For example, in 2007, at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, it was shown that regular sexual activity could slow aging. Study participants whose sexuality was more intense looked younger than their age. In fact, the “rejuvenating” action would come from the hormones produced in quantity during the sexual act, mainly: oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine.
In 2017, it is shown that middle-aged subjects with a better libido and more sexual intercourse have better brain performance (1).
Age, libido and sexuality
The deterioration of sexuality is not an age-related fatality. It is normal for sexual activity to be less intense at age 60 than at age 20, but healthy people can have quite satisfying relationships for a very long time.
In fact, the production of sex hormones declines with age. This can lead to a decrease in libido with a decrease in desire, but also erectile dysfunction in men and lubrication in women… and ultimately, a decrease in the frequency of intercourse.
On the other hand, certain age-related health problems can appear and have a negative influence on sexuality:
– Diabetes and obesity
– Hyperlipidemia (too much fat in the blood)
– Arterial hypertension and arteriosclerosis
– Neurological diseases: depression, Parkinson’s, neuropathies…
– Sedentary lifestyle and lack of physical exercise, etc…
Certainly, the libido is partly derived from the brain, from our thoughts, desires and fantasies. So loving relationships will always help. Conversely, its enemies are excess stress, overwork and accumulated fatigue (notably exhaustion of the adrenal glands by chronic stress, the same glands that also make our sex hormones). It will be necessary to watch out for them, avoid them or remedy them as the case may be. Similarly, psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression should be treated first and foremost to regain libido.
That said, sexual desire also depends on our body, especially our hormonal function. It is a sign of general good health, vitality and balance.
To increase your libido and improve your sexuality, we seek, in both men and womento increase the blood flow in the genitals as well as the levels of testosterone* blood and dopamine* in the brain. We are therefore going to see different means that can contribute to this.
Foods that increase libido
First of all, it is necessary to favor foods to low glycemic index. Indeed, sweets and other carbohydrates with a high glycemic index disrupt your hormonal form and promote glycation, which itself deteriorates your blood vessels.
Eat “good fats” is important because they are used to make your sex hormones (particularly from cholesterol). It is necessary to promote unsaturated fats but a moderate ration of saturated fats that are stable in cooking, such as coconut or olive fat, for example, is useful. Good fats are found in seeds, oilseeds and oils cold pressed. For animal fats, it is fish fats but also those from grazing cattle, geese and ducks from the farm, organic eggs… On the other hand, it is healthier to avoid fried foods, and especially hydrogenated fats industrial (in ready-to-eat foods), loaded with very toxic “trans” fatty acids.
Without detailing here the exact mechanisms, here are foods that are known to boost libido and promote sexual activity:
- seafood, salmon, oysters
- banana, passion fruit
- celery, coconut fat, kale, spinach, beans
- pepper, ginger, garlic…
Their actions are similar to those of the plants mentioned below.
Have the right nutrients
For everything to work, care must be taken not to lack any essential nutrient and in particular: zincthe magnesiumvitamins E, A, D, B6, which are important in the metabolism of sex hormones.
Hormones and libido
DHEA and pregnenolone
Production of the hormone DHEA (which is a precursor to testosterone) declines with age, as does that of the precursor to DHEA: pregnenolone. If your rates are too low, taking DHEA could improve your libido. Note, however, that this has been demonstrated above all for women.
In fact, if your adrenal glands become exhausted in producing cortisol (whose precursor is pregnenolone), the latter will have little opportunity to transform into DHEA and then into testosterone, etc.
Too high is a brake on sexuality. It increases under stress. Chronic stress is unfortunately very common nowadays, and its harmful effects are often ignored. Sleep, leisure and stress management (or relaxation) will therefore be welcome.
The famous testosterone
It is the hormone of sexual potency and excitement. Classically known as the “male hormone”, it is produced in both men and women. The difference is that it is transformed quickly and mainly into estrogen in women but very little in men. In both sexes, it stimulates the libido.
It is possible to apply a substitution treatment to testosterone, as for the other sex hormones, in men as in women (at different doses of course).
Let us recall here that a substitution treatment is a choice: that of a treatment In the long termbecause from the moment we bring a hormone to the body, it tends to no longer produce it, or less.
Plants of desire and natural tips
They are almost innumerable in traditional medicines. Here are those whose stimulating action has been confirmed by scientific studies (non-exhaustive list):
– mucuna pruriens which stimulates the production of dopamine,
– the chrysin of passion fruit (more effective when taken with piperine from pepper) has an action anti-aromatase* which prevents testosterone from turning into estrogen,
– I’nettle has the same property. In addition, by binding to the protein that transports it in the blood (SHBG), it promotes the release of testosterone which becomes free, and thus more active.
– the maca According to some studies, it has a “testosterone like” effect
– the avenin contained in theoatsalso binds to SHBG and promotes blood free testosterone levels.
– the tribulus, ashwaganda, ginseng, ginger, tongkat ali, epimedium, lunasia, pimpinella alpina… are other plants used traditionally and whose effects have been demonstrated. Some of them have an efficiency comparable to Viagra° or Cialis°.
According to the practice of organotherapy, low dilutions of Testosterone (4CH) would stimulate its production. In the same spirit, one can use Cortisol in high dilution (9CH) on the contrary, to slow down its production.
Homeopathy can also combat loss of libido with remedies such as Lachesis, Lycopodium, Sepia, Nepenthes, but these are remedies for specific types of people that only a homeopath can recognize.
Other Libido Awakening Substances
the resveratrol, well-known antioxidant, also has an anti-aromatase effect.
The amino acid arginine promotes the release of nitric oxide (NO) in the blood which is a powerful dilator of blood vessels. It can be combined with other natural vasodilators such as gingko biloba, yohimbine…
Avoid hormone disruptors
These are mainly substances with an estrogenic effect and which make men infertile as we know (antibiotics, pesticides, plastics, etc.).
Some vegetables like cabbage and broccoli help eliminate excess estrogen (or xenoestrogen from pollutants) (4). For more information see: endocrine disruptors.
Some medications can cause low libido. This is especially the case with antidepressants, neuroleptics, antihypertensives, anticonvulsants, finasteride, etc.
The allopathy of desire
Viagra®, known to promote erection in men, works by increasing the production of nitric oxide (NO), which itself promotes the dilation of vessels in the genitals. Let us mention here other similar specialties such as Cialis°, Levitra°… These drugs have significant side effects because the vasodilatation is not necessarily limited to the sexual parts. Note that they don’t have no real action on desire (unlike your testosterone and dopamine).
Marmas or sacred points
There are reflex zones on the body called “marmas” in Ayurvedic medicine. They generally correspond to acupuncture points. Some are traditionally known to increase libido and blood circulation in the genitals of men or women.
To obtain this effect, they must be stimulated, for example by massaging them for 2 to 3 minutes. Here are the most famous locations:
- on the ankle, equidistant between the top of the medial malleolus and the edge of the Achilles tendon
- below the navel on the midline 4 finger widths (of the person) below
- in the lower back, on the spine (hump) of the 2nd lumbar vertebra
- on the sacrum: the 4 holes of the sacrum on each side of the midline (i.e. 8 sacred holes).
Exercise and posture increase testosterone
For fitness and bodybuilding enthusiasts, you have to lift heavy and do training short to raise this hormone. Likewise, sprints and intense interval training improve this function.
Remember in passing that exercise also produces growth hormone whose effects against aging are known.
It has also been shown that the right attitude (for example: winner’s posture, arms in the air) can alone increase testosterone levels. See the explanation in this video:
Here is what to increase the libido and maintain it for a long time to improve your longevity (and your quality of life). Remember that, as in sport, regular activity is desirable to maintain this function.
That said, it goes without saying that our mind, if it is well disposed, will greatly influence our libido. So also avoid routine and don’t forget these ingredients: spice in life, complicity, novelty and… love.
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