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GOING FROM A TURBO-CHARGED
LIBIDO TO PRETTY MUCH NO DESIRE
LED TO MUCH STRESS IN MY
RELATIONSHIP. BY EMMA HOHNEN.
My partner was used to me wanting her
all the time. Then, following an illness,
my thyroid levels went up and down
and my sex drive disappeared. There
is always an emotional and a physical
side to desiring sex. It is important to
distinguish whether your lowered desire
has to do with emotional issues in the
relationship or whether there is a physical
reason. Knowing in my heart I loved and
desired my partner, I knew there must be
a physical reason. This led me to research
the hormonal side of our sex drive.
On a physical level libido is largely driven
by the thyroid gland which influences the
release of sex hormones. Most lowered
libidos can be linked to an underactive
thyroid gland. The good news is that there
are plenty of easy steps you can take to
balance your thyroid and lift your libido. I
found after 12 weeks of changing my diet
and practising yoga moves, I started to feel
a desire for sex again.
Practise these yoga moves for 10
minutes each day for more energy, better
metabolism and increased sex drive.
Before breakfast is the best time. All you
need is loose clothing and a yoga mat or
Pose 1 Warm up the lower back. Lie on
your stomach, legs at hip width apart, arms
straight out from your shoulders. Breath
in, and breathing out raise your right arm
and left leg, looking up at your middle
finger. Breathe in and down and breathe
out and raise your left arm and right leg.
Continue this alternating for 12 counts.
Pose 2 Still on your stomach, take your
legs as wide apart as they will go and your
arms out at 45 degrees. Take a breath in
and breathing out lift your arms and legs
together. Breathe in and lower and repeat
for 8. On the last one hold your arms and
legs up and breathing out flex your feet
and palms back. Breathe in, release, and
breathe out flex, for 8. Completely relax
and rest for a few breaths.
Pose 3 Lie on your stomach, feet extended,
forehead on the floor. Place your hands
on the floor, palms down, fingertips
forward beside your shoulders. Join the
soles of the feet together and bring the
heels close to your buttocks. Relax briefly,
inhale. Exhale and squeeze the elbows
close to the body and press the feet and
knees down firmly into the floor. Inhale
deeply, then retain the breath while holding
this posture a few seconds.
Exhale, raise the head and chest off the
floor, trying to bring the face parallel to
the ceiling. Lift up and back as far as
possible without lifting the abdomen off
the floor. After you finish exhaling, hold
the posture and retain the breath for a
few seconds. Inhale and return to starting
posture. Repeat 2 -3 times.
Afterwards, lie on your back with your
legs straight and relaxed, palms facing up.
Breathe deeply into the belly until your
heart rate settles.
Root vegetables are fantastic for the female
reproductive system, parsnips and carrots
are great, and so are orange vegetables
such as pumpkin.Sea vegetables may be
the best “aphrodisiac” foods for women.
The potassium and iodine in sea plants
boost a failing libido better than any other
food by supporting the thyroid gland,
critical to women’s health.
The ancient Greeks attributed the beauty of
Aphrodite (who rose from the sea) to the
plants of the sea. Sea vegetables make your
skin texture luscious, eyes bright and hair
shiny... just the ticket for feeling sensual
in your body. Taking a kelp supplement is
also an easy way to ensure you include sea
vegetables in your diet. Kelp, Wakame and
Nori (all sea vegetables) can all be found at
any health food store, just ask. It is best to
avoid too much soy milk (except Bonsoy)
as it can tend to lower thyroid activity.
For questions and to share results email
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