4 Diet Tricks That Will Improve Your Sex Drive
We all know the quickest route to dreamland is a carb fest, but what if you don’t want to sleep? What are the foods that will send you running to bed for a very different reason? Sure, we’ve all heard that old wives’ tale about oysters being libido boosters, but we wanted to know, once and for all, whether there was any truth to those rumours. So we called on Jani White, the fertility and hormone specialist who authored The Fertile Fizz, to share her insights on the subject. And she agrees that it is indeed a “minefield of myth and legend.”
Keep scrolling for White’s guide to boosting your libido.
1. Balance Your Insulin
“The key to a healthy libido actually lies within the parameters of good insulin balance,” White says. “When we have too much free insulin in the blood stream, this will affect the sex hormone binding globulin, causing it to drop. Without blinding you with complex blood chemistry, the simple way to explain this is that if you are eating too many refined sugars and refined carbohydrates, your free insulin will increase and your SHBG will fall. If the SHBG is too low, this will mean that your sexual hormone balance will drop and you will have a much-lowered libido.
“All the foods which are said to help promote libido are much more about their sensual experience, or about their essential vitamin/mineral/enzyme/amino acid content. The key to a strong libido, dear reader, is a balanced diet; full of quality proteins, rich in vegetables, with appropriate whole grains that have a low glycemic index. Cut out all refined foods and you will begin to feel much sexier!”
2. Focus on these foods
“The foods which are accredited with aphrodisiac qualities are valuable foods to eat in abundance, not necessarily because as an individual food they have ‘aphrodisiac’ properties, but because their chemistry will spark essential nutrients that add to your overall sexual hormone balance. The key to a thriving libido is a good low-GI diet with a healthy dose of all of these sensual and pleasurable foods added in for good measure,” White explains.
“And yes, you can drink red wine, but in moderation!” White says. If you want to find out more about why each of these ingredients made the “shopping list,” White recommends you check out EatSomethingSexy.com.
Below, White focuses in on the food and supplements that have a more immediate and noticeable effect.
3. Supplement with herbs
As well as addressing your diet, you can supplement with herbs to help boost your libido. “According to Medical Daily, the only evidence-based substances that influence your libido are ginkgo biloba, maca and ginseng. All three of these are classified as herbs, are available over-the-counter, and should be administered under appropriate guidance. All three of these substances have studies to back up the influence they have on positively affecting our sexual hormones,” White told us.
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Spice things up with pepper
“The other food that seems to have a genuinely positive effect on improving libido is red chillies, most often used as cayenne pepper,” White says. “The active ingredient is capsaicin, and received wisdom is that the ‘sweet heat’ of chillies helps to raise endorphins (the ‘happy’ hormone). This food substance increases circulation and blood flow, and the heightened sweat and racing pulse mimic the feelings of sexual excitement. Many of the foods that are accredited with aphrodisiac qualities are foods which help to increase blood flow, ever an important factor when trying to boost feelings of desire.”
For more from Jani White, check out her book, The Fertile Fizz (£26).