Boosting Your Libido From the Inside Out

Libido enhancing foodsIf you or your significant other’s libido isn’t what it used to be, there are two guaranteed ways to put the zing back into your love life: From the inside with the right foods and nutrients, and from the outside with exploration and positive reinforcement.

Below, are 9 foods that can provide the nutritional spark to your lack luster sexual appetite and increase your libido.

  1. Celery
    Now, celery may not be the food of choice that you dream of when thinking sex, but it is a great source food for sexual stimulation. Celery contains androsterone, an odorless hormone released through male perspiration and turns women on.
    Libido dietary tip: Celery is best eaten raw. Wash well and munch away just before you get down and dirty.
  2. Raw oysters
    This is one of the best known aphrodisiacs. Oysters are rich in zinc and help increase sperm and testosterone production. Oysters also contain dopamine, a hormone that helps to build up libido. Try feeding your partner an oyster during your foreplay routine and have her/him feed you.
    Libido dietary tip: Scrub the shells well to get any dirt or bacteria off. Open and place them on a bed of crushed ice, squeeze some fresh lemon onto them if you like, and then start sucking away.
  3. Bananas
    Bananas contain the bromelain enzyme, that increases libido and reverses impotence in men. Also, they are potent sources of potassium and B vitamins like riboflavin, which increase the body’s overall energy levels.
  4. Avocado
    The Aztecs referred to the avocado tree ahuacatl as a “testicle tree.” Avocados contain high levels of folic acid, which helps metabolize proteins, thus giving you more energy. They contain vitamin B6 (a nutrient that increases male hormone production) and potassium (which helps regulate a woman’s thyroid gland), two elements that help increase libido in both men and women.
  5. Almonds
    Almonds are a great source of essential fatty acids. These provide the raw material for a man’s healthy production of hormones. Additionally, the smell of almonds arouses passion in females. You can add to the sexual ambiance by lighting some almond-scented candles to build up her mood.
    Libido dietary tip: Eat almonds raw (with no added salt or sweetness). Alternately, crush some fresh almonds and sprinkle them on your salad to get the energy you need.
  6. Eggs
    Eggs are rich in vitamins B6 and B5. These help balance hormone levels and fight stress, two things that are crucial to a healthy libido. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Eating raw chicken eggs just prior to sex is said to heighten libido and maximize energy levels. But all bird and fish eggs contain B6 and B5. Libido dietary tip: Partake in some hard-boiled eggs beforehand.
  7. Figs
    Figs are excellent sources of amino acids that increase libido. They can also improve sexual stamina.
    Libido dietary tip: Feed her some fresh figs and let the juices run all wild while you’re both getting revved up.
  8. Garlic
    While you don’t want to be stinking of garlic during a passionate lip lock, garlic contains allicin, an ingredient that increases blood flow to the sexual organs.
    Libido dietary tip: If the odor just won’t work for you — or you can’t stand garlic — go for garlic capsules instead.
  9. Chocolate
    Chocolate contains theobromine — an alkaloid — which is very similar to caffeine. It also contains phenylethylamine, a chemical that produces the feeling of “being in love.” So, when your woman talks about how good chocolate makes her feel, there is some science behind it. In addition, dark chocolate has a massive amount of anti-oxidants, which are great for the body in general, as they help maintain the immune system.
    Libido dietary tip: Feed each other with chocolates during foreplay or lick chocolate sauce off each others’ bodies.

Now that your feeling all revved up to have some hot action in bed, would your partner rather watch television or read? Well, then it’s high time you did something to solve that problem.

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Can Vitamin Supplementation Stop, Even Prevent, Female Hair Loss?

biotin tabletsBiotin and zinc. Are these the hair loss treatments for the twenty first century?

If you are a woman who is experiencing hair fall, or downright balding, you are very much aware that the pharmacological research into hair loss is concerned primarily with male pattern baldness, and any benefit that women may get from such research is negligible, at best. Few of these pharmaceutical drug treatments, whether topical or internal, even work on women. Those that do usually require long-term use, with little chance of success. But is it possible that the key to hair retention in women is nothing more dramatic or expensive than good nutrition?

Why Biotin?

Biotin is a doctor’s recommended vitamin used for treating hair loss, and is found in rich foods like soy, milk, egg yolks and liver. It is a natural nutritional supplement that helps reverse hair loss and keep skin and nails looking healthy.

Our growth and replication of cells depends on biotin. Biotin releases the energy from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It is a complex vitamin used for the production of fatty acids. The main sources of biotin are liver, kidneys, milk, cheese, butter, poultry, cauliflower, bananas, watermelon, peas, brewer’s yeast, nuts, beans, oat bran, salmon, and mackerel. Eating rich foods will give the body an average level of biotin. Some shampoos with biotin can also help stimulate hair growth. One reason why several dermatologists suggest using Biotin supplements is because thousands of calories are needed daily to keep our hair healthy, and if you are trying to lose to, or maintain, a healthy weight, eating more than 2,000 calories a day is not advisable.

The purpose of the B-vitamin is to maintain metabolism. Biotin is especially useful for people with high cholesterol. The positive effects of Biotin are it helps maintain healthy and strong hair, and it makes efficient use of the protein, carbohydrates and fats that we eat. The only negative effect of biotin is that it hasn’t proven 100% effective. It is however more effective when taken with other B-vitamins. The “other B-vitamins” include choline, folic acid, vitamin B-1, vitamin B-2, vitaminB6, and vitamin B-12.

People taking prescription drugs should exercise caution and consult their doctor before using high dose biotin supplements. In some cases, illness has resulted from taking high doses of various vitamin supplements with pharmaceutical drugs. On the flip side, some medications can actually cause Biotin deficiency. In such a case, you may need to take a higher dose to achieve the desired benefits. A few signs of Biotin deficiency are nausea, depression, and anorexia. (Although, in the latter case, the deficiency may be the result not the cause.)

Zinc: The Other White Tablet

Then there’s Zinc, one of the controlling nutrients for progesterone production. The old wives’ tale about oysters being a great aphrodisiac is scientifically correct because oysters are loaded with zinc. If you’ve done your research on the mineral, you must have read the conflicting reports on the subject of zinc and hair loss: some say that zinc supplements can reverse hair loss, others claim that zinc tablets can also trigger hair loss. Who’s claims are correct?

A few facts about Zinc: It’s a trace mineral that is found in the body. It plays a vital role in many bodily processes and functions such as in cell reproduction, hormonal balance, proper absorption of vitamins, and in protein synthesis. All these processes are vital for proper hair growth such that an adequate amount of this mineral is needed to prevent hair thinning and loss.

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