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9 Natural Ways to Boost Your Sex Life

Exercise, say experts, is one of many natural tools you can use to improve sex. Getty Images

Want more excitement? Stimulation? Satisfaction? There are several drug-free ways to spice up your sex life.

If your time in bed with your partner isn’t all you’d like it to be, take heart. Literally.

Having a date night with your partner — to remind yourself of all the reasons you adore each other and to relax by being wined and dined — can be great ways to stimulate your libido, says Anita Sadaty, MD, a holistic gynecologist in Roslyn, New York.

This is one of many natural ways that experts say you can improve your sex life.

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Medical Reasons May Be Behind Sexual Problems or Disinterest

Of course, there may be a medical reason why your sex life is flagging. Diabetes, thyroid issues, cancer, and cardiac problems can lower sexual desire. Nerve issues, endometriosis, or other problems can cause sex to be painful for women. And certain medications — like some for blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and even birth control — may inhibit desire.

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That’s why it’s important to get a medical checkup if you are experiencing symptoms that affect your sex life and get your condition properly treated. You can also ask your doctor if it’s possible to switch your medication to something without a sexual side effect.

But even if you have a medical cause, it doesn’t have to stop you from having satisfying sex.

1. Make Getting in the Mood for Sex a Priority

Sometimes, having more and better sex simply requires clearing your schedule. “It’s hard to be in the mood when you have a million things on your to-do list and not much time to do it,” Dr. Sadaty says.

Scheduling sex might sound unromantic, but you put most of your important plans in your calendar, so why not sex? It’s best to schedule enough time to do something relaxing first rather than hopping straight into bed, since women, especially, need to be relaxed before their libido kicks in, Sadaty says.

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2. Work on Your Mind and Notice Your Thoughts for Better Sex

If your brain is running a feedback loop of reasons you’ve picked up along the way — about how you should feel guilty about sex or maybe that your body is too fat or ugly or, well, whatever — it’s time to stop it in its tracks. Recognize the thought when it appears and change it to a more helpful one.

This helps your sex life because, as a meta-analysis published in the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology found, people with more open attitudes about sex are better able to explore their sexuality without guilt. (1)

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3. Don’t Forget to Use Lubricants for Better Sex

Sex can be more pleasurable if you add a lubricant, which cuts down on friction and irritation and, therefore, discomfort, gynecologists say. You can buy an official lubricant from the drugstore or use a household oil like coconut oil. (Be sure to use a nonlatex condom if you DIY because these oils can damage latex.)

Don’t try to hide your need for a lubricant from your partner. Make it part of your sexual routine and have fun with it.

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4. Move Your Body to Improve Your Sex Life

You may not think that the exercise you do for your heart and muscles is important for good sex, but remember that blood flows to your genitals as much as to your heart.

Men with erectile dysfunction (ED), for example, can sometimes reverse this problem with a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, according to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. (2) Even in men requiring ED medication, healthy lifestyle changes likely add to the benefits, the researchers found.

RELATED: 10 Amazing Benefits of Exercise

5. Get Enough Sleep for Good Sex

Sleep is another lifestyle factor that impacts libido. One reason is that hormone secretion is controlled by the body’s internal clock, and sleep patterns likely help the body determine when to release certain hormones related to sex.

For both men and women, feeling tired when you get into bed zaps whatever libido you may have had even moments earlier.

Plus, for men, getting enough sleep can boost the level of testosterone (a lower level can be associated with sexual dysfunction), according to a review published in the journal Brain Research. (3)

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6. Practice Mindfulness — and Yoga — for Better Sex

It may seem like sex is the ultimate practice of mindfulness, and while orgasm pretty much is (likely no one has made their grocery list or planned a work report in that moment), you may become distracted by random thoughts in the time leading up to that orgasm.

Keeping your attention on what you’re doing and feeling is a powerful way to enhance your pleasure. In a study by Canadian researchers published in November 2016 in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, women suffering from anxiety-related sexual dysfunction significantly boosted their sexual responsiveness after being trained in mindfulness. (4)

Similarly, the mind-body practice of yoga can aid your libido. When a group of 40 women were instructed to practice an hour of yoga each day, their average scores on a sexual function questionnaire for desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, lower pain, and overall satisfaction increased, according to research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. (5) The yoga postures they did were basic poses believed to improve pelvic muscle tone, release tight hip joints, and boost mood, followed by breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.

RELATED: Yoga Enhances Sex and Sexual Health in Men and Women

7. Consider Acupuncture Treatments to Improve Sex

The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture, in which a practitioner strategically places needles in the body, can also enhance your sex life. Balancing and relaxing the body with acupuncture has long been used to boost libido, says Baljit Khamba, ND, a naturopathic doctor and an assistant professor of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University California in San Diego.

Khamba coauthored a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in which 35 men and women with sexual dysfunction, likely caused by antidepressants they were taking, were treated with nine acupuncture sessions. At the end, libido had improved in women, while erection, timing of ejaculation, and ability to orgasm were enhanced in men. (6)

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8. See What Some Herbs, aka Aphrodisiacs, Can Do for You

Some herbs are used by cultures around the world as aphrodisiacs. Some are believed to stimulate nerves in your genitals; others increase levels of nitric oxide, which increases blood flow to the genitals, and the feel-good chemicals in your brain.

Some of these herbs include Chinese ginseng, Cordyceps, gingko biloba, and muira puama.

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Drugstores and health-food stores sometimes market products for sexual health that are a combination of herbs and supplements, including the amino acid L-arginine. A study of one of these products, ArginMax for Women, was published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. (7) It found that more than two-thirds of the women taking this product — which contains ginseng, ginkgo biloba, damiana, vitamins, minerals, and L-arginine — reported an increase in sexual desire and overall sexual satisfaction

9. Masturbate or Self-Stimulate for Better Sex

By experimenting on yourself, you can come to better know what satisfies you sexually — information you can then convey to your partner.

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For women, masturbation may have other benefits as well. Vaginal dryness and pain may be reduced when you spend time stimulating yourself.

That’s why sex therapists often recommend masturbation as a tool for women having trouble reaching orgasm. You might want to add a vibrator for enhanced stimulation.

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Everyone’s sex drive is different and will likely change due to circumstances and over the course of their life and a recent research has shown that for women over 50, lack of libido can be a real issue with 75% suffering from a reduced sex drive.

Of course, the main thing that kills libido is stress so being as relaxed as possible is essential but there are a number of other natural ways a low sex drive can be combated. Several experts and nutritionists have outlined some reliable methods in improving sex drive that can help women of any age.

From eating chocolate and using lube through to pelvic exercises and supplements, here are 11 things to try if you feel your libido is lower than you want it to be.

Get that blood flowing

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Shona Wilkinson, a nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com explained: ‘Poor circulation and blood flow can lead to stagnant energy within the body. This is further going to worsen the problem of low libido. Good blood flow to your sexual organs is vital for arousal, sexual stimulation and pleasure. The more blood flow, the more intense the orgasm. One way to increase blood flow is by getting out and moving more.

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‘Try to add at least 20 minutes of heartbeat raising exercise to your routine each day. This could be as simple as a brisk walk, a session on a mini trampoline or a visit to the gym. Adequate hydration will help too, purified water, fruit teas and herbal teas add to your hydration levels’.

Boost with basil

Nutritionist Cassandra Barns told us: ‘Granted, it’s not the most obvious of food choices, however, bear with us! Basil can help increase circulation, stimulate the sex drive and boost fertility. And, surprisingly, the scent of basil (supposedly) drives us wild with desire. Basil oil was used by Mediterranean prostitutes as a perfume, to err, attract their customers…a dab of fresh pesto behind your ears ladies?! No, we thought not, but add some fresh basil to your salad to help get your libido going!’

Communication is key

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Dr Marilyn Glenville, nutritionist and author of The Natural Health Bible for women, said: ‘Relationship troubles can contribute to loss of sexual desire. If you don’t feel listened to, respected or important it is natural to respond with resentment and that resentment can dampen libido. It’s important to open the lines of communication with your partner, so that anger can be expressed in places other than the bedroom. If the problem is severe, such as infidelity, you may want to go to a relationship counsellor.’

Lower stress

Shona continued: ‘Stress plays a huge role in libido reduction. The ingredients that our bodies use to make stress hormones are the same ingredients that are used to make sex hormones. Your body will always prioritise the production of stress hormones over anything else. Going back pre-historically, stress hormones were used to get us out of danger, to stop us being eaten by a tiger. At that moment in time, your body does not care about sex! The problem is that in today’s over stressed work and home lives, we are constantly producing these stress hormones, and often not allowing our bodies to make other hormones, such as sex hormones.’

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Cassandra added: ‘Stress, sleep and anxiety are all related. If we don’t get enough sleep, we can find it harder to adapt to challenging situations, and when we can’t cope as efficiently with stress it can be harder to have a good nights rest. I’d recommend taking Magnesium, which is known as “nature’s tranquiliser” and is needed to relax our muscles and nerves, which helps us to fall into a peaceful sleep. To ensure you’re getting enough magnesium try and include plenty of magnesium-rich foods in your diet such as, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, fish and leafy green vegetables. I’d also recommend taking a supplement.’

Loosen up those pelvic muscles

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Shona explained: ‘Addressing emotional or psychological issues can help to boost your libido. Any unresolved issues may lead to stress, mental anguish and anxiety. Boosting self-esteem is important for increasing libido. Remember that sexy is a feeling rather than a look, so appreciating yourself, regardless of your hang-ups will help.

‘In Ayurvedic culture the second chakra, pin pointed at your navel is related to sexual energy, so it is important to ensure that all of your energy is flowing through all of your chakras freely.

‘Meditation, yoga and other forms of exercise can be beneficial to both self-esteem and free flowing energy. The yoga and exercise will help to loosen up the muscles in the pelvic areas, allowing good blood and energy flow to the pelvic and surrounding areas. While on the other side, meditation, helps to calm the mind and connect you to your higher self, which will help plant positive thoughts and emotions.’

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Wetter is better

On the subject of using lubes to boost sex drive, Shona said: ‘It is much better down where its wetter- and as we age, our sex hormones naturally deplete. The loss of oestrogen can cause the tissues of the genital organs to shrink and for everything to become less sensitive. The lack of oestrogen causes a loss of vaginal secretions, which can make sex uncomfortable. And no one wants uncomfortable sex. Although aging is inevitable, there are natural lubricants that we can use to make things a little more pleasurable.’

Avoid an irritated vagina

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Marilyn said: ‘Vaginal dryness can affect women of all ages, but it is particularly common in women during menopause, affecting half of all women at this stage in their life. It is perhaps the most distressing and least talked about symptom of the menopause.

‘Vaginal dryness can make your vagina feel dry, itchy and at times tender. It may take you longer to become lubricated during lovemaking, which can make sexual intercourse feel uncomfortable, or even painful.

‘Normally, mucus membranes (the vaginal epithelium) located at the mouth of uterus keep the vagina moist. Oestrogen helps these membranes to produce lubrication and stay plump and soft. The lubricant is slightly acidic, which helps to protect the vagina from foreign bacteria, keeping it free from infection. Low levels of oestrogen also cause the vagina and surrounding connective tissue to lose elasticity and the tissue that lines the vagina to become thinner and more fragile.

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‘Avoid douches, talcum powder, hot baths, perfumed toilet papers and bath oils and foams, as they can irritate the vagina. Don’t wash the inside of your vagina with soap as this will dry out the skin. The vagina is self-cleansing and in most cases warm water is all that you need to wash it.’

Vitamin intake is key

Shona said: ‘Ensuring that you have adequate sex hormone production is essential for maintaining libido. Once you have decreased your stress levels, and investigated any underlying cause, you can look at some foods and herbs which may be beneficial. Vitamin B6 contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity. Increase your B6 rich foods such as; avocados, walnuts chicken and mackerel.’

Eat more fish

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Cassandra said: ‘Boost you Omega 3 levels, a multi-tasking hero, not only does this help reduce irritability, and reduce inflammation in the body, it also enhances your mood, helps balance your hormones, and it aids healthy production of sex hormones. Omega 3 is building block of sex hormones in both men and women. It fights the build up of plaque in the arteries, thereby improving circulation and increasing sensation. Omega-3 fatty acids also help with sexual response -raising dopamine levels in the brain that trigger arousal. Fish such as wild salmon, sardines, herring and anchovies are also all omega-3 rich.

Get in the mood with the help of aromatherapy

Marilyn told us: ‘Relaxing and sexually stimulating essential oils can help put you in the mood for lovemaking. Put a few drops of a relaxing oil, such as lavender, into an essential oil burner, turn the lights down low and allow the calming mood to take the room. Alternatively, try a sensual aromatherapy massage using 15 drops lavender essential oil in 1 fl oz sweet almond oil; or use 5 drops lavender oil in your bath.’

Enjoy some chocolate

Cassandra said: ‘Thank goodness we can eat (dark) chocolate in the guise that it’ll enhance our sex lives! Simply nibbling a few squares of the good stuff after dinner, you’ll help lift your mood enormously, going from stressed to, well…sexy! Go for quality dark chocolate (60-70 per cent cocoa solid) which contains the potential to relax you, intoxicate you and give you sheer pleasure, all thanks to a nutrient called phenethylamine. It does this by triggering those feel-good hormones, and, adding to its pleasure-factor, it provides us with tryptophan, which is a great relaxation chemical; it helps quell any anxiety.’

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7 Libido-Boosting Foods for Better Sex

  • 2. Sex Drive Food: Pine Nuts

    Pine nuts are a great source of zinc, which is associated with increasing sex drive. Add them to delish zoodles dish instead of carb-heavy pasta, which would lead to the most un-sexy feeling: bloating.

    RELATED: How to Stop Bloating in 5 Easy Steps

  • 3. Sex Drive Food: Grass-fed Steak

    Beef also contains zinc, and iron, which helps red blood cells transport oxygen, giving you energy. Plus, it contains B vitamins and protein for fuel and endurance. Protein will also help stimulate the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.

  • 4. Sex Drive Food: Dark Chocolate

    Yup, dark chocolate does in fact belong on this list. It’s not a myth! Chocolate contains a compound called phenylethylamine, which triggers the release of endorphins (the same happy-making chemicals released after a great workout) and feel-good dopamine.

  • 5. Sex Drive Food: Warming Spices

    Turns out there’s a reason people refer to “spicing things up” in the bedroom. Cayenne produces heat by increasing circulation and blood flow. Nutmeg and cinnamon are used in many cultures as an aphrodisiac. Just the aroma of the these spices could improve your mood, soothe nerves, and spark your sex drive.

    RELATED: The Incredible Health Benefits of Cinnamon

  • 6. Sex Drive Food: Asparagus

    Asparagus makes the list because it’s high in folate, a B vitamin that regulates the production of histamine. News flash: That’s the chemical that’s released during an orgasm.

  • 7. Sex Drive Food: Walnuts

    Finally, walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats that boost dopamine and also arginine, an amino acid that increases the production of nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and increases circulation.

    May we suggest a steak dinner with a side of asparagus topped with pine nuts…with a spicy chocolate bar for dessert?

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    I hear jokes about people pleasuring themselves with produce. People don’t REALLY jerk/jill off with fruits and veggies…do they?

    Just wondering, do the jokes start like this?

    “A veggie walks into a vagina, and says, ‘What’s cooking?’”

    OK, bad one, but I had to get it out.

    Yes, people actually use cucumbers, carrots, zucchini and other long, hard veggies for insertion alone or with a partner – and I’ve even seen some of the coolest G-spot cucumbers while shopping the aisles of my local grocer.

    Some guys even use melons, like honeydew and cantaloupe, to screw with. While the veggie can’t, or won’t consent, nobody is actually harmed in the making of masturbation with fruits and veggies, and the most unsafe time to use the veggie would be in the supermarket before you buy it.

    If you’re going to use a vegetable for masturbation, and want to keep it safe, wash it off before you use it. Using a long veggie, one that would be inserted into the vagina should be covered with a condom for even safer sex, and this will also help avoid getting whatever was sprayed on said veggie up and in you.

    You don’t want to use a veggie in the backdoor, since what goes up the black hole of “ur”anus won’t necessarily (or easily) come back down. But in the vagina, using a veggie once is safe enough.

    I wouldn’t peel said veggie though before use. And avoid bananas, as they’re sweet and sugar can cause yeast infections up there.

    The bonus about masturbating with veggies is that afterwards you can cut them up and make a satisfying meal, too.

    As for the melons guys may use, I’m not sure I’d eat it afterwards, or at least I’d cut way around the hole they made for fornication, but again, it’s not unsafe to try.

    Just don’t think his penis is going to pop the hole – cut a hole first, before he starts to screw with the fruit. And he can try a banana peel (sans banana) for a cool new masturbation sleeve too.

    Check out “Getting Off: A Woman’s Guide to Masturbation” for more jill-off tips!

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    Want to Make Your Girl Happy? Give Her a Cucumber

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    Self-pleasure is the safest form of sex. Not only does the act connect one with their sexual energy, it also allows the participant to receive pleasure exactly the way she desires.

    Now, when it comes to female self-pleasure, there is a new trend: the cucumber masturbation movement. It may seem strange to think about using a food item in the act of female masturbation, but utilizing cucumbers for self-pleasure is not just about getting off. It’s also the perfect way for a woman to maintain the proper pH balance in her yoni—talk about win/win. Want to start a sexy conversation with a girl you’re feeling? Bring takeout, a bottle of wine and a moderately sized cucumber the next time ya’ll about to have kick it night. Over dinner, you can break down the facts.

    Here’s what you both should know.

    Caution: If she is allergic to cucumbers, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS.

    1 Make sure they are organic

    The vagina is a mucus membrane that provides direct access into the bloodstream. So when shopping for cucumbers make sure they are organic and grown without the use of pesticides or genetic modification. Only the best is recommended for your girl’s most sacred area. You can find organic cucumbers at most grocery retailers. Stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market are great options.

    2 Choose the correct size

    Vaginas come in different sizes, and so do cucumbers. Some women can insert a larger cucumber with ease while others may experience pain with added girth. Choose a cucumber that is the proper size for what your girl can accommodate—use your, ahem, personal knowledge to judge. There are two types of cucumbers: slicing and pickling. Slicing cucumbers are larger and have a thicker skin, while pickling cucumbers are smaller with thinner skin.

    3 Use coconut oil as lube

    Encourage your partner to use organic coconut oil to thoroughly lubricate the cucumber prior to initial insertion and masturbation. You can assist her in this act by applying the coconut oil to her vaginal opening and onto the cucumber. Make sure to be gentle and slow with insertion if she allows you to do more than watch her playtime.

    4 Peel the skin to receive the cleansing properties

    Cucumbers are used in beauty products regularly because of the anti-inflammatory properties. It’s completely safe to treat your girl’s vagina to the same benefits. Use a sharp knife or a potato peeler to carefully remove the skin from the cucumber to create a smooth surface. Give the cucumber a wash in cool water to rinse away any left behind skin. When the skin is peeled from the cucumber, its fruit is exposed, granting the user access to the hydrating and detoxifying properties. Cucumbers contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cancer fighting agents—it’s like having a spa day for her yoni.

    5 Twist in and out slowly

    It’s playtime. The average vagina won’t break a cucumber in half, just remember to take things slowly to avoid any complications. Once the cucumber is prepped and ready to go, instruct your partner to twist the cucumber slowly within the vagina while guiding it in and out. This process is slow, controlled and filled with intention and should be practiced for about 20 minutes. Be gentle, encourage her to breathe deeply and even close her eyes while you assist her vagina in cleansing and healing.

    6 Relax and enjoy

    The cucumber masturbation cleanse is more than just a way for her to reach a climax. It is also a massage technique for the yoni. Encourage her to just chill out. The cucumber is here to serve her with all of its hydrating powers. Enjoy watching or engaging with her in the experience. You can feel like a boss knowing you helped your partner learn a new way to care for her sacred space.

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    It is a question I hear very often and one that still catches me by surprise to this day; do bananas kill your testosterone levels?

    While it is a fair question to ask if you’re now looking into ways to improve your testosterone, the truth is, this fruit has unfairly picked up a bad reputation over the years. But why is it that so many people ask the question? Let’s analyze below.

    Bananas Are Calorie Dense

    The main issue relating to the consumption of bananas has to do with its relatively heavy caloric load, which comes out in the vicinity of 90 to 110 cal per serving, measured at a 100 g serving size. This leads quite a few men to believe that consumption of bananas is synonymous with an accumulation of excessive fat, while this is not necessarily the case.

    First and foremost, having a banana daily will not make you fat, unless you plan to consume four of them in one sitting. Heck, that isn’t even very bad if you are actively trying to put on muscle mass. If your lifestyle is sedentary and that’s what you plan to do, fat gain is virtually a given.

    However, if you are actively involved in physical activity there is nothing to worry about in this aspect. As long as you are expending close to or using more calories than you consume daily, you will not gain weight.

    Bananas Are High In Carbohydrates

    Okay, if the number of calories wasn’t your primary concern, this definitely is, correct? It seems most persons are concerned with the number of carbohydrates to consume daily, which is understandable, but you need not go crazy unless you are specifically trying to maintain a state of ketosis. What many men do not know is the fact that diets extremely low in carbohydrates, and which replace it with protein, are generally associated with lower testosterone levels even if fat intake remains constant.

    What this indicates is that protein directly has no beneficial role on testosterone, even though many people associate its muscle protein synthesis properties with testosterone. This is simply not true.

    A typical banana contains approximately 27 g of carbohydrates, which is fairly sizable, but given that your diet only makes provisions for good carbohydrate sources, you have nothing to worry about.

    Findings of a study also indicated that carbohydrates are important for influencing neurons in the brain which are critically involved in stimulating the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which in turn increases testosterone synthesis.

    More than anything, it is important to strike a balance between protein and carbohydrate consumption, to not miss out on the key regulative effects that carbs can offer.

    Bananas Are An Excellent Source Of Important Micronutrients

    While macronutrients take the lion’s share of the glory when talking about testosterone, the micronutrients, usually, vitamins and minerals needed in very small amounts, do a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure that important cellular processes are regulated.

    Here are the most important ones found in bananas that can benefit your testosterone levels:

    Vitamin B6

    For the most part, all of the B vitamins are grouped together as doing the same thing, even though there are many inherent differences between each of these vitamins.

    In the case of vitamin B6, it has an important role to play in suppressing prolactin levels, prolactin being a hormone that men do not need a lot of. Prolactin’s primary function relates to initiation and maintenance of lactation by a pregnant or breastfeeding mother, with high levels contributing significantly to the development of gynecomastia in men (man boobs).

    Studies have even shown that rodents with low levels of circulating testosterone also possess low levels of this important B vitamin, highlighting a possible link between the two. Unless you are actively consuming a B complex or B6 supplement, bananas can help to fortify your diet with this important vitamin.

    Vitamin C

    Well known across the world as everyone’s favorite antioxidant vitamin, vitamin C does much more than this, and when it comes to its benefits on a man’s testosterone levels, it can help to reduce cortisol levels.

    Cortisol and testosterone can be considered opposite ends of the spectrum, with testosterone helping to initiate anabolism (tissue building) and cortisol catabolism( tissue breakdown). As one increases, the other decreases in an inverse matter, which is why persons under very high stress report the lowest testosterone levels.

    By helping to suppress cortisol, you are lending a hand to natural testosterone production, since the stress hormone will not be able to inhibit it to the same extent.

    Potassium

    Bananas are an excellent source of potassium; a micro-mineral many people stand to benefit handsomely from. If you are a man of a certain age, blood pressure issues become more commonplace. While juggling treatments to find which one works good for you, consumption of foods with high potassium levels can shorten the curve and in some cases, reduce your need for medication altogether.

    Potassium helps to dilate blood vessels, can improve neuromuscular contractility (so no more cramps), and according to separate studies conducted on rodents, it was found that a potassium deficiency is also associated with significant drops in blood testosterone levels.

    Many rodent studies correlate with those done in humans, so if this indicates anything, it’s that later human studies may indicate the same. Why wait for verification? We already know potassium has several other important functions, so whether or not this holds true, there is nothing to lose by adding a daily banana to your diet.

    Bananas And Testosterone – Summary

    When it comes to the relationship, I can emphatically state that there is no harm in consuming a banana daily, or even two, given that physical activity is important to you.

    The only time bananas may adversely affect testosterone, along with virtually anything else you eat, is if you sit for a large majority of the day, and do nothing to support healthy testosterone levels.

    Michael Jessimy is a qualified Pharmacist with over 10 years experience dealing with a range of both prescription and alternative remedies.

    He is also an amateur heavyweight bodybuilder and loves spending his spare time hitting the gym.

    He strives to help others build the best body possible through fitness, health and nutrition consultation and has several published books under his name.

    Are Bananas Good For Men, Or Should We Avoid Them Like The Plague?

    You might wonder if I’m out of my mind – dedicating an entire article to… bananas? Maybe If I had absolutely no clue about these fruits and what they do, then I’d share probably your view. But since I did my homework and quite a bit of research, I’m finally being able to answer the mega-question – are bananas good for men?

    Yes, they most definitely are.

    Each banana is jam-packed with valuable vitamins and minerals.

    Some of these nutrients might help by improving your fertility, increasing testosterone in those with insufficient amounts of it and even lower your cortisol.

    Seriously, these tropical fellows are and SHOULD be one of your closest friends when it comes to natural T optimization and just staying healthy in general.

    Let’s now see what bananas are made of and what science has to say about the aforementioned effects and more.

    How Are Bananas Good For Your Masculinity Though?

    Because they contain hefty amounts of a plethora of vital nutrients for us men, like Magnesium, Vitamin B6 and Manganese.

    They are literally packed with vitamins and minerals that you and I require in order to perform optimally!

    And yes, I’m talking about all kinds of ‘performing’ if you catch my drift…

    Wanna know what types of nutrients exactly are loaded in each and every banana out there? Here you go:

    • Vitamin C

    • Vitamin B6

    • Magnesium

    • Potassium

    • Manganese

    • Copper

    • Dietary fiber

    There’s no need to possess the eyes of a nutritional expert to spot that these bad boys combined are ANYTHING but bad!

    Your daily vitamin supplement probably contains most if not all these micronutrients. Why? Because we need them, folks, especially as MEN!

    Don’t let common misconceptions lead you astray, for bananas are amazing.

    Not only with their taste and availability but just look at these nutritional values, wow!

    Even Chuck Norris would put his seal of approval when it comes to bananas… but he’s probably too busy being Chuck Norris.

    What’s So Special About The Nutritional Value Of Bananas?

    Simple – they will help to keep your body operating in an optimal way.

    Not only do bananas make for a perfect snack with a not-so-high amount of calories and loads of vital nutrients!

    Now, we’ll cover each micronutrient of your average, everyday banana and WHY they are so awesome for your male hormone profile.

    Your testosterone will thank you for this and who knows, your girl could too (if you have one, that is!).

    So let’s not waste more time, check these out:

    This one deserves its own thread, but for now, this one will do just fine.

    Clearly one (if not the) most popular vitamins of all times, no need for a fancy introduction I’d say.

    Still, for all the info-hungry people – vit C is a water-soluble vitamin that serves primarily as an antioxidant.

    Now you don’t get all that much Vitamin C in a banana (around 12 mg/s), but it’s a useful addition nonetheless!

    Especially taking into account that it has cortisol-lowering properties, which is awesome since cortisol is a direct antagonist of testosterone in the body (1).

    Another vitamin from the water-soluble family.

    Now, B vitamins are all great and stuff, but B6 is more involved in testosterone optimization.

    It has its role in the creation of our favorite hormone and that’s… pretty good, eh?

    Other than that, B6 is a crucial player for the production of hemoglobin (red blood cells).

    Guess what that means? Goodness for your immune system sir!

    • Magnesium

    Bananas are probably most well-known as an anti-cramp aid.

    Mag is the real weapon for that!

    This mineral has the purpose to maintain muscle and nerve relaxation as well as to assist an array of different enzymes.

    Your system needs Magnesium so that it can create protein, carbs, and fats and that’s neat!

    Also, it has the added bonus of possibly helping guys with insufficient levels of testosterone i.e. low T (2)!

    Our beloved tropical fruits have plenty of Potassium and trust me, that’s a good sign!

    This micronutrient does a fabulous job for your cardiovascular system and blood circulation.

    It’s something to have in your arsenal if you consume too much salt (sodium) which is not uncommon these days as just about everything contains salt in our everyday meals.

    The overall greatness of bananas having good amounts of Potassium is that this helps with decreasing one’s blood pressure and also lowers the possibility of heart diseases.

    • Manganese

    This is another mineral that a banana will provide you with, but what’s it all about?

    Well, it’s another awesome one for us men, particularly for active folks!

    It assists in the formation of your connective tissues and that my friends is simply brilliant! If you lift weights you’ll know what I mean.

    Oh, and according to relevant scientific data, Manganese also has some benefits regarding improving sperm quality as well as fertility in men (3)!

    • Copper

    A mineral known for its use when battling with anemia and of course, it’s inside every single banana in existence!

    Copper is essentially mandatory for the production of Iron in our bodies.

    It also boosts the healing effect of wounds if you ever get wounded!

    And last but not least, Copper could be utilized against osteoporosis which is a nasty bone condition and that’s awesome in my book!

    • Fiber

    This fellow helps your digestive tract and you’ll thank your bananas when your bowel movements are nice and smooth as opposed to blocked and excruciating!

    Each of these fruits has loads of dietary fiber and folks, trust me – that’s an awesome perk to have.

    Not only that, but you also have pectin in bananas which happens to be a different form of fiber, yet it’s great!

    Pectin’s known for its appetite suppressant capabilities, plus some blood-glucose-lowering ones too!

    Is Eating Bananas Girly?

    Not by any stretch of the imagination!

    As I already pointed out, bananas can actually make you manlier.

    Whether it’s about helping your workouts or simply giving you more energy, bananas make for superb food for us guys.

    Now, apart from the actual consuming process of the fruit (which is definitely odd for guys), they are your assistants towards your primary male hormone optimization goals!

    Looking at the list of micronutrients that this awesome food from the tropics has, you have to be a total fool to shy away from making them a staple in your diet!

    Bananas are also a great source of carbohydrates and while they might not be the best possible option for cutting weight (only fat please).

    They still have their place in every man’s meal plan.

    Besides, a banana goes down in only a few small bites and that for me makes it INCREDIBLY convenient when I want to eat someone on the go.

    One banana per day, keep the feminization at bay!

    And all you gym-goers out there, remember one more super cool benefit of having bananas at your disposal?

    Post-workout banana-infused shakes, hooray!

    Mixing a scoop with your favorite protein powder and adding a banana or two in the blender gives you a superb, nutritionally rich cocktail that fuels your muscles like no other!

    Obviously you can make yourself all kinds of juices and/or shakes including bananas, but in my opinion, they are best used in the morning or after you bust your arse in the gym!

    I’ve written a sophisticated Juicing For Your Manhood review about a book covering the subject of juices by the way – it’s directly related to natural testosterone optimization while we’re at it!

    Bananas Have An Undeservedly Bad Reputation!

    From your granny to your wife, brother, sister, nephew, dog, mouse, tarantula – everybody (or everything even) has a bloody stereotype for these fruits.

    It’s always the same crap – they’ll make you gain weight, they contain a lot of carbohydrates, especially sugar etc.

    I mean, come on now – your average banana only has ~110 calories!

    This reminds me of a spicy joked about bananas.

    You either love it or you don’t in this case:

    Q: Why did the banana go to see the doctor?
    A: The banana was not peeling very well

    It’s about time someone makes a stand for our tropical inanimate buddies, don’t you think folks!?

    Thought so!

    To burst the bubble of ignorance, yours truly will emphasize on what REALLY makes you gain or, or simply fat:

    • Calories in vs calories out

    You consume more than you eat or burn – your rear parts (and all others) grow.

    And no, I’m excluding genetic issues or certain endocrinology-related conditions that could interfere with your weight for obvious reasons.

    Now that I’ve managed to get this off my chest… actually, I want to shout it out loud again!

    Bananas are NOT the reason why people store excessive fat!

    Check your diet or lifestyle as a whole and only then worry about insignificant (calorie-wise) additions such as bananas.

    And let’s not forget that as men we absolutely MUST check the 5 foods that lower testosterone!

    Conclusion

    So there you have it, folks, bananas are truly incredible fruits and you’d be foolish not to eat them and benefit from their superb nutritional profile.

    And since we’re obviously talking about naturally enhancing our alpha male status (i.e. testosterone), bananas are simply excellent in this regard!

    Sure, foods like pomegranate, eggs, oysters etc. might be some of the top ones when it comes to testosterone boosting foods, but you simply CANNOT deny the greatness of these yellow-skinned fruits.

    And no, I’m not implying that you should buy yourself enough bananas that could feed the entire Chinese population for years ahead (although that might be a cool thing to do!).

    Instead, my ambition is to introduce to you another brilliant way of naturally keeping your manhood high!

    Do you need advice for your grocery list or simply want to share how awesome bananas are?

    Then feel free to do so in the comment section below!

    These 5 Foods Kill Testosterone

    Food and sex have a long, complicated history together. For years we’ve heard that what we eat can have sexual effects that work on both a psychosomatic level and a physiological level. Supported in part by mythological beliefs and partly by actual science, we have widely accepted that what turns us on could very well start in the kitchen. But did you ever consider that there are foods that could slow your sex drive down to a near screeching halt?

    “Certain foods can lower testosterone levels,” Dr. Michael Hirt, founder of the Center for Integrative Medicine in California’s San Fernando Valley, told us. “These foods lower testosterone by increasing the activity of an enzyme, aromatase, which converts testosterone into estrogen. The overall effect of increased aromatase activity is lower testosterone levels and higher estrogen levels.”

    So what are the foods Hirt is talking about? Cheese, yogurt, grains including bread and pasta, chocolate, and alcohol. Hirt suggests that if you looking to increase your libido, you should refrain from eating the aforementioned foods more than five times a week to keep testosterone at healthy levels. “This is especially important for men whose aromatase enzyme activity seems more sensitive to food triggers,” he stresses.

    If you want good sex, take care of your heart. That’s what author Lynn Fischer advises in her book The Better Sex Diet . She’s not talking about looking after your emotional state (although that could be the subject of another book), but minding the system that runs the muscular organ inside your chest. After all, she says men and women of all ages need good blood flow to the genitals for arousal and erections. Many people with clogged arteries may, well, have trouble.

    To prevent such a misfortune, Fischer prescribes a low-fat diet that is based on the medical findings of Dean Ornish, MD. His research has shown that heart disease can be reversed with a low-fat diet, moderate exercise, and stress management.

    Fischer’s diet follows Ornish’s vegetarian 10%-fat diet, but adds some meat to the regimen. Overall, a week of the Better Sex Diet would involve eating lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes, getting 10% of calories from fat, 5% from saturated fat, and 75% from carbohydrates.

    Six weeks of this can reportedly enhance your sexual vitality, potency, and health. Sound too good to be true? Maybe not. While none of the experts contacted by WebMD endorsed Fischer’s diet, all of them said that a program that’s friendly to the heart should also be good for sex. In fact, anything that promotes whole body health can apparently also enhance action in the bedroom.

    “A diet that’s healthy for you overall will be healthy for your sex life — period,” says Julie Walsh, MSRD, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

    15 Sex Enhancing Foods You Should Indulge

    2. Apples:

    An apple a day doesn’t just keep the doctor away; it may also help to extend your sexual stamina. It’s all thanks to apples’ high levels of quercetin, an antioxidant flavonoid that has been found to play a role in improving endurance. Quercetin can also help prevent the release of cortisone, which causes muscle breakdown, meaning you’ll be able to go at it longer without experiencing premature fatigue.

    3. Ginger:

    ginger

    Ginger is another food that can improve your sex life by aiding blood flow and improving artery health. According to a study in the International Journal of Cardiology, consuming a mere teaspoon of the stuff a few times a week is all you need to reap the heart-healthy benefits.

    4. Garlic:

    Garlic

    A Journal of Nutrition study confirmed that consuming garlic extract can help stop the formation of new fatty deposits, called plaque, inside arterial walls which includes the arteries leading to the penis. Keep your heart healthy and your erections strong by adding some garlic to your weekly dishes.

    5. Spinach:

    Spinach is a veggie that helps fuel erections. The secret to its penis-enhancing power lies in its high arginine content. When its amino acid hits your system, it converts to nitric oxide, which helps initiate and maintain erections.

    6. Tuna fish:

    Tuna fish is rich in vitamin D, which has been linked to a longer life and testosterone production. It’s also a heart-healthy, protein-rich food that is low in calories.

    7. Avocado:

    Not only are avocados rich in stress-relieving B vitamins, according to a Journal of Hypertension study, they’re also a great source of monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to aid blood flow to the entire body the penis inclusive.

    8. Eggs:

    Eggs

    No matter how you make them, a couple of eggs will rev you up after a long day so you can go the distance in the dark. they’re a good source for an amino acid L-arginine, which has been shown effective in treating types of heart ailments and erectile dysfunction. Consume eggs for a healthy erection.

    9. Lettuce:

    According to Dr. Clement, “Iceberg lettuce contains an opiate that helps to activate sex hormones.”

    10. Walnuts:

    Walnuts improve the quality of sperm. It is known to improve the shape, movement and vitality of the sperm. Include walnuts in your diet to improve fertility.

    11. Almonds:

    Almonds contain arginine which improves circulation and relaxes blood vessels. This amino acid found in almonds helps you maintain an erection.

    12. Strawberries and raspberries:

    The seeds of these fruits are loaded with zinc which is essential for sex for both, men and women. If women have high levels of zinc their bodies find it easier to prepare for sex. In men, zinc controls the testosterone level which is responsible for producing sperm. It is important that men load up on zinc as their zinc levels reduce during intercourse.

    13. Beans:

    Beans

    When it comes to male hormone health, beans may offer more benefits than you think. White, kidney and black beans are all considered sources of vitamin D and zinc. Baked beans also offer these nutrients, but you’ll need additional sources in your daily diet.

    14. Oysters:

    Oysters are among the most famous aphrodisiacs in history. Their effects may be due to their zinc content. Zinc is an essential nutrient during puberty, and its effects can keep male hormones in check throughout adulthood. Oysters have more zinc than any other food per serving.

    15. Bananas:

    This sexual innuendo may be able to help you go go go! That is because this tropical fruit is full of simple carbs to provide you with energy and potassium to help you keep going. Its muscle-relaxing mineral prevents cramps and muscle spasms that may impede your sexy time.

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