With all the information we hear about dietary habits and health, it is surprising how seldom the connection is made between food choices and sexual performance. If you have been on a plant-based diet for any amount of time, you probably take your robust energy level for granted. But for many who are still eating higher on the food chain, a lack of energy can cause relationship problems. According to Amy Lanou, Ph.D., nutrition director for the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine:
Many middle-aged and older men are taking drugs like Viagra, not realizing the problem is their diet—loaded with saturated fat…Artery blockages don’t just affect the heart. They can hit any organ.(1)
Yes, those arteries down there need to be kept clear, too. Although it may be easier to take medication to increase blood flow to sexual organs than it is to change your eating habits, a gradual move over time toward a more plant-based diet will provide you with more energy in all areas of your life.
Remember, animal products including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese and dairy beverages are the only dietary sources of cholesterol.(2) They all contain saturated fats (yes, even most fish) and none of nature’s artery-cleaning fiber.(3) By decreasing the amount of animal products in your diet you will find yourself in much better overall health. It feels really, really good to be vegan!
For information on changing your diet go to: http://www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/vegan_diets.html
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3. http://www.annecollins.com/dietary-fat/fish-fat.htm and http://ca-seafood.ucdavis.edu/recipes/archive/nutri2.html
© Jill Powers and The Feel Good Vegan 2011
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