7 Surprising Foods that Affect Your Sex Drive

The more you sip, the lower your libido falls.The more you sip, the lower your libido falls.It's always a little jarring when your sex drive takes a vacay. Not in the mood lately? Brian Clement, PhD, and Maria Clement, PhD, co-authors of 7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality say these foods and drinks might be tripping you up. (BTW: Try these foods when you want an added boost.)

By Korin Miller

Soy Lattes
Eating and drinking soy definitely has health perks. But the bean also contains plant estrogen, which can mess with your sex drive. If you're not allergic to dairy, and just love the taste of soy milk, mix it up with regular milk lattes to balance it all out.

Fried Foods
French fries, chips, and chicken fingers often contain trans fats, which screw with your blood sugar and make you feel lethargic. And when you don't have energy, it's harder to get in the mood for a horizontal workout.

Ice Cream and Cheese
Too much dairy can make you feel sluggish-and enhance the crappy side effects of your period (namely, cramps and bloating). Try to limit yourself to three servings a week. You should see results pretty quickly.

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Alcohol
You know us-we're all for hitting happy hour. But doing it too much can suppress your libido. If you find your sex drive isn't as high as normal, cut back a little. Try taking a few days off from drinking, or alternating drinks with glasses of water when you're out to make sure you stay hydrated.

Put down that cupcake!Put down that cupcake!Hamburgers and Hotdogs
Sure, these summer staples are delish, but lower-grade meats (which normally end up in hamburgers and hot dogs) tend to be high in chemicals that can create a hormonal imbalance in your bod. Take a pass on the processed stuff and opt for organic, free-range lean meats instead. And just like dairy, try to limit yourself to three servings a week.

Cupcakes and Donuts
Having sweet stuff every once in while is totally fine. But if your sex drive is lower than usual, you might want to take a close look at how many sweets you're eating. Too much sugar in your diet can cause your glucose levels to spike-and that can drag your libido down.

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Tap Water
Some tap waters can be contaminated with synthetic chemicals-they can lower your energy levels and make you less amped to have sex. Try using a water filter at home to get rid of the extra toxins.



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