Low libido? Give it a boost with Maca and Catuaba
Having a low libido is a very common problem for both men and women, and can cause distress, especially if it’s a long-term issue. Let’s take a look at what can cause it, the effect it can have on your body and how you can help to give it a boost.
Why do I have a low libido?
There are many reasons why you may be suffering with a low libido. Relationship problems, sexual problems, unhealthy lifestyle, stress, fatigue and depression are all common causes of a low sex drive.
As we get older, our levels of oestrogen and testosterone decline, which can result in a lower libido. There are other hormone-related issues that can be to blame too, including the menopause, having recently given birth and breastfeeding.
If you’re suffering with a long-term illness, the emotional and physical strain of this can result in a low libido, and some medications can cause it too. In fact, many medications have this side effect, including the contraceptive pill, implant and injection.
Effects of a low libido
Aside from experiencing a diminished sex drive, a low libido can be upsetting. It can affect both you and your partner, lead to anxiety and poor self-esteem. If you’re suffering with this, it’s important you speak openly and honestly with your partner and seek help to find the underlying cause.
It could be as simple as resolving conflict within your relationship, or could mean a trip to see a health professional who can offer further advice.
How to increase libido naturally
There are lots of things you can do to help increase your libido.
Firstly, try to make healthier lifestyle choices. Eat a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and grains. Also take regular exercise, try to get plenty of sleep and cut down on toxins in your body such as alcohol. You’ll start to feel better in yourself, which could give you a boost of confidence (and a boost in the bedroom!)
Secondly, try to relieve stress. Whether this is through meditation, yoga or simply settling down with a book before bed, try to incorporate some mindful ‘me time’ into your day. Check out our top ways to reduce stress, here.
Thirdly, try taking some herbal supplements. Indiginous tribes in Brazil have taken Maca for centuries to enhance fertility, increase energy and boost stamina. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root vegetable that grows in the Peruvian Andes, where the soil is extremely rich in minerals. This accounts for the high levels of trace minerals found in the root. Maca is widely regarded as an adaptogen and superfood that can support physical and mental performance and is available in liquid, capsule and powder form.
You could also try taking Catuaba, which is one of the most famous aphrodisiac plants in Brazil. It’s thought the effects of Catuaba were first discovered by the Tupi Indians, who call it the ‘Tree of Love’ or ‘Tree of Togetherness’. It’s been used by couples for generations to help maintain a healthy libido, and is available in capsule form.
Lastly, remember, if you think your libido is caused by a health issue, or medication, it’s important you speak to a health professional first before making any lifestyle changes.