Many men inadvertently diminish not only their sex drive, but their fertility potential, through poor nutrition. The typical American diet, composed of overly processed fast food and an overabundance of sugar may be part of the reason why sperm counts have fallen by almost 50% since the 1930's, across all age groups.in this country.
So does the quest for healthy fertility as well as enhanced virility equal abstinence, at least in the kitchen? Not necessarily.
According to urologist Harry Fisch M.D., "As with most things in life, I think a helpful motto is, all things in moderation, including excess. Men with too much belly fat have lower testosterone levels and are more likely to have problems with their erections. This is due in part to the conversion process that turns excess fat into estrogen like compounds, which limits the production of testosterone. Too much fat in the body can also lead to clogged arteries, not only in the heart but in those that lead to the penis. This in turn diminishes blood flow, circulation, and erectile response". Quite a price to pay for that supersized portion of french fries.
So if better sex, as well as better reproductive health sound like good goals, what should you do to stack the odds in your favor?
First off, look for foods that help to improve circulation and blood flow in the body. These are often high in an amino acid called L-Arginine and include ginseng, oatmeal, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, green veggies, garlic, soybeans, and chickpeas. L-Arginine is pivotal in the production of nitric oxide, which is released during arousal in both the male and female sex organs.
Also important to include in your diet are foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon and mackerel. These support both a healthy circulatory and nervous system.
Consider adding foods high in bioflavonoids into the mix, as these boost sexual and reproductive health in men by working as antioxidants in the body. Bioflavonoids are the natural pigments found in fruits and vegetables and include berries, cherries, and grapes. Pure fruit juices without any added sugar or high fructose corn syrup are also a good source.
Just as important as adding the right foods to your diet, is eliminating the foods from your daily life that may be harming you, and you know what they are. If you are currently overweight, it makes sense to take care of yourself by losing a few pounds. Eating smaller portions, consuming less sugar, and drinking less soda can all have a positive impact.
So is there a special Have Better Sex, Be More Fertile Diet for Men? Yes and no. The same foods, and therefore eating regimen, that support reproductive health will also help to maintain overall health.
The rule of thumb is clear. Eat natural foods that are low in fat and sugar and include lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink enough water. Eliminate processed and refined foods from your diet as much as possible. If you take a common sense approach to your health and respect your body, you are bound to enjoy the benefits.
Here's to a healthier kitchen, and a happier bedroom.
Reprinted with permission from Examiner.com