11/02/2015 12:44 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

The Good Sex Diet: 11 Foods To Spice Up Your Love Life

Every couple goes through stages when their love life needs a lift. But, don't worry, it doesn't always have to mean rushing out to Ann Summers and buying the most provocative outfit you can find (although we're sure that wouldn't hurt).

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Woman eating a strawberry dipped in chocolate sauce

No, what you eat can apparently get you in the mood for some between-the-sheets action - including chocolate. *Already screaming with excitement*

We caught up with leading food psychologist Dr Christy Fergusson, who let us in on her top foods for spicing up your sex life. Literally.

Dr Christy says that at least a fifth of us suffer from a diminished libido at some point, but that small changes to your diet could be all you need to revive your sex drive.

She explains, "Food and sex are linked as they trigger the same part of the brain which controls emotional and sensual activity."

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As the spokesperson for Seasonal Berries, she knows a thing or two about the soft fruit, and says they're full of bedroom-boosting properties.

So forget the oysters, "the best food to get you in the mood is a handful of berries", says Dr Christy. "They contain a number of nutrients and compounds which help your body feel frisky. Packed with soluble fibre and slow releasing energy, you will be guaranteed to keep your stamina up."

But that's not the best bit, dipping them in chocolate apparently makes you even fruitier. Hooray!

Dr Christy has come up with a one-day menu plan that's the perfect appetiser for a night of nookie.

Porridge topped with blueberries, almonds and a drizzle of honey or golden syrup.

How-to: Add oats to a saucepan; pour in milk (dairy, almond, coconut, oat milk) or water. Bring to the boil, simmer and stir for 4-5 minutes. Pour into bowls, add blueberries and almonds. Drizzle over a little honey or golden syrup.

Tomato and basil soup with dash of fresh chilli for that extra kick. Followed by a blackberry and raspberry fruit salad

How-to: Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas Mark 6. Place the 1 kg of halved tomatoes and 2 whole garlic cloves in a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil, season and add chopped fresh chilli. Roast for 20 minutes. Spoon tomato mixture into a food processor. Squeeze in the cooked garlic, removing the skin. Pour in 1 pint of vegetable stock with 8 chopped basil leaves and a fresh chopped chilli. Blend until smooth. Add to a pan and reheat before serving. Serve with brown seeded crusty loaf.

Follow with a blackberry and raspberry fruit salad.

Wild Alaskan salmon with dark leafy greens followed by strawberries dipped in a chocolate fondue.

How-to: Grill 2 wild Alaskan salmon fillets for 15 minutes under a medium heat.

While the salmon grills, take a large bowl, mix together 1 ½ tbs of olive oil, 1 tbs lemon juice, ½ clove of chopped garlic and ½ inch of grated root ginger. Add 3 cups of mixed leafy salad greens such as watercress, rocket and spinach toss to coat. Season with rock salt and black pepper.

For dessert, warm 8 ounces of cream over medium heat until it gently simmers. Add 12 ounces of dark chocolate and whisk. Transfer to a fondue pot on a slow flame. Use a fondue fork to dip the strawberries into the mixture and devour immediately.

Not convinced? Here's the science bit...