Foods That Boost Your Libido
February is here, the month of love. A time when we celebrate Valentine’s Day and those in our life we cherish. If the never-ending Groundhog Day and a year of wearing the same sweatpants has you feeling not so sexy, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a list of foods that boost your libido. It’s time to mix it up!
Top of the list is kelp, a nutritious sea vegetable. Seaweed is nature’s best source of iodine and is packed with minerals. Iodine is needed for the production of thyroid hormone. Both a deficiency in (hypothyroidism) and excess of (hyperthyroidism) the thyroid hormone have been linked to erectile dysfunction in men, painful intercourse for women, and low libido for both genders. Kelp is light brown to dark green and commonly found in flakes, sheets or noodles. Add a make-your-own sushi night to the menu this month or sprinkle kelp flakes on a warm cup of soup. It’s time to make love in the kitchen!
Brazil nuts are very nutritious and energy-dense, rich in zinc and selenium. Nuts are rich in antioxidants and help reduce inflammation. Zinc helps boost immunity as well as testosterone levels and selenium is beneficial for brain health and improving mental capacity. When you feel strong in body and mind, you’ll be more open to connecting with your partner. You don’t want to overdo it with selenium in your diet as increased selenium has been linked to prostate cancer; one nut a day has you covered.
Flaxseeds are the most concentrated plant source of omega-3 fatty acids providing heart-healthy nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties. Improving cardiovascular health is a bonus for your libido. Flaxseeds help with elevated levels of estrogen and low levels of progesterone, which is known as estrogen dominance. Excess estrogen can cause a loss of interest in sex. The lignins in the flaxseed bind with estrogen in the intestines and are then excreted. Flaxseed can also help with constipation. You’re not going to be in the mood for romance if things aren’t flowing regularly! Make sure you drink extra water when consuming flaxseed. For more on storing and preparing flaxseed check out our recent blog The Best Superfoods to Boost Your Energy.
Salmon is another excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which plays an essential anti-inflammatory role in the body. This fish is a rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals, of which many are potent antioxidants. Salmon is a heart-healthy food that protects against heart disease and improves blood flow. Insufficient blood flow can cause both men and women issues in terms of sexual performance. Keep the blood pumping! Glaze 2 salmon fillets with a mix of dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar, bake in the oven and then sprinkle with parsley. Your partner will surely be thankful for your efforts in the kitchen, and all good deeds must be rewarded!
Choose Your Own Adventure
Eating clean and adding certain foods to your diet is a surefire way to improve your overall health and well-being, which is always a boost for your libido. This is also your chance to add in your own flavour. What food do you love? Is there a special meal you and your partner love to prepare together? Enjoying time in the kitchen together, connecting, laughing, working together can boost your sexual energy. Add your own spice to heat things up!
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