NUTRITIONAL DOS AND DON’TS FOR A HEALTHY LIFE AND GREAT SEX
You might want to take a very good look at your diet if you seem to have hit a slump in the bedroom. This is because how you feel physically and emotionally has a huge impact on whether you have a healthy sex drive or not.
There are certain foods that are great for your sex drive, and there are those that are not so good. This article helps you beam light on the foods that are good for your libido and those you should by all means avoid.
The good food
If you need some help in the bedroom, you might want to try the following foods. And the great news is that they are not only good for your sex life, but are also very nutritional and beneficial to your body as a whole.
Apples: Apples, as well as cherries, onions, berries, and dark-colored grapes, are rich in quercetin which is a kind of antioxidant that offers a number of health benefits. Quercetin plays a role in reducing the symptoms of prostatitis and interstitial cystitis while also promoting good blood flow. Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate gland often linked to testicular discomfort as well as painful ejaculation. IC, or painful bladder syndrome, also makes sexual intercourse difficult for men and women, and some of its symptoms are genital pain, low desire, erectile dysfunction, and painful intercourse. Apples help to reduce these symptoms.
Meat: Meat contains amino acids such as carnitine and L-arginine, which work to improve blood flow, and we do know that great blood flow to your genitals is important for a great sex session. In fact, there is groundbreaking research looking into using carnitine and L-arginine to treat erectile dysfunction in some men. So, load up on beef, chicken, and pork, and other kinds of animal-based protein to get you going in the bedroom.
Garlic: Garlic acts as a natural blood thinner and is often used to prevent high blood pressure, high cholesterol, as well as heart disease. Because of its anticoagulant properties, it guarantees lots of blood flow to the genitals, and thus improves sex drive.
Oysters: The aphrodisiac properties of oysters have long been touted, and indeed oysters can add a boost to your sex life. This is because oysters, scallops, and clams contain certain compounds that raise the body’s testosterone and estrogen levels, and when the hormones in the body get a boost, so does your sexual desire. Furthermore, oysters are also packed full of zinc, and this aids blood flow to sexual organs whether you are a man or a woman.
Red wine: A glass of red wine may you get in the mood, especially if you are a woman. Recent research shows that one or two glasses a day improved women’s sexual desire and lubrication. This could be because red wine contains quercetin. Moderation is however key, as the same research shows that drinking more than two glasses of red wine per day didn’t produce the same results.
Salmon: Salmon is one of the richest sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and this help to fight the build-up of plaque in the arteries, and by so doing improves blood flow throughout the body, which in turn helps to increase libido.
Nuts and seeds: Go for cashews and almonds as they are packed full of zinc, as well as L-arginine to get your blood flowing. You can also try walnuts, pecans, sunflower seed, peanuts, hazelnuts, and pumpkin seeds.
Strawberries and raspberries: The seeds of these two kinds of berries are loaded with zinc which is basic for sex for both, men and women. Women with high levels of zinc in their bodies find it easier to prepare for sex, and zinc controls the testosterone level in men. This is responsible for producing sperm.
Avocados: Avocados contain folic acid and vitamin B6 which are both necessary for a healthy sex drive. While folic acid pumps the body with energy, vitamin B6 has a stabilizing effect on the hormones.
Watermelon: Watermelon helps men improve their erection and increases their libido. These delicious fruits also contain citrulline and this releases amino acids and arginine in the body. It is important to note that arginine is responsible for vascular health.
Ground flax seeds: Flax seeds contain lignans which are estrogen-like chemicals that have antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer properties. Asides this, they have rich antioxidant properties and are good for increasing blood flow to the sexual organs. They are also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids which can help improve cardiovascular health, and L-arginine which boosts blood flow and keeps sperm healthy.
Eggs: Eggs consumption makes for a healthy erection, as eggs contain amino acid L-arginine that has been shown to improve erectile dysfunction.
Peaches: The Vitamin C present in peaches boosts sperm count as well as has an improving effect on the quality of the sperm. Vitamin C is also great for reducing infertility.
Coffee: Because coffee is a stimulant, it spikes sex drive, and can also stimulate the brain to heighten arousal.
Pomegranate seeds: These are packed with polyphenols, which are compounds associated with a reduced risk of high blood pressure, as well as heart disease, and stroke. Beyond that, they increase the delivery of blood to the heart, brain, and genitals, among several other body parts.
Foods to avoid
Processed foods: As much as you can, limit your intake of processed foods which are often high in salt and sugar, and which have an adverse effect on your blood flow and circulation.
Alcohol: Apart from the one to two glasses of wine, alcohol consumption is a no for great sex life. Most people report after-sex regret and sexual dysfunction after alcohol use.
When you start your day with whole foods containing high levels of nutrients, key minerals, powerful antioxidants, and vitamins, you are likely to feel more energized to engage in sexual intercourse.
You should also know that while some foods boost hormone levels and keep the blood pumping, diet alone will never be sufficient to improve your sex life if you constantly suffer from lack of desire, and/ or continue to suffer through painful intercourse or impotence. You should definitely see a doctor.