The best foods to give your sex life a happy boost
Dismiss the myths
Forget oysters and powdered rhino horn; improving your sex life is a lot simpler than tracking down esoteric—not to mention mostly unproven—aphrodisiacs. In fact, you’re probably eating many of the vitamins and nutrients that support a robust sex life right now, just not in sufficient quantities.
“One of the best things you can do to ensure a healthy sex life is to eat a well balanced diet,” says Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, professor emeritus at Rutgers University and co-author of Science of Orgasm and The Orgasm Answer Guide.
These diet dos and don’ts will not only improve your romantic life, they’ll improve your overall health as well.
1. Stay balanced
Do: Eat a balanced breakfast
Your meal should include protein and fiber, such as yogurt with fresh berries or peanut butter on whole wheat toast. This combo takes longer to digest, so you’ll have steady energy all morning, which in turn prevents you from making unhealthy choices later on, says Susan Kleiner, PhD, a registered dietician and author of Power Eating. More energy means you won’t be a moody grump when you get home from work, so you can enjoy time with your partner.
Don’t: Load up on carbs
Eating carbohydrate-rich meals, like a bagel with cream cheese, is a disaster—your blood sugar will spike and then plummet, leaving you sluggish. You won’t be in the mood for anything—except a nap.