If you or your partner isn’t in the mood tonight, it very well might be because of something you ate.
Have you ever been in a car where the driver keeps hitting the brakes? It can be sheer torture, right? That’s what these foods are to your sex drive, which is typically fueled by testosterone. We often think of it as a hormone than men have zipping through their bodies. Estrogen, on the other hand, we mainly consider to be a female hormone.
The truth is that both testosterone and estrogen play vitally important roles in the bodies of both sexes and—unless we have a good ratio of one to the other—all sorts of things can get wonky. Men can grow breasts; women can sprout excessive facial hair. But in both cases, an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen can increase or decrease libido—and a surprising amount of research has gone into figuring out which foods can increase or decrease our T and E levels.
Below are some of the food items could futz with that delicate balance or be a contributing factor to a sputtering sex drive.