Who else is so happy that Punxsatawney Phil didn’t see his shadow yesterday? Bring on spring please, I’m sure everyone on the East Coast is especially excited after that little visit from Jonas!
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Nicole is back with a really fun Wellness Wednesday this week! She’s sharing the top 5 sexy foods that are also healthy! Some of these like oysters and chocolate are well known aphrodisiac foods but I had no idea about some of the others like avocados!
Fiery peppers pack more than just heat, they also contain a chemical called capsaicin, which really gets your blood pumping through increased circulation. AND, as a bonus, it helps to stimulate your nerve endings so you feel more turned on.
What was it that Chef Emeril used to say – “BAM!” Turn up the heat this Valentine’s Day by adding some nice hot peppers to your meal.
Kick off your evening with some fresh raw oysters. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. These little creatures of the sea really spark things up. They are loaded with zinc, which hikes up testosterone production, thereby increasing sex drive.
It probably won’t come as a surprise to many of you that Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, however, what you may not know is that omega-3 plays a key role in maintaining sex-hormone production at it’s peak. So, you may want to suggest a seafood dinner to your lover and steer them towards the Salmon or better yet share an entrée after you indulge in those oysters I mentioned previously. I am a big fan of sharing plates when eating out – why not try as many things on the menu as you can without overindulging or stuffing yourself.
Yep, probably my favorite thing on the planet – next to olives of course. These magical delights go way beyond culinary satisfaction. Packed with Vitamin E they support your body in pumping out the hormones testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. These hormones then enter your bloodstream and stimulate sexual responses such as vaginal lubrication and clitoral swelling. So, bring on the avocado salad please!
Finally, what Valentine’s Day would be complete without a little naughtiness? This is one meal you don’t want to skip dessert! When chocolate is eaten in its most raw form it contains essential minerals (magnesium, zinc, potassium and iron), B Vitamins and antioxidants like Vitamin E. It also contains a stimulant called phenylethylamine, which stirs up a positive mood and excitement. To maximize the benefits of chocolate, you want to choose 70% cacao or higher. Stick to the good stuff, it makes a difference, plus your Valentine will be impressed with the quality and flavor from a beautiful piece of chocolate.
In conclusion, I just want to add that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be exclusive to couples. I consider it a day to celebrate and express LOVE and acknowledge all of the special people in my life. My philosophy – “There is no such thing as too many hugs.” My Grandmother (who I was blessed to have in my life for so many years) used to give the MOST AMAZING hugs. It is a tradition I have carried on in her honor. So, go out and hug your loved ones this February 14th and this time really squeeze and hold just a little longer than you normally do 😉 It will make you feel feel good good!
BE WELL & NAMASTE.