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Old November 19th, 2012, 03:57 PM   #1

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How does our diet affect our behavior and sex drive?


It turns out that the level of aggression and sex drive of monkeys is directly related to what they eat. How about us? Does it mean people who can't get along well with others and can't get enough sex just need a change in diet?

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Eating certain veggies not only supplies key nutrients, it may also influence hormone levels and behaviors such as aggression and sexual activity, says a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, that could shed light on the role of diet in human evolution.
Click the image to open in full size.A red colobus monkey prepares to munch on the bark of Eucalyptus grandis , a non-native estrogenic tree in Kibale National Park. Greater consumption of estrogenic plants is linked to altered hormone levels and changes in behavior, finds a new UC Berkeley-led study. (Julie Kearney Wasserman photo)

The research is the first to observe the connection between plant-based estrogenic compounds, or phytoestrogens, and behavior in wild primates in this case, a group of red colobus monkeys in Uganda.
The more the male red colobus monkeys dined on the leaves of Millettia dura, a tropical tree containing estrogen-like compounds, the higher their levels of estradiol and cortisol. They also found that with the altered hormone levels came more acts of aggression and sex, and less time spent grooming an important behavior for social bonding in primates.
Eating estrogenic plants alters hormones in monkeys, may increase aggression and sex
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Age has a way of transforming those sex molecules
from smelting hot to a cold thermal blue flame.
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I remember reading about soy based food making men more feminine. I guess it's good to know the types of hormones that are in the plants we eat.
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I remember reading about soy based food making men more feminine. I guess it's good to know the types of hormones that are in the plants we eat.
Alcohol does that too, I read somewhere. When you have alcohol in your system you see a rise in the hormone estrogen, which makes men behave like women, meaning weepy and emotional.

Disclaimer -- I'm just paraphrasing what I read.

About soy, you're right it also causes a spike in the production of estrogen. That's one of the reasons I've been advised to stay away from it since, according to my doctor, I'm "hormonally delicate" as it is. The last thing I need is more estrogen in my system.

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Alcohol does that too, I read somewhere. When you have alcohol in your system you see a rise in the hormone estrogen, which makes men behave like women, meaning weepy and emotional.

Disclaimer -- I'm just paraphrasing what I read.

About soy, you're right it also causes a spike in the production of estrogen. That's one of the reasons I've been advised to stay away from it since, according to my doctor, I'm "hormonally delicate" as it is. The last thing I need is more estrogen in my system.
I remember a report about a homosexual man who underwent hormone treatment. He reported being able to cry as he took estrogen pills and not being able to when he stopped the treatment.

Are there certain foods which your doctor advised you to consume more?
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I remember a report about a homosexual man who underwent hormone treatment. He reported being able to cry as he took estrogen pills and not being able to when he stopped the treatment.

Are there certain foods which your doctor advised you to consume more?
No, but he asked me to avoid certain foods. The logic being they would only further aggravate the hormonal imbalance in me if I continued consuming them. 'Hormonally delicate' refers to wild mood swings, aggression (), an overly emotional and impulsive nature. Physically it results in pimples, which I have struggled with all my life and was the reason I went to see the doc. The pimples have only recently stopped because of the medication I've been put on by my doctor to bring the hormones in balance.

So apart from soy, I'm supposed to avoid overly spicy and high GI foods, cos they too tip the balance. I'm not sure how spicy food does that but with high GI foods it's the spike and fall in insulin they cause that only contributes to crankiness if you don't get your sugar dose at regular intervals.

I must point out this does not apply to everybody. I know girls that consume a lot of soy but it doesn't seem to affect them adversely in the least.

EDIT -- Actually yes, I have been asked to consume foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and been put on Vitamin supplements (Vits A, C, & E). And around the time I enter the danger zone (the week leading up to the monthly period) I'm supposed to double my calcium and Vitamin E intake to keep PMS at bay.

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I know that some spices can stimulate the nerves. There are certain peppers which will make me dream a lot when I eat them. That may be why.
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I know that some spices can stimulate the nerves. There are certain peppers which will make me dream a lot when I eat them. That may be why.
Onions and eggs are pretty nice for erection
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I think is is true but would be hard to test as people are different and as we all know, effects vary. It's probably in the genes.

I know when I cut meat, fish and dairy out of my diet I felt different - probably was undernourished. I just did not feel healthy in the end and started to eat meat again. Anyway, I love a good chicken curry and a nice steak!

There is also junk food which nobody has mentioned yet. If you stuff your face with pastries, doughnuts, chocolate and crisps you will sure feel different than if you had a fresh chicken salad or even a nice stew packed with veggies, garlic and a good lean meat. Just as eating sugar rich foods all day makes you feel different than if you do not touch sugar all day.

All things in moderation I think. I try to have a varied diet but not over do the bad stuff. I think if you cut out the treats, junk food etc.. completely that you not only deprive yourself of a nice treat here and there, but it makes it harder to stick to a healthy diet. Personally if I do not eat vegetables at all, within a week I start to feel ill - I really need vegetables in my diet!

Also there is the matter of Bulemics and Anorexics. Clearly these show the extreme affects of what lacking a good diet can do to people. Not only by losing so much weight and the way it affects their bodies internallly and externally. But the way they act - mentally.

A good diet can do the world of good physically and mentally, but I don't think being obsessed with it is necessary at all. After all, eating salad everyday will not keep disease away, eating a bar of chocolate here and there will not make you obese or cause illness. As I said, all things in moderation but yeah, I do think diet can affect some people in how they act.

Oh, out of curiosity, I never heard of certain diets making someone have a high sex drive. I thought aphrodisiac foods where BS to be honest. lol Maybe I need to cut certain foods out!
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Well, first of all, sex is a complicated activity in human beings [we have "developed" it from the act of reproduction to an activity to find pleasure, up to evolve real arts of pleasure, like Kamasutra].

This would suggest, as usual when complicated human activities are subject of discussion, to keep an eye on psychology.

To eat has got also concrete erotic aspects [overall about the usage of the mouth with reference to certain foods], this adds also an exciting factor to the activity of eating [if we don't eat alone, a part of seduction between a man and a woman can begin sitting at the table].

This factor has generated some urban legend about aphrodisiac foods. Actually it's the way certain foods have eaten to suggest to the brain something erotic, when not directly sexual.

A part this, also the psychological effect of a good meal plays a role. If a person is satisfied by a meal [nutrition is a base need] that will be a good moment to look for other base needs [sex, but also to sleep, just to say].

Aphrodisiac foods.

Some fruit have got suitable contents for sexual activity: the avocado contains B6 vitamin which stimulates the production of male hormones and regulates the female thyroid [thanks to potassium].

There are other fruits and vegetables which are quite interesting, but I would suggest to remember that the psychological side is anyway essential. Overall for the woman [male pleasure is an "easy pleasure"].
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