Since ages, sex is about the closeness between two people to gain comfort and satisfaction. It is also the means through which we procreate. For most, sex is a source of joy. However, for some, it is hugely unsatisfactory.
If you belong to the latter set of individuals who find sex to be a chore rather than an act of pure enjoyment, then you most probably need a booster to increase your sex drive.
What are some of the natural ways in which the sex drive can be improved?
1. Two of the most well-known herbs to increase the sex drive are Ginseng and Ashwagandha. Ginseng, used for centuries, is known as the ‘king of herbs’ and is considered the go-to tonic for men in Chinese medicines. Taken on its own or as a combination with other herbs, ginseng is known to boost sexual performance in men in addition to increasing the sperm count and quality. Ashwagandha, known as the Indian ginseng, is grown across Asia and Africa and generally accepted for its stress-reducing and anti-inflammatory properties. It improves the productivity in testicles thus maintaining healthy levels of testosterone. It is also known to alleviate Andropause or the ‘mid-life crisis’ in men.
2. Omega 3 fatty acids: Docosahexaenoic (DHA) acid is an omega 3 fatty acid which is found in quite a considerable amount in the brain and the testes. These fatty acids cannot be produced by the body on its own, and their only source is through diet. They are not only crucial in giving the sperm its strength to penetrate the egg, but they also help in the production of testosterone which plays a role in keeping you happy, maintaining the muscle mass and even lifting the falling libido. Oily fish like sardines, kippers and mackerel are the best source of DHA, but for the non-fish-eating kind, Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in seaweeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds, avocado, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and, dark green leafy vegetables.
3. Healthy body and mind: Stress is the bane of modern living. Not only does it play havoc on the general health, but it is also known to be a spoilsport when it comes to sex. Men do indulge in sex to relieve stress, but if the stress is more than one can handle, it reduces the libido. So keep stress at bay with regular exercises, yoga and, meditation. Additionally, sleeping a minimum of 7-8 hours a day can improve the sex drive considerably.
4. Balanced diet: Physical activities accompanied by a balanced diet works wonder on the libido. Low sugar and high protein diet help in keeping the sex drive steady. Carotenoid foods like carrots, oranges, apricots are known to have a positive effect on sperm motility. Tomatoes, pistachios, chocolates and even coffee are known to help balance the skewed sex drive.
An arrested libido can be significantly improved through natural aphrodisiac supplements or prescribed medicines. Natural supplements and methods are the preferred choices for many since they have zero to negligible side effects.