- Posted September 27, 2013 by
Foods to Increase your Libido
When we think of eating to increase sex drive, we tend to look to “aphrodisiac” foods like oysters, bananas, almonds, figs and avocados. But when trying to resolve ongoing low libido, according to ancient Chinese medicine, it might be time to look at the kidney system.
The kidney system, which encompasses the physical kidneys, adrenal glands, bladder, and kidney and bladder meridians, is responsible for storing our essence and is the source of yin and yang in the body, according to traditional Eastern medicine practices. This system is considered the most important system in the body to Eastern medicine practitioners, because they believe it governs growth, maturation, sexual function, fertility and aging. Below are the foods that you can combine to make some healthy recipes to increase your sex drive or libido.
They are rich in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron and iodine and have balancing and cleansing properties that can benefit the kidneys. Try adding kombu when cooking beans, rice and even oatmeal, make a wakame and carrot salad or sprinkle dulse on top of your food as a seasoning.
They are great for strengthening the reproductive organs, kidneys and bladder. This bean has a diuretic effect on the body, which helps the body excrete toxins, and excess uric acid, helping to clear up kidney problems. Eating as little as half a cup per week can help you reap the health benefits, but you should aim for double if you are experiencing a kidney-related problem.
This little berry is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants like proanthocyandins and polyphenols. They also contain flavonoids, which target the bacteria that latch themselves to the urinary tract, by weakening them so that they can be flushed out in the urine instead of proliferating an infection inside the body. Aim for two to four 8-ounce glasses of unsweetened, organic, cranberry juice per day in addition to eight glasses of unflavored water.
Spirulina, blue algae and chlorella
Effective in reducing kidney toxicity. Supplementing with these super foods can help purify the blood and cleanse the body’s elimination systems, while balancing the body’s pH level. Ridding the body of unnecessary toxins can help strengthen the kidneys. Since they have such powerful detoxification capabilities, always begin supplementation with a very low dose and gradually increase to a tolerated level.
Clams are said to clear “heat” in the body, which comes from a lack of moistening and cooling functions, and can weaken the kidneys. According to traditional Chinese medicine, freshwater clams can nourish kidneys.
They have a strong acidity, which has the opposite effect on the body- providing an alkalinizing effect. It is also known to neutralize fatigue, stimulate digestion and promote the elimination of toxins, therefore helping to unburden the kidneys and help strengthen them. These sour plums can be eaten as a condiment for rice dishes, and umeboshi plum vinegar makes a great salad topper.
Homemade bone broth
Turkey, fish, pig, chicken or cow bones can be used and simply need to simmer in water, with your choice of herbs and vegetables, for several hours. The longer the bones simmer the more they are broken down, releasing all the available nutrients and minerals. It can be eaten as a simple snack or used to prepare rice, beans, soups, meats and casseroles, and can be easily frozen for later use.