Valentine's Day is today and in case you aren't in the mood for some romance, I thought I'd throw out some ideas of ways you can increase your libido naturally. It's important to know that a sex drive is normal and a sign of good health. Reduced sex drive is something that comes up a lot in clinic and is often caused by stress, fatigue, hormonal contraceptives and sometimes nutritional deficiencies.
Cholesterol is the backbone of all your steroid hormones (testosterone, estrogen, progesterone). Optimal "healthy" cholesterol intake is essential for men and women in their reproductive years. Think grass fed butter and egg yolks.
If your a meat eater and love oysters, chances are you are getting enough zinc. But if you drink unfiltered tap water (containing copper), have a low protein or refined diet, you may be at risk of deficiency. Zinc deficiency causes loss of sense of smell and taste plus you may notice white spots on your nails. Kangaroo meat, oysters and sunflower seeds are all good sources of zinc.
Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus)
This Ayurveda herb is also known as "woman of 1000 husbands". Do I need to say more?! I use this herb for women clinically, who are trying to conceive, have reduced libido and are stressed. Its additionally great for fluid retention and menopausal symptoms.
Tribulus (Tribulus Terrestris)
Tribulus' main action is as an aphrodisiac. It can be beneficial for men and women with libido and fertility issues. It's one of the best herbs for increasing low sperm counts and libido in men. Its also great for lower blood lipids and in cardiovascular diseases.
I don't recommend self prescribing. These herbs and nutrients can be beneficial for some people at the right dosage and in the right form. Email me if you'd like some personalized advice.