Did you know that the goings-on in your kitchen could affect what goes on in your bedroom?
It’s true that there are many factors that come into play when it comes to human arousal. However, when you no longer find intimacy attractive, there is a good chance that your food choices are to blame.
Make it right by making a few small changes to give your libido the nudge it needs. Incorporate these lusty foods into your diet to find the spark that you’d been missing!
Apples are rich in the flavonoid quercetin, an antioxidant that promotes circulation. More importantly, it controls the symptoms of prostatitis and interstitial cystitis. Both are painful illnesses that have to do with the inflammation of important parts in your plumbing - the prostate gland for the former and the bladder for the latter. Obviously, both are erection killers, too.
So an apple a day may be more than just a good idea. While you’re at it, try to sample other foods that have quercetin, such as berries, cherries, onions and deep purple grapes.
Any food that helps keep your heart healthy is essential to your sexual health, too. Avocados certainly fit the bill – they’re packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which the American Heart Association labels as “healthy fats”. These lower the bad cholesterol levels in your blood and reduce the risk of stroke.
Avocados are also rich in vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties, potassium, and vitamin B6, which may prevent or delay heart disease and promote better blood flow.
Why is circulation so important? Circulation is key when you consider the hard facts: men with heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. We all need those arteries intact, after all.
Bananas are rich in potassium, a mineral that keeps your electrolytes in balance and counteracts the nasty effects of too much salt in your diet. Salt introduces sodium into your system, which in turn may lead to water retention and the feeling of being bloated. Not exactly a turn-on.
But the most damage sodium does to your sex life is to limit the amount of blood available to your genitals during the heat of the moment. That makes it difficult to orgasm – and without a payoff like that, you may feel much less inclined to go through the trouble of having sex in the first place.
This Italian spice can create a heat within the body that simulates arousal, but that’s not what we’re excited about. Basil increases circulation, which is always good for your libido.
And here’s a fun fact: it was once believed that the very whiff of basil can inspire lust. So much so that the very first courtesans would wear basil oil as perfume.
Broccoli is a bedroom enhancer for both men and women.
On one hand, it is chock-full of vitamin C, which has been linked to an increase in female libido. On the other, broccoli also has a chemical that lowers estrogen levels in men, indole-3-carbinol. This has the effect of giving their libido a kickstart, with nothing hampering it.
The sense of smell is important in romance, and this aromatic spice works wonders for both men and women. But be careful – a small amount boosts testosterone and acts as an aphrodisiac, but when consumed in large quantities, it acts as a damper for your drive.
A powerful stimulant, cloves have historically been used as an aphrodisiac, either as an oil or as food. When ingested, its effects are multiplied when combined with cinnamon.
Strongly linked in lore and legend to romance, chocolate has been touted as the food of not just love, but lust as well.
Loaded with antioxidants, eating chocolates triggers the release of endorphins, much like those produced after a good workout. Endorphins are hormones produced by the brain which are responsible for sensations of pleasure, improved mood, and even mimic the feeling of being "in love".
We don’t know so much about being in love, but the Journal of Sexual Medicine has published a very interesting study. They found that women who enjoyed a piece of chocolate every day had a more active sex life than those who didn’t. Food for thought!
Spicy peppers can heat up your bedroom in more ways than one.
If you’re a fan of hot peppers, then you’re in luck. That trademark burning sensation comes from capsaicin, and that compound also dilates your blood vessels, increases heart rate, dilates blood vessels, and releases endorphins. Very much like arousal, isn’t it?
Spicy peppers also increase your metabolism and stimulate endorphins, gets the blood flowing where it matters, and makes you work up a sweat. Just don’t deliver it via the oils left on your hands.
Originally prized for their suggestive looks and price, oysters are the sex symbols of the food world. Not only do they look the part, but the act of eating them tends to be decadent in itself.
But before you impress your date with your shucking skills, consider this. Oysters are known to have one of the highest concentrations of zinc present in any food. Zinc is an essential mineral for the production of testosterone.
Oysters have also been found to contain two unusual amino acids that researchers have found to increase sex hormones in test rats, as well as a healthy dose of vitamin B12 that keeps blood vessels engorged, boosting stamina and endurance.
The quintessential summer fruit is also good for your summer fling. Made up of mostly water, watermelon has a bunch of phytonutrients, which are basically compounds that react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions.
According to Science Daily, one these “healthy reactions” can simulate the effects of that little blue pill that begins with the letter “V”.
You see, the main phytonutrient in watermelon is Citrulline, which our body converts into to an amino acid called arginine.
Dr. Bhumy Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center explains, “Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”
Patil went on to say that although watermelon was not very organ specific (if you know what we mean) it’s still a great, natural way to relax blood vessels.
If you’re finding that your appetites in the boudoir are waning, it could be what you’re eating that’s at fault.