STRUGGLING to get into the mood? Does your sex drive need a little boost? Here we reveal all.
SEX DRIVE: Here’s how you can boost your libido this Valentine’s Day
There are many ways to increase your sex drive naturally.
If you’re suffering from a low libido you are not alone – a reduced sex drive is a common problem for both men and women.
And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the last thing you’ll want is to not be in the mood.
Ellie Isom, clinical nutritionist at BioCare, has lifted the lid to Daily Star Online on how you can spice it up this February 14.
“Many different lifestyle factors can have an impact on libido”
She exclusively told us: “Many different lifestyle factors can have an impact on libido. For both males and females, stress, whether due to personal or work life, can have a significantly reduce libido.
“Hormonal imbalances, such as low testosterone – in both men and women – can also be the root cause for a reduction in libido.
“Zinc is involved in testosterone production and is vital for fertility and reproduction, therefore zinc can be a key nutrient to consider supplementing if you are experiencing low sex drive.”
Shockingly, a whopping 50% of women will suffer from sexual problems like a lack of libido, loss of arousal and not being able to orgasm.
Ellie added: “Beetroot, a natural source of nitrates, is another nutrient to consider supplementing when addressing low libido.
“Nitrates are used to produce nitric oxide in the body, which is involved in circulation and blood flow, and can therefore be beneficial for individuals experiencing erectile dysfunction.”
Alternatively, here are six ways to improve your sex drive:
Love your libido:
Sadly, the loss of your sex drive is common in both men and women. Holland & Barrett nutritionist Hannah Moffitt said: “Horny goat weed has been used as an aphrodisiac to aid with sexual desire and performance in both men and women.
“It may also aid with stimulating sensory nerves, thereby increasing satisfaction during sexual intercourse. However, as with all health issues, if your low libido persists it’s important to visit your GP.”
You can buy Holland & Barrett’s Horny Goat Weed & Maca (60 capsules for £26.99)
LOVE YOUR LIBIDO: Holland & Barrett’s Horny Goat Weed & Maca is only £26.99
Help with vaginal dryness:
This can have an impact on women of all ages, not just those going through menopause. This can cause discomfort during sex which can then lead to difficulty feeling aroused or reaching orgasm.
“As well as having a beneficial impact on libido, horny goat weed has been used anecdotally for helping with arousal,” said Hannah. “However, omega 7 or sea buckthorn oil can be natural remedies as they may improve the health of the mucous membranes.”
Hannah’s tip: Pharma Nord Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil (60 capsules for £19.95)
HELP WITH VAGINAL DRYNESS: Pharma Nord Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil is only £19.95
Fireworks in the bedroom:
Improving your sexual health will naturally lead you to better orgasms, however there are changes you can make to your diet that can help.
Hannah added: “When you eat asparagus it produces histamine in the body which may lead to more frequent orgasms and a better chance of orgasm during intercourse.
“This may increase the sensitivity and sensation during intercourse leading to a better chance of orgasm; look at consuming at least 2-3 portions of oily fish a week or take a supplement.”
Hannah’s tip: Holland & Barrett Omega 3 Fish Oil Concentrate (250 Capsules, 1000mg for £21.49)
FIREWORKS IN THE BEDROOM: Holland & Barrett Omega 3 Fish Oil Concentrate are only £21.49
Keeping your sperm healthy:
Many vitamins can help with enhancing the health of the sperm and increasing their numbers.
Hannah says: “Zinc is known to help with contributing to normal fertility and reproduction, by aiding with spermatogenesis – making sperm cells.
“While vitamin C can protect the sperm from free radicals to avoid the particles becoming stuck together, rendering them not viable for penetration of the egg.”
Hannah’s tip: For a comprehensive multivitamin designed for male fertility, you can buy new Proceive Men Advanced Fertility Supplement (60 capsules for £24.95)
HEALTHY SPERM: You can buy new Proceive Men Advanced Fertility Supplement
Spice up your love life:
There are ways of making it hotter in the bedroom, Hannah suggests treating your partner to a sensual massage.
SPICE IT UP: You can use the Miaroma Sweet Almond Oil for a sensual massage
She said: “Using massage oils or a magnesium body butter can help you to get intimate with your partner.
“By using a base carrier oil, such as sweet among oil, alongside an essential oil, such as sandal wood, ginger or basil, may increase sexual drive due to their aphrodisiac properties. Try burning these oils in the room to complete the ambiance.”
Hannah’s tip: Miaroma Sweet Almond Oil (200ml for £8.45)