There are many foods that can give you a quick chemical kick but why do we tend to go straight for the FAST food and Junk food?
Why Do We Love Fast Food?
Endorphin is a brain chemical when released in blood creates euphoria. It makes us happy, satisfied, and calm. And, reduces anxiety and stress. Its a natural morphine that works in our body. It manages pain.
Most of the fast foods and junk foods have a perfect balance of Salt, Sugar and Fat, to maintain their Bliss Point .
Makes you elevated in mood and you feel satisfied.
I don’t know about you but when I have a baklava my eyes roll to the back of my head and I am in BLISS!!
Research suggests gorging on fat and sugar causes brain changes normally associated with addictive drugs such as heroin
These commercial fast foods, and junk foods are designed to have Bliss Points.
“Human brain remembers what made brings happiness, creates craving for it.”
It is already well established that food and addiction are closely linked.
Many addiction researchers believe that addictive drugs such as cocaine and nicotine exert their irresistible pull by hijacking “reward” circuits in the brain.
These circuits evolved to motivate humans to seek healthy rewards such as food and sex.
Eating energy-dense food, for example, triggers the release of endorphins and enkephalins, the brain’s natural opioids, which stimulate a squirt of dopamine into a structure called the nucleus accumbens, a tiny cluster of cells in the midbrain.
Exactly how this generates a feeling of reward isn’t understood, but it is clear that addictive substances provide a short cut to it – they all seem to increase levels of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens. Repeated use of addictive substances is thought to alter the circuitry in as yet unknown ways.
“Highly palatable foods and highly potent sexual stimuli are the only stimuli capable of activating the dopamine system with anywhere near the potency of addictive drugs.”
SO, ARE THERE ANY GOOD FOODS WE CAN EAT TO HELP US STIMULATE OUR BRAINS AND BODY ENOUGH TO ‘TURN THE SWITCH BACK ON’?
For thousands of years, people have searched for edible items to guarantee peak sexual performance and pleasure.
Include some of the following foods to reap the rewards of more romantic romps!
Granola Gets the Juices Flowing: When it comes to sex, blood circulation isn’t just important for men. Between the clitoris and the tissue surrounding the vulva, erectile response is also beneficial for a woman’s sexual experience.
For better blood flow, eat foods like;
- walnuts and
- root vegetables.
They’re all rich in L-Arginine, which improves sexual function by boosting circulation, and thus erectile response.
Heart FOOD: Whatever is good for your heart is good for your sexual functions.
We avoid saturated fats because they clog arteries, and diminished circulation which impedes sexual performance and pleasure.
On the other hand, too little fat can lead to less sexual desire. When fat (the good kind) is processed in the liver, the result is more testosterone (for him) and estrogen (for her). Greater quantities of these hormones dictate the level of your sex drive, and can be achieved by ingesting good fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Find both of these healthy fats in;
- nuts and
- olive oil for when you need a fried food fix!
Soy: a Girl’s Best Friend: Upping your soy intake has a number of beneficial effects to your sexual experiences.
Soy binds estrogen receptors, which not only helps the vagina to stay lubricated, but also diminishes symptoms of menopause like hot flashes – so pass the tofu!
Guys can also benefit from having a soyfriend, as studies show that it keeps the prostate healthy.
**It is important to mention that this is not for everyone; women with any history of breast cancer should not eat large amounts of soy and other estrogen receptor-binding foods.
Here are some foods that can increase your sex drive with your partner:
These types of vegetables had always believed to increase sex drive. In fact, asparagus is rich with vitamin B6 and folate, which can stimulate an orgasm. Asparagus also contains vitamin E, which can increase male and female sex hormones.
Avocado is a fruit that useful to increase your energy and sex drive. Minerals are contained in the avocado, which is good to maintain a healthy heart and decrease a cholesterol. In addition, the avocado also contains Omega 3, which makes you feel ready anytime for sex.
Chili is a spice, which can be enjoyed not only your tongue, but also your sexual life. Chillies contain capsaicin (chemical substances that helps to release endorphins into your brain). Endorphins are chemical substances that are useful and stimulating people to feel happy.
Since a long time, chocolate identically with love. And of course it reasonable, because cocoa contains trypothan which helps the body produce serotonin, a natural substance makes you feel comfortable in making love. Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine which stimulates the brain to make you feel fall in love (dopamine kick).
Licorice can help you feel the effects of estrogen and progesterone, hormones that help smooth reproduction, also increase sexual response.
Not only is it a delicious taste that makes you love shellfish. But shellfish contain iron and minerals, which helps increase the production testestorone.
In addition, the shellfish are also useful to maintain healthy of ovary. Thus, it is clear shells help improve sexual function of men and women.
Include a variety of meats in your diet to help improve your sex life. Beef, chicken, and pork contain carnitine, L-arginine, and zinc.
Carnitine and L-arginine are amino acids that improve blood flow. Uninterrupted blood flow is crucial to the engorgement of tissues for sexual response in men and women. According to NYU Langone Medical Center, these two nutrients may effectively treat erectile dysfunction in some men.
Zinc is an essential mineral known to improve immunity, but also plays a role in sexual function. Zinc deficiency can lead to impotence and low hormone levels in men. Serve up some animal-based protein (in moderation, to avoid adding to your risk of heart disease) to help keep all systems running smoothly in the bedroom.
Vegetarian lovers can opt for whole grains, nuts, and dairy products.
The aphrodisiacal properties of oysters have been touted for years. What you may have believed to be a myth may actually have validity. Research shared at a 2005 conference of the American Chemical Society shows that oysters, clams, and scallops contain compounds that raise testosterone and estrogen levels. A boost in hormone production translates into heightened sexual desire in many cases.
Oysters are also an excellent source of zinc, which aids blood flow to the genitals in both genders.
Don’t care for mollusks? Feast on lobster or crab instead. Both types of shellfish are loaded with zinc.
Salmon is a popular poster child for heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The pink-fleshed fish, as well as tuna and halibut, might be the key to enhancing your sex life too. Omega-3 may help prevent the buildup in your arteries, thus improving blood flow throughout your body.
**A fatty fish diet may not be the love potion for guys who are at risk for high-grade prostate cancer, however. Studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggest that omega-3 fatty acids could increase your risk for developing an aggressive form of the disease. Low-grade, slow-moving prostate cancer is not affected by eating foods rich in omega-3.
Nuts and Seeds
Plying your beloved with chocolates is a romantic gesture, but won’t necessarily take them to soaring new heights in the bedroom. Instead of candy, snack on a handful of nuts and seeds. Cashews and almonds are chock-full of zinc, while a host of healthy snacks boast L-arginine to get your blood flowing:
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
Walnuts pull double duty in the love department, as they are also rich in omega-3.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and could also improve your love life. Apples, along with berries, cherries, onions and dark-colored grapes, are rich in quercetin.
This antioxidant, called a flavonoid, may offer a number of medicinal effects. As far as sex goes, quercetin plays a role in controlling symptoms of prostatitis and interstitial cystitis (IC), and promotes circulation.
Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate gland, sometimes causing testiclular discomfort and pain with ejaculation.
IC, or painful bladder syndrome, may also make sex difficult for men and women. Sexual-related symptoms of IC can include genital pain, erectile dysfunction, painful intercourse, and low desire.
Your mother might have warned you never to eat garlic before a date. This is one piece of advice you can ignore. This pungent herb is a natural blood thinner often used to prevent hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease. The anticoagulant properties help ensure plenty of blood flow to your nether regions. You and your partner can both benefit from a healthy dose of garlic before an amorous evening. If you’re both eating it, nobody will mind the strong breath.
A glass of red wine may help ladies get in the mood.
Research presented in a 2009 issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine shows that one to two glasses of red wine a day increased sexual desire and lubrication in women. Red wine contains quercetin, which might account for the positive response. Researchers noted that drinking more than two glasses of red wine daily or indulging in other types of alcoholic beverages did not produce the same results.