By David Blyweiss, M.D.,
February 10, 2013
- Foods that get your juices flowing
- The secret to a perfect romantic encounter
- A little NO at dinner goes a long way
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And I’m having a great time hearing about the spectacular plans some of my patients are making to surprise their partners.
Three-day getaways, spa treatments, boat rides… some people go all out.
But most people, by far, are planning an evening out on the town. They’re looking forward to a sumptuous dinner, maybe some dancing or a show afterward. And I’m hearing a lot of different versions of the same question, over and over again…
How can you go out for a big, fancy dinner and still have energy and stamina for romance once you get home?
It’s a tricky balance, isn’t it?
Well, here’s the thing. When it comes to dining out, it’s easy to head for the tastiest steakhouse in town. That’s where you and your partner can dine on a juicy cut of prime rib, or a perfectly seared steak of some sort.
Add in the soup, appetizer, baked potato and dessert, and… whoa! You’re both ready to pop your buttons and slip into a coma! (If you think that’s bad, just imagine how much worse it would be if you dined at an all-you-can-eat buffet instead.)
You can see where I’m going here, right?
But it’s not just about moderation. There’s a way to enjoy a spectacular dinner and still be in the mood for romance once you get home. It’s about choosing foods that get your juices flowing and send you straight to the bedroom.
Dining out should be an enjoyable event. But you shouldn’t have to sacrifice a night of sexual satisfaction in exchange for it. So, let me share a little tip with you.
The key to your sex life lies in your blood vessels. Your blood has to be able to pump smoothly through them if you want to romance your partner.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman. There’s one thing that absolutely has to occur for a perfect union and completely satisfying sexual experience.
Blood needs to rush into the genital area to give men a robust erection. This same reaction occurs in women, too. Extra blood flow into the female genitals creates a slight swelling and fires up a woman’s erotic sensitivities.
But here’s the thing…
As you age, your blood vessels are probably a little tighter and narrower than they were in the days of your youth. You might even have some arterial damage and plaque build-up.
Worse, overindulging in fats, sugars and other foods that contribute to the problem won’t help your cause.
Instead, it’s very important to choose foods that open and relax your blood vessels, so your blood flows exactly where it’s needed, exactly when you want it.
What can you do to make that happen?
The most important substance involved in relaxing and expanding your blood vessels is nitric oxide, or NO. When nitric oxide is plentiful, your arteries and veins are wide open. Blood surges through them exactly the way it should.
And, that means… action where you want it, when you want it!
The good news is it isn’t hard to increase your nitric oxide levels.
There’s an amino acid that occurs naturally in your body. It’s called L-arginine. And it’s an immediate precursor to the production of nitric oxide. Your body can’t produce NO without arginine.
And here’s the real kicker. It’s very easy to get plenty of arginine in the foods you eat, even when you’re out on the town with your romantic partner…
- Shellfish, like crab, shrimp, lobster and shrimp are all high in arginine. So are mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters, scallops). As an added benefit, these seafood delights are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your circulation.
- Spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale and artichoke can also help boost nitric oxide. Some of these veggies, like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collards and kale have the extra benefit of helping to balance hormones.
- Chives, garlic, shallots and onions are also good sources of arginine.
With this in mind on Valentine’s Day, avoid the steakhouse and head out for a delicious seafood and vegetable dinner instead. But don’t overindulge.
Skip the appetizers, soups and potatoes and go straight for the veggies as your side dish. Have a little dessert, but pass on the cheesecake and the chocolate eclair. A little fruit or sherbet will satisfy your sweet tooth without sending you into a coma.
And, if you want to get ready for the big night beforehand, try supplementing with L-citrulline. It boosts your NO levels even better than arginine and can benefit anyone with circulatory issues.
I suggest starting with 1,500 mg daily. And, don’t worry! There’s plenty of research showing it’s a safe and effective way to improve nitric oxide levels.
Have fun. Eat sexy foods. And thoroughly enjoy this day of love.