The secrets of a newfound libido – by Dr. Helly Hernandez
The best natural methods to enjoy a satisfying sex life.
Decreasing sexual desire leads to a life without enthusiasm, and can even lead to depression. The decay of the libido leads to another type of alterations of sexual function such as erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, vaginismus, among others. However, psychological therapy, maintaining a healthy diet, and herbal medicine can help us to recover sexual desire, without the need to suffer the terrible side effects due to the use of hormones. Regardless of your age, it is essential that you know how to preserve, enhance and control your sexual desire, without the need to resort to any type of drug.
The multiple benefits of sex
Maintaining a satisfactory sex life leads to multiple benefits, among which the following stand out:
Undoubtedly, sex is part of a healthy lifestyle because it contributes to the general well-being of individuals. A study conducted in 2004, which included 16 thousand Americans concluded that sex is an important part of the equation of happiness. For some scientists this can be explained by the release of hormones such as dopamine and endorphins during sexual intercourse, it is important to remember that these hormones have a powerful antidepressant and relaxing effect. However, some researchers in the area of psychology link this well-being with the positive emotions that are perceived during sexual intercourse.
Maintains physical condition. The intense stretching of the muscles and tendons and the effort made by the joints, make sex an excellent exercise. Canadian researchers have estimated that half an hour of sex allows you to burn between 93 to 126 calories. Therefore, making love is a very beneficial physical activity. The physical activity performed during sex is compared with jogging for 30 minutes.
Reduces cardiovascular disorders. A scientific study published two years ago showed that regular sexual activity can reduce cardiovascular disease in men in the long term. Regarding women, it was concluded that intense sexual intercourse reduces the risk of developing arterial hypertension.
Immune system improvement. During sexual intercourse, a considerable amount of oxytocin is released, which boosts the activity of the immune system and allows us to recover more quickly from viral or bacterial infections. It has been found that antibody levels are higher in people who have sex once or twice a week compared to those who do not have regular sex. A study of the Chinese University of Harbin, published in 2016, the oxytocin plays a key role in strengthening the immune system, maintaining immunological homeostasis, and decreasing inflammation also exerts an effect similar to antibiotics, promotes the healing of wounds and helps to suppress immune disorders related to stress.
Reduces stress. An Israeli study conducted in 2012 concludes that couples with highly satisfying sexual relationships do not suffer from stress or this is much less compared to those couples who have unpleasant sex.
Improves the dream. The endorphins and prolactin secreted during sex (especially during orgasm) have a relaxing and pleasant effect that helps to conciliate sleep, plus the released melatonin helps to lower body temperature promoting a restful sleep.
It reduces cognitive deterioration. Several studies conducted in 2013 in humans suggest that repeated sexual activity would promote the development of new neurons in the hippocampus, an area of the brain related to memory.
Reduces erectile dysfunction. One of the best ways to combat erectile dysfunction is to have regular sex, this was proven by a study conducted in 2008 and published in The American Journal of Medicine. This study was conducted over 5 years and showed that only 16 men who had sex at least 3 times a week developed erectile dysfunction, compared with 79 cases of erectile dysfunction in men who had sex once a week or less. This study allows concluding that the risk of erectile dysfunction is inversely proportional to the frequency of sexual relations and that regular sexual relations protect against the development of erectile dysfunction.
Strengthens emotional bonds. This property is closely related to oxytocin, this hormone is secreted naturally during a hug. According to specialists, it allows you to strengthen your partner’s trust for life. As it increases our tolerance to the acceptance of “social risks derived from interpersonal interactions”.
David Weeks, a clinical psychologist and former director of psychology of old age at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, discovered that men and women with an active sexual life look between 5 and 7 years younger than their real age. Interviewing thousands of men and women between the ages of 40 and 50 for ten years, he discovered that those who looked younger than their chronological age made love three times a week.
In general, it seems to be clear that sex in a satisfactory relationship prolongs life expectancy and promotes good health in general.
Let’s have sex tonight, I have a headache!
Could the famous “No tonight, I have a migraine” become obsolete?
For Dr. James Couch, professor of neurology at the University of Southern Illinois, sex is a good solution to relieve headaches in some women. A study conducted at the Illinois Migraine Clinic found that after an orgasm the symptoms of migraine disappeared in 47% of women (48% did not present differences and 4% worsened). Other recent studies support these conclusions and explain that the female orgasm, through the secretion of hormones such as oxytocin, has an analgesic effect that increases the threshold of pain tolerance by 75%.
Does regularity matter?
It is common to hear some experts say that it is better to focus on quality than quantity. However, regularity could also be important. A study conducted in the USA Between 1992 and 2010 with 32,000 men suggests that regular ejaculation would reduce the risk of prostate cancer: men aged 20 to 29 who ejaculate at least 21 times a month reduce their risk of prostate cancer by 19%. For older men, from 40 to 49 years old, the risk reduction is up to 22%. On the other hand, in men over 60 years of age, too frequent sexual relations or extremely high levels of physical and/or emotional pleasure can be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The risk of cardiovascular disease doubles in men over 65 who have more than one sexual relationship per week compared to men of the same age who are sexually inactive.
The reduction of sexual desire should always be taken into account because it can be an indicator that there is a serious disease in development. Postural instabilities (frozen facial expression, tremors, stiffness, difficulty swallowing, etc.) related to decreased libido, premature ejaculations and/or difficulties in achieving orgasm may be premature signs of Parkinson’s disease. There are other diseases that can also lead to a decrease in libido such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus, or cancer. Fortunately, most of the time, the causes of a diminished sexual desire are benign and allow us to appreciate how much bad habits influence our sexual life.
Beware of the blue pill
The mind plays a major role in our sexuality, however, the hormonal path has been underestimated or even ignored for a long time. Now it is known that, in both men and women, testosterone plays an important role in many physical manifestations related to sexual desire.
In men, low testosterone levels are associated with decreased erectile function and decreased sexual desire. 39% of men older than 45 years and 50% of men older than 85 years have low testosterone levels.
With respect to women, contrary to what was believed a few decades ago, some clinical studies have shown that it is androgens and not estrogens that drive sexual desire. Testosterone is not only a “male hormone”, women also secrete it (in smaller doses) and it plays an important role in female sexuality.
During menopause and andropause, both men and women suffer the influence of hormonal decline which leads to a lack of libido. However, you should think well before undergoing treatments with synthetic hormones.
The independent journal Prescrire reported that the benefit of the testosterone patches used to increase female libido is still uncertain, while the side effects are very real.
Viagra also leads to a number of side effects, among which are visual alterations, respiratory disorders, myocardial infarction, arterial hypotension, among others.
9 ways to naturally increase your testosterone
Avoiding breakfast allows a fast of more than 15 hours to be maintained, which will lead to an increase in testosterone levels by 200-400% (both in men and non-obese subjects). A study conducted by the University of Virginia notes that growth hormone levels increase by 2000 percent in men who fast for 24 hours, it has been proven that the levels of growth hormone play a synergistic role with testosterone. The explanation? Fasting allows the metabolic activity of our body to decrease, which promotes a good hormonal balance. However, it must be taken into account that fast lasting several days can have negative effects on testosterone levels in humans.
Eat good fats
A study published in 2001 in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry showed that when men reduced their consumption of healthy fats, testosterone levels also decreased. Therefore, if you want to raise your testosterone levels you should consume good fats which are found in fish, olive oil, avocados, walnuts, almonds or flax seeds. A very recent study conducted in women athletes throw similar findings.
Help your liver
By synthesizing various enzymes the liver plays a crucial role in maintaining testosterone levels in the body. 90% of men with liver dysfunction experience a decrease testosterone levels in blood. Limit alcohol consumption, consume good fats, regularly consume garlic, avocado, grapefruit, turmeric (protective effect against certain substances and molecules harmful to the liver). It has been proven that the consumption of two cups of coffee per day reduces the risk of developing liver disease by 44%. Artichoke, dandelion and many other plants can help you detoxify your liver. Here are three of the most powerful:
– The desmodium. Dosage: drinkable solution, 2 to 4 teaspoons per day of desmodium diluted in a large glass of water or fruit juice.
– Milk thistle. Dosage: standardized milk thistle extract (70% to 80% silymarin), 140 mg to 210 mg, 3 times a day.
– The black radish. Dosage: 1 tablespoon of black radish juice 2 to 6 times a day (maximum daily dose: 100 ml).
Do not neglect your dream
In 2014, a clinical trial conducted in the Asian Journal of Endocrinology concluded that although the effect of sleep restriction on testosterone levels is still contradictory, there is no doubt that the time when you sleep is even more important than the duration of sleep.
Various studies show that sleep deprivation during the first part of the night (00: 30-5: 30) reduces testosterone levels by 10-15%, while sleep deprivation of 4-8 a.m. it does not produce any significant changes.
Relax and relax
A scientific study published in 2010 showed the long-term negative impact of cortisol (the hormone secreted during physical or psychological stress) on testosterone levels. In normal conditions, cortisol secretion is followed by a peak of testosterone, however Frequent and prolonged cortisol withdrawal decreases or even blocks long-term testosterone levels.
Enjoy the sunlight
A 2011 study of overweight men shows that supplementation with vitamin D3 can increase testosterone levels by up to 30% over a year. Sun exposure between 8 – 11 a.m. helps raise your vitamin D levels.
It is said that people with type II diabetes are twice as likely to develop low testosterone levels. Avoiding high blood sugar levels will help prevent diabetes and a possible decrease in your testosterone levels.
Dr. Gary Wittert, Director of the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide in Australia, explained that weight loss is directly proportional to the natural increase in testosterone. It is also known that the increase in body fat promotes the production of estrogen, which in turn decreases the production of testosterone.
6 substances that kill the libido.
The decrease in sexual desire can result from the consumption of some substances or drugs.
– Tricyclic antidepressants, and Anxiolytics: the main mechanism of action of these drugs is to inhibit the reuptake of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter highly implicated in the consequence of orgasm.
– Pills, rings and contraceptive patches, some contraceptive methods whose component is based on progestogens such as drospirenone can cause vaginal dryness, decreased testosterone levels, reduced vascularization and difficulty reaching orgasm.
– Cannabis, several studies have concluded that the habitual consumption of cannabis leads to the reduction of testosterone levels, erectile dysfunction, difficult to reach orgasm, and dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse).
– The main effect of statins is to decrease the absorption of fatty acids and cholesterol, which leads to a decrease in the synthesis of hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and testosterone, which can cause decreased libido or even erectile dysfunction.
– Treatment for hypertension and gastroesophageal reflux disease
– Beta-blockers (erectile dysfunction)
When the libido turns into smoke
Over the years, a large number of studies have been published that confirm the harmful effects of smoking on sexual function. Panayotis Zavos, a biologist specialized in this topic, comments that quitting smoking would considerably increase sexual satisfaction.
Aphrodisiac foods: myths or reality?
Different studies show that some vitamins or components of our food can improve sexual function. The vitamins and minerals ingested with the diet fulfill a fundamental role in the hormonal and circulatory mechanisms related to sexual activity.
These natural products that compete with Viagra
– Yohimbine: is a bark of African origin which provides a slight benefit in erectile function, however it can lead to unpleasant side effects.
– Maca, also known as “Peruvian Viagra”, is a root plant that can be consumed raw, cooked or dried, although its effects on sexual function have not yet been fully proven, the current findings are really promising.
– Watermelon: the lycopene, beta-carotene and citrulline contained in this food make researchers presume that it can combat erectile dysfunction through its vasodilator effect.
Do not forget the mind!
We must remember that the mind plays a fundamental role in our libido. Unpleasant sexual experiences, self-confidence, family and couple relationships have a strong impact on our sexual desire. A sexual aggression or relationship problems inexorably lead to a decrease in libido.
Hormonal yoga is a technique that was popularized by Dinah Rodrigues with the aim of alleviating the symptoms related to menopause and hormonal disorders, the hormone yoga represents a natural alternative to hormone therapy. Through the combination of dynamic postures and breathing techniques, it acts on the ovaries, the thyroid, the pituitary gland and the adrenal glands which control our hormones, including those that play a major role in sexual function.
The real aphrodisiacs:
– figs, bananas and avocados contain vitamins and trace elements that improve blood circulation and help combat erectile dysfunction.
– Broccoli, oranges and foods rich in vitamin C, have a high antioxidant power and are essential for blood circulation in organs.
– Offal, poultry, seafood (especially clams, pork, lamb, soy, oysters, white beans, tofu, sesame, cereals, spinach) (rich in iron, which, when lacking, may decrease sexual desire, especially in women).
– Gut, pork legs, bone broth, fish, gelatin, red fruits and vegetables, olives, rich in collagen which helps maintain a strong erection and tonic vaginal walls.
– Sweet potatoes, thanks to their content of potassium and vitamin A promote good circulation.
– Brazil nuts, rich in selenium, which help maintain a good level of testosterone).
– Chocolate, favors the secretion of phenylethylamine and serotonin.
– Spices: nutmeg, cloves (improves the sexual behavior of male animals), ginseng (testosterone increases), saffron, asperula, nasturtium.
– Garlic, improves circulation in tissues thanks to its high content of allicin.