A Holistic Approach to Sexual Health

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A Holistic Approach to Sexual Health

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Mary Ann O'Dell, MS, RDN

As people age, they are becoming more and more interested in increasing their health, endurance and vitality, and this includes sexual health. Sexual dysfunction is a problem experienced by both men and women. Before turning to prescription medication, why not give the natural approach a try first to help promote overall sexual health.

Lifestyle Support
The same principles of good general health apply for sexual health – a healthy diet and exercise program are the foundations. Nourishing your body with organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, nuts and seeds will translate into improving health in your whole body. Exercise, stress reduction and sleep are also important factors for sexual health. People who exercise have increased sexual desire and greater satisfaction. Exercise can help boost your mood and self-esteem, which translate into feeling better about yourself. Stress and lack of sleep are two killers of sexual desire. So make sure you are keeping stress under control and getting enough sleep to ensure you are feeling your best.

Herbal Support 
Certain herbs and nutrients may play a role in enhancing libido in both men and women. Maca enhances sexual function and energy in both sexes. It has been shown to decrease anxiety, lower blood pressure, and increase DHEA in men. Maca works in women to stimulate desire and to help balance female hormones, one of the key issues of sexual dysfunction in women. Damiana has been traditionally used in women to boost mood and libido, and Tribulus has been used in men to boost testosterone and libido. Adaptogens, such as Rhodiola and Ginseng, help reduce stress and restore energy and balance in the body.

Scentual Support
People are also enticed by the sensuous appeal of fragrances. Several essential oils offer romance-inducing properties, including jasmine, patchouli and rose. Try using scented candles or an aromatherapy diffuser to infuse your room with an alluring scent and create an inviting atmosphere for romance. For romance recipe ideas, see Now Romance Diffusion Recipes.