11 Natural Ways to Rev It Up
Do you feel like your sex drive just isn't what it used to be?
Well, you aren't alone, many people feel that way at some point in their lives.
In some cases, a decrease in your desire may be due to a medical issue.
For many people however, the situation may be remedied without resorting to Big Pharma's pills and potions.
Check out our top ways to re-ignite the passion.
You just may find one that puts the spark back into your love life.
Drink in Moderation
A couple of alcoholic drinks can certainly lubricate a nervous first-date situation.
By reducing anxiety and stress one or two drinks can help get you in the mood for sex.
But beware, alcohol is a depressant, too much, and you can end up with quite the opposite problem.
There is no magic love potion #9, but aphrodisiacs can be fun.
Often they're foods that look sexually suggestive like mangoes or bananas.
Others, like oysters, gain their love-inducing reputation by containing antioxidants and trace elements necessary for good sexual functioning.
For example, oysters are packed with zinc, a mineral central to fertility.
It's well known that smoking can have a terrible affect on blood flow to the sexual organs as it causes the blood vessels to narrow.
It also saps your stamina and who wants to be canoodling in an ashtray.
Moderate regular exercise will help improve blood flow to the sexual organs.
In addition, exercise helps you feel good about yourself.
Anything that improves self-esteem, will improve libido.
Lose the Weight
Being overweight can affect not only your self-esteem and your feelings of sexuality.
If your body becomes weak or frail due to bad health, sex invariably suffers.
Getting your fruits and vegetables each day can provide the cornerstone to your good health.
The vitamins and antioxidants will help maintain good blood flow to the sex organs and prevent certain chronic diseases.
Nothing reduces your interest in sex more than low self-esteem.
Spoil yourself when you're feeling down and take some time to relax or do an activity that makes you feel better within yourself.
Long used in Africa as an aphrodisiac and often called natural Viagra, yohimbine is thought to improve male impotence.
There is little evidence that it works for a woman's libido.
This herbal remedy made from the leaves of the gingko biloba tree, is known to improve blood flow to the brain and sexual organs.
It's thought to have an enhancing effect upon desire, excitement and orgasm.
Rhodiola has primarily been used in Scandinavia and Russia as a general vitality-boosting tonic.
In Siberia, it is still common for a bride and groom to carry a bouquet of rhodiola to help insure a long and fruitful union.
Doctors at Columbia University have conducted studies that show rhodiola boosts sex drive, although they haven't isolated exactly why.
It has no side "effects" that have been noticed, only side "benefits".
Other effects of the herb include increased energy and decreased stress and if that's not a recipe for an enhanced libido or better sex drive, we don't know what is!
Visit a reputable health food store and speak to a knowledgeable source there about recommended dosage.
A general guideline is between 100 and 200 milligrams per day.
What to watch out for:
The active component, rosavin, is only found in Rhodiola rosea.
Look for this term on the supplement you buy.
NOTE *** Avoid Rhodiola sacra or other rhodiola species, as they don't contain rosavin.
For additional information on this sensitive subject see
This herb’s potency as a sexual supplement has been proven as early as 2000 years ago when the Inca warriors consumed it to improve their strength and virility.
This healing herb has ginseng-like properties like increasing one’s strength and improving sexual health.
Men and women who are in dire need of something that can put that spark back into their sex life now use this herb to regain their sexual health and rev up their libido.
Three Super Foods to Boost Your Libido
It’s certainly no mystery, if you eat-cleaner and strive to be in optimum shape, you might just perform your very-best…in bed!
With these three super foods added to your diet, you may just find your heart racing faster, your blood pumping to all of the right places.
Scallops: they're packed with zinc.
Zinc is needed for men’s and women’s fertility, potency, sex drive and long-term sexual health.
The mineral is critical to sperm production.
Low zinc stores have been blamed for decreases in semen volume and testosterone levels, thus libido.
The mineral is critical to sperm production. Low zinc stores have been blamed for decreases in semen volume and testosterone levels.
Almonds: You've heard of almond joy?
Perhaps it's because they're full of zinc, selenium, and vitamin-E, which are all trace minerals that aid in sexual health and the health of the reproductive system.
Cherries: they're beyond the average “superfood.”
Cherries are packed with antioxidants and melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland in your brain which regulates the body’s sleep cycles.
Excellent source of beta carotene and are rich in Vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron and our favorite, folate.
Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and soreness following a workout or a marathon in the hay.
Hit the Mat:
Studies have shown that exercise increases sexual response, which may be because it allows more blood to pump to your appropriate regions.
In addition, studies have found that yoga in particular can enhance desire in women.
If you're feeling extra daring, make it a yoga class for two.
Studies have found a correlation between novelty and sexual desire, it's one of the reasons you're always rarin' to go when you're in a brand new relationship.
And even if you and your guy have been together forever, it's easy to inject novelty into your bond.
Have sex in the living room, rearrange your bedroom so the bed is by the window instead of the wall (bonus: exhibitionistic aspect can increase your adrenaline, which will also make the sex that much hotter) or make a reservation at a hotel for the night to get the effect
Begin a Slow Sizzle:
Start the day by sexting, send a suggestive photo, like of your cleavage close up at lunch, and by dinner, you'll both be ready to pounce.
Keeping sex on the forefront of your mind guarantees that a cocktail of libido-enhancing hormones, like dopamine, serotonin, and testosterone, are floating in your brain.
Fire up the Competition:
The romantic bistro in town is going to be busy on Saturday night, so why not skip it and go bowling instead?
Play is incredibly important when it comes to romance and your libido.
Not only that, but competition creates a testosterone boost that'll ignite your post-game desire.
Get a Sniff of Him:
Sounds gross, but studies have found that sniffing a guy's sweat boosts hormone levels and can enhance mood and sexual desire.
Give him a post-gym hug or hang out around the house in one of his sweatshirts and smell the love.
Eat a Fruit Salad:
Kiwis and mangos are loaded with Vitamin-E, which increases blood flow everywhere, including below the belt.
Bananas have potassium, aiding muscle strength.
And pomegranates have loads of antioxidants, which increase blood flow as well.
Not only that, but having this on hand for a dessert won't make you feel bloated the way the sinfully rich chocolate cake would.
Read All About It:
Thinking about sexual ideas and thoughts has been found to enhance testosterone in women, and reading an erotic novel can get your brain in gear so your body's ready for action once you slip between the sheets.
Not only does reading sexy scenes start the biochemical process of arousal, but it may give you some new ideas to add to your sexual repertoire.
Download some erotic books on your Kindle and read a page whenever you need a boost during the day.
It's the color of love for a reason.
Studies have found that the shade can attract a guy's attention.
Slipping into a little red dress will cause him to look twice, and the boost of confidence you'll get at feeling desired will enhance your own desire.
Oxytocin, the so-called "cuddle hormone," is released when you first begin touching your partner.
By touching throughout the day, holding hands, giving hugs, resting your hand on his knee in the car, you'll feel an increase in sexual desire.
And since oxytocin is released by all touch, not just romantic touch with your partner, you can trigger this effect even by hugging a pal to say hello.
Sushi for Dinner:
Salmon, especially, is high in antioxidants, which help enhance libido.
Plus, sea veggies, like edamame or seaweed salads are high in vitamin-B, which also help with blood flow and your libido.
All Day Lingerie:
It's a shame for your lacy stuff to spend 99% of the time in your drawer.
And by putting them on only minutes before you take them off, you aren't using them to their libido-enhancing maximum.
Instead, be sure to dress up under your clothes on a day when you want to get busy.
Knowing you have a sexy secret under your work wear keeps you tuned into your sexuality,
After a shower, spend some time slowly rubbing in a scented lotion.
A recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who regularly tune in to their senses have more sexual satisfaction.
Women distract themselves all the time.
Women are much more likely to reach orgasm when they're completely in the moment.
Focusing on physical sensations on your own will get you in the habit of doing so in bed.Tweet
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