If you find that your sex life is fizzling out, it might have more to do with your diet than you actually realise. Maybe you just want that extra boost to heat things up, in which case there are a lot of natural aphrodisiacs that can, shall we say, put a spring in your step. Just add some key libido enhancing foods to your diet and stay clear of the baddies – here’s what you should watch out for:
These treats are not only delicious, but also great for the circulation, which will help heighten pleasure for both of you. They’re rich in antioxidants and vitamin C which has been linked to a higher sperm count in men. To create a simple yet romantic dessert, just dip the strawberries in melted dark chocolate for a sumptuous prelude to your rendezvous.
It may have been your childhood nemesis, but now it’s time to embrace it. Broccoli is another circulation booster and is great for the female libido, so make the most of this green super vegetable and toss it in with your salad.
This aphrodisiac is high in amino acids, which will increase both your sex drive and stamina. As if that isn’t enough, they’re also said to increase the secretion of pheromones, making you utterly irresistible to your partner.
When it comes to your sex life, zinc is your friend. It boosts your libido and helps produce the male sex hormone. Almonds are also high in selenium and vitamin E, which is important for fertility. Mix the almonds in with your cereals or eat a handful as a snack.
This is a true super food; rich in vitamin E, potassium, antioxidants and vitamin B6 - great for your heart and blood flow. Taking care of the heart is essential; men with heart problems are twice as likely to develop erectile dysfunction and no one wants that.
A slice of watermelon is packed with nutrients for sexual health. It can increase sex drive and is also full of citrulline, which the body converts into an amino acid, giving a similar effect on the blood vessels as Viagra. Talk about a natural remedy! It’s also low in calories, so it’s a win-win.
These zingy berries are a tasty addition to your fruit salad or are enjoyable on their own as a snack. They’re rich in phytochemical's, enhancing both libido and sexual endurance so you can be at it all night (or day!).
You might be tempted to uncork a bottle of bubbly, especially if you’re on a date and want to feel relaxed and chatty, but alcohol is a real downer when it comes to your sex life. Not only does it decrease your sensitivity, it actually even decreases your desire. Not a good combination for a sensual evening. Try going sober by treating yourself to a virgin cocktail – doing so will ensure nothing else ‘virgin’ will take place…
Fried, fast foods and processed baked goods are all high in saturated trans fats, which is bad for your heart, arteries and immune system. Stay clear of these bad boys if you want to up your libido; fatty foods lower sex drive and reduces the oxygen to sexual organs, and you definitely don’t want that!
This one might surprise you, as oysters are widely known to be the ultimate aphrodisiac. Although they are high in zinc, which is a libido booster, they are also high in toxins and parasites from the ocean, which outweighs the benefits of the zinc. Try other foods that are rich in zinc instead, such as spinach or almonds.
Does the thought of a juicy steak make your stomach rumble? Don’t let it tempt you – a meat-heavy diet can have a bad effect on your sex life by adding too much saturated fat and cholesterol, which hampers sexual function and blood circulation.
While dairy is packed with calcium, which increases sensitivity and blood circulation, be careful not to overdo it. Too much of the good stuff will make the lactic acid squash your sex drive. Keep your intake of dairy to three times a week and try other calcium-rich foods instead, such as soymilk and broccoli.
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