Sex drive boosters
Men and women can fall prey to a lack of libido at some point during their adult lives. More often than not, this decline in desire is a temporary glitch which can be safely fixed by re-evaluating our general health and changing some lifestyle habits.
Sadly, some medicines such as opioids, antipsychotics, cancer treatments and beta blockers can directly influence sex drive, as do some health issues including depression, fluctuating hormones, arthritis, and aging. Nevertheless, where possible there are some changes you can make to help you get back in the mood, especially with your food.
To assist you out of any bedroom hush nutritionist Sarah Flower shares her top tips on what foods you can eat to help get you in the mood and what foods to stay away from to prevent turning you off.
Consume essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and natural oils by filling up on oily fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, and flaxseeds. Great healthy fats like oily fish serve as anti-inflammatories and support nerve transmission and neurotransmitter actions.
Reduce body inflammation
Opt for an alkaline diet, fill up on dark green leafy vegetables and avoid refined foods, sugar, and refined grains. This will be of good help to those who have a health issue that is affecting their libidos like arthritis, obesity, hormone imbalances, diabetes and heart disease.
Boost blood flow
You can boost blood flow by consuming plenty of zinc-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, red meat, chickpeas, and spinach. Zinc is especially important for healthy sperm and raising male fertility. Cocoa also contains zinc, making dark chocolate is also a good option as it contains phytonutrients. Support micro-circulation by taking lots of Vitamin c-boosting berries as well as rich and leafy greens plus kale and broccoli.
Enhance your mood
By taking lots of vitamin B rich foods, like pork, poultry, bread, whole grains, eggs, and pulses. It is also recommended to take B-Complex which has been found to fight feelings of stress, lack of energy or depression. They are also important in helping the adrenal glands, which produce a variety of hormones.
Check your Vitamin D levels
Vitamin D is fast becoming the star vitamin and must-have for our overall health including our immune system, blood pressure, and even cholesterol, but it also plays an important role in our sex drive. Vitamin D deficiency can lower hormones (estrogen for woman and testosterone for men), affecting mood, sexual desire and performance. To improve mood and libido, I would advise taking a Vitamin D supplement, such as Power Health’s Vitamin D3 spray daily from October to April and for those who don’t spend much time outside, throughout the year.
Spirulina has been indicated to protect sperm and testes from the harmful effects of mercury poisoning, safeguarding male fertility. You can purchase spirulina in either powder or capsule form. It is also a little powerhouse of antioxidants.
Adding the following foods into your diet is also a great way to naturally improve libido:
In addition to boosting blood flow, dark chocolate enhances the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine, aiding in lowering stress levels and promote relaxation.
Oysters have a reputation of being a libido booster. It is still not clear if it is due to its shape and texture of the shell or the fact that they are packed with lots of libido-boosting zinc, minerals, and amino acids. Oysters are also loaded with vitamin B which helps with the all-essential circulation.
Aside from being rich in lycopene, watermelon also contains citrulline, which converts to the amino acid Arginine. This helps to relax blood vessels almost the same way Viagra works.
Ginger is more often known for numerous things including its anti-nausea and circulation boosting characteristics. It can also boost sex libido. Try some ginger tea or grate a little ginger into a curry.
Turn up the heat by adding some spice to your meals. Chilies help speed up the metabolism, increase blood flow, plump your lips and releases feel-good endorphins. Combine chili with dark chocolate to get the ultimate stimulation.
Figs have been found to stimulate fertility and the secretion of pheromones.