Let’s get down to the diet. For a better sex life all around, include more apples in your daily diet. A 2019 study found a correlation between women who ate an apple a day and having significantly better sex lives. Phloridzin, a phytoestrogen found in apples, is thought to promote better arousal, lubrication and sexual function. So just remember an apple a day has a whole new meaning to it now.
There are a number of foods that can actually enhance your sex life. They can do so by keeping your heart healthy and pumping blood to the right places.
Add these five foods to your daily routine to make you feel good and ready for the bedroom.
- Flax seeds. This superfood is known for its rich antioxidant properties and for increasing blood flow to the sexual organs. Flax seeds keep you vibrant, as they contain lignans. These are estrogen-like chemicals that have antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer properties.
- Oysters. This delicate seafood is rich in zinc, a key mineral for sexual maturation. Zinc helps your body produce testosterone, a hormone linked with sexual desire. It also helps synthesize thyroid hormones, necessary for having energy. Of course, you can’t expect immediate results just by eating six raw oysters. But oysters do contain the nutrients critical for sexual function.
- Pumpkin seeds. Like oysters, pumpkin seeds are packed with zinc. They’re also a great source of magnesium. They contain antioxidative, antihypertensive and cardioprotective nutrients, all essential for optimal sexual health. The omega-3 fatty acids in pumpkin seeds may help with gynecological and prostate health.
- Pineapples. Known as the “libido lifter,” pineapples contain high levels of citamin C and thiamine, which promote happy hormones and give a boost of energy – both of which come in handy in the bedroom. Pineapples also contain manganese, which is revered for sexual health, especially among men.
- Avocados. Energy and a healthy libido are crucial for great sex, and avocados can give you both. They’re loaded with minerals, monounsaturated fats (the good kind that protect the heart and lower cholesterol), and vitamin B6 – all of which help keep your energy and sex drive up.
A Whole Day of Eating for Pleasure? Literally. Yes.
Many fruits including avocados, strawberries and bananas are considered to be aphrodisiacs. Avocados contain high levels of folic acid and B vitamins, which provide the body with plenty of energy and stamina. Bananas also boast energy-producing B vitamins as well as bromelain, a testosterone-boosting enzyme.
Regular Exercise Can Improve Your Sex Life
In men, regular exercise appears to be a natural Viagra. More exercise equals more frequent sexual activity, improved sexual function, and greater satisfaction. An increase in fitness levels can improve your sex life with longer-lasting stamina, a natural boost in testoserone and the abillity to have better blood flow in areas where it is crucial for it to flow properly.
Men can improve their sex life by doing some push-ups, sit-ups and crunches. These muscle-building exercises can help lead to better sex by strengthening the shoulders, chest and abs. Strong upper body strength can increase stamina since these muscles are used during intercourse.
Research in women has found that those who are physically active report greater sexual desire, arousal and satisfaction than women who are sedentary. Overall, sex before physical activity doesn’t have negative effects as long as there’s a lag of at least two hours and the sexual activity doesn’t also involve alcohol, drugs or sleep loss. In fact, it’s possible that sex may even enhance athletic performance by helping people relax. It’s likely that the impact of sex on physical activity varies from person to person.
Exercise for Better Sex
Satisfying sex isn’t just about the nuts and bolts of biology. Getting enough sleep, eating right and reducing stress are all important for having a satisfying sex life, but they are also really obvious and talked about elsewhere at length. What is less discussed is the importance of getting exercise before you end up in bed with your special someone.
Release Some Endorphins
Exercise that is performed over a sustained time leads to a so-called “runner’s high,” caused by the release of endorphins. These endorphins are stimulating, and as well as causing us to feel great, they stimulate the release of sex hormones. The added bonus is that exercise causes us to feel better. It elevates our mood and creates a feeling of calmness. The lowering of heart rate, improved digestion, lowered blood pressure and lowered stress hormone levels combine with the feelings of well-being caused by the endorphins. Add to that an increase of another hormone, oxytocin, and the result is a relaxed, content, person.
Oxytocin (Oxt) is a peptide hormone and neuropeptide. It is normally produced in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary. It plays a role in social bonding, sexual reproduction, childbirth and the period after childbirth.
Have you ever been going crazy in the bedroom, cramp up and have to take a second to let that leg cramp go away? What a mood spoiler. Dehydration is one of the main causes for this bedroom buzzkill. In and out of the bedroom, staying hydrated is an important part of maintaining a healthy body, and adding a little Pedialyte can help. I tend to drink 8 ounces a day to help stay hydrated. Pedialyte contains sodium and potassium that can help maintain healthy fluid levels in our bodies. Keeping a correct amount of sodium in your body can help retain water so you do not cramp up in times of high-intensity honeymoon training ;)
Sex can be physically tiring, just like any other physical activity, particularly if it’s sustained for a long duration. With springtime right around the corner, and people’s thoughts turning to love (and lust), now is a good time to think about exercise.
A January 2020 study shows that sex burns about 4.2 calories per minute for men, and 3.1 calories per minute for women. But with the average sex session under 20 minutes, it’s not exactly a win-win solution. The same study showed that 30 minutes on a treadmill burned more calories: 276 calories for men and 213 for women.
For more feel-good sex, science is pointing fingers at burning calories at the gym first. You may have heard that working out benefits sex – here’s exactly why. To feel aroused, your body engages similar functions as it would when you’re exercising. Meaning while you’re getting sweaty in bed, your body engages its heart rate, blood pressure and flow, respiratory rate, and muscles. Just as it would during a gym session. Working out also increases body awareness, which research shows could increase bodily sensations.
Practicing a healthy diet and good exercise plan can have many benefits under the sheets and in the gym. Let it contribute to a little extra enthusiasm in every aspect of your life.