Low libido? Married, single, with or without kids, young and mature women, it does not matter. Nowadays more and more women are experiencing a decrease in their sexual drive. Blame on depression and anxiety and the side effects from certain medications to treat both. But also, we are exposed to toxins in our environment (home products, cosmetics, plastic and even some food) that interfere in our endocrine system which modulates our hormones, creating this low libido.
Knowing that, what about trying to go straight the root cause with some of these tips to implement on your daily routine:
1. Avoid drinking tap water or water treated with fluoride and chlorine. Get a good carbon filter instead.
2. Eat more foods with zinc, like spinach, flax, lima beans, peanut and garlic.
3. Simply don’t eat soy or soy products (soy protein isolate and soy lecithin for example are hidden in different products)! Besides 96% of soy in US is genetically modified, processed soy products mimic estrogen in the body and disrupts normal hormone function. Eat sometimes small amounts of organic miso, edamame, tofu, nama shoyu or Bragg’s, are okay, but I would switch the soy sauce for example, for coconut aminos.
4. Stop using plastic containers or bottles! Plastic is endocrine-disrupting and bad for your health. Choose glass!
5. Be careful with chemicals in personal care products and cleaning products. Our skin absorbs everything we put on it going to your bloodstream and then to your cells. Read all the labels. Find clean brands (I love the Birch Box where I can try different beauty products every month that are clean and free of bad chemicals).
6. Eat more greens! Try to eat at least 3-6 cups of veggies every day.
7. Try maca. This Peruvian root is known to improve endurance and sexual drive.
And besides all that, listen to your body. Understand what it wants to tell you. Find out the best time of time you feel comfortable of having sex. Sometimes you are a morning person or a night person. Also, it is always good to check your hormones with your practitioner.