The loss of libido and sex drive is common among men as they age. But everyone’s sex drive is different and it can be a complex problem with different underlying factors. While supplements are one way of dealing with this issue, there are various other simple everyday things that can also help improve your sex life.
Here’s a few lifestyle changes that can help improve your sex life.
Stress does not just effect your mind, it has profound effects on your physical well-being as well. When you are stressed, for instance, you release hormones such as cortisol, which has a negative impact on libido.
Reducing stress however is obviously not a simple thing to achieve, especially in this day and age. There are lots of little things you can do – go on vacation, communicate better with your partner, find a hobby, the last goes on and it’s really up to the individual to see what works. But you need to do something because overworked, stressed lives leads to lousy sex lives. And if the problem is more serious, consider seeing a counsellor or therapist.
Get Regular Exercise
Improving circulation will inevitably improve blood flow, so exercise is key to maintaining your sex drive. The type of exercise does not matter too much although some say resistance training is a good option.
Exercise also releases endorphins which improves your mood and makes you feel good and increases energy. And finally looking good and feeling healthy helps your confidence which has psychological effects on your libido as well.
Drink less Alcohol and more water
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over a long period of time can have negative effects on your sex drive, so it’s best to keep your alcohol consumption in check. The same goes for drugs (narcotic drugs that is).
Eat More Fruits
Fruit in general is healthy of course, but figs, bananas, and avocados in particular, are considered aphrodisiacs or libido-boosting foods. For men, red fruits are like natural Viagra.
In addition fruits are a healthy source of important vitamins and minerals which help stay fit, and can increase blood flow to the penis.
Eat Zinc-rich Foods
Oysters are a well known aphrodisiac, because they are rich in zinc, which is a trace metal that helps the body to produce hormones such as testosterone – a key component in getting (and keeping) you in the mood.
Of course, oysters are not always accessible, but the good news is that zinc can also be found in many other foods such as beef, lamb, spinach, nuts and seeds.
Chocolate is a well-known symbol for desire, and is often cited as a good libido-booster. According to one study, chocolate contains phenylethylamine which stimulates the release of phenylethylamine and serotonin into your body. This can produce some aphrodisiac and mood-lifting effects.
Other other studies link the effects of chocolate on sexuality to more psychological than biological reasons. However, keep in mind the chocolate you buy at supermarkets is filled with sugar, so its health benefits are minimal. Instead, you should go for dark chocolate, ideally 85pc cocoa.
Eat Foods that Improve Healthy Blood Flow
Next time you decide to sit down for a romantic dinner, add a little basil or garlic to your dish. The smell of basil stimulates the senses. Garlic contains high levels of allicin, and increases blood flow. Garlic is a bit of a catch-22 though as even if it helps with your libido, garlic breath is not particularly romantic!
Other foods that contain allicin include chilli peppers and ginger.
Omega-3 acids found in fish help to thin the blood and increase elasticity of blood vessels.
The role of supplements and Your Sex Life
As you can see, there are different ways to help improve your sex life ‘naturally’ and obviously they don’t cost anything. But keep in mind the effects are subtle and depending on your situation you may want more immediate solutions.
Supplements can well, supplement these natural methods if you want quick results. Apart from Viagra, supplements are generally easy to purchase over the counter. Many can be found online or even at retailers like Walmart, GNC and Walgreens but there are some, like VigRX Plus, which can be bought online only.
Either way, whether you use supplements or not, the methods mentioned in this article are everyday changes that you can apply in your life at anytime, and have overall positive health effects beyond just sexual health.
Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men’s health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com