- Published on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 01:50
- Written by Jackie Jones, BlackAmericaWeb.com
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Think eating healthy isn’t sexy?
Fruits, veggies and whole grains aren’t just for the birds; they’re for the bees, too.
According to an article on Mother Nature Network, foods that are good for your heart are also good for your sex life and the same foods that clog arteries and contribute to heart attacks also slow your roll in the hay.
Carrots, avocados, watermelon, greens (cooked without the fatback), nuts, figs, yams and spices like nutmeg and turmeric and other foods that help promote weight loss can also help boost your libido.
Further, foods with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, including, mackerel, salmon and wild salmon, enhance circulation and get blood flowing to all the critical places when you are ready to get busy.
Heavy foods like steak and greasy fried foods actually slow blood flow, which can contribute to erectile dysfunction (ED). They also contribute to obesity, another risk factor for ED.
“If the body is spending its time and energy cleaning itself constantly from these chemicals we put in it, it cannot begin to perform at its peak sexually,” Brian Clement, Ph.D., L.N.C., co-director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach and co-author with his wife of "7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality," told Mother Nature Network.
“One-third of young marrieds have fertility problems today and instead of seeing men with performance problems at age 70 the way we did a few decades ago, we now see it at age 40,” Clement said. “Fifty percent of 40-year-old men cannot perform.”
And think you can compensate for a bad night with Viagra? That may not be your smartest move in the long run.
Clement said the No. 1 user group for Viagra is not middle-aged men over 50, but men 20-28. But he warned the drug can overstimulate the libido and by the time those men reach their 30s or 40s, they may have difficulty performing because they abused the drug.
Nationally known Dr. Rachael Ross, a medical doctor with a PhD in sexology, said as men age they also can be at risk of andropause – frequently referred to as male menopause – which results in a diminished sex drive and ability to perform.
Some men experience weight gain, reduced muscle strength and bone density, hair loss, decreased energy, and even hot flashes and those conditions can be exacerbated by excessive drinking, obesity, smoking and lack of exercise.
A low-fat, high-fiber diet, exercise and cutting back on alcohol and caffeine are recommended.
“Male menopause is often described as a mid-life crisis. You may see a man whose personality begins to change … a man who typically chased women and who was very driven by sex and sexuality become less interested in the opposite sex.
He may become fatigued or depressed and have added girth around his stomach,” Ross told andrology.com. “He may also experience erectile dysfunction and gynecomastia, an increase in breast tissue.”
That may not all be related to diet, but eating the wrong things can make a bad situation worse.
The Clementses recommend avoiding fatty meats, like bacon and sausage, which are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, most cheeses, processed baked goods that contain trans fats, and soy-based products, which are high in estrogen and can lower male sex drive and increase the risk of disease and testosterone in women.
Looking for a better lover? You might want to chat up that vegetarian you’ve been teasing for not putting any meat on her plate.
We’re just saying.
Do I have to have an orgasm after he ejaculates to conceive?
No, you do not have to orgasm to get pregnant. As long as sperm is present at or around the time you ovulate, you shouldn't have any problems conceiving.
I have met a man that I love. He has hepatitis C. I had a series of vaccinations for HC for work about 15 years ago. Would a booster help protect me from getting it from him? How great is the risk? Could I be contagious to my newborn grandbaby if I do become infected?
If you have been vaccinated, your doctor can actually check your blood levels to make sure you still have the antibodies that protect you from the virus. No, you do not pose a risk to your new grandbaby if you were infected with HCV.
Dr. I use pills at home and they don't work but I don’t use anything with my side piece. Is my mind causing the problem?
Sex starts in the brain. If you are not attracted to the person, there isn't a magic pill that will correct that problem, I'm sorry.
How about the containers that claim not to have to PBA?
I think it's best to opt for glass. Containers like these http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-8-Piece-Glass-Storage-Container/dp/B004RLNEOC/ref=cm_lmf_tit_3
Can the damage from using items that decrease testosterone in males be reversed?
Most of the time, yes; however, this is not the case though when it happens to boys who are still developing.
Dr., my wife would like to know what foods can I eat that will give my Semen a more pleasurable flavor?
Alkaline foods tend to make both semen and vaginal fluids taste rather bitter and foods that are naturally sweet tend to sweeten things up. So a diet high in meat and coffee will make you bitter, and one that is high in acidic fruits will make you sweeter. Also avoid curries, onions, and spicy foods. Follow these dietary guidelines and drink as much water as you can and before you know it, your wife will taste the flavor of the rainbow!
Dr. Rachel, I am a man are you saying I shouldn’t drink soy milk?
Yes, that is what I am saying. Soy Milk is a concentrate of plant estrogen which is a feminizing hormone. It should only be consumed by men in moderation.
What credentials do you have to obtain to become a sexologist. I am interested in the same?
I have a medical degree from Meharry Medical College and then I went on to get a doctorate in sexology from The AACS at Maimonidies University. You do not have to go the route I choose, there are plenty of other ways to go about it too. Here's a link to my bio: http://drrachael.com/adult/?page_id=511
Best of luck to you!!! It's a very rewarding field of study.
I have heard that Strawberries and Olives are good for your sex drive, is this true?
Both strawberries and olives have antioxidant properties and can help maintain general and sexual health.
I am over 40 and exercise 3-5 days per week. What can I do to increase my metabolism?
First change your exercise routine. Your body gets used to doing the same thing over and over again. Second put yourself on a high protein, low carb diet. Third, start the day off with protein.
What can we use instead for cooking and warming up foods?
Invest in a nice set of glass containers that come with lids. Like these: http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-8-Piece-Glass-Storage-Container/dp/B004RLNEOC/ref=cm_lmf_tit_3
Good morning, Dr R, my sons are 11 and 17. We drink soy milk often. Would you recommend I stop giving it to them?
Yes I do. They are young and the plant estrogen can disrupt the testosterone needed for their development.