Sex is more than just pleasure, it’s how we connect, increase beneficial hormones and squash those pesky stress hormones. A low libido can be rooted from low testosterone, dietary imbalance, elevated inflammation, or a mental-emotional imbalance.
It’s a common problem, but not commonly talked about. And low sex drive might be sabotaging your relationships and making you feel disconnected from your partner Here are some ways you can naturally increase your sex drive and find balance.
EAT a hormone-balancing diet.
Vegetables: 3-6 cups daily is the minimum. Get those greens in, along with beets, carrots, garlic, onions, broccoli and artichokes.
Protein: Your liver requires protein to run those mighty detox pathways. Eat organic, pasture-raised meats and eggs or wild-caught fish.
Healthy Fats: Avocado, cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, olives, etc. Keeping your blood sugar balanced and supplying your body with the fuel it needs to create hormones is why healthy fats are crucial to your health.
Water: If you’re not already getting half your body weight in ounces of fluid daily, definitely start there. A good rule is to up your intake of water by about 20 extra ounces per day during a detox.
Sugar: It increases inflammation, disrupts blood sugar, stresses your hormones, and is addicting…which is plenty of reason to ditch it!
Alcohol: You probably knew that one was coming, but yes, no alcohol while you’re showing your liver some love. Let it take a break from processing alcohol and other toxins…trust me, you’ll be happy you did.
Inflammatory Fats: Canola oil, corn oil, cottonseed, peanut, etc. You build hormones from fat, so if you want awesome hormones, you can’t be eating these fats.
These fats drive hormones and the immune system wild. Cut them out! And leave them out!
Hormone Disrupting Foods: Soy, dairy, wheat, corn, and most grains.
Maca: Maca is a powerful root that has been shown to balance hormones, manage stress/ cortisol response, and enhance sexual desire. I add this to my collagen latee every morning for an energy boost!
B Vitamins: B vitamins help to regulate sex hormones and support the entire adrenal cascade. these vitamins are found in many foods, but are water-soluble and need to be replaced regularly. They’re even more depleted with stress, infection, and illness. Try liver, meat, seafood, seeds, and mushrooms. Your adrenal glands specifically need B5 and hormone production requires adequate B6. A quality B complex with active B vitamins can provide both B5 and B6.
Zinc: Zinc is essential for healthy testosterone production, which is associated with higher sex drive in men and women. It is also important for the quality and quantity of sperm production. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of zinc.
Adaptogenic Herbs: Herbs like Rhodiola, Eleutherococcus, Holy Basil, Ashwagandha and other adaptogens can help manage stress and rebalance the adrenal glands as well as improve sexual desire. My favorite is ashwagandha. Which is often used for stress but also enhance orgasms, arousal, lubrication, and sexual satisfaction.
L-Arginine: This little amino acid aids in blood vessel dilation and can improve blood flow to your genitals. Found in many pre-workouts for aiding in blood flow to muscles.
DHEA: DHEA is an anti-aging hormone that declines in all of us ladies beginning in our mid to late 20’s. DHEA has been shown to improve vaginal lubrication, pelvic floor muscles, and the quality of orgasms. DHEA also improves your brain health, the appearance of your skin, immune function, and boost mood and energy levels.
Where to Start with Supplements?
As mentioned above, Ashwagandha or other adpatogens such as maca, can also be tremendously beneficial for women’s hormones over all. The adrenal glands are responsible to producing DHEA, which is then converted to testosterone. When the adrenals are happy, our body naturally maintains progesterone production, which also enhances our libido. By caring for your adrenals, you create more energy, more stamina, and a healthy sex drive. Win!
Real Talks with Your Partner.
Look, I can give you dozens of effective ways to boost your sex drive, but if the root cause of your low libido is that your partner isn’t delivering what you need or you’re just not giving then this must be addressed. Have some real talks with your partner about what brings you pleasure and find out what works for them too.
Wondering if you are suffering from hormonal or HPA-Axis dysfunction?
Rachel Scheer is a Certified Nutritionist who received her degree from Baylor University in Nutrition Science and Dietetics. Rachel has her own private nutrition and counseling practice located in McKinney, Texas. Rachel has helped clients with a wide range of nutritional needs enhance their athletic performance, improve their physical and mental health, and make positive lifelong eating and exercise behavior changes.