Dr. Frank Lipman is an integrative and functional medicine physician, founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness in NYC, and the creator of Be Well By Dr. Frank Lipman. In his monthly column for R29, he'll talk about the latest health and wellness news; his favorite stay-healthy tips and tricks; plus answer your questions on how to be your healthiest, best self, every day.
When Valentine’s Day rolls around, “aphrodisiac” is always the buzzword. There are a lot of foods out there that have been known to stimulate the libido, and while they aren’t scientifically proven, they are certainly worth a try! Many of them have health benefits that will increase your body’s overall health, and therefore your sexual health.
One of my favorite foods for this is chocolate, which stimulates serotonin production in the brain, leading to increased feelings of pleasure and wellbeing. Try adding unsweetened cacao powder into smoothies, or enjoy a piece of dairy-free dark chocolate for the greatest benefit. Ginger has been known to stimulate the body’s circulatory system, which can increase blood flow and sexual desire. Avocado has also been said to have libido-enhancing properties — they are full of vitamins and nutrients that improve the overall health of the body, and are especially high in vitamin E, which is known for its ability to boost the sex drive. Additionally, some say that figs provide great nutrition for sexual health – they’re high in magnesium, vitamin E, and zinc.
Ultimately, libido is most influenced by being healthy, happy, and comfortable in your body. Aside from specific aphrodisiac foods, here are a few overall lifestyle choices that will help to support your ongoing mood for love!
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