Turn Up the Romance

Tips and tricks to make your Valentine's a passionate one.

Make this Valentine's Day a passionate one

You drop the kids off at grandma's house, the candles are set and dinner is in the oven. Your husband walks in with the usual -- chocolate, flowers and some sexy lingerie. Sound like the same old Valentine's Day routine? Spice things up this year, with aphrodisiac ideas from Dr. Rallie McAllister.

In her upcoming book, The Busy Couples Guide to Great Sex, McAllister outlines some delicious love-provoking meals, and lists a number of natural aphrodisiacs that will make this holiday one to remember.

Aphrodisiac Ideas

"You can never go wrong with chocolate," McAllister says. And there are other aphrodisiacs found over-the-counter that she suggests will promote feelings of well-being and relaxation and increase sexual desire.

Capsicom, the heat source in peppers, has been proven to increase blood flow to the genitals, McAllister says. She recommends cooking pepper in your food to utilize this aphrodisiac.

Oysters also produce feelings of desire, but only because they contain zinc, McAllister says . For men who are zinc depleted, eating oysters can boost testosterone levels creating feelings of sexual desire. "The same is true for women, but the affect is not as strong because women have only 20 percent the testosterone as men," she says.

Purple grape juice and red wine are another easily obtainable aphrodisiac. These drinks contain nitric oxide, which facilitates erections in men and sexual response in women. McAllister points out that because of the alcoholic content drinking more than one glass of wine can inhibit desire and performance.

And for what not to do, McAllister says avoid eating a meal full of carbohydrates and simple sugars, because they increase serotonin in the brain and make you sleepy.

Herbs and Libido

Herbs like ginseng and ginko biloba, increase blood flow to the genitals and increase energy. "Remember these supplements are not under the jurisdiction of the FDA," McAllister warns. "Always follow the label and listen to the manufacturer's recommendation."

Yohimbine, from the bark of a tree in West Africa, increases erections in men. It is similar to Viagra, and can elevate blood pressure and interact with other medications. McAllister says to talk to a doctor about trying this herb.

The amount of herb to take depends on many conditions.

"Most people are under the impression that if a little bit will help me, a whole lot will cure me," McAllister says. This is not the case, she says, and advises the best thing to do is to talk to a doctor.

Non-Food Solutions

"Loving touch has been proven to alter the state of the brain," she says. This promotes the release of oxytocin, which is responsible for the bond between mother and child, but also is important for forming permanent relationships over time.

Showering before sex can wash off natural odors. Pheromones, the natural scents given off by the body, have been proven to attract men and women. "Let your natural smell shine through," McAllister says.

Visit www.rallieonhealth.com more information and to contact Dr. McAllister.

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