A fluctuating sex drive, also known as libido, is perfectly normal. Certain factors such as diet, stress, hormone levels, medical conditions, and aging can contribute to your sex drive. But if you notice your libido has been lower than usual lately, it may be time to do something about it. Sex is an important component of your overall health and well-being. Humans naturally crave sex and intimacy. When your cravings are not as prominent, there are natural ways to increase libido.
How to Increase the Libido
Sure, there are medicines on the market that can help, but if you’re looking for a more natural approach, there are ten things you can do.
Fuel your Libido with the Right Foods
Our diet is linked to numerous health and well-being factors; it can be pretty hard to find something our diet does not directly impact. If you want to know how to increase the libido, head to your favorite grocery store and stock up on these items:
- Grass-fed beef and dark leafy greens. Iron-rich foods can naturally boost your libido. Iron plays a massive role in nourishing and replenishing blood and blood cells. It would help if you had a good blood flow to feel aroused. When you experience iron deficiency, your libido can drop. For women, you may experience a decrease in lubrication.
- Broccoli, oranges, red peppers, and other fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin C are great to increase libido. Just like iron, Vitamin C is essential for blood circulation.
- You have probably heard the term “natural aphrodisiac.” These foods can increase the desire for sex while enhancing blood flow straight to the genitals. Some common aphrodisiacs include oysters, avocados, and dark chocolate.
- Basil and garlic stimulate the senses while also increasing blood flow.
- Maca, a Peruvian root, is also a great aphrodisiac. You can get it in a pill or add maca powder to smoothies and yogurts.
On the flip side, it is best to avoid libido suppressing foods such as highly processed foods, soy, high sodium foods which increase blood pressure and restrict blood flow, and foods high in saturated fat. A healthy diet can go a long way in and out of the bedroom when your libido is low due to weight.
Manage Stress and Anxiety
This is one of those “easier said than done” pieces of advice, but if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, these valid conditions can wreak havoc on your libido. The best way to combat stress and anxiety is to work to discover the root cause. Then, take incremental steps to reduce your stress and anxiety by practicing mindfulness, journaling, meditation, yoga, or even seeking out a therapist or support group. When we are stressed, our cortisol hormone levels spike. This puts our body into fight or flight mode. Not very romantic.
Get Your Zzzzs
Along the same lines, you need to get proper rest if you want to increase libido. When we fail to get enough sleep, our bodies work extra hard to keep our systems functioning. Inadequate sleep can lead to stress and anxiety as well.
Exercise has been proven to boost libido as well. For one, it is an excellent antidote to stress and anxiety. Two, it increases blood flow which helps boost arousal. And three, it releases endorphins, those feel-good hormones that make you want to conquer the world. Okay, maybe not the world, but you feel great after a good exercise session.
Smoking is just plain old and not good for you. It wreaks havoc on your skin, lungs, hair, and teeth, and you already know it can cause cancer. While smoking is a hard habit to break, consider its impact on your sex life. Smoking can decrease libido! Yuck. It also negatively impacts sexual satisfaction.
Make Time for Sex and Foreplay
Sure, sex is great in the heat of the moment, but when you’re operating on a hectic schedule, it can be hard to find time to get busy the “fun” way. This is not to say you should schedule sex with your partner but try to reserve a window of time to look forward to it, ensuring you don’t skip sex because you’re too busy doing everything else.
When it comes down to sex and intimacy, foreplay can go a long way. It can help strengthen the connection with your partner and help increase blood flow and arousal in the process.
Increase Libido with Essential Oils
Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways to increase libido. Do not apply them topically to your body without a carrier oil such as olive oil or an existing moisturizer. Besides, they work due to their scent. Key essential oils include cinnamon, jasmine, rose, and sandalwood. In fact, it is said that sandalwood helps balance testosterone levels in both genders and increases desire.
Practice Body Positivity
Sometimes, it is all in your mind. Seriously! The way you see yourself and your self-confidence can dramatically impact your libido. If you frequently feel self-conscious about your body, your perceived flaws, or any other aspect of yourself, take a moment to reframe those statements. Would you say the same thing to a dear friend? Probably not. It may sound trivial, but spending a few moments each day practicing gratitude for your amazing body and highlighting parts of your body you love can help build self-confidence and shift your negative mindset, thus unblocking that libido.
For the Ladies: Get the O-Shot
The O-Shot® or Orgasm Shot® is a non-surgical treatment designed by Dr. Charles Runels, MD. Dr. Runels is the first person to use growth factors from the blood to rejuvenate the vagina. The O-Shot® is performed to increase sexual arousal, resulting in more robust and frequent orgasms, increased natural lubrication, and a more significant response to clitoral stimulation.
Considered a platelet-rich-plasma treatment, The O-Shot® is made up of your own growth factors sourced from your blood. The procedure is non-evasive and a completely natural solution for sexual enhancement. It has been clinically proven for nearly a decade, with thousands of patients worldwide achieving enhanced sexual benefits and elevating their sexual health to new heights.
You will provide a blood sample that will be used for your O-Shot®. Your practitioner will take your blood sample and place it in a specialized centrifuge that isolates the platelets from the blood. Once isolated, the platelets are collected for your vaginal injection. Typically, you will receive an injection underneath the hood of your clitoris and an injection near the upper vaginal area.
Once injected into the tissues, the growth factors from the platelets will start to work right away—the platelets activate stem cell growth, causing the treatment area to regrow and rejuvenate tissue. There is also an increase in blood flow to the area, causing some plumping and firming. You can expect your procedure to last about 30 to 40 minutes, and you can resume regular activity after your appointment.
Or Try Vaginal Rejuvenation
The diVa™ utilizes the world’s first and only revolutionary hybrid fractional laser (HFL) technology. That’s right, it is a laser. It uses two wavelengths that fire simultaneously to repair and restore vaginal tissue, and it is an entirely non-surgical option for vaginal rejuvenation. First, the laser is inserted into the vagina and directed at the treatment area. The synergetic wavelengths resurface the vaginal wall, replacing damaged tissue with healthy new tissue. A topical anesthetic will be applied to your vagina and the vaginal wall to reduce discomfort or pain.
Naturally, this new and healthy tissue creates increased collagen, fresh blood vessels, and even brand-new nerve endings under the vaginal wall surface. (Hello, renewed sensitivity!) The vaginal tissue is plumper and lusher and more responsive to stimuli.
For the Gentleman: Get the P-Shot
The Priapus Shot®, also known as the P-Shot®, is named after Priapus, the Greek god of fertility. Like the O-Shot®, the P-Shot® is a non-surgical procedure that uses PRP from your own blood. After a topical anesthetic is applied, your practitioner will inject the PRP into the penile shaft and head of the penis. The needle is very small, so you shouldn’t feel much of anything. Growth factors and stem cells are released to begin tissue growth, and fresh new blood vessels will begin to form. You’ll experience results such as better blood circulation throughout the penis, firmer erections, heightened sensation, and pleasure-enhanced sexual performance. Some patients return two to four weeks after the initial treatment for a follow-up treatment.
Get All of Your Questions Answered
These are just a few things you can do to increase libido naturally. But as always, if you are curious about non-surgical procedures that boost libido, consider booking a consultation at First Impressions Rejuvenation Clinic today. Sexual satisfaction is one of the many joys of life. There is no reason you should miss out. Remember, you’re worth it.
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