How to kick-start your libido
A new report suggests the UK has lost its libido, but there are plenty of things you can try to put the zing back into your sex life.
Britain is having less sex, just four times monthly compared with seven times in 2008, according to the 2014 British Sex Survey. A third of Britons have no sex at all in that time period, an increase of 8% since 2008. Interestingly those who believe they have a very high sex drive have sex eight times per month, on average, but presumably they wish the figure were higher still.
Women more report lower sex drive than men
Men still have higher libidos than women with 43% of men rating their sex drive above average, compared with 25% of women. Dr. Marilyn Glenville PhD specialises in women’s health and nutrition, “a few tweaks to the diet can have a dramatic change on libido for both men and women”.
Figs keep things fresh
“Figs have long been considered fertility stimulants. They also help secretion of pheromones. Add them to salads, yoghurt, or simply eat on their own. Figs are high in amino acids, which help increase libido and boost sexual stamina.’’
Get zealous with Zinc
Zinc is linked to healthy sexual function in men and women. “Raw oysters increase dopamine hormone production, which in turn, increases libido. Other zinc-rich foods include cereals, beans and pulses. A healthy testosterone production is vital for both men and women, and a major component of sexual desire!''
Bedroom B Booster
B vitamins regulate your sex organs and sex hormones production. ‘Deficiencies can lead to lethargy and fatigue –so meaning more sleep and less sex! B vitamins increase energy levels and improve blood flow – necessary for a good, healthy sex life!’’ Try a supplement like Quest Mega B Complex, (£7.74, 30 tablets, questexcellence.com)
Omega-3: nature’s Viagra?
‘’Omega 3 is a multi-tasking hero, it reduces inflammation in the body, enhances your mood, balances hormones, and aids healthy sex hormone production in both men and women. It improves circulation which can help with sexual response, raising dopamine levels in the brain that trigger arousal.’’
Eating chocolate leads to higher levels of desire, arousal, and sexual satisfaction. Chocolate contains a compound called phenylethylamine (PEA), which releases the same mood-altering endorphins that flood our bodies during sex and intensify feelings of attraction. Try a small amount of raw or dark chocolate for a healthier hit.
Go wild for Ginseng
‘’Research found that women, who took ginseng as a supplement, found their libido increased quite dramatically in a month, which in turn, improved their overall sex life! For ease, try ginseng tea to sip on, or supplements like NHP Libido Support for Women (£27.77, 30 days, naturalhealthpractice.com)”.