“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
For most people living in North America, today is synonymous with romantic love. In honour of St. Valentine and keeping the love strong all year long, here are 10 Foods to Boost Libido:
Avocado: Avocados have high levels of folic acid which helps metabolize proteins, providing you with more energy. They also contain vitamin B6, a nutrient that increases male hormone production.
Bananas: Bananas contain bromelain, an enzyme believed to increase libido and reverse impotence in men. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, which helps regulate a woman’s thyroid gland, an element that supports sex drive.
Cayenne and chilies: Capsaicin, the substance that gives kick to peppers and other spicy foods, triggers the release of endorphins. This feel good chemical stimulates nerve endings and raises your heart rate.
Chocolate: This luscious treat contains phenyl ethylamine (PEA), which boosts levels of endorphins, reduces depression and anxiety. In fact, it is one of the brain hormones that is released when we are in love. Go for dark chocolate to get those extra antioxidants. PEA may be increased by exercise, yet another reason to put on those running shoes!
Eggs: They may not be the most sensual of foods, but eggs are high in vitamins B6 and B5. These help balance hormone levels and fight stress, two things that are crucial to a healthy libido.
Garlic and ginger: Eat these regularly to increase arousal. Just make sure you share that garlicky meal with your partner and stock up on extra mints! Garlic contains allicin, an ingredient that increases blood flow to the sexual organs. As such, it’s a highly effective herb to help increase libido. You can also take garlic capsules.
Maca: Toted as an ancient superfood of the Incas, Maca is rich in calcium, potassium, iron, and EFAs. Its known as an adaptogen used to increase energy, improve mood, and increase libido.
Nuts: Eating nuts and seeds help to relax blood vessels and increase blood flow to the sexual organs. Make sure to eat them unsalted and raw to get the most benefits. Choose almonds, walnuts, or Brazil nuts. The high dose of omega 3 fatty acids helps support the production of hormones.
Pumpkin seeds: The seeds are also know as pipitas. They are high in zinc, which is important in testosterone production for men and also helps to sustain sexual desire in women.
Sexy Chocolate Mousse Pie
What you’ll need for the crust:
1-cup raw almonds
Honey or maple syrup
What you’ll need for the filling:
4 ripe avocados
16 soft, fresh dates, pitted
2 heaping Tbs cocoa powder
3-6 Tbs agave syrup (to taste)
Topping Ideas: fresh berries, pumpkin seeds, sliced banana
Grind almonds in a food processor, then add dates and mix until texture is uniform. Add a little honey or maple syrup until mixture sticks together. Press into an 8-inch round pie pan.
Cut avocado in half, remove pit and scoop flesh into a food processor. Add dates, cocoa powder and sweetener and blend until completely smooth. Taste and add more sweetener if desired.
Pour filling into prepared curst and refrigerate at least a couple of hours. Pie filling will be pudding-like in texture and consistency.
Serves 6 to 8
The information provided in this article is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.