Is your diet responsible for low or sporadic libido? Sex-pert Sue McGarvie says that food is a key factor when it comes to revving up your desire for sex.
Q: What impact can food have on libido?
A: Food (mainly “bad” foods) can have a huge impact on libido. Many of the patients I see have food allergies or sensitivities and it is one of the top characteristics of my low-libido women. Other factors include percentage of belly fat (size 6 or smaller, or size 18 or larger), use of birth control pills, and having a fair complexion. Foods that inflame your cells and stress out your body (i.e. junk food) can seriously decrease your libido health.
There is a legitimate, physical reason why women’s sex drives are diminished, and I’m out to prove that toxins, types of foods and what we eat contribute significantly to that. A poor diet can lead to excess belly weight, resulting in the production of excess estrogens, which in turn counteracts the testosterone and progesterone that are the building blocks of physical desire. A loss of sexual desire, in my opinion, isn’t just in your head. Of course, how you feel about your partner factors into it, but there is a very real physical component that shouldn’t be underestimated.
Q: Are there certain foods that are real libido killers?
A: Hydrogenated fats, like the stuff in Doritos, cookies and donuts.
Q: What are the best foods for a healthy libido?
A: Omega-3s (5000 mg plus per day), cinnamon, CLA foods like safflower oil (or supplements), and dark chocolate. You may also want to try:
1. A diet low in carbohydrates that avoids “orgasm killers,” like refined sugar and caffeine.
2. High doses of fish oil supplements.
3. Internal exercises that go far beyond kegels.
4. Maintenance of serotonin and dopamine levels.
Q: Any tips for eating your way to an optimum libido on a daily basis?
A: Follow the libido recipe. Here are the basics:
1. 8000 mg (yes, 8 a day) of omega-3 flax or fish oil.
2. Four capsules a day of magnesium/glycinate.
3. One multivitamin with at least 50 mg of zinc.
4. Two evening primrose oil capsules.
5. Five Tryo Trypt capsules a day.
6. Four oz of very dark chocolate a day.
7. Three glasses of red wine a week.
8. One low-dose Aspirin a day.
9. Two adrenal supplements a day.
Yes, I said dark chocolate and red wine — the two biggest panty removers I know. You also need to get off the pill (oral contraceptive) and get tested for food allergies if you have any regular ‘tummy problems.” I see a strong correlation between women with low libido and food sensitivities.
Q: What’s the connection between low libido and food allergies?
A: [Food sensitivities] may lead to a chronic inflammation of your body (even at a cellular level). And remember, the first thing that goes if female mammals are stressed is their sexual desire. The most common foods people are sensitive to are dairy, wheat, peanuts, eggs, soy, shellfish and corn. Even if you don’t think you have an allergy, many women who aren’t “getting in the mood” have got stomach, digestion, or gastro issues which cause them to have that cellular sensitivity. I haven’t seen much research into why there is a correlation, it is simply my observation after years of treating women with low libido.
Author by Sarah Treleaven