With Valentine’s Day right around the corner it’s the perfect time to address the subject of libido. Did you know that 43 percent of women have reported some sexual dissatisfaction, including low desire?* There are many factors that can "turn off" our sexual appetite such as stress, lack of energy, fatigue, depression, anger and worry. Luckily, there are also many things that can turn it back on--and they’re probably in your kitchen right now.
There are several foods which can help increase your sexual appetite. Here are the top 10:
Almonds - loaded with omega-3’s which can help our brains function better.
Avocados - also contain omega-3 fatty acids, plus the texture can be quite sensual.
Celery - contains a small amount of androsterone (male hormone thought to arouse women).
Chocolate - It is true, the way to a lover’s heart is through chocolate. It contains phenylethylalamine ( a chemical that is increased when we are in love). Just make sure it is at least 65% cacao.
Figs - high in amino acids and thought to increase sexual stamina
Folic Acid - foods rich in it such as organ meats, asparagus, egg yolks and whole-grains have been considered aphrodisiacs.
Ginseng- stimulates the adrenal cortex, which is where male sexual hormones are produced.
Nutmeg - used in Indian medicine for enhancing desire.
Bananas - contain bromelain which is believed to increase libido and possibly even reverse impotence in men.
Oysters - high in zinc, which is associated with male sexual levels. Maybe Casanova was onto something, eating 50 oysters a day for dinner!
In addition to eating the right foods, many times a low libido for both men and women can be helped by simply exercising. Exercise increases our circulation by pumping blood and oxygen through our bodies and releasing "endorphins" or feel good chemicals. Certain yoga postures (shoulder stand for men and butterfly pose for women) done before sex are known to be fantastic enhancers.
Now that you have your list of foods to help you get in the mood, also consider what you might not want to eat before your romantic encounter Avoid heavy meals (such as pasta or fried foods) and opt for lean meats and vegetables. If you are looking for non-food ways to set the mood try some scented oils or candles--you can even try a food-scented candle such as vanilla or pumpkin pie. Sometimes all you need is a romantic gesture or special place to increase your sexual appetite. There are many ways to light your sexual fire: sensual, romantic, chemical or energetic. Just remember to relax, exercise, have fun and incorporate some of these libido boosters into your life!
*According to the Journal of the American Medical Association