Though bad breath is certainly a turn-off, the mints you're popping to
freshen up that kisser may actually be throwing off your game. Mint
produces the secondary alcohol known as menthol, which has a cooling
effect on the body and sex drive. "Try chewing ginger instead," says
Pasquella. "In comparison to menthol, this herb actually heats up your
body and spices up your love life!"
Staying away from bacon and French fries is a no brainer when it comes
to eating healthy. But if that's not enough to quell your cravings,
there is another big reason to resist: The trans fat found in fried
dishes is a serious libido depressor. Not only do these hydrogenated
fats lower testosterone levels, but research has proven they can cause
poor quality and abnormal sperm in men. Cynthia Pasquella, celebrity
nutritionist and author of The Hungry Hottie Cookbook, suggests
substituting a baked potato for those fries. It will increase dopamine
levels (also known as the 'desire hormone') and can help manufacture
histamine, the natural compound known for its orgasm potential.
Did you ever hear that John Harvey Kellogg created corn flakes to
decrease interest in sex? Well, according to Keri Glassman, nutritionist
and author of The New You and Improved Diet (Rodale, Dec 2012), with
the amount of sugar in the cereal, he may have been on the right track.
Too many sweets cause spikes and crashes in blood level, which will
ultimately zap your testosterone. The amount of testosterone in men and
women is directly related to libido and sex drive.