How Healthy Eating can better your Sexual Health
This article discusses the significance of diet and eating right, and the
benefits from eating a healthy diet. It also discusses the connection between
sexual health and the food we eat, and how our lifestyle (for both men and
women) can affect their sexual health.
Promoting sexual health is not just a matter of good hygiene or preventing
infectious diseases that undermine one's sexual health. It also entails having a
good and balanced diet. Good food allows the body to acquire various nutrients
that are needed by the internal organs to function well. Even the skin is
rejuvenated through the consumption of nutritious meals and water.
The lack of a balanced, nutritious diet could possibly expose a person to
several physiological problems. Women, for example, could experience irregular
periods or even totally miss several periods due to overeating and
over-exercise. Amenorrhea, or the absence of menstrual periods, is even welcomed
by young women because they are pleased that they no longer need to use a tampon
or sanitary napkin. However, what is not often realized by these women is that
missing menstrual periods may already be a sign of decreased estrogen levels.
Low estrogen levels as well as over-training can lead to osteoporosis Women who
lack calcium intake can also develop a higher risk of osteoporosis or brittle
bone syndrome. Osteoporosis causes a woman's bone density to decrease, leaving
her skeletal system weak and vulnerable to fractures. Low estrogen levels during
the peak years of bone-building through the preteen and teen years, can affect
bone density for the rest of your life. Bone growth lost during these years
cannot be regained.
Poor nutrition can also cause other delays or problems in physical development
among women. These adverse effects of malnutrition may include underdevelopment
of mammary glands, hormonal imbalance, stunted growth, weakness, anemia,
internal organ failure, and even difficulty in conception.
Improper eating habits can also cause some women to develop psychological
problems. Anorexia and bulimia are two of the most common eating disorders
reported today especially among younger women. More than just being drawn into a
pattern of near-fatal under-eating. Self-inflicted starvation is a very
dangerous effect of having an imbalanced sense of self-worth and self-image.
Young women who believe that “she can can never be too thin" starve themselves
almost to the point of death.
Other psychological problems may also be caused by hormonal changes in a woman's
body. These hormonal changes usually trigger symptoms of depression, sleeping
difficulties, oversensitivity, mood swings, and anxiety. In extreme cases, women
with psychological problems may even attempt suicide. Specifically, changes in
thyroid hormone levels can cause symptoms of depression including mood swings,
irritability, fatigue, lack of concentration, sleeping problems, and weight
gain. Women with eating disorders can also expose themselves to bullying
especially when others see them as being different, weird, or weak.
Among men, hormonal changes are also caused by poor nutrition. Over-exercise or
overtraining also causes a sharp decline in male testosterone levels. Men with
testosterone problems usually suffer from low sperm count, lack of sex drive,
and erection problems.
Indeed, food is not only for the stomach. Good and proper nutrition is also
essential to male and female health, especially in the area of sexual ability
and performance. By eating the right kinds and amounts of food --- plus getting
sufficient rest and exercise, men and women can improve their sexual performance
and overall sense of well-being.