Natural Ways to Boost Your Libido

Does your sex drive need a tune-up?  You’re not alone! 

Sexual dysfunction affects both men and women of all ages for a variety of reasons, including old age, chronic illness, stress and anxiety. Here are some natural ways to increase your libido and spice up your sex life…

In this article, we take the excellent advice of :Medical Health News” to look some of the best ways that males and females can increase their libido using natural methods. Both males and females can boost their libido using the following methods:

1. Manage anxiety

Loving couple holding hands and walking in park
Regular exercise and open communication can help prevent anxiety affecting libido.

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.

Anxiety and stress can also make it more difficult for someone to get or maintain an erection, which can put a person off having sex. A 2017 review of erectile dysfunction in young men has suggested that depression and anxiety can result in a reduced libido and increased sexual dysfunction.

There are many things that people can do to manage their anxiety and boost their mental health, including:

  • practicing good sleep hygiene
  • making time for a favorite hobby
  • exercising regularly
  • eating a nutritious diet
  • working to improve relationships
  • talking to a therapist

2. Improve relationship quality

Many people experience a lull in sexual desire and frequency at certain points in a relationship. This may occur after being with someone for a long time, or if a person perceives that things are not going well in their intimate relationships.

Focusing on improving the relationship can increase each partner’s sex drive. This might involve:

  • planning date nights
  • doing activities together outside of the bedroom
  • practicing open communication
  • setting time aside for quality time with each other

3. Focus on foreplay

Having better sexual experiences may increase a person’s desire for sex, thereby boosting their libido. In many cases, people can enhance their sexual experiences by spending more time on touching, kissing, using sex toys, and performing oral sex. Some people call these actions outercourse.

For women, foreplay may be especially important. According to some 2017 research, only around 18 percent of women orgasm from intercourse alone, while 33.6 percent of women report that stimulation of the clitoris is necessary for them to orgasm.

4. Get good-quality sleep

Getting good sleep can improve a person’s overall mood and energy levels, and some research also links sleep quality to libido.

A small-scale 2015 study in women suggested that getting more sleep the night before increased their sexual desire the next day. Women who reported longer average sleep times reported better genital arousal than those with shorter sleep times.

5. Eat a nutritious diet

Following a nutritious diet can benefit people’s sex drive by promoting good circulation and heart health, and by removing specific foods that can decrease libido.

Metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease can affect physical sexual functioning. Also, polycystic ovarian syndrome can affect hormone levels, which may also disrupt libido.

Eating a diet rich in vegetables, low in sugar, and high in lean proteins can help prevent disorders that affect libido.

6. Try herbal remedies

Maca powder in bowl on slate
Research into the benefit of maca powder for libido is ongoing.

There is little research into how effective herbal remedies are at improving sexual function in males and females, though some people may find them beneficial.

2015 review study states that there is limited but emerging data that the following herbal remedies may improve sexual function:

People should be wary of using herbal medicines without their doctor’s approval. Some herbal medicines can interact with existing medications, and the Unites States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not regulate them. For this reason, their quality, purity, and safety remains unclear.

7. 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.

2010 review of women with diabetes cites research showing that exercise may help lower diabetes-related symptoms in women. The study emphasizes that doing exercises of the pelvic floor may be useful in women without diabetes.

8. Maintain a healthful weight

Some scientists link overweight and obesity to low sex drive, along with other factors related to reduced fertility. This is associated with hormonal factors, such as low testosterone concentrations.

Some people who are overweight may also experience psychological effects, such as lower body confidence.

Maintaining a healthy body weight can improve a person’s sex drive, both physically and psychologically. Eating a healthful diet and getting regular exercise can help achieve this, as well as boost a person’s overall energy levels.

9. Try sex therapy

Sexual desire is complex, with both psychological and physical components. Even when a person has a physical condition that affects libido, such as diabetes, improving the emotional and psychological response to sex can improve libido and sexual functioning.

Therapy is an effective strategy for increasing low libido. Individual counseling can help address negative views about sex, self-esteem, and secondary causes of low libido, such as depression and anxiety. Relationship counseling can help some people work through factors affecting their sexual desire.

Alongside talking therapies, mindfulness therapy may also help. One 2014 study found that just four sessions of mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy in a group setting improved sexual desire, sexual arousal, and sexual satisfaction for women.

To find a suitable therapist in your area, search the AASECT directory.

10. Quit smoking

Smoking cigarettes can have a negative impact on a person’s cardiovascular system. Good heart health is important for good sexual functioning.

People who smoke cigarettes may find that their energy levels and sex drive increase after they quit.

Boosting libido in males

Gay couple two men at home kissing
Testosterone replacement therapy can improve libido.

Libido in men is often related to testosterone levels, which will naturally decline as men age. Testosterone replacement therapy can help some men. In men with testosterone deficiency, or hypogonadism, testosterone replacement therapy can result in improved libido, reduced depressio

Boosting libido in females

Sex-related hormones, such as estrogen and estrogen-like compounds, can also affect sexual desire in females.

Many women experience a dip in libido and sexual functioning at menopause, when estrogen levels drop. Estrogen replacement therapy may help some women.

Vaginal dryness is another symptom of menopause. Using lubricants during sexual activity can increase people’s enjoyment.

Women also produce testosterone. Doctors once believed that testosterone might affect women’s sex drive, but to date, research has not found a strong link.

Certain birth control pills may also decrease libido. If a person suspects that their hormonal contraception is affecting their sex drive, they can speak with a doctor about changing pill type.

When to see a doctor

If a person is concerned about having a decrease in libido, a doctor can offer advice and information about potential causes and treatments. Doctors who are knowledgeable about alternative and complementary remedies may also help a person choose natural remedies.

A person may wish to see a doctor for low libido when:

  • it appears suddenly or without explanation
  • additional symptoms appear, such as high blood pressure or pain
  • it occurs after starting a new medication or having surgery
  • it causes serious relationship problems or psychological distress
  • sex is painful

Summary

There is a wide natural variation in people’s sexual desires and libido. It is important to note that having a lower libido than other people is not necessarily a bad thing.

However, if a person wants to increase their libido, there are many methods to try. These include eating a nutritious diet, getting regular exercise, reducing anxiety, and focusing on improving intimate relationships.

Low libido is a complex issue, with relationship, psychological, and physical components. Knowing the cause can help a person find the best treatment.

Because low libido, or a sudden shift in libido, can be a sign of a health condition, it is safest to talk to a doctor before trying libido boosters.

Amazing local Sugar House artist – Martha Millett

The Cameron Wellness Center and Spa is proud to sponsor Martha Millett; amazing local Sugar House artist, who is a self-taught oil painter with a broad range of abilities. Prevailing themes throughout her still-life, landscape, abstract or portrait paintings are bold colors and nature. She gets inspiration from her immediate surroundings and finds beauty in the details. Having studied with many local Utah, Martha’s ability has formed from her own non-conventional practice. She views each piece as a journey with its own story to tell.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

Recipe Of The Month DARK CHOCOLATE COCONUT BITESAuthor: Pinch of Yum

INGREDIENTS

dark chocolate coconut bites

  • author: pinch of yum
  • prep time: 20 mins
  • cook time: 10 mins
  • total time: 30 minutes
  • yield: 18

DESCRIPTION

These dark chocolate coconut bites look like cute truffles and require just four ingredients. 130 calories of natural sweetness.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 4 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate for melting (i.e. chocolate chips)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pulse the coconut in a blender or food processor until the texture becomes like thick flour. Transfer to a bowl and add the honey or maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir until a thick paste forms.
  2. Using your hands, squeeze the mixture into about 18 small balls. I found that rolling was difficult because they weren’t sticky enough, but I was able to shape them into balls by first squeezing them in my palm a few times (you’ll get some oil on your hands), and then gently shaping it from an oval into a round ball. Place the coconut balls in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until firm. I could tell that mine were ready because there was a small white ring of solidified coconut oil around the base of each ball.
  3. Melt the chocolate slowly and gently until smooth and spreadable. We don’t have a microwave, so I had the best results melting this in a stainless steel bowl placed in a hot oven for about 10 minutes.
  4. Lay out a sheet of wax paper. Using two forks, roll each coconut ball in the chocolate until completely covered. Scoop the ball out with the fork and let the extra chocolate drip off the fork. Gently nudge the chocolate covered ball onto wax paper and chill until the chocolate has hardened. Store in the refrigerator.

Shiatsu-Acupuncture Combo Delight

Cameron Wellness Center and Spa offers unique therapies. This month we feature our delightful Shiatsu-Acupuncture Combo Delight. You receive both Shiatsu massage and Acupuncture in one treatment… no extra charge!

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage. In ancient times, the Japanese government used Shiatsu to keep their Samurai healthy and strong. Today people worldwide enjoy its many benefits. In Swedish massage the therapist applies massage oils to lubricate the skin and then uses long gliding strokes and kneading techniques to relax muscles. In Shiatsu no lubricant is used. The therapist massages the tissue using rhythmic compression, kneading techniques, stretching and acupressure points to release pain and stress. It is similar to Sports or Thai massage. One of the advantages of Shiatsu over other forms of massage is that it can be done fully clothed over lose fitting clothing. Shiatsu offers a beautiful alternative for those who wish to remain clothed.

What are the benefits of Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu benefits the entire body. It improves circulation, reduces muscular tension and pain and most clients also report a significant reduction in stress. Shiatsu therapists incorporate acupressure points into the treatment based on the symptoms of the client. These symptoms might include muscle tension, headaches, PMS, insomnia, anxiety and stress related digestive issues. Best of all, Shiatsu feels amazing!

Benefits of Acupuncture

For those new to acupuncture, treatment consists of gentle placement of very small, pre-sterilized acupuncture needles, not much larger than human hair. Discomfort is minimal to none with most people experiencing a very relaxing treatment. As a result, clients often report better sleep, less pain and greater capacity to handle stress. For those who are needle sensitive, we also offer acupressure where we use our fingers to apply gentle pressure on these same points instead of needles.

These treatments promote better communication between the body and brain, helping the nervous system relax. You might think of it as an orchestra conductor asking everyone to tune their instruments to the same key.  This allows healing energy to flow through the body, thereby promoting well-being.  As a result, the stress response begins to fall away and our emotions, sleep and energy levels tend to improve.

The Benefits of Combination Treatments

From the Asian perspective, stress and anxiety are one of the primary causes of disease. Combination treatments such as Shiatsu and Acupuncture can alleviate these conditions by facilitating improved flow of Qi (pronounced chee). In Chinese Medicine, this term is used to describe the vital energies in the body. Shiatsu helps this energy flow more smoothly nourishing the entire body in the process. Both acupuncture and Shiatsu alleviate stress, pain, insomnia, digestion and more. For those who are needle sensitive we offer acupressure in place of acupuncture.

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine receiving preventive treatment is recommended. While receiving treatments for pain and disease is a essential, regular preventive treatments also keep the body-mind in a  balanced state and thus help prevent stress and pain from building into a chronic conditions.  When amazing spa services come together!

Call today to experience this for yourself. Check our our wide array of services at https://cameronwellnessandspa.com
We look forward to hearing from you!

How Hormones Affect Your Sex Drive

Are you wondering how to boost your sex drive? Are things not working like they use to? Well, know that you are not alone and may actually have a hormonal imbalance.

Modern Stress in our Modern Times

At the Cameron Wellness Center we commonly do simple physical exam techniques and certain blood tests that indicate how modern stress is affecting our patients.  It is of great interest to us that the number of folks tending toward negative physiological responses to stressors is dramatically increasing…and has been for the past 4 years.

Meditation and Mindfulness Coaching

Meditation and mindfulness are profoundly effective tools for improving the quality of ourlives. Mindfulness takes our energy, mind, and emotions from a scattered state to a centered state – this assists the brain in maintaining homeostasis. It helps our thinking and emotions become more balanced.

Qi Building Chicken & Shiitake Mushroom Soup

by Meg Doll, the RHN

Qi Building Chicken & Shiitake Mushroom Soup Author: Meg Doll , RHN has a wonderful, warming soup specifically designed to build Qi within the body and support all body systems in functioning optimally!

Here are the ingredients for this tasty, nurturing soup to keep you healthy during the winter months

  • 1.5 cups bone broth
  • 1 cup roasted cauliflower rice
  • 8 – 10 shiitake mushrooms, halved or left whole
  • 1 portion leftover chicken breast or thigh meat, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut amino acid sauce
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a pot, place broth, cauliflower rice, mushrooms, chicken, and coconut aminos over medium heat, cover, and bring to simmer. Season with sea salt to achieve desired taste preference.
  2. Once hot, remove from heat and transfer to your serving bowl.
  3. Top with green onion and sesame oil before serving.

Mindful Eating During the Holidays

Many of us turn to food when emotional distress surfaces — especially during the holidays. But what if I told you that mindful eating actually may help to eliminate many of your problems?

Whether you suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, pain, high blood pressure, obesity, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) — mindfulness-based interventions may be the easiest and cheapest solution to set you free.

What Are Ear Seeds And How Do They Work?

Ear seeds are small seeds used to stimulate pressure points in your ear. They’re a type of auriculotherapy, which refers to acupressure or acupuncture focused on the ear. They’re based on the same general principles as acupuncture. This can help insomnia, depression, weight management and smoking cessation.