Shakespeare wrote, “If music be the food of love, play on.”

If someone had asked the Bard at the time whether he was trying to suggest a “diet” for great lovemaking and sex, who’s to say how he would answer.

Fortunately, 420 years later, Christine DeLozier, L.Ac. has her own ideas about the food of love, and she has written the book on it — Diet for Great Sex: Food for Male and Female Sexual Health.

FULL OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

While the purpose of DeLozier’s work is “hot sex, naturally,” this is not simply a book for voyeurs or bedroom fantasies — well, maybe not totally. Rather, it is a thoroughly researched work in which DeLozier, a licensed acupuncturist, offers pages and pages of footnotes of scientific evidence supporting her ideas.

“I have spent countless hours reviewing clinical and epidemiological research in writing this book,” she says. “The chapters are filled with the wide range of evidence that proves in modern scientific terms the dietary path to great sex.”

She communicates in a fun yet authoritative voice, clearly immersed in her topic and experiencing the joy of writing about it, all the while presenting detailed reasons why some foods “work” and others don’t.

FOR THE HEALTH OF YOU AND YOUR PARTNER

Rather than hit us hard with her points, DeLozier offers stereotypical examples, such as Dan and Carla on their third date, with “thoughts of sugar plums dancing in their heads” later that night. Yet after flirting their way through chicken alfredo and crème brulee, they haven’t done their late-night aspirations any favors.

“Their dinner — fatty, salty and rich — was just the sort of food that was working against their efforts at pleasure,” she writes. “Because diet affects hormonal balance, nerve integrity and vascular health — the holy trinity of great sex.”

The book explores the body and the roles of sex hormones, the nervous system and the vascular system. DeLozier covers Chinese dietary therapy and culinary aphrodisiacs. It even offers a sex action plan, or “how to eat your way to horny,” and recipes.

FOODS TO OPTIMIZE SEXUAL PLEASURE

So what should we be eating? Without giving away too much of the “chef’s secrets,” let’s just say that traditional Chinese dietitians recommend a balance of the five flavors of sweet, sour, bitter, acrid and salty in the diet. Any imbalance will cause disharmony.

All right, here’s another nugget: “Leafy greens are probably the best food in existence for great sex.” As such, DeLozier says it’s important to have a lot of delicious options for dressing them, providing the recipe for an oil-free creamy balsamic dressing.

Ok, ok, here’s one more — what she calls a Sex Smoothie, which has potassium-rich banana as well as polyphenol-rich blueberries and nitrate-rich spinach along with the aphrodisiacs ginger, maca and saffron. “This tasty smoothie,” she says, “makes for blood vessels that deliver optimal flow to our genitals.”

HEAD TO THE BOOKSTORE AND THE FARMER’S MARKET

Diet for Great Sex is written for anyone who would like to have the best sex possible, through the most natural means — people who already have great sex and want to keep it that way and those who want it to be better.

DeLozier has created a practical, educational and informative guide on how to take care of your body and how to eat for sexual success. But it is not without its playful and graphic side, often painting vivid pictures and offering specific tips and techniques to obtain optimum sexual pleasure.

“We all want to have hot sex,” she says. “That’s what this book is about. We all want to have it, but the pathway can be more elusive than we might imagine.”

That should whet your appetites.

Buy this book!

As an acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice, Christine DeLozier, L.Ac., specializes in sexual health, treating males, females and all orientations and identities. Acupuncture is great for sexual function, but to address the underlying mechanics of consistently great sex, diet is the key. For this reason, she works with patients to develop dietary habits that support their sexual goals.

Christine attended the University of Rochester, studying biology and psychology. She has exhaustively reviewed epidemiological and clinical research on nutrition and sexual function to shape the advice presented here. Christine holds Master’s degrees in Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Counseling. During her education, she studied Chinese dietary therapy and earned a certification as a Holistic Nutritional Counselor.

Always rather obsessed with diet, nutrition and natural health, Christine’s philosophy is rooted in an evidence-based understanding of the physiological effect of food on the body, while honoring the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine. She treats every patient holistically, as an individual, and wishes to use her unique skill set to help others in a kind, loving way.