It is normal and natural for libido to fluctuate over time. Sex drives are affected by everything from daily stress to hormonal fluctuations, and our sex drives notoriously diminish, to some degree with age. However, it is possible to maintain a healthy libido into old age.
If you want to have a stronger desire for intimacy than you currently experience, there are many simple methods to improve your libido. Read on to learn about ten different ways to increase your libido.
While it's natural for sex drives to change and fluctuate over time, it can be helpful to rule out any medical causes for low libido. If you experience any medical conditions, including a sudden or drastic change in your libido, please consult your GP.
It is difficult to perform in bed when you feel anxious, and this is clinically confirmed. In fact, anxiety has been proven to make sexual dysfunction worse. There are many different types of anxiety disorders, and they affect people who treat them in various ways. Ways to manage anxiety include different forms of therapy, taking anti-anxiety medication, or natural modalities like meditation.
If you're dealing with anxiety and also feeling anxious about sex, it can feel like a double-edged sword that affects your libido even more. In this case, managing your anxiety in general should help you anyway.
Depression can have a negative effect on libido, as can anxiety. When people are depressed, sexual dysfunction is common. Likewise, when depression is treated, sexual function and desire tend to improve. Like anxiety, you can treat depression with therapy, medication, and/or natural healing methods.
If you suffer from a low sex drive caused by your depression medications, this can be especially frustrating. You may need to talk to your doctor about how to handle your depression differently if the lack of sex drive is making you feel even more depressed.
Improve sleep quality
A good night's sleep is the key to a good day. Sleep disturbances are associated with many different health issues, including low libido and sexual dysfunction. If you have a serious sleep disorder, talk to your doctor about possible treatments. If you have a milder problem, such as occasional insomnia, or if you have racing thoughts when you try to sleep, you can try methods to improve your sleep habits.
Try Effective Natural Remedies
Studies have shown that some natural remedies that promise to increase libido have risks that outweigh their benefits, while others are effective and usually have no side effects.
There are several natural herbs and adaptogens (meaning substances that relieve depression and fatigue) that improve everything from libido to virility and fertility. Some of the most popular include maca, ginseng, and ginko biloba.
The Peruvian root known as maca is one of the most studied aphrodisiac herbs. Still, the research is more preliminary because the supplement industry is not as funded as the pharmaceutical industry.
You can find maca in powder form to add to smoothies, or you can take it in pill form. You can also prepare maca drinks to increase your excitement.
Another herbal root, ginseng, has been shown to positively impact libido and sexual function. seven
A type of ginseng, known as Korean red ginseng, has been shown to be particularly effective in improving the sex drive of postmenopausal women. Ginseng is available dried in powder or pill form and is commonly used fresh in Korean foods.
Ginkgo biloba is a plant that is used as an extract. Gingko Biloba extract is used for the physical side of low libido; it can increase libido due to its effect on blood flow. Specifically, Gingko Biloba increases blood flow to the genital area. It has been shown to increase sexual desire and satisfaction.
In extract form, Gingko Biloba is available as a tincture or in an encapsulated liquid form.
There's no shortage of benefits our bodies get from physical activity, but you can add a better libido to the already long list of exercise rewards.
Exercise has been proven to increase libido. There are many ways in which physical activity serves to improve libido, including a positive body image, better cardiovascular health and improved mood, increased activity of the sympathetic nervous system, and improved endocrine system.
Just as any form of exercise is better than none, there are no rules about which activities one should try if exercising for the purpose of enhancing one's libido.
Do what you love the most, because that's what you'll do best to stick with it, and improved libido will be just one of the many health benefits.
Eat libido-enhancing foods
While there is no miracle food that will instantly boost your libido, there are many truths behind the idea of aphrodisiac foods. These foods are more focused on getting essential nutrients and good qualities to boost your sexual health.
Some types of foods that are good for libido include:
– Foods rich in zinc, which regulate testosterone and endurance, such as oysters, red meat and pine nuts – Boosters of endurance and circulation such as fresh produce, whole grains and legumes – Foods rich in flavonoids that help prevent sexual dysfunction, such as citrus fruits, peppers, tea, and cocoa
Limit foods that lower libido
Foods that can improve your libido are called aphrodisiacs, and foods that can lower it further are called anaphrodisiacs. Just as aphrodisiac foods cannot boost your sexuality all at once, anaphrodisiac foods are just as unlikely to impact you quickly.
What are these foods?
– High saturated fats, found in fried foods, cause clogged arteries and reduced blood flow – Soy, which can increase estrogen – Polyunsaturated fats, such as vegetable oil, can reduce testosterone levels – High in sodium, which increases blood pressure – Foods that require insulin to process, such as white flour and sugar, can lower testosterone levels
Although some seem to think that alcohol is an aphrodisiac, especially thanks to its properties leading to a reduction in inhibition, this is only a myth. A drink can warm you up; However, with more than one drink, the depressant effects of alcohol begin to kick in. By drinking too many drinks you will experience a loss of erection quality and also orgasmic capacity.
In addition to the many other health benefits of quitting this bad habit altogether, people who have quit smoking particularly appreciate the boost to their libido that comes with doing so. Smoking causes your blood vessels to narrow and therefore restricts their flow. Decreased blood flow to your penis not only reduces your libido, it also affects the quality of your erection.
Being overweight can both physically and mentally cause your sex drive to drop. This excess fat around that belly can keep reminding you of who you are and therefore make you less confident – thus dampening your libido. Physiologically, being overweight often leads to arterial disease, reducing blood flow to vital parts of your body, including your genitals.
Morning coffee can help wake you up, but it could also damage your libido. Caffeine is a stimulant that can exacerbate any underlying anxiety issues you may have. Increased anxiety = decreased libido.