Thursday, October 05, 2006

Beware the Orgasm Killers!

Apparently, seritonin is spiked by certain foods/substances, which can lead to difficulty with orgasm - I know the Selective Seritonin Reuptake Inhibitors (Prozac, Zoloft, et al), cause problems with orgasm, among other uro-gential side effects, so why not food? How come it's got to be the things I like (coffee and sweets)?

  • Caffeine -- this one is probably no surprise, since we drink coffee and other caffeinated drinks for the buzz
  • Gingko and Ginseng -- while they are touted as aphrodisiacs, they do spike serotonin, which is a problem, especially for women
  • Smoking -- nicotine may give you an initial burst of dopamine, but it wears off quickly, leaving you with a spike in serotonin that negatively impacts both your libido and your genital circulation
  • Starch and Sugar -- studies have shown that when you eat starchy carbs and sugars, you raise your serotonin levels.So when eating these foods, pair them with foods containing protein, fiber, and/or healthy fats, which will off set the effect of the starch and sugar.

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