3 "Healthy" Foods That Kill Your Sex Drive
Are These “Healthy” Foods Stealing Your Libido?
Do you think women are the only ones who suffer from hormone issues?
They’re not. As men age, they become at risk for a number of health issues linked to declining hormone levels.
Drops in testosterone deplete your energy levels and your sex drive and make it harder to lose weight. Low testosterone can even cause your muscles to become flabby.
Low levels of human growth hormone (HGH) cause lower production of testosterone, triggering these same negative health effects.
And high levels of cortisol can cause you to put on weight, especially around the middle. Belly fat is linked to a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes … so, not good.
Age is often blamed for declining hormone levels. But diet usually plays the biggest role.
What You Eat Can Wreak Havoc on Your Hormones
Eat the right foods and your hormones will be healthy and balanced. Your sex drive will be as high as it was when you were in your 20s and 30s … and so will your ability to perform.
But eat the wrong foods and you’ll find your sex drive and performance plummeting. Along with your energy levels and your overall health.
The really maddening thing is that many foods touted as “healthy” for you are actually doing a number on your hormones. You think you’re doing everything right and your reward is low energy and a low libido.
So what are some of the top healthy foods that you should avoid? Well, let’s take a look…
Cut These “Health” Foods for Better Hormone Balance
The number one offender when it comes to fake health foods and your hormones is soy. Soy protein, soy flour, soybean oil … soy is in everything. If you eat the average American diet, about ten percent of your calories come from soy.
Soy gets touted as being a heart-healthy food and a good source of non-meat protein. But for men, soy has a big downside. It contains plant estrogens—compounds that mimic female hormones. These plant estrogens get into your system and get in the way of your body’s normal testosterone production.
Another thing to watch out is meat from conventionally raised animals. You’ll hear from me and from other sources how important protein is. But if your protein has been pumped full of hormones, then traces of those hormones get into your body and throw off your whole balance. Look for meat that is labeled hormone-free.
Finally, whole grains can be part of a healthy diet. But if you eat the government-recommended amount of grain every day, your diet is not healthy. Too much grain—even good grains—will trigger too much insulin production. And that will depress your production of testosterone.
Two Indulgences to Watch Out For
While I have written about the health advantages of alcohol here in the past—and moderate drinking is shown to have benefits to the heart—one of the big disadvantages of even moderate drinking is the impact it has on your hormones.
A daily alcoholic beverage can decrease your HGH production by 75 percent. Since HGH is a master hormone that your body uses to produce many other hormones, this can have far-reaching effects on your energy and hormone levels.
I recently wrote to tell you 7 ways that sugar harms your health. Add depleted hormone production to that list. Ordinary sugar and fructose both depress the production of 7 hormones that are key to a healthy, vital sex life.
Three Foods That Promote Healthy Hormone Production
Just as eating the wrong foods can deplete your sex drive (and your overall health), eating the right foods can supercharge your energy levels and put you back in the game when it comes to a healthy sex life.
To help your body bring your hormones into the right balance and to increase your hormone production levels to their optimum rate, try adding more of these foods into your diet.
Dark, Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are all rich in magnesium. Getting enough magnesium in your diet will help your body make more testosterone, HGH, and other hormones you need for a happy sex life. Nuts and seeds—especially pumpkin seeds—are other good sources of magnesium.
Fish: The balance of healthy fats and high quality protein that you get when eating fish will help your body make more progesterone and DHEA, both of which contribute to good energy levels and a high sex drive.
Eggs: Another great source of healthy protein and good fats, eggs are a great addition to a truly healthy diet that will balance your hormone levels.
For the best results, go paleo. The Paleolithic diet is built around foods that were available to our distant ancestors. It’s a diet rich in vegetables and high quality protein and that includes little-to-no sugar or grains.
These days most people experience a decline in their hormones as they age. But age isn’t necessarily the cause. Often, it’s lifestyle choices—especially diet choices—that are triggering a decline in hormones and a drop off in your interest in sex.
Fortunately, you have control over what you eat. Cut out the “healthy” foods that are hurting your hormones and focus more on a diet that’s rich in good fats, high quality protein, and fresh vegetables. You’ll see a difference in how you feel—both in and out of the bedroom—in no time.
P.S. Good health … good energy … a good sex life … if you have these things, make sure that you protect them as part of your preparedness planning. It’s amazing what the chemicals on a “seemingly” normal peach can do to your testosterone levels… check it out.