Which Foods Increase Your Sexual Desire?
Do you dread the nights when the hand comes creeping across the bed, and you know what is on your partner's mind?
Loss of sexual desire is women's most significant sexual problem, and it's not all in their heads.
Regular sex is great for us. It can help us live longer as it increases the circulation, creating a healthy glow to the cheeks and plumps up our skin cells, (cheaper than skincare!).
Contrary to popular belief, experts say the frequency of sexual intercourse has nothing to do with sexual desire or satisfaction.
Testosterone, found in both men and women, has a direct effect on our libido.
For many women, declining hormones, job stress, relationship issues, children, and other problems are taking their toll with their sexual desire.
Loss of sexual desire, known in medical terms as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), is the most common form of sexual dysfunction among women of all ages. A recent study showed that nearly one-third of women aged 18 to 59 suffer from a lost interest in sex. (Web MD).
The good news is that there are foods you can eat, among other items, to bring some harmony back to the bedroom, and keep the botox away.
Testosterone is manufactured in our bodies by zinc and vitamin B6. Great for your sex drive and it also improves your skin.
Oysters, the love food, contain the most abundant source of zinc, fabulous for your libido, skin, and fertility.
Add more passion into your life with the rightly named passion fruit, also full of zinc.
Other excellent sources of zinc are:
Shellfish, turkey, eggs, cheese, lentils, brown rice, peanut butter, pumpkin, peas, watercress, figs, sesame seeds, mushrooms (see my risotto here), and passion fruit.
Found in fabulous foods, such as avocados, (I knew there was a reason I love smashed avocados!), bananas, potatoes, chickpeas and even chicken.
For great sex, it is important to feel relaxed and calm to boost your libido, so the answer here is to enjoy serotonin rich foods. Chill out with foods such as walnuts, figs, avocados (again), bananas, dates, papaya, pineapple, and aubergines.
Vitamin C and Magnesium
Your sexual organs often require a boost to function. Vitamin C and magnesium-rich foods assist here. Keep your levels topped up by eating a variety of citrus fruits, red and green capsicum, mangoes, kiwi fruit, guava, and our favorite, green leafy vegetables.
Chromium increases the sex drive in both women and men. And guys, you won’t require Viagra anymore, as chromium also increases your sperm count. Also, great news, chromium helps regulate and balance blood sugar levels, resulting in weight loss. You will feel better about your body, and maybe feel great in bed.
Find chromium in asparagus, (in season now and I am filling my husband’s plate with it!), nuts and seeds. It is also found in many whole grains and calves’ liver if you are game. Absorbed best when eaten with vitamin C.
Thank you for reading and cheers to a happy, healthy, and sexual life together.
If you would like more ideas for a happier relationship, check out our articles in the wellness section of Cazinc.
Carolyn Rowland has been a relationship therapist and coach for over seven years, working with many couples to happier relationships. She now shares many of these ideas, real stories, and information for you on her daily blog.
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