In the spirit of Valentine we’ve decided to share with you some interesting but serious tips on your food and sex life. Let’s say a week ago, you met a really pretty lady, sexy and has curves in all the right places. You want to treat this girl to a great night out and so, you ask her out on a date. Apart from getting to know what her favourite colour is or what books she could spend her whole life reading and re-reading again, there’s this “devil” deep down in your mind –really deep- who keeps on hoping that the night progresses well and the both of you end up in bed together. Only, there’s no devil. It’s just you and some pretty lady –or guy- in a cool place having dinner.
There are lots of foods on the menu that would be advisable to overlook on this date, but I narrowed it down to five. So, here are five foods to avoid ingesting if you plan on having really great sex with that gorgeous girl or boy tonight.
Beans have been known to cause gas and abdominal uneasiness. Gas may be natural, but it’s not exactly ideal during sex. While beans are full of protein and antioxidants, they, unfortunately, also power up flatulence in many people. They contain large amounts of soluble fibre and a natural sugar called raffinose, both of which trigger gas production during digestion. This is also true for lentils. So, for a non-gassy protein alternative, lean meats and fish also make for good choices. In as much as beans may be your favourite food in the whole wide world, it’ll be advisable to stay away from it, especially if you’re intent on giving your partner “the best sex night in the history of all his/her sex life”. Trust me, your partner will thank you!
Even if you aren’t prone to heartburn, you may want to skip the garlic before sex. Garlic tends to produce strong odours in the body, which may become especially pronounced as your body warms or sweats. It can also make the smell and taste of semen less appealing, and the same can be said for onions. Smells affect people differently, however. As there are some people who find the aroma of garlic to be a turn-on. But if you don’t want to risk it, stick to less pungent vegetables and flavourings before intimacy. Season rice and fish with oregano and basil instead of garlic, for example, and swap onions with celery.
I know this isn’t a type of food, but most guys (or girls) want their breath smelling fresh, because who wouldn’t be turned off by bad breath? Whether you’re on a hot date, or planning a cozy night in with your other half, you want to make sure your breath smells fresh. But if you’re planning to take it to the bedroom, chewing gum could be a big mistake. The act of chewing, without swallowing, can lead to bloating as you swallow air. Also, your tummy will think there is food coming and will release stomach enzymes used to digest food, which can lead to gastric problems, and plenty of wind. So, while your mouth will smell minty, you may be prone to emitting other smells during the romp. Peppermint is also known to repress testosterone, leading to a lower libido.
While some may consider ice cream an aphrodisiac, an overwhelming majority of the population suffers from lactose or casein intolerance, or incomplete digestion, which means the “bad” bacteria in the gut reacts to the partially digested proteins and sugars. This leads to malodorous gas that will definitely leave your libido stuck in neutral.
Wine, Beer and Alcohol in general
If you’re planning a romantic evening, you might try to find on a good bottle of wine with the hopes that it will make your lover (and you!) more relaxed. Drinking wine in moderation might serve that purpose well, but drinking too much can be problematic. Aside from the commonly discussed results, such as not remembering one’s behaviour, or not being able to sexually feel much (if anything), excessive alcohol consumption can decrease women’s DHEA, which is related to sex drive. In men, it decreases testosterone, which is the backbone of male sex drive, and can make vasopressin plummet, meaning it might be difficult to achieve an erection. Even touching your lover can lose its magic because alcohol reduces oxytocin, so the sense of touch is not as sensitive.