Low sex drive is a common problem that can affect both men and women. There is no "normal" libido and the sexual desire of all is different. Something as little as stress and fatigue can have a direct impact. So what can you do to increase libido?
Dr. David Edwards, a medical specialist in sexual health, has several tips, including the rhodiola rosea extract.
Scientific research led by Dr. Edwards and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine and also in the journal Phytotherapy Research, showed that rhodiola rosea extract – an herb used for centuries to relieve stress and increase energy, can also help increase sexual desire in men and women caused predominantly by stress.
Dr Edwards said: "Available on the main street in the form of Vitano Rhodiola tablets, it is a natural herbal supplement that can help with the temporary relief of symptoms associated with stress such as fatigue, tiredness and low sexual desire and has been used for over 30 years as a traditional remedy.
"In fact, the Rhodiola rosea was used by the Vikings and was also given as a wedding gift for couples in Siberia."
Dr. Edwards has some other recommendations, from finding time for romance to keeping an eye on.
Find time for romance
"I always recommend couples trying to get some shelter away from the stress-causing factors – even if it's only for one night," Dr. Edwards said.
"Taking a shower or bathing together, a candle prepared at home lit the dinner – can really make a difference. Or, if you want to get away, it's a good idea not to travel too far from home, since traveling to the potential "love nest" can be stressful, especially on a Friday night. "
Increase confidence in the body
"Both in the workplace and in the mirror, how you feel about your body affects what you feel about sex," Dr. Edwards notes.
"An unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can make you have a poor self-image, so improving those exercises is a good place to start. Even a 30-minute walk around the block at lunchtime increases your daily activity levels, which in turn can increase mood and self-esteem. "
Eat your way to a better sex life
"When people are poor in time, their diet is often poor in nutrients," explains Dr. Edwards. "This creates a vicious cycle: increased levels of stress, low energy and decreased libido.
Therefore, increasing foods that naturally increase the levels of the so-called "happy" hormone, serotonin, also helps to create feelings of calm and better mood. Breakfast in the oatmeal with some fruit and cinnamon, salmon with salad for lunch and fry with turkey strips for dinner. These foods help increase the amino acid tryptophan, which stimulates serotonin in the body. "
Communication is fundamental
"If the deadline is late, it may be a necessity, but it's important to keep resentment from your partner. Occasional sending of sassy text messages from work may be enough to help maintain the sense of emotional closeness that is so important to sustaining a healthy sex life, "adds Dr. Edwards.
"In fact, a quarter of people interviewed said that receiving a cheeky text message would make them feel good in the mood. Also, making an effort to say something more special to your partner can help; 12% of respondents said receiving a compliment would make them feel more like having sex. "
Ditch the drink
"Alcohol is what is known as an" anti-nutrient "because it can actually deplete the body of essential nutrients, especially those needed for energy production and stress reduction," explains Dr. Edwards.
"Over time, drinking can become a vicious cycle that will inevitably impact the libido. Frequent consumption of alcohol can also reduce testosterone levels and, in turn, decrease libido. "
Keep an eye closed
A recent Aviva Health survey revealed that almost four in ten Britons do not get enough sleep – in fact, we are the least sleeping in the world. Prolonged nights of unsatisfactory sleep lead to irritability and moodiness – and tiredness also suppresses the sex drive.
"If your sleep is of poor quality, there is a lot of truth in the old wives' tale of taking a dairy drink before you hit the pillow to encourage the release of melatonin, our sleep hormone," Edwards said.
"In addition, instead of asking your doctor to prescribe sleeping pills that may make you feel dizzy in the morning, try an alternative based on natural herbs, ideally containing valerian and / or passion fruit.
"An exclusively licensed natural sleep supplement combining valerian and passion fruit is available on Main Street in the form of Bonuit Sleep Aid, a traditional herbal medicine used for the temporary relief of sleep disorders due to mild anxiety symptoms based on traditional use. "
Supplements are recommended to help with a range of health conditions, including anxiety.