Nutritional deficiencies, stress and low mood can all contribute to a low sex drive, as can the declining hormone profile that most people encounter with age.
The secret is often to think about the body as a whole. You need to be simultaneously supporting hormone production, blood flow, stress levels and brain health, which will almost certainly affect your mood. It’s also important to note that deeper underlying medical conditions can play a role in a low sex drive.
Zinc rich foods-Aphrodisiac foods such as oysters and fruits
Oysters are rich in zinc, which helps the body to produce hormones such as testosterone – a key component in keeping you in the mood.The zinc can also be found in many other foods such as beef, lamb, spinach, nuts and seeds.
Zinc also helps to increase sperm production, so it’s an important mineral for fertility too!
Foods for healthy blood flow can do wonders for your libido by increasing circulation to your sexual organs. Foods that increase circulation include garlic, chilli peppers and ginger. They contain allicin, which dilates blood vessels and thins the blood.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish also help to thin the blood and increase elasticity of blood vessels, allowing for easier blood flow.
Brain foods to put you in the mood- it’s hard to get your libido up when you’re stressed about unsexy things like work.
Your brain is a very complex network of chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, which can influence whether you feel sad, happy or motivated. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine can give you feelings of well-being by heightening your mood, and require good quality protein to operate. Omega-3 fatty acids also help here.
Keep up intake of foods such as meat, fish, eggs, cheese, yogurt, nuts and seeds.
Releasing complex carbohydrates-In modern times we simply have too much stress on a constant basis, which makes the constant release of cortisol very hard to overcome. It may be hard to completely change your lifestyle to reduce stress, but the first step you can make is to reduce foods that increase the production of stress hormones. Refined carbohydrates such as white bread and sugar are the biggest culprits, causing a roller coaster of hormones which loads your body with stress and reduces both libido and fertility.
Choose slower releasing complex carbohydrates such as wholegrains, fruits and vegetables.
Dark chocolate-Cocoa contains a host of beneficial compounds such as antioxidants called flavonoids, a high iron content, and much, much more. Most importantly, it contains phenylethylamine, which gives a stimulating effect and releases the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in the brain .
Exercise-Resistance training can have a large influence on hormone levels. The key is to perform big compound movements with heavy weights in a relatively low rep range .
Try to find the balance between deliberate overload and over training.