Healthy and Sensual: 5 Foods for Valentine’s DayFebruary 11, 2016
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we’ve put together a list of foods to celebrate with that are both healthy and sensual. Enjoy!
Sensual from taste to aroma, dark chocolate is also rich with health benefits. Full of flavonoids (antioxidant compounds that increase the flexibility of arteries and veins), eating chocolate has cardiovascular benefits, such as lowered blood pressure and reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.
Why you should eat it on Valentine’s Day: Dark Chocolate causes a spike in dopamine, which induces the feeling of pleasure.
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Famous for its reputation as high in omega-3 fatty acid content, salmon is an undisputed healthy food choice and the perfect choice for the protein of your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Beyond cardiovascular benefits, omega-3 consumption also results in improved mood and cognition, joint protection and decreased risk of cancer.
Why you should eat it on Valentine’s Day: Omega-3 and fatty acids keep sex-hormone production at its peak.
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One of the most notorious aphrodisiacs, oysters are very high in zinc content; consumption results in a number of health benefits, including quicker wound healing rates, and a boosted immune system for fighting against infections and microbes. High iron content also helps with blood circulation, by helping with the formation of red blood cells.
Why you should eat it on Valentine’s Day: Oysters’ high zinc content results in increased testosterone production which is linked to a higher sex drive.
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Although being made-up of mostly water (up to 92%), watermelons are full of nutrients! The citrulline content of watermelons has been linked to reduced accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Rich in potassium, watermelons are a great natural electrolyte as well, helping regulate the action in nerves and nerves in our bodies.
Why you should eat it on Valentine’s Day: The citrulline content of watermelons causes a spike in nitric acid in the body, which causes blood vessels to relax and speed up circulation, resulting in faster arousal times.
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Well this is not exactly a ‘food’, but it’s still great to consume! Full of antioxidants, the resveratrol in red wine protects against cell damage and age-related mental decline, resulting in memory protection against Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, tannins, which are what gives red wine its colour, contain procyanidins, which are known to protect against heart disease.
Why you should drink it on Valentine’s Day: Besides relaxing you, the resveratrol in red wine boosts blood flow and improves circulation before and during intercourse.