When it comes to mood-boosting, sensation-enhancing foods that help things along in the bedroom, most stick to oysters alone. The delicacy of the sea gets all the attention as far as libido is concerned, but it seems we’ve had it wrong this whole time. According to nutritionists, it’s not just the aphrodisiacs we should be paying attention to.
Research conducted by scientists and sexual health and wellness professionals seems to suggest that when it comes to libido, it’s more about what’s in your head than what’s in your stomach. But while happy neurotransmitters are vital for good mental health performance, you need only rattle off a few to see that what we eat has a profound impact on our self-esteem, deep sleep and energy.
While no one quite wants to admit that they are experiencing something of a dry spell or low sex drive, it’s not entirely uncommon. Research indicates 40 per ent of women beginning experiencing a decline in libido before menopause, about the same time that the ovaries beginning slowing down production of our key sex hormone – testosterone and oestrogen.
Other factors like physical and mental illness, exercise and stress levels also have a profound impact on stress, with diet being a major factor that can either improve your wellbeing or derail it. Getting each other factors to a place where you’re not only comfortable, but thriving, goes a long way for your self-esteem too. As some researchers have discovered however, certain foods can go a long way when it comes to putting you in the mood for sex, and even increase your enjoyment of the act itself when in the moment.
With that in mind, here are the five nutrient-dense foods you should be eating regularly to help put you in the mood and spice things up in the bedroom.
Prink fruit and vegetables
As it turns out, the nutrients found in watermelon and beets have a profound impact on sexual arousal. Watermelons contain lycopene, beta-carotene and citrulline which are all said to have a Viagra-like effect on the body’s blood vessels. Citrulline is converted to an amino acid that improves heart and circulatory health both above and below the belt.
Dark green vegetables
Things like kale, Swiss chard, broccoli and green beans are heaped with iron. With iron deficiency leading to feelings of exhaustion, it’s clear that iron is key when it comes to keeping our neurotransmitters happy, something that’s essential for health and wellbeing.
Packed with essential nutrients, fish, clams, seaweed and shellfish contain iodine which is an important nutrient in thyroid function. This, coupled with selenium, is a crucial nutrient for the production of thyroid hormone T4. When your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones, it can lead to extreme fatigue, brain fog, and impaired sexual function.
Garlic and things like onions, leeks and shallots are known for a bioactive compound that’s helpful in heart and coronary disease, affecting the arteries that supply blood flow to the pelvic area. Restrictive blood flow can reduce your chance for arousal or orgasm, in both men and women.
Zinc-rich pumpkin seeds are readily available, and the nutrients offered are vital to the health of both men and women – especially when it comes to the testes, testosterone, and erectile dysfunction.