Libido, or sex drive, is a complex human physical and emotional response. We are often asked about “normal” libido for men or women. This question is complex! On the physical level, hormonal balance plays a role in libido, particularly the balance of hormones from the hypothalamus, adrenal glands, thyroid gland, and ovaries or testes. When a person experiences a significant change in hormonal levels, libido can be affected. Many women experience this during menopause, but it can happen at any time for either gender. In addition, circulation and nerve health affect blood flow and thus can affect libido. On the emotional level, short or long-term stress can raise or lower libido, as can depression, anxiety, and grief.
The Best Libido Diet:
While human sexual response is complex, there are some special dietary additions that can help nourish your libido.
- Honey. Honey is a natural source of boron, which is good for metabolism. Boron causes a rise of testosterone level in blood, and that’s why it’s helpful for sexual desire in both men and women. Look for raw, local honey and use it sparingly as a condiment.
- Vegetable oils. Vegetable fats contain plant acids, which your body uses to produce cholesterol – the foundation of all sex hormones. Lack of cholesterol in the body has a negative impact on your sexual activity and leads to loss of sexual interest and desire. When buying vegetable and nut oils, pay attention to the label. Cold-pressed oils contain more nutrients than cooked, and they contain vitamin E, which is necessary to maintain your hormonal balance. The best oils are olive, grape seed, and walnut.
- Oat flakes. They help to increase the level of testosterone in your blood. In order to increase your libido you should eat a bowl of oatmeal several times a week. If you are sensitive to gluten, look for gluten-free oats at your local natural foods store.
- Oysters. They are considered a classic aphrodisiac. In fact, all seafood is rich in minerals, essential components of sex hormones. In addition, minerals from seafood are better absorbed by your body, as they are contained there in the form of mineral salts.
- Algae. Algae and seaweed contain iodine, which is good for thyroid function and responsible for female sexual desire. However, in order to feel positive results you should eat algae or seaweed regularly for a month or longer.
- Chocolate. It contains several components that create a sense of satisfaction and improve mood. Chocolate is also known as a classic aphrodisiac. Look for dark chocolate sweetened with natural sugars such as unrefined cane juice, honey, or brown rice syrup.
- Eggs. They contain B vitamins, especially B6 and B5 that help to balance hormone levels and maintain energy.
- More. Red meat (grass-fed and finished), dark meat of poultry, seafood, brown rice, and pumpkin seeds are good sources of zinc, which helps to balance prolactin. In excess, prolactin can lead to various sexual dysfunctions.