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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 22nd October 2018

Time to Spice up Your Love Life

Stress, sleep and other factors that could affect your sex life...

It has been revealed that only a third of UK adults are satisfied with their sex life. Sex with your partner is an important part of life and should be enjoyed by both of you. Apart from making you feel great, sex can also be good for your physical and mental health. 

Dr Marilyn Glenville, leading UK nutritionist and women’s health expert who has a clinic in Tunbridge Wells, believes: “A satisfying sex life can be a wonderful way to reduce stress because, like exercise, it boosts production of endorphins, the feel-good hormones.”

Here Dr Glenville (www.marilynglenville.com), shares some of her tips to help you enjoy a more satisfying sex life.

Sleep is important

“When you are tired, libido is usually the first thing to go. So, make sure you’re getting enough good quality REM sleep to boost energy levels and help get you in the mood. Stick to a regular bedtime where possible and make sure you keep fresh air circulating in your bedroom as the brain’s sleep centre works better with oxygen.”

Use your diet

“If you don’t feel healthy, it’s extremely hard to feel sexy. So, as a first stop, make sure you eat a healthy diet. Good-quality unsaturated fats come from oily fish, eggs, nuts and seeds. Fats are important for overcoming low libido because sex hormones (such as testosterone) are manufactured from the cholesterol contained within those foods. Berries are high in antioxidants, which help optimise blood flow to the sex organs and oysters are rich in zinc, important for the production of sex hormones.”

Talk it out

“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 this 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.”

Make time

“If you feel you haven’t got time for romance, make the time. However busy or stressful your life gets, try to make sure that you have some ‘couple time’ where you can unwind together. Plan regular meals out, cinema trips or weekend breaks so that the two of you get some special time together away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life.”

Try a libido support

In a market saturated with male performance enhancers, female libido support has often gone overlooked. NHP’s Libido Support for Women (£27.77, www.naturalhealthpractice.com) is a unique botanical formulation designed for women, which includes damiana, vitamin B3, Maca and Siberian Ginseng to help you have a more passionate love life, naturally.

Sress level alert

“Stress is one of the greatest psychological causes of low libido, so take some time every day to relax and unwind. I have met many stressed women who blame everything but their stress levels on their loss of libido.’’

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