption, as they have shown a level of toxicity in immune cells.

Moringa can have laxative effects in large quantities, so a safe dose to introduce it into your food or diet and avoid digestive problems is ½ to 1 teaspoon per day.

you can also boil moringa leaf with lemon grass and drink it as a tea.

7 Eagles Looking To Soar To Higher Heights With New Clubs

The injury prone defender made 14 league appearances for

7 Eagles Looking To Soar To Higher Heights With New Clubs

Mainz last season, and now faces a difficult task in earning a starting berth at his new club.

He will battle Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy for a starting berth in the team.

HENRY ONYEKURU

Henry Onyekuru joined English Premier League club, Everton from Belgian outfit, Eupen last season but he is yet to kick a ball for the club.

The young forward spent last season on loan at Anderlecht where he scored nine goals in 19 league appearances for the club.

His season was however cut short following a knee injury he picked in a league game last December.
He now has a chance to get started again with Galatasaray where he will spend the 2018/2019 campaign on loan.

OGHENEKARO ETEBO

Oghenekaro Etebo linked up with English Premier League club, Stoke City from Portuguese outfit, CD Feirense early in the summer.

The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at UD Las Palmas of Spain.

He was one of the top performers for Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

TYRONNE EBUEHI

Tyronne Ebuehi rose from the academy to earn a starting spot at Dutch side, ADO Den Haag. He also gained international recognition with Nigeria following his impressive showing for the modest club.

Portuguese giants, Benfica beat other top European teams to his signature in May.

This is no doubt a big career move for the young defender who now has the chance to prove his showing for ADO Den Haag was no fluke.

TAIWO AWONIYI

The forward made a name for himself as a youth international and is expected to break into the main Super Eagles team in future.

There were reports that he is highly rated by Liverpool who gave him a new contract last week but he will spend the season on loan at Belgian club, KAA Gent.

He made 27 league appearances and netted seven times during his loan spell with Royal Mouscron last season

BRYAN IDOWU

The defender few weeks ago swapped Amkar Perm for another Russian team Lokomotiv Moscow. With the chance to feature in the Champions League, the Nigerian now have a bigger platform to showcase his talent and further cement a place in the Super Eagles after making the squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

KAYODE OLANREWAJU

After an impressive showing for Austria Wien in the Austrian Bundesliga, Kayode Olanrewaju made a big move to English Premier League champions, Manchester City.

He was immediately loaned out to Spanish club, Sporting Girona where he struggled to earn a starting spot.

The loan was ended prematurely in January and he later moved to Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk where he bagged three goals and one assist in eight appearances.
The move was later made permanent after he penned a five-year contract.

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