What Sex, Garlic and Swearing Have in Common

March 3, 2008

Dating, Stress

My son sent me this article a few days ago β€œTen ways to beat stress in 10 minutes or less” by Alison Kotch.Β  I would like to share some of the stress remedies and tips from the article because they are a valuable addition to my Six Instant Mood Boosters.

Garlic Sex and Swearing as a Stress Remedy

Take One second to SwearSwearing as a Stress Remedy

Researchers at England’s University of East Anglia Norwich looked into leadership styles and found that using swear words can reduce stress. Good luck, #!$*&^*@!

Take Five seconds to Pop fish oil

According to research, people with the highest blood levels of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids are happier and more agreeable. Try a supplement of 400 milligrams each of EPA and DHA fish oils

Take 30 seconds to Know your hoku

Acupressure is a tension releaser, according to researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University who found it can reduce stress up to 39 percent. For fast relief, massage your hoku (the fleshy part between the thumb and index finger) for 20 to 30 seconds.

Take 30 seconds to Sit back

Forget what you’ve been told about sitting up straight to relieve tension in your back. Researchers in Canada found that leaning back at a 135-degree angle is the best sitting position for reducing back pain.

Take One minute to Add garlic

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham believe they’ve figured out why garlic is good for heart health, and their finding implies it’s a powerful stress buster too. When you digest garlic’s main ingredient, organosulfur allicin, your body produces hydrogen sulfide, which relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow.

Take Five minutes and Take a YouTube timeout

Just the anticipation of laughing decreases the stress hormones dopac, cortisol, and epinephrine by 38, 39, and 70 percent, respectively, according to researchers at LomaLindaUniversity in California. And when researchers at the University of Maryland showed short movie clips to study participants, those who watched funny films experienced a 22 percent increase in blood flow to their hearts.

Take 10 minutes and Just do it

Kissing or hugging your wife can reduce stress because it raises levels of oxytocin, the hormone associated with bonding and love, say researchers at the University of Carolina. And a Scottish researcher found that having sex regularly lowers anxiety, stress, and blood pressure.

Of course, we always have to remember to breathe, smile πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† and be happy.


Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Counselor and Health Coach


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5 Responses to “What Sex, Garlic and Swearing Have in Common”

  1. Sharon Eden Says:

    Just found this blog from a tweet on Twitter… absolutely superb! Already use some of the tips in my work and appreciate the comprehensiveness and down to earth approach. More of that’s needed out there so more power to you! Warmly, Sharon

  2. Music downloads Says:

    I know this is really boring and you are skipping to the next comment, but I just wanted to throw you a big thanks – you cleared up some things for me!

  3. Wellbeing Says:

    This post is good, whenever I just visit blogs I comes across some shitty articles written for search engines and irritate users but this article is quite brilliant. It is simple, great and straightforward.

  4. Dorothy Sander Says:

    I always enjoy reading your blogs! The informative, enjoyable to read and straight to the point! Thanks! I’ll be passing this one along too. πŸ™‚

  5. Irina Wardas Says:

    Dorothy, thank you so much for your kind words, I really appreciate it. Have a fabulous day. Breathe, smile and be happy.

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