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Pillow Talk: Good Taste

Today concludes our posts about your 5 senses. Our tongue is equipped with over 10,000 taste buds, busy sending messages to our brains about things bitter, sweet, sour, or salty. Whether or not you like your meals spicy, food provides many opportunities to spice things up.

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Nutrition plays a big role when it comes to your romantic health. While some foods heighten arousal, others decrease sexual desire. Meats, fried foods, and rich, heavy sauces make you feel sluggish, not sassy. Processed foods and foods rich in salt and saturated fats make it more difficult for men to reach orgasm and can make fellas less interested in sex altogether. On the other hand, lean meats and veggies help energize your body and provide the enzymes and nutrients essential for a healthy sex life. Zinc and iodine support testosterone production in men and women, which is why oysters are aphrodisiacs. According to

Vitamins including A, the B group, C and E are necessary for sexual functioning. Vitamin E, for instance, supplies the sex organs with sufficient oxygen. B vitamins, including niacin and B-5, can help men and women reach orgasm and improve sexual stamina. Selenium, manganese and of course, zinc, are also vital in regulating hormones and revving up sex drive.

Good to know when you're planning your next romantic night in. Take advantage of the sensual qualities of your meal, too; share finger foods, experiment with exotic fruits and different wines. Don't forget the chocolate, as it contains phenylalanine, an amino acid that increases endorphin levels and can lift libido. Oh, and lose the napkins. Let those 10,000 taste buds work for you in more creative ways, too.


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