Many of us do not realize how many changes occur over time to our bodies which directly affect our sex drive, performance, and pleasure as part of the natural aging process. Both women and men begin experiencing decreased hormonal production starting as early as 40. Oxidation of the blood which plays a major role in healthy blood circulation starts to decrease at a relatively young age, further impairing sexual performance and satisfaction.
The good news is that there are many fresh, raw foods that help to counter the aging process and increase the nutrients vital to enhancing and maintaining a healthy sexual experience.
Each day we are bombarded with ads recommending male and female medications and herbal remedies for sexual dysfunction. They are now used by so many as a quick, short-term fix, but they don’t get to the root of the problem, and they come at a cost. Not only are they expensive, but they result in a growing list of serious side effects such as gastrointestinal problems, memory and vision loss, and hearing impairment. Additionally, they interfere with other medications we take.
So forget the pills! Start juicing for a healthy and natural enhancement of your sexual experience! Here’s a review of the foods that contain the highest concentration of sexually stimulating nutrients.
The following is a list of foods that increase the sex drive in men:
Bananas: these are rich in potassium, which assists the body in reducing levels of sodium. Sodium increases the retention of water, a component of lowered libido due to its lessening of blood flow in the body. Bananas thus augment libido by combating erectile dysfunction. (Rule of thumb: liquefy bananas in your blender and add to your juice, since these will block up your juicer!).
Blueberries: abundant source of antioxidants. These are especially important in cleansing your system of free radicals. Blueberries, through their high antioxidant powers, support the body’s ability to increase blood flow and deliver nutrients to muscles. This is achieved through the production of nitrogen monoxide (nitric oxide).
Cherries: like blueberries, cherries are a rich source of antioxidants, assisting the body’s ability to remove harmful ‘free radicals’ and increase blood flow. This is accomplished by their abundant resource of ‘bioflavinoids,’ compounds found in plants which trigger the natural production of nutritional enzymes necessary to heart health and the prevention of disease.
Ginger: ginger is rich in nutritional value, especially regarding male libido; just a little in your juice two or three times a week is needed to increase the flow of blood. Ginger is a powerful antioxidant, as well as an anti-inflammatory, both assisting in cleansing blood vessels and diminishing the probability of erectile dysfunction.
Watermelon: watermelon stimulates the flow of blood by increasing the creation of nitrogen monoxide. This fruit is a rich source of the amino acid citrulline, which is converted in the body to nitric oxide.
Try this juice recipe about an hour before sexual activity:
Watermelon – with seeds and rind
10 Cherries – with pits
thumb of fresh Ginger – with the skin
Add 1 or more of these foods to your fresh juice for added benefits:
Almonds: because this nut is rich in vitamin E, they are another great food for augmenting nitric oxide in the body, thus increasing blood flow. Add about a 1/4 to 1/3 cup to your juicer 2 or 3 times a week for excellent results.
Black Tea: a traditional Chinese remedy for erectile dysfunction due to its ability to augment levels of testosterone in the body.
Eggs: abundant in vitamin B compounds, eggs greatly reduce stress in men and women. Sex drive is greatly reduced by stress. In fact, stress is considered by many doctors to be the greatest cause of lowered libido. Consider adding a beaten egg to your juice once a day. While there has been much ‘to-do’ about eggs and cholesterol, in fact, it’s more ‘hype’ than truth, being a natural source of protein and nutritionally beneficial components.
Flaxseed Oil: flaxseed oil is another product which increases blood flow as it is a rich source of omega-3 compounds. These act in the body to encourage the creation of nitric oxide, which is critical as an anti-oxidant which again oxidizes the blood and reduces the possibility of erectile dysfunction.
Garlic: only a small amount of garlic added to your juice assists the body to increase the production of nitric oxide.
Nutmeg: nutmeg is a wonderfully flavorful addition to your juice that is considered a factually based aphrodisiac (research published by both BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine), increasing sex drive by creating nitric oxide.
Olive Oil: filled with Omega-3 and 6 (healthy) fatty acids, olive oil added to your juice – this again encourages increased levels of testosterone in the body.
Pistachios: again, these, due to their rich resource for the amino acid ‘arginine,’ greatly increases blood flow by stimulating nitric oxide in the body, thus assisting blood flow. A merely small amount (1/2 cup a day) added to your juice is enough!
Walnuts: as the richest source of, again, the amino acid arginine – walnuts are essential for the creation of nitric oxide. A full cup of walnuts added to your juice is extremely healthful, low in calories, and not only augments libido, but has many other nutritional benefits!
Whole Milk: few of us realize that whole milk is not only a great source of calcium and vitamin D; it also plays an excellent role in increasing the levels of testosterone in the body.
The following fruits and veggies help increase female sexual drive, response, and satisfaction.
Avocado: avocados help augment drive, stamina and energy due to their rich the highly intense amount of folic acid. (Remember: use your blender for avocados and adding to your juice so as not to clog your juicer.
Bananas: this fruit is a rich source of enzyme compounds, notably ‘bromelain’ which assist in the body’s digestive health and healing. Coupled with high amounts of vitamin B and potassium, bananas augment the body’s energy and libido.
Carrots: this vegetable greatly increases female sexual satisfaction. Carrots assist the body’s ability to increase tissue sensation in a woman’s body due to their abundance in vitamin A.
Celery: celery intensifies a woman’s libido due to its concentration of the hormone aldosterone, which helps maintain a healthy balance of water and sodium in the body.
Dark Green Veggies: these added to fresh juice augment the female sex drive due to their rich resource of the mineral zinc.
Pineapple: pineapples assist the body in creating the hormone vetrogen, produced in large part by the abundant presence of manganese. Women especially require vetrogen for their libido and sexual satisfaction.
Here is a great juice recipe – try it about 2 hours prior to sex:
8 Carrots – only half peeled
2 Celery stalks
1 cup Pineapple – without skin
The following are other great foods to add to your juicing regimen to increase libido and pleasure:
Cloves: cloves have been shown through research to be a true aphrodisiac; studies show that cloves are one of the very few truly containing female aphrodisiacs. Cloves amplify a woman’s ability to be sexually satisfied and increasing desire.
Dark Chocolate: not only does dark chocolate assist in the flow of blood and increased sensation by enlarging blood vessels in the body, it is also an excellent source of phenyl ethylamine, a compound which affects the brain not only as an ‘analgesic’ (pain reducer) and anti-depressant, but also creates a sense of well- being, all of which have been shown to increase libido and satisfaction.
Eggs: again, as an abundant source of vitamin B compounds, eggs greatly reduce stress, thus increasing sex drive and desire.
Figs: this fruit is especially helpful in augmenting the sexual drive and stamina in women. Figs are a rich source of essential amino acids which have been utilized for centuries, particularly in the Middle East as an enhancement of female libido.
Ginseng: for centuries, especially by the Chinese, ginseng has been used effectively – this root has long been utilized in Chinese medicine for increasing a woman’s sexual desire and drive.
Foods That Lower Libido In Men And Women
These should be avoided in order to insure the healthy maintenance of your sex life:
Sugar: processed sugar is not only unhealthy, it diminishes testosterone in men, thus lowering male libido.
Trans Fats: again, not only are trans fats nutritionally unhealthy, they lower blood flow and heart health, thus diminishing sexual ability in women and men.
Canned Foods: most cans are lined with ‘BPA,’ a substance which, in high amounts of exposure has been reported to cause erectile dysfunction as much as four times more often in men who eat canned foods frequently.
Soy: soy lowers libido in men by diminishing testosterone due to the presence of estrogen-like elements it contains.
Salt: large amounts of sodium is not only unhealthy, when used to a greater degree by men is a particular source for erectile dysfunction, which even medication cannot undo.
Alcohol: in so many ways alcohol, though we often believe it diminishes our inhibition and lessens stress, alcohol actually lowers both the ability to perform, and reduces our ability to be satisfied sexually.
So it’s time to start juicing! Fresh, natural juiced foods, from veggies to fruits, nuts, spices and roots are not just a great way to increase your health, strengthen muscle, and reduce weight. They are also exceptional for a truly enhanced sex life. No matter your age, it’s one of the best ways to have more fun!