Certain foods (all of them totally delicious) can have similar effects — boosting mood, improving hormonal balance and increasing blood flow — without the dizzying side effects. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Is one bout of hot sex a month worth risking your health for?
That’s the question women face with the FDA approval of Addyi, the new drug that boosts female libido. In studies, women who took the drug reported just one “extra sexually satisfying event” per month, and the FDA recommends you stop taking the “female Viagra” after eight weeks if you see no improvement. The drug works on the brain chemicals that affect mood and appetite, but the downside can be steep: drowsiness, nausea and dizziness, and women who take it will be advised to refrain from alcohol and be wary of extremely low blood pressure and drug interactions.
While women weigh the pros and cons, the editors of Eat This, Not That! have uncovered new research that shows certain foods (all of them totally delicious) can have much the same effect — boosting mood, improving hormonal balance and increasing blood flow — without the dizzying side effects. The next time you set aside an evening to channel Marvin Gaye, work some of these foods into your day. And if you’re feeling a little wary about baring it all in the bedroom, try these 11 Eating Habits That Will Uncover Your Abs!
Female Viagra Food #1
Come to think of it, Popeye and Olive Oyl were always chasing one another around. Eating spinach will not only help you get Victoria’s Secret-ready—thanks to its appetite-suppressing compounds—but it will also put you in the mood by increasing blood flow below the belt. “Spinach is rich in magnesium, a mineral that decreases inflammation in blood vessels, increasing blood flow,” explains Cassie Bjork, RD, LD of Healthy Simple Life. “Increased blood flow drives blood to the extremities, which, like Viagra, can increase arousal and make sex more pleasurable,” says psychotherapist and sex expert Tammy Nelson Ph.D. “Women will find it is easier to have an orgasm, and men will find that erections come more naturally.”
Eat This, Not That! Tip: Remember, “Having good sex is the best aphrodisiac,” says Nelson. “It makes you want to have more sex!”
Female Viagra Food #2
The secret to a hotter nightlife starts with a hot cup of tea. Green tea is rich in compounds called catechins, which have been shown to blast away belly fat and speed the liver’s capacity for turning fat into energy. But that’s not all: Catechins also boost desire by promoting blood flow to your nether regions. “Catechins kill off free radicals that damage and inflame blood vessels, increasing their ability to transport blood,” says Bjork. “Catechins also cause blood vessel cells to release nitric oxide, which increases the size of the blood vessels, leading to improved blood flow,” she explains.
Drink This, Not That! Tip: Bjork suggests drinking up to four small cups a day to feel the full effects. And you can boost your libido and—as a side effect—lose up to 10 pounds in one week—for pennies a day—drinking delicious, affordable tea…if you do it right. It worked for Tracy Durst, age 45, of Lewistown, PA, when she did our 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse. “I went from a size 20 to a size 16, alive with energy,” she told Eat This, Not That! “This is not a diet or cleanse for me but a way of life!” For the complete meal plan, try it yourself and slim down—fast—on The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Diet and Cleanse!
Female Viagra Food #3
Pine nuts, one of the key ingredients in pesto sauce, are exceptionally high in zinc, and women with higher levels of zinc in their system have been shown to have a higher sex drive than those with lower levels.
Eat This, Not That! Tip: Zinc is also the driver behind the aphrodisiac effects of oysters, also a proven fire-starter.
Female Viagra Food #4
If you’re looking for a way to simultaneously boost your libido and calm those pre-date jitters, pour yourself a glass of red. Women who drank one to two glasses had heightened sexual desire compared to ladies who didn’t down any vino, a Journal of Sexual Medicine study found. (Just be sure to cut yourself off after your second glass; enjoying more than that didn’t stimulate any further arousal, and knocking back too much can stop the show before it starts.) What makes the elixir so beneficial is a rich antioxidant profile that triggers nitric oxide production in the blood, which relaxes artery walls. As with many of the foods on this list, that increases blood flow down south.
Drink This, Not That! Tip: Feel sexier and slimmer than ever by sipping any of these delicious, affordable and perfect-for-date-night 16 Best-Ever Wines for Weight Loss!
Female Viagra Food #5
Steaks and Burgers
If your crazy-busy schedule is to blame for your lack of libido, you’re not alone. “One of the primary reasons couples stop having sex is because they’re tired, fatigued and stressed. But sometimes, there’s a biological component at play,” says Nelson. One of the causes of fatigue in women is iron deficiency. The condition can sap energy, which may result in a low sex drive, explains Nelson. Bjork concurs, adding, “Iron deficiency is common and can result in feelings of exhaustion, weakness and irritability, which doesn’t make anyone feel like getting intimate.”
Eat This, Not That! Tip: Bjork says remedying the situation requires a two-part approach: “If you think your diet lacks iron, focus on eating more spinach, grass-fed red meat and liver, all foods rich in the nutrient. Then, ensure sure your body is able to utilize the iron,” she says. “Consuming probiotic-rich yogurt, fatty fish and an L-glutamine supplement can improve gut health and help your body to absorb iron more efficiently,” explains Bjork.
Female Viagra Food #6
It’s no secret that oily coldwater fish like wild salmon, sardines, and tuna are overflowing with omega-3 fatty acids, but here’s something you may not know: The nutrient not only benefits your heart but also raises dopamine levels in the brain. This spike in dopamine improves circulation and blood flow, triggering arousal, Bjork and Nelson explain. There’s more: “Dopamine will make you feel more relaxed and connected to your partner, which makes sex more fun,” adds Nelson.
Eat This, Not That! Tip: Just make sure you buy the right kind. To find out which salmon actually turns off your sex drive, read our essential report: 8 Reasons Why You’re Buying the Wrong Salmon!
Female Viagra Food #7
A recent survey discovered that the #1 spot for first dates is Starbucks. Looks like we’ve figured out why. In a recent study–albeit on animals–coffee consumption was found to make females more eager to engage in sex, and more likely to want it again after a brief rest. But studies show that men are more sensitive to caffeine than women are; guys begin to react within 10 minutes of sipping joe. Since decaf also creates an enhanced level of alertness, a buzz-free bean might be the right pick-me-up for guys who want to avoid first-date jitters.
Drink This, Not That! Tip: If decaf isn’t your thing, get a jumpstart on your slim down by ordering one of these 5 Teas That Melt Fat Fast.
Female Viagra Food #8
Good news, chocolate lovers: Your go-to indulgence can help get you in the mood. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that have been shown to reduce stress and relax blood vessels, sending blood to all the right regions—no Twinkie can claim that. Those same flavonoids can also help diminish body fat, which can boost your confidence in bed, making it easier to focus on the main attraction. Just be sure to avoid the worst dark chocolates for weight loss and instead, opt for an ounce of our go-to bar, Lindt 85% Cocoa Excellence. It carries notes of sweet stone fruits and, unlike other bars, doesn’t contain alkalized cocoa, which contains far fewer beneficial flavonoids.
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