1. Filtered Water — True, water is not a “food” per se. However, water is a vital nutrient essential for cellular processes. It is crucial to be well hydrated. A common feeling of hunger is a misinterpreted real need for water. Water is good for stamina for those workouts, outside or in bed. It is also good for your skin and makes you look younger!!
A good guide to drinking adequate water is to drink a glass of H2O upon waking. Drink a glass before breakfast. Drink two glasses after your morning workout. Drink a glass before lunch. Have a glass with you throughout the day to consistently sip water. Drink a glass before dinner. Drink a glass before bedtime. Have a bedside glass of water to sip each time you think, wink or tink 😉
2. Organic Dark Chocolate — One of the most exciting health benefits of dark chocolate is that it helps in enhancing the production of endorphin, which results in a general of feeling of pleasure in human beings. Eating a delicious piece of chocolate could possibly reduce stress levels; it works by stimulating the production of endorphin that may give rise to a happy feeling. In addition, the dark chocolate variety contains stimulants such as theobromine and caffeine that are major stimulants.
The ancient Mayans used dark chocolate for fertility as well as for heightened pleasure during intimacy. The Aztecs also revered dark chocolate for its powers of erotic stimulation. I’m always inclined to think that when ancient cultures are convinced of something, there must be truth to the matter. After all, I am a Doctor of Chinese Medicine.
Dark chocolate comes from the cacao bean, which is a plant and has the same antioxidant qualities as other dark leafy plants. The bean is filled with flavonoids, which are pigments that act as antioxidants and give plants their rich colors (thus the idea that the more rich in color the plant, the greater the antioxidant content). So the question is, how if at all do these flavonoids tie in to the big O??
Well, here’s the good news, besides relaxing blood pressure and reducing cholesterol, these flavonoids stimulate the production of pleasure neurotransmitters – the chemicals in your brain that also get released during pleasurable experiences from intimacy to laughter with friends. These pleasure chemicals (serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine) also act as antidepressants in your mind – What a Bonus!
3. Organic Berries — Did you know that The Brain is the sexiest organ in the body? It is the master control center of all pleasure in the body, your personal orgasma-tron. Here is a list of recommended berries to nourish your brain and keep you in peak performance.
Blueberries can give a range of tastes from sweet, to tart, to tangy. These little berries are full of antioxidants that pack a wallop when it comes to protecting the brain. Special nutrients in blueberries increase the production of brain cells in the hippocampus, important for memory. These nutrients may help reverse age-related problems in the area of brain function, i.e. stay younger, healthier and sexier all the way to the very end.
Strawberries are delicious, no two ways about it. Not only are strawberries a versatile and tasty fruit, but they could also help with brain function. Strawberries contain anthocyanins too, which reverse aging and the diseases that accompany aging. Evidence shows that strawberries control inflammation in the brain and maintain memory. Historically, strawberries are associated with romance…go with it! They go great with chocolate too.
Black currants are high in immune boosting vitamin C and in gamma-lineolic acid. Gamma-lineolic acid is a rare fatty acid that is difficult to find in foods – but a bowl of black currants can give you a healthy dose. Concentrated black currant could act as a natural anti-depressant as well.
Researchers have found that these berries could protect brain cells against stress – specifically, the kind that causes Alzheimer’s. Black currants may be able to prevent or delay the onset of this devastating disease. Where do you find them, you might ask? They are readily available in scones 😉
Not many people include boysenberries in their weekly diets. Like black currants, boysenberries are not readily available. The beautiful pigments that give berries their colors also contain phytochemicals that boost the antioxidant activity in your skin, which may help you age more gracefully. Berries are also low in calories and rich in vitamin C.
4. Organic Raw Celery — Raw celery contains the male hormone androsterone, which can act as a pheromone to trigger female attractions. After a few bites, his sweat glands start releasing the pheromone. If you’re feeling too cranky to fool around, nibble a stalk yourself – androsterone has mood-elevating effects in women, making you randy to find the candy.
4. Organic Ginger — Wondering what to cook on February 14th? Make it an Asian stir-fry with loads of fresh ginger. This well-known spice gets the circulatory system flowing. Its spicy flavor is great in salads or even cooked with fish. Ginger also helps with digestion. We all know how un-sexy it is to feel bloated and full.
Heidi Henkle, Shendoctor has a very successful Acupuncture practice in Pacific Palisades for the past 15 years, specializing in weight loss, chronic pain and anti-aging, using functional medicine and clinical nutrition to align the bio-chemistry on an individual basis. She is a single mother of a 16 year old boy, and gets it about what it takes to keep things balanced and still feel sexy, vibrant and alive.