Hey Men, Lost Your Sex Drive? This Could Be Why

Hey Men, Lost Your Sex Drive? This Could Be Why
July 14, 2017

Libido is such an interesting (and complex) experience that can be affected by so many things. And we’re not just talking about the obvious sex hormone testosterone here.

Although testosterone levels can have a big (yes BIG) effect on sex drive there are a lot of subtle things that can be going on too.

In this post we’ll dive into key diet and lifestyle factors that have been shown to increase testosterone and libido.

Body fat:

Did you know that low testosterone is linked with high body fat?

Particularly visceral fat which is associated with a large waist circumference. You see, with more fat there is more of an enzyme called “aromatase” that converts testosterone to estrogen.  And what you want is to keep that testosterone not convert it.

Losing the extra weight that has gathered around your abdomen and keeping it off has several health benefits including increased libido.

Diet:

Certain nutrient deficiencies can contribute to low testosterone. Not only zinc and vitamin D but if you’re not eating enough protein and healthy fats that can also have a negative impact.

Not to mention eating way too few or way too many calories. These aren’t going to help you in the bedroom department either. So make sure you’re eating enough food to sustain your body needs but please don’t over indulge in either food or alcohol, your libido will suffer if you do.

Exercise:

Did you know that men can experience increased blood levels of testosterone after a session of intense exercise?

For some reason this doesn’t seem to be the case after endurance exercise (think marathon training) and endurance exercise may actually reduce the levels of circulating testosterone. Nor do women seem to have this increased testosterone after a workout.

For a temporary boost men should consider heavy weight lifting or a High Intensity 35-45 minute workout.  (Your looks will also benefit from these two.)

Sleep:

Sleep is critical for just about everything our bodies do.

If you’re not getting 7-8 hours most nights you’re going to want to prioritize that for your health (and sex drive).  Try it, this one is a game changer.

Stress:

No one can deny that your moods can affect your sex drive, right?

Too much stress, sadness, and worry can take over your mind and push that drive to reproduce right to the backburner.  So you want to try to minimize that stress hormone cortisol.

How about some tips?  Make time to do things you love, workout, spend quality time with your family and friends, meditate, relax with a great book, or take a long bath.  And don’t forget to laugh.

Super Tip: When you notice yourself worrying about things you can’t change, take a deep breath, acknowledge the thought and then shift your attention to one thing you are grateful for. Even if for a just few minutes, do this everyday, every time you catch yourself in this type of energy sucking activity and you will soon experience more love and desire.

Consider maca:

Have you heard of the Peruvian herb called “maca” (Lepidium meyenii)?

It’s a plant in the cruciferous family (think: broccoli) and its root has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac.  It’s usually ground into a powder and dried.

Believe it or not there are a few studies that actually show an increased libido for those who supplement with it.  Scientists don’t know exactly how it works, but it seems to work for both men and women and it doesn’t seem to impact your hormones (not even testosterone).

Maca is an antioxidant and seems to be protective of mens’ prostate.  New research suggests it may also be helpful for our brains and bones.

It has a bit of a “dirt” flavour when you eat it alone but trust me, you’ll love the recipe below and if you’re considering supplementing you should know:

  • Maca (as do many supplements) interacts with some medications so be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking maca supplements.
  • Because it can affect your moods you should be very careful taking maca if you have anxiety or depression.
  • It’s not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Recipe (libido-enhancing): Maca Spicy Hot Chocolate

Serves 2

2 cups almond milk (coconut milk works too)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon unsweetened cacao powder
1 teaspoon maca powder
½ teaspoon turmeric (optional)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
4 dashes cinnamon
1 pinch sea salt
1 mini pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

Heat almond milk and coconut oil in a saucepan.

Add the rest of the ingredients to blender and blend until frothy.

Serve and enjoy a cup with your significant other!

Tip: Adding cayenne pepper is a traditional South American way to add a bit of spice to chocolatey foods and drinks.

References:

Maca

Monograph: Maca – Lepidium meyenii

 

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