5 Tips to Improve your Libido
One of the biggest complaints I hear in practice is a decrease in a patients Libido – both from males and females. Don’t despair there are tricks and strategies to incorporate daily that will improve your Libido and make your sex life sizzle!
What is Libido? Libido (/lᵻˈbiːdoʊ/), is commonly described as a persons “sex drive” or desire for sexual activity. Sex drive is influenced by biological, psychological and social factors. Many people often ignore a decrease in their sex drive but did you know that according to Maslow sex is as important, physiologically, as breathing and water. Therefore, if these requirements are not met, the human body cannot function properly and will ultimately fail. People ignore this decrease often out of embarrassment or fear. In my practice I will ask my patients about any issues with libido as part of my assessment because YES it is tremendously important to the individual’s overall health and wellbeing. Did you also know that as we age sex drive usually decreases often spurred on by decreases in Testosterone? Here are 5 things that will help improve your libido!
- Exercise – Exercise causes a myriad of cascading effects. It helps de-stress, associated weight loss and looking great improves our own perceptions of ourselves. If you look and feel more attractive it boosts your confidence. Yet one of the most beneficial aspects of exercising is that it can help in increasing testosterone levels. Short bursts of exercise such as HIIT workouts and Weight lifting routines (heavy/low reps) for both men and women have been proven beneficial.
- Eat Clean – Drop the high fructose, processed, fatty foods all of which expose us to estrogen mimicking compounds and substitute with healthy vegetables, fats and proteins – unprocessed and unrefined. Tuna, Salmon, Sardines and Eggs all increase Testosterone as do oysters and black beans – So clean up your diet! By eating clean, you will also shed those unwanted pounds
- Medications – often the number one offender to a decreased sex drive. Working with a psychiatric population I see many patients on SSRIS (Prozac & Zoloft) and Tricyclic anti-depressants. But many of my patients are also on medications for seizure disorders (Tegretol) Hypertension (beta-blockers such as Atenolol and Metoprolol) even over the counter anti-histamines such as Benadryl will all interfere with libido. A very thorough review of your medications and possible alternatives should be discussed with your practitioner.
- Supplements – Great news! There are supplements out there that can improve your libido. My absolute favorite (especially for women) is Maca. Totally unpalatable (IMHO) in powder form except for Gaia Vanilla Chai Maca but you can find it in pill form from companies such as Advocare Formula W. Maca is know to improve sexual function, decrease erectile dysfunction, and balance mood. Add some Zinc and Vitamin D to your diet and as always try and get these micronutrients from your food. If you’re not getting enough from food, ask your practitioner for the appropriate dosage.
- De-Stress – Lastly DESTRESS !!!!! Nothing interferes more with libido than stress and mood. When you’re stressed the body releases cortisol which actually blocks the effects of testosterone. So relax, unwind, get in the mood, forget about your day. I know sometimes easier said than done but you can get a massage, meditate, do yoga or do whatever you know works for you to de-stress! Don’t forget to “Spice” it up in more ways than one, lingerie, movies all add dimension !
Decreased Libido is more common than you think! You are not the only one and unfortunately it does increase as we age. But there are tips and tricks out there that will get your libido and sex life back on track. Find a holistic and empathetic practitioner who you are comfortable with and who will uncover the reason while providing strategies to help treat the cause.
For more confidential help or if you have a topic you would like discussed – you can call me at 561-866-1211. Thanks Dolores
Synergy Health and Wellness Dolores@synergyhealthandwellness.net