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10 Healthy Foods Keys to Unlock Your Love Intimacy.

10 Healthy Foods Keys to Unlock Your Love Intimacy.

For a lot of us, it can take more than a romantic meal and sexy music to get us in the mood. Leading a healthy lifestyle that involves exercise and eating the right foods can go a long way in helping you, not only feel more confident, but also more mentally eager to get in between the sheets.

Having the same levels of interest as each other when it comes to sex is important in maintaining a loving intimacy and physical bond so doing what we can to boost our libido can only be a positive thing.

Aphrodisiacs: The Food of Love?

So can that romantic meal be tailor-made to boost sex drive? Aphrodisiacs have long been considered a way to spice up our sex life so is this really an effective solution? While many people question whether certain foods really can activate that animal urge within us, science has shown that, yes, there are foods that can put you in the mood.

With this in mind, here are 10 foods that have been scientifically proven to boost that lagging libido.

1. Watermelon

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    Usually thought of as a refreshing snack on a hot summer’s day rather than an aphrodisiac, watermelon contains an ingredient that relaxes blood vessels in a way that is similar to the effect of viagra. Researchers at the Texas A&M Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre [1] found watermelon contains citrulline that the body converts into an amino acid responsible for boosting nitric oxide levels in the body and therefore helping to increase libido.

    2. Pomegranate

      This one is for the men. A recent study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research [2] found pomegranate juice significantly increases blood flow in the body due to the high intensity of antioxidants. This meant it had a positive effect when it came to erectile dysfunction.

      3. Pine Nuts

        Pine nuts are extremely high in zinc – a mineral linked to raising and maintaining good testosterone levels in men [3]. Many people are deficient in zinc so upping your intake may boost your health in many ways including your want for more sex.

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        4. Coffee

          This one is for you, ladies. A study [4] found that caffeine intake in female mice significantly increased their want to mate compared to those mice that hadn’t had any caffeine. Of course, caffeine is a stimulant and increases blood flow so maybe grabbing a coffee is a better choice of date to get you in the mood.

          5. Chocolate

            Although not entirely considered an aphrodisiac, dark chocolate does release dopamine in the brain – the feel-good hormone. This can create a better mood and in turn, generating a stronger urge to have sex. An Italian study [5] of 153 women found that overall sexual function and sexual desire were significantly greater among chocolate-eaters compared to non-chocolate eaters. However, this isn’t a sure conclusion but maybe an excuse to eat more chocolate.

            6. Cloves

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              They may not seem it, but cloves are a powerful aphrodisiac. As an addition to any meal or cup of herbal tea, cloves have been used in India for centuries as a treatment for lack of libido. But don’t just take their word for it, a study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine [6], found clove extract increased sexual activity in male rats.

              7. Ginseng

                Researchers from the University of Hawaii found ginseng was extremely powerful when it came to increasing our desire to have sex. The study involved women taking ginseng supplements who reported a definite increase in libido. Not only that but 68 percent said their sex life improved dramatically. The easiest way to get ginseng in your diet is through ginseng tea but beware of ginseng energy products that contain high amounts of sugar which can actually decrease your libido instead.

                8. Saffron

                  Although one of the more expensive spices, saffron is commonly used in Spain, India and Greece. But it might be time to invest in some as, along with ginseng, this is a superfood when it comes to upping your sexual desire. Researchers at University of Guelph [7] have also found that saffron improves sexual performance. Time to add this versatile spice to your meals.

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                  9. Bananas

                    Bananas contain potassium and B vitamins which provide you with much-needed energy as well as increasing the production of sex hormones. But they also have an anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain that helps increase testosterone in men aiding sexual desire and performance.

                    10. Figs

                      This one is good news for both men and women. They increase the level of nitric oxide in the body due to the high amount of amino acids and this goes a long way in maintaining normal sexual functions. They are also thought to enhance the secretion of pheromones that sends our attraction levels sky high [8] so if both of you get munching on those figs and sex could be on the cards.

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                      Last Updated on December 13, 2018

                      12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                      12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                      Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

                      A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

                      1. Eat Before Heading Out

                      First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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                      2. Select The Treats

                      Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

                      3. Avoid Skipping Meals

                      Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

                      4. Drink With Moderation

                      It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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                      5. Be Active

                      You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

                      6. Get Out Of The House

                      Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

                      7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

                      Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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                      8. Set Realistic Goals

                      You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

                      9. Enjoy Yourself

                      Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

                      10. Drink A Lot Of Water

                      This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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                      11. Eat Less And More Often

                      Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

                      12. Prioritize Your Workouts

                      Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

                      So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

                      Happy Holidays everyone!

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