Sexuality and desire can play a part in the formation and maintenance of intimate relationships and a sense of personal health and wellbeing. Changes to, or differences between, partners’ libido can challenge relationships and affect our mood – being mindful of what tweaks you can make to your lifestyle, is therefore worth a thought. Energy-boosting exercise, balancing practices such as yoga, reducing stress and setting aside time for intimacy and communication all play a part in increasing libido; diet does too. Becoming more mindful of how food affects your mood is always beneficial; try introducing some of these foods to see if there’s a little extra boost in the bedroom, and start your own journey of food discovery and libido.
1. Dark Chocolate
You may have heard that chocolate is an aphrodisiac, and there’s some truth to that claim. Chocolate contains a compound called phenethylamine, which is known to increase feelings of pleasure. It also contains serotonin, which can help improve mood. If you’re feeling stressed or down, reach for a piece of dark chocolate. Your body (and your partner) will thank you.
Watermelon is rich in an amino acid called citrulline, which has been shown to improve blood flow and circulation. better blood flow means improved sexual function. Watermelon is also a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to heart health and increased sperm count. Grab a slice of watermelon next time you’re in the mood for something sweet – it just might put you in the mood for something else, too!
Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs out there, and with good reason. They’re high in zinc, which is essential for healthy testosterone levels, and they’re also a good source of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that’s responsible for feelings of pleasure and desire. If oysters aren’t your thing, you can also get zinc from pumpkin seeds.
Figs are another food that has long been associated with sexuality and fertility. They’re high in fibre, potassium, and magnesium – all nutrients that are important for sexual health – and they contain compounds that can help increase blood flow to the genitals. If fresh figs aren’t available (or if you just don’t like them), dried figs make a great alternative. Just be sure to watch your portion size – dried fruits are more concentrated than their fresh counterparts and can be easy to overeat.
Chocolate, watermelon, oysters, and figs are all great options to try. Stock up on these foods and enjoy a healthier and more active sex life! And who knows? You may find that you enjoy these foods so much that you’ll want to eat them even when you’re not in the mood for sex!
By Sarah Panther