A study, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior that gave some disappointing statistics; and that is that “Americans are having measurably less sex than they used to.
As of 2014, married couples are down to having only 56 times of sex a year (from 67 in 1989). In fact, they’re having sex less than a previous generation, and the results suggest that this is frequently due to two primary factors; “An increasing number of individuals without a steady or marital partner and a decline in sexual frequency among those with a partner.”
Concerning your sex life, your age, health, and how you feel about your relationship can all have an impact.
Although supplements might help you with your sex life, you need to look at the big picture first and be open to telling your doctor what’s going on.
Before you retort to herb or a supplement, think about what you can add (exercise) or remove (weight loss, changing a medication), from your life as these can all help.
Most of the attention to sex, libido, and supplements focus on men, and unfortunately, what might work for a man doesn’t necessarily work for a woman. Both sexes appear to have options.
Boost Your Libido with These Natural Tips
Eat These Fruits
Figs, bananas, and avocados, for example, are considered libido-boosting foods (aphrodisiacs), and little evidence supports the effectiveness of these fruits. There’s no harm in experimenting with these fruits, after all, they are fruits that also provide important vitamins and minerals that can increase blood flow to the genitals and promote a healthy sex life.
Eat More Of These Foods
Certain foods that are filled with nutrients that boost blood vessel health and keep your heart healthy will help you fill your sex organs with more blood faster.
Potassium is essential for a strong heart and smooth muscle contraction, and arginine, for instance, helps your blood vessels relax and expand. You can find arginine in:
- sesame seeds,
- turkey, and
Nitrates can improve erections by thinning the blood and widening blood vessels, and you can find it in:
- spinach, and
Reduce Stress Through Meditation
Stress is a killer, and also a libido killer. Control your stress by taking the time to meditate during your day. A 5-minute stroll when you are feeling stressed can work miracles.
Make it as informal as possible; start your day with it, or simply take a few moments to focus your attention on deep breathing when you’re feeling concerned.
No matter how physically healthy you are, being stressed out is going to affect your sex drive, and this is especially true for women. They are particularly susceptible to the effects stress can have on one’s sex life.
Men, sometimes use sex to relieve stress, and some of these times, differences in the approach to sex may cause conflict.
To relieve stress, participate in sports activities, practice deep meditation or tai chi, or take a yoga class.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Those with a busy lifestyle don’t always have the time to get the right amount of sleep, and such lifestyle also makes it difficult to make time for sex.
Such people are often left exhausted, which can lead to a reduced sex drive. Boost your energy and sex drive by getting some periods of sleep when you can and eating a healthy diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
Cut Back on the Booze
You don’t need to stop drinking, but you should regulate your use of alcohol. Though one drink a day is said to be linked with longevity and lower risk of heart disease, and dementia, you don’t have to over-do it.
Stick with just one or two glasses of wine or beer. Too much can dampen mood because alcohol is a depressant that can cause temporary erectile dysfunction.
Explore Herbs and Supplements
However, these herbs are not regulated by the FDA, and you may not want to mix them with certain prescription medicines. It will be wise to check with your doctor before using any of these herbs or supplements and consult with a naturopath or herbalist for proper dosage.
Maca, also known as Peruvian ginseng, is a South American root vegetable that can help with sex drive. According to one small study, if you are taking an antidepressant that makes you lose your sex drive, maca may help.
It’s food, and it’s probably safe to try. However, you should skip it if you have estrogen-sensitive cancer or condition because it could raise your estrogen levels.
For Men: Eat for Testosterone Support
Several studies show that men can boost their sex drive and sperm-producing hormone by increasing their intake or consumption of the following nutrients:
Vitamin D: Vitamin D can boost testosterone, and essential for keeping your endocrine system (which includes the testes) working. You can find it in fortified foods (cereal, milk, orange juice, soy milk), beef liver, cheese, eggs, mackerel, salmon, and sunlight.
Zinc is an essential mineral that can boost the testosterone level in those who are deficient and help regulate testosterone levels too. You can find it in beef, quinoa, chickpeas, lamb, lentils, oats, oysters, and pumpkin seeds.
Magnesium: This works similarly to zinc to boost your testosterone levels when low and can also free up testosterone that is bonded to other elements, making it more available in the body. Foods that contain magnesium include clams, coffee, chocolate, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, and oysters.
For the Women
Iron: Iron deficiency might affect your libido (desire, arousal, lubrication, and the ability to have an orgasm). In a study, women noticed improvements after they took iron. Too much iron is bad for you and can cause constipation and other kinds of stomach upset. At some point, iron overdose can be life-threatening.
Tribulus Terrestris: This is also called puncture vine, and is a fruit-producing Mediterranean plant that’s covered with spines. People use the fruit, leaf, or root of the Tribulus plant as medicine, and a study of women with low sexual desire disorder, who took 7.5 milligrams of Tribulus Terrestris every day for 4 weeks, found that those women were doing better with their desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and satisfaction, and they had less pain during sex.
For Women and Men
Panax ginseng also is known as Asian ginseng, and might raise sexual desire in women going through menopause, and may help improve erectile function in men, too. Studies typically use doses of 900 to 1,000 milligrams two to three times a day, and women saw improvements after taking three 1-gram capsules every day for 2 weeks
On the downside, it can cause insomnia, and less common side effects include painful periods for women and diarrhea. So don’t take ginseng if you have trouble sleeping.
If you are low on sexual energy, talk to your doctor about your concerns, as there can be many different causes, and they are treated differently.
Libido boosters or Sex enhancers can have side effects, and remember that the FDA does not require supplements to prove that they are safe, effective, or contain what they say on the label.