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3 Foods That May Be Ruining Your Sex Life

3 Foods That May Be Ruining Your Sex Life

Anyone who’s ever spent the better part of their Sunday in a pancake-induced coma/state of despair knows there’s a definite link between what you eat and how you feel.

Which probably means you also know that there’s a link between your nutrition and your sex life. Husband-and-wife team Dr. Brian Clement and Dr. Anna Maria Clement are experts on this very connection—and their book, 7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality, explores everything from sex-boosting recipes to how to improve your fertility using food (more on that to come in another post!).

Some of their info stopped me in my tracks…or rather, in the middle of my dinner.

The bacon cheeseburger

The saturated fats you’ll find in most cheeses and fatty meats clogs your arteries…not exactly news to you. But did you know that the first arteries usually affected are the penal and vaginal arteries? They’re small, which means they quickly collect plaque—so even if you’re still looking svelte despite your close personal relationship with the McDonald’s drive-through guy, your sex life might be suffering. Not to mention, has anyone ever felt particularly sexy after polishing off a giant burger?

Related: 4 Surprising Effects of Fast Food

That box of grab-and-go muffins

Let’s face it, you’ve probably never heard a good word about trans fats…and processed baked goods are loaded with them. In addition to clogging arteries, trans fats have also been linked to reduced testosterone levels (which means lower sex drive).

Related: Top 12 Dangerous Muffins

Your soy latte

Soy-based products are high in estrogen, which can cause male sex drive to take a nosedive. Rumor even has it that Buddhist monks eat tofu to help curb their sex drives! And it’ll affect more than just how lusty your guy is feeling…it may also affect your chances of having a baby: a 2008 study in the Human Reproduction journal found that soy can lower sperm count.

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7:36AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

What sex life? At my age it's hard to find someone that hasn't been imprisoned 6 different times, doesn't have an STD, can't stop talking about his former partner, doesn't cheat, can stay awake for 3 hours, isn't being stalked by some blue-haired granny, has less money than me-and I'm poor, doesn't want to add my hounds to his hound pack, borrow my car.

The body they are interested in is my car's body. The engine they are interested in is my car's engine. The health records they are interested in are the car's maintenance. This way they can pick up a bimbo and let her drive him around in my car... I was with a group of people-wondering what was worse-being able to have sex and not having a partner, or having a partner and not being able to have sex? Like I said- I'll go walk my hounds.

4:45PM PDT on Mar 21, 2014


3:56AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

If you put these foods together your sex life would be totally ruined due to total nausea. Stodge, stodge and more stodge. Yikes!

10:21PM PST on Mar 4, 2014

Thank you.

5:57PM PST on Feb 26, 2014

As someone else said, mist be something else as i do not touch those stuff.... MMMMM probably my perfume called....single semi teetotal non drug user and not to tall nor suit wearer etc etc is off putting lol

2:49PM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Not enough information. If one is going to post a supposed article then more links and details.

6:17PM PST on Jan 5, 2014

I don't eat any of these so it must be something else doing the damage.

12:57PM PST on Dec 25, 2013

Never giving up bacon cheeseburgers!

7:48AM PST on Dec 24, 2013


5:15AM PST on Dec 13, 2013

Not just my sex life, but for the past three-four years I was suffering from dreadful eczema all over. My doctor couldn't work out what was causing it and I itched so furiously that I couldn't help scratching my skin raw, until it bled. I also couldn't get to sleep at night for itching.

I managed to soldier on at work, using massive doses of antihistamine and cortisone creams. Then I caught a bad dose of gastroenteritis and for a week was unable to eat anything apart from weak tea or water. And my eczema cleared up completely!

This gave my doctor the idea to try a food exclusion diet, and it was found that if I ate any of the Solonaceae family of foods, which include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, chilli, paprika and capsicum, the eczema returned.

It turns out I'm hugely allergic to all of them. For the past year I've cut out all of the above foods from my diet and I've been eczema free, apart from one day when I ate at a friend's place and the some of the food had chilli and tomato paste in it without my knowledge.

If you're suffering from an itch that defies all attempts to treat it by doctors, try cutting out Solonaceae foods from your diet. They are not so harmless as we're led to believe.

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