They say you are what you eat. But can what you eat make things better (or worse) in the bedroom? We see a lot of folks asking if diet can fix premature ejaculation, and the short answer is no.
Food plays a big role in how our bodies and minds function, but there’s no direct link between what you eat and how you perform in the bedroom. Even those sexy foods commonly known as aphrodisiacs aren’t universally proven to be effective in boosting sexual desire.
But there are some choices you can make in the kitchen that can affect your overall health — including your reproductive system.
According to California-based OBGYN Michael Krychman, author of a recent review study on natural aphrodisiacs, a Mediterranean diet is the only scientifically proven way to strengthen your sex drive through food. Any improved erectile function that the diet might offer men — and the increased libido reported in women — is likely due to “the diet’s ties to improved overall health,” not a specific sexual benefit, according to Prevention.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the Mediterranean diet promotes:
Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
Enjoying meals with family and friends
Drinking red wine in moderation (optional, but why would you turn that down?!)
Getting plenty of exercise
Seems reasonable — and pretty delicious, if we’re being honest. Choosing a healthy diet and not getting wasted are both bound to perk you up a bit when you want to get down to business.
Sorry to break the news, but Love Potion No. 9 doesn’t exist, and there are no love spells, charms, or candles you can burn to make someone want to get with you. There aren’t even foods that inspire love, though many have tried.
Oysters, chocolate, ginger, and hot peppers are often touted as foods that will put you (or your partner) in the mood. But besides encountering these flavors in a romantic dinner amidst candlelight, there’s no science to say that eating any one food will make your dingle tingle.
Best culinary bet to inspire feelings of love from your partner? Cook them a great meal you know they’ll enjoy (and offer to clean it up).
Obesity can affect your overall health, including as a potential cause of premature ejaculation. Losing weight can help alleviate all sorts of bodily woes, from high blood pressure to insomnia. (Bonus: You may also feel better about yourself, and confidence is sexy.) Obesity has also been linked to an increase in estrogen in men, which can cause PE.
So you might want to take some tips from the Mediterranean diet that so many doctors and physicians promote. Feeling healthy — not wheezy, sleepy, or weighed down — when you hit the bedroom is a step in the right direction.
If you’ve historically been a “meat and potatoes only” kind of dude, it may be time to rethink your dietary choices. Some food groups can keep your reproductive system functioning as well as possible.
Here are some tips:
Keep the prostate happy. Foods that encourage prostate health can assist your system’s function. They include daily servings of fruits and vegetables, less sugar and red meat, and lots of healthy fats.
Prevent urinary problems. Ward off urinary-tract infections by adding probiotics, staying hydrated, and eating antioxidant-rich blueberries and cranberries. “It burns when I pee” aren’t the sweet nothings you want to be whispering in your partner’s ear.
Lower your cholesterol. Prevent blocked arteries with some cholesterol-lowering foods like whole grains (less white bread, more oatmeal) and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (think salmon and sardines).
Make your heart healthier. We can all agree that a strong heart makes for fun times in the bedroom. Food that lowers blood pressure include minimally processed, whole foods high in potassium (which lessens the effects of salt).
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