Our sex drive fluctuates depending on a large range of emotional and physical factors. Certain things like stress, ill-health and exhaustion can kill our libido and place our sex lives on hold… often unintentionally.
A healthy sex life is linked to improved immunity. People who have sex frequently (one or two times a week) have significantly higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA). Sex is also good for heart health, pain and stress relief, improved sleep and lowering blood pressure. It’s an intimate way to physically connect with your partner – good for healthy relationships and a feeling of connection.
Here are some foods to keep handy for when you need a nutritional libido boost. All nutrient dense, delicious and proven to get your va-va-voom back in action!
8 Foods that Naturally Boost your Sex Drive:
Almonds are said to act as a sexual stimulant as well as a fertility aid, so they’re a great snack if you’re thinking about having a baby! They are rich in nutrients and minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction including zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. Zinc also increases sex drive.
Avocados are rich in unsaturated fats, making them very good nutrition for your heart. Having a healthy heart is key for getting blood supply pumping to all the vital areas of the body – including those that we need for sex. Males with underlying heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. Avo toast for breakfast, anyone?
Eggs are incredibly versatile, simple to prepare and nutritious. Packed with protein, which helps to keep you full for longer, potentially cutting down on calories and weight gain. They’re also a brilliant source of amino acids, which combat certain types of heart ailments as well as erectile dysfunction.
These small delicious fruits are loaded with calcium, iron, potassium, and more of that libido stimulating zinc. They also have plenty of fiber, which improves heart, bowel and overall health.
5- NUTS & SEEDS
Nuts & seeds are the ideal easy snack to travel around with you on a daily basis… and they have the potential to dramatically improve your libido, too!
As well as almonds, cashews are also packed with zinc, and walnuts are high in omega-3. The essential fatty acids found in omega-3 help with sexual response by increasing dopamine levels in the brain that trigger arousal. They’re also vital for energy, mood and libido.
Oysters are one of the most famous libido boosting foods. Research has shown that oysters contain compounds that increase testosterone and oestrogen levels, which results in heightened sexual desire and stamina. These tasty little sea creatures are another excellent source of zinc, which helps stimulate blood flow to the genitals.
A source of vitamin B, strawberries have also been linked to higher sperm counts in men. To add an extra sensual touch, coat the strawberries in dark chocolate, as it’s full of libido-boosting methylxanthines.
There’s a nutrient called citrulline which is found in watermelons that can have a Viagra-like effect on the body because it increases nitric oxide (which is known to relax the blood vessels) – similar to how Viagra works to treat erectile dysfunction.
With such a delicious list of nutritious and delicious foods – it looks like eating our way to a sky-high libido will also bring us pleasure!