Libido is a person's sex drive. It relates to a variety of complex hormonal and psychological factors which are shaped by, well, everything. Although libido is about sexual desire, it’s not just about sex, but is also about vitality, life force and energy which are all critical to a person’s overall health and well-being, whatever the age is.
Men and women can be affected when the lack of libido strikes and this can be attributed to many different reasons. Age, lifestyle and a person’s health can all contribute to a waning sexual drive.
So what do you do to perk up a flagging sex drive and reconnect with your sensuality? Here’s how to celebrate the return of your mojo and bring sexy back!
1. De-stress. Stress is a big passion-killer and prolonged stress can lead to a diminished interest in sex or low sex drive. When a person is stressed, he or she releases hormones such as cortisol, which can reduce the libido. People who work stressful jobs or those who are always in a stressful situation are bound to have less sexual drive. Try relaxing or de-stress with yoga or meditation.
2. Exercise. Exercise fights a lack of libido by improving blood flow to the genitals which releases endorphins and boosting energy levels. Exercise will also help you lose weight, making you feel good which gives you that self-esteem boost.
3. Hug and cuddle more. Did you know that a 20-second hug can increase levels of the “love hormone” oxytocin? By touching and cuddling more, you’ll be igniting feelings of intimacy which triggers your sexual drive.
4. Increase libido by focusing on the brain. It’s said that the brain is the biggest sexual organ so a person should take advantage of that mental power. The brain puts you in the mood and having a high libido is very closely related to brain health.
5. Build up the muscles. Strength and resistance training is the most effective method to stimulate the natural testosterone and the production of growth hormone. It has a dramatic impact on sex drive and sexual performance as well as help boost mood and confidence. The best way to do it is to increase the weight you lift, lower the number of reps and slow down the movement.
6. Have a positive mental attitude. If you feel excellent and have a good disposition in life, you’ll likely feel more sexual and attractive.
7. Have enough sleep. A lack of sleep each night can reduce a man’s testosterone levels by 10 to 15%. Get your eight hours of shut-eye and you’ll have the energy to do more than just sleep in bed!
8. Quit smoking. Studies show that those who smoke have sex half as often as non-smokers. Smoking is notorious in narrowing the blood vessels which affects the blood flow to the sexual organs.
9. Be imaginative. A little imagination goes a long way. Try role playing or use costumes to excite and enhance your erotic experience.
10. Stay away from refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice, pasta and sugar increase the production of stress hormones which reduces both libido and fertility. Choose the healthier slow-release carbohydrates such as whole grains, spinach, kale berries, melons, cherries, and apples instead.
11. Eat zinc rich foods. Aphrodisiac foods such as oysters actually work and have a great effect on your libido. Zinc helps the body produce hormones such as testosterone, which is a major component in getting and keeping you in the mood. Other zinc rich foods include beef, lamb, spinach, nuts and seeds.
12. Seek out the help of a sex therapist. Some sexual problems could be psychological in origin. Impotence or loss of sexual pleasure could be the result of undiagnosed depression. Sex therapists can be a big help in treating individuals with this kind of problem so that they can gain back normal levels of sexual functioning.