While there are lots of things that can help, changing your diet to fix premature ejaculation is probably one of the most effective.
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:
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:
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Markham Heid and Emilia Benton. 2019 March 8. 20 Best Foods to Help Boost Your Sex Drive, According to Dietitians. https://www.prevention.com/sex/a20472332/scientifically-proven-aphrodisiacs-to-boost-your-libido/
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