5 Healthy Foods to Improve Your Sex Life

5 Healthy Foods to Improve Your Sex Life

You've probably planned the restaurant and atmosphere, but did you think about the menu? Eating these healthy foods can spice up your date night!

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Healthy foods that boost your libido: Did you know that a number of healthy foods may affect your hormone levels, energy, and even brain chemistry? When planning a romantic dinner, most people think about the location and atmosphere to heighten the mood, but not the actual foods themselves. Here's a list of foods that may actually increase sexual arousal and boost your sex drive.

1. Oysters

OK, you've probably heard that oysters are good for your sex life, but it's true, and you might not know why. The key to oysters' sexual benefits is zinc. This mineral increases testosterone production which regulates libido for both men and women. Also, research suggests that zinc improves sperm count in men, and ovary health in women. I guess it's not surprising that the legendary lover, Casanova, was said to eat oysters daily!

2. Avocados

Yes, avocados are a superfood, and their benefits even extend into the bedroom. Actually, the ancient Aztec name for avocado meant, "testicle," due to their shape and how they hang from the tree. Packed with vitamins and minerals, avocados help boost your energy and libido which are central to a good sex life. They're also a great source of good fats, vitamin B6, CoQ10, and omega-3 fatty acids which boost your mood and can make you frisky.

3. Chocolate

It's no myth that chocolate helps elevate your sex life. Chocolate contains tryptophan which boosts serotonin levels that are linked to increased sexual arousal. Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine, which also helps get us in the mood.

4. Asparagus

Rich in vitamin B6, vitamin E, and folate, this phallic veggie can improve sexual arousal and orgasm. (Yes, it also might make your pee smell funny!)

5. Chile Peppers

Looking to literally spice up your sex life? Chile peppers can help. They contain a chemical called, capsaicin, which coaxes the release of endorphins in your brain, making you feel happier and even sexier. Bonus: Spicy foods can even speed up your metabolism and promote weight loss. Skinnier, and sexier? Um, I'll have the Chiles Rellenos, please. (Extra spicy!)

Ok, so those are some really common foods to add to the menu if you're looking for a boost in the bedroom. Why not work one or more of these popular and healthy foods into your next date night dinner?

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17 'Winnie The Pooh' Quotes To Remember When You're About To Have A Final Exam Panic Attack

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."

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Stressed AF about finals?

Let Pooh take the wheel:

1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

4. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 

5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

6.  "Think, think, think." 

7. "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually." 

8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

12. "I must go forward to where I have never been instead of backwards where I have." 

13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

16. "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

17. My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

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5 Ways to Fight Fall Allergies Naturally

Sneezing in October? Here are some easy natural ways to fight allergies the natural way with no pills or medicines!

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Spring is typically considered the season for allergies. However, fall, due to the high amount of vegetation and increase in humidity from rain, brings with it its own set of allergens, such as pollen, ragweed, dust mites, and outdoor mold spores. If you find yourself constantly sneezing, coughing and having a stuffy nose this time of year, try some natural remedies instead of heading to the pharmacy to pick up antihistamines.

Here are 5 of the most useful natural ways to fight allergies:

1. Minimizing exposure

Ever sleep with the window open and wake up with a sore throat? It might sound obvious, but avoiding exposure to triggers is the best way to avoid allergic reactions. Keep your windows closed to stop pollen and mold spores from coming inside.

Wash your clothes, shower and wash your hair if you've spent a lot of time outdoors where you could have picked up pollen. Finally, air purifiers and vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters will remove any allergens such as pollen, mold, and dust that have made it into your house.

*Tip: If you do buy the top-rated HEPA filters, they'll stop most of the allergens but might slow down your A/C flow in the Summer!

2. Anti-inflammatory diet

Allergies are inflammatory reactions to which certain people are more predisposed to than others. Eating a diet rich in foods that are anti-inflammatory can counteract this tendency. Omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish, nuts, and flax, have been shown to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks in people with allergies. Other anti-inflammatory foods include green tea, curcumin, dark chocolate, and most fruit and vegetables.

3. Probiotics

Allergies can be a strong sign that your immune system is out of balance. A good way to fix that is to eat fermented foods rich in probiotics such as yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, and kombucha.

Probiotics have been shown to have a number of health benefits including the ability to reduce the impact of seasonal allergies. Rich in friendly bacteria, these foods will help diversify your gut flora, which in turn will help balance your immune system and reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

4. Exercise

It might not sound fun to exercise if you have allergies, but moderate to intense exercise for 30 minutes 3-5 times a week has been shown to have strong anti-inflammatory effects, reducing the risk of allergies and asthma attacks. Plus, regular exercise provides a host of other physical and mental health benefits including Vitamin D exposure.

If exercising outdoors increases exposure to allergens such as pollen and mold spores, it might be better to work out at home or in a gym until symptoms are reduced. *There's a surprising amount of pollen in areas you might not expect it, like in the city or even at the beach!

5. Local Honey

Immunotherapy is the process of exposing someone to a small amount of allergen, with the purpose of reducing their sensitivity to it and preventing future allergic reactions.

Eating large amounts of local raw honey, which contains diverse types of pollen, has been shown to help desensitize people with hay fever. It is crucial that the honey you eat was produced in the area where you live, and that it is raw. Pasteurized supermarket honey will not work, and forget that cheap stuff that's been boiled or imported from China!

Fighting Allergies Without Pills

If you like to spend a lot of time outdoors in the fall biking, walking, or apple-picking, allergies to pollen and mold spores can ruin your fun. Minimizing exposure to these allergens when indoors can help. Also, simple life changes such as exercising more, eating a diet that is high in anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids, and consuming probiotics, can reduce your chances of having allergic reactions.

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