An emphasis on incorporating good fiber foods into the diet shouldn’t be reserved for Grandma. But really, do fiber and sex really have anything to do with one another? You might be surprised to learn all the ways fiber can impact your sex life and potentially make you sexier.
Everyone needs to eat a generous dose on a regular basis. Why? Well, let’s start with the fact that the bloated look and uncomfortable feeling you can get from a lack of fiber in your diet is distinctly un-sexy.
How good fiber foods impact your sex life
The link between a high fiber diet and your sex life is about more than good looks. There’s a molecule produced mainly in your liver known as sex hormone-binding globulin.
It binds to not just one of the sex hormones but three different hormones, (estrogen, DHT, and testosterone), impacting both men’s and women’s sexual health. And according to Health Central, eating a diet rich in high fiber foods helps reduce the amount of globulin binding to the sexual hormones. (Leaving a greater number of sexual hormones free to do their job.)
How much fiber do you need each day?
The required fiber intake is different for women and men. According to the Mayo Clinic, women need at least 21-25 grams of fiber every day. For men, the number is higher. Men should aim for 30-38 grams of fiber every day.
Some of the best high fiber, good for you foods
If you’re looking for a high fiber food list, here are some suggestions. Ingredients like lentils, almonds and strawberries can help your digestive system maintain regularity. This relieves strain on your system overall. Good sources of fiber can also help prevent that belly bloat.
If you want to eat more fiber, add more whole grains, nuts and seeds as well as fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. Just keep in mind that all fruits and vegetables are not created equally when it comes to fiber.
Be sure to talk to a health care professional before making any drastic changes to your diet.
Eat these foods for fiber intake
- Brown lentils 15g/cup
- Black beans 15g/cup
- Chia seeds 10g/oz
- Raspberries 8g/cup
- Green peas 8g/cup
- Whole Wheat Spaghetti (cooked) 6g/cup
- Pear (skin-on) 5g/medium fruit
- Quinoa (cooked) 5g/cup
- Oatmeal (cooked) 5g/cup
- Carrots 3.8/cup
- Almonds 3.5g/oz
- Sunflower seeds 3g/oz
- Dark chocolate (70-85% cacao) 3g/oz
- Air-popped popcorn 1.2g/cup
(Source of nutrition data: https://nutritiondata.self.com/)
In addition, you might be surprised to learn that avocado is an excellent source of fiber. The fiber in 1 cup of avocado slices is almost 10 grams! And avocado also happens to be a legendary aphrodisiac.
The right diet may lower body weight and increase sex drive
Less strain on your gut will lead to happier organs and promote vitality. In addition, results from the USDA’s Continuing Survey of Food Intakes support the idea that there is a link between a fiber-rich diet and low body weight. (And keep in mind that an optimal BMI can improve sex drive and sexual health.)
Who doesn’t love a nutrient that keeps you svelte? So please, do your body good and eat plenty of fiber.
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