(TheBody) How Nutrition Affects Your Sexual Health

“Your diet is the foundation of how you feel and perform because a nutritious diet is fuel for your body. And if you want to perform your best in the bedroom (and elsewhere), you’ll want to eat the well-balanced diet full of nutrients and energy [that] your body needs.” – Kenneth Play

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One of my colleagues, Neil Wecker, says “Physical health is erotic wealth.” Just like an athlete needs the proper fuel to perform, you need the nutrients to keep things running on all cylinders.

Everyone needs at least the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. The best way to meet these needs is to eat a variety of foods from both animal and plant sources. In general, you’ll want a mixture of protein, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables to cover your daily needs. Of course, the total amounts and types of food will vary from person to person. But if you want to keep your body and mind in an optimal state and in good sexual health, you’ll want to be sure you get your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. The Harvard Healthy Eating Plate is a good starting point. Getting in your proper nutrition is easier said than done in the time of COVID and with our modern, fast-paced modern lifestyle. One of my favorite nutritional supplements I take to ensure that I have all my daily nutrients is ONNIT Total Human.

As animals, survival is our first order of priority. When we feel like we aren’t safe, can’t get enough nutrition, or are unhealthy, our basic instincts will be to prioritize survival over sex. When we are getting enough food, and feel basically healthy and safe, our organism will then start orienting towards sexual reproduction. 

For many men, higher testosterone tends to correlate with motivation, sex drive, and even performance. A diet that provides enough calories, essential fats, vitamins and minerals will help keep testosterone levels at a healthy level, and positively influence arousal, and sexual function. If a man is not getting enough calories and eating a diet devoid in vitamins and minerals, he could experience a lack of drive, and suffer from erectile dysfunction in some cases.

It’s a similar case for women; a diet that is full of nutrients and provides enough calories for energy will go a long way in keeping sex drive high and maintaining optimal function.

Let’s face it: most people work out to increase their mating value. One of the sexiest things about body confidence is how it can help you be more extroverted in sexual situations. Looking for healthy people is part of our genetic code. We unconsciously scan to find healthy mates to reproduce with. Things like body composition, healthy skin and shiny hair are signals to a deeper part of our animal brain that this person will produce and raise healthy offspring with us. This is a huge part of what drives us to have sex, whether or not we consciously realize it. This isn’t to say that people are only attracted to fitness magazine cover models. Ironically, when fitness models diet down to extreme levels of low fat, it actually negatively affects their sexual performance, which I’ve experienced myself. However, being generally fit and healthy not only affects your own perception of you, it influences others’ perception on a deep level.

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