10 Best Foods for Your Sex Life

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Start With a Healthy Diet

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Eating nutritious foods with lots of nutrients and antioxidants can help you feel (and look) more vibrant by keeping your skin and hair healthy. And eating a healthy diet -helps keep your body strong and fit. 

Start with the basics -- eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources, low-fat dairy, whole grains and a few beneficial fats. And it doesn't hurt to know how many calories you need every day.

Then nibble on these ten sexy superfoods, which are extra high in nutrients needed for sexual health.

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Non-Fat Yogurt

Greek yogurt is high in calcium.
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Dairy products are rich in vitamin A that's essential for beautiful skin and calcium for strong bones and healthy hair. Plus people who consume dairy products every day seem to have less difficulty maintaining a healthy weight. Non-fat yogurt has all the benefits of milk plus the friendly bacteria found in yogurt are probiotics that help keep your digestive system working normally.

Tip: Enjoy some plain non-fat Greek yogurt mixed with fresh blueberries, chopped nuts, and a little honey for additional protein and vitamins.

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Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C.
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Citrus fruits contain lots of vitamin C. Eating an orange gives you all the vitamin C your body needs for a day, plus it helps to increase absorption of iron from vegetables and legumes that your body needs for energy. Vitamin C also helps keep your skin beautiful by keeping the connective tissue under the skin strong, slowing down the formation of wrinkles.

Tip: Eat an orange every day as a healthy snack or drink orange juice with meals. And perhaps hand-feed a few slices to your significant other?

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Berries

Berries are high in antioxidants.
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The beautiful pigments that give berries their colors also contain phytochemicals that work as antioxidants to protect your skin, which may help you age more gracefully. Blueberries and cranberry juice may also help prevent bladder infections. Berries are also low in calories and rich in vitamin C and potassium.

Tip: Make a fruit smoothie with a banana, plain yogurt, frozen blueberries, sliced strawberries and a splash of cranberry juice. Or dip a few fresh strawberries in dark chocolate for a romantic treat.

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Salmon

Tuna and salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
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Salmon contains essential fats and protein that are essential for healthy skin and hair. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc protect your skin from getting dry by keeping moisture in the skin cells. The beneficial fats in salmon may also be good for muscle and nerve function.

Tip: Go out for salmon sashimi at a romantic sushi restaurant or grill a salmon steak at home. Not into salmon? Tuna is an excellent choice as well.

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Black Beans

Black beans are high in biotin.
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Legumes contain protein, iron, and zinc. Black beans are also a good source of biotin, a B vitamin that's important for healthy skin and hair. They're also rich in fiber, which can help you stay slim and keep your digestive system functioning properly.

Tip: Serve black beans as a side dish with dinner.

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Walnuts

Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
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Walnuts contain polyunsaturated fats, and they're also rich in alpha-linolenic acid, the plant version of omega-3 fatty acids. They're also an excellent source of protein and eating just a few walnuts helps to keep you feeling satisfied between meals. Some research studies have suggested that the phytochemicals in walnuts help keep prostates healthy in older men.

Tip: Eat a handful of walnuts with a fresh piece of fruit for an afternoon snack.

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes are high in lycopene.
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Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and a phytochemical called lycopene, a relative of vitamin A that helps keep a man's prostate healthy. Lycopene is thought to protect skin from sun damage and getting adequate amounts of lycopene may keep your skin smooth and supple.

Tip: Eat fresh raw tomatoes or make tomato bisque and serve it with a fresh salad and crusty whole grain bread.

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Dark Chocoloate

Dark chocolate contains antioxidants.
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You may believe that eating chocolate improves your mood. Research isn't clear on that, but dark chocolate may have a little super power. The phytochemicals in dark chocolate could possibly improve blood flow to all the parts of your body, including the brain and the sex organs, which is an important component of arousal.

Tip: Enjoy one ounce of dark chocolate (not Dutch-processed) every night.

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Water

Water is good for healthy skin.
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Although water isn't really a nutrient, it's necessary for your health -- your body contains a lot of water. Not only is water good for your insides, it's also essential for smooth healthy skin. Plus water has no calories, so it's perfect for watching your weight.

Tip: Drink water with a slice of lemon or lime instead of sugary soft drinks.

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Oysters

Oysters are good for your health.
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 Legendary as aphrodisiacsoysters may live up to their sexy reputation. They're rich in zinc, a mineral that's important for male sexual health, testosterone levels and sperm production. Zinc is also important for healthy hair and for your senses of taste and smell.

Tip: Enjoy raw or cooked oysters as an appetizer. If you don't like oysters, you can get your zinc from beef, pork or lamb.

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