There are several drug-free and natural ways to improve your sex drive. Naturally, Libido or sex drive varies between individuals and having a low sex drive can develop due to certain factors that might be medical, psychological, or emotional issues.
Parsley Health Research showed that about ¼ of women of productive age and ½ of postmenopausal women suffer from decreased libido. This is to calm down your nerves that this issue is not peculiar to you. Factors such as anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, health concerns, or age can all affect sex drive.
Also, when you have stayed out of a relationship for a while, your sex drive might wane especially if you don’t engage in personal pleasures like masturbation and have no desire for such. Another huge factor that might cause low sex drive is your dietary intake.
The type of foods you eat daily has a role to play and should be considered when looking to improve your sex drive. Research shows that processed and chemically-derived food products such as soda (commonly called minerals in Nigeria) can make you gain weight which will lead to hormonal dysfunction and thus reduced sexual desires. Inadequate consumption of food rich in fat can significantly decrease testosterone levels making it difficult to get in the mood.
Let’s face the truth. If you want to improve your sex drive, then you are going to need the proper fuel in the form of foods that increase libido and sex drive. Apart from your food intake, there are other ways to naturally improve your sex drive.
So, while looking for supplements or artificial ways to do this, you should know that there exist common natural foods that will ensure you have a successful session between the sheets. These natural foods are listed below.
Spinach: Eating spinach puts you in the mood for sex by increasing blood flow. “Spinach is rich in magnesium, a mineral that decreases inflammation in blood vessels, increasing blood flow. “Increased blood flow drives blood to the extremities, which, like Viagra, can increase arousal and make sex more pleasurable,” says psychotherapist and sex expert Tammy Nelson.
“Women will find it is easier to have an orgasm, and men will find that erections come more naturally.” Spinach in Nigeria is the same with Efo Tete or Amunututu in Yoruba, Akwukwo nri in Igbo and Ganye Alayyafo in Hausa. Spinach can be bought from any market where they sell vegetables.
Peppers: Hot pepper is very useful in enhancing sex drive. Hot peppers increase your metabolism and stimulate endorphins, making you sweat, plumping your lips, and speeding up your heart rate. That gets the blood flowing to all the essential areas.
This is seen in every market in Nigeria. We have them in the form of Ata Rodo and Tatashe. The hotter they are, the better.
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Ginger: Ginger has a very strong aroma. Though ginger is used to help indigestion, ginger serves as a sex booster. It improves your sex drive by helping blood flow and improving artery health.
Bananas: This is one of the fruits that contain high potassium. They contain the bromelain enzyme, that increases libido and reverses impotence in men.
Also, they are potent sources of B vitamins like riboflavin, which increase the body’s overall energy levels.
Watermelon: This popular fruit is low in calories, but also high in potentially libido-boosting phytonutrients. Lycopene, citrulline, and beta-carotene found in watermelon are known to help relax blood vessels and provide a natural enhancement for revving up your sex drive.
Garlic: Garlic can help stimulate circulation and blood flow to sexual organs in both men and women. However, because of garlic’s mood-killing smell, eat it in moderation.
Other best ways to enhance and improve sexual drive are…
Masturbate or Self-Stimulate for Better Sex. This will enable you to understand your body better and communicate with your partner in places you wish to be touched. For women, masturbation may also help to reduce vaginal dryness when you spend time stimulating yourself.
Get Enough Sleep for Good Sex: Sleep is another lifestyle factor that impacts libido. One reason is that hormone secretion is controlled by the body’s internal clock, and sleep patterns likely help the body determine when to release certain hormones related to sex. For both men and women, feeling tired when you get into bed zaps whatever libido you may have had.
Manage your anxiety: Having high levels of anxiety is a common barrier to sexual functioning and libido for both males and females. This may be anxiety due to life stress or specific sex-related anxiety. People with an intense work schedule, caring responsibilities, or other life stresses may feel fatigued and, as a result, have a low sexual desire.
Get regular exercise: Getting regular exercise can help libido in many ways. A 2015 study of men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy, which lowers testosterone levels, found that regular exercise helped men cope with issues such as body image concerns, low libido, and relationship changes.
There are variations in people’s sexual desires and libido, therefore having a low sex drive than others is not necessarily a bad thing. Low sex drive is a very complex issue with varying factors as causes.
Understanding the root cause of your low sex drive can help you find the best treatment for it. If you think yours is health-related, then seeking an appointment with your doctor will be the best way, if not, practising all the methods listed in this article might be worth your while.