Hormone Questions About Diet? Ask Our Doctor About Increasing Libido
Lowered libido or low sex drive happens to everyone from time to time throughout your life, but it is more common among women than men. Today, the loss of desire is considered one of the most common female sexual problems. In fact, American drug companies claim that female sexual dysfunction (FSD) or female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) affect about 30 percent of women, while about 15 percent of men experience low sex drive.
Causes of lowered libido
When looking to increase your sex drive, for men or women, there are two biological chemicals that you should focus on: dopamine and prolactin. Research suggests that dopamine increases desire whereas prolactin decreases it. Some of the medications you take may increase the production of prolactin or inhibit that of dopamine. Either of these scenarios can result in lowered libido and a range of other sexual and health side effects.
Additionally, there are several common psychological and emotional causes of decreased sexual desire, usually working in combination with each other, including:
- Lack of quality sleep
- Poor diet
- High stress
- Low testosterone
- Drug or alcohol use
- Medications and birth control pills
- Poor physical health
- Low physical activity
- Anxiety and depression
- History of sexual abuse
- Hormonal imbalance, like due to menopause or low thyroid
- Unresolved conflicts and repressed emotions
- Low self-esteem
The first step to addressing low sex drive is identifying the root of your problems.
How to increase libido naturally by changing your diet
Foods that help include:
- Natural aphrodisiacs – bananas, avocadoes, and figs are rich in vitamins and minerals that promote blood flow to the genitals and increase sex drive naturally. Dark chocolate encourages the release of serotonin and phenylethylamine, which have mood-lifting and aphrodisiac effects.
- Vitamin C foods – besides improving blood circulation to the organs, vitamin C has been specifically linked with improved female libido. It also enhances collagen production for skin health, and subsequently, increases your ability to maintain an erection and make the vaginal wall firmer. Great sources include oranges, guava, broccoli, and red pepper
- Iron-rich foods – grass-fed beef and dark leafy greens like spinach and kales are great sources of iron. This mineral is particularly important for women looking to improve their libido, arousal, lubrication, and even the ability to orgasm.
- Nuts – the high levels of selenium in Brazil nuts helps to maintain healthy testosterone levels, while almonds are rich in vitamin E, Zinc, selenium, and other minerals and healthy fats that promote sexual health and reproduction.
- Watermelon – it contains phytonutrients known as beta-carotene, citrulline, and lycopene that help to relax blood vessels and deliver the Viagra effect for improved libido.
- Keeping your body well hydrated by consuming plenty of clean water can also help to increase libido by reducing the risk of headaches, fatigue, and vaginal dryness.
Foods to avoid include:
- Fried foods and trans fats – greasy foods lead to abnormal sperm production and interfere with a woman’s gestation cycle
- Low-quality protein such as factory-farmed meat – they contain added hormones and antibiotics that may result in hormonal imbalance
- High sodium foods such as processed and canned food – contain chemicals and high sodium that increases the risk of high blood pressure, which reduces blood flow to sex organs
- Traditional cow dairy products – milk and cheese – especially from factory-farm cows – contain synthetic hormones that affect estrogen and testosterone levels
- Sugar – it affects sex hormones, especially reduced testosterone levels
- Overindulgence in alcohol and caffeine often results in reduced arousal, sexual desire, and sensitivity. However, a single glass of polyphenol-rich red wine can help widen blood vessels and increase blood flow to the main arousal areas.
Changing your diet can lead to improved sexual health in the long term. You can also consider the use of supplements such as Maca and L-arginine, weight training and burst training exercises that increase HGH hormone, yoga, the use of essential oils for hormonal balance, and positive lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, to see your libido increase.
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