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An Elegant System

The vagina isn't just a nice place to own or visit, nor is it merely a passive space awaiting fulfillment; It's a complex, integrated environment. Your vagina is a dynamic system with inherent safeguards in place to maintain a healthy equilibrium despite being susceptible to myriad influences that can alter its state of balance. After all, the vagina is exposed to fluctuating hormones, the consequences of our modern diet, our stress-filled lives and numerous artificial products that nature never intended our delicate tissues to withstand. And, of course, Mother Nature did intend our vaginas to have visitors whose presence and leavings can stimulate and impact our vaginal ecosystem. The vagina is well designed to handle many of these influences but sometimes succumbs leading to imbalance, infection and general grumpiness all around when she's out of commission.

Vaginal Ecology

Vaginal ecology is the study of the environment and its interactions. By understanding the ecology, you can better handle your vagina, and keep her happy and healthy by supporting the natural systems. When, despite your best efforts, the normal balance is disturbed and you get a vaginal infection (vaginitis), knowing how your ecosystem works can give you the power to remedy the situation and restore your environment.

Nice and Normal

A normal vagina is constantly kept moist by its slick, slippery and savory natural discharge. The smell and taste of a healthy vagina is mild, earthy and slightly pungent with a pleasant, musky aroma. It certainly does not smell like fish or have a strong foul odor. A healthy vagina does not smell or taste bad! In fact, it's full of sexy scent plus fabulous pheromones, the chemicals of attraction that we don't consciously smell. Your vaginal juice is a naturally compelling, perfumed invitation.

Juicy Goodness

Vaginal fluid mostly comes from the cells lining the walls, which act similar to sweat glands, producing moisture from the inner mucus membrane surfaces. The rest of the juice is made up of small contribution from several types of glands, located in the cervix and near the vaginal opening. Normal vaginal fluid varies in color from clear to white, although when it dries it may appear yellowish.

The amount differs from one woman to another as well as for the same woman at different times, and ranges from scant to moderate. Some women are naturally wetter or drier then others, just as some people have oily skin or dry hair or sweat more or less profusely.

What's most important for you is to know what's typical for you in amount, color, texture and odor. The vaginal fluid reflects where you are in your cycle, your age, your sexual arousal, hormonal contraceptive use, even your diet and fluid intake. For women who are having normal fertility cycles the shifting pattern should be similar each month. In general, most women are juiciest during the week leading up to and including the day of ovulation. Most women are assess the week before their period. Girls prior to puberty, breast-feeding moms and post-menopausal woman are drier and less varying.

The Vaginal Garden

A healthy vagina is full of friendly bacteria, mainly a particular strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus. These good bacteria protect the vagina and keep it healthy in multiple ways. Their job is to control the population of unfriendly microbes such as yeast and 'bad' bacteria. They do so first by filling up the space, like a garden which is profusely filled with flowers, leaving no space for weeds. Next, the acidophilus maintain the proper vaginal environment by producing two important chemicals: lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide, a liquid form of oxygen. The lactic acid maintains an acid-alkaline balance (known as pH) in the vagina that's acidic. Your helpful bacteria also produce hydrogen peroxide to create an aerobic (oxygenated) environment that discourages bad microbes. The beneficial bacteria are the essential hard-working engineers of the ecology of your vagina. When something causes a shift away from the ideal, they get working to bring your ecology back into line.

Flux and Flow

There are a variety of things that can shift the vaginal equilibrium and swing the system out of equilibrium. To begin with there are the regular …


Multifaceted workout machines have been a popular item on the market for many years. More and more people are opting for home gyms rather than spending their time and money on a fitness centre. These gyms, having so many different components, are the ultimate in providing a workout for the total body. Gym equipment maintenance is absolutely a must if you want to keep your home gym in excellent condition in order to achieve the most from it. One particular home gym on which you can reach your highly-set goals is the Gold’s Gym XR45.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Key Features:

· Six muscle building workout stations in one compact design for storage convenience

· Multi-position Lat bar for upper body development

· Combined Chest Press and Fly Station to give you 2 times the upper body results

· 81 lb Durastack weights for dependable and smooth performance

· Diversity of stations including preacher station, high and low pulley station, and leg developer station

· Ankle strap with handle which can be used with low pulley station for a diversity of exercises

Price: Around £320

Product Description: Engage in a variety of fitness programs with the Gold’s Gym XR45, it has a vertical design with six invigorating and muscle building programs. The XR45 will provide a demanding workout each time you use it with virtually 210 pounds of resistance. It’s combined chest press and chest fly station will enable you to add muscle to your upper body. Some other beneficial stations included in the Gold’s Gym XR45 include a preacher station, a leg developer station, and a high and low pulley stations. This exercise equipment additionally comes with an ankle strap, vinyl seating, and a lat bar with multiple hand positions.

Product Specifications:

· Model No.: GGSY2067

· Shipping Weight (in pounds): 229.0

· Product Dimensions; (L x W x H): 76.0 x 65.0 x 38.0

· DuraStack Weights: 81 lbs

· Resistance level: 210 lbs

Product Features: The unique vertical design and layout of the Gold’s Gym XR45 allows it to be stored away compactly and easily. The high and low pulleys are extremely adaptable as they provide just the right amount of resistance. The machines DuraStack weight plates are set in a strong 81 pound stack. It is also designed with a combo fly station and chest press to develop ultimate upper-body strength. The Gold’s Gym also features a 4-roll leg developer for enhancement of your hamstrings, glutes, quads, and also hip flexors.

Warranty: Manufacturers warranty 90 days from date of purchase

Conclusion: The Gold’s Gym XR45 comes highly recommended since it provides you with all the components necessary to give yourself the maximum level of training. If your exercise goal is focused on your entire body, don’t hesitate for a moment to give this machine some serious consideration. Remember that keeping your equipment in good working order is vital to the life of the equipment; hence, the need for an excellent professional gym equipment maintenance provider. This outstanding home gym is perfect for users at various fitness levels.


Source by Robert Mc Kay


Some are born with an inbuilt knowledge of what one’s body needs. Others are easily misguided and led by fashion, popularity, and peer pressure into things that should be avoided. There is also the bodies willingness or otherwise to partake of harmful substances. In my case my body could not tolerate chemicals or anything that affected the brain. This was guided by my keen desire for knowledge and making my intelligence number one.

The lessons learned are that what we do when we are young has an impact on aging and on what diseases and handicaps we will face as the years pile up. Good body maintenance is about avoiding anything toxic and that includes even dangerous rides at carnivals.

The latest fad is to take rides on vehicles that cause a drop and sudden stop, as in some crazy fairground roller coaster adventures. Watching one of these recently it was hard for me to believe that people not only put their own bodies at risk but that of their children in the name of having fun. The human brain is soft and very easily damaged.

The body warns of impending danger through the adrenalin glands and the sensation that many find addictive. As adrenalin flows it increases the heart rate and provides us with a flight or fight experience. In other words, it prepares for recovery from harm.

As the body jerks into a sudden stop the cranium and brain collide. This causes a degree of bruising and can even result in death or paralysis. But that doesn’t have to happen immediately as delayed response may see the effects of concussion several hours or even a day after the event.

Headaches; nausea; dizziness; memory problems; irritability; as well as balance and sleeping difficulties may follow. Look at these symptoms and compare them to those of Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. With the latter there are huge changes in brain functions that include memory loss.While there is no proven correlation to support the linking of the two it doesn’t mean it is not correct.

Drugs also affect the brain and taking pills on a regular basis may also be leading to the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia. While there are no studies to prove this is the case it’s still a matter of common sense.

If one is looking for a fitness regime then start with the brain and all other things will surely follow. It has the ability to tell us when we are going wrong. Drugs, on the other hand, interfere with that side of nature. We educate the brain by what we do to our bodies. If we stuff ourselves with things like sweets and alcohol, and tell it that the odd adrenalin rush is OK, then changes in that vital organ will impel us to take more of it.


Source by Norma Holt

Olympic Bar Sleeves Maintenance


We covered general barbell maintenance in our last article. Now that you know general care and maintenance of your barbells we’ll delve into more thorough cleaning of your Olympic barbell sleeves. The ‘sleeves’ on a barbell are the rotating ends where your plates are added to the bar. A newer bar shouldn’t require such close cleaning and care for your sleeves; this will be for your older, well used barbells. Your barbell sleeves are likely held on by one of two methods- snap rings or a pin and end cap. This article will be covering those types of sleeves. There are bar manufacturers that have it made it so the sleeve does not come off, you will have to contact them directly for any maintenance questions and/or concerns.

First, if you have a snap ring style bar you’ll need a snap ring pliers to remove them. You’ll need to remove the outer snap ring, the end cap, and the inner snap ring to loosen your sleeve from your bar. You want to grab the two holes in the ring and compress it to remove it from the bar. Your end cap should pop out next, and you can remove your final snap ring.

Secondly, the pinned barbell sleeves. If your sleeves are pinned there’s a steel disc, or end cap, and pin keeping them from falling off of your bar. The end cap is approximately 2-inches in diameter, and about 1/2″ thick. To hold the endcap in place a pin runs the diameter of the bar. You can use a hammer and small screw driver to tap the pin out of its hole. Once you’ve got the pin out, the end cap should come off and you can remove your sleeve.

Next you should take a clean rag and wipe off any excess dirt, corrosion and grease on your bar, and inside the ends of your sleeve. If some of the dirt is caked on you may want to use a bit of steel wool to smooth things down. You can use the steel wool again, on the now bare bar, and inside the ends of the sleeve. Be sure to wipe down your bar again to remove any residue from the steel wool.

You should use a Teflon grease on the inside ends of the sleeve, and either end of the sleeve portion of your bar. You want to use a high pressure type of grease that will hold the pressure of the bar. Grease should keep the sleeve spinning longer, and will keep it cleaner than if you used oil. You don’t need to use a lot of grease on the bar a little goes a long way. Finally you can put your sleeve back on, remove any excess grease that may be around. Spin the sleeve a few times, again wiping up any excess grease.

As we said in our last article you need to be sure you are otherwise taking good care of your bar. You don’t want to let it slam down on the ground after you’ve removed weights. Don’t drop an empty barbell, letting the barbell slam to the ground may damage your bearings/bushings. Remember to remove the weights from the bar when you are done. Storing weights on hanging bars can cause the bar to bend over time. Be sure to check your workout area for any sharp edges that might damage your bar. Use collars at all times to prevent plate movement on the bars. Proper care and maintenance of your barbells can keep them performing well for a life time.


Source by Christian Sciarrino

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