Last Updated December 20th, 2021
You would be surprised to know these factors could be ruining your sex life
Distractions due to circumstances or situations can result in sexual desire to decrease. This is because stress can disrupt your hormone levels.
The body reacts to stress by releasing adrenaline and cortisol. The arteries can narrow and restrict blood flow in response to stress, which can lead to erectile dysfunction. Stress can also reduce your libido by distracting you and taking your mind off sexual desire. A study in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease supported the notion that stress, separate from psychological symptoms and relationship quality can be a direct factor in the case of sexual problems.
Depression can change almost all parts of a person’s life. This includes their views on things they once found pleasurable including sex. According to Mark L. Held, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in the Denver area, “Depression can change the body’s biochemistry and therefore reduce libido’’. “It’s also harder to feel sexual when you’re depressed.”Some medications commonly used to treat depression can also lower libido as a side effect.
A good night’s sleep is essential in keeping a sharp mind, a healthy body, and active sex life.
According to Alan W. Shindel, MD, clinical instructor and fellow lecturer of Andrology at the University of California at San Francisco,- “When you’re exhausted, you’d rather catch up on sleep.” In a study done in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), researchers found that nearly half of the men who had severe sleep apnea also experience very low levels of testosterone during the night.
The researchers inferred that men with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) experience lower testosterone levels. In turn, this leads to decreased sexual activity and libido. According to a more recent study, men with low testosterone levels also had lower sleep efficiency. The study concluded that decreased levels of total testosterone are linked with less healthy sleep, particularly in older men.
Certain medications used to treat depression, high blood pressure, and other common illnesses can affect libido or cause sexual dysfunction. For example, blood pressure medications like ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers may prevent ejaculation and erections.
Alcoholism and drug abuse
A little alcohol is good for bringing down inhibitions a lot of it can be a problem. Too much of it can impair your nervous system and lead to fatigue — making it difficult to get aroused. Other drugs are also known to decrease your sex drive as well.For example, marijuana suppresses the pituitary gland, which regulates the production of testosterone.
Chronic or long-term marijuana use is known to contribute to a loss of libido, especially in women.This lack of sex drive is a symptom of bigger motivational issues that many people suffer. In most cases, a persons’ sex drive will return to normal with discontinuation of using marijuana.
Effective ways to revitalize your sex life!
Apart from the number of reasons for doing cardio, including weight loss, better fitness, and good health, and even more compelling reason can be a better sexual performance. Cardio exercise toughens the heart, lung capacity and muscles, and thereby developing your stamina and power in the bedroom.
These enhance your energy levels, which in turn continue into the bedroom. And as your energy levels improve with regular cardio, you will be open and ready to do it; more frequently and for longer durations. It’s not much fun being too tired for sex, especially after a hard and draining day. With cardio training, you can make sure not to enjoy high levels of energy so you can enjoy better sex.
Doing cardio training improves blood circulation throughout the entire body, including the sexual organs. These organs in the case of both men and women benefit’s immensely from a rich supply of blood vessels. Therefore any improvement of blood circulation into these areas will translate to more intense sexual feelings and better performance.
Most of the time, erectile dysfunction is a result of poor blood circulation; cardio exercise can help you put a permanent halt to this. In a February 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, scientists uncovered that sexual dysfunction is more common amongst those with poor physical and emotional health. Cardio training can help you to effectively deal with such issues and improve your life both in and out of the bedroom.
High-stress levels can take a toll on your sex life. Cardio training such as running or biking can hold your stress levels at bay. Therefore, if you’re feeling a bit stressed, go for a run, and then enjoy a life free from the shackles of stress.
Having a healthy sex drive stems from feeling healthy both physically and emotionally. So it’s no surprise that food can play a role in helping you get your groove back. If you’ve hit a speed bump in the bedroom, taking a closer look at your diet could help more than you think. Foods are packed with nutrients that can perk up your libido and can improve your overall health.
Aim for foods such as beef, chicken, and pork contain carnitine, L-arginine, and zinc.
Carnitine and L-arginine are amino acids that improve blood flow which is crucial to sexual response in both men and women. According to NYU Langone Medical Center, these two nutrients may effectively treat erectile dysfunction in some men. So serving up some animal-based protein (in moderation, to avoid increasing risk of heart disease) would be a good idea to help keep all systems running longer and smoother in the bedroom. Vegetarians can opt for whole grains, nuts, and dairy products.
According to the research shared at a 2005 conference of the American Chemical Society that oysters, clams, and scallops contain compounds that raise testosterone and estrogen levels. A boost in the production of these hormones translates into heightened sexual desire in many cases.Oysters are also an excellent source of zinc, which aids blood flow to sexual organs in both genders.
Well-known for having heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, these pink-fleshed fish, as well as tuna and halibut, might help enhance your sex life.Omega-3s help prevents the buildup of plaque in your arteries, thus improving blood flow throughout your body.A diet of fatty fish may not be a good option for guys who are at risk for high-grade prostate cancer.
However, low-grade, slow-moving prostate cancer is not affected by eating foods rich in omega-3s. Also, studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggest that omega-3 fatty acids could increase the risk for an aggressive form of the disease. Hence care should be maintained while opting for such a diet.
Nuts and Seeds
Cashews and almonds are chock-full of zinc, while a host of healthy snacks contain L-arginine to get your blood flowing. The following are some recommended ones:
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
Walnuts are especially helpful, as they are also rich in omega-3s.
This pungent herb is a natural blood thinner often used to prevent high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Its anticoagulant properties help ensure plenty of blood flow. You and your partner can both benefit from a healthy dose of garlic before an eventful evening. (And as a tip if you’re both eating it, nobody will mind the strong breath).
Apples, along with berries, cherries, onions, and dark-colored grapes, are foods rich in quercetin. This antioxidant, apart from the health benefits, plays a role in controlling symptoms of prostatitis and interstitial cystitis (IC), and it promotes circulation.
Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate gland and can cause testicular discomfort and pain with ejaculation. IC, or painful bladder syndrome, may also make sex difficult for men and women. Sexual-related symptoms of IC include genital pain, erectile dysfunction, painful intercourse, and low desire.
A little bit of wine before you start your night might help more than you think. According to research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that one to two glasses of red wine a day increased sexual desire and lubrication in women.Red wine contains quercetin, which might account for the positive response. That being said, it should be noted that drinking more than two glasses of red wine daily or indulging in other types of alcoholic beverages didn’t produce the same results.
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