Find out what can put some sizzle – or fizzle – in your sex life and learn how to improve your performance naturally.
Who’s never heard that we are what we eat? Based on it, better think twice about what you are gonna have before your date. Some decisions about food can make a huge difference and definitely impress someone or leave you in an uncomfortable situation and sometimes without a chance to reverse it. For men, the pressure of delivering a good time and showing an incredible performance can easily end all plans. The “fail” feeling can be caused not only by the anxiety but some specific foods can also be responsible for that unhappy end. Studies show that certain foods or nutrients play a role in boosting libido and supporting a healthy sex life. Both the food you eat and the exercise you do can improve your sex life.
Here are a variety of foods that can put some sizzle – or fizzle – in your sex life:
Strawberries: Good circulation is thought to be crucial for sexual functioning in both men and women, and strawberries are rich in antioxidants that benefit your heart and arteries. What’s more, they’re rich in vitamin C, which along with antioxidants, has been linked to higher sperm counts in men. Try dipping the berries in dark chocolate, which contains methylxanthines that may activate the libido.
Avocados: These superfruits are rich in vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties, potassium, and vitamin B6, which may prevent or delay heart disease and promote better blood flow. They’re also a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Anything that helps your heart and circulation can also be critical for a healthy sex life. Men with heart disease are twice as likely to have erectile dysfunction because both conditions can result from artery damage.
Almonds: They contain zinc, selenium, and vitamin E, which are vitamins and minerals that seem to be important for sexual health and reproduction. Selenium can help with infertility issues and, with vitamin E, may help heart health. Zinc is a mineral that helps produce men’s sex hormones and can boost libido. Blood flow is important for your sex organs, so choosing good fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in almonds, is a good idea.
Sweet potatoes: They are rich in potassium, which helps fight high blood pressure, which is associated with a higher risk of erectile dysfunction. They’re also rich in beta-carotene, providing the body with vitamin A, which is suspected (but not proven) to be helpful for those with infertility.
Sesame seeds: Zinc is thought to be good for sexual health (it can help testosterone and sperm production in men) and the No. 1 source is oysters. But really, how often do you eat oysters? Another source: Sesame seeds, says Sass. Mix them into granola or sprinkle them into a healthy stir-fry, she says. Some breakfast cereals also contain zinc, such as Kellogg’s All-Bran Complete Wheat Flakes. One serving (3/4 cup) has more than 100% of the recommended daily intake.
Watermelon: This popular summer fruit is low in calories, but also high in potentially libido-boosting phytonutrients. Research suggested that the lycopene, citrulline, and beta-carotene found in watermelon may help relax blood vessels, and provide a natural enhancement for revving up your sex drive.
Alcohol: A glass of wine can make you feel relaxed and chatty on a date, and it’s the social lubricant that often gets strangers talking to one another in a bar. But in reality, alcohol can be one of the worst things for your love life. Too much alcohol dampens sexual desire, decreases arousal and sensitivity, and may lower inhibitions leading to unsafe decisions about sex.
Steak: While meat does provide protein and zinc, meat also tends to be high in saturated fat and cholesterol. A meat-heavy diet is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, health conditions that can affect blood circulation and sexual function. What’s more, a small study published in 2006 in Chemical Senses suggested that eating meat, may result in, ahem, a less attractive body odor. In the study, 17 men ate either a meat or non-meat diet for two weeks and then switched. Women were asked to rate their attractiveness based on smell alone (from armpit pads worn by the men), and they tended to prefer non-meat eaters.
Fatty foods: Many fried and fast foods have high levels of “bad fats,” such as saturated and trans fat, which can negatively affect your heart and impede blood flow due to a a build-up of fatty plaque in the arteries. What’s more, fried potatoes, such as French fries, have been associated (along with other foods) with a greater risk of type 2 diabetes, which is known to cause sexual health problems in both men and women.
The type of oil used to fry the food is key. If it’s fried in partially hydrogenated oil it would have trans fat (worse than saturated fat). If it was fried in a liquid plant oil, the (food) may be very low in saturated fat.