According to Women’sHealth, for most of the working world, the blaring of the alarm clock isn’t a happy sound. So why not turn that rude awakening into an erotic opportunity with a roll in the 400-thread-count hay? After all, scientists say that people who start their days by having sex are all-around healthier and happier than those who don’t.
“Having sex in the morning releases the feel-good chemical oxytocin, which makes couples feel loving and bonded all day long,” says Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., author of Because It Feels Good. It makes you stronger and more beautiful too: Morning sex can strengthen your immune system for the day by enhancing your levels of IgA, an antibody that protects against infection. And climaxing releases chemicals that boost levels of estrogen, which improves the tone and texture of your skin and hair.
It has also been revealed that for the average man who is healthy, having erections in the morning (a.k.a tent pitching) is normal. In fact, doctors say each time you wake up with erection in the morning, it means your manhood is working perfectly well.
However, some men allow these ‘morning glories’ to waste, instead of putting them to fantastic use with their spouses!
Indeed, sex experts advise that there are plenty advantages to having morning sex, and any woman would do well to cooperate with her partner!
So, why should you have sex in the morning? Read on!
• A good sleep at night means you have rested very well. According to urologists, testosterone levels peak in the morning! Testosterone is a sex hormone that both male and female have in their bodies, though women’s total testosterone levels are about a 10th to a 20th of men’s levels. The hormone peaks early in the morning, hence the need to put it to positive use!
• Helps you relax! Yes, early morning sex has a relaxing effect, experts say. It sets you up positively, enabling you to take your time to prepare, instead of hitting the road in a hurry as usual.
• According to an American research scientist and author of Because It Feels Good, Dr. Debby Herbenick, individuals who partake in morning sex are healthier and happier people.
• A Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Ilorin, Musa Yakubu, also says having sex in the early morning lowers blood pressure and reduces risks of heart attack.
• With regular early morning sex, you can beat cold and fever hands down, because research has shown that sex boosts immune system by stimulating the body’s first line of defence and production of immunoglobulin A (IgA).
A 12-year-old boy from Utah, USA, has been found dangerously malnourished and locked in a filthy bathroom.
According to CTV News, two of the boy’s siblings when spoken to, say their brother had been there for at least one year.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Crouse said Tuesday the children said they hadn’t even spoken to their brother through the door in six months.
He declined to give their ages, but said one was old enough to understand things.
The boy was found Sunday at his home in the small southeastern Utah city of Toquerville near the state line with Arizona.
Crouse says investigators have discovered the boy was likely kept in the dark.
They found 3 square feet of duct tape mounted on the light switch so it could not be turned on.
He says a doctor who treated the boy says it is the worst case of malnourishment he had ever seen.
Crouse says the boy was unable to stand on his own and weighed 30 pounds. He’s expected to stay in the hospital for several weeks to recover.
Crouse says seeing the pictures of the gaunt boy and the feces-filled bathroom was horrible.
Police say the woman said the boy wanted to sleep in the bathroom and she tried to feed him protein shakes.
The boy’s 36-year-old mother was charged Monday with felony child abuse.
The Associated Press is not naming her to avoid identifying the boy.
Her lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.
Crystal Hendrix, a woman from Tuolumne County, California, has been arrested.
The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office arrested the woman after she was found walking totally n*ked in the rain with her 7-year-old daughter in Groveland early Monday.
According to The Modesto Bee, authorities received a call about 4:30 a.m. from an anonymous person reporting that there was a n*ked woman walking around in the rain with a small child near the swimming pool at Pine Mountain Lake, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrived and identified the woman as 34-year-old Crystal Hendrix. She admitted to deputies that she was under the influence of methamphetamine, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Pine Mountain Lake security was also at the scene. Security guards had the 7-year-old girl inside their truck, trying to warm her up.
The girl was found barefoot, wearing only a T-shirt and shorts. It was about 40 degrees outside.
The girl told deputies she and her mother had been wandering in the rain for about two hours. Her mother told her someone was coming to kill them.
Deputies arrested Hendrix and booked her into the Tuolumne County jail on suspicion of child endangerment and being under the influence of methamphetamine.
The deputies were unable to locate any family to take the girl, so Child Welfare Services took custody of her after she was treated at Sonora Regional Medical Center for a cut on her foot.
Fish oils come from fatty fish, also known as oily fish; specifically the tissue of fish such as trout, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines, and salmon.
The fillets of oily fish contain up to 30 percent oil, but this figure varies. White fish, on the other hand, only contain high concentrations of oil in the liver, and have much less oil overall.
Apart from omega-3 fatty acids, oily fish are a good sources of vitamins A and D. Whitefish also contain these nutrients, but at much lower concentrations.
Health experts commonly tell people that oily fish have more health benefits than white fish. However, their recommendations have never been compellingly proven in large clinical trials.
Many health authorities around the world advise people to consume either plenty of oily fish or to take supplements, because of the supposed health benefits. Studies over the last 10 years have produced mixed results regarding the benefits of the dietary intake of fish oils.
Some people confuse fish oils and cod liver oil – they are different. Fish oils are extracted from the tissue of deep sea oily fish such as tuna, mackerel, herring, and salmon. Cod liver oil, by contrast, is extracted solely from the livers of cod.
Fish oils contain higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids than cod liver oil, but lower amounts of vitamins A and D.
What are omega-3 fatty acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are types of fat commonly found in plant and marine life. There are two types that are plentiful in fatty fish:
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) an omega-3 fatty acid that is found in fatty fish. When people refer to omega-3 fatty acids in fish, they are usually referring to EPA.
EPA is a precursor to chemicals involved in blood clotting and inflammation (prostaglandin-3, thromboxane-2, and leukotriene-5). Fish do not produce EPA, they obtain it from the algae that they eat.
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a major component of the human retina (in the eye), sperm, and cerebral cortex (in the brain).
Forty percent of all the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain consist of DHA. DHA also makes up 60 percent of the PUFAs in the retina and half of the neuron’s plasma membrane weight. Additionally, breast milk is rich in DHA.
Over the last 10 years, there have been dozens of studies on fish oils and omega-3 oils. Some have backed up health claims, while others have not.
1) Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Fish oils are said to help people with MS. However, a study carried out by researchers from University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, found that omega-3 fatty acids do not help people with MS.
2) Prostate cancer
One study found that fish oils may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer if a low-fat diet is also followed; however, another linked omega-3 levels to a higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that high fish oil intake raises the risk of high-grade prostate cancer by 71 percent and all prostate cancers by 43 percent.
3) Post-natal (post-partum) depression
Fish oils consumed during pregnancy may help protect mothers from post-partum depression. According to Dr. Michelle Price Judge of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing: “DHA consumption during pregnancy at levels that are reasonably attained from foods has the potential to decrease symptoms of postpartum depression.”
4) Mental health benefits
A pilot study carried out in 2007 suggested that fish oils may help young people with behavioral problems, especially those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The 8-week study demonstrated that children who consumed 8-16 grams of EPA and DHA per day, showed significant improvements in their behavior (rated by both their parents and the psychiatrist working with them).
5) Memory benefits
Omega-3 fatty acid intake can help improve working memory in healthy young adults, researchers reported in the journal PLOS One.
However, the benefits of fish oils for cognitive function in older populations may be less impressive. A study by researchers at the University of Iowa suggested that high levels of omega-3 are of no benefit to cognitive decline in older women.
6) Heart benefits
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils may protect the heart from mental stress.
A study study published in the American Journal of Physiology revealed that people who took fish oil supplements for longer than 1 month had improved cardiovascular function during mentally stressful tests.
7) Protection from Alzheimer’s disease
Claims were made for many years that regular fish oil consumption would help prevent people from developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, a major study in 2010 found that fish oils were no better than placebo at preventing Alzheimer’s.
In contrast, a study published in Neurology in 2007 reported that a diet high in fish, omega-3 oils, fruit, and vegetables reduced dementia and Alzheimer’s risk.
8) Protection from vision loss
Adequate dietary consumption of DHA protects people from age-related vision loss, Canadian researchers reported in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry claims epilepsy patients could reduce seizure frequency by consuming low doses of omega-3 fish oil every day.
The research team at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, says their findings may be particularly useful to epilepsy patients who no longer respond to medication.
10) Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders
In what was believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers revealed the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may be effective for reducing the risk of psychosis.
The study, published in Nature Communications, details how a 12-week intervention with omega-3 supplements substantially reduced the long-term risk of developing psychotic disorders.
11) Benefits for the fetus
Omega-3 consumption may help boost fetal cognitive and motor development.
In a study published in 2008, scientists found that omega-3 consumption by the mother during the last 3 months of pregnancy improved the baby’s sensory, cognitive, and motor development.
Do fish oil supplements offer heart benefits?
Many people believe that a high consumption of omega-3 oils can benefit the heart. However, studies have produced mixed results.
Heart benefits found – a 2011 study, carried out by researchers at Michigan Technological University, found that fish oil consumption can improve blood flow by reducing triglyceride levels, as well as slowing down the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaques.
No heart benefits found – on the other hand, a review of 20 studies involving almost 70,000 people, found no compelling evidence linking fish oil supplements to a lower risk of heart attack, stroke, or early death.
Fish oils help patients with stents in their arteries – people with stents in their heart who took two blood-thinning drugs as well as omega-3 fatty acids were found to have a lower risk of heart attack compared with those not on fish oils.
Are low Japanese heart disease rates linked to high fish oil consumption?
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health set out to determine why the incidence of heart disease in Japan is much lower than in America, Canada, Western Europe, and Australasia.
They reported that omega-3-rich fish consumption in Japan is much higher than in other developed nations. The authors believe that this is a main contributor to its relatively low rate of heart disease.
The scientists explained that the difference cannot be explained by genetic factors. Third and fourth generation Japanese-Americans have either the same or higher rates of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) than the rest of the American population.
Study lead author Dr. Akira Sekikawa said:
“Our study suggests that very high levels of omega-3 fatty acids have strong properties that may help prevent the buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. Increasing fish intake to two times a week for healthy people is currently recommended in the United States.
Our study shows much higher intake of fish observed in the Japanese may have strong anti-atherogenic effect.”
Japanese adult males consume approximately 3.75 ounces (100 grams) of fish each day. Their U.S. counterparts eat fish no more than twice a week.
North American diet deficient in omega-3 oils
Americans and Canadians eat too much meat and not enough fish, researchers from the University of British Columbia reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2008.
The authors added that the North American lifestyle means people are not getting adequate amounts of dietary omega-3 fatty acids. They emphasized that pregnant and breast-feeding women particularly need to ensure that they consume plenty of omega-3 oils.
They found that North American babies did not do as well on eye tests if they were deficient in omega-3 fatty acids while their mothers were pregnant.
Which foods are rich in omega-3 fatty acids?
The following foods are rich in omega-3 fatty acids:
Oily fish – anchovies, herring, sardines, salmon, trout, and mackerel
Eggs (especially ones that have “high in omega-3” written on the shell)
Radish seeds, sprouted raw
Leafy dark green vegetables, such as spinach
Sola Ogudugu, Wizkid’s baby mama has shared her experience on discovering that she was pregnant for Nigerian singer, Ayo Balogun popularly called Wizkid.
In an interview with YNaija, Ogudugu revealed the ordeal she passed through after Wizkid disvirgined and impregnated her at 19. Sola disclosed that she only found out she was after it the pregnancy had reached 5 months.
She said: “I remember the day I found out I was preggers! After 5 monthsss… Damn!!! I can’t believe I’m laughing now. I cried for the remaining 4 months… I just kept saying to myself everyday ‘God why me’ Ahhhhh mahn… ThoseWereTryingTimesYo! It was like film trick…”
The single mother of one further stressed that, being a mother is not an easy job, talk more of being a single mother at the age of 19 years.
“That was greatest challenge ever! Was in my finals.. I still struggled and finished Uni with Good grades.. And guess what? My son is 4! I’m still overwhelmed but I thank God for how far he’s brought me and how much my Lil man has grown… I’m THANKFUL.” she added.
When asked how she feels, having Wizkid’s child Sola said: “When Jesus Says Yes Nobody Can Say No… That was how God wanted things to go in my life oooo…Boluwatife!” she proudly exclaimed.
A 22-year-old man, John Onuoha, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly placing hot pressing iron on the back and hand of his 9-year-old niece.
Onuoha, a factory worker, who resides at 16, Remoye St., Akowonjo Egbeda, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge bordering on assault.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Simeon Inuoha, told the court that the offences were committed on Dec. 25 at the accused residence.
Inuoha said that John accused his 9-year-old niece of stealing his money.
The prosecutor said that the pressing iron burnt the back and hand of the girl and she was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
He said the offences contravened Sections 170 and 177 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi, granted the accused N100, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till March 6 for mention.