February is a month to celebrate love and relationships and it is very likely many of us will get a bit of sexy time to honour Valentine’s day.
Discussing sexual performance and our sex lives in general is still kind of taboo and many of us have questions on how we could improve our performance, how could we increase orgasms or generally the feeling of pleasure during intercourse.
If you are feeling off and not entirely “in the mood”, what you are eating and certain lifestyle habits may be to blame. Of course, right now with the pandemic, lockdown, homeschooling, work and other responsibilities may be a little difficult to find time for ‘sexy’ time, but it is not impossible.
Good or bad nutrition can have a huge impact in many aspects of our bodies. Our bodies should be in balance in order for every cell, organ, hormone, to work in tandem and be balanced.
Good sex and good nutrition and general wellness pretty much go hand in hand. There are several nutrients that can help you enhance your sex life, increase libido, and better your sexual performance. So keep reading to find out more.
1. Zinc - Essential for Sexual Function
Zinc is a key nutrient for sex hormone production and balance in both men and women. In men, zinc enhances sperm quality and production thus fertilisation. Zinc can also aid arousal and in maintaining an erection. In women, it plays a critical role in ovulation, fertilisation, maintenance of a normal pregnancy, fetal development, and parturition and general endocrine balance. It also enhances female libido. Sources include oysters, shellfish, nuts, beans, wholegrains, etc.
2. Vitamin E - An Amazing antioxidant
This amazing fat soluble vitamin has a huge impact on sexual performance and libido. Vitamin E is generally found in oils, nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, green vegetables, and wheat germ oil, etc. Vitamin E also supports hormone balance and improves fertility. This vitamin is an antioxidant which helps eliminate free radicals from the body. It improves cardiovascular health and blood flow throughout the system, including our reproductive organs.
3. B Vitamins - Great for mood, energy, and hormones
Like Vitamin E, B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, and B12 in particular) may help increase sexual desire as they increase blood flow throughout the body, including the genitals. When you have proper blood flow in your reproductive area, you may be able to feel more intense orgasms. Also, B vitamins help increase energy, boost mood and help fight against anxiety and depression which as a result, can help you feel more in the ‘mood’. Foods high in vitamin B include poultry, beef, eggs, and green leafy vegetables.
4. Omega 3 - Amazing for brain health, hormone health, and arousal
Omega-3 fatty acids also help with sexual response, by helping to raise dopamine levels in the brain that trigger arousal. Furthermore, Omega 3 can improve mood but also help to trigger arousal. They are vital for hormonal balance, as they are used in hormone production and function. Omega 3 can also help with moisturisation of the skin and help to moisturise mucus membranes which in turn helps to reduce dryness and create lubrication needed during menopause and the years before. Foods high in Omega 3 include sardines, salmon, mackerel, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts, etc.
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