Eating for better sex

Eric R. Braverman, MD and author of Younger Sexier You: Look and Feel 15 Years Younger by Having The Best Sex of Your Life helps us understand how diet affects our sex drive and explains what to eat for a better time in bed.

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Sex drive and diet

Your unique brain chemistry governs your sex drive, mentally and physically, Dr. Braverman explains. If you are deficient in certain brain chemicals, your sex drive will be affected. “Certain foods are precursors to these brain chemicals, so if you can increase your intake of them, you will be able to better balance your brain chemistry, and enhance your sex life,” he says.

Dealing with deficiencies

Find a fix with these foods:

If you lack libido
If you lack libido, you may be low in the brain chemical dopamine.
Food fix: eating lean proteins can increase your ability to create more dopamine.

Eggs in a basketIf your issue is arousal or lubrication…
If your issue is arousal or lubrication, you could be low in the brain chemical acetylcholine.
Food fix: legumes, eggs and whole grains are a good source of choline, the precursor to this brain chemical.

If you are anxious about sex…
If you are anxious about sex and unable to achieve orgasm, your GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) might be unbalanced.
Food fix: eat more whole grains and high fiber foods in order to get this brain chemical regulated.

Other sex-boosting foods

Apples contain phenylethylamine (PEA), which gives you a natural feeling of well-being and excitement,  explains Dr. Braverman. Chocolate contains more PEA than apples (the darker the chocolate, the more PEA), and cheese contains even more PEA than chocolate.

Avocado contains vitamin B6, which helps to increase testosterone and potassium and regulate the thyroid gland. Both of these elements enhance libido.

Nuts contain essential fatty acids that help keep the brain alert. Almonds in particular are believed to arouse passion in women. Nuts are also thought to enhance your body’s own PEA, and are known to boost testosterone.

Oily fish contain omega-3 fatty acids. Found in salmon, mackerel, or trout, they make the blood less sticky, which enhances blood flow throughout the body.

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