Possibly the number one way to improve your sex life is to get healthy and fit. Let’s face it, when we work out on a regular basis, we look and feel better naked. This self-confidence translates well into the bedroom! People who work out regularly and lead healthy, active lifestyles report better sex, more sex and more intimacy with their partners. That being said, there are some foods that can work against your efforts at the gym. This article explores some of the ways that improving your diet will lead to a better sex life.
Ever wonder why strawberries are always the food of choice for sexy scenes in TV and film? Even in advertising, strawberries have the reputation of being just plain sexy. There is more to this than meets the eye, however. Strawberries are great for blood circulation, which is beneficial to both men and to women in the bedroom. They’re also high in antioxidants which in turn benefit your heart health as well as healthy arteries. The vitamin C in strawberries has been scientifically proven to increase sperm count in healthy males. To really boost your berries, dip them into dark chocolate. The methylxanthines contained in dark chocolate also stimulates the libido.
Alcohol may be a way to relax and calm the nerves when you’re on a date, and it’s absolutely acceptable socially to unwind with a glass or two of wine, especially on a romantic dinner date. However, in reality, alcohol is one of the absolute worst things to consume if you’re concerned about your sex life! Too much alcohol decreases sexual desire, interferes with arousal and blocks sensitivity during moments that should be charged with intimacy. Even worse, alcohol lowers inhibitions which impairs judgement, thereby increasing the risk of unwise decisions about safe sex and/or birth control.
Almonds are considered one of nature’s superfoods for many reasons. When it comes to a healthy sex life, the selenium contained in almonds can help with infertility issues, and the vitamin E is great for optimum heart health. Almonds also contain high amounts of zinc, a mineral that has been proven to boost men’s testosterone and increase libido. The omega-3 fatty acids in almonds also improve healthy blood flow to sex organs in both men and women, which leads to more pleasurable and satisfying sex.
How often do you go out for a nice romantic dinner for two and order the steak? Unfortunately, overdoing it could wreak havoc on your sex life. Meat is a great source of protein, true – but it’s also high in cholesterol and saturated fat. People who eat steak or other fatty meats on a regular basis are at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health conditions that absolutely impede your sexual health and function. Another fun fact is that people who consume a heavily meat-based diet actually are more likely to have unattractive body odor! This was the result of a study conducted in 2006 for Chemical Senses, and the findings were that women preferred the smell of men who ate less meat.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes contain lots of potassium, which aids in controlling high blood pressure. High blood pressure in men can cause or worsen the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. The beta carotene in sweet potatoes is rich in vitamin A, which has been studied for its effects on people who suffer from infertility issues.
Oysters contain more zinc than any other food. Zinc helps boost testosterone levels in men (and women, too!) as well as increased sperm production in men. But how often do we eat oysters? An alternative to oysters and a great resource for zinc is sesame seeds. They are easily added to many foods, including granola, salads and even a healthy stir-fry. Many commonly found breakfast cereals contain zinc as well. Just one ¾ cup serving of cereal has more than 100% of the recommended zinc intake for ultimate sexual health.
7. Fatty Foods
If you eat a clean and healthy diet, chances are you don’t eat fatty foods very often, which is good. But if you do, there are some risks you need to be aware of. The saturated and trans fats contained in the food can harm your heart, increase your blood pressure, decrease blood flow to organs (including sex organs) and cause arterial plaque buildup. Eating these foods also puts you at a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, symptoms of which are sexual health issues that affect both men and women. If you’re eating out, ask what kind of oil the food is cooked in. Partially hydrogenated oil is the absolute worst; plant based oil is much lower in saturated fat.
Sexual health is more than just looking good naked. We must take proper care of our bodies if we expect them to perform well. This includes but is not limited to sexual performance.