Be it Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year, why not give your libido a little love with these 10 healthy foods that boost your sex drive? Healthy foods are at the heart and soul of all thing aphrodisiac. If you're planning on making something special on February 14th, or if you just want to have a few foods in your arsenal for date night, take note of the following foods.
Avocados are not just a perfect source of healthy fat, but they're a great source of potassium and B6, both big in regulating hormone production in men. Both men and women will love the extra energy that comes from all the folic acid in avocados, too. Looking for an easy and delicious way to eat avocados outside of guacamole? Try this Chocolate Avocado Pudding.
Cleopatra's love of the fig and its presumed seductive qualities have made an indelible impression in the minds of many. With over 150 varieties, figs are easy to find. They're loaded with antioxidants, and are a good source of protein and potassium, too. They're also a hotbed of amino acids. Combine all these together and you've got a natural food that provides ample amounts of stamina. Pair figs with a little cheese, like in this Fig & Feta recipe, and you've got a home run.
In recent years, watermelon has been come to be known as the Viagra of the food world. The sexual satisfaction achieved from eating watermelon comes from a phytonutrient called citrulline. Citrullinne, found most abundantly in the rind, promotes smooth muscle relaxation, similar to the effect viagra has on the male body.
Oh, chocolate…where would we be without you? Chocolate, and preferably a good dark variety, has been shown to produce a chemical in the brain called phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA releases both feel good and energy boosting hormones including dopamine and norepinephrine. Consumed in small amounts, you can think of this one-two combo as a natural food high. Like I said, a really good dark chocolate, let's say 72% cocoa, will promote a much greater overall response than a milk chocolate loaded with refined sugar. Fortunately for you, I have a couple of really great healthy chocolate-loaded recipes that will turn your taste buds on as well! Try my healthy homemade peanut butter cups or my flourless dairy free brownies.
From pesto to pizza and everything in between, basil is one amazing herb. Not only is it an anti-inflammatory food, but it also works like a natural antibiotic, fending off harmful bacteria. Basil's aphrodisiac properties are part folklore and part physiology. It's said that the scent of basil naturally increases sexual desire in men. Perhaps rubbing a little basil behind the ears or neck might just be enough to do the trick. What goes on inside our body is a little different. Basil has a very warming effect on our bodies, promoting circulation in all the right regions. Go stir it up with this healthy tomato basil soup.
Not necessarily an obvious choice, but garlic is a potent aphrodisiac for a one very good reason: it's ridiculously high in incredibly high in allicin. Allicin boosts energy, increases circulation and greatly increases stamina. When all of these become synergistic, people just feel better. Let's do the math, shall we? Energy + Increased Circulation + Superman Stamina + Happy Thoughts = A Love Machine. Garlic is most potent when eaten raw, so dice some up with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and mustard. The result: a really simple and healthy salad dressing. If you're looking for something that falls under the comfort food category, try this Garlic and Olive Oil Pizza.
Cinnamon is another spice that promotes heat in the body. Anything that boosts heat increases circulation. Increased circulation is great for cardiovascular health, brain function, staying warm in cold weather and heightening sensitivity. Cinnamon is also a great blood sugar regulator, staving off unwanted food cravings. Cinnamon can be added to just about anything from sweet to savory, including these clean Banana Cinnamon Muffins.
When men sweat, they release an odorless hormone called androsternone. Guess what food is abundant in androsternone? That's right, celery - and women happen to be particularly in tune with this scent when men release it as a pheromone. Men who load up on celery are more likely to release more adrosternone. Celery is an easy food to include in salads, soups…and on its own as a snack. Men, do with this information what you will - and good luck!
Chili peppers, along with all peppers that are spicy, contain capsaicin. Capsaicin is produces heat, which promotes circulation. Chili peppers, in particular, are known to boost endorphins, which give your mood and libido a little boost, too!
Asparagus is an amazing source of vitamins K and A, folate and copper. This low calorie vegetable, eaten great raw or as part of a main entree, is also a known histamine producer. Histamine is important, especially for those who want to have an orgasm. You'll have a much tougher time achieving this without a reasonable amount of histamine in your body. Food for thought.
Traci D Mitchell is a nationally-recognized Chicago-based nutrition coach and personal trainer featured on the TODAY Show and Dr. Oz. As the trainer for Steve Harvey's Bridal Bootcamp, Traci keeps herself busy by challenging others to be the healthiest they can be. Traci is available for corporate speaking events and private coaching. Interested in working with Traci? Get info here. To keep up-to-date, subscribe to her newsletter.