RECIPE: SIMPLE GRILLED VENISON BURGERS
If you are unsure about the taste of venison, these burgers are a wonderful way to try it out. “Foodies” across the globe have embraced venison for its earthy flavor: Deer graze on grass, acorn, berries, and herbs, which lends to a unique taste and texture that is not found with any other cut of meat. The key to preparing venison is to enhance the natural flavors of this organic meat. Venison is usually quite lean, so in order to make sure these burgers aren’t too dry, the recipe calls for egg yolks and olive oil to give it a bit of help.
- 1 lb. ground venison
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste
Gently combine all ingredients in a large bowl with a fork. Do not overwork the meat or it will give you very tough burgers. Shape into four large patties and grill over medium-high heat until medium well, about 3 minutes on each side, depending on thickness and the heat of your grill.
These are absolutely perfect topped with a slice of raw unpasteurized cheese and fresh organic tomatoes.
Source: Brittany’s Pantry. “Simple Grilled Venison Burgers.”
HERBS FOR BOOSTING THE MALE LIBIDOAL
From the ancient Greeks concocting “nectar of the Gods” to modern pharmaceuticals, man has had an unrelenting desire to discover new aphrodisiacs to stimulate and enhance sexual performance. In Western herbal medicine, tonics were often employed to treat symptoms of poor reproductive function. Historically, these tonics were regarded with skepticism … then came Viagra.
With the widespread acceptance of the idea that male sexual performance could be pharmacologically enhanced, “herbal enhancers” for male sexual performance made their way to the market. Most so-called herbal alternatives to Viagra likely deliver only modest effects, at best. However, several herbs used in traditional Indian and Chinese Medicine, which are believed to provide support to the male reproductive system, have gained the attention of both holistic and conventional medical researchers. We introduce a few of these herbs below.
Keep in mind that herbs work synergistically with the body. Healthy dietary and lifestyle practices need to be in place or the body will not be able to make optimal use of herbal remedies. Herbs may take several weeks before beneficial effects will be noticed. Some herbs should not be taken with other medicines–consult with your personal wellness practitioner before trying any herbal tonic.
SAW PALMETTO (Serenoa repens) is widely used in Europe and, in the U.S., it is the most popular adjunct herbal treatment for symptoms of enlarged prostate. It has been recommended as an alternative treatment by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Saw palmetto is nourishing to the endocrine (hormone regulating) system, which includes the sex hormones and may be the mechanism by which it helps improve overall reproductive function in men.
PYGEUM (Pygeum africanum) is derived from the African plum tree and has been studied in small clinical trials for its effects on prostate cancer cells and symptoms associated with benign prostate hypertrophy. It also is used in traditional medicine to boost sexual performance and treat lower urinary tract infections.
MACA ROOT (Lepidium meyenii) is a Peruvian “super food” rich in phytonutrients, amino acids, vitamins, and fatty acids. Scientifically speaking, it is an adaptogen, meaning its properties help boost the body’s natural resistance to disease. In traditional medicine, Maca is used to balance endocrine system function, including male and female sex hormones. In animal and human clinical trials, Maca is being studied for its effectiveness on sexual desire, hormone levels, and sexual performance.
DAMIANA (Turnera aphrodisiaca and Turnera diffusa). Damiana leaves have been used as an aphrodisiac and to boost sexual potency by the native peoples of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians. It stimulates the intestinal tract, brings oxygen to the genital area, and increases energy levels which does a lot to restore libido and desire.
- Kotta, S., S. Ansari, and J. Ali. “Exploring Scientifically Proven Herbal Aphrodisiacs.” Pharmacognosy Review 7, no. 13 (Jan-June 2013): 1-10.
- Mayo Clinic. “Saw Palmetto.” Updated November 1, 2013.
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Pygeum.” Accessed April 2015.
- Natural Fertility Info. “Top 5 Herbs for the Male Reproductive System.” Accessed April 2015.
- Damiana Benefits. herbwisdom.com
HE SHOU WU (Polygonum multiflorum)
*To date, there are few controlled clinical trials on effectiveness or safety in human populations.
- Dragon Herbs.”He Shou Wu.” Accessed April 2015.
- Institute for Traditional Medicine.”He Shou Wu.” Accessed April 2015.
- Lin, L., et al. “Traditional Usages, Botany, Phytochemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology of Polygonum Multiflorum Thunb.: A Review.” Abstract. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 159 (January 15, 2015): 158-83.
TAKE A HIKE
Hiking takes you out of your usual routine, fills your lungs with fresh air, and lifts your spirits with the sights and sounds of nature. You might even forget that you’re giving your body a powerful workout that has many health benefits.
A regular trek on the trail is aerobic exercise that is good for the heart and lungs. A weight-bearing exercise, hiking strengthens bones and joints, which helps to prevent osteoporosis. Trails with varied terrain build strength in the hip and leg muscles. You’ll also strengthen your abdominal and back muscles, and improve balance and coordination. Hiking a few times a week, not just once a season, can help you maintain a healthy body weight. Hiking is also good for the mind and spirit. Studies show that exercising in nature lifts symptoms of stress and anxiety better than exercising indoors. When you hike with family or friends, the social experience contributes to good vibes for you and your kin.
HIKING SAFETY AND FITNESS BOOSTING TIPS
PACK RIGHT. Use a day pack that properly fits your torso so the extra weight you carry (snacks, water, maps, first aid) won’t cause discomfort. If you aren’t properly fitted for a pack, you could risk injury to the back and hips.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. Most trail systems have online maps that indicate degree of difficulty and trail conditions. Familiarize yourself with the trail map. It’s always possible for a GPS to lose its signal or battery strength, so carry a paper copy with you. Check the weather; dress and pack accordingly.
BUDDY-UP. A partner or group can help you navigate and assist if you get hurt.
START SLOW. A short, local hike is best for beginners. Gradually work up to trails with hills, rugged terrain, or higher elevation.
USE POLES. Poles propel you forward and engage upper body muscles, which gives a more vigorous workout.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Keep tabs on your water and fatigue level. Stay on marked trails.
- American Hiking Society. “A Step in the Right Direction: The Health Benefits of Hiking and Trails.” Accessed April 2015.
- Barton, J., and J. Pretty. “What Is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health? A Multi-Study Analysis.” Abstract. Environmental Science & Technology 44, no. 10 (May 15, 2010): 3947-3955.
- Gladwell, V.F., D.K. Brown, C. Wood, et al. “The Great Outdoors: How a Green Exercise Environment Can Benefit All.” Extreme Physiology and Medicine 2 (January 3, 2013).
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