A Menu to Increase Your Sex Driveby Elizabeth MacDonald
Let’s face it, sometimes you just aren’t in the mood for sex. It happens to everyone; especially if you have been trying to get pregnant. The brain and body sort of disconnect and sex becomes more of a chore than a pleasure. If you feel like you are in a sex-slump, you may want to mix up your menu and add in libido-boosting foods.
As you are meal planning, understand that keeping your cholesterol low will also increase your libido. High cholesterol causes narrowing of the arteries and weakens the blood flow, the opposite of what you want happening below the belt! Make sure you have bloodwork done to know your numbers and alter your diet accordingly.
Before heading to the grocery store, make sure to note the items you do not want to consume. The following are all no-no’s when trying to increase sex drive:
- Processed Foods (refined grains and processed foods are stripped of their nutrients)
- Alcohol (especially beer and liquor)
- Soy (edamame, too)
- Deli Meat (including hot dogs)
- Microwave Popcorn
Meals that Boost Libido
High Quality Red Meat
Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of low sex drive. It causes fatigue and moodiness, especially in women. While a steak doesn’t exactly increase your libido, it will boost your iron levels, leaving you happier and more likely to enjoy sex.
Crab and Oysters
Oysters and crabs are full of zinc, and high levels of zinc are linked to a high sex drive.
Salmon and Tuna
Fatty fish is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids that increase dopamine levels. Research shows that high dopamine levels leave you feeling more connected to your partner and more relaxed.
A salad is a great way to include numerous libido boosting foods. Spinach is full of magnesium, which decreases inflammation. Toss in berries, seeds, nuts, and a protein listed above for a balanced, healthy, delicious meal.
Wine may not be a meal, but it accompanies one. Studies have shown that women who drink 1-2 glasses of red wine are more likely to crave sex. Any more than a second glass of wine, though, and things may get a little fuzzy.
Other Snacks, Seasonings, and Add-Ins to Include in Your Meals
Hot Peppers: increase metabolism and send endorphins through the body.
Watermelon: full of lycopene, watermelon increases circulation by relaxing red blood cells.
Blueberries: full of anthocyanins (a type of flavonoid).
Pomegranates (and pomegranate juice): packed with antioxidants (but drink in moderation because it’s also full of sugar).
Pistachios and Walnuts: a good source of l-arginine (and lowers cholesterol).
Pumpkin Seeds: contain tryptophan, which triggers serotonin to be made.
Oatmeal: a good source of l-arginine (and lowers cholesterol).
Dark Chocolate: increases serotonin and dopamine levels.