Health tips for a happier sex life

If your libido is low and come bedtime you favour napping over nookie, it might be time to take a look at your lifestyle.

Sexy is an attitude, but sometimes we need to tweak a few physicalitys before we can believe it of ourselves.

Eating a balanced, nutritious diet and taking regular, moderate exercise will not only make you look healthier and feel fitter, it will increase your happiness levels, lift your self-esteem and boost your body confidence.

Stress, depression and lack of motivation are common complaints that can sap our sex drive, so serotonin-rich foods that increase feel-good hormones in the brain are vital for health and happiness – and for getting you in the mood for love…

If you’re feeling anxious and stressed, it could be due to a lack of magnesium and/or folic acid. The best sources of magnesium are nuts and green leafy vegetables, which are also good sources of folic acid, as are pulses, wholemeal breads, brown rice and bananas.

If you find yourself feeling apathetic and lacking in drive and motivation, you may be deficient in zinc. Up your intake with mussels, almonds, walnuts, cashews, chickpeas, baked beans, broccoli, hard cheese, lamb, pork and chicken. It could also be down to a lack of tyrosine, which is found in turkey, chicken, liver, cheese, yeast extract, soy sauce, tomatoes and bananas.
Depression is on the rise and is one of the main causes of lost libido. It’s linked to low levels of omega-3s – found in oily fish; and selenium and tryptophan, which are found in lean chicken and turkey, milk, pulses, almonds, walnuts, figs, and bananas. There are also links to low levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid, found in whole grains.

Exercise is a fantastic mood booster. Not only does it release feel-good endorphins, it also gets you into better physical shape, which makes you feel better about your body and thus, more confident in the bedroom.

According to Naina Marballi, founder and head practitioner of Bioticare Holistic and Yoga Center (New York), “Any regular cardiovascular exercise and deep stretching that increase blood flow specifically to the buttocks, pelvis and groin area – such as yoga, power walking, jogging or cycling – increases circulation to the genitals and as a result, rekindles sexual arousal and orgasmic function.”

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