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With the impending horror that could be Valentine’s Day, I will transform from mild-mannered Dr. Spectre into my alter ego of "The Love Doctor Spectre." To make this day go from potential disaster to potential fireworks, here are some simple things that might help create a spark.
What to Eat
Most traditional dates will include a nice meal, so since you are going to eat anyway, here are some foods for your moods:
Extra Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate ontains phenylethylamine, a chemical believed to produce the feeling of "being in love." We all know how good chocolate makes us feel. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who enjoyed a piece of chocolate every day, had a more active sex life than those who didn’t. Eating dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, resulting in pleasurable feelings and reduced stress. The heart shaped box is optional but highly recommended.
Wild salmon and other coldwater fish (sardines, herring, trout, anchovies, etc,): These fish are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are critical to the brain and nervous system. They will also improve mood, increase sense of well-being, fight depression, give you glowing radiant skin and improve memory and brain power.
Watermelon: Watermelon is rich in l-citrulline, an amino acid that helps improve blood flow. L-citrulline supports the body in optimizing blood flow through its conversion to L-arginine and then nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is involved in vasodilatation (dilation of the blood vessels). Low levels are associated with mental and physical fatigue and sexual dysfunction. Like Viagra, l-citrulline increases blood flow to the sexual organs, without any negative side effects.
Asparagus: Asparagus is rich in folate, a B vitamin that helps increase production of histamine. The correct levels of histamine are important for a healthy sex drive in both men and women.
Oysters: Oysters are extremely rich in zinc, essential for testosterone production and the maintenance of healthy sperm. And even though women have much less testosterone than men, it also plays a key part in the female libido. Oysters also boost dopamine, a hormone which results in increased libido in both men and women.
The list goes on and on, and you can add even more foods - like blueberries, pumpkinseeds, garlic, avocado and peanuts - to your epicurean adventures. Also, if your health allows, I would recommend a glass or two of your favorite red wine to help loosen your spirits and relax the mood.
What to do
So after you eat, you will need something for you and your sweetheart to do. How about a Scary Movie? Not only will this make you cling to each other for safety, it will increase blood flow and create endorphins. Although this may seem like a classic teenage move, it is something way more than that; this is part of our genetic code and relates to survival and protection of the species. Early on, when our primitive ancestors nearly escaped death, their thoughts went right to procreation. This is a genetic trait we still share with them.
And when you're building up to those other things to do, don’t forget the flowers. No, not a dozen long-stem roses (although that’s not a bad idea). I’m talking Bach Flowers to improve libido. Bach flower remedies are dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, a 1930s English bacteriologist, pathologist and homeopath. Bach believed that dew found on flower petals retains healing properties of that plant. The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.
Here are a few of those remedies:
Aspen & Mimulus: For fears , worries and concerns on any level - even an underlying fear that you may not be conscious of.
Cherry Plum: For fear of letting go. Aids with rigidity and helps you to swing from the trees.
Clematis: For those who's mind tends to wander. It keeps you focused on the task at hand.
Crab Apple: For those who, through guilt or previous uncomfortable sexual experience or disease, have been left feeling unclean.
Pine: For other levels of guilt, which allows you to let that guilt go
Larch: For confidence, and fabulous for both women or men.
Olive: For those suffering a lack of energy.
Rockwater: Allows you to relax and loosens up rigidity of body or thought.
Honeysuckle: To allow you to let go physically and mentally.
Impatiens: Allows you to relax and get lost in time instead of counting it
So Relax and take your lover by the hand and enjoy this special day. Happy Valentine’s day From the “The Love Doctor Spectre.”