While it has long been discussed how certain foods can act as aphrodisiacs, helping to get people “in the mood,” it is becoming clear some foods really can help to spice things up in the bedroom. It makes sense because all aspects of our health are determined largely by what we put in our bodies. We all realize this to some degree. What may be a new realization for many is to consider our sexuality as part of our health.
When you start to look at it that way, it suddenly makes a lot of sense that the right diet can play a role in improving our sex lives, just as the right diet can help us lose weight, or control or prevent a disease or illness.
So what foods should you eat if you wish to enhance your love life? First, get your blood pumping. The foods that do this better than most are any foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Try salmon or mackerel. Your sex life largely depends on how good your circulatory system is. Good circulation is required for well, strong performance from the guys.
Other performance-enhancing foods include oatmeal, nuts, dairy products, dark green and root vegetables, garlic, ginseng, soybeans, garbanzo beans and seeds. The thing these foods all have in common is L-Arginine, which is an amino acid the body uses for many functions, libido being just one of them. A good rule of thumb is any food that is considered “heart-healthy” is also likely to be “sexually healthy,” as these foods get the heart pumping and increase the blood flow.
Oysters and other seafood are well known for their aphrodisiac qualities, and chocolate is believed to stimulate the production of endorphins, the body’s own feel good hormones. Celery and parsnips may not spring to mind as very sexy vegetables, but both are good sources of androdestenol, a substance believed to mimic human pheromones, our own built-in sexual fragrance designed to attract mates.
Soy is a good food for both men and women from a sexual standpoint. Soy helps to prevent dryness and ward off symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes for ladies, while it is also good for men’s prostates. In a win-win situation, some foods that help us to lose weight also help to increase libido. Obesity is linked to sexual dysfunction and testosterone issues. People who lose weight often see their sexual lives improve as pounds are shed.