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9 of the best tips to increase your libido

If parenting is the condition, then a low libido is often the symptom. It certainly is a far more common complaint than you would think! But there is good news. These small and simple changes to your lifestyle and daily routine will help turn up the heat in the bedroom.

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Food that can deliciously boost your libido

1. Goji Berries

Goji berries are the super fruits of sex. Used in Asian countries traditionally as a sexual tonic, they’ve been proven to help increase the secretion of testosterone in both men and women. With more testosterone comes a higher sex drive. Enough said.

2. Figs

Simply irresistible – figs work by enhancing your pheromones secretion, the hormones that attract the opposite sex. Up your fig intake to release those irresistible scents that your partner unknowingly desires.

Try this brownie recipe to help curve sweet tooth cravings and boost your sex drive at the same time.

3. Watermelon

It may be 92 per cent water, but the remaining eight per cent can actually enhance your sexual health. Having been dubbed the natural Viagra, this sweet little beauty is worth your time. Jam packed with the nitro amino acid citrulline, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels and is said to have a similar effect on the body as the medicine Viagra.

Up your intake of the Fruity Tutti Smoothie, and that little blue pill will never be a topic of conversation.

Up your training to heat up the bedroom

Overall, any kind of exercise is proven to increase your mood, reduce your stress and improve your self confidence, which will only naturally increase your sex drive. Try these specific exercises to give your sexual health a little extra help.

4. Kegels

Squeeze those pelvic floors tight and often. Doing those daily pelvic floor exercises will increase your sexual energy and strengthen the muscles. Not only does this benefit your partner in the pleasure stakes, but ultimately, the stronger the pelvic muscles, the stronger the orgasm.

5. Cardiovascular Workouts

Hit the ground running and increase your cardio. Cardio is known to reduce your stress levels and cortisol which can have a direct impact on sexual health. It also increases blood flow to all areas of your body (yep, sexual organs too!). Try this awesome HIIT workout.

6. Strength Training

Strength training has a direct impact on your libido as it releases the hormone testosterone into your body. Focus on your large muscles groups, with fewer reps and higher weights, and your body will secrete testosterone which naturally increases your desire.

Form new habits

Not only are food and exercise an important factor on increasing your libido, as is your mind set. With a few simple changes in behaviour your intimacy should naturally increase.

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7. Love Yourself

Like yourself naked. As women, when looking at ourselves in the mirror, we automatically focus on our “problem-areas”. If you cannot let go of this self criticism then these judgemental thoughts and worries begin to creep in to the bedroom. While your partner is kissing your stomach, have you found yourself shying away thinking “oh god, I’m so fat?”. Naturally, this dampens the mood and gets your mind running.

Love yourself so you can let your partner love you too.

8. Date Each Other

With busy lifestyles, children to care for and a house to maintain, sex can often end up feeling like another check box on your to-do list. Sex is not a chore so try to stop treating it as one and bring a little foreplay in to your daily routines. Remember to kiss passionately just for the sake of it. Hold hands. A neck rub while driving. Anything to increase your daily intimacy can help lead to passion in the bedroom.

9. Just Do It

The more sex you have, the more sex you want and at the end of the day, it really is as simple as that. Just do it!

If you’re still in any doubt, then here are 11 reasons why you should have sex tonight!

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Jessica Black

Jess is a fiercely passionate storyteller who is mad about fitness and wine drinking, usually not at the same time. She’s a freelance writer who juggles being a mummy to three and hospitality work. When she’s not busy tapping away on her keyboard with a smile on her face she’s chasing the kids or jogging on the beach.

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