When the Greek goddess of love and sexuality, Aphrodite unfurls her magical girdle, no one could resist the wonders of sensuality and as legends have it, even the Queen of Gods, Hera had borrowed the girdle to woo her rather philandering husband, Zeus. So one thing can be settled at the very outset. Even the celestials could do with a bit of help when it came to their sexual escapades. No wonder that when in the mortal world, the need for stimulants and boosters of sexual prowess was felt, it was felt appropriate to pay an ode to Goddess Aphrodite.
Thus were born Aphrodisiacs; the worldly counterparts of Aphrodite’s girdle and the recourse for all those need a little extra push for their performances. Aphrodisiacs are typically foods or spices which are endowed with stimulating properties which enhance one’s sex drives.
Why do we need Aphrodisiacs?
Our sex drives, also known as libido depends upon particular hormones in our bodies which arouses our sexual desires and enables us to perform. Phenylethylamine and serotonin are the primary hormones that boost sexual arousals. Often, due to some reason, if adequate proportions of these hormones are not produced in our bodies, the body experiences a loss of sex drive. On such occasions, a little extra push can actually restore your sex drive and let you indulge in your special moments of intimacy. Wondering where this extra push will come from? The answer lies in aphrodisiacs.
Aphrodisiac foods are categorised as those which contain chemicals that are useful in stimulating the serotonin levels in your systems. So to give your sexual health a fresh lease of life, all you need to look out for is the right food. Unfortunately, superstores don’t offer a counter tagged, “aphrodisiac” so it’s best to do your own research. The good news is unlike other health foods, aphrodisiacs are not necessarily medicine like tasteless edibles. You’ll be surprised to know that some of your most decadent food items are actually time tested aphrodisiacs.
Dark Chocolate: Boost your serotonin levels
One such potent aphrodisiac is dark chocolate. Dark chocolates might be an acquired taste but it is widely used in a whole flurry of indulgent and popular desserts. By itself, dark chocolates are great sources of serotonin as well as phenylethylamine which act as stimulants and reinvigorates your sexual health. Dark chocolates are replete with caffeine and a potent antioxidant. This boosts the blood flow and strengthens your libido. Unlike white chocolates whose antioxidants properties are alloyed by sugar and added flavours, dark chocolates contain L-arginine and amino acids to give you the coveted “aphrodisiac punch”.
Ashwagandha and Dark Chocolate
For those who are fans of natural remedies, Kama Sutra mentions a magic herb, “Ashwagandha”. Ashwagandha’s aphrodisiac properties have been endorsed by physicians as well. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen which regulates the production of “cortisol” or the stress hormones in our adrenal glands. Studies reveal that by consuming Ashwagandha, men are likely to reduce their stress levels by 27 per cent. It not only boosts the sex drive but also promotes better endurance. Yet another salient benefit of Ashwagandha is that it enhances the sperm count. Ashwagandha, therefore, has a holistic array of benefits for sexual health. Further, Ashwagandha is known to heighten energy levels. The best part is, being an organic product, it has no side effects whatsoever.
Our modern lives are ridden with stress, dissatisfaction and consequent fatigue. This naturally impacts our sexual wellbeing. A prudent way to make sure that your intimate moments remain as memorable and sensuous is to introduce more aphrodisiacs in your diet. With options like dark chocolates at your bay, this sounds like a treat anyway.