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Feed Your Libido: Plant-Based Nutrition to Increase Your Sexual Desire

January 2, 2013

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Food and sex have been linked together all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Way back when, before the invention of chemically enhanced sexual stimulants, people had to put in a little work in order to reach a happy ending. We've gotten lazy folks! 

Today, it seems so simple to fix sexual health issues with a little pill, but when we take a deeper look, it becomes clear that overall health and wellness can have a huge effect on your sex life. Simply put, the healthier your weight, and the better your cholesterol levels and heart health, the better you will feel overall. When you feel well physically - when you're energized and you feel confident and sexy in your body - your sex life can skyrocket.

If your sex drive is low, this generally means you are not in picture perfect health. Everything from poor nutrition to arthritis and diabetes can have an effect on your sex drive. It's important to say goodbye to your pharmacist for the time being and reexamine the links between food and sex right there at your local grocery store. Making sure you are getting all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body needs is imperative for great health and a killer sex drive. Most people don't know where to begin. With a little help and a handful of smart food choices, you can be on your way to a stimulating and satisfying sex life.

There is a plethora of sexy, healthy, libido boosting nutrients packed into fresh, whole, plant-based foods,  which provide you with the necessary tools you need to be the glowing, healthy sexy beast you have always wanted to be! You do not have to be a full time vegetarian or vegan- simply making sure that you are getting enough of these nutrients can ensure that your evenings will be filled with excitement and pleasure. Zinc: Zinc is vital for testosterone production, which affects sexual desire, vigor and stamina in both men and women. Zinc deficiencies in men can cause sexual performance problems. Zinc helps to prevent PMS symptoms in women.

Food Choices: tempeh, adzuki beans, chick peas, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, pine nuts Omega 3's: Omegas help reduce inflammation in the body, are anti-aging, and are a necessity for good heart and brain health. Omegas have also shown to enhance overall moods, reduce irritability and aide in hormone balance, all of which helps to put you in the right mood. Certain omega sources, like Primrose, an herb often taken as a supplement, have been used to alleviate PMS and menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, because they aid in the production of sex hormones including estrogen and testosterone.

Food Choices: flax seeds, flax oil, walnuts, tofu, hemp seeds, beans, olive oil B vitamins: B vitamins help regulate the sex organs, which directly correlate with the amount of sex hormone that is released in the body. Vitamin B deficiencies can lead to lethargy and fatigue, which usually means more sleep and rest is needed, not sex. B's also play a large role in brain function and cognition.

Food Choices: beans, lentils, bananas, Nutritional Yeast for B12

Folate: Folate is needed for increased blood flow down below. It is involved in the production of histamines in the body. Histamine, a protein involved in many allergic reactions, is actually needed if you want to have an orgasm. That's right, folks; the very thing that makes you sneeze can also bring on shocking pleasure. A lack of folate could mean a lack of histamines, which may leave you wishing for an orgasm that just won't come. Since cooking foods with folate can lower the amount of nutritional punch you will get, choose fresh veggies and fruit when possible.

Food Choices: Asparagus, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, beans, beets, fennel, whole grains  and pineapple Kidney enhancing foods: In Chinese medicine, the kidneys store your "jing" meaning your source of life; your jing affects everything from your energy levels to immunity to your sexual vitality. Abusing your kidneys with excess stimulants including caffeine, tobacco and alcohol lowers your jing and lessens your sexual desire. By improving your diet and lifestyle you can enhance your jing and in return, enhance your sex life. Food Choices: beans, peas, lentils, whole grains like spelt, quinoa and oats, root veggies like carrots, yams and parsnips Blood purifying foods: Stagnation of the blood from excessive fatty and processed foods effects blood flow to the key sex organs. Cleansing the blood of impurities can help enhance circulation to all the right body parts. Food Choices: garlic, dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and collard greens, burdock root, onions, leeks, beets and sea vegetables Blood Flow Enhancing Foods: Sexual arousal includes an increased heartbeat, which sends blood flow to the sex organs. Increased blood flow to these organs allows for "normal" sexual performance. Poor circulation can affect sexual function in both men and women. Food Choices: ginger, chili peppers, spices like curry, mustard seed and wasabi, ginko nuts, oatmeal, root veggies Boosting your libido can start tonight! Add in a few of these libido boosting food choices into your meals and get that fire started! Rachel Venokur is a Certified Holistic Health Coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Rachel specializes in helping clients transition away from the standard American diet (SAD) to a more plant-based way of eating for optimum sexual health and overall vitality. Whether you are looking to clean up your diet, lose weight, control your symptoms, increase your quality of life or make a full transition, her coaching will empower you to make long lasting choices that work specifically for you.