Naturally Increase Libido
by Diva Rebecca
As we all get older, we may notice a significant decrease in sexual appetite in ourselves or our significant other. The loss of libido may signify loss of attraction, bad health, hormonal issues, menopause or more serious problems such as erectile dysfunction. For most people, a decreased desire for sex is a combination of poor habits, health issues and time-cramped lifestyles. The good news is that there are ways to help increase your libido naturally without drugs and without seeking medical attention. However, to increase the waning libido of your partner, he or she would need to commit to the necessary steps on their own. It is not something you can force on someone and it is not as easy as taking a pill every day.
The number one way to improve your sexual prowess is exercise. Are you moaning yet? Unfortunately for you couch potatoes, it is true. Not only does regular exercise benefit your sex life, it helps you out in so many other ways as well. First of all, exercise gives you energy. Even if you are drop dead tired from the day's activities, you could spend a half hour to an hour at the gym and feel completely rejuvenated. Without doing so, you might come home from work and spend the rest of the evening on the couch flipping through the prime time TV shows. Even after an hour or two relaxing on the couch, you never seem to get your energy back and on the couch you stay. But if you go get some exercise at the gym, you come home feeling like you just woke up. You run around the house taking care of chores and giving attention to your loved ones. Your energy level is peaked and it lasts for hours. One of the most incredible times to have sex is right after working out.....while you and your lover are washing off that sweat in the shower. Delicious. Exercise also helps you to have a great night of sleep when you finally turn in for bed and being well rested is fundamental component for a healthy sex life.
Exercise produces the hormone testosterone in the body which is considered the most important sexual hormone. Most people associate testosterone with men, but this is an absolutely essential hormone that women need for sexual arousal. This is why sex is the absolute best for women right after working out. It is obviously required for men for stronger erections. And since, exercise helps to stimulate the production of testosterone, I tend to see exercise as a way of making people randy. Furthermore, cardiovascular activities increases the blood flow to the sex organs and a healthy sex life requires proper blood flow to these organs. Poor circulation from a lack of exercise can cause even more problems in the sex life.
After exercise, diet is the next biggest factor in libido levels, if not it is the equal to exercise. As I have said before, testosterone production is necessary for sexual arousal, but a bad diet can limit the production of this necessary hormone. For example, dehydration limits hormone production and therefore too much alcohol and caffeine can really do a number on your sex cravings. Alcohol actually reduces the production of testosterone in men. Drunken sex might be fun while you are young but it just doesn't work as you get older. Foods heavy in saturated fat can eventually clog arteries and lead to poor circulation which, as I stated above, plays a negative role in libido. However, you do need fat for the production of hormones, it is absolutely required. This is why natural and unsaturated fats are needed in a healthy body. Have you see those women who are rail thin lately, the so called perfectly toned models without an ounce of fat on their bellies? Guess, what? Sex for them is probably horrible because they are not able to produce enough testosterone to get excited. This should make every woman feel better. Speaking of women, try adding more soy into your diet. Soy actually binds estrogen receptors and it even helps the vaginal areas stay lubricated! Soy is also beneficial to men as it aids the prostate.
A surprising aid in libido increase is natural sunlight. Natural sunlight is detected by the body through the eye's retina. Natural light suppresses the production of melatonin in the body which is produced both in the retina and in the pineal gland of the brain. To make a long story short, melatonin produces hormones which suppress the natural appetite for sex in the body. You produce more melatonin in the winter months and less in the summer months when the natural sunlight is at a peak in volume. This is why you seem a lot "hornier" in the summer than you do in the frigid winter. It could also explain why promiscuity and a heightened awareness of sexual activity is more prominent in the warmer and sunnier climates of the world. Have you ever noticed that? For couples that live in a colder and seasonal climate, you can still get boosts of natural sunlight with plenty of outdoor activities in the daytime such as skiing.
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