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Dr. Richard Isaacson

The Importance of Diet to a Healthy Sex Life

Everyone is entitled to a healthy sex life, but finding a partner that you can enjoy romantic time is just the half of it. Many couple experience problems with their sex life for a number of different reasons, and one of them is diet. Your diet has a big effect on how you perform in the bedroom, and could be the root of a problem you are experiencing. A healthy diet is as important for your overall body health as it is for your sex life, and in case you were wondering, a healthy sex life is beneficial to your body health. So all of these things are intertwined, and a problem with any one of them can have a knock-on effect. Keeping to a healthy diet will keep your body healthy, which in turn will minimise any problem in the bedroom.

A particular diet can also have an immediate positive effect on your libido, because here are some foods that have a stimulating effect on your sex drive. On the other hand, there are other foods that can have a negative effect on your sex drive. Knowing how to use what you eat to your advantage is a great way to keep your sex life healthy.

How Your Diet Affects Your Love Life

As a general rule, doctors are in agreement that a diet that is good for your heart, is good for your sex life. The reason for this? Well, a healthy heart will transport more blood around your body faster than an unhealthy heart, meaning your sexual organs will become aroused easier and quicker. This unhindered blood flow to the genitals of both men and women will increase function and desire. In fact, when men complain to doctors of erectile dysfunction often the first thing a physician will check for high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. These factors can be a sign of heart disease, which is sometimes caused by a bad diet.

Another factor is your appearance and sense of well-being. If you are eating healthily and staying in shape, you will be happy with the way you look, which is turn helps you feel confident about yourself. If you don’t like the look of yourself naked, then feeling comfortable under the sheets can be very difficult. Many people are unable to have a fulfilling sex life because of their unhappiness with their appearance. Eating natural, healthy foods can help you lose weight which will improve your self-esteem. Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, is the director of nutrition at WebMD, and published an article at explaining exactly why the right diet and exercise can lead to a better sex life, and you can read it here.

It’s no secret that the healthier we look, the more attractive will appear to members of the opposite sex. Maximising your sex appeal will do wonders for your sex life, and one way you can do this is by increasing the amount of carotenoids in your diet. Carotenoids are a type of phytonutrients found in many fruits and vegetables, and are responsible for giving our skin a healthy looking glow.

The circulation of your blood plays a much bigger part in sex than you may realise, so eating healthy circulation-enhancing foods are a good choice for a healthy sex life. Food that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids fit the bill, fish such as salmon and mackerel. Not only are they low in fat and high in protein, but their high levels of Omega-3 will improve the functioning of your nervous system and blood circulation.

Super Foods for Sex

Foods used as an aphrodisiac are wide ranging, and conclusive proof on how effective they really are is sparse. Often these have more of a placebo effect than actual effect, but actually putting more of a particular food into your diet can have a positive effect. Slurping down oysters just before you retire into the bedroom is unlikely to transform what happens when you go upstairs, but try eating more of the following foods in your regular diet to see if they work for you.

1     Watermelon

This wonderful fruit is not only delicious, but is rich in the amino acid L-citulline, which does wonders for the flow of blood around the body. How it works? L-citulline converts itself to L-arginine and then onto nitric oxide, which contribute to dilating your blood vessels.

2     Avacado

Avacado can improve the libido of both men and women through its high levels of folic acid, vitamin B6, and potassium. Folic acid helps the human body metabolise proteins, which in turn provided energy, which is essential when having sex.  Vitamin B6 assists the production of male hormone, while potassium has a regulatory effect on a women’s thyroid gland which is also responsible for producing hormone.

3     Asparagus

This healthy vegetable has a high level of folate, a B vitamin that increases the natural production of histamine in the body. Great from both men and women, histamine is known to boost the sex drive for both genders.

4     Pumpkin Seeds

Containing a nice big helping of zinc, pumpkin seeds are especially good for men. Zinc is pretty much essential for the production of healthy sperm, and is a key part of preventing testosterone deficiency. Pumpkin seeds are great for women too though, because they contain minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and niacin. What’s more, they are a great source of vitamin C, D, B, E, and K. A great addition to any healthy diet.

5     Cocoa

Ok, so you may be thinking chocolate when you hear cocoa, which isn’t the healthiest food out there, but the main ingredient of chocolate, the cocoa bean is awesome. Raw cocoa is full of antioxidants, more than green tea even, and also contains phenylethlamine, which naturally stimulates the body, inducing a sense of excitement and satisfaction. There are a number of ways to add raw cocoa into a healthy diet, but if you want to eat chocolate go for naturally produced dark chocolate without emulsifiers.

There are many other foods that can be particularly useful for lending a helping hand to your sex life while still be natural and healthy. Check out this article from Men’s Health Magazine for some more ideas.

Don’t Drink Too Much

Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages can be a real problem for both your sex life, no matter whether you are a man or a woman. This is because it can significantly reduce the sensitivity of your genitals, making orgasm more difficult for both of your to reach, not to mention turn what should be intimate love-making into an awkward fumble. In the words of Shakespeare, “It increases the desire, but it takes away the performance.”

Avoid the Synthetic Drugs

There are plenty of drugs readily available for people that have suffering from impotence or a low sex drive, things like Viagra and Cialis are just a couple of them. The market for these just seems to keep growing and growing, but these are in no way a cure for an unsatisfactory sex life. Sure, a healthy diet and Viagra would certainly make you more than ready to head straight to the bedroom after dinner, but with the right diet you simply do not need to take a synthetic drug.

Just remember that using a synthetic will do nothing to actually solve the problem you are having, it will only cover up the symptoms when you take it, so it’s a temporary fix. The last thing you want to do is end up dependant on a drug to have sex, so ditch them and concentrate on a healthy diet to improve your libido.

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