Feel good Nutrients for feeling in the mood!
Zinc is a vital mineral, especially for valentines…even our sense of smell is dependent on this mineral…so if you have poor sense of smell you may be lacking in this trace mineral. Food rich sources include oysters and other shellfish, herring, turkey, mushrooms, and seeds like sesame, poppy, sunflower and pumpkin. Also try sprouting your own seeds of alfalfa, broccoli etc.Of course Oysters are one of the best known aphrodisiacs , which are rich in zinc which help to make hormones and aid fertility and improve immune function. Zinc is one of the many trace minerals in our body that help regulate blood sugar balance, so eating an excess amount of carbohydrate and starches naturally depletes body’s reserve . Zinc also supports healthy adrenal activity, which helps to combat the negative effects of stress.
Some sizzling nutrients to include either through food or supplements…
B vitamins – these are known as our anti stress vitamins ,the body’s need for b’s increases when we are feeling stressed, especially b3 and b5,and all the b vits are needed for release of energy from food,good food sources of vitamin B are green leafy veg,wholefoods,nut and seeds,and eggs ,if you havn’t been eating many of these foods you may benefit from a B complex or multivit which will ensure you get the optimum amount. Siberian ginseng-this fab herb is classed as an adaptogen, which means it works according to your body’s needs, providing energy when required .it is very nourishing to adrenal glands. Rhodiola rosea-like ginseng, Rhodiola is also an adaptogen, it has also been shown to help boost energy, improve memory, and may act as a herbal antidepressant. Essential fatty acids- renowned for their anti aging properties , and reducing rick to cardiovascular disease ,also have powerful anti inflammatory properties and vital for keeping hair ,skin ,nails and membranes healthy and radiant. Vitamin E –plays an important role in reproductive health-found in foods such as olive oil, seeds and nuts, and organic butter-this powerful antioxidant protects your sex glands from the stress generated by free radicals .Free radicals are like loose cannons that can damage proteins ,dna ,and the lipids inside our cells. Bioflavinoids – important role in keeping blood vessels flexible , these vitamin like substances can be found in variety of plants ,sources include fruits and veg like apples, prunes, citrus fruits ,and cabbage, onions, grapes and red wine, blackberries ,tomatoes-the highest concentration of flavonoids is found in the leaves ,skin and seeds of fruit and veg(which is often discarded) , other sources are walnuts, pecan nuts, green tea ,rosemary, pine bark ,and garlic. Asparagus- rich in folate which is essential for reproductive health.It is a natural diuretic,helping to flush out toxins,and Asparagus also contains a flavonoid called rutin which boosts circulation. Chilies- spice things up with chilies,they contain the chemical capsaicin,which induces the release of endorphins ,containing mood boosting properties and giving us that feel good factor.They also help to speed up metaboilm and increase circulation,a little goes a long way!
And lastly getting all lovey dovey is good for our health,it slows down the aging process,as it is very destressing-and stress certainely accelerates the aging process. Also IGA is an antibody found in saliva which defends against colds and flu,stress reduces IGA levels,but regular sex can increase levels of IGA in the blood by up to 30%.