A good tryst in the sheets is the hope that keeps a lot of relationships alive. A nice, romantic build-up to a passionate lovemaking session sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Some wine, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and soft, melodious music in the background.
For things to go as you’d like them to, it’s better to keep an eye out for the mood killers – foods that steal the pleasure from sex. Here’s a list of foods you should avoid if you’ve also got nookie on the menu.
Foods To Avoid Before Sex
You’re probably surprised to see this one. It’s supposed to get the mood going, right? While it does remove you inhibitions, it may make you less sensitive to touch. This, in turn, may weakens orgasms and make it difficult to maintain erections.
The alcohol can also make you sleepy, quite the anti-aphrodisiac. Not more than a glass or two of wine, okay?
2. Tonic Water
The chemical quinine present in tonic water reduces testosterone levels and kills sex drive. For couples trying for a baby, it is important to know that it may even lower sperm count. It’s best to avoid this alcohol mixer despite its perfect combination with gin.
Other cabonated mixers can cause gas and bloating, not something you want for yourself while you’re at it.
3. Cruciferous Vegetables
Do not include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts in your dinner, especially if you plan to make whoopee after it. These veggies can make you feel gassy because of the methane released when intestinal bacteria digest them. A stinky ambience is not really a mood setter.
4. Hot Dogs And French Fries
Don’t we all love a little indulgent food? Well not if it interferes with sex. Hot dogs are loaded with saturated fats, while French fries are rich in trans fats. These fats cause testosterone levels to take a hit and hinder blood circulation to and from the genitals.
The salt in fries also interferes with erections in men who have high blood pressure. The healthier people aren’t off the hook yet. The extra sodium makes you feel bloated.
5. Canned Food
Again rich in sodium, it’s better to avoid all types of canned food if you intend to get some. It causes gas, making you feel discomfort in your stomach. You don’t want to have to deal with that when you’re trying to have a good time.
The compounds called phytoestrogens in tofu decrease libido, the sex drive. If you don’t feel the urge to have intercourse, it can become very painful.
Who knew that this vegan favorite would come in the way of your sex life?
7. Energy Drinks
You might wonder how a boost in your energy can be a bad thing for your performance. The truth is that while the sugar-caffeine duo may make you feel energized initially, it doesn’t last very long.
The sugar crash due to the high sugar content is inevitable and may occur halfway into your lovemaking. This means you may not even make it to the finish line.
8. Oatmeal In Excess
It is not desirable to have oatmeal in excess before having sex. Second and third helpings of oatmeal may prove to be a hindrance in your sex drive. It also causes gas.
As long as you restrict yourself to a bowl of oatmeal before you turn up the heat, you’ll be good to go.
9. Fruits After A Meal
Fruits take longer to digest when eaten after a meal. This may cause bloating and cramps, and we know they’re not welcome between the sheets. If it’s only fruits you’re eating, you’ll be fine. But if it’s a wholesome meal first and then fruits, you’re better off without the fruits.
Another potential surprise, especially when you know that fresh breath is quite the turn on. Do not eat anything peppermint-flavored before having sex. It causes testosterone levels to plummet, killing your vibe entirely. Not to forget the occasional burps that crop up in the midst of the intense sensations.
Just being aware of these foods and avoiding them, particularly in the evening, can make a big difference in how relaxed you feel during lovemaking. It can go a long way in ensuring you don’t feel uneasy or, for that matter, uninterested in bed.