Some people are born lovers, but most of us could use a little help from time to time. Especially if you have been with your partner for many years or are under a lot of stress, just getting in the mood or staying in it can be challenging.
And while a foundation of health in body and mind is the best aphrodisiac, there are certain foods that both support overall well-being and can spice up our love lives. Here are some of my favorite and delicious ways to invite pleasure.
Tomatoes, called love apples when they appeared in Europe centuries ago, are aphrodisiacs inside and out. The texture and taste of tomatoes heightens the senses and gives a sensual pleasure. And they can calm the nervous system, improve muscular control, and aid sexual performance. Tomatoes are perfectly paired with basil, which improves circulation and increases heart rate.
The allure of almonds lies mostly in their aroma, and how they pass that sweet seductive smell to us when we eat them. And almonds contain L-arginine, an amino acid that increases circulation and arousal. Almonds are also high in fiber, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants that help us be healthier, therefore better, lovers. The magnesium in almonds and other aphrodisiac foods is essential for the production of sex hormones.
Sweet sensuous strawberries are aphrodisiac simply by their shape and how we eat them. They also support blood flow and are high in vitamin C.
In addition to the lovely scent of that succulent squash, pumpkin seeds offer a lot of zinc, which is required for testosterone and sperm production. Pumpkin seeds are also high in magnesium and iron.
This spicy green has been associated with sex and fertility since ancient Egyptian times. It boosts blood flow, aids digestion, and may help clear the mind. It is high in many minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that keep our bodies and sex drives healthy.
The Greek goddess of love Aphrodite herself, from whom we get the word aphrodisiac, is sometimes depicted as rising from the sea. It should be no surprise that some love foods also come from the ocean. Sea vegetables, like dulse, kelp, kombu, and wakame, are high in the B vitamins that are required to produce sex hormones, and they directly increase circulation to the genitals.
They also contain iodine, manganese, and selenium, which support the health of the immune system and metabolism.
One of the most classic aphrodisiacs, the appropriately shaped asparagus is incredibly high in antioxidants, helping us maintain vitality and health. They are also high in vitamin E and folate, which support the reproductive system and healthy pregnancies in case your play has a purpose beyond pleasure.
Chia seeds are also high in the L-arginine amino acid. Known as warrior food by the Aztecs, chia seeds contribute to stamina and raise energy levels. They are high in mood-balancing omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants.
Chocolate is the most famous aphrodisiac for good reason. Pure cacao (not the diluted sugary stuff that is mostly milk, but true cacao that is 70% or higher) contains amino acids that stimulate the release of the same hormones and neurotransmitters released during other pleasurable activities.
Chocolate causes the brain to release dopamine and supports production of the serotonin, two chemicals that contribute to positive mood and pleasure.
The primary secret to being a good lover is a healthy body and mind. A healthy body becomes aroused more easily, has longer endurance, and a higher capacity for pleasure. Its also easier to be present, attentive, and generous with another person when you are in good physical and mental shape.
But there are some natural ways to support the health of your reproductive system, get you and your partner in the mood, and ensure that you both have the necessary stimulation and stamina.. Enjoy these delicious foods as part of a healthy lifestyle, and let the sparks fly.