We all experience a dip in our libidos sometimes, but if you find yourself constantly faking a "headache", then it might be time to take a look at what could be ruining your sex drive.
There are a variety of things that can cause a momentary loss of libido, but if you feel that everything's great between you and your partner, then it could be worth checking your diet.
Foods that act as aphrodisiacs are well-known, but many of us aren't aware of the foods that can strip you of your sex drive:
Although alcohol is well-known for getting us all a little frisky, due to the way it strips you of your inhibitions, too much of it can actually put you off sex!
Alcohol is a depressant, which means it can have a negative effect on your thoughts, feelings and actions. It suppresses your libido, decreasing your sex drive, and it can even alter your sexual sensitivity, reducing your sexual satisfaction.
As coffee wakes you up, you might think that it's good for your sex drive because it will help increase your energy levels (albeit temporarily). However, consuming too much caffeine on a regular basis can actually lead to over-stimulation of the adrenal glands, causing the body and brain to become flooded with cortisol (the stress hormone). Stress is well-known to negatively impact your libido.
Artificial sweeteners may seem like a good idea if you're trying to cut out sugar, but they really aren't great for your libido. They contain aspartame; an ingredient which can inhibit the production of serotonin levels (your feel good hormone), leading to changes in your behaviour, such as depression and a decreased sexual drive.
Aspartame also has other side effects, such as irritation, headaches, anxiety and insomnia. Rather than reaching for the artificial sweeteners in future, pick up some honey; it's much better for you and tastes amazing!
There are plenty of studies linking soda to weight gain and poor oral health, but now studies are actually linking soda to depression...which leads to a decreased libido. Think about any time that you've ever felt unhappy; it's not a time when you feel particularly good about yourself, and therefore your sex drive is affected.
Diet soda is just as bad for you though (despite what many people think) because it contains artificial sweeteners...as mentioned earlier.
It might not appeal to you as much, but water really is the best drink for your health.
Soy has many health benefits and is a great replacement for milk and meat. However, it contains high levels of phytoestrogen, which produces effects similar to the oestrogen hormone when ingested in to the body.
Abnormally high oestrogen levels can lead to decreased energy and a lowered sex drive.
For women, cheese can really lower your sex drive; sadly so can ice cream and milkshakes if consumed during your menstrual cycle....this is awful considering that many of us turn to ice cream when we need comfort from our menstrual cramps!
This is because high fat dairy products could affect the menstrual cycle by making cramps and bloating even worse, and even depleting energy levels. With all of these things going on, combined with the fact that you're on your menstrual cycle, sex will be the last thing on your mind.
So cut out these dairy products during your menstrual cycle and you should see an improvement in your libido.
If you are following a clean, healthy diet, then it's highly unlikely that you eat any fried foods, but if these are a regular part of your diet, then it is worth cutting them out; not just for better health, but to regain your libido.
Fried foods are typically loaded with trans fats, which contribute to clogged arteries and raising the blood sugar level. They also cause fatigue, which will have a direct effect on your libido, and have even been shown to lower the quality of sperm and egg health.
Yes, you read that correctly! In the late 19th century the belief began to spread that masturbation was a physical and mental ailment that required treatment.
Dr John Harvey Kellogg, who thought that sex was the ultimate abomination and masturbation was a horrific sin, decided to invent a breakfast cereal that would not only promote health, but actually decrease sexual interest...yes, it sounds crazy, but he really hated the though of anyone touching themselves (or each other). So much so that, despite being married for 40 years, he remained celibate.
After researching the best foods to suppress sexual urges, Dr Kellogg found that corn worked well (apparently), so he made the cereal as bland as he could in a bid to not excite the people eating it.
Whether corn flakes really do affect your libido has not been proven, but if you've excluded all of the other foods from this list and not found an improvement, then it might be worth cutting the cereal out of your diet.
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