Monday, April 13, 2015

The High Libido Diet

Let me introduce to you the high libido diet. To see the video, CLICK HERE. What does that mean? It means food plays a part in your sex drive. Unfortunately when patients come to me wanting to increase their sex drive they don’t come walking in asking for the high libido diet, even though some day they might. But for now it’s almost a secondary thing for people to want help with. They come in and their chief complaint is their inability to sleep, they want to lose weight, digestive issues etc. and then it’s like ‘oh, yeah and my libido, you know if you could help with that great, but I am in my 50s and it is what it is’. We have a stigma in this society that as we age it’s okay if our libido just gets weaker. We chalk it up to getting older. So sometimes patients don’t even mention it because they don’t see it as a problem so now I have it on my medical history questionnaire: decreased libido-never, rarely, sometimes, almost always. How patients answer that question gives me tons of information because how one's libido is can give me insight into mental, emotional health, blood circulation and hormone issues. What you need to know is as we age even if a weaker libido is common it isn't normal. There is hope! And changing your diet can help.

Because what you need to know is that food has the ability to reduce testosterone in men, and both testosterone and estrogen in women, diminish sex drive, reduce sensitivity, and alter sperm production. Good news: it can also do the exact opposite. Bottom line: what you eat affects your sex life. So, let’s learn how to use food to your advantage.

So after muscle testing so many patients throughout the years I have seen trends on foods and supplements that seem to help and certain foods that interfere with having a good libido. So first I’m going to share with you the most common things that people muscle test weak for so these are things to avoid. So if you are taking notes put a big AVOID on top. Do not mix up what I am about to say with Things to Do. Otherwise you are going to have a very upset lover.

#1 Avoid soy
Soy beans are very rich in a number of nutrients including protein and vitamins A and B. They can be found in various forms: soy milk, tofu, miso, as well as in many processed foods. Eaten in excessive quantity, soy can lower testosterone levels. Soybeans decrease libido also because they contain traces of anti thyroid factors. Thyroid regulates sexual desire, activity and fertility. Japanese diet rich in soybean products is also high in seaweeds which is thyroid stimulating.

#2 Avoid oysters
Oysters are poisoning your sex drive! Here's the thing: oysters are considered an aphrodisiac because they're very high in zinc, which is a libido booster. However, although people have been slurping down raw oysters practically forever, thinking they're a sexual superfood, they're actually toxic. While you can get oysters from comparably healthy places, realize that they're absorbing all the parasites and toxic substances in the ocean – and they go straight into your body, which kind of cancels out the enhancing properties of zinc.

#3 Avoid sugar
So if you are out on a date and you are thinking you want to get some later you may want to skip dessert because when the sugar crash happens you are going to feel tired and instead go home and go straight to bed.

#4 Avoid alcohol
Alcohol decreases testosterone, which is the backbone to male sex drive but is also important for women’s sex drive as well. Alcohol also makes it hard for men to achieve an erection; and when we are intoxicated our sense of touch is not as sensitive. Stick to one or two drinks to avoid these effects.

#5 Avoid plastic
Phthalates from plastic interfere with the production of sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. Phthalates are what makes the plastic soft and they are in BPA-free plastic as well so it is best to stay away from all plastic the best you can.

#1 Add zinc
Adding Zinc into your diet may improve the body’s natural levels of testosterone. And if you think testosterone is only for men think again. Studies show that women with a greater sex drive have higher levels of testosterone. A quarter-cup serving of raw pumpkin seeds may do the trick. Other sources high in zinc are liver, grass fed beef, oatmeal, onions.

#2 Add saffron
Saffron contains a chemical that makes your whole body, especially sexual organs, more sensitive to the touch for both men and women. It is the spice that makes white rice into yellow rice. You can also use it in broths. Not only does saffron appear to have aphrodisiac properties but it helps with anxiety, insomnia, PMS and insulin resistance.

#3 Add ginseng
Ginseng stimulate the adrenal cortex which involved in the production of sex hormones.

#4 Add arginine
Arginine is an amino acid that opens up blood vessels to increase blood flow. This increase in blood flow is how Viagra works. So arginine is the natural Viagra but arginine is not only for men but also for women. For women suffer from the same type of insufficient genital blood flow that causes impotence in men.
It is with better genital blood flow that women have better lubrication, more sensitivity, and increased ease, frequency, and intensity of orgasm. The best way to increase your arginine intake is in supplement form.

#5 Add omega-3s from fish
The omega-3s in fatty fish are great for improving circulation in your body which is essential for boosting blood flow to your genitals. They can also raise dopamine (feel-good) levels in the brain—a major precursor to getting in the mood. Just make sure your brand is from a reputable company so the omega 3 from fish is mercury free. I use the brands Nordic Naturals or Standard Process in my office.

#6 Add avocados
Another good, healthy fat is from avocados. The Aztecs used avocado as an aphrodisiac to improve testicular health. And just like the omega 3s, avocado has good vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that are especially beneficial to your heart. And with better heart health you have better blood flow to the genitalia.

#7 Add raw honey
Raw honey also contributes to testosterone and estrogen hormone production, making it beneficial for both sexes. Buy raw, organic honey from local sources whenever possible. And if you want to splurge manuca honey. It is expensive but very, very medicinal.

#8 Add chocolate
So how else can you eat your way to a better sex life? Well, everyon’s favorite is chocolate. A single square of 70% dark chocolate stimulates your brain to produce the chemical dopamine – the “feel good” hormone that affects your mood. This way you can get in the mood. Make sure the sugar used in the dark chocolate is not refined but is cane sugar, agave or stevia. You can also make your own using raw organic honey and have really good libido!