Did you know that several healthy foods can increase attraction, happiness and well-being? The month of February is all about feeling more love so why not add in some well known aphrodisiacs to your meals? Your mental and physical health can benefit greatly.
As you know your diet can impact your mood, hormones and brain power. The right foods can enhance your memory, excite your pallet and also your love life. If your libido could use a boost or your longing for more happiness, make sure to add these healthy foods to your diet.
Sexy Healthy Foods to Help Your Heart and Mind
- Cacao: There’s a reason chocolate is a popular gift during Valentine’s day. Cacao elevates dopamine, the neurotransmitter that increases pleasure and passion. It can also elevate serotonin, which alleviates feelings of stress and can put you in a relaxed mental state. In fact, studies show that cacao increases oxytocin, which can help you feel more trust, calm insecurities, and sooth doubts, as well as phenylethylamine, or PEA, the chemical associated with feeling extreme pleasure and sensitivity. Cacao also acts as a powerful stimulant that can increase sex drive.
- Asparagus: A surprising sexy food, asparagus contains high concentrations of folate, which elevates histamine levels, increasing libido. Asparagus also has high levels of vitamin E, which plays a tremendous role in reproductive support and neurological power.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers: No, not the band, but the food. Chili peppers stimulate endorphins (the brain’s feel good chemicals), speed up heart rate and make you sweat, which increases psychological arousal. Studies also show both men and women are attracted to the golden complexion beta carotene that occurs after consumption. This makes chili peppers one of the top “sexiest foods.” Others healthy foods include carrots, orange bell peppers and squash. However, red hot chili peppers are the foods with the highest content of beta carotene.
- Almonds: Almonds are full of zinc, which studies show increases testosterone. Almonds are also full of magnesium, which acts as a nerve tranquilizer, helping the body and feel more relaxed.
- Oysters: Oysters are a known aphrodisiac. They contain a high concentration of omega 3 fats, which can improve circulation. Oysters, like almonds, are full of zinc and can also elevate dopamine levels, increasing testosterone.
- Arugula: Arugula has been celebrated as an aphrodisiac throughout the Mediterranean, as far back as the First Century AD. Arugula contains important antioxidants that block the absorption of toxins and which helps product more testosterone. Arugula is also full vitamin E which supports hormone production. A little arugula during your meal can also speed up digestion and decreases bloating.
Which of these healthy foods will you add into your Valentine’s Day meal?
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.
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