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Can I improve my sexual health by changing my diet?

Can I improve my sexual health by changing my diet?

Your body — including your sex organs — is maintained by what you eat and drink. Eat right, and everything gets better — including your sexual health.

I think a helpful motto is: “All things in moderation, including excess.” This means avoid extremes – in any direction – while trying to preserve the pleasure of eating.

Men who are overweight — especially in the belly — have lower testosterone levels and are more likely to have problems with their erections. Excess fat gets turned into estrogen-like compounds, which halts the production of testosterone. Also, fat in the blood can clog the small arteries feeding the penis.

So if you’re overweight, try to lose at least some of it. You can start by cutting back on processed foods loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, and avoid sugary drinks.

Moderation is also good when it comes to vitamins and minerals. Many studies show that deficiencies of vitamin E, vitamin B12, zinc, selenium, and a host of other vitamins hurt a man or a woman’s fertility. But that doesn’t mean you should go out and start popping extra zinc tablets.

Too much of any vitamin can cause problems. It’s best to get your vitamins from real foods — because fruits and vegetables give you a lot of other good stuff besides vitamins, like fiber and minerals.

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