TAMPA, Fla. - On Valentine’s Day we're taking action for your health and happiness with information on a diet that boosts your sex drive.
“There are three phases to sex," said Nicolette Pace, a clinical nutritionist touting a sex diet for those looking to improve their love lives. "First is libido or the drive to have sex. The second is the blood flow, very important to build up that pleasure aspect, which is of course the last phase of sex and the one were all looking for."
To boost your libido, pace recommends eating protein.
“Proteins are going to be tops on our list," she said. "If you look at the interaction between amino acids in the body and hormones, we need proteins in the body. We need those essential amino acids to help get that ball rolling, so to speak.”
Among her favorites: Florida’s fin fish or shell fish. If you order the shell fish, is it going to react quickly enough for Valentine’s Day night? “Absolutely, and you can actually botch up your Valentine’s Day dinner by choosing something like a heavy pasta or a fatty dish. Tonight is not the night where you want to become lethargic and sleep away the evening.”
Peanuts, tuna, chicken breasts and watermelon are super foods, Pace said. What is so special about watermelon?
“Watermelon is nature's Viagra. It's not only crunchy, juicy and tasty, but it has one of the highest concentrations of el citrulline. It improves nitrous oxide formation which is very, very important for blood flow and for the vascular system," she said. "Nitrous oxide has been studied for cardiovascular disease as well.”
And of course the old stand by chocolate -- and here's the science behind it.
“You're looking at theobromine, and you're looking at the cacao plant itself," she said. "This dark chocolate component itself is very, very good for mood, enhancing some of the neurotransmitters and hormonal responses.”
Pace's perfect Valentine's Day menu: Start with shrimp scampi and a complex carbohydrate like quinoa, so you have energy but you’re not sleepy. Finish with strawberries in chocolate for dessert or watermelon with a little prosecco.