Have you ever wished there was a magic potion or pill you could take to improve your sex life, without any terrible side effects?
The pharmaceutical industry has been lying to us. That magic potion exists in a totally natural form…except it looks more like food, and it’s not a potion.
That’s right. The secret to better sex is in your kitchen.
One of the most common pieces of advice for anyone wanting to increase their libido or improve their sexual experience is this: eat healthy, and get slim.
Why? Because healthy lifestyle choices equate to happy sex lives, pretty much on a 1:1 scale. For women, heart and circulatory diseases have been shown to correlate to diminished sexual pleasure, probably because reduced blood flow to the pelvic area leads to lower arousal, less lubrication, less intense orgasm, and lower overall satisfaction. The same outcomes have been observed with high blood pressure. For men, these health issues often manifest in erectile dysfunction.
Lucky for you, there’s an easy fix to this problem. Researchers discovered that increased consumption of fruit, nuts, and legumes correlated to higher “Sexual Function Index” scores for female test subjects. And men? They experienced improvements in their “Index of Erectile Function” scores.
To put it even more clearly, a plant-focused (or ideally plant-based) diet leads to improved sexual experience for both men and women.
What’s more, the largest study on links between diet and erectile dysfunction concluded that for every extra serving of fruit or vegetables per day, men could be at 10% lower risk.
Researchers think it could all have something to do with the anti-inflammatory properties of whole plant foods. Even fiber could be involved as an anti-inflammatory agent, as test subjects who eat more fiber tend to experience significantly less inflammation. Saturated fat, on the other hand, seems to do the opposite. No coincidence here that animal products are the biggest sources of saturated fat in our diets.
And there’s more good news: The inflammation levels in our bodies can shift after just one meal! If the anti-inflammatory properties of plant foods are linked to improving our sex lives, that means even one big plate of luscious greens or beautiful bowl of fruit could improve our sexual experience—today.
Too bad there’s no money for the pharmaceutical industry in whole plant foods. If there were, you’d better believe the whole world would be lining up to buy their fruit and veg…and then running to the bedroom.
Now that you know this sexy secret, will you ever eat anything else?
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Originally published at wilddonna.com