Diet and Sexual Health

 

Male or female, sex, and sexual health are essentially inseparable components of our daily lives and of course, no one wishes to be left behind when it comes to turning on the heat. All issues regarding reproductive health can be categorized mainly into two sections:

1). Infertility or inability to reproduce
2). Loss of libido or sex drive

To begin with, infertility -what is it?? Well, technically speaking infertility refers to the inability of couples to produce offsprings even after 1 year of cohabitation or unprotected sex. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the US alone around 10%, women have problems in conceiving. Along with genetic factors, numerous external

factors like stress, weight issues, smoking, alcohol consumption, food habits, radiation exposure etc. greatly
influence a person’s virility. The diet plan we follow plays a very significant role in curbing fertility issues because a healthy nutritious diet which provides suitable antioxidants, promotes the production of requisite hormone and helps maintain a healthy weight will most definitely make a meaningful difference. The following diet plan would be quite useful in supporting and supplementing the reproductive efforts of the body.

1) CHUCK THE JUNK AND GRAB WHAT’S TRULY IMPORTANT
In short, cut out all those processed inorganic foods and opt for the more nutritious, maybe less appetizing but definitely safer organic foods. Be it the veggies or the meat, go for the natural farm products cause the rest, maintained for slaughter are given hormones which if consumed by humans can lead to the detrimental situation.

2) GO WITH THE FISH
All diets most definitely include fish which are rich in omega 3 and other fatty acids, in fact, they are very important in fertility diets as the fatty acids help regulate hormones and the menstrual cycle in females.

3) WATCH THE WEIGHT
Being overweight or underweight is one of the main reasons for infertility in both men and women. Weight irregularity consequently leads to imbalance in blood sugar levels which in turn is the root cause for issues like PCOs (poly cystic ovary). So to counter this problem, increase the intake of whole grains like brown rice, barley, bran etc. and avoid refined processed food products. Also consume high fiber foods like leafy vegetables which help in hormone regulation.

4) CUT OUT ON THE SOYA
Soya products should be completely avoided by women as they have estrogen
mimicking properties which results in hormonal imbalance.

5) AVOID SMOKING AND DRINKING
Believe it or not, alcohol consumption results in lowering of testosterone levels in the male
body leading to a subsequent decline in sperm production. Along with smoking, alcohol consumption has also been found to cause erectile dysfunction.

Moving on to the low libido or low sex drive issue, let us begin by understanding libido. All in all the libido of an individual can be understood as his or her innate desire for sexual activity. Now, the various elements causing a decline in libido could be , stress, low self esteem, lack of self confidence, hormonal imbalance, medication or even , the emotional trauma caused by erectile dysfunction. Along with resolving infertility issues, certain micro and macro nutrients have been found to be quite fruitful in boosting the libido. Some of those foods like almonds, avocados, strawberries, broccoli and other green vegetables, cloves, watermelon, figs, black raspberries, nuts and seeds, etc enable better blood circulation and hormone production which will definitely help improve your
performance.

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