10 Natural Ways to Boost Your Libido

Boost Your Libido with These 10 Natural Tips

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  • The natural approach

    The natural approach

    Not ready to hit the Viagra yet? Thanks to these 10 helpful tips, you may not have to. There are several alternative things you can try help get you and your partner back under the sheets (or wherever else strikes your fancy).

    And don’t worry, you’re not alone. Sexual dysfunction affects both men and women of all ages. It can happen for a variety of reasons that include chronic illness, stress, and anxiety.

    Click through the slideshow to learn how you can boost your sex drive naturally.

  • Take a bite out of a forbidden fruit

    Take a bite out of a forbidden fruit

    Little evidence supports the effectiveness of certain foods, but there’s no harm in experimenting.

    Figs, bananas, and avocados, for example, are considered libido-boosting foods, known as aphrodisiacs.

    But these foods also provide important vitamins and minerals that can increase blood flow to the genitals and promote a healthy sex life.

  • Indulge in all things chocolate

    Indulge in all things chocolate

    Throughout history, chocolate has been a symbol of desire. Not just because of its delicious taste, but because of its power to improve sexual pleasure.

    According to one study, chocolate promotes the release of phenylethylamine and serotonin into your body. This can produce some aphrodisiac and mood-lifting effects.

    According to another study, the effects of chocolate on sexuality are probably more psychological than biological.

  • Take your daily herbs

    Take your daily herbs

    Next time you decide to sit down for a romantic dinner, add a little basil or garlic to your dish. The smell of basil stimulates the senses. Garlic contains high levels of allicin, and increases blood flow.

    These effects may help men with erectile dysfunction.

    Ginkgo biloba, an extract derived from the leaf of the Chinese ginkgo tree, is another herb found to treat antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction.

  • Take a tip from Africa

    Take a tip from Africa

    Yohimbine, an alkaloid found in the bark of the West African evergreen, has been known to work as as a natural Viagra.

    Some studies suggest that Yohimbine bark can help you maintain an erection. It will also enhance the quality of an erection. However, researchers say there is no natural equivalent to match Viagra.

  • Boost your self-confidence

    Boost your self-confidence

    The way you feel about your body affects the way you feel about sex. An unhealthy diet and lack of exercise may cause you to have a poor self-image. These things can discourage you from having and enjoying sex.

    You can boost your self-esteem and your sex drive by shifting the focus from your flaws to your attributes. You can also focus on the pleasure experienced during sex.

  • Stick to one glass of wine

    Stick to one glass of wine

    Two glasses of wine might be one too many. Drinking one glass of wine can put you at ease and increase your interest in becoming intimate. But too much alcohol can ruin your ability to perform by affecting erectile function. Too much alcohol can also inhibit your ability to orgasm.

  • Take time to meditate and relieve stress

    Take time to meditate and relieve stress

    No matter how healthy you are, being stressed out is going to affect your sex drive. Women are particularly susceptible to the effects stress can have on one’s sex life.

    Men, on the other hand, sometimes use sex to relieve stress. And sometimes differences in the approach to sex may cause conflict.

    To relieve stress, participate in sports activities, practice tai chi, or take a yoga class.

  • Hit the snooze button

    Hit the snooze button

    Those with a hectic lifestyle don’t always have the time to get the right amount of sleep. Being busy also makes it difficult to make time for a sex.

    People who balance work with caring for aging parents or young children are often left exhausted, which can lead to a reduced sex drive.

    Boost your energy and sex drive by taking naps when you can and eating a healthy diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

  • Keep your relationship in check

    Keep your relationship in check

    After you’ve had an argument with your partner, chances are you’re not in the mood to have sex. For women, sensing emotional closeness is important to sexual intimacy. That means unresolved conflicts can affect your sexual relationship.

    Communication is essential for building trust. It’s important to prevent resentments from building up.

  • Consult a doctor

    Consult a doctor

    Even if you’re taking a natural approach to boosting your sex drive, it still might be a good idea to talk with your doctor. They can help you identify underlying problems.

    Your doctor may suggest some strategies for enhancing sexual health. These may include communicating with your partner, making healthy lifestyle choices, and treating underlying medical conditions. Knowing the root of the problem affecting your sex life will make it easier to find a solution.

  • Trial and error

    Trial and error

    There are a variety of different approaches that may enhance your sex drive naturally. However, it is important to remember that every couple is different. It may take a little experimentation to find out what works best for you.

    If you do decide to turn to prescription drugs, remember that desire is at the core of sex. It’s important to remember that little blue pill may not be the answer if emotional issues are affecting your libido.