It has long been a truism that you are what you eat. Just as poor food choices can negatively impact your sex life and your health, making some simple changes to your diet can significantly improve these areas of your life.
A diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber is effective in both helping men maintain their virility and acting as a deterrent to the development and progress of diseases including heart disease, diabetes and prostate cancer.
A great sex life depends on clean arteries; you don’t want to gum up the works by ingesting saturated fats and bad cholesterol. If you have ever made love when you felt bloated or constipated, you know how much better you function when your digestive system is not overtaxed.
Do not overeat; make sure you consume plenty of fiber. Wining and dining can be romantic, but too much dining will leave you sluggish, heavy and tired, which will certainly put a damper on your sex life with your wife—and may have larger consequences for your overall health.
Let’s face it—it is a lot easier to operate smoothly and vigorously in bed if you are not carrying a 20-pound belt of blubber around your waist. Maintaining a healthy body weight encourages self-confidence and promotes a healthy and positive outlook on life.
Excess fat, especially the fat around your torso, has also been associated with an increased risk of many diseases. Body fat acts almost like an individual organ, secreting hormones and a specialized protein that can increase inflammation and oxidation in the cells of your body. These natural processes, if they go unchecked, can break down normal tissue and weaken your body’s defenses against cancer and other diseases, which is why incorporating antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements in your diet can also be beneficial.
Many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substances can be found in fruits and vegetables of color (such as deep red tomatoes, dark green spinach, and rich orange carrots), as well as in whole grains (whole wheat, quinoa, brown rice) and spices. By focusing your diet on fresh fruits and vegetables, ocean-caught fish (a great source of unsaturated fat), and whole grains—rather than processed foods that rely on sugar, salt, and fat for flavor—you can increase the protective anti-inflammatory components of your diet and begin to benefit from their effects.
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SOURCE: Charisma News
Dudley Seth Danoff, MD, FACS