Speaking of sex, our reproductive system is what differentiates us from early humans. Over time, we have evolved with bigger brain, which makes us able to differentiate between sex for pleasure and just for survival. Now, we use it for the second purpose. Even though we are wired to pass on our genes in order to prevent extinction, we are also able to think beyond that. The libido is an indicating sign of a healthy human being, but as women and men age, the sex hormones gradually drop.
Sex Hormones And Your Libido
The sex hormones are the ones that regulate the libido. When it comes to women, estrogen and progesterone are the two major sex hormones while for men the testosterone is the main sex hormone. When these hormones are imbalanced, they affect the libido but also put you at a higher risk for developing bone fracture, stroke, coronary artery disease, and osteoporosis.
Sex hormones not only regulate libido, but they regulate the immune system as well. The immune system is our first line of defense against any type of disease, and with the modern lifestyles we take shots at our own defense. The lack of sleep, refusing to exercise, inhaling the processed foods that we buy, and stress are the main things that negatively affect our immune system and make us more susceptible to disease.
Even though the libido is likely to thrive during our 20s and 30s with these poor lifestyle habits, the glam simply will not last forever. Think- depression, diabetes, obesity, work-life imbalance, high blood pressure, and so on. These culprits attack the immune system and diminish the sex drive. While there are many options when it comes to turning to the medical fields for ways to raise your libido, Mother Nature has gifted with many natural aphrodisiacs which are definitely far better options.
Healthy Foods for a Healthy Sexual Appetite
We all love watermelon; they’re juicy, flavorful, and always cool me down during hot summer days. But it turns out they can do much more than cooling you off.
They may actually heat things up.
It’s pretty obvious that watermelons are chock full of water – we don’t need Bill Nye the Science Guy to confirm this hunch. Watermelon is 92% water and 8% phytonutrients, or compounds that react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions. One of these healthy reactions is actually similar to the effects of Viagra.
The main phytonutrient in this refreshing red fruit is Citrulline, which is eventually converted to arginine, an amino acid studied for its effects on improving circulation and immunity in our bodies. But this improved circulation doesn’t stop at the heart. Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.
Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra, but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects.
Garlic acts as natural blood thinner and contains high levels of allicin, a chemical compound which is known to improve the blood flow directly to the sexual organs. For optimum results, use the garlic chopped or crushed into pieces. Let it sit around for a while so that it has enough time to release its beneficial enzymes.
This deliciously fatty fruit got its name from the Aztec word “ahuácatl” which translates to “testicle”. Avocados contain vitamin B6, also known to boost progesterone levels and regulate estrogen metabolism in women. Monounsaturated fats found in avocados are known to naturally increase testosterone levels in men.
Another testosterone booster in the green testicle-like mix is vitamin E, which is additionally believed to enhance blood circulation and improve sperm quality and motility. Additionally, avocados are packed with potassium and folic acid which enhance energy and stamina.
If you want to increase your zinc, carnitine, and arginine intake, get some meat on your plate. Zinc is very important minerals because it raises testosterone, helps increase progesterone, and it regulates estrogen. It is also very important factor in regulating dopamine, one of the neurological messengers for sexual desire.
Cartnitine and arginine are also very important amino acids, as they have effectively treated erectile dysfunction, boost the sexual responses, and improve the blood flow. However, moderation is the key when it comes to consumption of meat, because some meat sources and other components may outweigh the aforementioned benefits.
If buying your love is as simple as a chocolate bar purchase, you are not alone. Buried beneath the wrapper is a chemical love trigger known as phenylethylamine or “PEA”—PEA is a psycho-stimulant that has the ability to imitate the feeling of falling in love or sensations of euphoria. PEA is the key to releasing norepinephrine and dopamine, chemicals that are imperative to pleasure and excitement.
Methylxanthines found in chocolate increase your body’s sensitivity to help get your buttons pushed; arginine is present in chocolate as well. Eat with caution, however; not all chocolate is created equal. The more processed the chocolate (i.e. through alkalizing, fermenting, roasting, and other means), the more of the good stuff will have evaporated. Cocoa and dark chocolate are the best in terms of minimal processing.
The fig is another delicious fruit that’s actually very underrated. It’s not as popular as watermelon, but their sexual benefits are just as powerful.
During ancient Greek times, it was commonly believed that figs were one of the most sensual fruits around. Stories have even mentioned that figs resemble “an intimate oral act between a man and a woman,” while other folklore describes the fruit as resembling the anatomy of a woman. It’s not just the appearance of figs that increases libidos, it’s actually its genetic makeup.
Figs are filled with “an unusually high concentration of flavonoids, polyphenols and antioxidants which can help strengthen and prolong sexual desires. Try making a watermelon and fig salad before hitting the sheets and you might just double (or even triple!) your chances of how often you have sex.
Hippocrates, the father of Medicine has stated: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. It turns out that this Greek physician used honey to increase sexual vigor. Namely, honey is rich in boron, a mineral which facilitates estrogen use in women and increases the testosterone levels in men.
In addition to this, honey contains vitamin B6, a vitamin which works on two levels. First, it is beneficial for the libido-relate neurotransmitters and hormones, and secondly, it helps prevent a miscarriage. Put some honey onto your figs, or even better, your partner.