It’s no coincidence that a killer sex life starts with awesome health. The fuel we fill our bodies with directly affects our energy levels, brain activity, and desires. In general when you eat right, you’re able to enjoy life’s pleasures a lot more, but here are a few that are great for your sex life in particular.
Studies prove that those who eat at least one square of chocolate daily experience significantly greater desire and better overall sexual function than those who didn’t. This is because its high flavonoid content (a type of antioxidant) has been linked to improved circulation.
When we eat spicy foods, we get the same endorphin rush that occurs when we laugh or excercise. The natural painkiller has effects similar to that of being aroused (sweating, feeling excited, rapid heart beat, flushed cheeks). Add a pinch of dried chilli flakes to stir fries, pasta dishes, salad dressings, and dips for a tasty kick. If you can’t dig overly spicy foods, ginger, cayenne and paprika have a similar effect.
Known to release serotonin (the feel-good chemical) into your bloodstream, the humble banana has the power to boost your mood and calm your nerves (scarf one if you’re nervous before a hot date). Potassium also lends itself to increasing muscle strength, which helps with achieving an orgasm.
People who eat more foods high in vitamin C generally report better moods and also have more sex. Peaches, oranges are kiwis are super high in Vitamin C, and so are green peppers, tomatoes and lemons. Let your man in on the secret, too – men who consume at least 200 milligrams of vitamin C a day reveal improved sperm counts and mobility.
Nuts are the healthy-fat rich superfoods that help us live long lives, have sharp brains, and great sex. Walnuts, almonds, pecans and pine nuts are all high in omega 3 fatty acids, which play an important part in revving your hormones, as well as protein and zinc, another hormone booster.
Asparagus and leafy greens
This staple in the Mediterranean diet is a gold mine of health benefits. Its loaded with potassium and vitamin B6. It’s also thought to have anti aging and detoxifying properties.
It’s disputable if aphrodisiac foods like really do anything to benefit your libido or if it’s just a matter of the imagery we associate with sex. These healthy, plant based foods will truly rev your engine because they’re great for your health. Plus, they’re also sexy foods to eat. Add any of these ingredients to your next dinner date and amp up the romance factor.