LOVE is in the air, my friends! With valentine’s day over it doesn’t mean that we need to stop spoiling our loved ones in the bedroom…
February is upon us and it is the month of love with everyone looking forward to nothing but appreciation, romance and a little bit of chocolate indulgence.
It is never a bad idea to let someone know that they are loved with a card, flowers or chocolates, but imagine this: after having a romantic night out, your partner now wants to continue the celebration in the bedroom, but what if you are just not feeling it?
Most people have days when they are just not in the mood, however if it were more frequent, low sex-drive could potentially put strain on your relationship.
Fortunately, for those who are struggling in the bedroom, there are ways to increase sex drive and one option may be as easy as changing up your diet.
Here are my 5 favorite fuel foods to increase libido and sex drive:
- Steak – One of the main reasons couples stop having sex is because they are tired, fatigued and stressed out. There is however a biological component that comes into play: fatigue in women is due to iron deficiency. This is a common deficiency and can result in making anyone feel like getting intimate is last of their list, but red meat is full of iron and one of my top foods to increase libido.
- Asparagus – Did you know a women’s libido is often inhibited by the imbalance of hormones? To regain balance of our hormones it is suggested that we add Asparagus to our diet. Rich in Vitamin B6, asparagus can control our levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, it also decreases prolactin, another hormone that decreases libido in women.
Asparagus also known for containing folate, which increases histamine in our bodies, which is an essential component for maintaining our sex drive.
- Dark Chocolate – With a sinfully good taste, dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher) shouldn’t have any trouble making its way onto your dessert menu as one of your go-to aphrodisiacs this month. Research has shown that women who made a daily habit of eating dark chocolate, had a higher sex drive than women who did not. Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, known as “the love drug”, which is closely related to amphetamines, (a central nervous stimulant) that can give us the feeling of alertness and content.
- Watermelon – A popular summer fruit, or a natural form of Viagra?
Watermelon is rich in L-citrulline, an amino acid that supports the body by optimizing blood flow when converted into L-arginine and then to nitric oxide. Just like Viagra, L-citrulline increases blood flow to sexual organs but without the negative side effects.
- Lastly, and personally my favourite, is Red Wine. This delicious elixir is beneficial in antioxidants that triggers nitric oxide production in the blood, which relaxes artery walls. As with many foods on this list that increase blood flow down south, red wine is simultaneously the best way to boost your libido and calm those pre-date jitters.
Food, love and sex have a long history, and one that is rooted in our DNA. It is hard to feel romantic on an empty stomach, so if you are looking to feed your partner in hope to heighten sensations closely related to those experienced when being intimate, I strongly suggested to consider these “aphrodisiac-like” foods when cooking this month.
Blog post was written by Danielle Nagel
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