Updated: 2018, Oct 1

Get Your Sexual Health Better By Adding These Foods In Your Diet

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Eat Your Way To Better Sexual Health

Has sex become another thing to do on your to-do list? Is it more of a chore than a joy? Are just too tired at the end of the day to even think about getting busy? You are not alone.

I already knew from my work as a sex educator and radio host that literally millions of us are losing connection in our most important relationships, even though sex is more talked about and more open than ever before.

One of the most searched terms on Google around marriage is “sexless marriage.” What does that tell you? People look connected, but they’re not in the ways that matter.

In one study of more than 20,000 couples, researchers found that only twenty-six percent, or just over a quarter, have sex even once a week. And less than half of American’s say they’re sexually satisfied.

So what can you and your partners do to remedy this? There are numerous things however this article is focusing on Food.

The RIGHT kinds of foods can make a big difference in whether you say not tonight I have a headache, or let’s get it on! The foods are whole foods of course and to make it easier, I created seven categories so you can start by adding foods that will meet your eating-for-sexual-health lifestyle goals.

They are Nature’s Viagra, Natural Anti-depressants, Natural Hormone Balancing Foods, Natural Foods for Increasing Stamina, Natural Foods – Great for Men and Natural Foods – Great for Women.

Here are 2 foods from each category. You find a complete list in my book Clean Eating Dirty Sex: Sensual Superfoods and Aphrodisiac Practices for Ultimate Sexual Health and Connection, along with over 50 recipes!

Nature’s Viagra: Asparagus And Beets

Asparagus: Asparagus has folate, a B vitamin which helps maintain levels of oxygen the blood and produces healthy cells. To keep your head in the game, it improves focus, energy, and alertness, a great plus in the sheets. It also is packed with Vitamin E, which is known to boost libido.

Beets: Beets have nitrates that get converted in the body to nitrite and aids in blood flow, an obvious benefit, that’s also good for your mind.

Natural Viagra Info

Natural Anti-Depressants: Cayenne And Dark Chocolate

Cayenne: A spice that increases blood circulation, purifies the system, boosts the immune system and increases sex drive. Cayenne releases endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals, and they work to reduce the sense of pain, and help produce feelings of euphoria. Great for sex!

Dark Chocolate: From the cocoa bean, chocolate is bursting with antioxidants and contains phenylethylamine, a chemical that stimulates the sense of excitement and well-being. Chocolate also contains flavonoids. I recommend chocolate with seventy percent cocoa (or more), also known as dark chocolate.

Natural Hormone Balancing Foods: Almonds And Kimchi

Almonds: Almonds provide essential fatty acids that are necessary for the production of sex hormones in the body. Nuts in general perform this function, but almonds are considered the best choice.

Kimchi: A staple in Korea, Kimchi is a side dish made from fermented vegetables, and a natural source of probiotics.

Natural Foods For Increasing Stamina: Bananas And Shrimp

Bananas: Full of simple carbs for energy, and potassium to aid against cramps and muscle spasms that would certainly interrupt love-making.

Shrimp: Shrimp are high in iodine, used by the thyroid gland to regulate energy, and a great source of protein.

Natural Foods – Great For Men: Avocados And Black Raspberries

Avocados Good

Avocados: Avocados are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins, beta-carotene, magnesium, Vitamin E, and healthy fat – which aids blood flow to you-know-where.

Black Raspberries: Black raspberries are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids to boost libido and stamina.

Natural Foods – Great For Women: Chia Seeds And Dates

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3-fatty acids, so they aid blood flow by reducing inflammation in the arteries. They also provide protein, fibre, iron, and zinc which boosts testosterone and aids in sensory stimulation.

Dates: Dates are a great source of iron and can improve ovulation in women. Iron can also help in increasing the sexual desire in women and men. Medjool dates are particularly popular. Take a few pure Arabian dates and soak them in a cup of honey, then take one or teaspoons of the honey every day to improve your sexual desire.

Now That You Have An Idea Of The Types Of Foods That Will Help Things Sizzle In The Kitchen And Bedroom, Here Are Some Rules Of Thumb To Preserve Key Nutrients For Sexual Health:

Kitchen Sizzles
  • Choose local. Farmer’s markets are great for local produce and some grocery stores also feature locally grown produce. The shorter the distance the food travels from its origin to your table, the better.
  • Cooked is sometimes better than raw. For some foods the nutrients are better absorbed when cooked and consumed with fat, such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, eggs, mushrooms, greens. Pair with olive oil, avocado oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, or fatty fish. Other produce is better raw like berries, cucumbers, apples, citrus, and lettuce.
  • Cutting and chopping helps release nutrients that are bound by the cell wall of the plant.
  • When you cook veggies, use a light hand. Rather than boil, choose to steam, roast, braise, or pan-roast to preserve vitamins and mineral content.

If you are unsure of what to make, here is one of the recipes from Clean Eating Dirty Sex from the Down and Dirty Desserts:

Sweet And Spicy Chocolate Truffles

(Serves 15)

Not only are dates a good natural sweetener that avoids blood sugar spikes and prevents circulation problems, but they are also rich in iron, which helps regulate ovulation in women.

Good Natural Sweetener
  • 14 medjool dates, pits removed
  • 2 tablespoons raw almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ancho chilli powder
  • sea salt
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate (with 72% cocoa or more)

1. Place the dates and almond butter in the bowl of a food processor. (Need a food processor for this one as the dates will get stuck under the blades in a blender.) Pulse 20 times or until dates are chopped. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, chilli powder, and salt and pulse another 10 times. You want the mixture to be well-blended and a little bit smoother.

2. Place a piece of wax paper on a large plate. Use a tablespoon to measure out portions and roll them in your hands to form a date ball. Place on a plate.

3. Place the chopped chocolate in a glass bowl and place in the microwave. Heat for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.

4. Dip one date ball at a time in the melted chocolate and lift out with a fork. Tap the fork against the side of the bowl a few times to let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Place the chocolate covered date ball (now a truffle) onto the wax paper-lined plate. Repeat with remaining date balls.

5. Place the plate into the freezer for 15 minutes to let the truffles harden up.

6. Store the truffles in a zip top bag in the refrigerator and enjoy all week (if they last that long).

Read More: 7 Ways Men Can Improve* Stamina Without Pills

My advice is make these with your partner and feed them to one another.

So get ready to heat things up in the kitchen and the bedroom!

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Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis has nearly two decades of broadcast experience and is a former sex educator. With a master's degree in public health, she is

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