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How gardening can help your love life (and mental health!)


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Christine DeLozier, L.Ac., author of Diet for Great Sex, emphasizes how integral nutrition is to keep yourself feeling good mentally and physically, and handpicked these produce items to grow in your garden to keep yourself feeling great inside and out.

Blackberries and Raspberries:

Berries are high in vitamin C, which improves prolactin release, vascular function, and increases oxytocin.

Bell Peppers:

One bell pepper has up to 169% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. Vitamin C rapidly improves mood, according to research. Bell peppers have lots of other vitamins and minerals, including potassium.

Cabbage:

Cabbage is high in sulphuric compounds which are shown to be anti-inflammatory, and to protect nerves. They are also high in vitamin C and antioxidant polyphenols. A bonus for men: The phytonutrients in cabbage have been also shown in research to potentially increase virility!

Cucumbers:

Cucumbers are high in phytonutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium and potassium.

Garlic:

Garlic has been shown in research to be anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It may also act as an aphrodisiac, leading many to rethink their habit of avoiding garlic on dates!

Strawberries:

Strawberries are high in vitamin C and antioxidants such as polyphenols. These nutrients have been shown in research to improve circulation, which keeps your body and brain functioning well.

Tomatoes:

Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant that speeds nerve conduction. This directly equates to more sensory pleasures.

Zucchini (Courgettes) and Squash:

Squash and zucchini are both high in potassium, which is seriously lacking in the American diet! Potassium luxuriates the delicate lining of blood vessels and improves nitric oxide release. This can come in handy in the bedroom, as well as everywhere else in your life.

“We must care for the biological design of our bodies and diet affects not just our bodies, but also our moods and even our intimate relationships,” DeLozier says. “A great deal of clinical research demonstrates that certain eating habits increase blood flow, balances hormones and help nerves to be most responsive to touch.” DeLozier’s action plan includes all the ingredients to improve your intimate life from the inside out: meal plans, sample menus and a dietary planner.

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