The food we “eat” can affect our “sex” drive in both a “positive and negative” way, so it’s important to choose “wisely” when it comes to getting “turned on” in the bedroom.
While some of these “anti-aphrodisiacs,” which include surprising foods such as broccoli, tofu and oats, are “good” for us in the long run, they are best “not consumed” when you’re hoping to get in the “mood” for love.
“Food can have an incredible impact on our lives, affecting not only our physical health but our emotional well being too,” Elouise Bauskis, nutritionist at NutriCenter claims.
Sharing a hot dog might seem like a romantic thing to do but it’s not the most conducive to bedroom action.
“Our libido can be affected by a number of outside influences, from stress, tiredness, shift work, financial worries or simply working long hours.”
She continued: “The food we eat can affect our sex drive in both a positive and negative way.”
“Generally fresh foods and a rainbow of fruit and vegetables will help give you the best possible chance of lifting mood and increasing energy levels naturally, which all helps to get us in the mood for love.”
Foods such as “tofu, beans, broccoli and oatmeal” are all very good for you but when it comes to “action under the sheets,” they might not be best consumed.
Want some bedroom action? Choose wisely as the food we eat can affect our sex drive.
Broccoli contains “sugars” which are similar to the ones in beans – and to “digest” them your body will need to use “methane” releasing bacteria… which are, essentially, “farts.”
As there is nothing more mood-ruining than “flatulence” in the boudoir, it makes sense to abstain from this “cruciferous” vegetable.
And for the very same reason you should avoid “beans.”
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them at all as “broccoli” is rich in vitamins A and K plus are chock-full of minerals such as “magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium and iron.”
Red meat, like a “rare” steak, is often viewed as a “sexy” food but can sometimes affect people “adversely,” especially if they don’t have a good “digestive” system, making them feel “full and lethargic.”
Elouise Bauskis has identify 15 foods you should “steer” clear of if you’re planning on getting “cozy” under the covers.
Liquorices has been linked to lower testosterone levels, so it might be best not to have this treat before bed.
1. Black liquorice
Liquorice intake has been linked to “lower” testosterone levels. The stronger the “testosterone,” the stronger the “sexual desire,” for both men and women, so maybe best not to have this as a sweet treat.
Dairy products can make you feel clogged up and full of mucus.
Dairy generally is a “libido” killer. For many dairy is “congesting and mucus” producing, so not the ideal way to feel before sex!
It all depends how you are “digesting” beans. For some they’ll feel full of “energy” after a bean-filled meal, for others they may feel “sluggish” or at worst “bloated” and even an increase in “flatulence,” so best avoided.
Choose your chocolate carefully as not all chocs are bad. Go for “dark” chocolate that contains a minimum of 70 per cent cocoa, as it will be the most “nutritious” way to consume this delicious, “sensual” food!
“Dark chocolate is naturally high in many antioxidants, choose raw for the highest possible levels of naturally occurring nutrients.”
Chocolate is “rich” in L-tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin. “When we have good levels of serotonin we feel happier and this decreases our stress levels.”
“Dark chocolate also contains phenylethylamine, which is the same feel good chemical that the body produces during those first moments of falling in love – no wonder we adore it,” Bauskis said.
Processed foods such as hot dogs are not good for the libido.
5. Hot dogs
The high “saturated” content of hot dogs can clog up the “vaginal and penile” arteries, making this the least “romantic” handheld treat around.
“All processed foods are a no for libido. Hot dogs are a very processed food in an overly processed bun that provides very little nutrition. Think about how you feel eating something like this.”
“You may feel sluggish and low in energy – not good for feeling sexy,” Bauskis commented.
While they may freshen your breath, the menthol in peppermints has been shown to reduce testosterone levels.
The “menthol” in peppermint has been shown to “reduce” testosterone levels, sending your “sex drive” plummeting.
And while “bad breath” is a turn off, definitely do not “chew gum” as chewing brings more air into your system, making you “prone to burp.”
“One of the most well-known herbs, it’s great for the digestive system, but it has negative repercussions on the libido, so avoid.”
Definitely don’t have anything with tonic in it.
7. Tonic Water
This often contains “quinine” which is used as a flavoring agent in tonic water and some other beverages.
“Quinine has been used as an anti-malarial agent, but it’s been linked to a decrease in sexual function, so avoid before sex,” Bauskis said.
The trans fats in French fries and chips can impact levels of testosterone in the body.
8. French fries
Again an overly “processed” food, that has a very high “glycaemic” index, meaning that this food releases its “energy” very quickly into our systems
“You may feel initially good on eating them, but pretty soon after, your energy levels will quickly slump, leaving you feeling low,” the nutritionist said.
“Plus you may not feel well if they’ve been cooked in bad quality oil, which may cause you to feel sluggish and even indigestion – all libido killers!”
Salt: This can make you retain water and swell if you eat more than your recommended allowance of 6g a day.
Gluten: If sensitive this can lead to bloating, sluggishness and cramps – which you should definitely avoid if you’re looking to get lucky on Valentine’s night.
Trans fats: These are found in products such as margarine and some processed foods like biscuits and cake, and are known for raising cholesterol levels, making you feel unhealthy
Red meat can energies some people but make others feel lethargic.
9. Red meat
It depends how you feel individually after eating meat. For some, it will “energize” them, providing them with iron, which will increase “oxygenation” throughout the body.
For some people red meat itself may make them feel more “animal.”
For others, if they don’t have good digestive function, or “fire”, then red meat may sit heavily in them, making them feel “lethargic.” So it depends on the individual.
Tofu is high in phytoestrogens, and can decrease testosterone levels.
Tofu and soya products contain “phytoestrogens,” and eaten in excess, soy can “decrease” testosterone levels, so steer clear of tofu to keep your “sexual desire” high.
Provides little “nutritional” value.
11. Canned food
Processed food, suspended in time, there for the long haul, but providing little “nutritional” value, plus energetically “dead” food.
This definitely won’t increase your “vitality,” nor your “sex life!”
Thirsty? Try not to overindulge in red wine.
12. Red wine
In moderation red wine may increase “blood flow,” whilst relaxing you and “lowering” your inhibitions. But only have it in “small” amounts, as you don’t want to “overdo” it!
Oatmeal is good for your heart and can lower stress levels but its high fiber content can make you feel gassy.
May be good for you by helping to lower “stress” levels, but aside from keeping you “full” energy-wise, oatmeal won’t directly “increase” your libido.
Plus the “high fiber” content can lead to “gassy” feelings.
Quick burst and then a slow whimper. Energy drinks may give you an instant boost but it will be short-lived.
14. Energy drinks
These are often full of “sugar” and nasties such as “artificial” colors and flavors. They may give you an instant “energy” lift, which may increase “endurance and stamina,” but this may be short-lived.
Broccoli causes your body to produce methane gas.
While it can produce “gas,” broccoli is a wonderful vegetable that helps the body to naturally “detoxify.”
“Broccoli is rich in phytochemicals such as Sulforaphane and Indole-3-Carbinol which may help to decrease excess estrogen in the body.”
“Eating plenty of broccoli may have a positive effect on prostate health and may help prevent heart disease. A great food to eat to improve your hormonal health overall.”
Want to get in the “mood?” Start by feeding your “brain” dopamine boosting food.
To “boost” levels it’s essential to eat lots of “proteins,” because these contain “amino acids,” which are converted into “neurotransmitters” in the brain.
Amino acids are found in oily “fish, eggs, beans, peas, milk, wheat germ, beetroot and bananas.”
The production of “dopamine” also relies on “vitamins and minerals,” so make sure you eat plenty of “fresh fruit and vegetables” — watermelon, which contains vitamins A, B6 and C, is a particularly good addition to the diet.
The following “spices” can also boost “dopamine” levels: “basil, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chilli peppers, cumin, fennel, flax seeds, garlic, ginger, mustard seeds, rosemary, sesame seeds, tarragon and turmeric.”