It's time to have a heart-to-heart with your libido, especially if it's waxing and waning more than the moon. You may even begin to feel like your libido has a mind of its own, completely shutting down the desire to have sex, when years ago, or even days ago, you would have jumped on the opportunity to get down and dirty with your partner.
Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert for Maple Holistics, said that a person's sex drive, or libido, is influenced by a number of factors, including social, personal, and hormonal. All of those factors come into play to determine the level of a person's sex drive or how they react to it.
"If you're suffering from a low libido or sex drive, there are a number of natural techniques that you can utilize which will help to naturally increase your sex drive in a relatively short space of time without the use of medication or stimulants," Backe said. Here are the top five things you can do to get your libido's sexy back.
- Get your body moving. If going to the gym makes you roll your eyes, you might want to reconsider heading there. Backe said that burning fat is a great way to boost your confidence and self-esteem, and stimulate your appetite for sex. Some studies have shown that exercise can also help you get more in touch with your body, which in turn makes you more easily turned on.
- Hit the sheets. Getting enough sleep has a lot of benefits, including the ability to increase your sex drive. Backe recommends at least eight hours of sleep every night. "When you start losing sleep, you're hormones become unbalanced and you'll be more likely to lose your sex drive over time, as well as the desire for a lot of other things," he said.
- Switch your diet. The food you eat can have a surprising effect on your libido. Jaya Jaya Myra, an internationally acclaimed author and natural lifestyle expert, said that there's a list of foods you should incorporate your diet if you want to increase your sex drive. "Celery is a great one that will work for both men and women," Myra said. "Chocolate is another go-to food for both men and women, as cacao boosts stamina and gives energy, in addition to increased sex drive. Foods like oysters only work for men, as they help increase testosterone. Figs are considered potent for men and women, although they may affect men more strongly."
- Go outside. Another reason to press the pause button on your TV binge session is so that you can soak up the sun and at the very same time, help increase your sex drive. "The sun gives you much needed vitamin D which is imperative for staying healthy, but will also make your cells come alive, which is very helpful for getting you to feel back in touch with your sexual libido," Backe said.
- Go easy on the booze. While you might have thought alcohol makes you feel more in the mood to jump into bed with your partner, it can actually decrease your libido. Take a break from sipping your favourite wine or mixed drink, since studies have shown that alcohol can lower physiological arousal in women. Hear that, libido? No more Two Buck Chuck for us!