If you’re in the phase of looking to get that bun in the oven, there are a few foods you can add to your diet to get things moving and prepare your body for another buddy. Noshing on the right foods can support vaginal health, boost mood, and increase libido so you can focus on the more important things.
1. Grass-Fed Beef
It might not only be your crazy-busy schedule that’s making you too tired for sex. One of the main causes of fatigue among women is iron deficiency, or anemia, which is typically caused by a loss of iron in the blood due to heavy menstruation or pregnancy.You will want to read List of Healthy Snack Foods You Should Be Eating
The condition can zap energy and can result in feelings of exhaustion, weakness, and irritability. Grass-fed beef is the perfect solution: it provides your body with heme iron, the form of iron more readily absorbed by your body compared to nonheme iron found in spinach or iron-enriched foods.
Grass-fed beef also provides the added benefits of containing up to 5 times as many omega-3 fatty acids as corn-fed beef and contains twice as much conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)—a fatty acid that has been shown to exert ant carcinogenic, anti-obese, anti-diabetic, and antihypertensive properties. It also contains up to ten times the amount of immunity-boosting vitamin E, which also acts as a powerful antioxidant in the face of free radicals.
2. Flax Seeds
“If you’re feeling a little dry before sex, try snacking on flax seeds. Flax contains a rich source of phytoestrogens that help increase your estrogen levels and lubricates the vagina,” says nutritionist Cassie Bjork, RD, LD.
3. Greek Yogurt
Probiotic-rich yogurt is great for everyone’s digestive health, but probiotics are particularly important for women’s urinary and vaginal health. Probiotics are good bacteria that live in your intestines and play an essential role in everything from mood and weight maintenance to balancing our immune system.
If the balance of your good bacteria is off, when the bad guy bacteria make their way out of your body by passing through your colon, by virtue of proximity, they can re-colonize the vagina and urinary tract. To support the reestablishment of a healthy gut flora, eat yogurt or one of these Yogurt-Free Probiotic Foods.
Contrary to what you might think, the common nettle is more than a pesky, spiked weed. Stinging nettles are a rich plant-based source of iron and folic acid, and a 2013 study found its painkilling properties can benefit anemia as well as seasonal allergies and UTIs.
It also contains vitamin K, which helps blood clot, so it’s great if you tend to get a little anemic because of heavy periods. Make a tea by adding one tablespoon dried nettle herb to water, and steep for at least 30 minutes.
5. Cranberry Juice
Around 60 percent of women will experience this common issue (and the painfully frequent urination that goes with it) over their lifetimes. As it turns out, your mom’s home remedy might actually help!
According to a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, when women took a cranberry juice pill equivalent to two 8-ounce servings of cranberry juice for 6 weeks after gynecological surgery, it reduced the rate of UTI occurrence by half.
Two ingredients in cranberries—fructose and A-type proanthocyanidins (PAC)—may help prevent UTIs by either selecting against more adhesive strains in the stool or by directly preventing bacteria and E. coli in particular, from adhering to the bladder wall.
It might prevent a UTI from occurring, but it will not, however, kill the bacteria once they’re established; in that case, only prescription antibiotics can provide relief.
Oysters are full of zinc, and women with higher levels of zinc in their system have been shown to have a higher sex drive than those with lower levels.
It’s easy to get your shuck on at happy hour: Just a half dozen oysters on the half shell will provide you with 33 mg of zinc, over two times the 14 mg RDA for adult women.
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But that’s not all! Lentils are rich in fiber, a nutrient responsible for the legume’s cholesterol-lowering effects. In fact, researchers found a relationship between a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and a higher intake of legumes like lentils, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.