These foods will help keep you slim (and staying fit is the ultimate formula for more and better sex, studies show), but they can also turn up the heat between the sheets.
By Marissa Conrad
The fruit may prevent plaque buildup in blood vessels, the British Journal of Nutrition suggests. "Clear arteries are paths to pleasure because good circulation increases arousal," says Robert Fried, Ph.D., coauthor of Great Food, Great Sex (Ballantine Books).
Bye-bye, KY! L-arginine, an amino acid in garbanzos, provides nitric oxide, which widens blood vessels, helping speed natural lubrication. Four tablespoons of hummus have the daily amount you need, says Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D., of NYC.
Even though testosterone is thought of as "the male hormone," it's also tied to your sex drive. So it's key to know that cutting back on fat can make it tough for the body to produce testosterone, Fried says. Try 2 tbsp of olive oil daily for a healthy fat fix.
Toast to romance with vino: Women who drank one to two glasses of red wine daily had more natural lubrication than teetotalers, a study from the University of Florence in Italy reveals. Have a 5-ounce glass with dinner for a steamier evening.
More than a summer bloom, this fragrant flavor can get your blood pumping through its scent alone. Women who smelled a combo of lavender and pumpkin pie showed an 11% increase in blood flow down there, which boosts feelings of arousal. So get creative with lavender honey and your honey and light pumpkin candle. Or, alternatively, recreate a meal with special significance—one explanation for the study's results is that the odors were linked to relaxing memories.
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