Increase Your Libido with These Best Foods for Sex

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We often change our diets to impact our physical appearance and well-being. We want to feel healthier, more energized, change our mood, and have the fuel to live our lives beautifully. But did you know that there are certain foods that increase your libido, enhance your performance in bed, and even prolong your sexual encounters?

Whether you follow a vegan lifestyle or are a devoted meat lover – there are specific foods that can provide the fuel for a more pleasurable intimate experience. Conversely, it’s important to be aware that certain culinary delights may actually hinder the pre-coital ambiance. So, let’s explore the realm of nutrition and discover how it can contribute to a more fulfilling sex life.

Boost Your Libido with the Right Choices 

In the realm of sensual pleasure, certain foods have the power to ignite your sexual excitement, while others can put a real damper on the fireworks with extra – ahem – fanfare.

So when preparing for that steamy encounter, opt for nibbles that promote circulation, and avoiding those high in salt, fat, or sugar. After all – sex can be quite the cardiovascular activity, so you’ll want to sidestep anything with a high fat content that can decrease circulation and slow you down. After all – who wants a sluggish shag?

Foods high in antioxidants and flavonoids can do wonders for your performance in the bedroom, as these compounds have a remarkable ability to promote circulation. Delectable nuggets like apples, strawberries, blueberries, citrus fruits, and cherries are not only mouthwatering, but also contain just the right properties to lower blood pressure. Conversely, high blood pressure can lead to erectile dysfunction in men, while for women, it can actually reduce libido.

Additionally, foods high in omega 3 fatty acids like fish, nuts, and seeds are heart-healthy and improve circulation. So fuel yourself with those omega-3s, vitamin C, and iron before you boogie between the sheets. 

Bananas are some of the best foods for sex because they boost testosterone

Food as an Aphrodisiac

No article about foods that increase libido would be complete without talking about oysters. They have long been considered the ultimate aphrodisiac food. But why? Oysters contain 555% of your daily recommended zinc intake. Zinc helps improve blood flow – ergo, gets blood to the organs between your legs. 

And then sometimes, food that looks like sex can actually help with sex. Things like ginger, figs, and bananas (which boost testosterone) can aid in increasing your libido. Avocado also contains high amounts of potassium – which easily brings up your libido. The Aztec word for “testicle” is where we get the word Avocado from, so that sexy benefit definitely tracks.

And finally, a moderate amount of red wine increases blood flow and testosterone. Careful though – too much can have the opposite effect.

Revive Your Bedroom Performance: Foods for Erectile Dysfunction

The factors that influence erectile dysfunction include lifestyle, alcohol consumption, your emotional state and – you guessed it – food.

There are some foods that increase your ability to stay hard and decrease the prevalence of ED. In a study by the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers found that a diet rich in coffee, ginseng, wine, and nuts provides antioxidants to have an impact on ED.

The study also showed that regular consumption of fruits and vegetables can significantly lower glucose levels, benefiting men with both erectile dysfunction (ED) and diabetes. By increasing nitric oxide production, these foods play a crucial role in improving ED. Incorporating olive oil, tomatoes, blueberries, and citrus fruits into your meals can naturally help you rise to the occasion.

Discover the Natural Viagra in Your Pantry

If you want to take it one step further, you can proactively consume foods that act as a natural Viagra. Some of these double as an aphrodisiac, but all of them will help you get and stay hard. 

The first natural solution is watermelon. Watermelon contains an amino acid called citrulline which can improve blood flow to the penis. It converts to nitric oxide which causes the blood cells to widen. Eating watermelon or taking citrulline supplements can be a great alternative to taking Viagra as there are no side effects.

It must be noted that men who experience ED due to circulation issues may see improvements, while those who struggle with ED due to nerve issues may not experience any changes. Should you choose watermelon as your ED solution, know that higher amounts of citrulline are found in the rind than the flesh (and yes, rinds are edible). 

Chocolate may be the second alternative for better circulation in penis owners. It increases the elasticity of blood vessels, easing blood flow. Even better, it can help you get in the mood. Science says so.

Other foods to keep you bangin: paprika, garlic, and celery. Also – grapefruit, pomegranate and pineapple. Yum!

Maximizing the Power of Food For Sex  

We’ve long recognized the profound influence of food on our body’s functioning. It’s no different when it comes to your intimate encounters.

Turns out maintaining a wholesome, balanced diet can significantly enhance your sexual wellness. By nourishing your heart, joints, circulation, and gut, you pave the way for more satisfying experiences in the bedroom.

But cuisine not only primes your body for optimal performance – it can also contribute to a romantic ambiance. Who can resist a delightful, intimate meal that sets the stage for swooning? There is nothing wrong with using a placebo to get you and your boo ready for lovemaking. So, if the mere thought of juicy strawberries arouses your senses, indulge that tantalizing option and see what else can nourish your desires…

Strawberries are some of the best foods for sex

Food Sex: Taking it the Distance

If you want to go all the way in the relationship between food and sex, you may consider bringing food into your sexual experience.

When it comes to spicing things up in the bedroom, the world of food offers an enticing array of options. Picture this: blindfolding your partner and tantalizing their taste buds with luscious chocolate-dipped strawberries. Or how about a playful game of squirting and licking whipped cream? 

However, it’s important to exercise caution when combining food and sex. Sugary treats near the vagina can potentially lead to yeast infections. So if you’re using sweet delights like honey or whipped cream, reserve them for lips, nipples, and dicks.

If you’re seeking inspiration for a truly unforgettable food-related sensual experience, look no further than the obscure Japanese cinematic gem “Tampopo.” Prepare to be captivated and inspired by its truly remarkable food sex scenes.

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Danielle Harel
Danielle Harel
Dr. Danielle Harel is the the co-creator of the Somatica® Method and the co-founder of the Somatica® Institute. She has a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality (DHS), a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW), and a Bachelors (BA) degree in Psychology and Educational Counseling.

As a somatic sexologist, professor, and author, Danielle has devoted the last 20 years to resolving her client’s sexual challenges, training sex & relationship coaches, and empowering people. Harnessing her extensive training in sexology, psychology, and body-based modalities like Hakomi, attachment theory, character theory, and neuro-patterning, she guides people in reaching their fullest personal, professional, and sexual potential.

In addition to being faculty at Esalen and teaching the Advanced Somatica Training and Mastery Classes, Danielle has most recently embraced the adventure of co-producing the TV series Here She Comes – an episodic based on the Somatica Method (currently in production).

Before that, she published original research on Orgasmic Birth, and co-authored 3 books with Celeste Hirschman: Cockfidence, Making Love Real, and Coming Together.

She has also written extensively on sex, relationships, and dating, and is frequently quoted as an expert resource in publications.

To everything she does, Danielle brings her unparalleled passion, depth, intuition, and magnetizing personality.

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