Does Raw Food Effect Your Sex Life?

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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.

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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 http://relationshipsandsexuality.wordpress.com and receives email at drdavidroth@gmail.com .

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