9 Foods to Improve Your Sexual Health

Knowing which foods increase your libido can improve your sexual health and enhance your sex life

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9 Foods to Improve Your Sexual Health

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You may plan to start your intimate evening with a three course decadent meal, or by sharing a five-layer dessert in order to woo your partner with decadence, but in truth you may be putting a damper on the evening. It takes a lot of energy for your body to digest food and your stomach is only the size of your fist, so eating more than you really need will only make you feel overly full and bloated, and definitely not very sexy. Before your romantic night begins, think about which foods offer the most health benefits and in turn, you will feel your best.

Almonds

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You know that almonds are full of healthy fats, such as omega-3s, which increase blood flow to all of the organs of the body, including sexual organs. Almonds contain nutrients such as zinc, selenium, and vitamin E, which are necessary for sexual health and reproduction. 

Arugula

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Eating your dark, leafy greens is also associated with improving your sexual health. Arugula helps block the absorption of harmful environmental contaminants that could decrease your libido.

Avocados

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The more avocado you consume, the more blood flow your body experiences ― which is useful when it comes to sexual performance and in turn will also help lower the risk of heart disease. Overall, by lowering the risk of heart disease, you also lower the risk of erectile dysfunction because men with heart disease are twice as likely to experience erectile dysfunction.

Figs

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Protect your heart and your sexual health by eating sweet figs. Figs are a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber, which improves your heart health. They have a history of boosting fertility and making a great aphrodisiac.

Grapefruit

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For men, certain foods can enhance and protect their reproductive health. Grapefruit and other citrus fruits are full of antioxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid all support sexual reproduction among men.

Strawberries

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Strawberries are dense in folic acid, a B vitamin that is associated with decreasing the risk of birth defects in women. In addition, a study by University of California, Berkley found that folate was linked to higher sperm count in men.

Shellfish

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Oysters are well-known for being an aphrodisiac, but they are also a great source of zinc, which boosts your libido. Other shellfish, such as shrimp, contain antioxidants and selenium, which has shown to lower the risk of depression by boosting your mood.

Sweet potatoes

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Sweet potatoes have a lot of potassium which not only helps lower high blood pressure, but also lowers the risk of erectile dysfunction. The bright orange color is linked to beta-carotene and vitamin A, which is possibly associated with fertility.

Watermelon

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As far as fruits go, watermelon happens to be ultra-hydrating, low in calories, and refreshing. According to a study published by Texas A&M University, watermelon is similar to Viagra in the sense that it affects the body’s blood vessels and may also increase libido.