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Sex life a little lacking? Spice things up with these five super foods:

1. Seeds & Nuts. Almonds and walnuts contain the necessary healthy fats and nutrients that are required in the production of sex hormones. Without these critical nutrients one can experience depression and can negatively affect mood, desire and focus.

Almonds have been described as a sexual stimulant but has also been found to reduce infertility and miscarriages. These nutrient-dense nuts also provide critical minerals such as selenium, zinc and provide a great source of vitamin E.

2. Citrus Fruits. Citrus fruits such as grapefruits, oranges and added lemon to your water can boost your confidence and performance in bed. According to several studies vitamin C has been found to improve overall sperm health in men and decrease the risk of infertility in both sexes.

Citrus fruits provide a boost of antioxidants and glucose for improved focus, enhanced mood and decreased impact of stress hormones that can kill an erection and the moment.

3. Berries. Berries can be one of the most sensual foods for both men and women. Strawberries contain high amounts of folate and vitamin C. These powerful nutrients will enhance your thoughts, your actions and your performance.

How creative you are with your berries may indicate how creative you are sexually. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries all make perfect teasers that can drive your partner over the edge. You can dip those berries in chocolate for added stimulation to your pleasure centers.

4. Dark Chocolate. Eating chocolate may be music to your ears and send you to a state of bliss. Dark chocolate is a sensual food that can not only trigger the mood but also the brain chemicals needed for sex. The brain chemical serotonin can directly produce feelings of pleasure. Dark chocolate also contains arginine and flavinols that can create a Viagra like effect.

5. Avocados. Avocados are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with healthy fats that will stimulate fat loss, balance hormones and pack a powerful aphrodisiac effect. Avocados are a super food for your brain, heart and most importantly the blood vessels in the action areas.

What foods have improved your sex life?

Dick Schwartz, another leading Marriage and Family Therapist, and Founder of the Center For Self Leadership and Internal Family Systems, writes in his book You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For that marriage is often a set-up for failure from the start because of the expectation that your mate will be your “redeemer” and fulfill all your unmet needs. This expectation will inevitably result in disappointment and discord.

No partner can fulfill and redeem another. One must first learn how to lead from the self so he/she is able to connect with his/her own natural ability for caring, compassion and courage. By identifying and working with your own hurting parts, learning their story and the emotions and beliefs they hold, you are able to connect with your self and become more “self-lead.”

The ability to be in “self leadership” will allow you to avoid the expectation of your partner to fulfill your unmet needs and therefore remove the constant let down you experience when your partner doesn’t. In turn, this will set the stage for resolving conflict in such a way that each partner feels heard and understood.

Singer Chaka Khan has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past two years, crediting a new way of thinking about food and exercise for her vastly improved health. The star, known for her ’70s funk-soul hits, lost 60 pounds and was able to get her high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes under control to the point that she no longer requires medication for them.

Khan credits a strict liquid diet, and thereafter veganism, for her weight loss.

“I felt like I need to heal my body, so I would just fast and eat no meat, no dairy. I’ve never been a fan of meat, dairy and sugar. And when I developed diabetes last year I said, ‘Oh OK, I’m not going to be here long. A change is coming,” told Khan to lifestyle website Essence.com.

Once she identified that her diet and lifestyle habits needed to change, Khan took some drastic steps. “I went on a radical change of lifestyle. I was on liquids for a year, and that gave me a good jump-start. It sort of changed my whole way of thinking. You have to get the mindset first,” Khan said, reports The Detroit News.

Khan spoke with Wendy Williams about her vegan diet and said a main reason she abstains from animal products is because of her reservations about their safety. “I just don’t trust the USDA,” she said.

She also gave details about her liquid diet. “When I first started last year, for two whole months, I didn’t chew a thing. Me and my Vitamix were there, and it was my best friend. Everything I just put in the Vitamix and I drank. And I exercised.”

After her fast from solid foods, Khan used a simple rule for committing to eat vegan. “I went vegan and went off meats and all dairy and anything with eyes,” Khan said. “I’ve mostly been doing a lot of high-protein foods and a lot of vegetables and exercise.”

The 59-year-old, now almost as slim as she was at the height of her fame in the 1970s, decided to improve her well-being for several reasons. She realized that her excess weight, high blood pressure and diabetes were a lethal combination.

Khan also recognized that her busy lifestyle had no room in it for health management problems. She has permanent custody of her 11-year-old granddaughter, as the child’s parents were deemed unable to care for as a result of their drug addictions. “I have to be there for her,” she told Essense.com. Her daughter recently had a baby, and she enjoys seeing her new granddaughter as much as possible. Add that to her busy worldwide tour schedule and rolling out new albums and products and Khan’s schedule becomes jam-packed.

The “Queen of Funk” plans to release a new Chaka Khan album next year, in celebration of her 60th birthday and 40 years in the music business. A “Khana Sutra” fragrance and “Chaka-lates” chocolates are due out around Valentine’s Day.

Yes, parsley. Mainly viewed as the red-headed stepchild of the herb family. Most people consider parsley simply as a garnishing herb and is tossed out once their meal is devoured. Before tossing that parsley, let’s consider the benefits of of this nutrient-rich herb that can stand on it’s own in a room with cinnamon, cayenne, ginger, etc.

Fights body odor including bad breath Stimulates normal activity of the digestive system. Helps bladder, kidney, liver, stomach and thyroid function Good for bed-wetting and fluid retention Rich in antioxidants Anti-Inflammatory: Combats osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis when consumed regularly Helps prevent calcium build-up reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke

Not sure what to cook with parsley? You can find some great recipes with a quick Google search. If you don’t feel like searching, scroll down for two quick and easy yet tasty recipes to get you started.

Tabbouleh Salad

Serving Size: 6

Level of Difficulty: A caveman can do it

Ingredients:

2 bunches of parsley, very finely chopped 1 cup bulgur or couscous 2 onions, finely chopped 4 tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped 1 cup water 1/3 cup olive oil 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt pepper to taste

Directions:

Soften the bulgur or couscous in 1 cup of water for 10-15 minutes or until soft. Pour off any left over water and set the grains in a large salad bowl. Cut the parsley very fine, you can use a knife or scissors. (Don’t use the big thick stems, just the leaves) Finely chop the onion and tomato and add to the salad. Mix the lemon juice, olive oil salt and pepper, and add to the salad. Allow to season in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Best served at room temperature.

Notes:

This salad keeps well, and in fact tastes even better on the second day.

Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Serves: 6

Level of Difficulty:

Ingredients

3 lbs golden potatoes (red or russet works as well) 2/3 c vegan butter (Earth Balance) 1/2 onion, diced 5 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 c almond milk (unsweetened) 1/2 tbsp salt 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped Pepper, to taste Vegan sour cream (optional)

Directions

Wash and dice the potatoes. You may leave the skins on or remove them. Place the potatoes in a large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the heat and drain the water. In a sauté pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat, then add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent. In a large bowl, add the cooked potatoes, butter mixture, and almond milk, then mash until slightly creamy. Add the salt, parsley, and pepper. Top off with a dollop of sour cream (optional).

Okra can be seen everywhere. Both in the US and in Deeper Asia, it is called Okra. Some call it Ladies’ Finger or Gumbo. It is said to have originated from Southeast Asia. Some say from Ethiopia or West Africa. Here in Deeper Asia, it is commonly seen in wet markets and some grocery stores. We love it grilled or mixed with other veggies in meat or fish soups. It’s been traditionally seen as a good source of fibers, but that was before my friend discovered its medicinal use.

Okra Nutrition

The okra treatment my friend discovered uses raw okra. Well, when cooked, okra can give us the following nutrition benefits: Protein, niacin, riboflavin, phosphorus,  zinc, copper,potassium, Vitamins A, B6, C, and K, thiamine, magnesium, folate, calcium, and manganese.

In addition, some studies say it is proven to be helpful in normalizing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, healing asthma due to the special Vitamin C in it (which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory), removing atherosclerosis, and healing some cancers. If you’re worried about eye cataracts or acne and pimples, try okra–eat lots of it.

Raw okra is more powerful than boiled or steamed okra. The secret was to get two fresh and nice looking okra pieces, wash thoroughly, nip both ends, pierce with a fork on two sides, and soak in clean water in a glass overnight.

That’s it? That’s it.

Well, of course, you drink the water with the okra sap in the morning, and you do that religiously everyday. And that’s what Toots did after a month or so. Then he checked his blood sugar and it dramatically stayed on normal levels. Amazing. He’s been sharing the good news to friends since.

Read the entire article here.

Despite its considerable medicinal uses, however, apple cider vinegar — which is made by fermenting the sugars from apples — has more uses than most people realize. Its cosmetic benefits are especially impressive and give us even more reasons to stock our shelves with this gold-colored tonic. → Read more

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