Buy the lingerie, light the candles, but don’t be down if your sex drive is. A lazy libido can be caused by a million and one things; while we can’t control all the factors, we can give our bods a natural nudge, starting with this list of libido boosting foods from holistic health coach and Food Matters contributor, Ross Bridgeford…
If you’re experiencing a decrease in libido, you are not alone. For most people, sex drive is like a roller coaster — one minute it’s up, the next, it’s down. A drop or decrease in sex drive is usually caused by changes in lifestyle or is a side effect of taking certain medication. Experts say that a lack of interest in making love – even with partners we adore in many other ways – is not as unusual as we might think. So how do you coax your sex drive out of hiding? Below I have highlighted a few foods that are renowned for helping boost the libido:
Celery: Celery is considered an excellent food to ramp up sexual stimulation, the reason being that it boosts a powerful substance known as androsterone – an odorless hormone released through male perspiration. This is one of those kind of sweats that has that strange effect on women… the same effect that I understand a dozen red roses has.
Maca: I had not heard of this until very recently when it was hailed as a “natural viagra”. According to some it is believed to improve sexual performance, the frequency with which people desire sex and can be effective in increasing sperm count. Not only that, but guys should expect an increase in testosterone, a helping hand in any fight against erectile dysfunctions and impotency and it also makes you feel younger. Fear not ladies – for women, this powerful superfood is renowned for increasing sex-drive and fertility. What a stormer! Find a maca source at every price point here.
Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, which is important in testosterone production for men and also helps to sustain sexual desire in women. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in the essential fatty acid omega 3, which acts as a precursor of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that play a key role in sexual health. Word on the street is that a diet rich in pumpkin seeds will enhance potency, drive and fertility. Load up on pumpkin seed recipes here.
Saurkraut: An unlikely inclusion, but a vital key in unlocking your libido according to the Scottish diet guru, Gillian McKeith, citing a U.S. study that reported 90 percent of men were more “active” after eating it.
Bananas: These fruits help to boost male libido largely due to the presence of the enzyme ‘bromelain’. Bananas are also a good source of B vitamins like riboflavin and potassium, which increase the body’s total energy levels. However, they are also very rich in potassium and B vitamins, which are vital for sex-hormone production! Try this banana smoothie bowl on for size.
Almonds: Almonds are another major source of essential fatty acids. Almonds provide the basis for the healthy production of male hormones that are important in regulating sex-drive. The smell of almonds is also said to arouse passion in female (although I am not 100% convinced by the latter).
Avocado: Interesting fact: the Aztecs called the avocado tree ahuacatl or “testicle tree.” Avocado helps to increase both male and female libido. As it contains very high levels of folic acid, it assists in metabolizing proteins, thus providing you more energy and stamina. Avocado also features vitamin B6, a nutrient which improves male hormone production, and potassium, which helps to regulate a woman’s thyroid gland.
Asparagus: Asparagus happens to be very high in vitamin E, which has long been thought of as ‘the sex vitamin’. The Vegetarian Society suggests “eating asparagus for three days for the most powerful affect”.
Chilies: These little veggies may heat up your sex life too, due to capsaicin, the substance that gives kick to peppers, curries and other spicy foods. Triggering the release of endorphins, capsaicin is therefore a feel good chemical for your brain. It also stimulates nerve endings and raises your heart rate.
Basil: Basil increases circulation, stimulates the sex drive and boosts fertility. It is also said to produce a general sense of well-being for body and mind. Most curiously of all, basil oil was once employed by Mediterranean prostitutes as a perfume to attract customers.
Cardamom: In many cultures, cardamom it is viewed as an intensely powerful aphrodisiac and also beneficial in treating impotence (mix with maca for some interesting results). It is high in cineole, which can increase blood flow in certain important areas. Try it in a chai tea to incorporate all the Ayurvedic potent spices.
Figs: Figs are very high in amino acids, which are critical to increasing your libido and boosting sexual stamina.
Garlic: Bad on the breath but good on the sex drive. Maybe this is one for long-term couples who don’t have as much worry over little matters such as garlic-breath (as long as you both munch it, you’ll be okay). Garlic contains high levels of allicin, a compound – that can improve blood flow to the sexual organs. But note – don’t just munch on big cloves of raw garlic! Allicin is only produced once garlic has been chopped as it is produced through an enzyme reaction. As a bonus, allicin is also has great anti-fungal properties.
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