Better Sex, Boosted Fertility And An Easier Menopause (Part 1)

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Primal Power Method Sexual Health

Follow The Simple Life and you can have better, more frequent sex!

It’s a strong statement, but also very true. Nobody wants to know how he or she can have less sex and get less enjoyment while having it, right?!

As a health and nutrition professional, my fitness clients, often ask me, “How can we improve our sex life? It just isn’t what it used to be.”

Many are surprised when I recommend they change their diet and begin to exercise more! The bottom line is that having a healthy lifestyle often goes hand in hand with a healthy sex drive.

The same advice applies to many other areas of our reproductive lives. For many people, and women in particular, fitness and nutrition have a dramatic impact on hormonally-driven aspects of health such as libido, fertility, child-bearing and menopause.

Adhering to the principles outlined in my book The Simple Life Guide To Optimal Health can impact the quality of your reproductive and sexual life.

Part 1: Sex Drive, Nutrition, and Exercise

“Oversexed, overpaid, and over here.”

This is how British soldiers described the visiting U.S. allies during the Second World War.

Yet with today’s barrage of erectile dysfunction advertisements it appears that this famous phrase no longer automatically applies to our citizens. Women’s magazines are full of articles about losing weight and increasing sexual satisfaction.

Indeed, over one third of women with diabetes experience decreased sexual desire, or even none at all. Men with diabetes are three times more likely to suffer the same symptoms as their female counterparts. As outlined in my Primal Power Method books and reports, type 2 diabetes is strongly linked to poor nutrition and lifestyle habits. As Americans, our food choices are literally diminishing our sex lives!

This applies to obesity as well. Approximately one third of the people who are trying to lose weight indicate that they have problems with sex drive and desire.

People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or insulin resistance are more likely to suffer from sexual dysfunction. For men, erectile dysfunction is also a precursor to coronary heart disease. In most cases, a lack of sexual interest is directly related to a lack of health and fitness.

So what has happened to us?

Too much stress, too much work, not enough time outdoors and poor health habits are likely to blame. Of course, there are many other reasons that sexual desire can decrease, but few that are as easily reversed – and widely prevalent – as poor diet and exercise habits.

For a woman, dissatisfaction with body and weight can often lead her to feel less sexy. She may look in the mirror and fail to see a sexy, energetic person. Instead, she may see a tired, overweight, over-stressed person who feels like she has just given up.

Moms frequently face the challenges of physically bouncing back from pregnancy as well as the demands of balancing childcare, homekeeping and life events. It doesn’t always feel sexy and food can be a easy comfort, creating a cycle of stress-related eating that can be hard to break.

But this can be turned around. Being in shape and eating a healthy diet will almost always lead to a better sex life. Being overweight has a double whammy effect on your sex life, both physiologically and psychologically. So the good news is that if you solve the physical cause(s), many psychological hindrances may fall in line as well.

There is No Magic Pill

Sadly, the supposed “answer” to sexual problems – as is the case with many health concerns – is frequently offered by many doctors in the form of a medication or pill.

Like the weight-loss and fad-diet industries, businesses that offer “solutions” to sexual dysfunction are booming.

Just as many doctors prescribe cholesterol-lowering pills such as statins before recommending dietary changes, they often do the same with medications aimed at alleviating sexual dysfunction. Consequently, both types of medication are frequently prescribed to individuals who are obese or overweight.

During my government career in the food and drug arena, the two pharmaceutical drugs that were counterfeited the most were statins and erectile dysfunction medications. Believe me, no one counterfeits a drug if there isn’t serious money to be made from it, especially considering the substantial legal and criminal risks involved.

Clearly there are thousands of folks who want to lower their blood pressure and increase their sex drive.

The good news? Eating well and exercising have no negative side effects. Contrast this to the typical side effects of medications that are intended to treat sexual dysfunction: headaches, flushing, indigestion, stuffy or runny nose, back pain, muscle aches, temporary vision changes (blue vision), loss of hearing or vision, as well as an eternal erection that requires medical intervention to subside!

Nutritious Food Really Is Sexy

There is an obvious connection between nutrition and libido. With a poor diet, nutrient deficiencies stress your internal systems and cause hormonal imbalances. Making matters worse, women especially tend to cut out fat from their diet, and this lack of healthy dietary fat can exacerbate nutritional deficiencies.

Fat is also essential for the production of testosterone, which controls sex drive in both women and men. Testosterone influences our interest, arousal, sexual response, lubrication and ability to orgasm.

According to a 2009 article in Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics, “…the treatment of obesity will have a positive effect on a woman’s sexual health, with a likely improvement in female sexual dysfunction and a decrease in risk factors related to contraception, pregnancy, infertility, and menopause.”

It is estimated that 43 percent of women in the U.S. (over 50 million!) suffer from some form of sexual dysfunction. Sadly, some women have never experienced an orgasm during sex.

However, there is good news. Marrena Linberg, author of The Orgasmic Diet, says that many women can experience their first intercourse-related orgasm by adopting a healthy nutrition and exercise program. Afterwards, “some women have been able to experience spontaneous orgasms, and others can climax within ten seconds of penetration,” she says.

How to Get Your Blood Flowing…

Let’s take a look at sexual dysfunction with a common sense approach. What do our sexual organs need for us to feel aroused? A healthy heart that circulates blood to our sexual organs allows the latter to become engorged in preparation for sexual activity. This type of healthy circulation is the result of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Dr. Erin R. McNamara of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina conducted a study on 178 healthy men. The men exercised for the equivalent of 30 minutes of brisk walking per day, four days per week. As a result, the men experienced a 65 percent decrease in the risk of developing a sexual dysfunction.

“If men won’t exercise for the cardiovascular benefits, maybe they’ll exercise to have better sex,” Dr. McNamara later said.

Everyday Aphrodisiacs

To help you reclaim your sex drive try eating foods that have been found to increase your libido – and avoid those that don’t.

Libido boosters (Try them!):

  •  Figs
  • Dark chocolate
  • Raw oysters
  • Asparagus
  • Almonds
  • Eggs
  • Sweet basil
  • Cheese
  • Turkey
  • Liver
  • Bananas
  • Celery
  • Pine nuts
  • Salmon
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon

Libido busters (Avoid them!):

  •  Processed foods
  • Sugar
  • Soy and foods containing soy
  • Fried foods
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Tomatoes
  • White chocolate

There are literally thousands of books and magazines out there that promise better sex through new, seductive techniques, magic herbs, and novel positions.

In short, there are many products that claim to be able to enhance your physical relationships. Clearly, these “solutions” would not exist if Americans were having frequent, enjoyable sex already.

The sad truth is that the majority of these “magical” sexual plans and products rarely mention the impact of proper nutrition, exercise, or physical fitness as they relate to sexual satisfaction.

The real secret to good sex – taking care of your fitness and well-being doesn’t make anyone a profit, but it does offer a long-term solution. Your health impacts almost every facet of your life. Quick fixes don’t work, especially when they focus on symptoms and not the cause of a concern.

Good health equals good sex. Now, you have the information to obtain both – without draining your pocket book. For more on how to make healthy food choices, check out my book The Simple Life Guide To Optimal Health.

 

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