Ever felt those stomach flutters when you get nervous, find you lose your appetite when excited or find your digestive system plays up when you’re down? If you answered yes, you have witnessed the wonderful communication that occurs 247 between our brains and our gut.
Chocolate covered strawberries to get you in the mood? Ever reached for oysters and champagne to spice up your love life? Aphrodisiacs are a LOVE-ly idea, yet no one food has been shown to directly stimulate our ehm.. love areas.
After giving a talk last week for Sweaty Betty and Silver Linings Retreat on ‘Eating for Love’, I wanted to share my top thoughts on eating for your libido, discussing aphrodisiacs and how we can incorporate certain foods to perhaps help spark our sexual appetite.
SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder – also known as “winter depression” because it typically begins to manifest as the days become shorter, and the winter months descend. It is estimated that 24% of the UK population are affected by this disorder! Symptoms can include feeling lethargic, low in mood, irritable, depressed, sleepy and can impact our appetite and cravings.
So how do we combat SAD as we enter the cosy, yet dark and cold winter months…?
Adapto-what we hear you say? Yes, I will admit, adaptogens do sound like the name of a group of superheroes straight out of X-men, but these super herbs and plants are nature’s way of giving us mere humans and our bodies, a touch of super-herb support.
You may have heard of adaptogens and their ability to protect our bodies from the harmful effects of stress, whilst also supporting overall health, energy and mood. You might even be keen to add adaptogens to your morning latte, elixir, smoothie or medicinal nightcap, but as a newbie, where do you begin?