Eat Your Way To Sexual Success!

The link between the foods we eat and our sex drive isn’t just wishful thinking. You can improve your sex drive with just the foods you eat. At the same time, some foods are also libido-killers. Here are just a few foods that can put a sizzle in your sex life, and some foods that are ultimately like applying water to that fire.

  1. Strawberries – Strawberries are sexy. You can feed them to your lover and even dip them in chocolate to make the strawberry eating experience even better. They’re also good for your sex drive. Good circulation is thought to be crucial for sexual functioning in both men and women, and strawberries are rich in antioxidants that benefit your heart and arteries What’s more, strawberries also contain vitamin C, which has been linked to the increase in sperm count in men.
  2. Avocados – These super fruits are rich in vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties, potassium, and vitamin B6. A slice of avocado may prevent or delay heart disease and promote better blood flow. They’re also a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Ultimately, 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.
  3. Almonds – Almonds contain zinc, selenium, and vitamin E, which are vitamins and minerals that seem to be important for sexual health and reproduction. Selenium can help with infertility issues, while vitamin E may help heart health. Zinc is a mineral that helps produce men’s sex hormones and can boost libido.
  4. Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are rich in potassium, which helps fight high blood pressure. High blood pressure is often associated with a higher risk of erectile dysfunction. 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.
  5. Sesame Seeds – Zinc is thought to be good for sexual health. It can help testosterone and sperm production in men. The No. 1 source is oysters. But really, how often do you eat oysters? Another source: Sesame seeds. Mix them into granola or sprinkle them into a healthy stir-fry. Some breakfast cereals also contain zinc, such as Kellogg’s All-Bran Complete Wheat Flakes. One serving (3/4 cup) has more than 100% of the recommended daily intake.
  6. Watermelon – This popular summer fruit is low in calories, but also high in potentially sex drive boosting phytonutrients.
  7. Salmon – Salmon and fish like tuna, black cod, halibut, and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. The nutrients maintain our cardiovascular system by decreasing inflammation and maintains fat in the blood at healthy levels.

 

Watermelon Slices Photo
Photo: Watermelon Slices

 

Research suggests 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 drive.
There are also some foods that you should try and avoid if you’re aiming to rev up your libido.

  1. Alcohol – Although alcohol can be a saviour on a first date, as it almost acts as the social lubricant. In reality, alcohol can be detrimental to your sex life. Too much alcohol dampens sexual desire, decreases arousal and sensitivity, and may lower inhibitions leading to unsafe decisions about sex.
  2. Steak – 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 higher risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, health conditions that can affect blood circulation and sexual function. What’s more, a small 2006 study suggested that eating meat, may result in 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. Weird experiment, I know, but maybe it could be the final straw that sees you on a vegetarian diet.
  3. Fatty Foods – Many fried and fast foods have high levels of “bad fats,” such as saturated and trans fat. These foods can negatively affect your heart and impede blood flow due to a build-up of fatty plaque in the arteries. What’s more, fried potatoes, such as French fries, have been associated (along with other foods) with a greater risk of type 2 diabetes, which is known to cause sexual health problems in both men and women. It is suggested that the type of oil used to fry the food is key. If it’s fried in partially hydrogenated oil it would have trans fat, which is worse than saturated fat. If it was fried in a liquid plant oil, the food may be very low in saturated fat.

About the Author: Ebony a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres

 

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