Food is part of our everyday living, so it only makes sense that eating can affect relationships. We each have a personal relationship with food and sometimes that can spill over into our relationship with loved ones. While little is established as medical fact, there are theories and some science connecting certain nutrients to a better sex life.
This May Help
Mealtime is a great time to catch up on the day’s events.
Resolve Food Conflicts
Even if it is to agree to disagree, talking through your food differences is healthy for a relationship. Some common conflicts between couples include:
- Vegetarian vs. Omnivore
- Cultural Differences
- Picky vs. Adventurous
- One person may be an obsessive dieter
Support not Sabotage
Always be supportive of a partner’s weight loss journey. If you are aware you’re your partner is an emotional eater, offer your support.
Eating an Overall Healthy Diet
Fueling the body with the right kinds of food can help with better self-esteem and lead to a better sex life. A consistently healthy diet may help maintain a better mood to support a healthy relationship.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3s improve heart health, reduce risk of depression by increasing dopamine production, and may have positive impact on libido.
This amino acid has been shown to be beneficial to blood flow. It’s found in foods like:
Although the link between zinc and sexual health is not completely understood, it is known that this mineral is interrelated with the body’s production of testosterone, and is necessary for development of sperm/semen in men.
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Being a “Food Cop”
Criticizing or looking over your partner’s shoulder while they are eating will not foster good feelings when eating together. Be supportive, not destructive.
Carrying excess weight to the point of being overweight or obese can decrease fertility. It may also damage self esteem, which in turn can decrease desire to be intimate.
High Blood Pressure
Excess sodium can increase blood pressure and can limit blood flow. High blood pressure has negative effects for both men and women: it can lead to erectile dysfunction in men and reduces blood flow to the vagina in women. Certain blood pressure medications can cause undesired sexual side effects; talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any negative side effects
A diet high in saturated fat and trans fat can increase LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol. Too much LDL cholesterol may lead to buildup of plaque in arteries which can limit blood flow.
While drinking alcohol may increase desire to have sex, it can also cause acute or chronic erectile dysfunction. Out of control drinking can have a severe impact on relationships.