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Between the sheets: Its not you…Its his fitness!

Posted on: August 12, 2009

Did you know that your physical relationship with your partner is affected by your overall fitness?. Many woman feel that if there is a problem in the bedroom that it is directly related to their appearance. Men are always ready for and wanting intimacy right? Wrong, a man’s sex-drive is influenced by his physical fitness level.  As his health decreases so does his libido. If you or your man is not performing between the sheets, there are a number of factors that may be contributing.

Problems that contribute to a man’s sexual dysfunction:
Stress –
All central nervous system responses are impaired by stress, including those of the brain and endocrine glands – the very same glands involved in Stages I and II of a man’s sexual process. Long-term stress can hopelessly interfere with a man’s ability to achieve full sexual satisfaction or to even become aroused at all! Stress also affects sperm production and motility.

Poor nutrition – High fat meals suppress testosterone, depress libido, and make erection and ejaculation more difficult.

Environmental estrogens –Environmental estrogens enter the body through pesticides and hormonally enhanced meat and dairy foods. Eat organic meats, produce and dairy products as much as possible to reduce the load of environmental estrogens on your system.

Smoking – Smoking interferes with your body’s use of zinc. Smoking just two cigarettes a day also constricts blood vessels, impairing circulation and the ability to achieve erection. Chewing tobacco is just as bad. If you are still smoking, isn’t that enough to make you want to quit?

Too much alcohol –Alcohol consumption (in excess of two beers a day, two glasses of wine, or one mixed drink) can significantly increase prolactin, which leads to prostate and breast enlargement in men. Drink wine in moderation. For most men, that means 2 to 3 glasses at mealtime, 2 to 3 times a week.

Obesity – Did you know that fat in a man’s pubic region actually decreases the available length of his penis? That’s right! Most of the penis lies rooted within the abdominal fat, with only a small stub protruding. Losing 35 pounds of excess weight can translate to an extra inch of penis! Excess fat also blocks your arteries and ruins your ability to become erect. If you are overweight, work to lose that excess body fat!

Low zinc –Zinc is perhaps the most important single nutrient for a man’s sexuality. It is crucial for the production of sperm and seminal fluid. Clinical studies show that men who supplement zinc experience a dramatic increase in testosterone levels. Zinc also reduces the pituitary’s formation of prolactin, a hormone that stops testosterone production.

Lack of exercise – Exercise reduces tension, depression and anxiety. It increases self esteem, positive attitude, the capacity for joy, mental acuity, aerobic capacity, energy, and libido. Even a brief aerobic workout can point your mood towards lovemaking and encourage more intense orgasms. Most men have no idea how closely regular exercise is linked to their sexual performance.

During exercise, the body produces endorphins – the “feel-good” chemicals that increase arousal and orgasm intensity. This sexy effect reportedly lasts 1 hour or more after just 10 minutes of activity. In one new study, 78 healthy but sedentary men were studied during nine months of regular exercise. The men exercised for 60 minutes a day, three days a week. Every man in the study reported significantly enhanced sexuality, including increased frequency, performance and satisfaction.

Rising sexuality has even been correlated with the degree of fitness improvement! The results were clear: The higher the level of physical fitness a man is able to attain, the better his sex life.

Article by: Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., GHF’s Naturopathic Medicine Expert

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