Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
Some common sexual concerns include lack of desire, difficulty becoming aroused, infrequent or weak erections, inability achieving orgasms, lubrication problems and pain during intercourse.
Potential causes of these common sexual concerns include the following:
- stress or overworked adrenals and lack of sleep.
- alcohol intake and use of prescription drugs such as pain relievers, anti-depressants, blood pressure medication, birth control and sedatives.
- poor nutrition and eating habits - a diet low in essential fatty acids, protein, B-Vitamins, Vitamin D and E, Zinc, Magnesium and Selenium.
- hormone imbalances due to menopause, underactive thyroid, high prolactin, estrogen dominance, low testosterone.
- low neurotransmitters specifically dopamine, acetylcholine and serotonin.
Look for natural health supplement ingredients that will evoke sexual arousal, restore libido and improve performance and sensation by increasing blood flow, balancing hormones and increasing neurotransmitters that play a role in healthy sexual function. Some suggestions include L-arginine, choline, tribulus terrestris (puncture vine), gingko biloba, tongkat ali (malaysian ginseng), epimedium extract (horny goat weed), damiana, zinc and maca!
Some dietary ingredients that are libido supporting nutrient rich foods include Vitamins B and E, magnesium, zinc, selenium, arginine and essential fatty acids. Great food choices are poultry, seafood, beef, eggs, seeds, beans or legumes, shiitake mushrooms, nuts, quinoa, avocadoes, sweet potatoes, beets, green vegetables, etc. Remember to choose organic, naturally raised, grass fed, wild caught, local ingredients.
Some lifestyle tips include remembering to engage in regular exercise., use a natural lubricant (choose a latex friendly, water based, non-staining, non-sticky mixture free from toxins such as parabens, mineral oil, preservatives, and petroleum ingredients), try to manage your stress levels and sleep patterns (consider an adrenal support formula and natural sleep aid), correct hormonal imbalances if necessary (ie. estrogen dominance, thyroid problems), eat regular, balanced meals throughout the day (don't skip breakfast), choose whole, nutrient dense foods as much as possible, minimize refined and processed foods, toxins and common allergens, avoid alcohol and drugs, strive towards achieving a positive body image, communicate openly with your partner, create a relaxing and appealing mood (ie. music, food, and wardrobe).
Bonus Tip: Dark Chocolate contains high levels of tryptophan (precursor to serotonin) which works as a mood booster. It also contains phenylethylamine which works to stimulate the brain's pleasure centers. When we eat chocolate, our bodies release endorphins which give us a "high" and produce the sensation of sexual arousal. Choose a dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more) and enjoy in moderation!