The stresses of everyday life, hormonal issues and diet choices can all decrease your sex drive. Here are some ways you can improve your health and get back in the mood.
Hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on your body, mood and sex drive. Keep your hormones in check with these five tips from Toronto-based holistic nutritionist and Joyous Health founder Joy McCarthy.
1. EAT CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES
Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli contain indole-3-carbinol, a phytonutrient that helps balance estrogen levels by aiding in the metabolizing of excess hormones.
2. LIMIT ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Drinking alcoholic beverages can trigger hot flashes. It can also increase inflammation and impact the regulation of blood sugar, resulting in sleep disruption and increased fat storage.
3. TAKE B-COMPLEX VITAMINS
Stress is another symptom of hormone imbalance, and B-complex vitamins may help your body adapt to stress by supporting adrenal function and calming nerves.
4. EAT FIBRE-RICH FOODS
A diet containing plenty of fibre-filled plant-based foods can prevent constipation and promote detoxification. Regular, healthy bowel movements are an effective way to support hormone balance.
5. USE HELPFUL HERBS
Clary sage oil and black cohosh root are popular choices to help balance hormones and reduce menstrual and menopause symptoms such as PMS and hot flashes.
For more tips on having better sex after 40, check out our Mature Woman's Guide to Sex.