5 Secrets to Increasing Your Sex Drive

Need to increase your sex drive or libido? – an awkward conversation for many of us. I often get a sneaky text after an appointment, by-the-way email or a throw away line in a  consult.  Low sex drive or libido is a dilemma that affects many women, in perimenopausal and menopausal years but anytime really.

A common question is – I’m seeing someone new & I’m needing something to help with my sex drive?

 

Here are 5 Secrets to Successfully Increasing Your Sex Drive or Libido (the rest is up to you):

 

#1 ENERGY –

If you don’t have energy….I’m talking real energy ….not a caffeine or sugar high…..then you’re on the back foot to start. Energy isn’t just in your head it’s in every cell of your body. You need energy for your biochemistry to work properly and to power your sex drive. You don’t expect your car to drive you places without any fuel.

Here are three simple ways to increase energy – being hydration (2 litres water/day), good fuel (vegetables, fruit, meat, nuts, legumes), plenty of good sleep (bed at 10pm or earlier is ideal)..

If you have trouble with fatigue & low energy….come & see me click here to book in. We’ll work out a plan that at least doubles your energy within 2 weeks naturally…..it’s so easy when you know how.

Great thing about this is it helps ‘all of you’ not just your sex drive.

#2 DE-STRESS

Did you know women need to de-stress before sex? … whereas men are the reverse….it’s actually a stress release for them….interesting! (we’re very different creatures)

So, if you’re feeling unsafe, hypervigilant or chronically anxious it’s going affect your sex drive. You’ll need to find your triggers or change the situation. Of course caffeine, smoking and certain drugs add fuel to this mix.

I see many people with chronic anxiety that is linked to gut problems (click here to find out why), so starting from somewhere can get you making progress in the right direction.

#3 VAGINAL DRYNESS

Vaginal dryness can make the whole experience painful & not something you want to repeat sometime soon. Sure you can use a lubricant but may women have reactions or sensitivities.

Vaginal dryness can be temporary or chronic. Here are some causes –

  • Side effect of medication – like antidepressants, antihistamines (Telfast, Zyrtec, Polaramine, Phenergan), some asthma medication
  • Dehydration
  • Alcohol – can cause dehydration
  • Sensitivity or allergy to certain soaps, bath bombs or products used down there (tampons, pads, etc)
  • Smoking

YOUR OPTIONS: lubricant before sex (sensitivities and reactions are common – may need to trial a few), vaginal moisturisers (Replens, YES VM or vitamin E oil, olive oil or coconut oil) applied every 3 days OR……..if low oestrogen around menopause is a problem, topical low dose oestrogen (Vagifem) twice weekly.

#4 DESIRE

Good chemistry is an essential ingredient. Relationship issues can make this a problem. When you deal with the issues it is amazing how this area can change.

 

#5 PRACTICE

Having sex increases the desire for sex. So practice, practice, practice…..I’ll leave that one up to you!

There’s also a few herbs up my sleeve to get you moving in the right direction, but the foundations always need addressing at the same time.

Hope that helps.

x

Julie  (Feeling Great Naturopath)

P.S. In person or zoom consults available….so you don’t even need to be local to Mornington/Melbourne area. Click here to book online if you need help. 

P.S.S. Love to hear about your experiences and what has helped…email me at julie@feelinggreatnaturopath.com.au

 

Is a Ketogenic Diet right for you?

Is a Ketogenic Diet right for you?

Recently at a christmas party I ran into an old friend who’d lost 13 kilos and looked amazingly vibrant and happy. I asked her what she’d been up to and how she’d lost the weight after decades of struggling.

She said, “My back pain was so bad I had to do something to get my weight down. I decided to try a ketogenic diet, it’s been amazing I haven’t been that hungry and I’ve got loads of energy. My partner’s doing it with me even though he doesn’t have much more weight to lose to support me.”

Note to self: my friend’s secret formula to getting healthier and happier by shifting her 40 kilo excess was ketosis, support from a loving partner and needing to get out of pain. Mmmmm….all the balls had lined up and it was time to treat herself well.

Do you need a secret formula to getting happier and healthier?

Find out if ketosis is a good fit for you.

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Ketogenic diets have rocketed into the mainstream in recent years, helping people lose body fat, sharpen mental focus and amplify physical energy; all thanks to tweaking your metabolism.

How does a ketogenic diet work?

Normally, your body is fueled by breaking down carbohydrates into their simplest form, glucose. Glucose is then taken up by cells throughout your body and burned to create energy that keeps all your systems functioning well during the day. Whilst your body can burn all macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) for energy, carbohydrates are the easiest for your body to breakdown and utilise, leading it to preferentially burn them whenever available.

In contrast, a ketogenic diet adapts the body to using fat for energy, by consuming a higher fat, moderate protein and limited carbohydrate diet.

To do this you need to limit the intake of carbohydrates, so your body does not have enough glucose for its metabolic needs. When this occurs (alongside consuming adequate protein), the body sources fats for fuel and converts them into compounds called ketones. It is ketones, instead of glucose, that the body then starts to use as its primary source of energy. This process is known as ketosis.

The ketogenic diet is quite different to a standard western diet, and different variations of the diet do exist. However, as shown in Figure 1 below, it is comprised of a specific balance of macronutrients, generally being:

  • 50% of calories from high quality, unprocessed fats such as avocado, nuts, seeds, egg yolks, organic meat and coconut;
  • 30% of calories from protein, such as fish, tofu/tempeh or organic animal protein; and
  • 20% of calories from wholefood, complex carbohydrates such as leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, legumes and low fructose fruit (such as berries).

Figure 1:  The balance of macronutrients within a ketogenic diet.

Who can benefit from a ketogenic diet?

  • Those wanting to lose weight.
    • If you couple your ketogenic diet with being in a calorie deficit, your body will draw on your fat stores for energy, resulting in a reduction in overall body fat.
    • Those who struggle to lose weight due to insulin resistance will also benefit from ketogenic eating, as ketones do not require insulin to create energy.
  • Athletes
    • As a body that has entered ketosis efficiently draws energy from ingested and stored fat, the ketogenic diet can provide a constant and stable source of energy. This offers an advantage over glucose-dependant metabolism, which eventually requires regular glucose intake to sustain intense exercise performance beyond two hours.
  • Individuals who prefer eating higher amounts of dietary fat;
  • Those who experience digestive issues with high carbohydrate diets; and
  • Individuals who respond poorly to low fat dieting.

 

Who might struggle with a ketogenic diet?

There are people who may not easily adjust to a ketogenic diet due to conditions that limit the absorption of fats, or conversion of fats into energy. This may include individuals who experience:

  • Digestive upset when consuming fat containing meals;
  • Inborn mitochondrial conditions;
  • Recurrent pancreatitis; and
  • Gallstones or have had their gall bladder removed.

 

Is a Ketogenic Diet Right for You?

Whether it’s weight loss or enhanced wellness, it’s worth talking to a naturopath to see if a ketogenic diet will help you reach your health goals. As a bonus, working with a naturopath will also greatly increase your ketogenic success, as they can help identify any barriers to successfully implementing the diet, and create strategies for you to overcome them.

Finally, as with any diet, it’s important to remember that each individual can respond uniquely, and that certain diets will suit some more than others. However, if you feel this diet is right for you, you could soon be joining the many that feel clearer, lighter and more energetic eating keto!

Have a ketosis question? Love to hear from you or book in to get started today.

Julie x

Naturopath, pharmacist, life coach/ 0438 593523/ julie@feelinggreatnaturopath.com.au

*Permission obtained from Metagenics Australia to repurpose graphics and content.

How Do I Get My Spark Back?

How Do I Get My Spark Back?

Emma strode into the café her eyes sparkled, positive energy exuded from every pore and filled the space around her like a radiant star. She had a zest for living that showed in the way she walked, sat, talked, smiled and laughed. It was infectious. I could feel other’s close by thinking, ‘I want what she’s got’. How do I get my spark back?

 

As I sat and heard Emma’s story, I quickly learnt it hadn’t always been that way. She’d been a bitch (her words!) and hard to be around in a marriage that had blocked her from pursuing her passion and purpose. Her husband just didn’t believe in what she wanted to do – alternative healing – and blocked her at every turn. After 5 years of not being her best self, the day came when she realised she couldn’t be the person he wanted her to be and be happy about it.

Once she got clear on what she wanted her life to have more of, she pursued it and her empowerment grew. A wise mentor had said ‘live the way you want to be happy, as long as nobody gets hurt, relationships will either fall away or adapt and get on board’. Unfortunately, her marriage didn’t adapt to her happiness changes and it fell away.

Emma said:” Looking back now, we were in two different worlds. In that environment I’d forgotten what it was like to feel good. What I’d learnt and had resonated with me over time, was in complete contradiction to what was happening in my marriage. It was like my soul was being ripped out. It’s even hard to go back and remember it all now, many years later.”

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Lost My Passion For Life

Lost My Passion For Life

Lost your spark, feeling exhausted, worn out? Been through a rough patch and can barely peel yourself away from your doona, find yourself saying “I’ve Lost My Passion For Life?”

Reliving mental pictures of the old days, when you had energy, motivation, a sense of humour, optimism? Now there’s cynicism, exhaustion and feeling too tired for life. – “Lost My Passion For Life”

Libido’s crashed, living on caffeine and sugar, endlessly running the kids around and grinding out the hours at work, feeling like a hamster on a wheel.

Find yourself staring in the mirror saying “I need to find my spark again?”

Don’t lose hope your spark is smouldering somewhere deep inside.

And no it’s not because you’re old…it’s because you’ve stopped looking after you. Everything else came first and it’s time for an overhaul.

It’s time to ignite the flame!

Don’t worry your family, friends and work colleagues will thank you for it.

“Find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.” – Oprah

Imagine bounding out of bed as the alarm goes off, you’re jumping out of your skin so exercise’s no problem and you’re ready for anything that comes your way.

I know I lost my spark in my late twenties, working crazy hours, disrespecting my body with crappy foods, little exercise and bad relationships.

I got that ‘hamster wheel feeling’ and knew things had to change because I wasn’t staying there! I had to find my spark again….and I did.

Now I look back I see the patterns, thoughts, actions and mindset that got me there. When you know better you do better.

“Don’t lose the spark that makes you….you”  – CJ Peterson

Here’s six steps to finding your spark:

 

Step One: Clarity Is Central To Finding Your Spark

Take a moment to dream what you’d like your life to look like in five, ten or fiftenteen year’s time.

Make this an everyday practice.

Ahhh…. it feel delicious.

That’s the juice, that’s going to get you there through the ups and downs of life.

Now take stock of where you are now.

What’s three things that need to happen in next three months for you to move closer to your dream life?

Focus and consistency are the footsteps of clarity.

Let’s get walking my friend, to a spark filled life.

 

Step Two: Energy is Essential To Regaining Your Spark

Second stage of regaining your spark is energy.

Energy is foundational to everything.

It’s not just in your head, it’s in every cell of your body.

Having no energy is like being an inflatable toy that’s sprung a leak.

What’s zapping your energy?

  • Low in iron
  • making bad food choices
  • dehydrated
  • sleep deprived
  • gut problems
  • autoimmune disease
  • chronic pain
  • food intolerances….

If you answered yes to any of the above, you will benefit greatly from seeing a naturopath. I can make a huge difference to unravelling the causes. CLICK HERE to book online to get it sorted.

 

Step Three: Rituals Are Key To Recreating The Spark In Your Life

Stop living off wishful thinking, life’s too short to hope and pray that the planets will align and you’ll be jumping out of your skin and motivated each day.

So, increase the odds by setting morning and evening rituals.

Soon your rituals will become just what you do and you can change and refine them over time.

Need some help with establishing empowering rituals, come see me. Click here to book online.

 

Step Four: Decluttering Clears Out What’s Smoothering Your Spark

Yes, time to clear out all the rubbish in your life room by room, person by person, thought by thought, action by action.

Let go of what’s not working and what you’re no longer using.

Gift it, sell it, donate it, bin it, recycle it.

Make space for what does work and what’s coming.

Get the boxes and bags out and go to work.

Set a timer and a “this shit’s got to go” attitude.

You’ll feel lighter and freer for it.

 

Step Five: Recharging Is Critical To Finding and Maintaining Your Spark

When you’re running low or on empty, every time you give to others you’re giving away a piece of yourself and it hurts.

Think of it like filling up the car with petrol, it’s hard to go anywhere with no fuel.

When you’re overflowing it’s easy.

You cannot give what you don’t have.

Recharge using daily self care. Click here for loads of ideas.

 

Step Six: Empowerment Is The Glue To Finding And Keeping Your Spark

Self love equals self empowerment.

When you love yourself, you set standards for yourself and boundaries for others.

What does self love look like for you?

For me, it’s about taking care of myself by treating my body, mind and spirit like the gift they are?

 

I always say, the great leveller in life, “you come in with this body, you go out with this body, when it wears out so do you, so treat it with the respect it deserves.” – Julie Smethurst

If you find yourself thinking – “I have Lost My Passion For Life” You need help to find your spark.

I know it’s still there somewhere because you’re breathing…haha! CLICK HERE to book online to get started to finding your spark today at my Mt Martha office or via skype.

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re no longer willing to stay where you are.” – J.P Morgan

Much love Julie xx

(Naturopath, Life Coach, Pharmacist) Feeling Great Health Solutions, Mt Martha