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4 Daily Habits That Boost Your Sex Drive Naturally

Sleep, movement, nutrition, and stress reduction really work, says this Board-Certified Urologist.
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Sleep, movement, nutrition, and stress reduction are the foundations for optimizing any and all aspects of sexual health. When it comes to each of these 4 factors, it's not enough to simply tell my patients to do better. I have to provide them with tangible guidance on how to make the next better decision.

Eat These Foods

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For nutrition, I provide recommendations on convenient and healthy snacks that are high in protein.

  • Chickpeas: Vitamin B6, found in chickpeas, has been known to regulate testosterone, estrogen production, serotonin and dopamine, all of which can lead to an increased libido and increase in sex hormones.
  • Edamame: Going through menopause? Soy-based foods, including tofu and edamame, are rich in isoflavone compounds. These compounds can attach to estrogen receptors within the body, functioning as phytoestrogens. They trigger a gentle estrogen-like effect, potentially enhancing your arousal. 
  • Carrots: Beta-carotene supports the endocrine system, which i turn can help boost libido.
  • Snack Packs of Nuts: Zero pun intended.Omega-3s, Zinc and L-arginine, found in snack packs of nuts, can help you perform. 

Those are all good options. Portion control is key. Minimizing added sugars is also crucial. By eating anti-inflammatory foods and limiting pro-inflammatory foods, we can improve all aspects of sexual functioning.

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Do Aerobic Exercise

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Aerobic exercise, turns out, may be just as effective as viagra to treat ED. If that's not a reason to move our bodies, I don't know what is! Some of my favorite examples of aerobic exercise include running and swimming but even dancing counts—anything that gets your heart pumping.

Reduce Stress

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And stress—stress in our lives related to anything may impact libido. If work, a person/people, situations are causing us stress, our bodies may respond in a way that reduces sex drive. Consider a massage, as that can also be a part of foreplay.

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Get Better Sleep and Checked For Sleep Apnea

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When it comes to sleep, I recommend sleep apnea testing for many of the men who see me. Nighttime urination, low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, low libido, and fatigue are all common symptoms of sleep apnea (it's not just about snoring) and oftentimes, my patients present with several of these symptoms. The ideal amount of sleep per night is 7 to 9 hours.

💪🔥Body Booster: Boost your libido by incorporating carrots, rich in beta-carotene, into your diet to support your endocrine system.

Amy Pearlman, MD, is a Board-Certified Urologist and Co-Founder of Prime Institute.

Amy Pearlman, MD
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