Eggs!

Eggs!

By Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond

For more information on Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil's simple goodness visit www.seven-seas.com

Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond says: ' One of the biggest impacts on people's libido is our diet and lifestyle. If you are eating a healthy balanced diet and are having too many of the 'naughty' foods, you will not be getting the right mix of nutrients to ensure that your hormones are in good working order and that your blood is flowing freely round your body and is reaching your sexual organs.'

Libido Boosting Foods

Oil rich fish - ' Herring, mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna and salmon contains essential omega 3 fatty acids that help boost blood flow to the sexual organs (the body cannot make them by itself, so they must be provided by the diet), plus many oil rich fish contains zinc which is needed for testosterone production. If you are struggling to meet the recommended one (140g) serving of oily fish a week, a high quality supplement like Seven Seas Pure Cod Liver Oil can help ensure you are meeting the levels' says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Asparagus - 'Surprising for a vegetable, asparagus is a good source of vitamin E (1.16g per 100g), which has long been thought of as 'the sex vitamin' as it stimulates the sex hormones. It's also a diuretic (which means it makes you pee a lot) so it's very good at banishing the bloat - and a flatter turn will certainly help to boost your body image! ', says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Avocados - 'T he avocado gets its name from the Latin American Nahuatl word ahuacatl meaning "testicle," an obvious reference to the shape of the fruit. Avocado are rich in vitamin B6, a nutrient which helps regulate our hormones and is one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which stimulates the sex hormones ', says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Chocolate - 'Studies have shown that dark chocolate increases the levels of dopamine - the feel-good chemical associated with the emotions of anticipation and desire. Chocolate also contains phenethylamine, the chemical we produce in our brains when we fall in love. The pathways in our minds that convey pleasure and happiness are strongly linked with food, so often the things that are considered good for libido are just foods that make us feel good, like chocolate', says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Red wine - 'Drinking a small amount of alcohol can also boost feel good dopamine, which is why a glass of wine can help to put you in the mood. As well as helping us shed inhibitions, a glass of red wine can also increase desire. Researchers at the University of Florence found that levels of sexual desire were higher in women who were moderate drinkers of red wine than in their counterparts who preferred other alcoholic drinks, or were teetotal. One theory is that plant compounds like resveratrol found in red wine may improve sexual function by increasing blood flow to key areas of the body - don't take this advice liberally - moderation is absolutely key when it comes to alcohol!', says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Pumpkin seeds -' Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, which is important in testosterone production for men. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in the essential fatty acid, Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that is important for a healthy circulation. Some nuts and other seeds are good sources of ALA, such as walnuts, flax seeds, hemp seed, chia seed and rape seed', says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Oysters - 'The reason that oysters are an aphrodisiac is because they are high in zinc, which is necessary for the production of testosterone. Zinc contributes to normal fertility and reproduction. Other foods high in zinc include meat, seafood, milk and dairy foods', says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Sugary foods - 'While it can be tempting to get an energy boost by eating sugary refined foods and sweets, this is a mistake, because it will cause short-lived energy peaks followed by a longer dip in energy. And that's not what your partner will be looking for in the bedroom!' says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Porridge oats - 'For good sex, you need stamina and energy. While a generally healthy diet will help you feel strong and healthy, porridge oats have the added advantage of having a low glycaemic index -providing sustainable energy - perfect for perking up flagging energy levels', says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Seaweed - 'Thyroid hormones help us to rev up our metabolisms and to that end help maintain energy. To work, the thyroid needs iodine, which is found in kelp, seaweed, oysters and clams', says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Eggs - 'As well as a great source of protein, which can help you keeping you feel fuller for longer and stop mid morning 'high calorie' munchies - not good news for your waistline, eggs are rich in B vitamins which play a major role in energy production, as it helps convert carbohydrates into sugar to fuel the body's energy', says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Garlic - 'Bad on the breath but perhaps good on the sex drive! It contains high levels of allicin, which is good for boosting blood flow to the sexual organs. A small study found that eating four cloves of garlic a day helped to improve men's chances of maintaining an erection in those who were experiencing impotence. Maybe this is one for long-term couples who don't have as much worry over little matters such as garlic-breath (as long as you both munch it, you'll be ok!)', says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

Soya - 'The naturally occurring phytoestrogens in soya called isoflavones, have a similar structure to the body's own oestrogen. This means they may help to combat some of the symptoms of the menopause, particularly hot flushes - a guaranteed libido killer', says Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond.

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