When you hear about coconut improving your sex life, your mind immediately thinks of the massage oil. But this superfood does much more than provide a pleasing tropical smell or a yummy backdrop to a signature drink (piña colada). In fact, there's a reason why coconut oil is prized by trendy health enthusiasts as one of the healthiest foods on earth. From maintaining prostate health to providing natural antibacterial properties, coconut products offer many ways to ramp up the action in the bedroom. Plus, using coconut to replenish electrolytes or help with circulation ensures you'll be in tip-top shape for anything cardiovascular (not just bedroom activities).
To get you through a marathon night of fun, look no further than coconut water. Coconut water contains naturally high levels of the vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes your body needs to keep its energy up (just ask any health-conscious athlete). Coconut water also keeps you hydrated by replenishing the key minerals your body consumes during prolonged activity. And the free-radical fighting properties of this all-natural drink munches up the toxins created during times of oxidative stress. So if your night involves a little partying, coconut water is the hangover cure.
When your sex organs engorge with blood flow, the nerve endings become extra receptive and ready for pleasure. That's why you should enlist coconut milk and it's flesh to ensure the elasticity of your veins and arteries. A good daily dose of coconut oil—add it to smoothies, bake with it, or rub it on your skin—can keep the blood pumping, supplying the body with plenty of oxygen. Used as a dietary supplement, the medium-chain triglycerides found in this oil can reduce inflammation and copper and Vitamin C give an added antioxidant boost.
The male prostate—an exocrine gland—is not only a primary baby-making machine (as it creates semen), but it also functions as a sex organ when stimulated. This gland produces an alkaline fluid, called seminal vesicle fluid, that protects sperm and ensures a proper level of fluidity to the semen. To properly function, the prostate needs plenty of zinc for DNA repair, defense against free radicals, and hormonal regulation. (In fact, the prostate uses more zinc than any other organ in the body!) So men, keep your prostate happy in order to maintain full vitality and enjoyable sexual escapades. Plus, the high concentration of zinc found in coconut oil, meat, and milk is important for the prevention of prostate cancer.
Coconut contains high levels of vitamin E, a necessary ingredient for skin health. By encouraging cell signaling—a communication system in the cells that promotes repair, eliminates free radicals, and provides homeostasis and immunity—vitamin E has fountain-of-youth capabilities. Rubbing coconut oil on your skin helps you maintain a youthful, healthy glow. And when your skin is supple and radiant, don't you feel more confident baring it all?
Natural oils are the go-to alternative to the chemical lubricants sold in some lingerie shops. Virgin coconut oil is minimally processed and almost always preservative free. Additionally, coconut oil contains natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making UTIs (urinary tract infections) a thing of the past for sensitive individuals. However, don't use coconut oil for douching. Like all personal lubricants, it should be wiped off after both vaginal or anal intercourse. And if you’re trying to conceive, avoid using coconut oil or any other personal lubricant that affects the pH of the vagina and can potentially harm sperm cells. Lastly, avoid coconut oil use in conjunction with latex condoms. The oil can weaken the latex and cause breakage.
Coconut contains high levels of numerous naturally-occurring sugars. These sugars give the body energy and the ability to perform harder and faster. Natural sugars—those derived from fruit and nuts—are metabolized by the body differently than white sugar, too, so you won't experience burnout. And since the natural sugars found in coconut oil make your own fluids taste sweeter, just skip the chocolate covered strawberries altogether.