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Mediterranean Diet May Improve Women’s Sexual Health

– Mediterranean Diet May Improve Women’s Sexual HealthMany diets make the news these days: keto, vegetarian, vegan, to name a few. Is any specific diet better for sexual health? For women, the Mediterranean diet may be one to consider, scientists say.

In a recent review of medical studies, researchers discussed several diets and their effects on women’s sexual health. The findings were published in Sexual Medicine Reviews.

Most research has focused on the Mediterranean diet and sexual health, the study authors reported. This diet centers around plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. Fish, poultry, eggs, and moderate amounts of dairy products are also included. However, red meat is seldom eaten.

Why might the Mediterranean diet help with sex? This diet is thought to lower a person’s risk for health conditions associated with sexual dysfunction, like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. It might reduce inflammation, too.

In contrast, the Western diet, which features lots of processed foods, refined sugars and carbohydrates, and saturated fats, increases the risk of such health conditions.

Healthy eating, along with regular physical activity, helps blood flow around the body, including the genitals. In turn, this helps keeps tissues in good working order.

Following a good diet can also make you feel and look good, adding to sexual self-esteem and confidence.

Other diets may benefit women’s sexual health, too, the researchers noted, but more study is needed. For example, one study of the ketogenic diet (fewer carbohydrates with more fat and protein) reported good results for obese women. And vegetarianism, with its focus on fruits and vegetables, has some similarities to the Mediterranean diet.

If you’re interested in changing your diet, talk to your doctor to make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need.

Resources

EverydayHealth.com

Thrasybule, Linda

“Why the Western Diet Keeps Making Us Sick”

(Last updated: January 17, 2018)

https://www.everydayhealth.com/crohns-disease/diet/why-western-diet-making-us-sick/

Mayo Clinic

“Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan”

(June 21, 2019)

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

Sexual Medicine Reviews

Towe, Maxwell, BS, et al.

“Diet and Female Sexual Health”

(Full-text. Published online: October 25, 2019)

https://www.smr.jsexmed.org/article/S2050-0521(19)30098-8/fulltext

WebMD

“What’s a Ketogenic Diet?”

(Reviewed: February 26, 2019)

https://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-ketogenic-diet