Traditional Paleo diets have been praised for their supposed benefits to strength and wellness, but recent research has actually proven the opposite. Diets high in meat have been found to reduce healthy blood flow throughout the body, leading to decreased sexual function as a result. High red meat diets are bad for stomach health, heart health, and also cognitive health due to the artery hardening effect it has. Plant-based diets have been shown to provide plenty of protein to support and increase muscle, as in the strongest NFL players, and it has been proven that these diets can improve healthy blood flow, erection quality, and even libido.
Ever since the early 1900’s, meat-heavy diets such as the Paleo diet have been praised for their “manly” health benefits and ability to provide more protein and muscle mass to the men who participate in it. But, there has been a recent trend of veganism and plant-based diets that are reshaping the public view of diets that include meat. In addition, there has been consistent research performed by multiple institutions that have proven the link of high-meat diets and preventable diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, and various types of heart disease. This recent research has shown many negative side effects that eating meat can cause in men. In combination with a HealthGAINS-guided anti-aging program, a plant-based diet could help increase your hormone levels and libido and combat the negative effects of a meat-based diet.
One of the more significant findings was the effect that regular meat consumption had on men’s libido and sexual functioning…
Meat and Your Body
While eating meat has been a common practice throughout human history, research is showing that it may not be the best option for gaining muscle or maintaining good health. Meat has been shown to harden arteries and decrease blood flow, something that can exacerbate heart and blood flow problems in men. Regular meat consumption also has been shown to throw off the bacterial health of your stomach, creating a less-balanced probiotic environment and slowing down digestion and distribution of nutrients.
The main argument has always been that meat contained more protein and amino acids that your muscles need to recover. In fact, plant-based diets can provide the same protein and amino acid benefits that meat does, according to the co-chair of the NFL’s cardiovascular health department. In addition to this, plant-based diets can also increase healthy blood flow throughout the body, allowing nutrients and muscle growth to occur more easily and healthily compared to a diet that gets a majority of protein from red meat.
The Sexual Advantage of a Plant-Based Diet
NFL players demonstrated improved endothelial function, or blood flow, throughout the body after engaging in plant-based diets with the same protein intake. While this is great for athletes who need healthy blood flow to supply blood to the muscles quickly during intense activity, it has a great benefit for sexual function in men as well. Erectile dysfunction is caused by a lack of blood flow to the penis in a majority of cases, normally due to a combination of psychological and physical health factors. With increased endothelial health and, as a result, increased blood flow, you are improving your body’s ability to transport and maintain blood flow to the areas where it is required. As a result, plant-based diets are tied to increased sexual function due to easier and quicker blood flow to the penis for firmer and longer-lasting erections.
Experts are consistently stating the harmful effects that a diet heavy in meat can cause. For example, Dr. Aaron Spitz, a leading researcher at the American Urological Association, has found that men experience a lower sex drive when eating meat regularly. What’s more is that plant-based diets can increase your testosterone levels by as much as 20%.
For men over 40 who are experiencing sexual dysfunction and regularly eating red meat, you may be shooting yourself in the foot. By decreasing your meat intake and increasing the amount of plant-based foods you eat, you can naturally help combat the effects of aging on your sexual health. If adopting a plant-based diet is not enough, the team at HealthGAINS can help supplement your new diet with a safe and effective hormone treatment plan that can lead you to sexual wellness. For a complimentary consultation with a Wellness Advisor, call 866-312-1265.