We’ve all heard of aphrodisiacs that manage to rev things up in the bedroom, but what about “anaphrodisiacs” that do the exact opposite?
The link between sex and foodstuff is unquestionable. While some foods play an important role in boosting the libido between partners, there also exist fares that can cause fizzle when you’re in the sack. We take a look at some chow best to avoid while getting your groove on.
Easter Monks used to eat soy because they believed it kept their urges at bay. That’s probably because studies show excess amount of soy or its products can cause a drastic drop of testosterone in the blood, negatively affecting your sex drive. So an advice to the want-to-be fathers out there is to cut soy completely from their diet to ensure a high sperm count.
Alcohol may help shed inhibitions, get you relaxed and in the mood but the loss of sensitivity and sleepiness caused by excess liquor is a sure shot mood killer. Alcohol also takes a toll on your sexual prowess by causing erectile difficulties, premature ejaculation and inability to achieve orgasms. In addition, aerated drinks too affect your sexual well-being by causing health issues like diabetes, obesity, dehydration, and bone loss.
Funny story behind the invention of the cracker is that its maker, Sylvester Graham created the item because he felt that bland food would reduce people’s urge to have sex. Well, he was partially right in this case because the refined carbohydrates found in graham cracker can seriously zap a man’s testosterone levels. Also the sugar from these refined cards adds to obesity and raises the level of estrogen in a man.
A healthy diet of meat is important because it provides supplements the body’s requirement for protein and zinc, but when consumed in excess, they become serious sex offenders. A meat-heavy diet is linked with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease, health conditions that can impact blood circulation and sexual function. They can also create some unpleasant odors that can be a complete turn off. Bottom line, red meat has its positives only when consumed in moderation, so if you wish to indulge, opt for leaner cuts.
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is used as a food additive in packaged foods and at restaurants to impart a certain flavour and taste profile. Though it may make your food taste great, it can cause some serious health effects. Research shows MSG can cause cognitive issues, cardiovascular concerns, depression and poor brain health, leading to a drop in the libido.
You love to wake up and smell the coffee as the little black beans are touted to boost your mood! But on the flip side, you also harbor the risk of harming your adrenal glands and produce extra stress hormones. Over time, excess coffee drinkers will find their normal functioning decline and their sex hormones affected.
Edited by Neelam Goswami on 25-02-2014.