Last updated: July 16, 2019
Richard Honaker M.D.
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Sex isn’t just about having fun in the bedroom. It can also be a wonderful way to reconnect with your partner, burn some calories and offload your daily stress.
When it comes to your favorite bedroom activity, many want to know the best way to improve sexual performance. While many may turn to creams, lotions and pills to perk up their erection or increase sexual desire there is actually a much safer and healthier way to improving your sexual performance-your diet.
Adding these five super foods to your daily diet can offer benefits to your personal health along with some sexual health benefits. All it takes is a trip to your local grocery store to heat things up between the sheets!
Avocados are a very popular diet staple right now. Not only are they delicious and versatile, but they are extremely nutritious. Avocados offer more potassium than a banana, are loaded with fibre, offer 26% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin K, and 15 grams of healthy fat.
It is a staple on many low carb, high fat diets such as Keto, Atkins and the Paleo diet.
In addition to all these healthy reasons to add some of this fruit to your diet, it can also help with your sexual performance.
The potassium in avocados is beneficial for regulating thyroid production in women, which left unchecked can negatively affect a woman’s libido. Avocados are full of vitamin B6 which regulates the male hormones and can boost their libido as well.
While these ingredients help with desire, the folic acid content in avocados can help to increase stamina and energy which can help with staying power.
Often a favorite in the warm months, watermelon is a refreshing and delicious treat that also offers many health benefits.
Along with hydrating the body, (watermelon is 92% water!) watermelon also helps you feel full. It is full of healthy antioxidants, such as vitamin C, which helps prevent cell damage from free radicals.
Watermelon also contains an important amino acid called citrulline, which helps to improve the blood flow to your heart as well as your genitals. This can help with stronger erections, improved libido. Citrulline is also known to relax blood vessels and can have a similar effect as Viagra.
Almonds can pack a nutritional punch, especially when eaten with the outer skin intact. This is because the dark brown outer layer contains the lion’s share of the nut’s antioxidants. Antioxidants are important for the body because they help protect your cells from oxidative stress which can contribute to inflammation, aging and disease such as cancer.
The nutritional punch packed by almonds offer sexual health benefits that are two-fold: increased desired and fertility. This is because of the high level of zinc, known to increase sexual desire and healthy sperm production. They are also rich in selenium and vitamin E, which are also beneficial for fertility.
Starting your day with an egg or two can lead to a sexier day ahead. Not only are eggs loaded with protein to keep you going without packing on the pounds, but they are also full of vitamin B5 and B6 which can help manage stress and hormone levels, two ideal ingredients for a healthy libido.
Beginning your morning with a cup of joe may be a routine practised by many that could be potentially safeguarding your erections.
A study by the University of Texas found that men who drank two cups of coffee a day were 42 times less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction that those who did not.
The results led scientists to believe that the coffee was triggering a relaxation in the blood vessels which increases the blood flow to the penis.
Feed Your Libido
A healthy diet can have a positive effect on all areas of your life, including your sexual health. Whether you want to increase your fertility, stamina or erections including more whole foods in your diet is a healthy way to feed your libido and your whole body health.
Do you have a question about your sexual health? Connect with one of our doctors right now to get the answers you need without the waiting room! The best part? Online chats mean we can cure your worry from the comforts of home.
Read next: 5 Natural Ways to Boost your Libido
Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.
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