Are you worried about low libido? You’re not alone. Reduced sex drive is something that affects many men at some time in their life, 1 although it not often discussed openly. However, it is nothing to be embarrassed about.
Often, the problem goes away with time, but there are also several things you can do to help give your libido a natural boost.
One of the best things you can do for your libido is maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can cause low testosterone levels 2 which can lead to reduced sexual desire. Choose a form of exercise you enjoy and if you are a smoker, try to stop as smoking has a negative effect on blood flow through your arteries.
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There have been many different foods associated with an increase in libido, although many are not supported by scientific studies. However, it is sensible to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and try to include those which are known to promote blood flow. These include celery, nuts, seeds, oats, oranges, beetroot, dark leafy greens and ginger. 3
You may have heard of ginseng, which is an Asian root plant with a well-deserved reputation as an alternative therapy for reduced sexual satisfaction. There have been several studies in recent years which suggest that ginseng might be very effective in supporting libido in men. A study on 90 volunteers revealed significantly greater sexual satisfaction in those that had taken ginseng extract. 4
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Do not underestimate the effect your state of mind can have on your physical health. There are various emotional and psychological factors which can affect your libido, including relationship problems, stress, anxiety and negative thinking. Take time for relaxation and enjoying time with your partner in a non-sexual way. If you think that performance-related stress or worry could be causing your low libido, you could try mindfulness which can help you get in tune with your body, or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which can help break cycles of negative thinking. 5
Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please consult a doctor or healthcare professional before changing your diet.
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- [Online] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/loss-of-libido/.
- [Online] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24407187.
- [Online] https://prostate.net/articles/foods-that-help-ed-and-libido..
- [Online] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8750052.
- [Online] https://www.huffingtonpost.com/brandy-engler/5-steps-for-a-mindful-app_b_9343170.html.