While much of the lore surrounding the
desire-and-performance-enhancing effects of certain foods is anecdotal, a good
diet can boost libido and ensure that the equipment is working well, so to
speak. A poor diet contributes to a host of health issues, which can often find
their way into the bedroom. For example, erectile dysfunction is often linked
to obesity and/or diabetes, both conditions that are often linked to poor diet.
your eating habits and behaviors may not be a cure-all for sexual issues, but
it’s a good place to start. Food is an important part of everyday life, so it
only makes sense that a person’s eating habits can affect their sex life.
a very real sense, the brain is the most important sex organ. Sex begins with
affection, intimacy, and desire. Mealtime is a great time to unwind with your
partner and build intimacy in a relaxed, pleasurable setting.
Resolve Food Conflicts
may be helpful for couples to build intimacy and trust by discussing any personal
issues surrounding each partner’s relationship with food. Examples of potential
person may be an obsessive dieter
be supportive of a partner’s weight-loss journey. Body weight is tied to self-esteem
and body image for most people. If you are aware that your partner is an
emotional eater, offer your support. Criticizing or looking over your partner’s
shoulder while they are eating will not foster good feelings when eating
together. Be supportive, not destructive.
the body with the right kinds of food has been linked to better mood and
greater energy. Omega-3s improve heart health, and may reduce the risk of
depression (which is often linked to the loss of sexual desire) by increasing
dopamine production, and may have a positive impact on libido. A consistently healthy
diet may help maintain a better mood to support a healthy relationship.
amino acid is used by the body to make nitric oxide, an important chemical
involved in helping blood vessels relax, which correlates with better blood
flow. Better blood flow to the erectile tissues, especially the erectile
tissues in the penis, correlates with better, more sustainable erections
capable of penetrating the vagina. Studies suggest that supplemental L-arginine
does little, however, to improve erection, because it is broken down in the
intestines before reaching the bloodstream. It may be more helpful, therefore,
to supplement with L-citrulline, another amino acid. L-citrulline is converted
to arginine in the body, after absorption into the circulation. L-citrulline is
found in foods such as watermelon. Arginine is found in foods such as
- leafy vegetables
Although the link
between zinc and sexual health is not completely understood, it is known that this mineral is
interrelated with the body’s production of testosterone, and is necessary for
development of sperm/semen in men. Adequate zinc may boost male fertility. Zinc
and other nutrients, such as folate, may also impact female fertility.
Traditionally, oysters have been viewed as aphrodisiacs, capable of kindling
sexual desire. There may be something to this myth—oysters are nature’s richest
source of this essential element.
has been linked to lower fertility. It may also damage self-esteem, which can affect libido and the desire to be
sodium can increase blood pressure and limit blood flow. High blood pressure
has negative sexual effects for both men and women: It can lead to erectile
dysfunction in men, and reduce blood flow to the vagina in women. Certain blood
pressure medications can cause undesired sexual side effects. Talk to your
doctor if you are experiencing any negative side effects; an alternative
medication may be available.
diet high in saturated fat and/or trans fats can increase “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Too much LDL cholesterol may lead to buildup of plaque in arteries, which can
limit blood flow and contribute to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the
underlying cause of most heart disease.
drinking alcohol may lower inhibitions and increase the likelihood that you
will engage in sexual activity, it can also cause acute or chronic erectile
dysfunction. Sex during alcohol use also increases the chances that you will
fail to use proper precautions against the transmission of sexually transmitted
infections. Out-of-control drinking can also negatively affect relationships
and behavior. Do not rely on alcohol to improve your sex life.