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How To Improve Sexual Health Naturally

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Is your sex life not as satisfying as you’d want it to be? Are energy levels dipping, or are you and your partner having trouble conceiving? You may just need a sexual health overhaul to fix things a little in that department. All it takes is some simple rules to live by – and some completely natural herbal remedies to do the rest.

Are you troubled that your sexual health isn’t all it should be? Whether it is a low sperm count, dipping testosterone levels, a lack of libido, or something else, nature has its cure for the problem.

Tap into Ayurveda or just switch around a few things in your daily life and you should see a marked improvement.

1. Take Herbal Remedies For Sexual Function

Ayurveda herbal remedy ashwagandha can help a woman’s satisfaction in bed, bring about improved lubrication and arousal, and help those orgasms along too. It works by improving your physical health and vitality on the whole, apart from supporting good psychological health. Oral administration of ashwagandha has been proven to help improve sexual function in women on multiple parameters (like arousal, lubrication, satisfaction, and orgasm).1 It also eases anxiety and helps rejuvenate a woman’s reproductive organs.2

What ashwagandha does for women, gingko biloba can do for men. Positively influencing the sexual experience at multiple stages, it can help with arousal, orgasm, and satisfaction. Erections and lubrication are both aided by the use of this herbal remedy. Researchers have found it is effective for use by those who have sexual problems due to antidepressant use.3 Ashwagandha too can help men improve sperm count, sperm morphology, and motility. In other words, if you plan to start a family anytime soon, this herbal remedy could be just what the doctor ordered.4

2. Feast On Pomegranates (And Eat Right!)

Those ruby red nuggets of a pomegranate can help boost testosterone levels in men and women. While testosterone is commonly called a “male sex hormone,” women’s bodies produce and need some amount of it too to regulate mood, keep up libido, and keep those energy levels up. You’ll find your mood improves with the consumption of this super food that’s rich in antioxidants. So go ahead and scatter some over your salads and meats or just drink some pomegranate juice for a natural high.5

Also ensure you are getting adequate levels of essential nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, and B vitamins, zinc, selenium, and magnesium through a good mix of fresh produce. These micronutrients play a key role in normal endocrine and reproductive function.

3. Enjoy Coconut Oil And Olive Oil For A Testosterone Boost

Virgin coconut oil can help testosterone production by lowering oxidative stress in your body. In fact, one study found it can even help those who experience alcohol-consumption-linked oxidative stress in the testicles.6

Olive oil too is found to produce similar effects, with research indicating it can raise testosterone levels by as much as 17.4 percent in just three weeks.7

4. Sow Those Wild Oats For Vaginal Stimulation

Wild oats or Avena sativa can help increase sensitivity in the genital region, boosting vaginal stimulation and improving libido. It nourishes your nerves, increasing the pleasurable sensations associated with sexual intercourse. In fact, one study found that it caused genital sensation to increase by 15 percent in women and resulted in a 29 percent increase in the frequency with which the women consuming the oats on a regular basis had orgasms.8

5. Exercise

Getting fit, losing excess weight, and having a better body image all play a key role in a healthy sexual life. You should see your stamina improve too, as you shed the extra weight. Even if you’re already of a healthy body weight, fitness can help you get stronger and let you carry on for longer. On the flip side, if you let the extra pounds pile on, you may see a drop in sperm parameters (both concentration and viability), which will impact your fertility. 9

6. Acupuncture To Beat Stress-Linked Sexual Problems

Acupuncture can restore hormonal balance that goes away due to stress. Stimulating endorphin production in your brain, it leaves you feeling happier and more upbeat. Internally, this also triggers estrogen and progesterone production, as well as follicle stimulating hormone.10 Besides this, acupuncture also reverses the constriction of ovarian arteries, resulting from stress. This allows blood to flow normally to the genital region and your ovaries, improving chances of conception.11 Together they tick all the boxes for female fertility, making the therapy well worth your while.

In men, this treatment can help improve sperm parameters in anyone who suffers from issues with sperm quality. Sperm viability, integrity, and concentration all showed improvement in tests on human male subjects with low sperm quality.12

7. Up That Iron Intake (If you’re Female)

Your body needs iron to keep that libido up and ensure you experience desire or arousal properly, are well lubricated, and, ultimately, experience the pleasure of an orgasm. A study found that iron supplementation helped women overcome sexual dysfunction and the anxiety associated with iron deficiency anemia.13

8. Sign Up For Yoga

Yoga helps your sexual health on multiple fronts. It makes you fit and helps you tone up and lose excess weight. But it also helps you mentally by relaxing you and helping you cope with stress better. Researchers have seen that the practice of this ancient form of exercise improves autonomic function and eases anxiety.14

9. Stay Off Salty Processed Foods

High salt in your diet can cause sodium content in the blood to rise, pumping up that blood pressure. The result? A weaker sexual experience due to hampered blood flow to the genital region. If you’re male, this might even cause erectile dysfunction.15

10. Don’t Binge On Caffeine

Too much caffeine may feel like it’s giving you a great buzz, helping you go at it longer in bed. But it can also make you much more anxious and jittery. So avoid overdoing your intake in the hours leading up to when you have sex, especially if you have a history of anxiety disorders.16

11. If You’re Male, Avoid Food With Phytoestrogens

Certain foods contain phytoestrogens which mimic the actions of estrogen in your body. Soy and some bread can have this effect, causing testosterone levels in your body to drop. And without the right levels of the vital male sex hormone, the rest usually goes south.17

12. Don’t Go Without Sex For Long

If you practice abstinence for too long, it could hamper your sperm health. Studies have found that men who abstain for more than a few days experience a dip in sperm quality and concentration of viable motile sperm.18

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CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.