In­creas­ing your libido

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - NEWS -

THERE can be a list of things that can con­trib­ute to low libido: phys­i­cal pain (dry­ness of the vagina, menopause, pe­riod pain, joint pain), low en­ergy, in­som­nia (small chil­dren, stress/anx­i­ety), re­sent­ment in the re­la­tion­ship, emo­tional wounds from pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships (cheat­ing, sex­ual abuse) and as naturopaths we of­ten dis­cuss and treat the above dur­ing con­sul­ta­tions.

How­ever the big­gest mood killer (be­sides young chil­dren) is the stress re­sponse.

His­tor­i­cally, we had in­ter­course for re­pro­duc­tion and when the tribal woman were un­der stress (famine, drought) then re­pro­duc­tion was put on the back burner.

Things re­ally haven’t changed for us phys­i­o­log­i­cally, but what has changed is our con­stant state of stress.

We gen­er­ally are over­com­mit­ted, over worked, try­ing to be a full time worker/par­ent/daugh­ter/friend and be ev­ery­thing to ev­ery­one.

Then com­pound that with a western diet laden with re­fined car­bo­hy­drates, sug­ars and chem­i­cals all washed down with an un­healthy dose of caf­feine (tea, cof­fee, soft drink and en­ergy drinks) and al­co­hol and you have the per­fect recipe for high stress hor­mones and low de­sire to re­pro­duce.

Top tips to get your “boom chica wow wow” back in the bed­room:

1) Get rid of the com­mit­ments that don’t serve you… you know what they are! Make each other a pri­or­ity.

2) Eat lean pro­tein, mul­ti­ple colours of veg/leafy greens and healthy fats with each main meal for great hor­mones and weight man­age­ment.

3) Con­sume more wa­ter than flavoured fluid, this in­cludes cof­fee and tea.

4) Take time out, in­di­vid­u­ally and to­gether as a cou­ple. Set it on the cal­en­dar if you have to.

5) Try tak­ing a bath/ spa/ shower to­gether. Hav­ing a cof­fee/ din­ner date.

6) Send the kids to bed early and for­get about the dishes for one night.

7) Set the mood with can­dles, es­sen­tial oils like Rose, Neroli, Clary sage and Ylang Ylang (can be used in bath, mas­sage oil or oil burner) note: be care­ful where you place these oils and di­lute with mas­sage oil or mois­turiser.

8) Greet each other with a kiss and hug at the end of the day.

9) Don’t for­get fore­play! Stress nat­u­rally dries up se­cre­tions so you might want to pay a bit more at­ten­tion here.

10) Con­sult a qual­i­fied natur­opath, who can guide you through stress man­age­ment sup­ple­ments and tech­niques to help all ar­eas of your health in­clud­ing libido.

BY NATUROPATHS BELINDA MCPHERSON AND SO­PHIE LORBACK

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