The old saying 'you are what you eat' continues to ring true and what you put into your body is so important to keep everything ticking along nicely. That goes for your sex life too.
Would you believe that the foods you eat can actually help boost your libido and sexual performance? Yes, our modern diet which can be high in carbohydrates and sodium can leave us feeling sluggish, bloated and constrict blood flow which makes for a very lazy performance in bed. These foods counteract that effect, increase 'happy chemicals' in our brain such as serotonin and leave us feeling happy, energised and powerful.
According to historians, ancient Egyptians used garlic to boost their stamina. Whereas they was no way for them to confirm whether or not it worked, they definitely had the right idea. Research has confirmed that eating the plant stops the formation of fatty deposits inside the arteries. This includes the arteries inside your penis so eating garlic will keep your heart ticking along nicely as well as give you strong erections. Try adding at least a bulb of garlic to your meals when cooking and see the difference within weeks. Just be careful you don't eat it just before a hot date or we won't be responsible for the smelly consequences.
Avocados seem to have had a great year but don't call it a comeback! This fatty favourite has always been a great source of vitamins such as vitamin E which is great for maintaining healthy skin and nails. Avocados also have potassium, vitamin B6 and mono-unsaturated fats for a healthy heart and circulation, which is critical for an active sex life. Try adding avocados to your salad, as a side with your evening meal or mashing it onto some toast for a quick, delicious and healthy breakfast.
As well as being incredibly delicious and indulgent, dark chocolate also has amazing mood-boosting qualities. Dark chocolate in particular increases both serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain
which makes us feel instantly happier. Chocolate also contains 'flavanols' which help relax blood vessels and increase blood flow. Increased blood flow means...yes you guessed it, stronger erections.
As children, we watching Popeye and Olive chase each other all over the place and we think we may have found out why. Eating spinach is a natural aphrodisiac and increases blood flow below the belt. Spinach is rich in magnesium which increases the blood flow and maximises the size of blood vessels. Increased blood flow sends blood to our extremities and increases arousal as well as makes sex more pleasurable.
The hotter the pepper, the better. Hot peppers increase your metabolism and stimulate endorphins which makes you sweat, plumps up your lips, and increases your heart rate which gets the blood flowing to all the essential areas. The result? Better sex and a more memorable finish.
Bananas are one of the top sources of potassium, which helps to counteract the effects of foods high in sodium. Salty foods can only diminish blood flood to the genitals, which can make it more difficult to reach orgasm, but they can also make you bloated. Banana is a cheap, delicious and healthy way to regulate your salt levels.
We Africans are lucky to have such varied and potent vegetation growing right in our backyard. There are a number of natural herbs and plants that have proven medicinal qualities. Yohimbine is an alkaloid found in the bark of the West African evergreen and has been known to work as a natural Viagra. Some studies suggest that Yohimbine bark can help you maintain an erection and enhance the quality of an erection. It is also a general stimulant. Yohimbine works by increasing adrenaline levels in the body and getting that blood pumping.