Did you know that what you eat can influence your “sexual appetite” as well as your overall health?
Yes, it can!
Healthy eating is important (I recommend a Keto-Alkaline diet).
But on top of eating a healthy diet there are actually specific foods that provide you with the best nutrients to help with mood, energy levels, hormone balance, blood circulation and your friskiness factor.
Most of you likely have heard that oysters can raise testosterone levels and can help with libido.
But who out there knows that pumpkin seeds and asparagus can help get your engine rev’ing?
And what about chocolate?
Chocolate and romance have been intertwined for almost two centuries! Is there any truth behind that?
According to my brother, Robert Cabeca, who is a chef and an expert in all things chocolate (read his blog at http://thechocolatechef.cookin
And there are other foods and herbs that create these same sensations…
Check out these other healthy foods that are known to increase libido. I’ve also included a few notes on herbs and botanicals that are associated with being libido boosters, too. Of course, maca is number one on MY list!
Foods that are good for your sexual appetite also have other significant health benefits as well (plus, did you ever notice libido-boosters often look just a bit sexual as well?):
Oysters and most shellfish also contain arginine, an amino acid that the body uses to make nitric oxide. Nitric oxide will relax and expand your blood vessels, much like the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, thereby increasing libido.
One note about foods containing zinc. Zinc is so vital. It helps with fertility, immunity, prevention of hair loss, hormone balance, insulin sensitivity and dopamine production. And many people – and many men – have low zinc levels, especially over the age of 60. I often suggest 50-60 mg daily, but definitely discuss with your doctor as to what is right for you. Oysters are a great way to bump up your zinc.
This long green spear is incredibly nutrient-dense, including being packed with antioxidant nutrients that will fuel your body!
And don’t avocados just look sexy somehow?
Fish and seafood should be one of the main dietary components in a “libido diet,” mainly because of their higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for cellular diffusion and brain and nerve cell health. In particular I like mackerel and salmon.
Omega-3’s are also a precursor of prostaglandins , hormone-like substances that play a large role in sexual health.
Walnuts and almonds are another major source of essential fatty acids.
Oh! Oiling up is good inside and outside the body! Fish oil lowers inflammation and lowers sex-hormone binding globulin which makes more testosterone free and available.
You can google these treatments to learn more although I will talk a bit about maca below. There is research on maca relating to both its libido-enhancing effects as well as it helping improve infertility.
Some of these herbal and botanical treatments work to provide adrenal support. Others are thought to provide a relaxed state of mind. And others are thought to increase blood flow and/or optimize testosterone and estrogen metabolism. You should always discuss supplements – even natural ones – with your doctor.
Last but not least, a tuber root vegetable grown for centuries in Peru, called maca root contains a combination of starches, amino acids, minerals, fatty acids, and vitamins which is nature’s perfect formulation for balancing hormones.
It works better for menopausal women than HRT, since rather than supplying hormones for the body, it works on the pituitary and hypothalamus glands and stimulates them to make endogenous hormones in the appropriate amounts within the body itself.
Maca is actually consumed as a food in Peru, and I designed my energy and hormone balancing Mighty Maca® Plus drink with Maca as one of the main 40+ superfood ingredients it contains.
Check out this link for 3 delicious libido-stoking recipes from my friend Leanne Ely.
Do you have favorite libido-boosting foods, herbs or recipes? Share them below!