7 Important Things You Need To Know About Sexual Desires And Food!

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Maybe there isn't a super-popular sex food out there that automatically makes you horny, but that doesn't mean these so-called aphrodisiacs won't influence your sex drive — it's just more of a long-term endeavor. For more input, BuzzFeed Health spoke to Dweck, as well as Dr. Harry Fisch, urologist and author of The New Naked, and sex therapist Dr. Madeleine Castellanos, author of Wanting to Want.

1. The brain is your biggest sexual organ, Dweck says.

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So if you're eating something that you think is an aphrodisiac, chances are you're going to believe it — and your body might respond to that, almost like a placebo effect. This can work in a few ways.

2. Oysters, as well as clams and mussels, provoke a sensual feeling that can remind some people of sex.

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"They're slippery, they’ve got this weird texture, you’ve got to figure out how to put them in your mouth, so there’s a whole texture issue that people will relate to kissing or oral sex," says Castellanos.

Other foods that can trigger these thoughts and feelings, Dweck says, are bananas, figs, papayas, and other foods that have sexually suggestive appearances.

3. Is it possible to eat foods that'll increase the urge to have sex biologically?

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Dark chocolate is a great example here, Dweck says, noting that many people associate it with romance. Dark chocolate also contains phenylethylamine, a substance that might raise serotonin levels and promote well-being, Dweck says — but don't overdo it, because it's still sugar.

That said, any food can be an aphrodisiac if you personally associate it with sex or romance. In other words, if something worked for you in the past — whether it was dessert with whipped cream or chocolate syrup or even dinner at a specific tapas restaurant — then use it again. 

"If there's something that triggers a sexual memory, then that's a brilliant way of considering that an aphrodisiac," says Fisch.

4. You've probably heard of lots of foods that are supposedly aphrodisiacs — pomegranates, avocado, and salmon, for example.

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Maybe you even heard watermelon, cherries, figs, bananas, and nuts were great, and they are. But all of these are really just part of a nutritionally balanced diet, which is necessary not just for overall health, but for sexual health too, says Fisch. 

Specifically, all these foods contain antioxidants or other nutrients, like omega-3 fatty acid, L-arginine, and B vitamins, which can help to improve blood flow throughout the body (among other things).

5. But sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.

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Coffee and alcohol are two of these. While a cup of coffee may sound like a good idea to keep you up and going, too much can put you in a state of anxiety that makes it hard to get aroused, Castellanos says. On top of that, Dweck adds that it's also a diuretic, and "that can be sort of a buzzkill" when you have to stop in the middle of everything just to use the bathroom, she says.

Likewise, a tiny bit of alcohol may lower inhibitions and put you in the mood, but ultimately it's a depressant, so having too much could put you to sleep or make an erection next to impossible, Fisch says.

6. While ginseng might enhance sexual performance, it's only safe in its natural state, Fisch says.

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And stay away from those drugstore or gas station "sexual enhancement" supplements, he says.

7. And finally, what's best for your sex drive will probably include more than just what you're eating.

Sure, your sex hormones — testosterone and estrogen — are involved, but there are sooo many other factors that affect your desire to have sex. That might include your stress levels and self-esteem, how you feel about the relationship, and even the quality of sleep you're getting, all three doctors say. So you shouldn't rely entirely on what you eat to have the sexual desire you want; there are probably other things going on in your life to consider.

"People like to put all this faith in something they can buy and pop into their mouth," Castellanos says, "but that’s not what really does it."

We once again confirmed that our sexual happiness is not only about food or romance, but also about the health of our bodies.

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