Seven Foods That Increase Your Sex Drive and Five That Kill It

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Unless you under 25, you might be wondering if your sex drive has decided to go on a vacation and not take you along.

There are lots of reasons for a lower sex drive. These include stress, age, weight, a poor diet and health problems. The good news is that there are things you can do about this problem. Although you might not be able to do anything about your age, you can certainly lose some weight, learn to manage stress and improve your diet.

Speaking of your diet, we have the top seven foods that are known to improve your sex drive. We also have a list of five foods to never eat because they might be contributing to your lower libido.

There is a lot more to romance than a few flowers and a scented candle. Keep reading and find out how you can spice things up in the bedroom simply by changing what you eat!

 

1. Almonds

This is perhaps Mother Nature’s most perfect snack. Almonds are loaded with vitamin E, zinc and selenium, all of which encourage a healthy sex life. If you have been avoiding oysters because they can be full of toxins and other undesirable substances, try almonds instead. They also contain tons of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are also good for your heart and circulation. This can lead to more blood flow down below. Just a handful a day is all you need!

 

2. Eggs

Next time, instead of a complicated dinner, just whip up an omelet! Eggs are super high in protein, which can help to increase your stamina in the sack. They are also loaded with L-arginine, an important amino acid that treats erectile dysfunction and protects your heart at the same time. Find out more why you should eat eggs every day.

 

3. Ginseng

Ladies, this is for you. The University of Hawaii conducted a study which showed that females who consumed ginseng for one month had an increase in their sex drive. More than 67 percent of those females stated that they felt more satisfied with their sex life. Always buy your ginseng from a reputable source, as some of the cheap imports have been shown to contain little or no actual ginseng.

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4. Pumpkin Seeds

Like almonds, these seeds are high in zinc, which is vital for men when it comes to proper testosterone production as well as healthy sperm. These small green seeds are also high in libido-boosting vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, vitamin E, D, C, K and B. Next Halloween, be sure to save those pumpkin seeds!

 

5. Watermelon

You might want to start thinking of little red cubes of watermelon instead of little blue pills next time you notice your libido is in the dumps. The Texas A&M Fruit and Vegetable Center illustrated in a study that watermelon contained phytonutirents that helped relax the blood vessels, bringing blood to the genitals. Watermelons are low in calories as well, so you can eat virtually as much as you like. Read more about watermelon that you didn’t know.

 

6. Blackberries

These little berries pack a big libido punch. The Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida did a study that suggested just eating 10 blackberries (sometimes called black raspberries) before hitting the bedroom can not only help your libido, but also improve your sexual stamina.

 

7. Garlic

Okay, if you eat this just before bed your partner is sure to turn away, but there is one undeniable fact: Garlic will really stir up the sexual fire! The heat in garlic also increases the heat in your loins. The active ingredient in garlic, alllicin, increases blood flow to the genital area. The only problem with garlic is that it won’t work overnight. You need to consume it for at least four weeks before it starts working its magic. Try taking some garlic supplements to avoid that very unromantic garlic breath.

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Now that you know some of the foods that you should be eating, let’s talk about the ones you need to cut from your diet in order to increase your urge to merge.

 

1.  Red Meat

A diet high in red meat might be full of protein, but it certainly isn’t doing your sex life any favors. Red meat is high in cholesterol and saturated fats, which clog up your cardiovascular system. One study published in the 2006 Journal of Chemical Senses discovered that women found men who ate large quantities of red meat have a much less attractive natural body odor. Pass on that steak dinner, and enjoy a salad instead.

 

2. Fatty Foods

Saturated and trans-fats found in fried foods and baked goods will affect both your blood circulation and heart function. These fats clog the arteries, reducing the supply of blood to your genitals. That fried chicken dinner might look yummy, but it won’t win you any loving.

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3. Soy

You might also find this a strange item to have on this list, but there is no denying the science. Harvard University published a study that showed eating soy and foods containing soy reduces the sperm count in men and was often the root cause of erectile dysfunction. In fact, monks eat soy to lower their sexual desire so they can concentrate on other endeavors.

 

4. Sugar

Well, no real surprise here. Sugar-laden foods really kill your libido, especially if they are foods loaded with trans-fats, like as doughnuts and cake. These saturated fats clog up your arteries, which clog up your desire. Sugar can even affect your fertility levels! Sugar can also lead to being overweight, which doesn’t make anyone feel attractive.

 

SEE ALSO: 12 Best Foods That Increase Your Libido and 4 that Kick it to the Curb!

 

5. Dairy

Although this won’t kill your libido outright, eating too much of it is unhealthy. The lactic acid in many dairy products such as ice cream, sour cream, and cream cheese has a negative effect on your sex drive. Get your calcium from fruits, nuts and vegetables. Limit your dairy intake, and you limit those sexless nights in front of the TV.

Of course, if there are other factors in your life that prevent you from a spicy sex life, you can always try the old standby and get a hotel room in another city. Remember that our brains are our biggest and most powerful sex organs, and sometimes all we really need to do is appeal to our grey matter in a new, exciting way.

References:

Tandfonline.com

Ajcn.nutrition.org

Onlinelibrary.wiley.com