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How Incorporating More Aphrodisiacs Into Your Diet Can Improve Your Health

If you’ve heard the term “aphrodisiac” explained within the realm of food, chances are it was an article that came out around Valentine’s Day helping you plan the sexiest meal to get you and your partner in the mood before the romantic “afterparty.” But what if I told you that incorporating aphrodisiacs into your diet consistently can positively affect your health and relationships overall, in addition to strengthening your performance in the bedroom?

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At a recent educational offering at transformative music festival Lightning in a Bottle, famed raw chocolate aphrodisiac wizard Jacqui Lalita shed light on the fact that many of the foods we consider aphrodisiacs are adaptogens, as well. For those who might not have heard the term, an adaptogen is a food that helps your body adapt to stress or adverse scenarios. 

Consumption of certain adaptogens can cause reactions like increased blood flow, increased brain focus & output of serotonin, increased oxygen in the blood, and more. Coincidentally, these effects are also known to help prepare and assist our sexual organs for the tryst in the bedroom. 

In Lalita’s session, she educated us on mushrooms like Lion’s Mane and chaga, which are known to increase brain focus and immunity, respectively. She also shared the magic of He Shou Wu, which promotes longevity and youthfulness, and even went as far to share a personal testimony of the impact of these herbs on her life.

“My dad had esophagus cancer a few years ago and it was really bad,” Lalita explained. “He was in a feeding tube for six months, and it really seemed like he was dying. He couldn’t eat for six months, he lost weight, was passing out… So I shipped some reishi power and moringa powder and I had him mix it with water and pour it in his feeding tube. He started getting strength and feeling better and he came out of malnourishment, and that became known as his daughter’s magic powders in the hospital.”

Outside of potential health benefits, adaptogens and aphrodisiacs have been known to enhance personal relationships and interaction as well, and not just ones rooted in intimacy. Chefs Michael Montano and Monique Benabou, founders of When Chefs Talk Dirty, held a seminar at Lightning in a Bottle entitled “Four Course Foreplay,” where they taught how to make a sensual three-course-meal for your significant other. But it’s not just about the sexy time. 

Benabou states, “When we do our pop-up supper club, people are asked to use their hands instead of utensils… which [taps] into something primitive and rooted. That paired with different spices that get certain endorphins running opens up such good conversation.”

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In this way, adaptogens and aphrodisiacs can also serve as a way to open yourself to social interaction without involving alcohol, the traditional “social lubricant.” This certainly was the case at Lightning in a Bottle, where the crowd huddled inside the Learning Kitchen tent was ready to devour and learn about a cooled melon & coconut lemongrass soup, which packs a hard punch of adaptogenic power.

The base of the soup consisted of cantaloupe and watermelon, which are full of niacin, potassium and Vitamin A, known to boost fertility, and was accented by spicy jalapeño to increase blood flow. At the end of the day, this all really boils down to the idea of treating food as fuel, honoring plants like mushrooms and cacao that have crazy benefits for us, and overall building the foundation for a healthier life. 

As Jaqui Lalita accurately sums up, “I truly believe that food is medicine. I think that going forward, this is becoming more and more obvious, people are realizing the connection between what they put in and how they feel. And I think that with diabetes and obesity and cancer and all these things just rising, people are starting to see actually: transition to a cleaner diet and getting off processed food, GMO food, stranger than science fiction food.”

You can learn more about Lightning In A Bottle and their educational offerings here.

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Instagram’s Newest Interactive Photo Guide Highlights Coachella’s Best Food

After the desert dust had settled at the Empire Polo Club in conclusion of weekend one of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, all that’s left besides your sore feet and drained cell phone batteries are the memories captured and the hashtags to help us navigate them.

#Coachella, #Coachella2017 — the usual suspects are there to hit up and help recap the weekend. But for the first time ever, there’s an official hashtag for foodies to peruse all the mouthwatering eats one can sink their teeth into at Coachella. #EatAtCoachella is the new hashtag created in collaboration between Instagram and Coachella to debut a new food portrait series via interactive photo grid. Clearly this use of photography at Coachella is much better than what’s used on basics in flower crowns.

This year’s lineup of food vendors, chefs, and foodie influencers on hand were the source of the photos, which gave an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at all of the most viral food content that went down this past weekend at Coachella. What’s even cooler is that Instagram expertly curated all the drool-worthy coverage into the first interactive photo grid of its kind related to all the eats at the music festival. You can even watch it all go up live here and get the latest on-the-fly updates like a glorious munchie highlight reel.

So if you’re ready to relive the biggest hits of Coachella’s food lineup, peep #EatAtCoachella and get ready to feel just how cavernous your stomach feels after you realize how many epic bites you missed out on. For Coachella weekend 2 warriors, get ready to feast your eyes on what awaits your palates and use this as your one-stop guide to figuring out just what your appetite needs.

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It’s Raining Beer, Hallelujah

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This is what happens when innovation meets booze.

Ladies and gentlemen: The beer drone. Cape Town’s Darkwing Aerials will debut their modded SteadiDrone octocopter at South Africa’s OppiKoppi music festival this August. To order, simply bump your special smartphone app with your GPS location. The manually guided drone will find your relative location, and with a little luck and a mini parachute, you can snatch your cold beverage right out of the air. Keep an eye out for the automated version, too. Pretty soon, the world will be run by hopefully benevolent beer robots. What could go wrong?

H/T TechHive