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June 29, 2005

Your Health And The Better Sex Diet

Topics: Health Issues

Good nutrition, good health, good sex, there does seem to be a message for overall health here in an article on a better sex diet, by Vanessa Gisquet. Hint for men, if it's good for your heart, it's, well lets just say its good for you.

So if you're like a lot of other busy and often 'otherwise occupied' folks and you could use a little libido pick-me-up, and you desire good health which can be helped by having good nutrition, the grocery store is a good place to start.

Like many aspects of our health, our sex drive is affected by what we put into our bodies. As this article points out, "A few drinks and a thick steak, followed by a rich chocolate dessert, may sound romantic, but it is actually a prologue to sleep--not sex."

If you've sought ways to enhance or improve you sex life, you're definately not alone, people have been doing that for millennia and have never been reluctant to spend money to make themselves better lovers or enjoy sex more. The ancient Romans were said to prefer such exotic aphrodisiacs as hippo snouts and hyena eyeballs(not exactly hot items in today's markets). Traditional Chinese medicine espoused the use of such rare delicacies as rhino horn, but today's lovers are no less extravagant. In 2004, for example, according to Atlanta-based health care information company NDCHealth (nyse: NCD - news - people), Americans spent about $1.4 billion to treat male sexual function disorders alone.

(...) There is a difference, of course, between helping sexual dysfunction and arousing our passions. The problem is that, these days, there are more solutions for the former than the latter.

(...) Aphrodisiacs, for the most part, have been proved to be ineffective.

(...)"There is no data and no scientific evidence," says Leonore Tiefer, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine.

(...) Most libido-enhancing products offer short term benefit at best ... "Every year we review the literature on these compounds--these nutraceuticals like nitric oxide and ginseng--and there are none that have really been shown to be more than a placebo."

(...) When it comes to sexual function, the placebo effect is probably 30% in men and around 50% in women, he says. That means there are a lot of people out there who believe a pill they are taking or a food they are eating is doing a lot of good for them sexually. In reality, their mind is doing all the work.

So, besides renting The Story of O and opening a bottle of red wine, what can people do to kick start their sex life?

(...) One thing they can do is change their diet. Soy, for example, binds estrogen receptors, which helps the vaginal area remain lubricated, and combats symptoms of menopause--particularly hot flashes. Studies have shown that soy is also beneficial to the prostate, a crucial male sex organ. Chili peppers and ginger are believed to improve circulation and stimulate nerve endings, which could, in turn, improve sexual pleasure.

(...) Foods that promote weight loss also hold libido-boosting potential. "There has been very solid research showing that obesity is a risk factor for erectile dysfunction and low testosterone," says Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh, director of the New York Center for Human Sexuality and associate professor of urology at Columbia University's medical school. "Reducing weight," he says, "results in an increase of testosterone, and thus an increase in sexual function."

(...) "From an erection stand point, anything that's good for your heart is good for your penis," says Dr. Mulhall. Too much saturated fat can, over time, clog arteries and, in doing so, prevent an adequate flow of blood from reaching the genital region.

(...) Too little fat, on the other hand, is also bad. ... "You need fat to produce your hormones," ... "Cholesterol is metabolized in the liver, and you get your testosterone and estrogen, which you need for your sex drive," ... Olive oil, salmon and nuts are optimal sources of the "good" kinds of fats--monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.

(...) According to Dr. Judith Reichman, author of I'm Not in the Mood: What Every Woman Should Known about Improving Her Libido, medical and hormonal problems are major contributors to sexual dysfunction and a low libido--but so are too much stress, relationship difficulties and psychological issues. Antidepressants, such as Prozac by GlaxoSmithKline and Paxil by Eli Lilly, can negatively impact sex drive as well.

Well, besides renting The Story of O and opening a bottle of red wine, what can people do to kick start their sex life?

One thing they can do is change their diet. Soy, for example, binds estrogen receptors, which helps the vaginal area remain lubricated, and combats symptoms of menopause--particularly hot flashes. Studies have shown that soy is also beneficial to the prostate, a crucial male sex organ. Chili peppers and ginger are believed to improve circulation and stimulate nerve endings, which could, in turn, improve sexual pleasure.

Foods that promote weight loss also hold libido-boosting potential. "There has been very solid research showing that obesity is a risk factor for erectile dysfunction and low testosterone," says Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh, director of the New York Center for Human Sexuality and associate professor of urology at Columbia University's medical school. "Reducing weight," he says, "results in an increase of testosterone, and thus an increase in sexual function."

"From an erection stand point, anything that's good for your heart is good for your penis," says Dr. Mulhall. Too much saturated fat can, over time, clog arteries and, in doing so, prevent an adequate flow of blood from reaching the genital region. This not only interferes with the ability to perform, but also with sexual pleasure. Too little fat, on the other hand, is also bad.

And, "You need fat to produce your hormones," says Beverly Whipple, professor emeritus at Rutgers University and president of the World Association for Sexology. "Cholesterol is metabolized in the liver, and you get your testosterone and estrogen, which you need for your sex drive," she says. Olive oil, salmon and nuts are optimal sources of the "good" kinds of fats--monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.

According to Dr. Judith Reichman, author of I'm Not in the Mood: What Every Woman Should Known about Improving Her Libido, medical and hormonal problems are major contributors to sexual dysfunction and a low libido--but so are too much stress, relationship difficulties and psychological issues. Antidepressants, such as Prozac by GlaxoSmithKline and Paxil by Eli Lilly, can negatively impact sex drive as well.

Then what are you suppose to buy at the grocery store?

Click to see a list of foods that, along with some positive thinking, hold the most potential to improve your sex life.

Source - Forbes.com
Forbes.com also has a "Better Sex Diet" Video.

 

Posted by Hyscience at June 29, 2005 1:04 PM

Okay, I am blushing now and almost too embarrased to admit I read this, lol. But, I couldn't help but comment that having your husband leave you for another woman and trying to win him back is an extremely effective libido enhancer, lol.

Posted by: WriteWingNut at June 29, 2005 3:27 PM



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