Have you had any holidays this year?
We've had a nice break in Camber Sands for a week, as well as a stay with the family at Centre Parcs which is always fun.
Many people with chronic health issues who I speak to will typically find that their symptoms often improve when they are on holiday.
This can be for a few reasons, including reduced stress, improved food quality (sometimes), and perhaps reduced exposure to certain toxins and chemicals in and around our homes.
Libido can also often improve dramatically.
Sex drive / libido can be a really effective gauge of overall health but is typically something that is very low in people who are suffering with their health.
Unfortunately, I can’t pack you off on holiday but here are some common killers of libido to look out for if your sex drive isn’t where you’d always like it to be…
Low iron is very common in many people with health problems, especially when inflammation is involved.
Iron is needed to help get oxygen into your cells, and low iron levels will often result in both fatigue and low libido.
This is something that is normally relatively easy to get checked with your doctor.
However, if you find they are low you also need to be questioning why that is (and resolving that).
For example, it could be loss of blood, or it could be inflammation (in which case working to reduce inflammation is beneficial).
Including certain things such as red meat, liver, and green leafy vegetables in your diet can all help.
Additionally, the ingredients in Advanced Vitality have been shown to help support iron absorption so may be worthy of consideration here if you find you are deficient.
One very common side effect of certain medications is low sex drive.
Obviously I’m not saying just cut out your meds as that potentially would lead to other problems if you haven’t got to the cause of your issues, but it certainly is a factor.
As already touched on, stress can be a huge killer of sex drive.
Aside from just packing up and going on holiday, there are many, many ways to help reduce stress in your life, and giving these some focus is important for not just your libido, but all of your symptoms.
Personally, I find a nice relaxing walk can be really good for stress levels, as well as taking a few minutes each day for some deep breathing exercises.
Magnesium may also help here, but suffice to say stress management initially needs to be a priority.
Certain nutrient deficiencies (in particular Vitamin D, B12, and Zinc) have all been linked with ruining your sex drive and all of which are reasonably common.
Again, getting your levels checked for these is normally relatively simple, but managing inflammation, getting plenty of sun (without burning), eating a good, varied, nutritious diet and considering appropriate supplementation will all be of assistance.
Low Fat Intake
When people eat too little fat in their diet, or eat the wrong type of fat, this can have a huge impact on healthy hormone production (which in turn leads to poor libido).
Including things such as coconut milk or oil, avocado, oily fish and extra virgin olive oil can, therefore, be really beneficial.
An imbalance in certain hormones in the body will lead to a range of symptoms, including poor sex drive.
Optimal levels of things such as testosterone (even for women), progesterone and oestrogen are all really important, yet can become wildly imbalanced over time due to a range of factors (such as stressors, infections, diet, toxins, and more).
Unfortunately, correcting hormone levels naturally often isn’t a quick fix, but over time it can be done.
I really do hope that the above can help to set you on the path of improved libido. If you do have any questions, feel free to get in touch.