sexual health and nutrition

Are you bogged down with stressful daily activities that the last thing you think of is sex? You have to know that physical intimacy and sex is a very vital part of your relationship. If, because of the stress of everyday life, you’re letting the relationship intimacy with your spouse to take a backseat, then you are neglecting an essential means of reconnecting with each another.

Moreover, to feel sensual and sexy is an aspect of the entire human experience, and it enhances the feelings of attractiveness and confidence.

Many years ago, certain substances and diets were said to possess aphrodisiac properties (an aphrodisiac diet is a food, substance or drink that promotes sexual desire). They can lower stress, enhance blood flow or have a positive effect on the neurotransmitters. All these effects can increase libido in the body system. We are going to be looking at some of these aphrodisiac diets and ways by which you can use them to support your sexual health.

Basil: This is a sweet and pungent herb. It can be used to flavor up your diet and your sexual health. Sprinkle a well-chopped basil on top of your vegetable soup. Basil has the medicinal quality of enhancing your sexual desire by improving your blood flow and increasing your heart rate.

Avocado: This fruit is well known as an aphrodisiac fruit way back in the ancient times of Aztec. You can eat an avocado fruit alone or use it in your taco salad recipe.

Honey: Organic raw honey is very rich in vitamin B. It supports the production of testosterone, thereby enhancing sexual desire. It also has a boron content used in the production of estrogen, which is vital for the enhancement of the female sexual desire. You can use the honey in sweetening your cup of tea.

Carrots:  Carrots contains essential vitamins that are highly needful in the production of the sexual hormone.

Coconut water: The Coconut water contains the same degree of electrolytes as the blood of a human body system. It can boost metabolism thereby increasing blood flow. It can also serve as an aphrodisiac fluid. Coconut water has a high content of vitamin C along with minerals.

Watermelon: This fruit is very rich in citrulline. It can increase nitric oxide. It can also open the blood vessels and speed up the rate of blood circulation, thus resulting in an increase in sexual arousal.

Sea vegetables: The Sea vegetable is very rich in vitamin B1 and vitamin B2. These vitamins can help in sex hormone production. This vegetable also contains manganese, selenium, and iodine. These minerals enhance metabolic activities.

The best way to get all the nutrients in your fruits/vegetable is through juicing. This extracts the nutrients and fluids from your raw fruits and vegetables. Ensure that you go for an easy-to-handle juicer . You can find the high quality masticating juicers here. Masticating type of juicer is the best for producing nutritious juices. Continue Reading

SASH Research and Consultancy Projects

Volitional Intervention Development (VoID)

Completed Projects:

Project lead: Dr Katherine Brown

Stage 1: Evidence shows that young people may often hold strong intentions to use a chosen contraceptive method, but fail to consistently translate that intention into action, and thus fail to engage the volitional process of behavioural change. With funding from the British Academy, we developed a prototype interactive intervention designed to help young people who want to use contraception, plan effectively to do so, every time they have sex. Young people and sexual health professionals were consulted on the intervention.

Stage 2: Further funding from Coventry and Warwickshire PCT has allowed us to beta-test the intervention in sexual healthcare settings. This intervention can currently be viewed by clicking here.

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Innovation in Sexual Health Event

SASH are hosting a free event for attendees which is themed ‘Innovation in Sexual Health’ on 12th February 2013 at the techno centre based at Coventry University.We have had several interesting and relevant speakers come forward for presentations and workshops. There has been a positive response from all professionals who have been approached and are in support of sharing knowledge and ideas regarding innovative approaches to improving the sexual health of young people with fellow professionals who are practising in this area. Download the SASH event flyer.

About the event:

Read an article about the event on the Birmingham Press website!

We want the attendees to help us drive the direction of the event by nominating speakers or workshops from local and national organisations, both academic and professionals in practice. We would also like you to tell us the questions you would like to be asked at the event e.g. what is the role of technology in reducing teenage pregnancy? How can parents get involved in helping their children understand what good sexual health is?

NEW: Introductory speaker:

We are pleased to announce that Roger Ingram, Professor of Health and Community Psychology at the University of Southampton, and Director of the Centre for Sexual Health Research, will be joining us for the event and will deliver the introductory address. During his career of over 25 years he has published widely on relevant topics and worked closely with policy makers in this country and abroad. He has been, for many years, a consultant for the World Health Organisation on their reproductive health and AIDS programmes, was a member of the former Government’s Independent Advisory Group for the Teenage Pregnancy Unit and sits on the Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel. He was also a member of the core group involved in the development of the UK National Sexual Health and HIV Strategy.

NEW: Best Presentation Awards:

The SASH team and our introductory speaker Professor Roger Ingram will be presenting three ‘Best Presentation’ awards at the event. We request that all delegates participate in selecting the winners for these awards on the day. To do so you will be given a voting card in your delegates pack and we have allocated time at the end of the day for you to cast your vote for the presentation or workshop that you thought was best. In judging the presentations/workshops we suggest you consider the extent to which: Continue Reading