Want to spice things up in the bedroom? Then it’s time to look at your diet.
The more foods you can eat to balance your hormones and boost blood flow to the pelvis, the better. But not sure where to start?
Sun nutritionist shares 20 must-eat foods to add a little zing to your love life.
Rich in zinc which, when low in men, can lead to impotence.
Just two oysters give a man 100 per cent of his recommended intake.
Lean red meat is a good alternative.
Like other oily fish, this provides omega 3 essential fats, which we need for good circulation.
For both men and women, a robust flow of blood around the body is important to keep us in good working order.
Great for iron, which is vital for energy levels.
Too little of this mineral can cause us to feel stressed, wanting nothing more than to nod off on the sofa.
Fortified breakfast cereals, nuts, wholemeal bread, eggs and broccoli also contain iron.
Brimming with the B vitamin folate, a 120 gram portion of asparagus provides more than we need for the day.
Good folate intakes have been shown to improve your blood flow and circulation.
Also great for vitamin E, which is good for heart health.
If you can’t stand the heat, these aren’t for you but if you can, be prepared to feel invigorated.
The super-nutrients in this punchy little spice raise the temperature of your meal, helping to increase metabolism and get your heart pumping.
Add some ginger too, as research indicates this can enhance male performance.
The smooth, shapely green pears – resembling a woman’s curves – are used as an aphrodisiac in many countries.
In some cultures they imply fertility too.
Good hydration not only helps beat stress and fatigue but is important for optimal lubrication and helping us feel balanced emotionally.
Never underestimate the value of a big glass of water to help oil the wheels of love.
Alongside tangerines, all oranges give us folate – a vitamin which, when levels are low, may be linked to low moods, which can be a disaster for your sex drive.
9. Skimmed milk
Low-fat dairy products, plus enriched or fortified cereals, whole grains and green vegetables give us riboflavin, a vitamin which is crucial for maintaining the mucous membranes that line the female reproductive tract.
Two at breakfast can help us avoid snacking before lunch.
Losing excess body weight is important for men in particular, as carrying extra pounds can lower libido.
Eating porridge for breakfast boosts beta-glucen, a soluble fiber that helps to lower cholesterol, which can clog arteries and reduce blood flow to the pelvis.
Excellent for omega 3 oils along with vitamin E, both of which are needed for heart health.
A strong heart is crucial for keeping energy levels up and blood flowing.
Has inorganic nitrate, which can lower blood pressure.
Effects of high blood pressure can include erectile dysfunction.
Along with peppers and dark green veg, these are a great provider of vitamin C, important for boosting blood vessel walls to assist good blood flow.
One of nature’s few naturally heart-shaped foods.
Low in calories and high in vitamin C.
A tasty treat to set the scene for romance.
It is a myth that it raises levels of hormones that make you feel in love.
But, beautifully wrapped up in pink and red foil, it symbolizes romantic notions.
French noblemen said its smell was like a lover’s bed.
Putting a risotto on the menu would do the trick for us.
Prized for its heady scent, it is said to have been used in the art of seduction in the Far East.
Try adding it to a herbal tea or pudding.
Louis XV’s mistress believed their musk-like odor was sensuous.
Truffles, or simply truffle oil, could well work their magic at dinner.
After an evening meal, a well-made espresso will ensure the food doesn’t send you to sleep.
A shot before you head upstairs can stimulate your nervous system and give you an energy charge.