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5 Ways to Boost Your Sex Drive Naturally
by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS. DC, CCN, DACBN
(The Best Years in Life) A woman I met on a recent airplane flight told me that her gynecologist mentioned to her that all of her patients over 40 complained of lack of sex drive. The doctor said loss of sex drive was the most common complaint she heard a daily basis and she had no solutions to offer.
Causes of diminished sex drive include anemia, depression, alcohol, certain medications, hormone imbalances, in particular low testosterone, thyroid and estrogen, stress and adrenal exhaustion and relationship problems.
Fortunately, there are natural ways to improve your sex drive.
1. Learn to manage stress. Cortisol, the hormone produced by your adrenal glands when you’re under stress interferes with libido. Cortisol has the same precursors as do estrogen and testosterone, and when you’re under stress and in the fight-flight mode, most of the precursors are used to make Cortisol. Over time, the excess Cortisol production will lead to deficiencies of testosterone and estrogen. Low testosterone decreases your sex drive. Low estrogen inhibits your sexual pleasure.
My favorite stress management tool is from the Institute of HeartMath ®. Using a combination of breath and appreciation, you can transform your stress to positive emotions within minutes.
2. Eat a diet high in green leafy vegetables. This will correct anemia, improve neurotransmitter function and provide the nutrients needed for your body to rebuild your adrenal glands. Add sea vegetables to support your thyroid gland, since it’s an important player in overall hormone health.
3. Avoid processed foods, caffeine and alcohol since these stress the system further and contribute to hormone imbalances. Use licorice and ginseng instead of caffeinated beverages to start your day, because they support your adrenal glands. (Regular use of Licorice may increase your blood pressure, so be careful if you have a tendency towards hypertension).
4- Take time every day for nurturing and supporting yourself, even if it’s only 10 minutes. By getting enough sleep, exercising, engaging in artistic pursuits, and having fun on a daily basis, you are resetting your body to a calm state that’s conducive to hormone balance and increased sex drive.
5- Discover the wonderful world of herbs. There are herbs that balance hormone levels and below are a list of a few herbs that can help with libido
Pumpkin Seeds are also good for boosting sex drive because they’re high in zinc, which is important in testosterone production. They’re also a good source of omega 3 fats, which aid in balancing hormones.
If you’re one of the millions of women whose relationship has lost its sizzle due to diminished sex drive, now’s the time to take charge of your health. By reducing stress, eating a balanced diet of whole natural plant based foods, taking time for self care, and including a few herbs, you are on the road to regaining the sizzle!
Learn more about balancing women’s hormones at www.renegadehealth.com/womanshealth
Learn more about improving your energy at the 3 Myths About fatigue That Every Woman Should Knowworkshop
Love, Health, and Joy,
This article was originally published at: http://drritamarie.com/blog/2009/08/31/5-ways-to-boost-your-sex-drive-naturally/
About the author
Ritamarie Loscalzo holds a Doctor of
Chiropractic Degree with Certification
in Acupuncture, and is a Diplomat of the
American Clinical Nutrition Board. She
is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist,
with a Master of Science in Human
Nutrition. She also holds a Master of
Science in Computer Science from New
York University. She is also certified
as a living foods chef, instructor,
coach and teacher.
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