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Published:Monday | August 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Rochelle Keane, Lifestyle Writer

Men, are you ever anxious about having optimum performance in the bedroom, or any room of choice for that matter? To put your mind at ease, there are some things you can do to take care of your family jewels.

Couples therapist and clinical sexo-logist Dr Sidney McGill provided Flair with some simple practises that can go a long way in keeping your sex life healthy and happy.

1. Note Well: there is a difference in wearing boxers versus briefs!

Dr McGill revealed that boxers are better because it allows greater air circulation around the genitals, especially the testicles. "Air circulation produces a cooler temperature around the testicles, which is more favourable for sperm production. Men with a low sperm count who want to increase their fertility rate should avoid wearing briefs, especially those made of synthetic materials. However, a brief allows the penis and scrotum to be packed away without unnecessary genital movements occurring during sports or other physical activities". You must choose - feeling comfortable during physical activities or promoting high-quality sperm.

2. Diet is extremely important, so reduce your fast-food intake. Take the time to prepare home-cooked meals, or consume healthier options.

Dr McGill advises, "A daily balanced diet, including nuts, fruits and vegetables is important for healthy sexuality in men."

Spinach and other green vegetables such as callaloo are a good source of magnesium, which helps dilate blood vessels.

Tea (unsweetened) - the antioxidant catechin found in tea promotes blood flow throughout the body.

Citrus fruits - increase levels of vitamin C and improve sperm count and motility.

Eggs, nuts, beans, fatty fish such as mackerel, sardines and tuna are good for your heart, and the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish raise the dopamine levels in the brain that trigger arousal - according to sexologist Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD.

3. Stop being a couch potato!

"Workout routines that are appropriate for the fitness level of the man does not cause erectile dysfunction. Any form of physical activity, such as regular aerobics or yoga practice, increases blood flow in both men and women and, therefore, enhances their sexual drive. These exercises increases the production of endorphins - feel-good hormones that help in increasing your sex drive too," Dr McGill confirmed.

4. Protein shakes and steroid? Here is the truth behind these.

"Protein shakes are largely made from whey - a milk protein used in body-building. It is also possible to find naturally occurring steroids in minute amounts in plant-based products that do not interfere with sexual functioning. However, anabolic steroids are used to enhance muscle-building or to increase low testosterone levels in the short term. Ongoing, long-term use of steroids may cause shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, among other problems," informed Dr McGill.

5. Too much of one thing, is good for nothing!

"The libido (sex drive) varies from one person to the next. However, if a man has multiple sexual partners, his sex drive may be affected if he is tired, depressed, overworked or getting older."

6. Foreplay and postplay are great for her, but may not be for you.

Foreplay: In all eagerness for penetration you may not notice that your woman is not sufficiently aroused, it is, therefore, important that you take the time to ensure she is lubricated naturally. Second, sexual interest during intercourse is centred on the vagina, the breasts and the lips of your woman, while other erogenous zones such as the neck, thigh regions and buttocks are ignored.

Postplay: Women tend to like to cuddle and talk after sex, but sleep is knocking at your door.

"Erectile dysfunction can be psychologically induced in young adult males, such as having a low self-esteem or anxiety around time of sexual intercourse. It can also occur because of ill health, and excess use of marijuana, or alcohol is also a possible cause. If the man regularly discharges before he penetrates his partner or before his partner is able to reach a climax, may result in sexual frustration in the man and woman. In some cases, the woman may resent her partner and seek sexual satisfaction from a more competent male. If the man and woman love each other and are committed to working on the problem, this may even increase bonding between them, once they receive the specialist service of a clinical sexologist or urologist."

rochelle.keane@gleanerjm.com