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Aphrodisiacs get plenty of airtime, but not enough is said about foods that could kill your sex drive. To know which foods to avoid, it’s important to understand how they work. Your sex drive is the amalgamation of several physiological, cultural, and psychological factors. Men’s libido is closely related to their testosterone levels – a high testosterone level corresponds to a higher sex drive, and vice-versa. Additionally, if men have higher levels of estrogen, their libido could suffer.
Foods that increase testosterone levels can improve the sex drives of both genders. But foods that increase estrogen can heighten a woman’s libido and dampen that of a man.
However, women’s sex drive increases with both estrogen and testosterone. If her estrogen levels are low, so is her libido – which explains why menopause often affects a woman’s sex drive.[ref]van Anders, Sari M. “Testosterone and sexual desire in healthy women and men.” Archives of Sexual Behavior 41, no. 6 (2012): 1471-1484.[/ref] [ref][ref]McCoy, Norma L., and Julian M. Davidson. “A longitudinal study of the effects of menopause on sexuality.” Maturitas 7, no. 3 (1985): 203-210.[/ref] Though a male
Watch out for these foods if you’ve been experiencing some trouble with “getting in the mood.” These foods influence the balance of sex hormones in your body and could even interfere with normal physiological functions, causing blood pressure to rise and depriving you of a great sexual experience.
1. Bottled Water
No, water is not a sex drive dampener. But bottled water can well be. The bisphenol A (BPA) found in plastic bottles can wreak havoc on your sex life without you even realizing what’s responsible. Researchers have found that excessive exposure to the material, resulting in increased urine BPA levels, can create reduced sexual desire, erectile difficulty, ejaculation problems, and lower satisfaction with sex life.[ref]Li, De‐Kun, Zhijun Zhou, Maohua Miao, Yonghua He, Dandan Qing, Tongjun Wu, Jintao Wang et al. “Relationship Between Urine Bisphenol‐A Level and Declining Male Sexual
2. Canned Foods
Salty snacks and brine- or salt-based tinned foods, with high sodium content, can cause your blood pressure to go up. This can adversely impact blood flow to the genital region and dampen your sexual experience. Which is why high blood pressure is implicated as one of the causes of erectile dysfunction.[ref]Erectile Dysfunction and High Blood Pressure, American Heart Association[/ref] When you pick canned foods, look for those
3. High-Fiber Veggies
Try feeling sexy when you’re all windy or feeling bloated – now, that’s a tough ask for anyone! While fiber-rich vegetables are great for digestion and gut health, some vegetables could actually increase bloating or that feeling of gassiness. The National Health Services (NHS) advises against consuming too much cabbage, cauliflower, sprouts, beans, broccoli, and even onions (which could also double up as potential bad breath triggers if they are eaten raw) if you want to cut down wind or bloating in the body.[ref]Beat the bloat, NHS.[/ref]
The caffeine in a cup of coffee might seem like the
Bread lovers might
6. Alcohol And Drugs
Your drinking habit could
Another cause of a low sex drive could be drugs. If you regularly use marijuana, it could take a toll on your libido. Although cannabis is known to heighten the senses, its long-term use can actually reduce your sex drive. The THC in marijuana also lowers sperm count in men and affects fertility in women.[ref]Sex and Marijuana. SexInfo, University of California, Santa Barbara.[/ref]
7. French Fries
As much as we all like
If you’re planning to get down and dirty with your partner, it’s best to stay away from these libido-killers. Instead, opt for foods like dark chocolate, bananas, and berries – they’re delicious and are known to work as aphrodisiacs!