5 Natural Ways to Promote a Healthy Male Libido

Published on May 28, 2022


5 Natural Ways to Promote a Healthy Male Libido
5 Natural Ways to Promote a Healthy Male Libido

A thriving sex life is important. But sometimes, a loss in sex drive happens. If you’re wondering how to maintain healthy male libido naturally, you’re in the right place.

In this article, we’ll discuss a few potential causes of low sex drive and then share five ways to help promote a lively libido so you can sustain your spark in the bedroom.*

What Is Libido?

“Libido” is a term used to describe sexual desire. So, having a healthy libido simply means having a strong (and consistent) sexual desire. Having a healthy libido also means being able to enjoy and appreciate the physical pleasure associated with sexual activity and feel emotionally satisfied afterwards. 

Male libido can be affected, for better or worse, by many things. These could include:

  • Blood flow
  • Testosterone levels
  • Nervous system health
  • Erectile function
  • Overall wellness

For example, if some of these elements aren't in balance, it can lead to conditions like erectile dysfunction (ED), low sex drive, or other forms of sexual dysfunction. 

Let’s take a closer look at some potential causes of low libido. 

Potential Causes of Decreased Libido

Since you might not be exactly sure why you’ve lost your spark or interest, reviewing potential causes of decreased libido can be helpful. That way, you can identify and address the possible factors at play for you. Of course, libido can also be subjective, meaning it will vary from person to person. It’s always best to talk to your doctor or medical professional.

If you can’t pinpoint the cause (or causes), don’t worry. The five ways to sustain male libido naturally that can be beneficial whether you know why you’re experiencing a decrease in desire or not.*

That being said, remember that everyone’s sex drive is different. There is not a “right” or “wrong” when it comes to libido. But if you are bothered by a low sex drive, it’s worth investigating.

Lifestyle Factors

The systems in your body work together like a well-oiled machine—what affects one part of your body often affects others.  So, it makes sense that certain lifestyle factors can throw things out of whack. Some of the causes of decreased sex drive are simply poor lifestyle habits. For example, low libido could be tied to: REF#1762

  • Poor sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor eating habits
  • Excess weight
  • Alcohol or caffeine consumption
  • Relationship problems
  • Stress or fatigue

It’s also important to note that what’s heart-healthy and good for your circulatory system is also good for sexual health.REF#1763

It turns out that what's good for your heart is also great for your sex life. But why? Well, a healthy heart and circulation system can help support blood flow to all parts of the body. 

This includes the important areas that are necessary for sexual performance. So, keeping the circulatory system running smoothly and efficiently can help ensure proper blood delivery to the genital area. For men, this can allow for stronger erections. REF#1765

This is one reason medications like Viagra are commonly prescribed for ED since it helps relax muscles for better blood flow. Of course, it must be used with caution, especially for those with underlying health conditions (such as high blood pressure, infertility, etc.), to avoid side effects.

Good cardiovascular health is also associated with higher levels of testosterone.REF#1764 This hormone is vitally important for both libido and sexual desire. 

Medical Factors

Often, a decrease in libido has to do with lifestyle choices, it can also be linked to a health condition. Some medical treatments and medications can also decrease sex drive. If you have concerns about your sex drive and how it may be related to conditions, treatments, or medicines, talk with your doctor.

In fact, we recommend speaking to a doctor before adding any type of natural support products to your routine. Your doctor may also refer you to a sex therapist, but don’t let that discourage you. They may be able to help.

If you’re interested in trying natural options to maintain male libido, we have a few suggestions.

How to Promote Healthy Male Libido, Naturally*

1) Invest in Your Relationship

Evaluating and investing in your relationship is one of the basic steps to support your libido. Conflict, lack of communication, or trust problems can all affect what happens in the bedroom.

It’s important to pay attention to your partner not only during sex but also outside of your time in the bedroom. Invest in your relationship, spend time together, communicate clearly, and build trust.

All of this will carry over to your sex life.

2) Stress Less

Stress can negatively impact your health and life in a various ways, including your sexual health and sex drive. Ongoing stress can leave you exhausted and experiencing occasional anxiousness, which typically does nothing good for your libido. Psychological stress can even affect erections and orgasms.REF#1763

However, as you probably know, reducing stress is easier said than done.

Doing what you can to lessen the stressors in your life is a good first step. But it’s also important to help your body cope with the stress that will inevitably be part of your days.

Here are a few ways to manage stress on a daily basis:

  • Spend time in Nature
  • Practice yoga
  • Limit your screen time
  • Take deep breaths
  • Practice mindful, undistracted eating
  • Establish boundaries and learn how to say “no”
  • Do things that bring you joy
  • Turn lights down and avoid screens before bedtime

Another way to support your body’s ability to handle stress is to take a stress-support herbal supplement like Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health® Daily Support.*

With a harmonious blend of adaptogenic herbs including Rhodiola, Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, and Schisandra, this supplement can help you better cope with stress, support adrenal gland function, and live a balanced life.*

It’s also made with Oats that are grown right on our Certified Organic Gaia Farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and that are extracted fresh immediately after harvest to preserve full spectrum compounds for optimal potency.*

Our farm allows us to grow herbs exactly the way we want and observe each plant, allowing it to flourish in the sun until the right moment to harvest.

Because we believe you deserve to know exactly what’s in your herbal supplement, we created meetyourherbs.com, the world’s first herb traceability platform. Here you will discover the origin of your herbs; learn how they were grown, harvested, and extracted; and see validation of your product’s level of purity and potency.

3) Reinforce Healthy Habits

As we mentioned earlier, your overall health and well-being can affect your sex drive. How much you drink, eat, smoke, and exercise influences your libido.

Here are a few lifestyle choices that can help you maintain a healthy libido.

Limit Drinking and Smoking

Now and then, you may turn to a drink or two to help you in the bedroom. However, too much alcohol can do just the opposite and decrease your drive.REF#1762

And when it comes to libido, putting down that cigarette is another lifestyle change to consider making.REF#1763

Eat Heart-Healthy Foods

Healthy eating habits affect your overall health, and when your whole body is functioning in harmony, a healthy sex drive will often follow.

Eating heart-healthy foods is also important for your libido and sexual health since, as we mentioned earlier, what's good for your heart is good for your reproductive organs.

Stay Active

Exercise and physical activity are not only good for overall health but also have a direct impact on your sexual function.

One study showed that regular, moderate-intensity exercise was associated with a higher frequency of sex as well as healthy levels of sex hormones.REF#1766

Whether it’s lifting weights, running, mountain biking, playing basketball, yoga, walking, or anything in-between, make exercise a part of your routine.

4) Turn to Herbs for Stamina and Vitality*

 Gaia Herbs Male Libido

In addition to investing in your relationship and making lifestyle changes, turn to herbs to support your sex drive.*

For centuries, Ayurvedic and traditional medicine have used herbal remedies for numerous ailments, including libido. Some herbs can even act as sexual boosters or aphrodisiacs.REF#1767

Many herbs contain powerful antioxidants that can support blood flow.REF#1768 They can also help support nitric oxide production, which can help relax your blood vessels so that oxygen-rich blood can reach your genital area.REF#1769

If you’ve been wondering how to promote healthy male libido, there are a few herbs that just might be the answer.

Gaia Herbs Male Libido contains herbs that are traditionally known to support healthy stamina and vitality.* Made with a blend of Horny Goat Weed, Saw Palmetto, and Maca, this is a favorite supplement among men looking to sustain that spark in the bedroom.*

Within Traditional Chinese Medicine, Horny Goat Weed has been used to support normal circulation to the extremities and tonify kidney yang energy, which is a driving force for libido.*

Meanwhile, Saw Palmetto is a complete genital and urinary tonic for men, and studies have pointed toward its use in supporting the prostate gland.REF#1770

Lastly, Maca is a star herb male libido and sexual function.* Research suggests that Maca may support healthy libido.* REF#1771

Not only that, but Maca is also believed to help promote healthy sperm count and motility.* REF#1770 Read more about Maca and why we love it here.

While more research and clinical studies will need to be done before any definitive conclusions can be drawn as to the effect of this herb on male libido and overall sexual function, we are excited by the promising early results from these recent preclinical studies.*

We have included Maca in our Male Libido formula, but if you prefer to take Maca root by itself, opt for Gaia Herbs Maca Powder or Maca Root capsules.

Our Maca supplements are made with Maca root that is ethically harvested by our trusted partners high in the Peruvian Andes and goes through a process known as gelatinization, which uses heat and water to make it easier to digest.*

5) Support Prostate Health with Supplements for Men*

 Gaia Herbs Prostate Health and Saw Palmetto

Many men interested in supporting their libido and well-being in general may also be interested in supporting prostate health.

You can do just that with herbal supplements for men, such as Gaia Herbs Prostate Health and Saw Palmetto.*

Our concentrated Saw Palmetto capsules can help you continue to go with ease and maintain healthy prostate function.*

Each one-capsule serving delivers 160 mg of Saw Palmetto fatty acids. And you can rest assured that this supplement contains Saw Palmetto in a vegan capsule—and nothing else. It’s free of corn, dairy, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, sugar, tree nuts, and yeast.

Meanwhile, Prostate Health Liquid Phyto-Caps are made with Saw Palmetto as well as other herbs traditionally used for maintaining prostate function, including Green Tea, Nettle root, and Pomegranate.*

Sustain the Spark, Naturally*

The truth is, a loss in sex drive can happen to anyone. The good news is that there are natural ways to promote a healthy male libido.

Invest in your relationship with your partner, help your body better cope with stress, reinforce healthy habits, and turn to herbs that support men’s health.* In particular, we recommend Gaia Herbs Male Libido to help support stamina and vitality.*

With patience and dedication, you can find the right combination of lifestyle changes and treatments that will help you get your healthy libido back. With the right support (and medical care if necessary), you can sustain your spark in the bedroom.

 

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