Aphrodisiacs are certain special foods and drinks that are said to raise the libido and send your desire soaring through the roof. But do they actually work?
Food and sex have always been linked. Many of the ancient books on the arts of love, such as the Kama Sutra, include potions and recipes said to get couples in the mood. In ancient Greece the fig was one of the sacred foods associated with fertility and love. Just because it's not been medically proven that aphrodisiacs affect sexual desire and performance, there's no reason why you can't use these foods and drinks in the bedroom. So why not have fun finding out which foods and drinks work for you?
As well as the old favorites, champagne and oysters, asparagus, bananas, figs, honey, carrots, onions, almonds, chocolate and peppers are all believed to be aphrodisiacs. For many of these foods it may be their appearance, smell and taste that arouse the senses.
In technical terms, bananas are rich in B vitamins believed to help create sex hormones, whereas chillies contain capsaicin, a substance that brings on a temporary high and helps stimulate circulation. Chocolate triggers the
brain to release endorphins, the happy hormones that quicken your pulse and produce feelings similar to being 'in love', while champagne relaxes the mind and body, and opens small
blood vessels - making you feel flushed and warm.
Don't take it too seriously and have fun. Exercises like this can help bring couples closer both physically and emotionally. While naughty treats like chocolate, cream, champagne and some of the other aphrodisiacs mentioned are ok once in a while, the staple ingredient of a good sex life is a well balanced diet.
Too much of a good thing can leave us feeling more sluggish than sexy and actually lower the libido, so remember - everything in moderation.
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