The people have spoken, it seems.
So what exactly causes a low sex drive? As Jessica Sepel explains: “There are so many reasons why you may have a low sex drive these could include anything from stress, diet, hormones, medications and lifestyle. We live in a world and environment which can be incredibly stressful, and this can have a huge impact on a person’s sex drive and sexual relationship. We know that our minds and bodies must be relaxed in order to feel like sex, as well as enjoy sex. So really, if you are struggling with low libido, it is not your fault! Diet, hormones and medications also affect libido and must be taken into account.”
As well as supplements like Jess’s, there are also plenty of ways you can enhance you libido. Here are just a few:
Foods to boost libido
Aphrodisiacs are substances that increase libido (sexual desire), potency or sexual pleasure. Different substances from plants and the ocean have been used historically in different cultures to energise, vitalise and improve sexual function and physical performance.
Oysters contain a substantially high level of the essential mineral zinc. A deficiency of zinc in human beings has been shown to cause fertility issues through preventing the production of sperm and influencing testosterone levels. The level of zinc in seminal fluid is positively linked with the quality of sperm.
Maca is traditionally used by the Andean region for its aphrodisiac and fertility enhancing properties. A study conducted a 12 week double blind placebo-controlled trial in which treatment with different doses of maca were compared to placebo. An improvement in sexual desire was demonstrated with maca after 8 weeks of treatment.
Cacao has many different effects on human sexuality, mainly acting as an aphrodisiac. Cacao powder and chocolate contain a group of fatty acids which, in combination with other components in chocolate such as caffeine, produces a transient feeling of wellbeing and euphoria. This euphoria can support the production of serotonin (our feel-good neurotransmitter). Serotonin has been found in some regions of the female genital tract, and therefore may be involved in the process of sexual arousal.
Pistachio nuts are rich sources of plant protein, fibre and antioxidants. They are relatively high in the amino acid arginine, which can enhance blood flow by boosting a certain compound that relaxes blood vessels. A study conducted showed that a 3 week diet that included pistachios adhered to by those with erectile dysfunction showed an improvement in their symptoms.
Foods we should avoid
Alcohol: Low quantities of alcohol consumption can produce a slight feeling of euphoria, resulting in an openness to sexual activity. However, excess alcohol consumption can lead to an opposite effect as it weakens the sexual response. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system and can lead to sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction in men and decreased vaginal lubrication for women. Enjoy in moderation, and aim to have a glass of water for each alcoholic beverage.
Other ways can we boost our sex drives
Living a healthy lifestyle is one way to help individuals and couples with their libido (sex drive). Exercise, mindfulness and yoga ultimately all enhance sexual satisfaction. Increased sexual satisfaction therefore has a direct effect on mood, relationships, connection and self love. So if you are feeling healthy, calm, happy and stress-free, it’s likely you’ll have a heightened sex drive.
Here’s to a more empowered sex life.