Figuratively speaking, some people just can’t get enough, whereas others can go without “dessert”. Everything is tied to nutrition – especially sex. Sometime ago, there was a three month period of noticeable decrease in my sexual appetite. (I’ve never been one to skip dessert.) I thought, I’m too young to be going through “the change”. After doing some research, I discovered that my bedroom problem originated in the kitchen. I had started eating cereal and soy milk on a daily basis. Little known fact: In ancient Asia, Tibetan monks used to drink soy milk to suppress their sex drive.
Now I know better. I decided to look for food that would have the opposite effect – something to spice up the libido. The result was a trove of satisfying foods. By changing my diet, I was able to transform my sex life. You don’t have to go nympho and alter your entire diet. Simply knowing which foods to eat more of and which ones to avoid will have a huge impact. Here are some ingredients that will have you craving more in the bedroom:
FRUITS , VEGETABLES & GRAINS
Arugula – Arugula has been heralded as an arousal aid since the first century. Today, research reveals that the trace minerals and antioxidants packed into dark, leafy greens are essential for our sexual health because they help block absorption of some of the environmental contaminants thought to negatively impact our libido.
Asparagus – Asparagus is high in the B vitamin folate that helps increase your production of histamine. Histamine is important for increasing the sex drive in men and women. The high vitamin E content of asparagus helps increase male libido by stimulating production of testosterone.
Avocado – Loaded with potassium, avocados boost libido for both sexes. And they’re rich in folic acid that provides energy and stamina – both of which are important once your libido is restored. Some of the best foods for increasing the male libido are fruits. Avocado contains high levels of vitamin B6, folic acid and potassium. These vitamins and minerals assist in the production of male hormones.
Bananas – Bananas contain the enzyme bromelain. The enzyme is used by many to reverse male impotence as well as increase male and female libido. In addition, bananas are an excellent source of riboflavin, B vitamins and bursting with potassium. Potassium aids in regulating the female thyroid gland, this helps enhance female libido levels. All these vitamins have proven to increase sexual energy levels.
Brown Rice – This is a good sources of zinc. Testosterone production is dependent on zinc, and testosterone levels control both male and female libido and sex drive.
Celery – Celery is another good vegetable for improving sex drive because of its androsterone content. Celery is great for sexual stimulation because it contains androsterone and adrostenol, which serve as a sexual attractant when ingested. These odorless hormones are released through male perspiration and can turn women on.
Citrus – Any member of this tropical fruit family is super-rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid—all of which are essential for men’s reproductive health.
Coconut Water – The water from coconuts contains the same level of electrolytes as your blood. It is also a metabolism booster that increases blood flow, and thus, may serve as an aphrodisiac. Along with minerals, coconut water is high in vitamin C.
Figs – Figs are another fruit that might boost male libido. These funny-shaped fruits have a long history of being a fertility booster, and they make an excellent aphrodisiac because they are packed with both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is important for heart health. Figs are high in amino acids, which researchers believe can increase libido. It has also been found that Figs can also increase your sexual stamina.
Greens – They’re filled with energy enhancing nutrients proven to stimulate sex drive. In addition, they include many vitamins, such as vitamin C, soluble fiber. According to a University of California study, Diindolylmethane, a compound found in collard greens, stimulates your inane immune system. The added benefit of eating collard greens is they’re low in cholesterol and saturated fat. They’re an excellent source of protein, Vitamin A, C, E, Potassium, Vitamin B6, K, Calcium and Manganese.
Strawberries – This fruit has high levels of zinc in its seeds which unlike most fruits are eaten rather than removed. Zinc is the nutrient most associated with sex, because it governs testosterone which is needed for sperm production. Also, a woman’s body apparently prepares itself for sex more quickly if zinc levels are high.
Watermelon – Rich in citrulline, watermelon increases nitric oxide, opening blood vessels and speeding up circulation, which may increase arousal.
Wild Yam – Wild yam is a hearty perennial found all over the country. The plant contains disogenin, an element that converts to progesterone and can help boost libido. Use caution, because wild yam has also been known to increase fertility.
Almonds – Nuts and seeds work to increase male libido by supplying the body with a number of essential fatty acids and minerals. Almonds are an excellent source of fatty acids necessary for hormone production.
Pine Nuts – Pine are rich in zinc. Zinc is necessary to maintain male potency,and thus stimulate the libido. Pine nuts have been used for centuries to make up love potions. The Arabian medical scholar, Galen, recommended eating one hundred pine nuts before going to bed.
MEATS & DAIRY
Cheese – This is a good sources of zinc. Testosterone production is dependent on zinc, and testosterone levels control both male and female libido and sex drive.
Eggs – The abundance of B vitamins in eggs helps balance hormone levels, increase libido, and improve stamina. Vitamins B5 and B6 can also help the body cope with stress, which can improve the libido even more.
Liver – This is a good source of glutamine and may increase low or slowed libido.
Seafood – Seafood is nutrient-rich, and foods such as salmon and oysters contain a variety of vitamins and minerals necessary for testosterone production and reproductive health. Raw oysters are especially high in zinc, which is necessary for adequate testosterone levels and sperm production. Fish is a good source of essential B vitamins B5, B6, B12, all of which are important in keeping good reproductive health – especially deep sea and cold water fish, such as salmon, halibut, and sardines.
Turkey – This is a good sources of zinc. Testosterone production is dependent on zinc, and testosterone levels control both male and female libido and sex drive.
HERBS & SPICES
Anise – The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that you could increase desire by sucking on anise seeds. Anise does include estrogenic compounds (female hormones), which have been reported to induce similar effects to testosterone.
Bishop’s Hat/Horny Goat Weed – This is a hearty plant that has high dopamine levels, which in turn result in higher levels of testosterone.
Basil (Sweet) – This is said to stimulate the sex drive and boost female fertility by promoting circulation.
Cardamom – It is believed to increase energy and relieve fatigue. It is also high in cineole, which can increase blood flow in areas where it is applied.
Chiles – If you like hot and spicy, you’re in luck! Chilies contain capsaicin, a chemical which also increases blood flow and triggers the release of mood-enhancing endorphins that naturally pump up your libido.
Cinnamon – Eating cinnamon heats up your body and, in turn, your sex drive. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties, and can help normalize blood sugar.
Cloves – They heat up the body and boost energy levels. They also have one of the best aromatherapy scents that help improve your sexual behavior.
Fennel – It contains an estrogen-like substance (estirol) that turns out libido.
Fenugreek – Saponins which can be found in fenugreek seeds play a role in increasing the production of testosterone, the male hormones, which, in turn, causes the raise in male libido.
Garlic – Long ago, Tibetan monks were not allowed to enter the monastery if they had been eating garlic because of its reputation for stirring up passions. Garlic increases circulation.
Ginger – It increases sex drive and stimulates sexual performance.
Ginkgo Biloba– Ginkgo biloba was reported to have a positive effect on all four phases of the sexual response cycle: desire, excitement (lubrication), orgasm, and resolution (afterglow).
Ginseng – It helps improve male erectile dysfunction by influencing the hypothalamus to modulate hormone release.
Honey – In medieval times, people drank mead, a fermented drink made from honey, to promote sexual desire. In ancient Persia, couples drank mead every day for a month (known as the “honey month” — a.k.a. “honeymoon”) after they married in order to get in the right frame of mind for a successful marriage. Honey is rich in B vitamins, which are needed for testosterone production, as well as boron, which helps the body metabolize and use estrogen. Some studies have suggested that it may also enhance blood levels of testosterone.
Maca Root – This plant from Peru contains a chemical called p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate which has aphrodisiac properties. It’s also packed with minerals, fatty acids and amino acids. Not bad for a root. Use caution, because it is also used by the Peruvians to increase fertility.
Motherwort – traditionally used for relaxation; today, it’s used as one of many home cures to treat a variety of female reproductive disorders, including a low libido. Motherwort should not be taken during pregnancy as it is said to induce labor.
Nutmeg – In ancient China, women prized nutmeg an aphrodisiac, and researchers have found it to increase mating behaviors in mice. In large quantities, nutmeg can produce a hallucinogenic effect.
Saffron – It contains antioxidants including crocin, crocetin and safranal. These are believed to be responsible for increasing sexual desire and arousal, by increasing blood flow to sexual organs.
Turmeric – Turmeric has long been known to have anti-inflammatory components. It is also believed to have an effect on genital tissue.
Vanilla – This sweet pod is a mild nerve stimulant, which can enhance sexual sensation.
Chocolate – Chocolate is also known to generate increased levels of serotonin, a chemical naturally produced by the brain, which is known to reduce anxiety. The rush of endorphins produced by eating chocolates, particularly dark chocolates, is most similar to the bliss associated with a healthy sexual relationship. Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine which is known to stimulate the release of dopamine into the pleasure centers commonly associated with an orgasm.
quod me nutrit me destruit
“What nourishes me, destroys me”
Foods to Avoid
Soy – Eaten in excessive quantity, soy can lower testosterone levels.
Corn Flakes – The breakfast cereal was intended as part of a bland diet that would lower people’s sex drives. Before he created his breakfast cereal empire, John Harvey Kellogg was a Seventh-Day Adventist, a doctor at a sanatorium, and an advocate of sexual abstinence. He created corn flakes to dampen carnal urges.
Quinine – Quinine, used as a flavoring agent in tonic water and some other beverages, is naturally derived from the bark of the cinchona tree and has been used for centuries for its anti-malarial properties. Unfortunately, it has also been linked to sexual dysfunction.
Licorice – The licorice plant contains phytoestrogens and has been shown to affect the endocrine system. Consumption of licorice has been linked to lower levels of testosterone.
Mint – It benefits the digestive system and has antiseptic, tonic and stimulating properties, but it can also lower testosterone, which has negative repercussions for the libido.
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