People in the UK are going crazy for 'natural Viagra sausages'

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People in the UK are lining up for 'natural Viagra sausages', which hit supermarkets late last week.

SOS Viagra sausages were created by the organization "Fathers4Justice" to raise awareness around men's health issues, mainly depression. 'As a father of three boys, I am deeply concerned about the public health emergency facing men," said creator Matt O'Connor.

Sausages are made of ginseng, L'Arginine and Barrenwort (a weed nicknamed "Horny Goat Weed"), and hog. Proceeds go to various charities around London.

'It made me think now is the time to do something about it, and to do something with humour, to help more people open up and talk," O'Connor said. "I hope our sausages will give people food for thought and help men break the wall of silence around these issues."

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Asparagus

This green veggie superfood acts as a natural diuretic (AKA a substance that will make you pee), thereby helping to facilitate the removal of water and waste to decrease discomfort and bloat.

And that’s not all.

Asparagus is also a prebiotic, meaning “it increases the probiotics in your digestive system, which work to better absorb food and alleviate gas and bloating,” Middleberg says.

Why not try it grilled as a side or chopped up in a salad before the next time you hit the beach?

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Dandelion

Dandelion greens are a prebiotic. And while they may be a tad harder to find than asparagus (also a prebiotic), they’re worth a second lap of the farmer’s market.

“Dandelion greens are extremely nutrient dense, and have been used medicinally as an anti-inflammatory for years,” Middleberg says. “The dandelion root stimulates production of gastric enzymes, so it’s a great digestive aid, while the greens are what act as a diuretic.”

Use the dandelion root and leaves in a tea, or try sprinkling the greens into your daily lunchtime salad.

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Ginger

Ginger is Middleberg’s go-to food for a bloated belly, because it’s an anti-inflammatory and a powerhouse digestive aid. Plus, it’s super easy to include in your regular diet. You can add fresh ginger to smoothies and salad dressings. And Middleberg suggests making a homemade tea for extra bloat-fighting power, or sipping it in a ginger lemonade. (Wakaya ginger powder dissolves easily in water.)

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Lemon

Lemon is a natural detoxifier that Middleberg suggests to all of her clients for a variety of health reasons. “Not only do you get some vitamin C from lemon, but it’s an awesome way to help the digestive system,” she says.

Try drinking it in warm water after each meal to de-bloat and curb sugar cravings. Lemon also helps you go to the bathroom, Middleberg claims, so she advises her clients to drink it first thing in the morning to get things moving.

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Cucumber

There’s a reason why people use cucumber to reduce swelling under their eyes. “It’s high in silica, caffeic acid (the skin), and vitamin C, which reduce swelling and aid in the prevention of water retention,” Middleberg says. So, just like cucumber helps your eyes de-puff, it will help your stomach de-bloat, too.

Slice it and put it into water for a simple fix, or make a chilled cucumber soup to sip for a few days leading up to your next beach trip.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

As you may have read, fitness expert (and former model) Amanda Russell likes to down a teaspoon of Angostura bitters when she feels bloated. But if you’re not down with her liquor-based remedy, Middleberg suggests a shot of multitasking apple cider vinegar. “It stimulates the production of gastric enzymes, which help break down food, so you can more easily digest it,” she says.

Down a tablespoon (diluted with a little water, if you must) the morning of a beach day. But if that’s too intense for you, try mixing it into a salad dressing for a more muted taste over the week prior.

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Green Tea

In addition to boosting your metabolism, green tea’s been shown to decrease belly bloat, Middleberg says. But stay away from ordering an “iced” one on your next Starbucks run. “Ice causes spasms in the digestive tract, making the body put a lot of energy into digestion,” she says. A warm green tea is anti-inflammatory, and it won’t increase gas, as some experience with other caffeinated drinks.

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Black Coffee

It’s probably the best known natural diuretic, so that’s why many people sip it to banish bloat, Middleberg says. However, in those who are caffeine sensitive, coffee can actually lead to bloating. Either way, Middleberg suggests an espresso or a “tall” size.

And most importantly, be careful what you’re putting in it. Artificial sweeteners can wreak havoc on your stomach, she says. “The body doesn’t recognize them, and so a lot of people will experience bloating and gas.”

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Fennel

It’s still an un-sung hero for digestion in the West, but fennel’s got a great track record in the East. It helps relax GI spasms, which occur most often right after a meal and cause gas and bloating, Middleberg says. Try chewing it in seed form or drinking a cup of fennel tea at the end of a meal, or add it to a tea, juice, or meal.

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