Here's What You Should Be Eating at Every Stage of Your Menstrual Cycle
Every woman experiences changes in her sex drive, not just during her life but throughout every month with hormonal highs and lows. According Alisi Vitti, HHC, a women's hormone expert and Wellness Council member at Well + Good, you can take note of these shifts and feed your body the nutrients it needs to tap back into your desires. She listed out the foods that directly help your body's natural chemistry and specifies at which point in your cycle to eat them in order to balance hormones and increase arousal. See below for the ideal times to integrate these four libido-boosting foods into your diet.
Follicular phase: After your period but before you ovulate, Vitti suggests incorporating an ancient aphrodisiac into your diet—honey. While she notes science has yet to confirm honey is linked to sex drive, it does contain hormone-regulating boron and nitric oxide, "an essential component of arousal," she says.
Ovulatory phase: Vitti recommends getting an extra serving of figs—which contain antioxidants and phytochemicals—during this phase of your cycle. "The fiber and potassium in figs makes them another great hormone balancer," she says. "Plus they've been associated with arousal since the time of ancient Greece—try dipping them in honey for a sensual treat."
Luteal phase: Asparagus is the name of the game after you ovulate but before your period. "Not exactly the sexiest of veggies," Vitti admits. "But asparagus contains aspartic acid, which can help prevent fatigue as well as low libido."
Menstrual phase: "Ancient Aztecs actually relied on avocados to incite sexual passion," says Vitti. "They're a great source of bioidentical testosterone, which will supplement your body when it's lacking the natural stuff."
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