There is no substitute for good health and vitality when it comes to living a hotlifestyle. If you’re feeling stressed out or run down, it can affect you in a very personal area – your close intimate relationship with your significant other – Yes we're talking about your sex life.
Since the beginning of time, men have searched for aphrodisiacs in order to stimulate their failing passions. Overtime, longevity has increased and so has the pursuit for enhanced experience. There’s a growing body of evidence that some vitamins and components found in everyday foods can enhance sexual function and sexual experience.
Good sex has so many proven benefits – from creating a loving intimate bond with your partner, fostering a feeling of self-acceptance and self-esteem, to physical effects such as:
- Improving immunity: apparently having sex regularly can boost your immunoglobulin, a first line of defence for your immune system
- Boosting heart health: It was found that regular sex has the same benefits as exercise and also helps your body keep your hormones in balance, benefiting heart health
- Lowering blood pressure: sex has been found to improve your stress response, including blood pressure
- Pain relief: your body releases pain relieving hormones when you have sex that can help with arthritis, menstrual pain and even headaches (there goes that excuse!)
- De-stressing: post-coital bliss releases the relaxing hormone prolactin and the “love hormone” oxytocin is released during orgasm, great for de-stressing and also helping you get some restful sleep
- Love love love: that love hormone oxytocin feels so good, and loving and feeling loved is just about one of the most healing and healthy things in the world.
What can we eat to boost our sexual health?
The main benefits to sexual health come from the fact that avocados are good for your arteries and heart. Both men and women need to have a healthy heart in order to keep the blood flowing to the genital regions. Research has shown that men suffering from heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Avocados are also an excellent source of Vitamins B, K, C, E and potassium. They also contain phytosterols. Phytosterols have been shown to be effective in reducing cholesterol and thus ensuring better circulation.
Known for its suggestive shape, asparagus is high in a B vitamin known as folate that aids in increasing the production of histamine. Histamine is important for a healthy sex drive in men and women. The most delicious asparagus is just picked, it is so sweet! Grow your own or buy it fresh and organic at your local farmers market.
Almonds are nutrient-dense and rich in several trace minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction, such as zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. “Zinc helps enhance libido and sexual desire,” says Dr. Berman. As with Avocados – what is good for the heart is good for your sexual health – and being low in carbs it’s good for your waistline too.
Almonds are a tasty alternative to sweet or salty snacks, with a delicious built-in crunch. For this reason, smaller portions of almonds satisfy your snack cravings more efficiently than less-nutritious foods.
You wouldn't normally think of celery as a libido inducing food, but according to Judy Gaman, Dr. Walter Gaman and Dr. Mark Anderson, authors of the book "Stay Young: Ten Proven Steps to Ultimate Health," eating celery actually increases the pheromone levels in a man's sweat, making them more attractive to women. But make sure that celery is organic! Non-Organic Celery is Packed with 67 Pesticides. You don't want those toxic chemicals messing with your libido now do you?
The stuff that makes chilies hot, capsaicin, can actually rev up your libido. Have you ever noticed a natural high when eating chilies? Capsaicin promotes the release of chemicals that can raise your heart rate and trigger the release of endorphins that give you a natural high, which pumps that libido!
You might have heard that eating carrots is good for your eyesight as it contains more than 200% of your daily requirement of Vitamin A. The same nutrient is also good for your sex life too.
Raw garlic anyone? Eating raw garlic may make your partner turn the other way in bed, but it can certainly stir up your sexual desire. The heat in garlic is what stirs up your libido. Garlic contains allicin, which is thought to increase blood flow to sexual organs. This trick doesn't work overnight however, apparently you need to consume it for about a month to reap its rewards. If you can't stand the raw garlic go for the capsules found at your local natural food market.
Fish or Fish Oil
Fish is a food item that enhances sex life in both men and women. Arginine, a nutrient present in certain types of fish helps in the production of nitric acid in the body. This acid helps expand the blood vessels near the genital areas which is extremely helpful in making you last longer. Fish also contains zinc which is extremely vital for men as even a moderate deficiency can lead to a reduced sperm count. Taking fish oil capsules is also beneficial if you gag on a spoonful of fishoil.
Like oysters, pumpkin seeds are high in zinc which is essential for healthy sperm production and preventing testosterone deficiency in men. They are also loaded with libido vitamins and minerals like vitamin B, E, C, D, K and minerals including calcium, potassium, niacin and phosphorous. Next time Halloween comes around, now you know what to do with those left over pumpkin seeds, roast those babies.
Legend has it figs were one of Cleopatra's favorite foods. According to Dr. Nalini Chilkov L.Ac., O.M.D, figs have been prized as a sensual food for their resemblance of the female sex organs. The ancient Greeks valued figs more precious than gold and many cultures associated figs with fertility.
Cocoa or Dark Chocolate
All chocolate comes from cacao bean. In its processed form it is known as cocoa. The Aztecs referred to cacao as nourishment of the Gods. Modern day foodies know raw cacao in its pure unadulterated form is a superfood. It has more antioxidants than green tea or red wine. It also contains a stimulating chemical known as phenylethlamine, that stimulates the sense of excitement and well being. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study that found, women who enjoyed a piece of chocolate every day had a more active sex life than those who didn't.
Eating chocolate may be music to your ears and send you to a state of bliss. Dark chocolate is a sensual food that can not only trigger the mood but also the brain chemicals needed for sex. The brain chemical serotonin can directly produce feelings of pleasure. Dark chocolate also contains arginine and flavinols that can create a Viagra like effect.
Like fish, strawberries also contain a lot of zinc and vitamin C which helps maintain healthy testosterone levels in men. Women too can benefit from eating strawberries as zinc can help boost their libido. Strawberries are high in the B vitamin folate that helps prevent birth defects in women and, according to a University of California, Berkley study, may be tied to high sperm counts in men. Also, eating strawberries can give you sustained levels of energy.
Not only is honey delicious to taste, and a welcome addition to a lot of dishes, It is also extremely good for your sex life. Kama Sutra, one of the esteemed books on sexual health that has been read for centuries, recommends the use of honey for a healthy sex life. It contains natural sugars like fructose which boosts your stamina making you last longer!
Having just one glass of red wine will help boost your sex life, as it helps release dopamine in your brain. This vital chemical is responsible for emotions like desire, and if you are suffering from low libido, wine can definitely come to your rescue.