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Have Good Sex by eating Good Food!  There is a strong connection between Sex and food.  Have you ever felt more sexually attracted to your partner after a certain food?  Perhaps you felt less turned on after eating something else.  It is fun to playfully feed your partner a chocolate covered strawberry, but there are other foods that can enhance sex when you eat them.  Please read our article about Foods and Spices that can improve your libido and enhance your sex life.  Learn what to eat for better sex for both men and women!
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Sex on a Plate: Foods and Spices to Improve Your Libido

by Jaime A. Heidel   12/13/11

Sex is one of the wonderful, natural pleasures of life. Sometimes stress, exhaustion, depression and other factors put a damper on your mood. However, if you find yourself saying, "not tonight, honey" more often than not, the cause of your low libido may surprise you. Learn how food affects your libido, what foods will spice up your love life and which foods to avoid.

Foods That Improve Your Libido

There are plenty of foods out there that improve your libido. These eight foods and five spices can put the spark back into your bedroom!

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is not only delicious and good for you, it's a potent aphrodisiac. The mood-enhancing benefits of this food come from two chemical compounds called anandamide and phenylethylamine that make the body release "feel good" endorphins. So the next time you want to have a romantic evening, bring home a small box of gourmet dark chocolates to share.

Watermelon

Most people associate watermelon with backyard barbeques but it can have its place in the bedroom, too. The secret ingredient is called citrulline, which encourages the body's natural production of arginine. Arginine removes excess ammonia from the body and makes nitric oxide. Nitric oxide improves circulation and relaxes blood vessels in sexual organs. No wonder watermelon has been called "Nature's Viagra"!

Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients. They are also packed with fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and increase blood circulation throughout the body, including sexual organs.

Sirloin Steak

There's a reason a juicy steak is commonly associated with strong, virile men. A six-ounce serving of sirloin steak contains 60-140 milligrams of a compound called choline. This compound helps boost acetylcholine, the chemical responsible for sending sexual signals to the brain.

Avocado

Avocados are a sexy fruit. They contain folic acid to improve energy, B6 to increase male hormone production and potassium to regulate a woman's thyroid. All important factors in improving your sex drive!

Celery

Though celery is usually associated with dieting, it can really improve your sex life. This is because it contains the chemical androsterone, an odorless pheromone produced by men that puts women in the mood.

Raw Oysters

Oysters have been used for centuries to improve libido in both men and women. The two main mood-enhancing ingredients are dopamine and zinc. Dopamine encourages relaxation and puts you in a good mood and zinc raises sperm and testosterone production.

Figs

Amino acids are reported to increase libido and figs are loaded with them. So this holiday season, bring home some figgy pudding and have a good night.

Spices That Improve Your Libido

Pair these spices that improve your libido with foods that improve your libido and you've got a potent mood-enhancing punch!

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a hot spice. Not just because it is traditionally served in spicy Indian dishes, but because of its performance-enhancing effects on men. According to study done at the Centre for Integrative Clinical and Molecular medicine, fenugreek helps increase sex drive in low-libido men by increasing testosterone production.

Garlic

Grab some parsley for your breath before dining on this mood-enhancing spice. Allicin, the primary ingredient in garlic, is responsible for improving blood flow to the sexual organs. For best results, eat raw organic garlic cut up in salads or added to stir-fry right before removing from heat.

Ginger

Dr. Oz lists ginger among his top-4 sex-drive-enhancing spices and with good reason! Ginger improves circulation to sexual organs and warms the body naturally. Add ginger to a couple of cups of hot tea, snuggle close together by the fire and let the magic happen!

Saffron

According to a study published in the journal of Food and Research International, saffron increases sex drive because it's packed with antioxidants, zinc, potassium and magnesium.

Nutmeg

In Africa, nutmeg is called "Viagra for women" and rightly so. This aromatic spice not only has a delicious flavor, it has been clinically proven to increase sexual responsiveness.

Foods That Kill Your Libido

Just like some foods will put you in the mood, some will suck the mood right out of you. Avoid these mood-killing foods when you're looking for romance.

Processed Food

Processed food, microwaveable meals and fast food are all mood-killing foods. They may taste good but a diet high in processed food will only lead to serious health problems down the road.

Processed foods are loaded with unhealthy trans fat, artificial sweeteners, additives and preservatives that wreck havoc with your mood, digestive system and circulatory health. They also increase cholesterol and lead to hardening of the arteries. This means decreased blood flow to the sexual organs and loss of interest in sex.

Soy Products

According to the popular magazine, "Men's Health", soy is a libido-killing food. This is due to two estrogen-mimicking compounds called genistein and daidzein, which can cause male breast enlargement, decreased hair growth, erectile dysfunction and bouts of crying. If you've noticed your sex life is not what it used to be, read the labels on your favorite sports drink, protein bar or weight-gainer. Soy is often a hidden ingredient in these foods.

Alcohol

Though a glass of wine may put you in the mood, a bottle of wine is a mood-killer. Excessive alcohol consumption decreases blood circulation and nausea and mental confusion will put a damper on any sex you do try to have.

Mint

Guys, if you pop a lot of mints, you might want to pay attention to this: Mint can be a mood-killing spice. According to a laboratory study for women's health, mint tea was prescribed for women needing to decrease their level of testosterone. Bad breath sufferers, reach for cinnamon or parsley instead.

One of the easiest rules to remember when it comes to foods and spices to improve your libido is to eat healthy. Save processed food for a once-in-the-while treat. A glass of wine may put you in the mood but a whole bottle will kill it.

Guys, avoid soy products and mints that dampen your desire. Ladies, stock up on organic dark chocolate and nutmeg to get your motor running. Clean things up in the kitchen and you can get naughty in the bedroom.

Jaime A. Heidel is the founder of http://itoldyouiwassick.com dedicated to validating those suffering with mystery symptoms and helping them find alternative ways to heal.


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