We’ve been answering your questions for Sexual Health Awareness Month. If you missed some, catch up here.
Q: What should I eat before sex? Is there anything that will help me smell good, taste good, or last longer? Are there any workouts that can help me become better in bed?
You should eat foods that energize you and make you feel good about yourself and your body.
Foods that keep your heart healthy and promote blood flow are probably the best options, as well as foods that are anti-inflammatory.
For example, flaxseeds are a superfood known for increasing blood flow to the sexual organs because of their rich antioxidant properties.
Oysters and pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, which helps your body produce testosterone, a necessary hormone for eliciting sexual desire.
Workouts that improve cardiovascular health are your best bet, as they promote blood flow and, in turn, boost sexual function.
You may also find it beneficial to incorporate workouts that emphasize strength training or mindfulness, such as yoga.
Yoga may be especially helpful for those who experience anxiety and need support in calming the mind and nervous system.
Folks who are able to calm their minds outside of the bedroom are better able to manage anxiety that may arise in the bedroom.
Janet Brito is an AASECT-certified sex therapist and supervisor who also has a license in clinical psychology and social work. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota, one of only a few programs in the world dedicated to sexuality training. Currently, she’s based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the founder of the Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health. Dr. Brito has been featured on many outlets, including O: The Oprah Magazine, HuffPost, Playboy, Women’s Health, Thrive Global, and Midweek Publications. Reach out to her through her website or on Instagram.