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Eat Your Way to a Spicier Sex Life

Turn up the heat with these sensuously sweet and delicious aphrodisiacs.

Good Health Is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac continued...

You don't need to be model-thin to have a wonderful sex life, but if you're uncomfortable with your weight, you may not be at your best in the bedroom for a few reasons.

"Being overweight may deflate your libido, especially if you don't feel attractive," Kleiner says.

Extra body fat also raises the specter of elevated blood glucose levels that can damage the blood vessels and nerves that allow for arousal and sexual pleasure. It also increases the risk for high blood pressure and clogged arteries.

Clear, flexible arteries allow maximum blood flow to all the right places during sex, enhancing your pleasure.

A balanced diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and other lean protein foods helps to control your blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels, and your weight.

But don't cut too many calories. According to Reichman, menopausal women lose 90% of their circulating estrogen, which may result in less blood flowing to the genitals and diminished capacity for arousal.  Body fat offers some protection, because, like your ovaries, it produces estrogen.

Whatever your weight, exercise has a positive effect on your sex life because it improves circulation, manages blood pressure, increases energy levels, and helps you look better.

Reviewed on February 10, 2012

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