Sex – one of the greatest 3 letter words and
one of the most important words to keep a romance alive.
Often, while preparing to get into the mood
of it, we think of external stimuli to get things started. While these can help
to create a more exciting atmosphere for sex, it assumes that you already have
a healthy, functional sex drive.
And if you find that that really isn’t the
case recently, we have a hunch that you need to start with yourself… or your
food, more specifically.
Eating right can help to increase sex drive
and improve sexual performance. Did you realise that eating wrong can also
dampen it? But it’s not all a mysterious science. These aprodiasiacs, when
consumed, usually trigger an increase of, or release of certain natural
chemicals which brings out the animal instinct in you.
So feast on, we say, and find out for
If you’re looking to be completely
irresistable (who isn’t) the next time you go on a date, get your figs on! Figs
are considered excellent stimulants of fertility and enhance secretion of
Eggs are high in protein, which is a source
of stamina and no matter how you prepare them, prached, scarmbled or fried,
eggs will give you the energy you need
to stay up all night.
The next time you’re thinking of a gift for
Valentine’s Day for your belle, get something with ginseng in it. Researchers
at the University of Hawaii found that women who took a ginseng supplement
significantly upped their libido in a month, and 68 percent also said their
overall sex life improved dramatically. "Add ginseng into your diet or try
one of the many ginseng teas available," Glassman says. "Just don't
jump at the sight of ginseng, though. Many energy drinks that claim to have
ginseng in them also contain chemicals and tons of sugar, and there's nothing
sexy about that."
Iceberg lettuce contains an opiate that helps
to activate sex hormones. This wonder food will help you look good and boost
happiness, all the right reasons to eat your lettuce!
#5: Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in potassium, which
helps fight high blood pressure, which is associated with a higher risk of
They're also rich in beta-carotene, providing
the body with vitamin A, which is suspected (but not proven) to be helpful for
those with infertility.
Surprise, surprise! This popular summer fruit is low in calories,
but also high in potentially libido-boosting phytonutrients.
In 2008, Texas A&M research suggested
that the lycopene, citrulline, and beta-carotene found in watermelon may help
relax blood vessels, and provide a natural enhancement for revving up your sex
These superfruits are rich in vitamin E,
which has antioxidant properties, potassium, and vitamin B6, which may prevent
or delay heart disease and promote better blood flow.
They're also a good source of
heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Anything that helps your heart and
circulation can also be critical for a healthy sex life. Men with heart disease
are twice as likely to have erectile dysfunction because both conditions can
result from artery damage. Did you know: The Aztecs called the avocado tree
"ahuacatl," or "testicle tree."
Almonds contain zinc, selenium, and vitamin
E, which are vitamins and minerals that seem to be important for sexual health
Selenium can help with infertility issues
and, with vitamin E, may help heart health. Zinc is a mineral that helps
produce men's sex hormones and can boost libido.
Blood flow is important for your sex organs,
so choosing good fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in almonds, is a
Raw, sautéed, or cooked, toss this vegetable
in with your salad or alongside your steak for a bedroom boost. "I suggest
it here because of the high vitamin C content," says Keri Glassman,
registered dietitian and author of The New You (and Improved) Diet.
"Vitamin C aids in blood circulation to organs and has also been
associated with an improved female libido." If you're going to pick a
veggie at dinner anyway, may as well kill two birds with one sprout and make it
Yes, cloves. This sex superfood is versatile when it comes
to cooking: it can be brewed in hot apple cider, infused in your favorite
exotic dish, or added to a chai tea latte. Just make sure to share it with your
guy, too. "In India, cloves have been used to treat male sexual
dysfunction for centuries," says Glassman. Research published in the
journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine agrees, discovering that
clove extracts produced an increase in the sexual activity of normal male rats.
"Cloves are also used to rid bad breath, which can't hurt your kissing
skills either," says Glassman, who also suggests using powdered cloves in
Mexican food. Add a little cumin and cinnamon and you've got a tasty,
Sex Drive Zappers!
#1: Processed Baked Goods
For those with a serious sweet tooth, this is
not good news. These sugar-loaded treats surround the cells, coagulating them
so that vital food glucose can't be absorbed and remains in the blood, raising
blood sugar and lowering libido. The fats also clog ventricles, reducing oxygen
to sexual organs, and prevent the spleen from producing enough white blood cells,
so eggs and sperm have difficulty multiplying. This shit just got serious.
While meat does provide protein and zinc,
meat also tends to be high in saturated fat and cholesterol. A meat-heavy diet
is associated with a whole array of health problems and can affect and sexual
On top of that, a small study published in 2006
in Chemical Senses suggested that eating meat, may result in, ahem, a less
attractive body odor. In the study, 17 men ate either a meat or non-meat diet for
two weeks and then switched. Women were asked to rate their attractiveness
based on smell alone (from armpit pads worn by the men), and they tended to
prefer non-meat eaters.