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If you find yourself making up excuses to avoid sex and would rather sleep or watch a movie than make love with your partner then you may be suffering from a low libido and need some help boosting your sex drive. The reasons for a low libido can be due to hormonal imbalance, poor diet and stress, among other things. Sometimes all you need is the right food.

Here are 5 foods which will boost your energy and libido.

1. Chili Peppers
Chili peppers are a source of capsaicin, the molecule that gives peppers their hot and spicy flavour and cause your mouth to burn and tingle. Capsaicin causes an increase in blood flow to your genitals and causes the release of endorphins, which will leave you feeling “in the mood”.

2. Avocado
Avocados been used for centuries by ancient tribes like the Aztecs to increase sexual desire. Avocados contain nutrients for energy and libido and healthy fat to regulate hormone production. Boost your love life by eating an avo per day.

3. Broccoli
Foods like broccoli, which contain high levels of vitamin C, are known to boost blood circulation to the clitoris and improve female libido. Add steamed or sautéed broccoli to your salads and main meals from now on!

4. Watermelon

Watermelon is known as a natural Viagra among some health conscious men, and for good reason. This fruit contains an amino acid called citrulline, which relaxes blood vessels, increases blood flow to the penis, and boosts libido. Add this tasty fruit to salads and smoothies.

5. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate with a 60% or higher content of cacao contains a compound called phenyl-ethylamine, which boosts serotonin and endorphins in the brain and puts you in a loving mood. Try making some dark chocolate sauce and bringing it into the bedroom, or feeding your partner strawberries dipped in chocolate.