Anyone in a long-term relationship will tell you that keeping the flames alive in the bedroom is work. Stress, lack of sleep, children, and changing hormones all can contribute to a lower sex drive. Sometimes medication or visits with a professional is needed but sometimes a change in diet can help too. Here are some foods to try incorporating into your meals for renewed energy in the bedroom!
Foods like strawberries, raspberries, chocolate, red meat, legumes, seeds, and nuts are all high in zinc. Zinc has been shown to boost testosterone levels and zinc deficiency can be a cause of erectile dysfunction. Low testosterone levels not only affect men but can be a source of low sex drive for women as well. Being deficient in zinc can lead to a loss of sense and smell which can also reduce pleasure during intimacy.
We’ve discussed the importance of folic acid on this blog before and it is also important for a healthy sex life. Folic acid keeps your body energized and boosts your mood. Vitamin B6 has a number of functions in our bodies, including helping our liver detoxify our bodies, improving cognitive function, and keeping mood swings under control. It also helps stabilizes hormones in our bodies. One way to ensure you’re getting enough of both of these nutrients is to look for fortified foods that contain both.
Arginine or L-Arginine is an amino acid that helps with blood circulation, building muscle, and helping us heal. It’s been shown to help with erectile dysfunction and women have stated that arginine supplements have helped them achieve an orgasm more easily. In addition, foods like dark chocolate release serotonin and endorphins that improves your mood.
Vitamin C has been shown to increase sperm count in addition to keeping our skin looking fresh, fighting off chronic disease, keeping blood pressure down, and keeping our immune system strong. It’s also been shown to improve our cognitive abilities and our memory. Summer is a great time to stock up on guava, oranges, kiwis, and peppers which are high in vitamin C too!
Looking for more ways to improve your health through foods you eat? Check out our blog post on foods to eat for a better night’s sleep!