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5 Tips to Improve your Libido  

One of the biggest complaints I hear in practice is a decrease in a patients Libido – both from males and females.  Don’t despair there are tricks and strategies to incorporate daily that will improve your Libido and make your sex life sizzle!i-c36fwG5-X3

What is Libido?  Libido (/lᵻˈbiːdoʊ/), is commonly described as a persons “sex drive” or desire for sexual activity. Sex drive is influenced by biological, psychological and social factors.  Many people often ignore a decrease in their sex drive but did you know that according to Maslow sex is as important, physiologically, as breathing and water. Therefore, if these requirements are not met, the human body cannot function properly and will ultimately fail.   People ignore this decrease often out of embarrassment or fear.  In my practice I will ask my patients about any issues with libido as part of my assessment because YES it is tremendously important to the individual’s overall health and wellbeing.   Did you also know that as we age sex drive usually decreases often spurred on by decreases in Testosterone?  Here are 5 things that will help improve your libido!

 

  1. Exercise – Exercise causes a myriad of cascading effects. It helps de-stress, associated weight loss and looking great improves our own perceptions of ourselves.  If you look and feel more attractive it boosts your confidence.  Yet one of the most beneficial aspects of exercising is that it can help in increasing testosterone levels.  Short bursts of exercise such as HIIT workouts and Weight lifting routines (heavy/low reps) for both men and women have been proven beneficial.
  2. Eat Clean – Drop the high fructose, processed, fatty foods all of which expose us to estrogen mimicking compounds and substitute with healthy vegetables, fats and proteins – unprocessed and unrefined. Tuna, Salmon, Sardines and Eggs all increase Testosterone as do oysters and black beans – So clean up your diet!  By eating clean, you will also shed those unwanted pounds
  3. Medications – often the number one offender to a decreased sex drive. Working with a psychiatric population I see many patients on SSRIS (Prozac & Zoloft) and Tricyclic anti-depressants.  But many of my patients are also on medications for seizure disorders (Tegretol) Hypertension (beta-blockers such as Atenolol and Metoprolol) even over the counter anti-histamines such as Benadryl will all interfere with libido.  A very thorough review of your medications and possible alternatives should be discussed with your practitioner.
  4. Supplements – Great news! There are supplements out there that can improve your libido.  My absolute favorite (especially for women) is Maca.  Totally unpalatable (IMHO) in powder form except for Gaia Vanilla Chai Maca but you can find it in pill form from companies such as Advocare Formula W.  Maca is know to improve sexual function, decrease erectile dysfunction, and balance mood.  Add some Zinc and Vitamin D to your diet and as always try and get these micronutrients from your food.  If you’re not getting enough from food, ask your practitioner for the appropriate dosage.
  5. De-Stress – Lastly DESTRESS !!!!!  Nothing interferes more with libido than stress and mood.  When you’re stressed the body releases cortisol which actually blocks the effects of testosterone.  So relax, unwind, get in the mood, forget about your day.  I know sometimes easier said than done but you can get a massage, meditate, do yoga or do whatever you know works for you to de-stress! Don’t forget to “Spice” it up in more ways than one, lingerie, movies all add dimension !

Decreased Libido is more common than you think!  You are not the only one and unfortunately it does increase as we age.   But there are tips and tricks out there that will get your libido and sex life back on track.  Find a holistic and empathetic practitioner who you are comfortable with and who will uncover the reason while providing strategies to help treat the cause.

For more confidential help or if you have a topic you would like discussed – you can call me at 561-866-1211.  Thanks Dolores

Synergy Health and Wellness   Dolores@synergyhealthandwellness.net

 

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Hi and thanks for visiting Synergy Health and Wellness. I’m Dolores, a Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and my focus is to make a difference in the Lives, Health and Wellness of my patients. My career began in Broward General a busy inner city hospital with a robust Emergency and Level 1 Trauma department with over 350 patient visits per day. In addition to ED and Trauma I also had 1 year experience in the area of Liver transplant providing care to pateints from all over the United States. My experience working in the emergency department lead me to become more and more frustrated with the repetitive patient ailments that could have been treated with education in diet, exercise and overall Health and Wellness. I came to see that we spent more time, effort, money and resources treating diseases and chronic health conditions rather than focusing on prevention. This opened my eyes to adult Health, women’s Health, the problem of addiction and holistic preventative Health and Wellness which would change the direction of my career. Returning to school my focus became Health, Wellness, Prevention and Maintenance and the treatment of the whole person, mind, body and soul. My masters thesis research concentrated on the development of a nursing model using Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners in the workplace and outpatient settings to ensure population compliance with routine preventive screening, preventative medicine and education of patient populations which would eventually decrease future medical problems for individuals and corporate employees. This model utilizes other specialties such as dieticians, personal trainers and fitness professionals, chiropractors, and mind-body specialists who provide yoga and meditation for stress relief and general improvements in Health and wellbeing. My masters level thesis demonstrates that a synergistic approach to health and wellbeing will be the future model for healthcare and prevention and forms the basis of my everyday practice. In my free time I practice the Healthy lifestyle that preach and try to instill in my patients. I enjoy weight training, running, competitive obstacle events and I actively participate in local community events by participating and volunteering to support local charities. Stop by and see me at Synergy Health and Wellness for personalized health and wellness assessment and treatment plans treating mind-body and soul.

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