Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West

Oct 08. 2 mins


Is there anything better in life, than sex, sun and sea? For divers and water babies in general, it’s easy to get the sun and the sea. As for the sex part, sometimes it proves a bit more difficult. We’re not talking about having a grueling time on the singles scene here either. We’re talking about options to boost sex drives.

You’ll be happy to know that your time spent in the sun helps, because it’s all about that sunshine vitamin, called D.

Vitamin D Deficiency

First up, let’s take a look at the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, which studies have shown may lead to erectile dysfunction and female sexual dysfunction. Signs of a deficiency aren’t always obvious. However, they can include getting regular colds and flu, feeling fatigued for no reason, bone and muscle pain, slow-healing wounds, and depression.

Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiencies seem to be pretty common these days, perhaps as a result of a myriad of modern lifestyle factors. Many of us work indoors all day, cover up completely with sunscreen or clothes and spend far too much time in the dark binge-watching Netflix, playing video games and surfing the net.

Think about why you generally feel sexier in summer, than in winter. It’s not just because of tans, bikinis and tropical dives. It’s also due to the fact that you’re outside in the sun more often. Vitamin D activates genes that release dopamine and serotonin – those neurotransmitters that help us stay calm, motivated, happy and feeling sexy.

On the flip side, Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression, commonly affects people in cold climates with limited daylight hours, coinciding with the drop in vitamin D levels and general mood.

Vitamin D for Desire

While it’s early days yet for any conclusive studies on the link between vitamin D and feeling frisky, it’s certainly evident that a lack of it can impede your sex drive. After all, if humans behaved as nature intended, we’d be walking around naked outdoors, absorbing sunlight via our bare skin and producing adequate vitamin D for our bodies to use for optimum function. Not slouching indoors over a computer all day.

While walking around naked in itself would boost sex drives everywhere, that’s not always possible. So, how can you safely boost your vitamin D intake? First of all, your body can only produce a certain amount of vitamin D at a time, so there’s no need to risk skin cancer by spending all day in the sun.

Safe, bare skin sun exposure all depends on the time of day, year, where you are in the world and the colour of your skin. It’s not necessary to tan or burn for your skin to absorb ultraviolet B rays, so use this as a good indicator as to whether or not the climate is a risk factor.

If you have very fair skin, 10 or so minutes a day might be enough to absorb what you need, while a couple of hours is better for very dark skin. The best way to dose up on vitamin D, is to do your exercise outdoors! Just remember that if you’re somewhere in the world where the UV index is three or above, it’s time to cover up in the sun.

Vitamin D supplements are available, however, check with a professional first to see if you really need them. While we can’t get vitamin D from many sources of food, if you love mushrooms, you’re in luck! Just make sure they’re grown in the wild, with exposure to sunlight, as opposed to commercially cultivated ones.

After all that, the bottom line is that a healthy dose of vitamin D could very well boost your sex drive, as well as give you the perfect excuse to get back into the sun and the sea.


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