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The Right Foods to Boost Your Sex Life!
By Christine DeLozier
You may have heard of pre-workout foods or supplements designed to improve energy and endurance. But what about foods to boost sexual performance? Is there a way to prepare for a night of passion the same way we prepare for a big workout? Amazingly, there are in fact foods that can be eaten prior to sex which have an immediate effect on blood flow and performance.
Potassium-rich foods such as potato, yam, squash, orange, banana, and mango are a great choice for a pre-sex meal. Potassium-rich foods make blood vessels more pliable and increase nitric oxide release shortly after eating them. In research, the effects were seen within 2 hours of eating and lasted for several hours.
Natural Dietary Nitrates
We all know that men need proper circulation for strong erections. Most people don’t realize though, that females rely on blood flow for arousal and pleasure. Nitrate-rich foods, such as spinach, celery, beets, and cabbage, luxuriate blood vessels leading to and from our sex organs for improved blood flow. The nitrates in these foods convert to nitric oxide (NO), which promotes vascular health and dilates blood vessels. NO also makes arteries more elastic, delivering more blood to the penis, vagina, and clitoris. This is also a surefire way to enhance stamina because it improves delivery of oxygen to muscles.
Within 2 hours of eating nitrate-rich foods, subjects had measurably improved arterial function in research.
Cherries, onions, apples, berries, kale, broccoli, blueberries, fresh citrus fruits, and celery contain antioxidants called polyphenols. In research, polyphenols measurably improved vascular function within hours of eating them.
What NOT to Eat Before Sex
Don’t go for high-fat or salt before sex. Scientific research has shown that a fatty meal makes blood vessels measurably stiffer within a couple hours. Within 30 minutes of eating a salty meal, there is a reduction in nitric-oxide release, which reduces blood flow.
More pliable blood vessels are better able to deliver blood to the clitoris, vagina, and penis. More blood means more pleasure and superior performance.
For a night of lovin’, take the time to add these sex-healthy foods to your menu. You can even plan a romantic date-night sex-menu with your partner, incorporating foods from all of these categories. Be creative!
Christine DeLozier, L.Ac., is the author of Diet for Great Sex: Food for Male and Female Sexual Health. As an acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice, Christine specializes in sexual health, treating males, females, and all orientations and identities and helping them to develop dietary habits that support their sexual goals. As a young single mom, Christine worked as a waitress and attended the University of Rochester, studying biology and psychology full-time. She holds master’s degrees in acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and counseling and is a certified holistic nutritional counselor. With strong interests in diet, nutrition, and natural health, Christine has a philosophy rooted in an evidence-based understanding of the physiological effect of food on the body, while honoring the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine. Learn more at ChristineDelozier.com.