Give Your Libido a Lift
How to get in the mood for love
A Balanced Diet to the Rescue
If you're feeling hurried and harried, give the balanced-diet option a
gander to start with. You have nothing to lose, and improved health (and,
possibly, improved libido) to gain.
I'm not going to cite all sorts of statistics on the shocking percentage of
women today who complain of low libido. Suffice it to say that if this
describes you, you know who you are -- and you should take comfort in knowing
you are definitely not alone.
By "balanced diet," Bost means not skipping meals, not overeating, and
including plenty of nutritious plant foods (fruits and vegetables, whole
grains, and beans) along with lean meats, fish, and low-fat dairy foods. It's
about eating a diet that isn't too high in fat, protein, sugar, or processed
foods. And here's some good news for you -- you're already doing this on the
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic eating plan!
The Power of Touch
Other than eating a balanced diet, how can we de-stress and make the switch
from indulging our overactive minds to enjoying our bodies after a hard day at
the office or at home?
Besides an inspiring environment that includes romantic music and
candlelight, Weston recommends trying the power of touch. It instantly sends
the message that you are worthy of being touched and loved, and it helps many
people relax within minutes.
Being the touch-er instead of (or in addition to) being the touch-ee can
also help you de-stress, Weston adds. Whether you're on the giving or receiving
end, you're still making a connection.
Three easy ways to use touch to increase desire is with:
1. Massage. Use a nice scented oil or a rich
lotion (maybe one with shea butter) to help your hands glide over your
partner's body. Don't worry if you aren't a trained massage professional. You
have some options here:
- Teach your spouse how you want to be massaged by massaging him/her
the same way.
- Rent a how-to massage video.
- If you really want to get serious, take a massage class along with your
partner. Check at community centers, hospitals, spas, and sports clubs for
classes in your area.