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How to Boost Your Libido, According to a Doctor
Dr. Zoltan Rona practices complementary medicine in Toronto and is the author of the bestseller Return to the Joy of Health:
- Step 1, relax. You can manage your life stresses better with a nutritious diet, increased exercise, a good night’s sleep, massage, meditation or yoga. These relaxation techniques improve mood, blood flow and desire.
- Avoid tobacco, excess alcohol, processed foods and sugar. Getting your blood levels taken by your doctor will give you an idea of how much of each sex hormone-testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and DHEA you need and already have in your system.
- There’s tentative evidence that Ginkgo biloba extract can improve blood flow to the brain and sexual organs, and the aphrodisiac maca root might improve mild sexual dysfunction in men and women. Both are available in pill form at health-food stores. Other herbs that can boost libido, especially in women, include Vitex and Panax ginseng.
- Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, vitamin C, zinc and the amino acid L-arginine are all important nutrients for optimal hormonal health and sexual desire. Check with a natural-health-care practitioner for personalized dosages.