The media always reminds us that there is another pill to increase sex drive, deal with erectile dysfunction or increase our libido. Your sex drive and libido is a reflection of what you are doing to your body. Nature typically has it that fertility and libido is appropriate when a person’s health is in a good state.
So, if you are having trouble in the bedroom, you may want to consider these factors:
- Are you on a low fat diet, or a bad fat diet? Hormones are fat soluble substances and having adequate good fats is important for the body to maintain a good level of hormones. It may surprise you, but cholesterol is a precursor to the making of hormones! Bad fats create oxidative stress in the body and can affect the body’s optimal hormone production. So make sure you are having adequate good fats from raw seeds, nuts, cold water fish and avocado.
- Are you not exercising enough? We all know exercise helps to increase our output of endorphins, our feel good hormones. Adequate endorphin is important to the making of sex hormones and manages the making of stress hormones.
- Are you overweight? Increased abdominal fats, imbalance in blood sugar levels, diabetes and inflammation often affects peripheral circulation and will have an impact in your sex drive.
- Are you not eating enough real food and having adequate antioxidant support? Food as close to its naturally occurring state as possible supplies nutrients for the making of cells in the body, including those of the reproductive system. Good, lean protein from fish, egg, chicken, lean meat, nuts and seeds help the making of good cells. Antioxidant from fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs has a protective effect on our cells and assist in making healthier cells.
- Are you stressed? Stress and sex typically do not go together. In a fight or flight situation, stress requires us to “run from danger”. In the “danger” situation, our body shuts down the reproductive system and focuses on giving energy to the muscles and pupils to “run from danger”. If you have persistent, high levels of stress, take time out for yourself, do some yoga, meditation, prayers or your own de-stressing activity, some people de- stress by tending to the garden, play a musical instrument, play a sport, watch a comedy or do some handicraft.
If you still have trouble in the bedroom after answering “No” to all of the above questions, it is worthwhile to run a hormones test to see what is going on. You can run a blood sex hormones test but blood is not a good indication of free hormones (the ones that matter) as it measures bound and unbound hormones. The better choices are salivary or dried urine hormones tests. We offer these tests at NutriActionz.