Find out the secrets to boost your libido naturally

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Find out the secrets to boost your libido naturally

Want to increase your libido the natural way? The answer can be found in the outdoors and in your kitchen. One of the most common problems faced by both men and women in today’s world is the reduction in sexual urge and desire or low libido.

For most men and women, a decreased desire for sex is a combination of poor habits, health issues, decreased testosterone and other hormonal issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), stress and time-cramped lifestyles.

The good news is that there are ways to help increase your libido naturally. However, to naturally increase your waning libido, you’ll need to commit to the necessary steps below.

1. Exercise improves sexual performance

One of the best ways to improve your health is cardiovascular exercise. While sex might get your heart rate up, regular exercise can help your sexual performance by keeping your heart in shape and it can also make you better at sex. Thirty minutes a day of sweat-breaking exercise—running, swimming, etc.—can do wonders to boost your libido and prepare you for the bedroom. Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress. Stress can wreak havoc on all areas of your health, including your libido.

Even if you are drop dead tired from the day’s activities, you could spend a half hour exercising and feel completely rejuvenated. One of the most incredible times to have sex is right after working out. Exercise also helps you to have a great night of sleep when you finally turn in for bed and being well rested is fundamental component for a healthy sex life.

2.  Get Some Sun

There seems to be something about summer that revs the sexual engine. Getting outside and letting the sun hit your skin can help wake up your sex drive, especially during the winter months when the body produces more melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps us sleep but also quiets our sexual urges.

Female sex drive improves with exposure to sunlight. The reason is hormones. A hormone that stimulates sex called Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (MSH) increases the sex drive in women and it is secreted in the body when there is bright sunlight.

Also new research from Italy, the land of past and love, suggests that low levels of vitamin D increase your risk of erectile dysfunction. Insufficient levels of D may spur the production of free radicals called super-oxide ions. These free radicals deplete your nitric oxide, a molecule that helps your blood vessels function properly. The result: It makes it difficult to get hard. Nitric oxide causes the blood vessels to relax, which increases the blood flow and causes an erection. Increase your levels of vitamin D acquired through sunlight and your body will produce more testosterone.

Finally studies also show that with increased luminosity of sunlight, the production of serotonin also increases, a feel good neurotransmitter. That’s why you feel like having sex more in spring and summer. Serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter produced by the brain, may also be responsible for heightened mood and sex drive during spring and summer

3.    Food that improves your sex stamina

After exercise and sunlight, diet is the next biggest factor in improving libido levels. Testosterone and oestrogen production is necessary for sexual arousal as well as sexual stamina, and a bad diet can limit the production of these necessary hormones. A healthy balance of vitamins and minerals keeps your endocrine system humming, which in turn regulates the production of the hormones oestrogen and testosterone, essential for sexual desire and performance.

Indeed, certain foods are useful when it comes to increasing sexual stamina and libido for both women and men. Food and sex as it turns out, are closely linked. Want an extra boost in the bedroom? Load up your trolley with these all-natural aphrodisiacs listed below.

Oysters: Oysters are bursting with zinc, a mineral used in the production of testosterone (and sperm), which plays a role in fuelling the sex drive of both men and women.

Fish: Omega-3 acids found in fish like salmon and tuna, as well as avocados and olive oil, these types of fats increase blood flow. They are the building blocks of sex hormones in men and women help raise dopamine levels in the brain that trigger arousal.

Onions & Garlic: While not great for your breath, these two foods help your circulation as it contains allicin an ingredient that increases circulation.

Bananas: This potassium-rich fruit can help lower your blood pressure, which can benefit your important sexual parts and boost sexual performance.

Chocolate: Chocolate is another well-known sexual stamina food, it contains phenylethylamine, a chemical which produces a feeling of euphoria. This food also contains the stimulant theobromine as well as multiple antioxidants for a healthy immune system.

Oatmeal: Plenty of us wake up to a bowl of piping hot porridge without being aware of its sexual potency. Eating oatmeal is one of the few natural ways to boost testosterone in the bloodstream. Oats contain acid arginine; that enhances the effect nitric oxide has on reducing blood vessel stiffness. Like Viagra, it helps relax muscles around blood vessels in the penis. When they dilate, blood flow increases so a man can maintain an erection.

Watermelon: This super-sweet fruit is also a sex-booster. First, bright-red watermelon contains an amino acid called citrulline, which helps relax and dilate blood vessels, naturally increasing blood flow to sexual organs.

Red wine: Italian researchers recently found that the antioxidants and alcohol in the wine may trigger the production of nitric oxide in the blood, which helps artery walls to relax, increasing blood flow to the genitals.

Celery — Raw celery boosts production of androsterone, an odorless hormone released through male perspiration. While you can’t smell it, androsterone apparently acts as a pheromone, triggering female attraction.

Chilies & Peppers: All-natural spicy foods help your blood flow by reducing hypertension and inflammation.

Eggs: Like avocados, eggs contain B vitamins, which help to balance hormone levels and fight stress.

Nuts: Many varieties, including walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, and peanuts, contain the essential amino acid, arginine. Arginine has been shown to dilate blood vessels, improving blood flow to the genitals, which in turn may enhance arousal and intensify orgasms.

Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds contain zinc important in testosterone production for men and helps to sustain sexual desire in women.

Mint: Popping a mint before kissing your partner is not only courteous, it’s also a turn-on. Having a fresh smelling mouth makes people more shagable.

Strawberries: Strawberries are high in the folic acid that helps prevent birth defects, and vitamin C, a potential libido booster. Strawberries dipped in melted dark chocolate anyone? Ideal for a great morning-after breakfast in bed, so you have energy for round 2.

Watch this YouTube  video on 10 foods that will boost your libido:

If you are looking at ways and means to increase your sexual drive, then you can try out a combination of the above foods to enjoy increased libido. It’s never a bad decision to exercise, enjoy the sun in moderation, eat right, and enjoy your sex life to the fullest extent.

Tina is a DailyStar senior writer. She graduated from Edith Cowan University. Writing has always been something she enjoyed. Her positive outlook colours every aspect of her life. Her motto -Life’s too short so get living.

When she’s not busy writing, Tina is exploring the city she adores, running in her local Park every day, drinking an absurd amount of coffee, taking care of an adorable pup, kids and traveling.

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