If you want good sex, take care of your heart. That's what author Lynn Fischer advises in her book The Better Sex Diet . She's not talking about looking after your emotional state (although that could be the subject of another book), but minding the system that runs the muscular organ inside your chest. After all, she says men and women of all ages need good blood flow to the genitals for arousal and erections. Many people with clogged arteries may, well, have trouble.
To prevent such a misfortune, Fischer prescribes a low-fat diet that is based on the medical findings of Dean Ornish, MD. His research has shown that heart disease can be reversed with a low-fat diet, moderate exercise, and stress management.
Fischer's diet follows Ornish's vegetarian 10%-fat diet, but adds some meat to the regimen. Overall, a week of the Better Sex Diet would involve eating lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes, getting 10% of calories from fat, 5% from saturated fat, and 75% from carbohydrates.
Six weeks of this can reportedly enhance your sexual vitality, potency, and health. Sound too good to be true? Maybe not. While none of the experts contacted by WebMD endorsed Fischer's diet, all of them said that a program that's friendly to the heart should also be good for sex. In fact, anything that promotes whole body health can apparently also enhance action in the bedroom.
"A diet that's healthy for you overall will be healthy for your sex life -- period," says Julie Walsh, MSRD, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
People throughout history have used aphrodisiacs, believing that certain edibles heighten pleasure between the sheets. Oysters and alcohol are two popular examples in today's society. There are also reports, such as a recent MensHealth article, that single out foods such as eggs, vanilla ice cream, and celery as helpful aids. Another television news piece from Florida says grapes, cereal, and blueberries can do the trick.