Hmmm…Libido…it’s an interesting thing!
It’s affected by so many things and not just the main sex hormones, especially testosterone.
Although testosterone levels can have a big effect on sex drive there are a lot of subtle things that can be going on too.
In this post we’ll look into diet and lifestyle factors that have been shown to increase testosterone and libido! So read on…
If you have a high body fat percentage, you are more likely to have low levels of testosterone. We are mainly concerned with visceral fat, which is the fat around the middle that is much more commonly referred to as belly fat!
The more fat there is around the middle, the more your body will have of an enzyme called “aromatase” that converts testosterone to oestrogen and ideally we don’t want the body to convert it to oestrogen.
First of all, by losing any excessive weight and keeping it off, as you know has so many health benefits, including increased libido!
If we are deficient in certain nutrients, this can contribute to low testosterone. Not only zinc and vitamin D (read my recent blog post) but if you’re not eating enough protein and healthy fats that can also have a negative impact too.
Also, if you’re not eating enough calories, that’s not to help you in the bedroom department either!!
So make sure you’re eating enough healthy food swell as making sure that you’re getting enough protein and healthy fats; not to mention the essential vitamins and minerals too.
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 the passion right to bottom of our list of prioriites. So ideally we need to minimise the stress hormone cortisol.
So…Make time to do things you love, workout, spend quality time with your family and friends, go on a long walk in nature, meditate, relax with a great book, treat yourself or take a long bath and don’t forget to laugh.
Sleep is critical for just about everything our bodies do.
If you’re not getting 7-9 hours each night you’re going to want to prioritize that for your health (and sex drive). Try it.
So we know that it’s not healthy to get too stressed…but did you know that if you are doing too much high intensity activity, that’s too hard on your joints for a prolonged period of time could contribute to your stress levels and lower levels of testosterone?
Think about adding some weights to your workouts and make your workouts more HIIT based rather than opting for steady state cardio all of the time – don’t be scared to mix it up a bit – why not try Yoga or Pilates if you’re not already ( I know a great Trigger Point Pilates Instructor! 😜
Have you heard of the Peruvian herb called “Maca” ?
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!
Maca is an antioxidant and new research suggests it may also be helpful for our brains and bones too! …It’s available in most health food shops, I even picked up a packet in ALDI last week!! Happy Days..!
So I hope I have given you a few little starting points to experiment with, hopefully to have you swinging from the chandeliers in no time!