If you want to add a little spice to your bedroom antics this Valentine's Day, then forget about the Kama Sutra.
Instead, you should be heading to your pantry and letting your food be your love medicine.
There are a number of different foods that are well known to help with a variety of different love life issues, from stamina and energy to meals that get you in the mood.
If you're looking to add a little to your Valentine's, these are the ingredients you'll need.
Oysters are one of the rictest natural sources of zinc, a key nutrient involved in the production of testosterone.
Low levels of zinc have also been associated with erectile dysfunction while increasing zinc intake has been shown to increase sperm count in some studies. As a key sex hormone, testosterone plays a key role in regulating libido for both men and women.
The production of testosterone is regulated by both the brain and the pituitary gland and is significantly impacted by stress levels.
As testosterone production also declines as we age, ensuring an adequate dietary intake of zinc is an important way to optimize testosterone production and as such sex drive for both men and women.
While egg whites are known for their high protein levels, let's not forget the key nutrients found in the egg yolk.
Egg yolk is a rich source of Vitamin D and E which are fat soluble vitamins that play key roles in hormone production, including sex hormones. Egg yolk is also a rich source of Vitamins B5 and B6 that play key roles in energy production.
Maca is a root vegetable found in Peru and comes from the same group of vegetables as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. You can find maca in both root and powdered form and can be added to smoothies and baking to boost overall nutritional intake.
One of the proposed benefits of maca is that it helps to boost sexual desire and there are a couple of published studies to show that supplementing with maca did increase reports of sexual desire independent of testosterone levels.
There is also some evidence to show that supplementing with maca powder may improve the quality of the seeds. While more research is needed, adding some maca to your daily smoothie will cause no harm and may play a role in boosting our sex drive.
One of the richest natural sources of amino acid arginine, peanuts or 100% peanut butter has a must if your goal is to optimize blood flow to the regions of the body that can benefit from good circulation.
Specifically, arginine is involved in the production of nitric oxide, which is required to achieve and maintain erectile function.
As such, boosting intake through foods including peanuts, turkey, seeds and wholegrains is a natural alternative to more aggressive medications such as Viagra, which also works by increasing the level and activity of nitric oxide in a medical form.
When it comes to feeling in the mood, let's not forget the importance of maintaining optimal energy levels in general, especially for busy women. With at least 1 in 4 Australian women with clinically low iron levels is it any wonder a lot of women out there are too tired for any action?
The simple answer to the issue of "I'm too tired"? Boost iron intake with a small serving of lean red meat, one of the rictest natural sources of iron, 3-4 times a week to help optimize energy and libido. And cooking her dinner (and cleaning afterwards) will probably help too.