The number one way to improve your sex life isn’t with tantric workshops, expensive lingerie or roleplay games. It’s by keeping healthy and fit, and taking care of your body.
Let’s face it: Working out on a regular basis helps us look and feel better naked, and this self-confidence translates well into your romantic life. Indeed, people who lead healthy, active lifestyles report better sex, more sex, and greater intimacy with their partners. That being said, there are some foods that can increase your efforts at the gym and in the bedroom. Here are some of the libido-increasing foods to add to your diet for a better sex life.
There’s a reason why strawberries are always the food of choice for sexy scenes in TV and film. 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 enjoying a glass of heart-healthy red wine in moderation can help both of you get in the mood. Keep in mind that too much alcohol decreases sexual desire, interferes with arousal and blocks sensitivity during moments that should be charged with intimacy.
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.
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.
Perhaps the world’s most famous aphrodisiac, 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. Additionally, the iodine and selenium in oysters help boost the thyroid gland functions, a part of your brain that stimulates happiness and pleasure.
Repeat this mantra: Eating fat won’t make you fat. In fact, getting nearly most of your calories from healthy fats is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. A recent review of 53 studies of the Mediterranean diet, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week, concluded that “a lot of fat” is very, very good for you. Fats are critical for regulating the body’s production of sex hormones, which is fertility is believed to be enhanced by full-fat dairy. Yet another reason to love fat… as if you needed one.