Hey Men, Lost Your Sex Drive? This Could Be Why
If your sex drive seems to be a bit low there could be lots of reasons why.
And with lots of reasons come lots of healthy diet and lifestyle tips from me too!
Do you know which nutrients are critical for testosterone production? Which exercises can boost it and which can bust it? What about the effects of stress and sleep?
Have you ever heard of “maca”?
Continue Reading where I dish a bunch of ways you can try to recoup that sex drive you seem to have lost. Not to mention a sinfully delicious drink you can share with your significant other. You can thank me later.
Libido is such an interesting (and complex) experience. Because of this it 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 a bunch of key diet and lifestyle factors that have been shown to increase testosterone and libido.
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 excessive weight and keeping it off has so many health benefits including increased libido!
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 too.
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 resting metabolic rate (RMR) and that you’re getting enough protein and healthy fats; not to mention the essential vitamins and minerals too.
I know you probably aren’t digging into a salad every meal or whipping up a veggie packed smoothie in the morning. Maybe you are munching on veggies throughout your day with hummus!! But, if you need help, like I do and my male clients, try this out. It’s so easy!
Did you know that men can experience increased blood levels of testosterone after a bout of intense exercise?
For some reason this doesn’t seem to be the case after endurance exercise 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 can try some weight lifting or a HIIT workout. Get some ideas here.
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. You just may thank me.
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.
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 so most recipes don’t call for the same amounts as in the supplement. 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 Hot Chocolate
- 2 cups almond milk
- 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 dash sea salt
- 1 dash cayenne pepper (optional)
Heat almond milk and coconut oil in a saucepan.
Add all 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.
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Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades and has coached and trained many clients during this time. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Coach, Pilates/Aerobics/Yoga Instructor and more. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Reboot 28 day program, 10 Day Body Reset Detox, 30 Days to a New You, Holistic Weight Management System and many more on-line programs. To find out more about these life changing programs check out the testimonials and information at www.moveyourbody.ca
Tanya has created FREE Healthy Living Challenges that you can sign up for HERE, because even though we know all this “healthy stuff” it’s good to be reminded to keep it in our awareness. Tanya created the Busy Mama Healthy Mama Facebook page so that like-minded mama’s could get great healthy information and recipes in a fun and light-hearted way.
Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending, the 21 Laws of Irrefutable Fat Loss, How to Get Rid of Cellulite and more. Her blog, www.tanyamorrison.ca has lots of great articles to help you navigate your way to the healthy life you want, tons of recipes and great tips!
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