January 24, 2017

Healing Lyme Disease With Foods

Nutrition for Lyme Disease Recovery

by Jessica Sanders

For those suffering from Lyme disease, what you eat can have a huge impact on your body, causing inflammation and a depressed immune system. Luckily, diet is something that’s within your control, and if you eat the right foods, you may see some of your most uncomfortable symptoms disappear.

To heal Lyme disease, you need to build a strong immune system, minimize inflammation and limit your intake of gluten. Here’s how you can achieve all these goals with a few simple diet modifications and some recipes to try at home.

Build a Strong Immune System

healing lyme disease with foodsA healthy immune system is critical for Lyme disease patients because the bacteria that cause the disease have the ability to stop the immune system from launching a proper defense, according to research done at the University of California, Davis.

While tests in the UC Davis study were done on animals, researchers concluded that this finding could answer the question of why Lyme disease patients are so vulnerable to multiple infections from the same strain of bacteria.

In order to stop multiple infections from happening, it’s important to focus on building your immune system, which will have a better chance at stopping the bacteria from infecting you again and again.

The role of nutrition is central not so much in the actual bug killing, but in the underlying strength and resilience of your health. Add the following foods to your shopping list to start building a healthier immune system:

Sweet Potato—High in Vitamin A

Vitamin A has been found to improve immune responses in animals, as well as children.

Sockeye Salmon—High in Vitamin D

Vitamin D works to improve and maintain neuromuscular and immune function.

Reduce Inflammation

Most inflammation symptoms related to Lyme disease are a cause of “inflammatory cytokines,” according to Dr. Bill Rawls. Luckily, diet can make improve the pain and inflammation you feel.

An anti-inflammatory diet heals the joint pain, swelling, fatigue, brain fog and headaches, and unhealthy cell function associated with Lyme disease.

Giving your body what it needs to fight inflammation includes eating:

Flaxseed—High in Omega 3

When broken down in the body, omega 3 works to reduce inflammation. Always buy ground flaxseed; whole flaxseeds don’t absorb as well in the body.

Spinach—Vitamin E

Not only is spinach loaded with omega 3s, but it’s also high in Vitamin E and B vitamins, all of which reduce inflammation in various ways within your body.

Limit Your Intake of Gluten

A large portion of the U.S. population is gluten intolerant, even if they don’t know it yet, because the human body has a hard time breaking down wheat. For some people, sprouted wheat is okay, because the sprouting process breaks down enzymes that are difficult to for our bodies to digest.

However, those suffering from Lyme disease are best to avoid gluten altogether. Fortunately, this is easier to do than you might think. There are many gluten-free products on the market, and a variety of delicious foods that can replace your usual gluten go-tos. Here are a few gluten free options to stock up on:

gluten free for lyme diseaseFood for Life Brown Rice gluten free bread

The texture and taste are better when toasted. Top with nut butter for a gluten free breakfast.

Brown Rice

Brown rice is naturally gluten free, and versatile. Add it to stir-fry or make it as a side for your chicken and vegetables.

Explore Asian bean noodles

These noodles are made with bean flour, so not only are they gluten free, but they’re high in fiber and protein. They taste like whatever they’re paired with, so you can make them with all your favorite noodle sauces including marinara and peanut.

With all these foods in your kitchen, it’s time to make a delicious meal. Try these two recipes to implement the Lyme diet in your everyday life.


Roasted sweet potato saladRoasted Sweet Potato Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons EVOO oil
  • 2 large sweet red peppers
  • 1/2 lb  fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • White balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Sweet Potatoes: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toss the sweet potatoes with the oil and gravy herbs. Spread on a greased baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes – check the potatoes for doneness, gently stir, and return to oven. Repeat this process every five minutes for about 15 more minutes (total roasting time should be anywhere from 30-45 minutes). Turn up the heat to 475 and roast for a final 5-10 minutes to really brown them nice and pretty. When they’re done, they should be visibly browned and relatively “dry” to the touch so that once you loosen them you can shake the pan and they slide back and forth easily.
  2. Red bell peppers:  Grill red peppers over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until the skins blister, turning frequently. Immediately place peppers in a large bowl; cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Cut into slices.
  3. Assembly: Place roasted sweet potatoes and grilled red peppers over a bed of spinach and sprinkle with white balsamic vinegar.
  4. Serve this as side dish or add goat cheese and grilled chicken for a satisfying lunch.

Flax Seed Toast

Ingredients 

  • 2 slices gluten free bread
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon organic jam
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Directions

  1. Toast your bread and top each one with half of the almond butter, jam and ground flaxseed. Enjoy this for breakfast or a hearty snack.

While the Lyme disease may feel impossible to cure, diet is something that’s within your control. With the right foods you can reduce major symptoms, such as inflammation and depressed immune system. Avoid highly pro-inflammatory foods like gluten, in favor of good fats like ground flaxseed. Add salmon and sweet potato to your weekly shopping list and you’ll begin to feel relief.

Healing is Possible. All you need is the right guidance, right foods and the information and support from Home Cures That Work.

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Recipes to Reboot Your Liver

 by Amanda Box, N.D.

Many of you readers are singing the same sad song. You are at your wits’ end. It’s as if your body has turned against you! You’re tired, bloated, unable to lose weight, and experience acne or skin issues that are just as bad as a teenager! You’ve tried everything you can think of: exercising, cutting calories, changing your skincare routine – but nothing works. Nothing yet, at least!

I’m here to offer you a remedy. It may be one you haven’t even thought to consider before. You may have blamed your thyroid for a slow metabolism. You may think mid-life hormonal surges are responsible for your breakouts. But, you’re missing the root cause. Most people are oblivious to what is really responsible for their body’s strange behavior. It is your body’s largest organ, the liver, that is often behind these frustrating symptoms.

what your liver does day in and day outWhen asked what the liver does, most people respond, “It filters your blood.” Yes, this answer is correct. But what your liver does day in and day out, 24/7 is far more complicated than that. Aside from your heart, the liver works harder than any other organ in your body. The liver:

  • Contributes to digestion (primarily fats)
  • Aids in controlling blood sugar
  • Regulates hormones
  • Stores energy
  • Produces proteins
  • Breaks down and filters chemicals and toxins

Every single thing you breathe in, absorb through your skin, and ingest has to go through the checkpoint known as your liver. Your liver is like a customs officer that has to check everything that passes through it. The liver must I.D. everything as either a healthy substance, like vitamins, or unhealthy toxins, like pesticides. It ultimately decides what to allow your body to use and what to throw out in the waste.

This isn’t an easy task, especially when the average diet and lifestyle is full of toxins and chemicals. What you put on your skin, what you eat and drink and the medications you’re on all take their toll on the liver. Many times your liver becomes bombarded with toxins and cannot keep up. It is unable to properly do its job because it has become damaged and overloaded by too many toxins and chemicals. When this happens, your liver doesn’t properly regulate your hormones or process fats. You begin to gain weight and show signs of hormonal imbalances.

The good news is that this isn’t the end! In the case of most of our body’s organs, once they’re compromised, they may never fully repair or work as well as before. However, the liver has the amazing capacity to regenerate, reboot, and repair! Yet, this can only happen by giving your liver a break from the toxic overload.

Giving Your Liver a Break

What’s the best thing to do when you’re overwhelmed? Take a break, of course! So, how do you give your liver a break? You can’t just shut your liver off for a while. If you did, you would die! But you can take steps to cut down on the excess work it has to do each day.

For one, you can eat foods that nourish and support the liver and it’s functions. Second, you can take supplements that support detoxification and regeneration.

The results of a healthy functioning liver are weight loss, hormonal balance, and increased energy! Who wouldn’t love all that?!

Everyone could benefit from a liver reboot. Even the healthiest people cannot avoid being exposed to toxins. Toxins are everywhere around us. Many liver compromising toxins hide out in:

  • Plastic containers and metal cans
  • Skincare products
  • Drinking water
  • Cleaning products
  • Smoke (first and second-hand)
  • Non-organic vegetables and fruits

Though it is impossible to avoid toxin exposure, there is no need to live in fear. Our liver is specifically designed to detoxify our bodies. It filters these toxins out of our bloodstream and into our waste. It is only after years of exposure that the liver begins to lose some of its detoxification capacity.

Although we can’t protect our liver from ever being exposed to toxins, we can give it a chance to restore to optimal function. And in doing so, your whole body will experience improved health!

The first step in giving your liver a break is to do your best to avoid excess toxic exposure. Like I mentioned earlier, avoiding all toxins is impossible. However, you can greatly reduce your exposure by following these steps:

  1. Drink only filtered water instead of tap water.
  2. Use only all natural products on your skin (makeup, lotions, soap, etc.)
  3. Avoid canned foods.
  4. Use only BPA-free plastic.
  5. Avoid all artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners and preservatives.
  6. Find natural alternatives to pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs.
  7. Avoid foods listed on the Dirty Dozen (or buying organic versions).

Released by the Environmental Working Group, the Dirty Dozen is a list of the top 12 foods with the highest pesticide residues. The Clean 15 is the list of the top 15 foods with the lowest pesticide residues. Buying organic versions of foods on the Dirty Dozen list is a great way to enjoy these foods without the pesticide residues. Below are the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists for 2014:

Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen 2014

 

It is also important to note that alcohol consumption is one of the greatest contributors to any sort of liver problem. Drinking in moderation is typically fine. But, if you are committed to giving your liver a break, you should abstain from all alcohol for at least a month or two.

Liver-loving Foods

Lowering your toxic exposure is key to giving your liver the break it needs to repair and restore optimal function. To maximize liver detoxification, incorporate liver-supporting foods into your diet. These liver-loving foods are nothing out of the ordinary. They are everyday foods that contain specialized compounds that speed up the liver’s natural ability to repair. Incorporating these liver-loving foods, while eliminating liver-compromising foods from your diet, can give your body the breakthrough it needs to come into balance.

Try to incorporate at least one food from each category into your daily diet for maximum liver support.

1. Cruciferous Vegetables: Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Bok Choy, and Kale.

These vegetables contain sulfur and promote neutralization of toxins in the liver. They also help the liver produce enzymes, which aid in detoxification.

2. Leafy Greens: Swiss Chard, Turnip Greens, Escarole, Cilantro, Parsley, Mustard Greens, and Dandelion leaves.

The more bitter the green, the better it’s ability to stimulate bile production in the liver. Bile is what carries toxins out of the liver. Some of these greens can also neutralize heavy metal toxins. Cilantro, in particular, binds to mercury and other metals and helps remove them from your system.

garlic and allicin3. High Sulfur Foods: Eggs, onion, garlic, and again cruciferous vegetables.

Sulfur aids in detoxification. Garlic, in particular, has high levels of allicin. Allicin is a sulfur compound, which protects the liver and can help detoxify toxic metals and excess estrogen hormone.

4. Antioxidant Rich Foods: Berries (organic), Grapefruit, Apples (organic), carrots, melon, and green tea.

Antioxidants are compounds, which protect the liver from damage while detoxifying the blood. Grapefruit, in particular, contains a substance called naringenin. Naringenin stimulates the liver to burn fat rather than store it. Green tea also contains particular antioxidants called catechins. Catechins prevent fat from accumulating in the liver.

5. Beets and Artichoke

Beets and artichokes are in a category of their own because of their enhanced ability to support the liver. Beets naturally help to purify the blood. They also assist the liver in metabolizing fat rather than storing it. Artichokes stimulate the flow of bile, which in turn speeds up the elimination of toxins out of the liver. Some health professionals estimate that eating an artichoke can increase bile flow by 100%!

These liver-loving foods aren’t out of the ordinary. However, many people are unsure how to prepare these foods in new and tasty ways. Eggs for breakfast every single day can get boring. But adding flavorful vegetables and spices can turn your boring eggs into a delicious quiche. (Quiche also makes a delicious lunch.) You can add all kinds of liver-loving vegetables to your quiche. I like to add artichokes, mustard greens, and garlic to my quiche. This quiche is high in sulfur compounds to support your liver by encouraging detoxification.

Liver-Loving Quiche

Ingredients:

  • detoxing quiche2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups mustard greens rinsed and chopped
  • One 14-oz can of artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces pecorino romano or other hard Italian cheese, shredded
  • 10 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk plus 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Generously grease a deep-dish pie plate with butter or non-hydrogenated palm oil shortening.

2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the onion until soft and then add the garlic and cook for another minute more. Add the mustard greens and artichoke hearts and cook, stirring frequently until the greens are wilted. Season with the salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs with the water, coconut milk, thyme and oregano until well blended. Spread the collard/onion mixture over the bottom of the greased pie plate; sprinkle the cheese evenly over the greens. Carefully pour the egg mixture over the cheese and greens. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

4. Serve with a chunky salsa or warm marinara sauce.

Beets are an uncommon vegetable in the American diet. But the Russians and other eastern Europeans revere beets. Beets are the primary ingredient in a common soup called Borscht. I prefer beets in salad form. This salad incorporates liver-loving beets, arugula, and apples. It is the perfect summer dish and a great way to incorporate beets into your diet.

Liver-Loving Beet Salad

Ingredients:

  • liver loving beet salad3 large beets (or 6 small beets)
  • 3 medium granny smith apples, peeled cored and chopped small
  • 3/4 cup chopped raw pecans
  • 3 1/2 packed cups of baby arugula, lightly chopped
  • 1/2 medium orange, juiced and zested
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil plus more for baking beets
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp raw honey, melted
  • Soft goat cheese crumbles
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Wash and dry beets. Trim off the leaves and root tip (leaving the skin on). Drizzle a little olive oil over each beet and sprinkle each with a dash of sea salt. Wrap each beet individually in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. If using smaller beets, bake for about 50 minutes. If using larger beets, bake for about 90 minutes or until a fork can pierce the beet easily.

2. Remove the beets from the oven and allow them to rest for about 10 minutes. Unwrap each beet and drain the excess beet juice into a small bowl and set aside. Chop the beets into small bite sized pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.

3. Place your chopped pecans in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat and cook until lightly toasted, stirring frequently. Set the pecans aside.

4. To make the dressing, take the reserved beet juice and add the 2 Tbsp of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, raw honey, orange juice and orange zest. Stir and add sea salt and black pepper to taste. Add additional orange juice or vinegar to taste. Pour the dressing over the beet mixture and toss to coat. Add the arugula, toasted pecans and apples and toss again.

5. Top with goat cheese crumbles.

Everyone needs a break from stress to recharge, even your liver. Take the time to give your liver some love by eating liver-supporting foods. Avoid excess toxins and chemicals to support your body coming into balance once again. You’ll benefit with weight loss, clear skin, balanced hormones and increased energy. Start this liver-loving regime today and reboot your health!

 

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Amanda Box, N.D.Amanda Box is a Traditional  Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area.  Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.

 

Recipes adapted from: www.paleocupboard.com

 

 

For Your Eyes Only

Is It Really Possible to Improve Your Vision with Food?

From the Collection of the United States Postal ServiceWarning: blatant pop-culture references dead ahead…

When you think of improving vision with a certain food, which one darts into your mind faster than Bugs Bunny missing that left turn at “Alber-koiky?”

What’s up Doc?

Why it’s carrots, of course!

And what we aim to find out here today is if ole Bugs was on to something (other than annoying catch phrases) by eating carrots. If so,  what other foods can and should be used to improve overall vision and help reduce the impact of dreaded eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

But first, since ¾ of our country just doesn’t see so good – we’ll start with some interesting stats on corrective lenses.

Hey four eyes…over HERE!

The Vision Council of America says:

  • About 75% of adults here in the U.S. use some sort of corrective lenses.
  • 42% are men and 58% are women.
  • Surprisingly, only 30% of these folks are near-sighted (myopia – needing glasses to see distance).
  • Where 60% are far-sighted (hyperopia – needing glasses for up-close viewing).

Yes – you’re seeing that right. That adds up to only 90%…we’re not sure what happened to the other 10 – maybe they couldn’t see the question.

So if you were part of the group being teased for having “four eyes” in school, then…REJOICE! We were and still are part of the majority! Take THAT jock-guys and cheerleading prom-queens!

Still, for those of us who wear corrective lenses and would LOVE to put them on the nightstand – and LEAVE them there – the question remains: Do certain foods have the power to reverse myopia and hyperopia?

Fact is there is NO medical evidence that any one food or combination of foods can work to give you the ability to ditch the glasses.

However…if you want to hold on to the dream…have the patience to wait it out…and the stomach for it, many folks have reported that going vegan has improved their vision over time.

Also, there are simple eye exercises you can try that have offered some benefits to practitioners.

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Natural Dental Health

When the Americas were being explored in the early 1500s, many explorers noted that the “Indians” had “perfect rows of teeth, like the keys on a piano.”  This was unusual for the Europeans to see at that time, because they expected to lose most of their teeth in their 30s.

Centuries later, in the 1930s, a dentist named Westin Price set out to study teeth in various areas of the world.  He went to Europe, Africa, Asia, North, and South America to look at the teeth of indigenous people.  He was shocked by what he found.  He came to the conclusion that dental health was intricately intertwined with the health of the body, and especially the diet.  Where people ate whole, unprocessed foods they had good dentition, but where processed foods were eaten they had poor dentition – even among the same populations.

Today, we are told that we need “dental hygiene” to have good teeth.  We go to the dentist regularly to have them look for decay and inflammation.  We get braces put on our teeth to straighten them.  While it is important to practice keeping the teeth clean, it is more important to keep the body naturally healthy.  Multiple studies now show that poor dentition, gum disease, and poor oral health even contribute to heart disease.

A good dentist should be able to look in your mouth and tell you some of the nutrients you may be lacking.  For example, gingivitis is more tied to Co-Q10 and folic acid levels than to brushing and flossing.  The salivary pH will help to know if the diet is good for maintaining good teeth, as well.

Feed the good, starve the bad

Bacteria growing in your mouth are a very important part of dental health.  One common bacterium, Streptococcus mutans, uses sucrose (sugar) to make the plaque that builds up on the teeth, allowing acids to disintegrate the enamel.  If you feed those bacteria, you get more of them, more plaque, and more tooth decay.  This is why avoiding processed sugars is essential.

On the other hand, the good, natural and healthy bacteria in your mouth live on inulin, fructooligosaccharide, and other soluble fiber found in fruit and vegetables.

Normalize the pH

It is also important for the saliva to be in a neutral or slightly basic pH.  If the saliva is acid, calcium will be leached out of the teeth over time and contribute to tooth decay.  When the cause of scurvy was discovered in the 1700’s, the British navy required all ships to have lime juice on board and all sailors were given some every day.  While this practice prevented thousands of deaths from vitamin C deficiency, it had the side-effect of leaching the calcium out of the sailors’ teeth and promoting tooth decay.  Acid is not friendly to teeth.

Eating to improve your dental health

Based on the findings of Dr. Price, the Westin Price Foundation has promoted the idea of natural healthy eating in order to create and promote good dental health.  It begins in the womb, before a child is even conceived.  A mother who eats a healthy diet will allow her baby to develop normal bone structure which brings in its wake healthy, straight teeth.

Moreover, those who are already born, and even older people who have lost their teeth will benefit from these guidelines, both in a healthier mouth and a healthier body.  The list is long, but should be studied and implemented gradually over time.  The following are taken from the Westin Price Foundation.

Dietary Guidelines – Foods to Eat

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Foods That Boost Sexual Performance In Both Males and Females

Top 10 Grocery Store Items For Improving Couple’s Libidos

Spanish fly. Rhinoceros horn. Phallic-looking foods. Throughout history, people have gone to a lot of trouble—not to mention in some cases putting their health in danger—trying to find libido boosters to improve their sex lives. Today, pleasure seekers have it easier because, as it turns out, the grocery store is the perfect place to find natural aphrodisiacs.

Bonus: In addition to making sex a little steamier, nearly all these foods have health benefits beyond the bedroom.

1. Chocolate

This dark, delicious dessert has long been associated with indulgence, but that’s not the only reason chocolate puts you and your guy in a sensual mood. The treat contains caffeine, which helps perk you up and also boosts serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that contribute to feelings of well-being and happiness.

Chocolate brings on feelings of euphoria because it is a psycho-stimulant so it has an arousal effect.  This is caused by phenylethylamine, a chemical with an amphetamine-like affect that temporarily mimics feelings of falling in love. In fact, a 2007 British study found that letting chocolate melt in your mouth is more stimulating and raised heart rates more than kissing. Chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is also loaded with antioxidants that improve circulation and lower cholesterol.

2. Pumpkin Pie

The next time you want to seduce a guy, bake a pumpkin pie. A study that measured blood flow south of the border in men ages 18 to 64 found that the scent of pumpkin pie rated the highest response—a 40% increase. Romantic lavender rated equally high, while close runners-up included donuts and black licorice, which boosted blood flow to men’s nether regions by more than 31 percent. As surprising as it may seem, when it comes to sex, scent offers a greater libido lift than ingestion: 90% of what people call taste is actually smell.   The scent of these foods may reduce anxiety, which helps remove inhibitions.

3. Licorice

You probably won’t look at the candy counter at the movies the same way after reading this: Smelling and tasting licorice-flavored candy caused a 13% increase in vaginal blood flow, according to recent research. Why? The scent may trigger olfactory nostalgia, such as positive memories from childhood as well as feelings of security and safety—a state of mind that helps make sex more relaxing and enjoyable. Oddly enough, the smell of cherries had the opposite effect on women, causing an 18% reduction of vaginal blood flow (in other words, a real turn-off).

4. Oatmeal

You may not have heard of L-arginine, but this common amino acid is a precursor to nitric oxide, a substance that “enhances the arousal response.” Good food sources of L-arginine include oatmeal and granola as well as nuts, seeds, dairy, and seafood.  So the next time you’re on a date at a romantic restaurant, suggest the pasta with pine nuts or salmon. Sexy, mutually beneficial menu options such as these will ensure your evening ends on a high note!

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Sea vegetables such as kelp, dulse and nori contain calcium, iodine and iron, and are also thought to boost libido.

It is a sensual experience to eat oysters, but these delicacies from the sea are natural aphrodisiacs for another reason, too. Oysters are bursting with zinc, a mineral used in the production of testosterone (and sperm), which plays a role in fueling the sex drive of both men and women. American and Italian chemists who looked at oysters, mussels and clams found the shellfish were packed with rare amino acids that triggered increased levels of sexhormones in animals. What’s more, oysters contain taurine, an amino acid with a caffeine-like effect (used in most energy drinks) for alertness and physical endurance.

6. Fish

It may sound a bit fishy and not so sexy, but foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as mackerel, wild salmon, halibut, and sardine, as well as flaxseed, nuts and oils (think olive and soybean) can take your sex life from lukewarm to hot. Here’s how: essential fatty acids are the building blocks of sexhormones in men and women and help fight the buildup of plaque in the arteries, thereby improving circulation and increasing sensation. Omega-3 fatty acids help with sexual response, by helping to raise dopamine levels in the brain that trigger arousal.  They are important for energy, memory, mood, and libido.  Not a fan of fish? Try taking 1,000 milligrams (or 1 gram) of fish oil supplements daily and be sure the supplement includes the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

7. Avocados

The deep green fruit contain vitamin B6, which helps produce serotonin, the feel-good hormone. Another bonus for you and your partner: avocados are also loaded with vitamin E, which enhances circulation and is believed to stimulate the production of passion-stimulating testosterone.  Recent research showed that vitamin E helps improve semen quality and motility.

8. Garlic

Although you’d think garlic would ruin, rather than improve, your love-making sessions, it turns out that it contains allicin, an ingredient that increases circulation, including down south, which “helps improve sensation.”   The action of finely chopping garlic releases allicin, so be sure to crush the garlic first and then add it to pasta sauce or garlic bread. The key to not getting knocked out by garlic breath? Level the playing field by eating a garlic-heavy meal with the object of your affection.

9. Seeds and Nuts

Like oysters, pumpkin seeds and pine nuts are rich in zinc, which help the body produce testosterone—and, in your man’s case, sperm. Added attraction: nuts, including almonds, are also good sources of the aforementioned omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent plaque accumulation in the arteries and improve blood flow throughout the body (including to the genitals). What’s more, nuts and seeds are powerhouse foods, full of protein and healthy fats, which give you a boost of energy both in and out of the bedroom.

10. Mint

Popping a mint before kissing your partner is not only courteous; it’s also a turn-on.   Married couples, as well as single men and women, have agreed on what they want kisses to taste like in a mate or a date. The overall sensual conclusion: the scent of mint makes people makeout-worthy, fresh, clean, and minty, like toothpaste.

Spice Up Your Night

You do not need to go to the ends of the earth to find solutions to improve your sex life. The all natural aphrodisiacs you need to improve your libido is found in a grocery store near you.  So grab a bottle of wine, your loved one and try the romantic dinner menu below. Then, retire to the bedroom!

Romantic Dinner Recipes

  • Appetizer:Oysters Rockefeller
  • Salad: Tossed greens with avocado and pumpkin seeds
  • Entrée: Pasta with salmon, garlic, pine nuts and creamy Alfredo sauce
  • Dessert:ChocolateMint ice cream

Oyster Rockefeller

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 dozen oysters in their shells, freshly shucked and drained, the deeper bottom shell rinsed and reserved for baking

Sauce

  • 6 ounces spinach, stems removed and rinsed
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 2 3/4 cups finely chopped yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Herbsaint or other anise-flavored liqueur, such as Pernod or Pastis
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cracker meal or cracker crumbs

Directions for Sauce

  1. Bring 1 quart of water to a boil in a medium pot. Add the spinach and cook until very tender and the water is green, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain the spinach in a colander set over a large bowl and reserve 2 3/4 cups of the cooking liquid. Let the spinach sit until cool enough to handle, then finely chop, and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium pot over moderately high heat. When the butter is foamy, add the onions, celery and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the reserved spinach water, bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Add the chopped spinach, liqueur, salt and pepper and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the cracker meal and food coloring, and stir well to combine. Cool completely before using.

Directions for Oyster Rockefeller

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Spread a 1/2-inch-thick layer of rock salt on a large baking sheet and across the bottoms of 6 large plates.
  2. Arrange the reserved oyster shells on the baking sheet. Put 1 oyster in each shell and top with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the sauce, spreading the sauce evenly out to the edge of the shell to completely cover the oyster. (Alternatively, transfer the sauce to a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip and pipe the sauce over the oysters.)
  3. Bake until the sauce is lightly browned and the oysters begin to curl around the edges, about 20 minutes.
  4. Using tongs or a spatula, carefully transfer the hot shells to the salt-covered plates and serve immediately.

Tossed Greens With Avocado And Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

  • Baby greens
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbls pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbls feta
  • Balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. Slice avocado
  2. Place greens in a bowel and toss in pumpkin seeds, feta and vinegar.
  3. Serve and place avocado slices on top of salad.

Pasta With Salmon, Garlic And Pine Nuts With Creamy Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients

  • Salmon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pine nuts
  • Alfredo pasta

Sauce

  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • Garlic, fresh crushed to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Place fillets in aluminum foil, brush with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, then seal. Place sealed salmon in the glass dish, and bake 35 to 45 minutes, until easily flaked with a fork.
  3. While the salmon is backing, prepare pasta noodles as directed on package.
  4. Soften cream cheese and butter. Add cheese and milk and garlic over low heat. Serve over 8 ounces cooked thin spaghetti noodles.
  5. Soften cream cheese and butter. Add cheese and milk and fresh garlic over low heat.
  6. To serve. Mix pasta and sauce, place a piece of salmon over pasta and garnish with pine nuts.
David Randall, diagnosed at the age of 15 with type 1 Diabetes, started to learn everything he could about living healthy. With a love for cooking, he made his way through college teaching young diabetics how to manage the disease. He then turned his ambitions towards spreading what he knows and loves to others, having ghost written for over 10 years on nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as cooking and healthy lifestyle. David spends his free time with his family in Northern Michigan sailing, cooking and volunteering.

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