How diet affects your sex drive is a complex issue.

Most of the advice seem to fall into either:

1 “Food as an instant sex drive booster”– AKA aphrodisiacs, eating particular foods that promote blood flow to your nether-regions, or sex coffee (!?).

2. Or, the longer term diets scientists recommend you should follow that boost your sex drive (but more often your general health)- AKA keto diets, Mediterranean diets etc etc.

It can feel a little overwhelming as everyone and his dog all seem to claim their method works, but in reality, what link does diet have to your sex drive?

The “instant sex drive booster” foods

There are a few particular foods that scientists across the board claim are really beneficial for a good sex drive- including blackberries, figs, watermelon, broccoli along with assorted aphrodisiacs– and others that aren’t so good- mint, cheese, sugar, coffee, alcohol.

However, whether munching a couple of figs and downing an oyster will give you an instant boost is unlikely (and not scientifically proven). Especially if the rest of the time you’re living off of junk food and ice cream.

Instead, it’s much more important to consider how the food you’re eating is fueling you overall.

Overall diet and desire

From a quick google search, many diets appear to promise libido-boosting results.In particular, those that involve low carbohydrate consumption (e.g. the keto diet) or those that are generally seen as a very healthy all-round diet (e.g. the Mediterranean diet).

Whatever you believe about the best diet to follow libido-wise, taking a general look at the foods you eat on a regular basis is the best place to start to really figure out what your body needs to feel happy and healthy. This involves looking at:

  • the foods you eat
  • how much you eat
  • and how often you eat them.

Instead of preaching about what we should eat (we all know the logistics of eating healthy, right?) it’s about you reflecting on how your current diet leaves you feeling, and what changes YOU think you need to make.

For example, ask yourself- how are my energy levels?

Some research points to the link between low energy/fatigue and a low libido. So is there anything in your diet could be causing you to feel tired and/or lethargic?

This might include:

  • Alcohol
  • Fast food
  • Lots of sugars
  • A diet high in carbohydrates (white bread, pasta etc)

Am I eating enough or too much?

Overeating can cause a huge energy slump. We all remember the feeling post-Christmas dinner when we’ve unbuttoned our trousers and let everything hang out. Not the sexiest….

Not eating enough or at frequent enough intervals might mean our blood pressure drips, causing fatigue or anxiety.

How am I feeling after I eat?

A major libido killer to watch out for is bloating.

Bloating leaves us feeling uncomfortable, unsexy and often lacking in energy. All three are sure fire ways to diminish desire! Different foods will make individuals bloat- e.g. allergies or intolerances, therefore knowing yourself and your own body is key to knowing what food nourishes you (and in turn, your libido). 

The other thing to be aware of is how food impacts on your mental health.

For example, for some people drinking coffee can bring certain benefits (including a high sex drive!). But for others coffee causes them to have anxious thoughts, which switches off desire quicker than losing a toupee in a hurricane.

So, there is a link between diet and desire?

What is certain is that diet and desire do go hand in hand, yes. The same way that your physical and mental health is impacted by a junk food diet, the same goes for your sexual health and well-being.

What isn’t clear is exactly what to eat to spark desire (this varies between individuals and what works for your own body). Or if it’s as simple as a diet change to get you horny again or whether there are more complex factors at play.

Whatever feels right for you, a few more fruit and veggies sounds like it’ll make the world of difference even beyond the bedroom.