What happens between the sheets is linked to what goes down in the kitchen — and no, we're not talking about an impromptu countertop romp.
High consumption of sugar negatively affects your energy levels, and we all know how a lack of energy can impact the desire to get busy. Lethargy and lack of get-up-and-go is a major reason why sex lives fizzle out, especially for long-term couples.
For men, consuming excess sugar may have an even more dampening effect on your mojo. According to a 2018 study published in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, men who consumed sugar-sweetened beverages had a lower testosterone level than those who abstained from those drinks.
Though chocolate and champagne might have a rep for being aphrodisiacs, their sugar content is more likely to turn you off than on. Instead, here are some foods that will heat up your next date night.
1 Chili Peppers
Add some serrano peppers to a stir fry, jalapeños to guacamole or cayenne pepper to your eggs. Each pepper contains a significant amount of capsaicin (the compound that makes hot sauce hot), which releases chemicals that increase heart rate, mirror signs of arousal and release feel-good endorphins.
If you like your food like you like your lovers — sweet and spicy — you're in luck. According to a study in the International Journal of Cardiology, consuming a mere teaspoon of ginger a few times a week is all you need to reap the heart-healthy benefits.
Your anxiety about getting between the sheets could be elevating levels of stress — which then plummet libido. A lack of B-vitamins could also be exaggerating stress even further, says a Nutrition Journal study. The solution? Feast on some guac to take advantage of the fact that avocados are a good source of B vitamins.