Could your libido use a little lift? Look no further than your dinner plate.
We might not think of looking in our fridge to put us in the mood for love, but the foods we eat provide us with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we need to keep our libido revved. Conversely, having a lack of certain foods can bring our sex drive to an abrupt, screeching halt.
Sex Drive: 5 Natural Aphrodisiacs to Put you In the Mood
The key to maintaining an optimal sex drive is to eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight. But if you’re already doing that and still feel like you could use more mojo, reach for these super libido-boosters that will make you feel a bit more amorous this Valentine’s Day (and you might also want to try to get creative with your exercise routines. For example, next time you want to stretch, how about trying couples yoga?)
1. Wild fatty fish: Don’t think fish sounds all that sexy? Think again. Our bodies need proper levels of omega 3 fatty acids to keep the libido humming along nicely and wild, fatty fish is an incredibly rich source of it. They don’t call it a superfood for nothing. If you don’t want to plunk down $30 for a pound of wild salmon, reach for canned versions for an easy, inexpensive fix — or add fish oil capsules (2-3 grams per day) to your daily supplement routine.
2. Maca: If you haven’t already heard of this Peruvian root, you’ll be hearing a lot more about it soon. Maca has been used for centuries by the Inca to increase strength, stamina, and libido in both men and women, where it’s known as nature’s Viagra. A little of this stuff goes a long way: Start by adding a teaspoon to smoothies or sprinkle it over yogurt or oatmeal to add a little spice to your day.
3. Garlic: Garlic might not produce the sexiest bedroom-breath, but its aphrodisiac qualities will win you over anyway (garlic helps increase blood flow to the sexual organs). Raw garlic is the most powerful form, but it can leave us with intense garlic breath for hours. An easier way to get raw garlic into your diet (without sending your partner running for cover) is to chop up a clove into small pieces and swallow down with water or juice, like pills. If you don’t chew it, no garlic breath! (Related Article: Fast Five: Surprising Uses Of Garlic)
4. Pumpkin Seeds: Zinc is an important mineral for sex drive, and without enough zinc in our diets libido will drop off dramatically. Zinc is important for testosterone production in men and helps sustain sexual desire in women. Pumpkin and squash seeds are a great, healthy source of zinc and they also contain the added bonus of being high in those omega 3 fatty acids, too. That means you’re getting a one-two punch of libido-boosting benefits. (Related Slideshow: 7 Must-Eat Seeds To Be Hale & Hearty)
5. Chocolate: Everyone’s favorite sweet treat can make things a little sweeter in the bedroom, too. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study that found that women who enjoy a piece of chocolate every day have a more active sex life than those who don’t. That’s great news, ladies! Chocolate contains the “love chemical” phenylethylamine that gives us a sense of well-being and excitement, and it stimulates the pleasure centers of our brain. Reach for 70% or higher dark chocolate to get the biggest cocoa bang for your buck, and let the chocolate seduction begin. Here are 20 recipes to indulge your chocolate tooth.
Andrea Moss is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach and founder of Moss Wellness. Through Andrea’s step-by-step, customized programs, she loves to help her clients reach their ideal weight, skyrocket their energy, and finally feel confident about what to eat. Andrea specializes in weight loss, alleviating digestive distress, balancing blood sugar levels, and renovating diets to include the foods that work best for individual body types. Andrea coaches clients both in-person and all over the country by phone.