You’ve probably heard that chocolate and oysters are an aphrodisiac, or foods that’s can boost libido, but there are many other foods and things that can be considered aphrodisiacs which you may not have thought of.
First off, before we list those foods and other things, it’s important to understand what makes food an aphrodisiac. An aphrodisiac is something which entices the senses and causes a greater production of endorphins. Endorphins are feel-good hormones which do just that, make us feel good, or in this case, in the mood.
There are two main neurotransmitters needed for sex – dopamine and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters are affected by our diet, for example consuming foods like meat, poultry, and hard cheeses boost production of specific amino acids which work to boost levels of these neurotransmitters.
While some neurotransmitters are necessary for sex, others need to be decreased, that being serotonin. High levels of serotonin can decrease libido and consuming certain foods can actually keep serotonin levels low which means you can focus on love.
Therefore, the goal of an aphrodisiac food is to increase dopamine and norepinephrine and decrease serotonin.
Now, with that explanation aside, here are three categories which aphrodisiacs fall into.
- Engages all five senses: This includes the setting such as creating dim lighting, candles, music – basically setting the mood. Setting the mood helps mentally prepare yourself for sex and tantalizes the senses visually, along with promoting sensual scents which reduce stress and boost libido.
- Foods and beverages: Now that the mood has been set around you, it’s time to eat and drink to further boost your libido. It’s important that the foods you choose include vitamin E and zinc, which help with blood circulation, which is necessary for your sexual parts to function properly. Alcohol (in moderation) and spicy foods are good choices for an instant libido boost as they work quickly in the body to cause a reaction.
- Daily foods to eat for healthy libido: To maintain your libido on the regular, and stay healthy, there are certain nutrients your diet should contain. This includes zinc, vitamin C and E, iron, and iodine. These nutrients keep you healthy overall and promote proper blood circulation, which is necessary for libido and sex.
Following these three premises for a healthy libido can help boost the mood and promote a healthier sex life.