Libido Lifts

Some easy, natural ways to get back in the mood

By P. J. Ellison

With six months of winter, half of them without the distraction of hockey or much sunlight, it’s safe to presume Canadians had a lot more sex in the last half of 2012. Um, no. Turns out the only thing we’re doing more of is making excuses to avoid sexual intimacy. According to an international poll, Canadians between the ages of 46 and 60 have sex an average of 1.35 times a week. The global average is 1.41. Canadians use excuses ranging from fatigue (71 percent), aches and pains (29 percent) and the classic, “not tonight, Honey, I have a headache”, at 24 percent.

More than 13,000 adults in 13 countries took part in the survey conducted by Eli Lilly Canada. When there’s nothing wrong with the “equipment”, the sexual dysfunction is usually cerebral or a result of poor health. Fortunately, a simple lifestyle tweak is often all one needs to get back between the sheets. Of course, it’s always a good idea to consult your family physician beforehand.

No Thanks, I’m Driving

Keep both hands on the wheel and steer clear of alcohol. Sure, one or two cocktails may grease your gears, but focus on the road ahead: Your sex drive, if you will. Too much booze and you’ll be hitching a ride to Limpville. Population: solo.

Pump. It. Up.

Keep moving. Keep blood flowing. Help your sexy bod achieve its ideal weight while releasing feel-good chemicals (endorphins) in the brain. General wellbeing and happiness will both translate into confidence, and what’s sexier than self-confidence?

Lose It to Use It

Improve your mood to improve your libido. If a bulging belly is getting in the way of intimacy, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. You. Okay, that’s mean, but take comfort: You don’t need six-pack abs or buns of steel to be a sex symbol. Eating light keeps you light, limber and lasting longer.

Boost Blood Flow

Minerals and antioxidants found in myriad fruits and vegetables can help increase blood flow to all areas of the body. Blood flow is key to an erection, obviously, but it increases sensitivity, sensuality and feeds the biggest sex organ of all: your brain.

Zinc iz Zexy

Sometimes certain aphrodisiacs are mentioned so often they get tossed in the pile of hearsay or folklore. Oysters are the real raw deal. See, oysters contain zinc and zinc is one mineral every wannabe Casanova cannot live without. It not only increases testosterone production, it helps produce healthier sperm. Brewers yeast, wheat germ and bran all contain high levels of zinc. Stock up, Slick!

Stress: The un-Sexy

Easier said than done, but stress is to sex what a cold sore is to kissing. The last thing you want to do is get close and intimate. Before bedtime (play time?), why not find an activity that usually helps relax you? If you don’t have the time, pencil some down time into your agenda. Yoga, moderate exercise three times a week and even meditation will help.

Spring 2013, Vol 5 N°2

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