You've probably heard of lots of foods that are supposedly aphrodisiacs — pomegranates, avocado, and salmon, for example. Maybe you even heard watermelon, cherries, figs, bananas, and nuts were great, and they are. But all of these are really just part of a nutritionally balanced diet, which is necessary not just for overall health, but for sexual health too, says Fisch.
Specifically, all these foods contain antioxidants or other nutrients, like omega-3 fatty acid, L-arginine, and B vitamins, which can help to improve blood flow throughout the body (among other things), Fisch says. "Those substances are very healing for your arteries, and in that sense they give better erectile functioning and better arousal for women," Castellanos says, noting that this translates into mental arousal too.
"If your body is responding the way you think it should, then it's easier for you to go down the path of psychological arousal, and vice versa. If your body is not responding, it'll bring you into that whole negative mindset," which might kill your libido for the time being, she says.