Valentine’s Day has come and gone and you’re still not in the mood. It’s easy not to feel frisky on Valentine’s Day when there seems to be a ton of pressure to be super sexy and have an expensive, passion filled night. The truth is no one feels sexy on cue, let alone when trying to make an intimate experience that matches up to society’s standards. It’s not only massively defeating, it’s bizarre, and yet we subject ourselves to that on some level.
Sex starts in your head. Stress, depression, anxiety and even a lousy day can kill the mood. If you’re not feeling sexy in your mind, you’re not going to get sexy vibes in your loins. It’s as simple as that. If you’re consumed with worry about the price of the lingerie - which makes you feel self-conscious anyway, not to mention is physically uncomfortable to wear - you’re not going to genuinely enjoy sex. If you can, set aside the things in your world that are stressing you out. That will do more to get you into "the mood" than any piece of lingerie.
On top of stress and body image issues killing the vibe, toxins may be playing a role as well. Get rid of all the chemically scented candles, laundry detergent, fabric softener, room spray, cleaners and whatever else in your life. All that chemical crud wreaks havoc on your hormones, respiratory tract and neurons. 'Tis a sad day when the only grinding going on is by chemicals on your nervous system.
It doesn’t end there. Toxic food additives get an even more intimate role than your partner could ever imagine. Food is broken down by your digestive tract to a molecular level and then sent out into you bloodstream. That includes any rotten food additives present. Avoid foods with monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrogenated oils (trans-fats), artificial colors and flavors, and carrageenan, which in the short term can cause unsexy gastric distress and long-term are linked to colon cancer.
Moving on to the D. Vitamin D is needed for over 200 functions in the human body and many of those functions relate to your neurons and to hormone production. If you’re not getting the D on the regular you’re going to have a decline in both mood (where sexy time begins) and in your sex hormones. Low testosterone decreases both sex drive and erectile quality. Yowza!
Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin, so some days getting the D can be as easy as going outside. But during the winter months, those living in northern regions don’t get the correct type of sun rays to create vitamin D. Furthermore sunscreen, melanin – nature’s sunscreen, clothing and working indoors all block vitamin D production in the skin, making supplementation a must. Excess weight, thinning skin, high stress, certain medications and kidney issues call all have a negative impact on your vitamin D levels as well.
Get your vitamin D levels checked as soon as possible, but don’t wait for lab day to get the D. Head on over to the store and pick up a vitamin D3 supplement.
In addition to the D, there are some foods alleged to get you feeling frisky – aphrodisiacs. Aphrodisiacs are anything said to increase sexual desire, especially foods or drinks. More often than not the term is used in reference to foods. The FDA claims that there is no such thing as an aphrodisiac. The real question is who asked the FDA for sex advice? ...looking for love in all the wrong places...
Some of these foods have their sex related benefits backed up by science and others carry the sexy reputation they were given many eons ago. Foods get their aphrodisiac status for a variety of reasons: a noted direct boost in libido, their shape, their aroma, their oral appeal or more recently, as scientific studies have found, foods that have a legit, positive effect on sex hormones and brain function. Hey, if it’s delicious, healthy and makes you happy in some fashion, why not eat it?
There are many foods known around the world as aphrodisiacs, but I'm guessing you don't have time to hear about all of them. Let’s get to business by discussing 22 exceptionally tasty aphrodisiacs.
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Almonds – Something about the shape and scent of almonds make them one of the oldest known aphrodisiacs, as well as a sign of fertility. Scientifically speaking they’re loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which are great for cardiovascular health (sex gets your heart pumping and blood flowing) and a healthy reproductive system.
Apricots – These sweet treats have been regarded as an aphrodisiac for a long time in many areas around the world for reasons you can look into yourself. The nutrients in apricots like vitamin A precursor beta-carotene support female reproductive health and sex drive.
Asparagus – While your first reaction may be to think stink, asparagus has long since been regarded as an aphrodisiac. It’s loaded with nutrients said to increase blood-flow to the genitals and boost your arousal. Side note, the sulfur compounds in asparagus may make your pee stink, but they also do wonders in creating a healthy complexion from head to toe, helping you look your best naked.
Avocados – Originally called Ahuacuatl by the Atzecs, translates to testicle. That will never not be funny. Perhaps it was their esthetics that gave way to their aphrodisiac status, but avocados also happen to pack a bevy of nutrients that support both mental and reproductive health. Plus they’re loaded with healthy fats and fiber that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight and complexion. Tree testicles for the win!
Bananas – Thanks to sexy Gwen Stefani we know how to spell bananas with ease. In addition to their phallic shape, this fruit is loaded with potassium and B-vitamins which are needed to make testosterone – the key hormone in sex drive for both men and women. Their natural sugar content which causes sugar-phobes to avoid bananas is used to make serotonin, the chemical compound made in our nervous system that is our happy.
Beets – Another vegetable known for its urinary effects, beets are also known to boost sex drive. They have compounds that augment a general sense of well-being, plus detoxifying properties which help get rid of toxic chemicals that may be impeding your sexy mental state. The real kicker is that they contain boron, a trace mineral that boosts sex hormone levels. Oh yeah.
Celery – This veggie was offered up by the Romans to Pluto, the god of sex, well before anyone discovered that it contains aldosterone. Long story short, through a series of reactions in the body, aldosterone increases women’s sex drive. All the sudden ants-on-a-log just became the sexiest snack around!
Chili Peppers – Some like it hot, hot, hot! Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that gives them their kick, as well as boosts metabolism, increases circulation and can kill off some pathogens. This same compound is said to give a burst of endorphins akin to sexual arousal. That’s all well and good, but practice caution if spicy food upsets your stomach. A sour stomach and later a ring of fire will definitely kill the mood. Perhaps try a dash in your morning hot, lemon water and get your mental motor running first thing.
Chocolate – For many the word alone gets the mouth watering and heart rate up. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a compound that's transformed into dopamine released in the brain’s pleasure centers making a person feel excited and full of desire. Yeah baby! Opt for organic, dark chocolate with minimal added sugar and no-toxic food additives.
Coffee – Do we even need science, logic and reason to believe this one? Who hasn’t fallen in love with someone because they brought them coffee? Seriously. Apparently the caffeine that gets your mind and pulse going also revs your lust motor. The alkaloids in coffee help maintain stamina. Not that any of that matters because, coffee.
Figs – Go fig-ure, this sweet fruit has been known as a major aphrodisiac for ages. Both the ancient Greeks and modern peeps feel the act of breaking open a fig to share with your lover is uber sexy. Science believes figs are loaded with vitamins and minerals that boost sex drive. They’re also loaded with natural sugar, which is needed to make serotonin, a.k.a. the neurotransmitter mentioned above that makes us happy.
Garlic – This root has a host of health benefits and keeps vampires away. It’s effects on your breath aren’t sexy, but it’s cardiovascular benefits are. The better your blood flows the better your sex goes.
Ginger – Ginger root decreases inflammation like a boss, as well as soothes an upset stomach and provides a calming effect. This gnarly root can be a sexy date night’s saving grace. Incorporate it into your diet daily in tea, stir fries and more.
Honey – This sweet goodness has been regarded for millennia in many cultures as an aphrodisiac. Get raw and get local with your honey to decrease your seasonal allergies. Snot and sneezing are never sexy. It also contains boron, that trace mineral also found in beets that boosts your sex drive.
Nutmeg – This spice mimics serotonin and gets your nervous system ready to go. Add it to any spice blend that calls for cinnamon, enjoy it in chai and seek out savory recipes with its lusty flavor booster.
Oysters – One of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, which some claim is due to them bearing a resemblance to female genitalia. Regardless of whether or not you see that, oysters are loaded with zinc, a vital mineral needed to make testosterone, sperm, as well as maintain reproductive health and libido.
Pineapple – They say that pineapple improves the flavor component of oral sex for both men and women, although science hasn’t backed that up. How does someone go about getting that scientific study approved, funded and implemented? Awkward. At the very least getting busted singing Diced Pineapple in the middle of the produce isle is funny. Or so some people say… That Drake hook is so catchy.
Pomegranate – Sexy in appearance and taste by nature, pomegranates may be one of the oldest aphrodisiac legen around. In fact, some historians think that pomegranates were the forbidden fruit referenced in the Bible, not an apple. Loaded with nutrients great for skin, cardiovascular health and even preventing prostate cancer, this ultimate fruit is definitely good for you and your sex drive. They may be messy, but aren’t the best things in life?
Pumpkin Seeds – One of the healthiest foods around loaded with protein, fiber, zinc, magnesium and iron. Iron deficiency anemia can drain the life and libido right out of a person. Magnesium and zinc are both needed for sexual health. Add in the fact that they can help achieve and maintain a healthy weight and these mighty seeds are sexy regardless of their aphrodisiac status.
Salmon – Another food loaded with healthy omega-3s that boost mood, promote cardiovascular health, boost female libido and aids in the natural production of lubrication.
Strawberries – They may not actually be berries, but they are a fruit synonymous with love. Dipped in dark chocolate or enjoyed with champagne, strawberries are a favorite romantic treat. They also happen to contain antioxidants great for cardiovascular health and decreasing inflammation. All of which helps take sex to a deeper level.
Sweet Potatoes – Before sweet potatoes became the new toast, they were known to be an aphrodisiac. The original reasoning remains a mystery, but science has discovered that the beta-carotene in them keeps your skin and reproductive tract healthy, plus increases vagina mucus production. That latter part is way sexier than it sounds.
If you’re allergic to any of the above mentioned foods, don’t eat them. To get the full sexy effect of these foods, add them to what you’re already eating on a regular basis. Please note, getting your mind, hormones and love bits all on the same page takes time, although eating these foods the day of an anticipated love encounter may get your motor revving as well. Side benefits include they’re all healthy foods that can help with your weight, complexion and digestion. All things that make getting naked even better.
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