If you’re not feeling…er – yourself – and want to rev your engine back up… we have good news! There are tons of lifestyle factors that can influence your libido. So buckle up, and get ready to get your sexy back!
1. Kick back to get your sexy back. Stress will cause the brain to focus on cortisol production with little or no emphasis on sex hormones. So any stressful time may cause loss of libido (we’re running for our lives! No time for hanky panky!), and this can be a real downer when people hit mid-life and sex hormones start to decline as a natural part of aging (not to mention heavy stress that often also accompanies middle age).
2. Don’t worry, be sexy… A few key healthy choices can put the sizzle back in your sex life and a pep in your step, starting with what you eat. Strawberries, broccoli, cloves, figs, watermelon, eggs, ginseng, saffron, lettuce, ginger, almonds, sweet potatoes, and sesame seeds contain phytochemicals, vitamins and other properties that aid pheromone secretion. Translation? Each give you a unique leg up in the bedroom.
Other supplements (and of course a good diet!) can increase your libido and your general get-up-and-go.
- Omega 3’s and a high quality multivitamin is a good start, along with B vitamins, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and arginine. B vitamins in particular are crucial for energy and are quickly depleted under stress or poor diet. To make life easy – try these Essential Packets (which include your Omegas, multi, magnesium and calcium. Easy breasy!)
- And for men? Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage, can be found in tomato, spinach, kale, and berries. To detoxify the liver, consider eating citrus, cruciferous vegetables, and high sulfur foods, such as, onions and garlic.
3. Carnal Delight. Carnitine plays a critical role in energy production. It’s name is derived from the Greek word for flesh or meat, carnus. This substance is involved in red blood cell production, sex and stress related hormones, immunity, and digestion. Carnitine is primarily found in dark red meats, but also in dairy, fish, poultry, tempeh, wheat, asparagus, and avocados. People are very likely to have some deficiencies in B vitamins; perhaps not as much so with carnitine – but supplementing with both can be very beneficial and noticeable. If carnitine sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because we’re gaga for it around Cambiati and we often recommend it to boost fat loss and/or energy during workouts.
4. Break me off a piece of THAT! Our favorite Valentine’s Day candy is NOT an aphrodisiac, as some people say, but it certainly can make you feel good! A study from The German Institute of Human Nutrition shows that a square of dark chocolate a day lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke by 39%. And the best time to enjoy a little chocolate is after your workout! Notice we said dark, not milk or white chocolate. The sugar and milk will actually lower your sex drive, so do your body a favor and stick to 65-80% cacao.5. Be Lusty, not languid… Every day, make healthy choices to turn up the heat in the bedroom. Quit smoking, exercise often, get more sleep, consume less caffeine, limit alcohol consumption, and reduce stress through meditation and yoga. In addition, a roll in the hay (or the bed, if you’re old fashioned) for 30 minutes burns 200 calories!
Ready to turn up the heat even more?!?
Valentine’s Day can feel anti-climactic. And c’mon – neither a holiday nor any special person can provide the satisfaction you deserve every day of the year!
- Join us on February 17th at 6PM! The event includes a presentation about sexing up your food with delicious treats and how living a healthy lifestyle includes an enthusiastic sex life. Savor small bites and creative cocktails while learning about mouthwatering recipes. Shop for products that fit your Cambiati lifestyle, and top it all off with a happy ending of chocolate! To continue livin’ “libido” loca, nourish your body and mind at Cambiati.