If your sex drive needs a small boost, take a quick look at your diet. Certain foods are known aphrodisiacs for men and women; some are proven, while others are merely myths. Most known aphrodisiacs are chock-full of vitamins and minerals your body may be missing that can keep you from enjoying a high sex drive. Eat your way to a higher libido and boost your desire, energy and performance in the bedroom.
Let Salmon Drive You Wild
Whether grilled and marinated with tantalizing sauces, sprinkled over a fresh salad or eaten alone, salmon can help boost your sex drive–just like many other foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Barbara Bartlik, a professor and sex therapist, reports in a WebMD article that omega-3 fatty acids help the nervous system function better, which is an essential aspect of a healthy sex drive. Try other foods such as mackerel, flaxseed, shrimp and soybeans to get your fill of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Get Spicy with Vitamin C
If you need help getting turned on and staying turned on during a romantic weekend with your spouse, “Women Fitness,” an online guide for weight loss and fitness, suggests adding foods that include vitamin C to your diet. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes, as well as kiwis and strawberries, are full of vitamin C, which can help boost your sex drive.
Indulge in Chocolate
It’s not often that you’ll hear someone scream, “Don’t put down that chocolate bar!” But if you’re looking to boost your sex drive, a dose of chocolate may be just the thing to get you in gear. WebMD reports that chocolate, such as cocoa beans, cocoa powder and dark chocolate, can help spice up your sex life. The phenylalanine in these chocolate products helps trigger the release of endorphins.
Shuck a Raw Oyster With Your Spouse
Oysters are often celebrated as an aphrodisiac that men and woman can enjoy to increase their sex drives. The food contains the hormone dopamine, which works overtime to increase libido. The zinc in oysters increases testosterone levels as well. The website Ask Men suggests feeding oysters to your spouse to intensify the experience of the food’s taste and texture.
Enjoy a Handful of Wheat Germ
Wheat germ is a well-known source of vitamin E you can incorporate into your diet to reap the rewards in the bedroom. Sarah Jio of “Women’s Day” reports that vitamin E is known to regulate estrogen levels in women, helping them to feel energized and youthful. Add wheat germ to protein shakes or smoothies for a morning treat, or include wheat germ in recipes for pancakes, muffins and breads.
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