9 Reasons to Indulge in as Much Sex as Possible (with a supportive and loving person!)
- It gets your heart pumpin’ blood flowin’ and nitric oxide movin’
When you are doing anything that feels good, like healthy exercise or having an orgasm, your Nitric Oxide levels rise and blood circulation is increased. More than that, Nitric Oxide is the main neurotransmitter – the one that regulates all the other neurotransmitters. And because it’s a gas, it goes through the body instantly. So high Nitric Oxide levels, let’s say from clitoral stimulation, will instantly change the neurotransmitter levels of the brain and balance them out. As your biochemistry changes, inflammation decreases, and chances of heart disease lessens, and the adrenals improve.
2. It prevents erectile dysfunction.
Finnish scientists have found that men who have sex at least twice a week are less likely to suffer erectile dysfunction in later life.
3. It helps to relieve stress.
Stress can have an effect on your libido and sex is the greatest natural stress reliever.
A study of more than 50 middle-aged women found sex, or even simple physical affection with your partner, significantly reduces negative mood and stress and creates more positive moods in the following days.
4. It burns calories.
Sex is a low-intensity workout so the time and intensity of your sexual activity will ultimately determine how many calories you burn. The other good news is that sex would count towards your daily 30 minutes of activity. On average, sex burns about 5-10 calories per minute. As part of your morning routine, enjoy a half-hour of sex and burn hundreds of calories before even getting out of bed!
5. It helps release happy hormones.
Sex will release endorphins which make you feel good, so you can have fun and feel great at the same time. Emotionally, sex is the most natural and best anti-depressant. Endorphins are released during orgasm, as well as during laughter. Endorphins help reduce pain, as well as control feelings of stress and frustration. Because they are naturally produced by the body, endorphins are possibly the best (and most legal way) to achieve a “natural high”. Producing more endorphins can actually help treat depression,
6. It will keep you fit and toned and feeling desirable
“If you feel like your physical appearance is good, then you”ll be much more likely to engage in physical activity like sex just because you just feel better,” Dr Pamela Peeke told the 2011 Zumba fitness convention.
Sex involves lots of muscle activity so you’ll continue to feel fit and toned. It’s a winning formula.
7. It stops colds from developing.
Those who have sex more than twice a week produce more immuno-globulin A, a substance found in saliva that helps the immune system to fight off colds and flu.
8. It will make you look younger.
Anti-aging expert Dr Eric Braverman reckons an active sex life can help you look and feel younger by boosting the skin’s production of Vitamin D. Sex also helps boost the production of the human growth hormone, which improves muscle tone and takes years off the way you look and feel. Women’s estrogen levels naturally decline with age eventually reaching the stage of menopause. When a woman has sex, she produces more estrogen, which helps keep her hair shiny, smooth, thick and healthy looking. Sex also increases the production of collagen, which promotes supple youthful skin evading age spots and sagging. Sex is truly the real fountain of youth!
9. It makes you live longer.
I have read who have sex less than once a month have double the risk of dying prematurely than those who have sex twice a week, a study showed – a study probably a little hard to prove but I like the numbers! In addition to raising your hormone levels (keeping you young), sex can also boost your metabolism, brain function, heart health and immunity.
20 Foods that Will Increase Libido
Now, while many people nowadays pop pills to increase their libido, there is a more natural alternative: food. Note: processed foods, alcohol, drugs and too much dairy can reduce libido. But, before you read the below, I want to add that one of the best ways to increase libido is to be in good shape. Exercise will not only make you feel better about yourself but it will rev up your good hormones! If your partner has a low libido either get rid of them or run to the store and drum up meals based on the below foods!
Celery may not be the food you naturally think about when fantasizing but it is great source food for sexual stimulation. Celery contains androsterone, an odorless hormone released through male perspiration that turns women on. Celery is best eaten raw.
2. Raw oysters
Oysters are one of the best known aphrodisiacs. Oysters are rich in zinc and help increase sperm and testosterone production. Oysters also contain dopamine, a hormone that helps to build up libido. But beware, Oysters and other shellfish can absorb the toxins and parasites in the ocean, which can often outweigh the benefits of zinc. Skip the seafood and chow down on spinach for a similar low-calorie, high-zinc option.
Bananas contain the bromelain enzyme, that increases libido and reverses impotence in men. Also, they are potent sources of potassium and B vitamins like riboflavin, which increase the body’s overall energy levels.
While you don’t want to be stinking of garlic during a passionate lip lock, garlic contains allicin, an ingredient that increases blood flow to the sexual organs.
Chocolate contains theobromine — an alkaloid — which is very similar to caffeine. It also contains phenylethylamine, a chemical that produces the feeling of “being in love.” So, if a woman talks about how good chocolate makes her feel, there is some science behind it. In addition, dark chocolate has a massive amount of anti-oxidants, which are great for the body as they help maintain the immune system.
If you haven’t already heard of this Peruvian root, you’ll be hearing a lot more about it soon. Maca has been used for centuries by the Inca to increase strength, stamina, and libido in both men and women, where it’s known as nature’s Viagra. A little of this stuff goes a long way: start by adding a teaspoon to smoothies or sprinkle it over yogurt or oatmeal to add a little spice to your day.
Don’t think fish sounds all that sexy? Think again. Our bodies need proper levels of omega 3 fatty acids to keep the libido humming along nicely and wild, fatty fish is an incredibly rich source of it. If you don’t want to plunk down $30 for a pound of wild salmon, reach for canned versions for an easy, inexpensive fix — or add fish oil capsules (2-3 grams per day) to your daily supplement routine. Wild caught salmon is a great source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that help maintain the fluidity of our cell membranes. They keep our cardiovascular systems healthy by reducing inflammation, preventing excessive blood clotting, and keeping fats in the blood at healthy levels (i). Salmon is great grilled, broiled, or added to an omelet or salad. The same omega-3 fats are also found in other fatty fish like tuna, black cod, halibut, and mackerel.
8. Pumpkin Seeds and Seeds in General…
Zinc is an important mineral for sex drive, and without enough zinc in our diets libido will drop off dramatically. Zinc is important for testosterone production in men, and helps sustain sexual desire in women. Pumpkin and squash seeds are a great, healthy source of zinc and they also contain the added bonus of being high in those omega 3 fatty acids, too. That means you’re getting a one-two punch of libido-boosting benefits. A zinc deficiency can impair testosterone production (v) as well as contribute to depression, which also inhibits sex drive. Seeds such as pumpkin and sesame are rich in zinc, as well as additional essential nutrients. Eat pumpkin seeds raw in trail mix or sprouted and seasoned.
If you’re really looking for a sweet libido-booster, stick to a slice of watermelon. Although it’s 92 percent water, that remaining 8 percent of fruit is jam-packed with vital nutrients for sexual health. Researchers at the Texas A&M Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center reported finding in 2008 that watermelon has ingredients that delivered Viagra-like effects to the human body’s blood vessels and could even aid in increasing libido. Watermelon contains a phytonutrient called citrulline, which the body converts to arginine, an amino acid that boosts nitric oxide levels in the body, which dilate blood vessels in the same way a medicine like Viagra does. It also contains the phytonutrient lycopene and beta-carotene, which act as antioxidants, protecting our cells. This is the perfect time of the year to enjoy it; don’t be afraid to eat the white part of the watermelon rind where much of the citrulline is found, either. To maximize the nutrients, (if you buy the fruit whole,) leave it at room temperature until it’s cut, then store the leftovers in the fridge.
High in healthy fats like omega-9 and omega-3. They’re anti-inflammatory, so they support a healthy cardiovascular system and blood sugar regulation. In addition, they’re high in fiber and rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, the fat-soluble vitamin K, folate, and B vitamins. They’re also a source of high-quality protein. The Aztecs referred to the avocado tree ahuacatl as a “testicle tree.” Avocados contain high levels of folic acid, which helps metabolize proteins, thus giving you more energy. They contain vitamin B6 (a nutrient that increases male hormone production) and potassium (which helps regulate a woman’s thyroid gland), two elements that help increase libido in both men and women.
To get a healthy dose of avocado, (rather than slathering guacamole on your beef burrito,) add avocado chunks to salad. The fats will help increase absorption of phytonutrients from your greens, carrots, and tomatoes.
Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans are a good source of L-arginine which gets converted into nitric oxide. Walnuts also contain a plant-based omega 3 fat that’s necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system. Add a few to your morning oatmeal, add them to salads, or have a handful as an afternoon snack. Almonds are a great source of essential fatty acids. These provide the raw material for a man’s healthy production of hormones. Supposedly, the smell of almonds arouses passion in females.
12. Leafy Greens
Fresh spinach, kale, collards, arugula, mustard greens, as well as herbs like parsley and oregano contain high amounts of chlorophyll, which is purifying to the blood and helps to increase blood flow. Some, like kale, also contain essential fatty acids like omega 3 and 6. They’re a rich source of vitamins, including the fat-soluble A and K, and C, as well as minerals that keep the body rich in alkaline and improve energy levels. Eat them in salads, steamed, or juice with other veggies and fruits. Strangely, Iceberg lettuce contains an opiate that helps to activate sex hormones.
13. Black Raspberries
“This phytochemical-rich food enhances both libido and sexual endurance,” say Drs. Anna Maria and Brian Clement, authors of 7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality and directors of Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach.
“I suggest it here because of the high vitamin C content,” says Keri Glassman, registered dietitian and author of The New You (and Improved) Diet. “Vitamin C aids in blood circulation to organs and has also been associated with an improved female libido.”
In India, cloves have been used to treat male sexual dysfunction for centuries. Research published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine agrees, discovering that clove extracts produced an increase in the sexual activity of normal male rats. Cloves are also used to rid bad breath, which can’t hurt your kissing skills either. Add a little cumin and cinnamon and you’ve got a tasty, multifaceted aphrodisiac.
Excellent stimulants of fertility and enhance the secretion of pheromones. Figs are a wonderful source of amino acids that increase libido. They can also improve sexual stamina.
Eggs are rich in vitamins B6 and B5. These help balance hormone levels and fight stress, two things that are crucial to a healthy libido. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Eating raw chicken eggs just prior to sex is said to heighten libido and maximize energy levels. All bird and fish eggs contain B6 and B5. Eggs are high in protein, which is a source of stamina, and they’re also low in calories. In addition, they’re a good source for an amino acid L-arginine, which has been shown effective in treating types of heart ailments and erectile dysfunction.
Add ginseng into your diet or try one of the many ginseng teas available but don’t jump at the sight of ginseng, though. Many energy drinks that claim to have ginseng in them also contain chemicals and tons of sugar, and there’s nothing sexy about that.
Researchers at the University of Guelph have found that saffron can improve sexual performance. To use, soak the threads in hot liquid for 15 minutes then adding to any grain like rice, quinoa, or barley — or use it in a soup or stew.
Ginger helps circulation temperature adjustment, mucoid detoxification (mucus-like residue that can coat your GI tract) and is also a libido enhancer. Whether raw, in supplement form, or added to your favorite recipe or drink, ginger also lends itself to defense against winter’s hard cold and flu season.
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