When not even a shag pile rug, a roaring fire and the sensuous baritone of Barry White are enough to get you in the mood, you may be experiencing what they call a low libido. Having a low libido is something most women are likely to experience at some point, what with our lifelong hormonal roller coaster an’ all – so it is not something you should feel embarrassed by! In fact, studies show that low sex drive is the most prevalent sexual problem in US women, affecting one third of women between the ages of 18-59.
The first step to dealing with any libido problem is determining what is causing it in the first place so you can address it head on. Boosting your libido naturally means maintaining a healthy, nutritional diet where the right chemical atmosphere can kick start that sex drive – plus you get to eat some delicious food whilst doing it!
Some foods are better at getting those sparks flying than others, check it out…
The classic aphrodisiac, oysters live up to their raunchy reputation by promoting the production of testosterone, an essential hormone responsible for sex drive in both men and women. With their high levels of zinc, these slippery molluscs also increase blood flow to our genitals getting us all hot and bothered in our nether regions. Best enjoyed together, oysters have been celebrated for hundreds of years as a sensual treat for two, so entwine your arms and knock ‘em back!
It’s not just their suggestive shape that turns the mind towards sex, bananas are jam packed with the perfect elements to get your body in the mood. Containing high levels of potassium, eating as little as two bananas can provide enough energy for even the most strenuous workout along with vitamin B6 that stimulates the production of sex hormone testosterone (are you sensing a theme here?). Bananas also encourage the release of dopamine and serotonin our feel-good brain chemicals, which can make you happier and more inclined towards getting it on.
When we eat chillis, we get hot, we sweat and our pulse begins to race – sound familiar? According to Dr Meryl S. Rosofsky, the sensations we experience when eating chillies mimic those of sex and this can do a lot to turn us on. Not only that, chillies contain a molecule called capsaicin which improves blood flow and helps the body release and transport feel-good endorphins around the body, putting us into the mood for lurve.
… Or rather dark chocolate (with 65% or higher in cocoa) is a huge de-stresser, mood-booster and can even help alleviate period pain. Well known as an aphrodisiac, the evidence for chocolate’s libido enhancing reputation lies in its stimulation of phenylethylamine, also known as ‘the love drug’ because it arouses sensations similar to, well, being in love! Phenylethylamine is an amphetamine-like molecule which combats feelings of depression and anxiety with a boost of dopamine and a glorious natural high.
Watermelon is well known for cooling you down, but did you know it can also heat things up? Recent studies have championed watermelon’s libido boosting properties as having a “Viagra-like” effect on the body. This is in large part due to the presence of amino acid citrulline which works to relax blood vessels and increase blood flow around the body – including our erogenous zones.
Originating in Central America, the Aztecs considered the avocado such a potent aphrodisiac that virgins would be forbidden from leaving their homes during their harvest. They even named it ahuacatl which means ‘testicle’! Whilst avocados have lost their overtly seductive reputation, the curvaceous fruit still packs a huge punch when it comes to libido-inducing nutrients. High in vitamins E and B6, fatty acids and potassium, avocados boost energy and can help make you look and feel awesome.
Figs have long been a symbol of fertility and sensuality, what with their seed-laden center and resemblance to the female genitalia, not to mention the fact that they were one of Cleopatra’s true (non-carnal) pleasures. Like bananas, their eroticism doesn’t end with their mythology or their suggestiveness! Figs are rich in magnesium, amino acids, antioxidants and can cause a surge in your body’s production of sex hormones. Plus their aromatic scent and honey-smooth taste make for a truly luxurious treat to share with your partner. Hey, if they were good enough for Cleo, they’re good enough for us!
So next time you are struggling with a flagging libido, try out some of these delicious foods and you could see a comeback of that sex drive. Chili chocolate anyone?
Please note that advice offered by Intimina may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners.
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