There are lots of ways to spice up your relationship — and we’re sure you’ve tried a few of them. You’ve bought the nighties, the candles, and the sexy accouterments that women read about all of the time in grocery store line magazines. Those ideas are fun for a while, but after a few views of your new favorite lingerie, it may not feel as exciting anymore.
What if you could get going just from what you eat? You may not know that food can actually increase your sex drive, too. Most of us love to eat, so food as a turn-on is the ultimate treat. Try to identify a new favorite aphrodisiac as a fun couple’s activity — there are lots of lists that give a full array of options to suit your tastes and diet. Not sure what an aphrodisiac is? They’re food and drinks that naturally increase a person’s sexual desire.
It’s easy to get started. For a quick fix, or a way to slowly work your way into the world of aphrodisiac eating, start with items that you may already stock in your own kitchen.
Here are 5 foods that boost your libido and get you in the mood to get busy right now:
Okay, so you probably won’t have these on hand, but they’re an old classic worth the mention. Oysters “contain dopamine, which increases both sexual desire and testosterone levels.” They’ve also got a high level of zinc, which, in women, increases lubrication, and in men, helps alleviate sexual dysfunction and may even increase sperm count.
A natural stimulant, cloves can be consumed a number of ways to increase your sex drive. Their aphrodisiac properties increase when paired with cinnamon—so find your favorite way to consume the combination for a good time.
Eggs have been a long-time symbol of fertility. Their B5 and B6 may balance your hormones and help you stress less. But it’s not just chicken eggs, “Caviar eggs are the ultimate sign in fertility. They are rich in protein and zinc, plus they stimulate the formation of testosterone. Sounds like a good egg to have around.”
They increase our pulse and break us into a sweat, which not only helps to produce and stimulate endorphins, but also increases the state of arousal. These “play a role in sexual pleasure”, according to Meryl S. Rosofsky, a doctor and adjunct professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University.
What’s so alluring besides their sultry shape? “Barbara Klein, professor of food and nutrition at the University of Illinois, told the California Avocado Commission that the fruit’s high levels of vitamin E could help keep the spark alive because of its role in maintaining ‘youthful vigor and energy level.’”
Once you know what you like, you can add these foods into foreplay to make for an even more satisfying sexual relationship with your partner. There are so many options to try — get out your grocery list and make a few additions. Allow food to be a fun way to spice up your sex life through aphrodisiac appreciation. Exploration is fun and can make for a much stronger, healthier romantic relationship.