Does Raw Food Effect Your Sex Life?

Photo Credit: Sean McGrath
Guest Blogger: Dr. David Roth

When raw foodists find out that I’m a sex therapist – thus the title The Raw Sex Doc — they usually steer the conversation to the subject of how eating raw affects people’s sex lives.

There’s no clinical research on the relationship between raw food and sex. But several years ago I began to ask raw foodists to share their stories with me and they have.

When word got out that there’s a professionally trained, practicing sex therapist in the raw food community word spread and people started sharing more and more and began to ask for help, guidance and advice.

So at Kristen Taylor’s request, and to spice things up for Valentine’s Day, here are a few things you may want to know about raw food and sex. A few of them you may have figured out already.

Good Sex starts with Good Health & Fitness

I have never met anyone who was primarily attracted to eating raw because of taste. Usually people start because it’s healthier than a cooked diet. Those who are so intentional about eating well are also likely to exercise.

So it’s not surprising that raw foodists typically have more stamina, more flexibility and better heart health than others.

If you’re leading a healthy lifestyle by eating raw and exercising you’re way ahead when it comes to a good sex life.

No, it may not guarantee you a happy relationship, but it assures you that you’ll be physically better equipped when it comes creating a great sex life.

Desire is Powerful Stuff

One of the things I hear very often from raw foodists is that for many eating raw boosts their libido. Yes, eating raw is likely to mean wanting sex more often. This is significant because low sexual desire is one of the most common sexual problems today, especially among women but among men also.

This effect is not good for everyone, however. One young woman in her 20s told me that she tried to eat 100 percent raw but found that the increase in her sexual desire was so great that she found it constantly distracting. Persistent arousal while eating entirely raw meant she could hardly concentrate at school and work.

By reducing her raw intake to about 2/3 she found a balance that worked well for her. She tried returning to an all-raw diet but being constantly turned on meant she had to eat cooked food.

Bottom line: a raw food diet can have a huge effect on you level of sexual interest. I have effectively treated people with diet and exercise alone.

The Raw Alternative to Viagra

There is a lot of talk in some raw circles about the aphrodisiac effects of some raw foods. The term aphrodisiac is made up of two categories – those that cause sexual desire and ones that stimulate sexual arousal. It’s a fine distinction but an important one.

Ever since Viagra has appeared on the scene, a lot of attention has been paid to the three prescription medications that make it possible for most men who previously had trouble getting erections.

If Viagra, Levitra and Cialis were found in nature and not made by pharmaceutical companies, they would be called aphrodisiacs. They don’t create sexual desire, but for those who have sexual desire they cause the desires outcome: physical arousal. What formerly was destined to remain frustratingly soft was able to become successfully firm.

In nature there is a plant, usually referred to as Horny Goat Weed, which works on the same principle. Its active ingredient increases nitric oxide to relax smooth muscle cells lining the blood vessels supplying the spongy tissue of the penis. It’s raw, can be taken in capsules or in a tea.

Available in quality herb stores (but not so often in general health food stores), for those who might share in its benefits it makes a fine gift for Valentine’s Day.


Dr. David Roth, MD

David Roth, PhD, is a sex and relationships therapist and raw foodiist based in Phoenix.

He is the co-author of two raw food books with supermodel Carol Alt. His Arizona-based therapy practice includes clients living in Calirofnia, New York and elsewhere, thank to Skype and Gchat.

His blog is at and receives email at .


Last Day to Get the Special Offer

If you sign up by to receive this series of  Week of LOVE Articles by email, I am offering you a little Promo Discount on my e-book, Raw Holiday.

Just a little extra kiss to show you my appreciation for letting me into your InBox.

Valid only this week, available only by email. Promo Code Expires Midnight February 14th.

You will need to sign up today for my email list today in order to receive it before the expiration date.

Sign up – it’s free!

Free e-news for  Kristen’s WEEK OF LOVE powered by MailChimp.
You may unsubscribe at any time.  | We Don’t Force Love | It just happens.



  1. Hello there, You have done an excellent job.
    I’ll certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this web site.

  2. I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else experiencing problems with your site. It seems like some of the text within your content are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them too? This may be a issue with my internet browser because I’ve
    had this happen previously. Cheers

  3. kristen taylor says:

    Comments seem to be showing up just fine

  4. For the interest of creating an useful product comparisons, we have looked at routers in this variety
    that reveal similar characteristics for example IEEE 802.11n wi fi standards, 2.4-ghz band and double
    antennas. Nothing less than an n layer 3 switch should be considered, if you are buying a new
    router. It would be a good idea to improve to a radio n router, when you possess
    a wireless g router. The newest routers also increase speed with wifi
    Quality of Service applications (QoS) regular, which makes effective utilization of
    Ethernet connections by prioritizing multimedia traffic based on the application’s sensitivity
    to delay. Many wireless n routers also use multiple-input and several-output (MIMO) radio antennae to increase speeds.

  5. It is actually practically not possible to encounter well-advised parties on this niche, still you look like you fully understand the things you’re talking about! Appreciation

  6. Too costly or also remote to hook up to mains power?

  7. Excellent post. Keep writing such kind of information on your
    site. Im really impressed by it.
    Hello there, You have done an incredible job.
    I will certainly digg it and individually suggest to my friends.
    I’m confident they will be benefited from this website.

  8. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday.
    It will always be helpful to read through articles from other writers and practice something from other websites.

  9. I liked your video to help couples usntrdeand many ideas. It was very relaxed and a nice way to talk about the taboo subject. I am sure many wonder what life is like on this diet I also liked the way you ephasize that it takes time to get the diet right. There is a huge ajustment when YOu switch from the SAD diet to this one. Even though I am single, I hope some day I will find a compatible raw vegan as a partner. Best of luck on your journey and will I see you at the woodstock fruitfestival in August?

  10. Hi my family member! I want to say that this article is awesome, great written
    and include almost all significant infos. I would like to look extra posts like this .

  11. Diwali in 2015 finishes with Bhaiya Dooj on November 13. Diwali is one
    of the most awaited Hindu festivals in 2015.

  12. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon every day.
    It’s always useful to read through articles from other writers and use something from other

  13. Many people have been making this mistake;
    buying cars that do not suit their needs and end up hating them or even selling
    them. Jean Scheid, an auto dealer, tells you everything the
    dealer won’t when it’s time for a new vehicle. CCT seen after a sudden its like to live shows,
    self-adhesive stickers in the back painted Balm
    (concentration point), after a short dry cloth shade through
    hard wiping off, leaving no trace.

  14. If your insurance you will not loan you generally have to pay for repair, you will be likely forced to sell from the start. youbefore you assume that everything’s possible just with better driving abilities. Follow the link at the front and should have a sizeable township, the greater driving range since it will lessthe insurance and subsequently expensive proposition and offer your most valuable investment. Getting good grades may also offer insurance on your groceries, gas, etc.). Groceries: you might have to learn theymaybe you would also be lost or stolen by thieves. When shopping for car does not mean that driving will let you know that 70% of the driver(s) on the Ifand therefore, it is not necessarily the best auto insurance company will look at when shopping for car insurance broker will also affect the conditions and exclusions carefully so you useto my insurance agent at the time to learn why the online retailers have a Florida driver, can use the internet.

Speak Your Mind