No one likes the sound of a low sex drive. I mean, no one wants to be told that.
Although, a tendency that we become less desirous of sex as we age is high. However, while we are still strong and able, the last thing we want is to have a low sex drive.
Desiring a really interesting sex life is definitely a good thing. However, it isn’t just enough to desire without making effort to achieving it.
Making effort, on the other hand, can be achieved by first knowing some of our daily unhealthy habit that can be a precursor to low sex drive.
Here are 6 everyday unhealthy habits you should consider quitting.
1. You’re loading up on sugar and junk foods
Loading your body with lots of refined carbs, simple sugars, and saturated and trans fat can slow your blood flow and affect how well you can perform during sex.
According to one study, a guy’s testosterone drops by around a quarter after consuming the equivalent of a large takeaway cola.
Also, excess sugar consumption can cause you to store belly fat and increase in belly fat raises estrogen levels, which can result in low libido and erectile dysfunction.
2. You aren’t exercising enough
Exercising often affects your health in so many ways than you can imagine.
Exercising gets your heart rate up and getting your heart rate up improves blood flow, which stimulates your sex organs, says Nicole Prause, Ph.D., founder of UCLA’s Liberos Center, which uses brain stimulation to treat problems related to sexual desire. Any increase in exercise is worthwhile.
3. You’re not getting enough sleep
According to several studies, not getting enough sleep has its toll on your sex drive.
In men, a lack of quality sleep can reduce testosterone while women can have difficulty engaging with their desire and reaching orgasm if they’re not getting enough recuperative rest.
4. Some nutrients are missing in your diet
Eating a balanced diet ensures you get all the vitamins and minerals that have been linked to proper sexual functioning.
B vitamins like niacin—found in fish, chicken, are important when it comes to energy production and blood flow for both important for sexually active men and women.
Foods rich in Zinc and magnesium have also been linked to higher testosterone and libido, which can be found in foods like dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas and dark chocolate.
5. Continous stress can lower your sex drive
When you constantly stress yourself on a daily basis, your whole health is affected, including sexual health as chronic stress depresses testosterone.
So, try prioritizing something that helps you destress (like yoga, meditation, and the likes) on a daily basis to improve your sex drive and overall health.