Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Part 1: Vitamins that add zest to sex life

Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog

Lesson: A healthy and fulfilling sex life can be enhanced by vitamins that are naturally occuring in many foods. Here is a guide in knowing what these foods are so that they can be given impoortance in our diets.


Papait from the chyme of ruminant animals is added to kilawin (medium rare) or made into soup is extremely healthful and rich in aphrodisiac properties. Soup Number 5, anyone?

Ukoy made of kalabasa (squash), shrimp, egg, and flour as binder, is among the recommended recipes.

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Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are. – Anthelme Brillat Savarin, 1825

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What we eat greatly affect our energy and behavior, thus people who eat proper food with the needed vitamins and minerals are more active, and they generally lead happier lives. They have lesser problems with health and sex. A healthy body has the energy and positive disposition to a zestful sex life. Let us examine what these vitamins are and what specific role they play in enhancing a healthy love life.

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“If we use sex unwisely, we may develop emotional and psychological problems, disease or, what can be worse, we can become addicted to it in such a way that all other aspects of our lives – work, exercise, rest, recreation, creativity, relationships, family life – become distorted and out of balance.” Dr. Bernard Jensen

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Vitamin A – This vitamin helps in the production of sex hormones, and fights inflammation and infection of tissues. Acute deficiency may lead to atrophy of the testes and ovaries. Soft skin and healthy look may be attributed to a good supply of Vitamin A which comes from carrot, lettuce, broccoli and other crucifers, yellow fruits and green leafy vegetables.

Vitamin B Family – This vitamin complex may be derived from unpolished rice, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Milk principally gives riboflavin, a type of Vitamin B2. Its deficiency may lead to the development of arthritis.

Niacin or Vitamin B3, on the other hand, is derived from asparagus, mungo sprouts, lean meat and fish. This vitamin improves memory, and together with Vitamin A and minerals, gives the flush and glow in the person. Its deficiency may result in skin eruptions and pellagra.
There is pyridoxine, which is vital to the functioning of our brain and nerves. Pyridoxine deficiency is manifested by a general feeling of weakness, neuritis, insomnia, irritability, and anemia. These lead to loss of sex appetite and failure of experiencing sex orgasm.

Most of the Vitamin B rich foods contain pyridoxine and pantothenic acid. Pantothenic acid is classified as Vitamin B. It is needed in the production of body energy. Choline, which is allied to Vitamin B, enhances sexual arousal and performance. Choline is an ingredient of lecithin, a rejuvenator. Lecithin also contains inositol. Inositol, panthothenic acid, and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) constitute what is termed as “youth vitamin.” Sources of this vitamin other than those mentioned are eggs, crucifers like cabbage, liver, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds like sesame. These also provide another Vitamin B member, biotin, the lack of which could lead to depression.

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Alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine are mood-altering drugs that interfere with normal sexual functioning with long tern use. Unbalanced diet, stress and constipation have similar negative effect.
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Another form of Vitamin B is Folic acid, the synthetic form of the B vitamin folate which helps eliminate homocysteine from the blood, an amino acid linked to arterial disease and heart attack. It is also essential in embryonic development and early growth. That is why folic acid is added to milk and foods as protection against birth and childhood defects. People who eat a lot of dark leafy vegetables, carrots, beans, asparagus, and whole grain, need not worry about folic acid deficiency.

Vitamin B6, which is derived from ginger and certain vegetables, brings relief to the so-called carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), which is a painful and irritating condition developed by long hours at the keyboard. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by swollen tendons that move the fingers. Other than this remedy, proper posture and work habits must be followed. Ginger as anti-inflammatory properties, aside from its value in toning the cardiovascular system and reducing platelet aggregation, thus helping in protecting heart attacks and strokes.

The most complex of all vitamins is Vitamin B12 or cobalamine. It is important in the synthesis of nucleic acid and myelin, the covering of nerves. Vitamin B12 was discovered in papait, derived from the chyme of ruminant animals. The chyme is heated and pasteurized (heated below boiling point for a few minutes and filtered.) It is then mixed with kilawin (medium rare meat of goat, ot beef). This preparation is effective against tuberculosis and anemia. Vegetarians are at risk for its deficiency, especially among children, which may result in pernicious anemia characterized by symptoms of weakness, apathy, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, numbness of extremities, and loss of balance. Among older people acute Vitamin B12 deficiency may lead to loss of memory and disorientation.

Other food sources of this vitamin are fish and poultry, seaweeds like gamet (Porphyra), arusip (Caulerpa) and gulaman (Gracillaria). Chlorella, a green alga and Spirulina, a blue green alga, contain high Vitamin B 12.

Lack of Vitamin B12 is manifested by fatigue, irritability, paleness, muscle jerking, and mild mental problems, all of which can greatly adverse sexual life.
Anger and jealousy produce nerve acids that upset blood chemistry, leading to a dull sex life.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Prolonged lack of this vitamin may lead to scurvy. Poor sex is attributed to its deficiency. Its role is in the absorption of iron. Iron aids in oxygenation of the blood. A well-oxygenated blood is efficient is carrying oxygen, hormones and nutrients to the organs and tissues of the body. How do we know is we lack this vitamin? It is manifested by the bleeding of gums, poor digestion, slow healing of wounds, frequent colds and infections, shortness of breath.

Mango, avocado, citrus, tomato, guava and strawberry are among the rich sources of Vitamin C. Doctors recommend a daily intake of 1000 milligrams although some people go as high as 2000 milligrams when exposed to toxins, infection and chronic illness. Taking Vitamin C is a practical way of preventing colds, and some people take it with two cloves (not heads) of raw garlic once they start feeling cold symptoms.

Vitamin D – Although there is no known direct effect on sex, the lack of this vitamin which is actually a hormone complex known as sterols, adversely affects calcium-phosphorus balance and metabolism. Bone deformity in children and osteoporosis are the chief manifestations of its deficiency. Regular outdoor exercise and sunlight exposure, and taking in of calcium-phosphorus rich foods protect us from deficiency disorders. Calcium supplement, mainly in milk, becomes a necessary part of the diet of older people.

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There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. George Sand, 1862

Raw (kilawin) or cooked in tamales, many kinds small fish - freshwater and marine - have aphrodisiac properties.
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