10 Foods You Should Avoid If You Want A Better Sex Life

10 Foods You Should Avoid If You Want A Better Sex Life
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Feel like your sex drive is not where you want it to be? You’re not alone.

With the abundance of sugar and carbohydrates in our daily diets, Americans have never been fatter. Eating these types of foods raises the blood glucose level, which leads to fatigue, tiredness and a lower sex drive. Check out the 10 foods to avoid if you want to get laid (and enjoy it) next weekend:

1. Soda

Stop drinking soda — especially diet drinks, period. You may get a temporary caffeine boost, but you will feel totally unmotivated soon after when the buzz quickly subsides. Every person who rationalizes that diet soda is healthier is sadly mistaken. Studies have shown that diet sodas cause weight gain and increase the incidence of metabolic syndrome, which contributes to coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.[1]

Instead of soda, just drink water. If you really don’t love water, add some lemon or try sparkling water, which comes in many flavors.


2. Burgers and Hotdogs

Stay away from the burgers and hotdogs served at sporting events and dining halls. Not only are they composed of low-grade meats with higher chemical content, but they also lead to high rates of inflammation, which can make your hormones go out of whack. Instead, opt for organic, free-range meats.[2] Not only do they taste better, but they also contain substantially lower amounts of harmful chemicals.


3. French Fries

Sure, they taste awesome, but they’re totally addicting; one handful can easily become two or three in a blink. If you want to gain weight, feel sluggish, bloated and have a low libido, go for it. Fried foods are loaded with trans fats, which will kill your sex drive. Furthermore, trans fats have been shown to lower sperm quality, which could lead to infertility.[3]

A good alternative is sweet potatoes fries. They, while still fried, offer many health benefits, like the breakdown of carbohydrates, which supports healthy blood sugar levels.[4]


4. Mixed Drinks

Drinking straight alcohol can suck. Unfortunately, most of us who chase or use mixed drinks opt for the sugary ones. So instead of the jungle juice, try tequila, soda and lime. Sugary mixed drinks lead to an increased waist size and will totally kill your libido.


5. Ice Cream

Ice cream is delicious — there’s no better way to cap off your dinner than with a scoop and some sprinkles. But obviously, ice cream is pretty bad for you. It is loaded with sugars and artificial sweeteners, leads to fatigue, migraines and, sometimes, even depression.[5]  A much better alternative is fruit, but if you’re not interested in totally giving up that dairy dessert, try some frozen yogurt instead.


6. Pasta

It’s very easy to overdose on pasta. The nutritionally recommended one-cup serving is never enough. Once you load up on pasta, your body converts it into glucose, and unless you’re active, it will be stored as fat. This can contribute to fatigue and bloating. Add a side salad or grilled veggies to offset your pasta load. With some tomato sauce and your favorite meat, you won’t taste the difference.


7. Vending Machine Snacks

You may feel decent after eating a Snickers, but all it’s doing is spiking your blood sugar for a little bit until you’re soon hungrier than before. Instead of vending machine snacks, try raw nuts, raw vegetables or dark chocolate (75% or higher). Studies show that nuts and chocolate have libido-boosting characteristics, making them nature’s aphrodisiac. Nuts, such as raw almonds, are prime sources of essential fatty acids. These are vital for men in producing hormones.[6]


8. Breakfast Biscuits

They’re greasy, full of trans fats, and will certainly not leave you feeling amazing. Biscuits are a notoriously processed food, loaded with chemicals that will mess with hormones. The beauty of breakfast is the abundance of alternatives; go for an omelet, load it up with veggies and maybe even a protein. To take control of what you’re eating, the next time you eat out for breakfast, ask your server to hold the margarine and vegetable oil for your biscuit, and instead, have it cooked in olive oil or butter.


9. Game Day Food

While it seems that nothing’s better than a cold beer with a few nachos or wings, you’re likely to regret this decision later. Nachos are loaded with carbohydrates and nacho cheese is hardly cheese at all. Instead of nachos, try some fresh veggies, dip, salsa and homemade guacamole. Wings are no better — go for the grilled wings instead.


10. Low fat diet

Fat has gotten a pretty bad reputation over the years, however, numerous studies have shown that it isn’t the fat that makes you fat — it’s the sugar. According to one study, a lower-fat diet contributes to a decrease in testosterone.[7] [8] Another study found that men with healthier blood sugar levels enjoyed better sex.[9]

Aside from not being at peak in the bedroom, those who eat lower amounts of fat have higher rates of heart disease.[10] Stick with healthy fats like nuts, seeds, line-caught fish, grass-fed meats and you’ll be getting it on in no time.

Sources: [1]  [2]  [3]  [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10], Photo credit: Shutterstock

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Zach Schleien

Zach Schleien is the Director of Leadership & Wellness for the National Student Initiative. He has developed dozens of programs in this field that have been received by thousands of students around the country. Zach is a strong advocate of living a holistic lifestyle and is well trained in providing a personalized diet that suits the needs of each of his clients. Zach is a graduate of Syracuse University and a certified health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Zach also received leadership and personal development training through Landmark Education and Cultural Architecture.

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