Now that the Holiday Season is in full swing, many of us find ourselves at the occasional holiday party or friendly get together with colleagues and friends. Invariably, when you mix people who are passionate about food and “the life” with some holiday cheer (read copious amounts of adult beverages!) the subject of sex always seems to come up…
The nuances vary, but most everyone is interested in who’s knockin’ boots with who or somebody is always bragging about how much they are getting or who they want to get it with. Most healthy adults want to have great sex. If you’re not having any sex, you of course want it; if you’re having mediocre sex, you want an upgrade to naughty sex and if your sex life is great, well, you want it to be mind-blowing. Most of my friends, colleagues, and fellow forty-somethings agree that some of the best sex begins in the kitchen.
From old-fashion folklore to scientific validation, most agree that proper nutrition is vital to the quality of your sex life.
Here is the somewhat scientific (it’s amazing how intelligent one becomes after the 4th snifter of Louis XIII) list of top foods that lead to great sex:
1). Whole grains
Brown rice may look like Clark Kent, but a bowl of whole grains, like oatmeal can make you Superman (or woman) in bed. While not the stuff of fantasy, that morning bowl of oats is high in zinc and can increase testosterone, which increases sexual desire (in both men and women). And being complex carbohydrates, whole grains create staying power, so you can perform in a way that matches your passion.
2). Chocolate (no surprise here!)
What is the magic of this rich, dark, creamy, sensual, sweet, sexy…sorry, I’m easily distracted… There some amazing mojo working inside of chocolate. This lovely indulgence is a rich source of magnesium, which soothes nerves, making us feel open and receptive. But the true power of chocolate is phenylalanine, an amino acid that raises the body’s endorphins and produces dopamine, the brain chemical that surges during orgasm…for both men and women, creating…well, spectacularly great ‘O-hhhhhhh’s and Aaaahhhhh’s. (Is it getting warm in here???)
Casanova was right. But I’m guessing that he didn’t know that it was all about the zinc, which improves testosterone levels which leads to incredible sexual performance, as well as improved sperm countl.
4). Chili Peppers
Hot peppers really heat things up as we eat them, but capsaicin, the source of that heat, triggers endorphins, our sensations of pleasure, which is very, very good for very, very good sex. Chilies also stimulate the nervous system, accentuating the effects of arousal, which is very, very, very good for very, very, very good sex. Conclusion? Hot, spicy foods can lead to hot, spicy sex. However…CAUTION, always wash your hands after handling hot peppers before you engage in any hanky panky….(trust me on this one..ask me how I know)
5). Chia Seeds
Yes, the same seeds that can grow a chia pet can contribute to great sex. In terms of nutrition, a mere tablespoon of these tiny, ancient seeds are like making a smoothie made from salmon, spinach and human growth hormone. Packed with omega 3’s and 6’s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc (again!), fiber and antioxidants, chia seeds will give you stamina to burn, improve circulation and increase your body’s ability to feel stimulation.
6). Ginger, Garlic, Onions
To really get your juices flowing, pile on the garlic, leeks, onions, scallions and chives. Known as alliums, these powerful vegetables will give you the stamina that pharmaceuticals can only promise. There are religious sects that actually ban the consumption of these humble foods because they believe they feed desire.
Containing chemical compounds that stimulate blood flow to genital area, these vegetables cause intense feelings of arousal, resulting in a strong, enduring sex.
And if bad breath worries you, just pull the little green sprout from the center of the garlic clove before mincing and make sure you both munch on the parsley garnish on your plates. Breath won’t be an issue…and with any luck, you’ll be so busy, who’ll care?
7). Olive oil
We need fat to produce sex hormones; not the kind that builds up around our bellies and hips, but healthy fat in our food. Here comes the sexy part. Fat and cholesterol are metabolized in the liver, stimulating the production of testosterone and estrogen, which we need for our sex drive…and performance. A healthy balance of sex hormones produces a strong libido in men and women.
But skip the saturated fats in steak, butter and lobster and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil (rich in vitamin E, shown to improve sexual function) on the pasta, on the salad, or on her. (him)
Tomatoes were named ‘love apples’ by the Puritans for their ‘sinful’ sexual stimulation. Sought after as a love potion due to their red color, which signified excitement and passion, we now know the force behind tomatoes is the antioxidant, lycopene, a powerful libido-enhancer in both men and women.
Chinese medicine tells us that soy relaxes and cools the body. When people are relaxed, they tend to be more open and receptive. In the bedroom, that’s good!
But it’s the science of soy that’s the sexy part. Soy contains phytoesterogens, hormone-like compounds that bind estrogen receptors. With soy as a regular part of your diet, vaginal lubrication is less of a problem (that’s very good…). But the best part? Studies have shown that soy can be very beneficial to prostate health, which is crucial to male sexual function.
Makes tofu seem a lot sexier now, I bet. Oh, and for those of you not eating soy, add some fennel to your diet for the same benefits.
So you think the sexy part of artichokes is eating them, fingers all sticky with oil, juices dribbling down the wrist, just begging to be kissed away? Ancient Romans believed that eating artichokes were not only an aphrodisiac, but would result in everlasting life. They were off on the living forever part, but artichokes can result in better sex.
Science has shown that pantothenic acid is the reason for artichokes’ reputation. Regulating bile production, artichokes tonify the liver, which governs nervous system response, so eating artichokes increases our response to stimulus. And increased response to stimulus means better sex.
With these ten foods added to your diet, you’ll be off to the races…if and only if, you make healthy food choices overall, exercise regularly and live a more natural life.