Monday, June 7, 2010

Sex and Fiber!

To my fiber arts aficionados, no, I'm not talking about wool roving.

Did you know that a simple way you can improve your overall libido is by adding fiber to your diet? It may sound like a stretch, but it's true. Fiber is the non-digestible part of all plants, and we can find dietary fiber in all of our whole plant-based foods: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans.

Fiber and Digestion
Fiber is best known for its role in improving digestion. We have better bowel movements when we have more fiber. When we go to the bathroom, we eliminate toxins such as spent hormones, common chemicals found in our food, air and water, and other substances, which can make us feel tired, sluggish, and headachy. Not a winning combination for a romantic night in. And constipation is counter-productive to feeling sexy.

Fiber and Circulation
Fiber helps lower cholesterol and improve circulation. Cholesterol can block arteries, reducing overall circulation. Compromised circulation means less blood flow to ALL our parts. Keep in mind, the human penis becomes erect entirely because of blood flow. Better circulation means better circulation everywhere.

Fiber and Blood Sugar
Fiber slows the absorption of sugar into our blood stream, which can help keep our blood sugar levels more even. There's nothing less sexy than getting cranky and light-headed from low blood sugar!

Fiber and Hormone Balance
Certain types of fiber, such as the lignans found in flax seeds, can actually help balance our hormones too. Lignans cause the liver to create a chemical called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, which helps our bodies keep our hormones optimally balanced.

A healthy body is a sexy body. Try and get at least 4-6 servings (that's equal to about two to three cups) of veggies, plus fruits, beans, nuts and seeds, and whole grains every day. Your sex life will thank you for it...