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Can food really put you in the mood?

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Can food really put you in the mood?

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, all the food products that are said to have aphrodisiac properties are under the spotlight again. You know, the usual chocolate, ginger, strawberries, oysters… But before you go out and buy yourself a dish of oysters drenched in chocolate and ginger sauce (eek!), let’s fact check those claims, shall we?

Aphrodisi-what?       

Aphrodisiacs are substances or foods believed to increase sexual desire, performance, and/or pleasure. Since the beginning of time, people have been chasing these “spicy feelings” and have tried pretty much anything possible in hopes to enhance them, sometimes eating all kinds of unsavoury foods, including bugs – yikes! Nowadays, people tend to go for more traditional (and tastier!) foods such as artichoke, chocolate, figs or even chilli peppers. But what does science say about all this?

Wishful thinking… or reality?

Well, well well… Science doesn’t believe in aphrodisiac foods, unfortunately. Most of these supposed libido-boosting foods and substances have not been scientifically proven to actually do anything for your sex drive. However, what is true is that food can affect the way you feel, mentally as well as physically. Here goes the usual tune: a varied and balanced diet is the key to your well-being! And food can also play a part in certain aspects that are important in the bedroom… Let’s review those!

Endurance: Make it last!

Being endurant is really important in certain situations. Well, we’re sure you know what we’re talking about! It has been shown that carbohydrate-electrolyte solutions contribute to the maintenance of endurance performance during prolonged endurance exercise… which is exactly what you may need in the heat of the action! A good source of electrolytes is coconut water. You can use it in a smoothie or just enjoy it on its own! And to keep your electrolytes balanced in your everyday life, pay attention to your thirst and make sure you drink enough water throughout the day.

Energy: Give it all you got!

When you want to feel energised to the max (you might need it… wink wink), specific nutrients can help. After all, you don’t want to be in that bed to just go to sleep, do you? These include biotin, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, riboflavin, and vitamins B6, B12, and C. This is because they contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism. Here are the food sources where you can find your new best friends if you want a boost of energy:

Vitamin/mineral

Food source(s)

Biotin

Seeds and nuts, liver, eggs, fish…

Calcium

Milk and milk based products, shrimps, sesame seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds… 

Copper

Liver, spirulina, pure cocoa powder/ dark chocolate, shiitake mushroom,  seeds and nuts…

Iron

Sea lettuce & pulses, tumeric powder, pure cocoa powder, ginger…

Magnesium

Seaweed, seeds & nuts, pure cocoa powder

Manganese

Seaweed, tumeric powder, nuts…

Phosphorus

Seeds & nuts, milk and milk based products

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Royal jelly, liver, spirulina, eggs, milk and milk based products

Vitamin B6

Royal jelly, rice bran, sage

Vitamin B12

Royal jelly, fish, liver

Vitamin C

Acerola, guava,  kiwi, bell pepper…

And if you need a little pick-me-up before or during a workout (we won’t question which type of workout you’re doing), why not go for our Energy bar? A perfect combination of fast and slow release carbs, it’ll help sustain your energy level and get you going longer. It’s also a great source of fibres.

Blood flow: Let the good times roll!

And keep your blood circulation healthy! This is obviously very important when you are looking to have a fun time, because a healthy blood circulation ensures that you get just as much sensation as you should, especially in those sensitive body parts… Yep! Cocoa flavanols have been proven to help maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, which contributes to normal blood flow. So maybe a little piece of chocolate can help, after all! To keep your blood flowing and boost your circulation, you can also increase the amount of cardio activities that you do (yeah, you’ve heard this right – can be any activity as long as it gets your heart racing!).

To sum it up…

While there is no magic formula or ingredient that can get you in a sexy mood in an instant and enhance your pleasure, good lifestyle habits still apply when it comes to improving your sex life. A balanced and varied diet, regular physical activity and good sleeping habits really go a long way in all aspects of your life. So next time you are tempted to go for oysters while you’re preparing for a good time… Well, you can sure go for it, but we can’t promise it’ll be of any help in the bedroom!

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