Some Fun & weird Facts:-
In old Egypt, honey was used in making potions said to cure sterility and impotence. Mead, a fermented drink made from honey, was consumed by “honeymooners” who believed drinking it would “sweeten their marriage.” Honey is actually rich in several B vitamins, required for testosterone, and in boron, which is important in the production of both estrogen and testosterone.
Aphrodite was said to hold sparrows as sacred and especially lustful, so ancient Europeans consumed sparrows—particularly their brains—as aphrodisiacs.
In Europe, Roman physician Galen (c. 129 – c. 200) wrote extensively about sexually stimulating foods, calling such foods “warm and moist” and also “windy,” or producing flatulence. He thought “wind” was needed to inflate the penis, causing an erection, so anything that made you gassy would also put lead in your pencil, so to speak.
Casanova was reported to have consumed more than a dozen oysters each day to keep his sexual energy in peak form.
The word “aphrodisiac” has its roots in Greek mythology, based on Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love who is said to have emerged from the sea atop an oyster. Given this dramatic visual, it isn’t too surprising that the bivalve upon which the Love Goddess was perched is generally regarded as the world’s oldest aphrodisiac.
Chocolate? An aphrodisiac? Bad for your health?
You love chocolate and heard it can increase your libido? So it has to be good for Valentine’s day – right? But is it still good for your general health? You’ve been working so hard on your health and really don’t want any of the inevitable breakouts next week. Will your poor gut suffer if you demolish that gorgeous box of chocolates your amazing partner gives you?
No – because all chocolate makes you feel good – all warm and fuzzy inside and that has its own health benefits.
Yes – if the chocolate is full of sugar and milk. Your gut really dislikes sugar and processed foods and will be stressed out if you finish that gorgeous box!
Answer – hint hint to him/her – that the chocolate in the gorgeous box is dark and not filled with sugary gooey stuff but with walnuts, almonds and other nuts. YUM YUM!!
Recently chocolate studies show that dark chocolate, over 70% cacao (not sugar laden) does all sorts of good things in your body though may not, in all honesty, be a terrific factor in increasing your sexual prowess.
Dark chocolate is full of polyphenols; also in black tea and the dark berries we all love. Gut microbes love these and munch away breaking them down. Once broken down they are able to cross into your blood supply and do their good things.
Good things include decreasing the stress in your blood vessels, decreasing the general inflammation in your body which in turn should decrease the chances of you developing cancer. So very quickly your general health, your heart health and your blood pressure are all in good form – start spreading the rose petals on your bed right now!!
But wait there is more – the fibre broken down with the polyphenols become short chain fatty acids which help to trick your brain into thinking you’ve had enough to eat. Your satiety levels are increased so eating dark chocolate will help you to lose weight!!
More rose petals…
Foods to improve your Valentines evening – and others too of course!
All the foods below will increase yours and your partner’s sexual hormones levels, blood circulation, muscle strength, lubricate your important bits and your overall desire – enjoy!!
Start with dessert – lovely runny dark choc, berries and banana pieces to dip and share.
Mains – Salmon encrusted with nuts; almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds plus others. Add steamed asparagus and avocado salad with just a hint of red, hot chillies.
Entrée? Where would a discussion about a meal filled with aphrodisiacs be without oysters!! Add some lemon juice and another touch of chilli or sweeten with pomegranate juice. Maybe finish with these over a glass of relaxing Red wine, filled with Resveratrol to increase the blood flow – you’ve got it made!!
And none of these foods will decrease your gut health – none at all unless you are generally not following the general healthy well-being lifestyle.
- Get enough sleep
- Get regular exercise
- Manage your stress
- Have sufficient Vitamin D
- Avoid stimulants such as smoking, excessive alcohol and be aware of the effects of medications
- Enjoy a good diet, low in sugars and processed foods.
And Enjoy a daily dose of dark chocolate!!
Be happy, healthier, feel good and Celebrate your Valentine!