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9 Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiacs

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4.  Beets

  • One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac.
  • Beets contain high levels of nitrates which increase blood flow by expanding blood vessels walls. Increased blood flow to the genital areas is one of the mechanisms Viagra and other pharmaceuticals create their effects.
  • Beets also contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.
  • Beets have a host of other health benefits.

Tip: For lunch serve Borstch With A Difference. This soup has so many foods in it that your company will know you made it with tender loving care!

5. Garlic

  • Garlic is full of allicin, another ingredient that will also increase blood flow.
  • In eastern traditions monks and priests are not allowed to eat garlic (or onions) because they are particularly stimulating.
  • Garlic has a host of other health benefits, many of which boost your immune system.
  • The obvious trouble with this food is that unless your partner is also a garlic eater, they might not like your smell!

Tip: For dinner have Zucchini With Lots of Garlic The zuchini for some is just an excuse for all the garlic but in any case, it’s a heavenly combination.

6. Exercise

  • Exercise doesn’t sound romantic unless it’s a “moonlit walk on the beach.”  But it turns out, exercise is so good for the body, that it triggers romantic moods, as well.
  • During vigorous activity, endorphins–the ”feel good” chemicals–are released. They can feel like a rush of love.
  • Exercise increases blood flow to the whole body and thus like beets and garlic, can increase moods and desire.
  • Exercise and building muscle mass also usually increases testosterone levels.

Tip: Go for a walk together. What better way to deepen your love then while connecting with nature.

Next page: Three powerful traditional aphrodisiacs.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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12:02PM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Looks like I'm going to be growing sweet basil this year

3:38PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

thanks

3:37PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Take the chocolate and use it to dip big, juicy strawberries ~ now that works for me!

8:46PM PST on Feb 9, 2013

I know a bit about romance and aphrodisiacs. Partner and myself will be eating chocolate covered almonds and washing it down with champagne...guys: women LOVE champagne and will love you for it...!

6:02AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

For me daily kindness and consideration does more than anything else. Sex starts in the head and then travels elsewhere!

11:23PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

I take all of them - except the ginseng - every day

10:28PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Nice article!

Thanks for sharing!

10:26PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Not feeling the love yet both of us are eating this stuff.

9:01PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

i love all the above foods, watch out lol

11:49AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thank you.

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