There was one study that says the secret to a happy and lasting marriage is noticing how happy the partner. Although that is absolutely helpful, one of the most vital thing that binds the couple, it is sex. Hence, it is of utmost importance to put efforts in maintaining and even boosting your sexual health and libido.
Engaging in sexual activity on a regular basis is not only pleasurable and enjoyable but offers many health benefits, too. Among the health benefits of having sex include the following;
- Lower risk of heart attack
- Boost the body’s immune system
- Better bladder control in women
- Improve sleep quality
- Reduce stress and anxiety
Therefore, maintaining a healthy sexual health and engaging in quality sex regularly is a vital part of achieving health and wellness. Fortunately, there are many ways to achieve it.
First and foremost, you should work closely on your diet and healthy lifestyle practices. The combination of these two important factors for better health is crucial in maintaining and boosting serotonin, which is the happy hormone and plays a role in boosting libido.
Sex Boosting Superfoods
Let’s have a quick look on some of the superfoods you should be eating to achieve not only better health but better sex, as well. The reason for this is when you’re sexy, you’re healthy and vice versa.
It is true scientifically1 that lifestyle changes such as caloric restriction and exercise are helpful in improving erectile dysfunction especially in obese men. Now, adding these various superfoods in your typical diet can do an even better to your sex life.
Nuts are healthy sources of good fats. Additionally, nuts like almonds are delicious and with regular consumption, they’re known to boost libido and fertility.
Almond nuts have trace minerals that are crucial to sexual and reproductive health. Almonds are rich in zinc, vitamin E and selenium essential to maintaining and boosting sexual health.
In fact, zinc not only promotes fertility in men but also improve libido and desire for sex. Unfortunately, experts have no way of explaining how the mechanism works but the evidence it works is there.
To enjoy the maximum health benefits of almonds, eat them raw instead of roasted.
Avocados are rich in healthy fat, which is essential for health and increasing testosterone in men. But before going further, you may no idea with this odd fact about avocado. The word avocado comes from the word āhuacatl, which is an Aztec term meaning testicle.
Probably, this is one of the reasons avocados are listed as an aphrodisiac. However, it is not in their appearance but because avocados are rich in healthy fat. It is abundance in mono and polyunsaturated fats. Yes, it contains a few saturated fats but most likely it is a good kind of saturated fat just like coconut oil.
The healthy fats found in avocados are essential for cardiovascular health. And, guess what? Anything that keeps the cardiovascular health maintains a better blood flow in the entire body essential for sexual health. In men, erection primarily depends on proper blood flow.
For men who already have erection problems, healthy lifestyle changes and including fruits like avocado and watermelon is a good thing.
Arugula is one of the dark green leafy vegetables with trace minerals and antioxidants. Moreover, arugula belongs to the cruciferous. With that being said, it has cancer-fighting properties.2.
The trace minerals and antioxidants in arugula are vital for maintaining sexual health. It helps get rid of free radicals and environmental contaminants that have a negative influence on your sex life.
Probably, this is one of the reasons some people consider arugula as an aphrodisiac.
Asparagus is packed with folate, a B vitamin that helps stimulate in histamine production. In one study3, although researchers didn’t fully understand its role in male erection, they suggest that it may have biological effect on post-ejaculatory period.
Moreover, asparagus is also rich in vitamin E, which is an antioxidant and play a role in sex hormone production.
5. Citrus Fruits
One of the known sources of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. Moreover, aside from vitamin C, citrus fruits also contain other antioxidants and folic acid. All these are crucial to maintaining overall health and sexual health, as well especially in men.
Figs may not be as appealing to the eyes but it has aphrodisiac properties. This fruit contains both soluble and insoluble dietary fibers crucial for heart health.
Moreover, the high dietary fiber contents in fig make you feel full quicker and longer. In other words, if you want to lose weight, you should include figs in your typical diet.
One of the popular seafood known for its aphrodisiac property is oysters.
The reason oysters are considered as an aphrodisiac, they are rich in zinc. Zinc not only known to boost libido but also improves fertility.
Among other seafood that is healthy and considers as aphrodisiacs include wild salmon and herring due to their richness in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fats are good for heart health.
Strawberries are red hot sexy. As a matter of fact, the Metro reports one study that finds women wearing red appear sexier to men. Additionally, an earlier study finds that waitress wearing red received more tips than those wearing white.
There’s a sexual magic in red, right? So, what’s in the strawberries that make them valuable for sexual health?
Well, strawberries are rich in folic acid. Moreover, a study done by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley say folic acid is valuable in preventing congenital disabilities, which they attributed to men’s high sperm count.
What’s even more interesting is that strawberries dipped in dark chocolate makes a perfect pair for a Valentine date dinner dessert. Dark chocolate also contains many aphrodisiac properties adding to strawberries amazing health benefits.
If you’re looking for natural foods that could give you boost in bed especially this coming Valentine’s day, check the list above. However, in order to reap the health benefits, in the long run, you should make these superfoods as part of your typical diet.
Therefore, don’t just eat them during special occasions like Valentine’s date, but eat them daily. You don’t have to eat them at once but simply find something that you can include on a daily basis.
While taking supplements is a good thing, getting nutrients from natural sources such as from these foods is still ideal. There’s a good reason why supplements are called “supplements”. Supplements are formulated to support one’s healthy lifestyle practices.
- Effect of Lifestyle Changes on Erectile Dysfunction in Obese Men – A Randomized Controlled Trial ↩
- Erucin, the Major Isothiocyanate in Arugula (Eruca sativa), Inhibits Proliferation of MCF7 Tumor Cells by Suppressing Microtubule Dynamics ↩
- Is there a significance of histamine in the control of the human male sexual response? ↩