The Connection Between Nutrition and Love-Life
“The way to the heart is through the stomach.”
Food is one of the perfect ways to bond, whether it is cooking or going out to eat together. Think about it, whenever someone asks someone out, it’s usually a dinner date. Bonding over food could be a beautiful experience. Food and relationships go hand-in-hand.
However, if not paid attention to, this same food can be detrimental to your love life. Believe it or not, your nutrition and love life are directly interlinked. And yes, this ‘love-life’ is synonymous with your ‘sex-life’. Your food can impact your sex life, positively or negatively, quite significantly.
Those love handles aren’t so lovely after all. They’re pretty oxymoronic for their name. The thing with lousy nutrition is that not only does it affect your libido but your confidence, too. It has an equal negative psychological impact as physical.
How does your nutrition impact your love life?
To start with, you and your partner must have compatible eating habits. It doesn’t ultimately have to be in sync, but starkly different eating habits can put a strain on your relationship.
Moreover, your food choices determine the inner workings of your body, including your mood and hormones. As they say, you are what you eat. This includes your sex hormones, too. Like humans and nature, food also carries yin and yang energy. Excess of any can lower your sex drive significantly. Hence, the key lies in moderation.
Challenges to sex drive aren’t only a reduction in your libido. Having unhealthy food choices can also make you gain weight and fat. This can trigger your body image issues if you’ve difficulty dealing with it. It can also trigger anxiety and make you seem under-confident in front of your partner, not wanting to show your body. This can seriously affect your sex life.
Every relationship needs some adjustments because as much as you and your partner are a unit, you must also acknowledge each other’s individuality. Hence, modifying your diet and finding common ground with your partner is the way to go.
Foods that are known to be aphrodisiacs
That’s right, along with a healthy and balanced diet, there are foods to get you in the mood. Here’s a list of some of the best aphrodisiacs that are not only known for their health benefits but for boosting your libido, too.
Almonds have been known to symbolize fertility since ancient times. Almonds are also known to be great aphrodisiacs. Almonds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids(aka the good fats), vitamin E, magnesium, and fibre. The healthy fats in almonds boost testosterone levels.
Banana is another excellent aphrodisiac and romance booster. No, we aren’t saying this because of its suggestive shape. This vitamin B and potassium-rich fruit are known to help produce reproductive hormones. Moreover, research suggests that a significant source of aphrodisiac is the smell of banana bread. Hence, on your next date, consider baking banana bread together! *wink*
Strawberries are one of the most popularly associated fruits with love. When dipped in chocolate, they make up one of the most commonly gifted items on Valentine’s Day. These sweet little treats are rich in antioxidants, magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, and folate. These, in turn, help in increasing vitality and blood flow. What could be better than getting romance and health benefits within one fruit item, right?
Chocolates are one of the most commonly gifted edibles for dates, anniversaries, or the classic Valentine’s. Research backs up the claims of chocolate being a fantastic food for arousal. History has it that the Aztecs used to have cocoa to revivify desire. Moreover, Emperor Montezuma consumed large amounts of cocoa to invigorate his love life.
Honey has been known to be an aphrodisiac since olden times. It owes its reputation to its sweet taste and thick texture. Historically speaking, newly married couples were made to drink mead, which is made from honey, until the first moon night. Hence, we have the word ‘honeymoon’ today. Interesting, right?
A couple that eats and cooks together stays together. Well, given that you guys pay optimal attention to your diet, too. Who knew that following a health-conscious lifestyle could also directly impact your love life, right?