One of the myths we create for ourselves is we can be well and active no matter what we eat. This has never been true. Food can either be a force for good or bad things in our lives. Put simply: we are what we eat. One of the obvious results of overeating is a loss of physical mobility. As we put on weight, there’s more body to move around and more to get in the way. This ignores all the other health problems from eating too much or eating the wrong type of food. The choice is therefore simple. If you want a happy and successful life, including great performance in bed, eat more fruit and vegetables, and generally keep to a diet of leans meats, whole grains and low fat dairy products. This will keep your arteries from filling up with plaque, reducing the threat of heart disease and avoiding erectile dysfunction. Similarly, never forget to include tomatoes. They contain lycopene, a rich source of vitamin A, which helps maintain prostate health. To give you an overview, here’s an alphabetical list of the right food to build up your stamina and keep your performance at its maximum.
Ignoring the spear-shape which, of course, has nothing to do with improving your performance unless yo believe in sympathetic magic, this vegetable helps balance your hormones and improves sexual performance.
This vegetable has a creamy core and is high in monounsaturated fat, the good type, which reduces the general level of cholesterol in your bloodstream. It’s also rich in B6 and potassium. Historically, it’s always been associated with improved sexual performance. Today, it ranks along side the use of olive oil for cooking and a diet high in nuts to keep your healthy.
This fruit is loaded with potassium, which is critical for muscle contractions and bone health. It also helps blood pressure, particularly if you cut down on your salt intake. You will also B vitamins, the bromeliad enzyme, and magnesium-elements considered a part of the diet needed to enhance the male libido.
These varieties of fruit are loaded with antioxidants which are considered an essential contribution to reducing the risk of cancer. They also help both physical and mental development. For example, research using animals suggests blueberries improve memory and the ability to think. With the global distribution system now mature, it’s possible to pick up fresh berries all year round. If these are too expensive out of season, buy frozen and make a fruit drink or shake.
Brown rice and other whole grains are a great source of fiber, providing a natural background filler to dishes with lean meat. Not everyone likes the texture of this rice. If so, mix brown and white together to make the meal more colorful and more interesting to eat. Basing a diet on rice helps you stay at a healthy weight, reduces the risk of heart disease and avoiding type II diabetes.
Although this is an expensive food, you have to remember the source. They are fish eggs and so contain high levels of vitamins B5 and B6, which help balance the levels of your hormones.
This is one of the times when the body is right to tell us it wants more. This is not just because of the taste. Chocolate contains theobromine which, like caffeine, is an alkaloid that stimulates the production of serotonin-one of the chemical messengers in the brain that links the pleasure centers. The flavonols in dark chocolate may reduce the level of cholesterol in the bloodstream, improve circulation, and keep blood pressure in check. If you have high levels of cholesterol, you can develop artherosclerosis. The first symptom of this build up of plaque on the walls of your arteries is erectile dysfunction. As a final thought, chocolate is a double-edged sword. In moderation, it’s good for you. Eat too much and you put on weigh fast.
Caffeine offers you alertness and quicker arousal with almost no calories which makes it a better choice than all the sodas and energy drinks that are full of sugar.
This is rich in phytoestrogens, i.e. compounds derived from plants and found in a wide variety of foods, most notably soy, and now promoted as beneficial to health. At present, there’s no scientific evidence of their beneficial effect.
They are high in B5 and B6, provide lutein, protein, and iron which help balance hormone levels and fight stress, but you have to eat the whole egg. Eating too many eggs can give too much cholesterol to your diet, so do a careful calorie count to decide how many per week you can eat.
Fish like albacore tuna, halibut, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and trout contain omega-3 fatty acid which may improve sex drive. Two servings of fatty fish per week can reduce the odds of dying from heart disease or take a fish oil supplement.
In traditional Chinese medicine. grated fresh ginger is used as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce the pain caused by muscle aches and pains. With better muscular performance, sex becomes more enjoyable.
Some men describe themselves as steak-and-potatoes guys. This is a good dietary choice. Lean cuts of beef and pork are full of protein and have only a little more fat than chicken breast. Red meat is also a good source of leucine, an amino acid that helps build muscle. Like liver, roast beef is also loaded with zinc but, if you are going to eat roasted meats, pick the cuts with the lowest fat content. That way you get your input of zinc with the lowest percentage of cholesterol.
Although the meat is not to everyone’s taste, liver is full of zinc which maintains optimum levels of testosterone for enhanced sexual performance.
Milk and Yogurt
A diet including the natural, saturated fat foods including whole milk, cream and butter stimulates the production of sex hormones. The whey in milk and yogurt is a source of leucine, which is an animo acid encouraging muscle development. You might prefer Greek yogurt which is packed with protein, potassium, and friendly bacteria that keep the gut healthy.
Depending on the culture, some countries consider nutmeg to be an aphrodisiac. Some small-scale research confirms the spice stimulates nerve cells and improves blood circulation, both of which enhances sexual performance.
Nuts provide protein, fiber, and zinc. Because they are often salted, they provide a satisfying crunchy snack contain high levels of the amino acid arginine. This chemical is a vital part of the body’s process to produce nitric oxide which, in turn, is a trigger for dilating the penile artery and forming erections. On the health front, recent studies show nuts help reduce cholesterol. The best performing nuts are Pistachios which are high in plant sterols and reduce the level of cholesterol. Similarly a single ounce of Brazil nuts provides seven times the amount of selenium you should consume every day. This mineral strengthens the immune system and protects the thyroid gland. Peanuts are high in zinc which helps the body produce healthier sperm. A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found semen volume dropped 30% when zinc intake was low.
Oatmeals and other High-Fiber Cereals
The fiber provided by bran, oatmeal, wheat and rye can significantly enhance physical performance. Whether you are sedentary or an athlete, a comfortable gut allows you to concentrate on what you are doing. Fiber keeps you feeling full for longer which helps you eat less. Without your weight under control and your digestive system running smoothly, sexual performance improves.
This oil is high in monounsaturated fat which helps keep the arteries functioning well – this is essential to forming hard erections. If you eat food high in saturated and trans fats, this narrows the arteries and is bad for erections.
These seeds are not only a rich source of zinc, they also contain the antioxidants selenium and vitamin E, which are good for the arteries.
Italian researchers at the University of Florence discovered that women who drank two glasses of red wine a day had a higher libido than those who preferred other alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks. (J Sex Med. 2009; 6: 2772-7) So consider the possibility of reducing the beer intake in favor of red wine. This is good for your heart and may improve your sexual performance.
Shellfish and other types of seafood contain significant amounts of zinc, which helps maintain a healthy heart, muscles, and reproductive system. Oysters have a long-running reputation as an aphrodisiac. This is due to their high zinc content but beware. You are supposed to eat them raw, so ensure they are fresh and from uncontaminated waters. Food poisoning is bad for sexual performance.
The medical evidence is undeniable. In countries where soy is a regular part of the national diet, prostate cancer is far less common. To understand what this means, men in Asian countries eat 90 times more soy than American men. They get the benefit.
Like pumpkin seeds and high-fiber cereals, sunflower seeds enhance hormone levels and sex drive.
Juicing cherries not only gives you a great-tasting drink, it also gives you the equivalent of some anti-inflammatory medications without any of the side effects. It builds endurance and enhances athletic performance.
They are a rich source of lycopene which some researchers suggest may protect against cancers, particularly prostate cancer. Tomatoes are generally nutritious and help keep you in good health.
The myths say truffles contain a chemicals similar to the male pig sex hormone – that’s why girl pigs are so keen to dig them out of the ground.
They are full of phytochemicals, chemicals that encourage cell health and protect against cancer. Orange Vegetables including carrots, pumpkins, red bell peppers, and sweet potatoes are a good source of beta-carotene, lutein, and vitamin C. Your body transforms the beta-carotene into vitamin A, which helps produce sex hormones. Leafy green vegetables like collard greens, kale, and spinach contain plenty of lutein and zeaxanthin which help the eyes as well as the prostate. Baked potatoes are high in vitamin C, which works against free radicals in the body and reduces the risks of arthritis, cancer, and heart disease. When choosing a baked potato as the healthy option, don’t spoil the effect by putting too much butter on top.
Wheat germ is a particularly good source of vitamin E which helps keep the arteries healthy.