“It takes two to tango.
Sex is a gift. It is a unique bond with the one we love. However, when we cannot perform, or our sex drive is lower than we once knew, is all hope lost?
Can we increase our sex drive naturally and on our own? Or are we destined to face the consequences of a low sex drive for the rest of our life?
The good news is that you CAN increase your sex drive!
We will be reviewing five easy ways to increase your libido once again. These include:
- Prioritize Sleep
- Eliminate Stress
- Exercise Often
- Limit Alcohol
- Eat Clean
Yes, you’ve probably heard much about these before. It isn’t a surprise to anyone that the above are great suggestions, but let’s look at the reasons why these are important. For if they are offset, we will have a reduction in our sex drive.
Five Easy Ways to Increase Your Libido
1. Prioritize Sleep
Sleep is the bedrock and foundation behind how we live our lives. If we do not get the proper sleep, so many aspects suffer.
Mental clarity is reduced, our body is more prone to getting sick, we are more cranky and groggy, and we cannot correctly interpret the world around us.
Tasks will take longer. We will be more susceptible to improperly viewing people - mistaking, as Dr. Matthew Walker says, “friends for foes” (Why We Sleep, pg. 215).
According to the Sleep Foundation, “Sleep deprivation has been associated with reduced sexual desire and arousal.”
If you are someone who needs help with their sleep, we recommend viewing our articles:
- How Can I Fix My Sleeping Problem?
- What to Do When You Can’t Sleep - 6 Steps
- Who Do I Go to If I Am Having Sleep Problems?
2. Eliminate Stress
The American Psychological Association states that “Chronic stress, ongoing stress over an extended period of time, can affect testosterone production resulting in a decline in sex drive or libido, and can even cause erectile dysfunction or impotence.”
When we are stressed, we are more prone to being worried. This worry can decrease our want to have sex.
When thoughts are continuously ruminating within our minds, it can be challenging to want to get in the mood to have sex.
Finding out what is stressing you and seeking to eliminate it can be easier said than done. Nonetheless, it can be done.
Do you have too many tasks? Ask your spouse if they can help. Do you have a big project coming up? Break it down into smaller tasks. Are you trying to balance work and life? Be disciplined in saying at list specific time you are done with work for the rest of the day and will not check emails.
Stress is inevitable. How we approach it, however, is based upon our will.
Though stress comes at various times and at different degrees, it nonetheless can be decreased if we take the appropriate actions with what is currently presented to us.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
3. Exercise Often
Blueheart states, “How to improve your sex drive as a man can be very closely linked to how active you are. This is because exercising boosts your testosterone levels, increasing your desire.”
Proactive Men’s Medical Center also states, “Aerobic exercises increase blood flow to the genitals, which can, in turn, increase libido and improve erectile function. Cardio also helps reduce stress and anxiety, both of which are major libido killers.”
Whether weights, going on the treadmill or going for a nice paced walk, take time to exercise often to reduce cortisol, increase testosterone, and increase your sex drive!
4. Limit Alcohol
Health Service Executive (HSE) gives two alarming facts regarding alcohol. They state, “Alcohol interferes with your ability to feel sexual stimulation. It does this by interfering with the signals between the brain and the genitals…Drinking heavily over a long period can lead to a lower sex drive (libido). This is because it reduces your levels of testosterone.”
Although alcohol (such as a glass of wine) can fit the mood, we must ensure we drink in moderation. If we drink more than moderation periodically, this may be due to our low sex drive.
Feel free to have a glass of wine during your romantic evening, but understand that too much alcohol will hinder both orgasms, reduce testosterone, and decrease our libido.
5. Eat Clean
When we don’t eat clean, our sexual desire and performance decrease.
Healthline states, “A poor diet can lead to a host of health issues, which may negatively effect your sex life. For example, erectile dysfunction is often linked to obesity and diabetes, which can be caused by a poor diet.”
Focus on eating clean and eating foods that will enhance your sex drive.
Some of the foods that have been found to increase libido by Penn Medicine and Piedmont are the following:
- Raw Oysters
- Black raspberries
- Pine nuts
- Extra virgin olive oil
Strive to avoid saturated fats (like pork and butter), as these can hinder circulation over time - reducing blood flow to the penis.
What Else You Can Do to Heighten Libido
If you are desirous of wanting to get your sex drive back to what it was, we would suggest viewing the following articles on our learning center:
- What Causes Low Sex Drive?
- How to Increase Libido - 10 Ways to Boost Your Sex Life
- I Have A Low Sex Drive - When Should I Talk to My Doctor?
You have what it takes inside you to make a definite choice that will change the future trajectory of your health.
Our team at Tiger Medical has the experience, clinical skills, and coaching acumen to help you get your sex drive and energy back.
To talk to one of our professionals, click here to schedule your call!