Lost Libido? (How to find it)

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Libido, Is Yours Lost?

Sandra Miller

February 6, 2016

Libido. Most would do anything to preserve it.  The human body has, at its roots, one of the most primitive of functions. People spend a lot of time and a good deal of money in their adult lives either trying to improve or maintain it.  It is your libido.   At the beginning of our evolutionary journey, our libido had its main role in procreation.  No copulation meant no population, if you get my drift.   Today we look at libido much differently.  Men view it differently than women.  And men will do more to keep it. With their time, energy and money.

Not all of us  keep our sex drive with advancing age due to multifactorial reasons. Stress (mental or physical), hormones and adrenal function, cardiovascular UN-fitness, medications, and/or  medical conditions.   Some are even ok with the loss of libido. Content may a better choice of words. Others measure their quality of life by it.

The thought of losing libido to a male, means that he might as well just surrender and let the beast eat him.   Hardwired into all males is this thought process:  No libido means I am less of a male specimen.  It’s primitive psychology. Any psychology-philes out there remember the ID?  It’s our primitive brain.  I AM THAT I AM. Without me, the population does not proliferate.

http://psychology.about.com/od/theoriesofpersonality/a/personalityelem.htm

 

 

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We can tie many things back to our lack of sexual desire and inability to perform. Physical and psychological.  Yes, stress and busy lifestyles are huge contributors. I write a lot about environmental xenoestrogens and their role in hormone disruption but sadly, my information gets read by mostly women.  At least, according to the analytics.  Interestingly, men are not only affected by this exposure but, they actually are appearing to be MORE affected than their female counterparts.

 

 

http://balancedconcepts.net/tips_avoid_xenoestrogens.pdf

Too few men have even ever heard the term “xenoestrogens” let alone,  understand the consequences of repeated daily exposure or where they are getting exposed.  I want to show the guys a little love and shed some light on something that could affect not only you but your male children.  If carrying on the family (umm, )name is important, I am linking this very important documentary which explains the plight of the American male.

Chemical Castration.  Wrap your head around that for a moment, or better yet, watch at least the first ten minutes of this documentary.     https://vimeo.com/15346778 “DISAPPEARING MALE

 What Effects Libido MOST?

In this documentary, you will see how not only belly fat but, mood and libido are affected by environmental chemical exposure.  You will see how a man’s ability to procreate is being threatened close to the point of extinction of the human species.  NO KIDDING.  When it comes to infertility, it is more the males than the females who fall short in this day and age.  Environmental chemicals are clearly linked to sterility in males. Stress and poor lifestyle choices don’t help either.

Just a warning: If you don’t watch the video then just take this one tip. DON’T eat non-organic strawberries.  They are heavily saturated with Atrazine and another chemical that is shown to cause sterility in males.

It’s feminizing male frogs.

Environmental chemicals may me the main reason why males are losing their sex drives at earlier ages. This is not the only reason but it is a major reason. For men nearing middle age, the largest contributor is poor cardiovascular health and medications.  After all, circulation is what carries our blood supply to everywhere and the male sex organ is at the farthest end of the road. Gets what gets the short end of the stick?

Medications are generally taken by many men once they get closer to middle age.  That includes those which are prescribed but also, recreational drug use. Typically, this issue has been tied to affecting older men rather than younger men for the simple fact that older men go to the doctor more often and in turn, get more testing.  They also get more medicines. The medications that affect libido are too numerous to name in total, but include:

Prozac and mood altering drugs

Blood Pressure Medications

Zantac and PPI’s

Birth control pills (for women)

Cholesterol medications like statins

Just to name a few.

 Aphrodisiacs are what we call substances that help stimulate arousal, blood flow or both. The word “aphrodisiac” is derived from the name of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love and sexual desire.  Herbals, pharmaceuticals, foods, drinks, aromatherapy, and medications are some ways in which people try using to make their intimate life not only more pleasurable but more predictable.

The problem is that most of the studies that have been done on synthetic formulations have been primarily done on rats.  Studies of this nature are less common in humans.

Essential oils have a nice effect on libido due to their enhancement of mind and mood, but also positive effects on our physiology. They probably won’t help a man get an erection.

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/aphrodisiacs-viagra-herbal-drugs/2010/11/22/id/377857/#ixzz3tdFnvSAq

The Cardiovascular Connection

I have currently made acquaintance with a compounding pharmacist on the cutting edge of a new medication that can hinder premature ejaculation.  Uday Desai, Rph MBA claims “This problem is far greater that ED (Erectile Dysfunction)” and is working on plans to market it in the U.S. and other countries.  Check out   http://www.medozrx.com . Keeping our cardiovascular system in good working order is probably the best strategy to avoid getting into this situation in the first place.

Eating a diet of whole foods, fiber, nuts, beans, fruits, veggies and lean and clean protein is the diet recommended by experts like Dr. Steven Masley and Dr. Jonny Bowden who just launched their new book “Smart Fat”.  Dr. Masley claims that keeping our cardiovascular system in good working order is probably the best strategy to avoid getting into this situation in the first place.

Eating a diet of whole foods, fiber, nuts, beans, fruits, veggies and lean and clean protein is the diet recommended by experts like Dr. Steven Masley and Dr. Jonny Bowden who just launched their new book “Smart Fat”.

Eating a diet of whole foods, fiber, nuts, beans, fruits, veggies and lean and clean protein is the diet recommended by experts like Dr. Steven Masley and Dr. Jonny Bowden who just launched their new book “Smart Fat”.   SMART FAT WEBSITE HERE  You can register for a free video and material to help you follow their plan when following this link.

Dr. Mark Hyman promotes a diet high in healthy fats as well.  Fats and cholesterol provide the raw materials to make our hormones.  On a statin, kiss you libido goodbye.  It won’t be long.  Fats and cholesterol are not even the problems.  Actually, they are a solution. 

https://youtu.be/AwkBB2Z6914  INFLAMMATION, NOT CHOLESTEROL linked to heart disease.

When our circulatory system is impaired by plaque growth or inability to pump blood efficiently, the vessels furthest from the heart suffer the most. Typically, our extremeties are the first to feel the effects of poor circulation.  Guess where the second  place is?  Dr. Steven Masley claims that arterial plaque is” reversible” and he uses the most state of the art testing to check what is called  “carotid IMT ” testing.

According to Wikipedia, “Carotid IMT has been measured in numerous epidemiological and clinical studies. These have shown associations with numerous risk factors, including type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance,[11] familial hypercholesterolemia,[12] high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and triglycerides,[13] rheumatoid arthritis,[14] non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,[15] and air pollution.[16]”  (wiki references)”

The Ultimate “TEST”

It appears that the “thickness” of the intima (or tunnel inside the artery)  is very telling of atherosclerotic plaquing and build-up.  Dr. Masley, a 3-time fellow, claims that ” the carotid IMT test is far superior to ultrasound” insomuch as ultrasound testing can only see plaques that are calcified.  Calcifications indicate those plaques which have been growing over time.

These calcifications are less likely to break off and cause damage.  The newly formed lesions are softer and have more of a chance of breaking free under pressure, dislodging and causing a blockage. They have not yet had a chance to calcify. Dr. Masley claims  that “Carotid IMT will detect these softer and newer plaques which are the culprits in most strokes.”

This is the method he uses in his program in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The doctor says that this pressure could be the type of intravascular pressure from someone with hypertension.

Since it appears that we can reverse the calcifications with diet and lifestyle factors, this is the best place to start.  A diet of whole foods that are rich in vegetable and fruits with plenty of fiber (about 30+ grams daily) is a great start.  Adding exercise that does not cause inflammation that is done several days a week consistently also goes a long way toward keeping arteries in good shape.

Too Much Of A Good Thing?

We now know that high-intensity exercise like running, cause arterial injury. Plaques form in the lining of our arteries as a result of “inflammatory injury.”  Just as  a scab would on an injury.  These “scabs” attempt to patch and heal the arteries. It is these that break off and dislodge in smaller vessels of the brain and heart.  This narrows the artery and decreases blood flow especially in smaller blood vessels.

Products may help a bit, but they are just a band-aid.

You will hear about products ranging like maca and ginseng which provide energy and have shown some small success in boosting libido.  Even taking natural and non-synthetic forms of B vitamins can help make neurotransmitters for the brain.  If our waning libido is “in our heads”, this could provide some hope for those who mentally are not “into it”.  Unfortunately, so could a change in partners.

Undeniably, this is all too common and it’s not always in your head.  Eat clean.  Live green. Get your fiber. Move more.  Don’t fear fats and cholesterol. They are the very building blocks of our hormones. Keep alcohol consumption to a safe amount.  Exercise smarter not harder. Learn healthy ways to reduce stress.  Don’t keep your cell phone in your pocket and reduce EMF exposure whenever possible. And for goodness sake, eat organic strawberries.

Our very survival as a species may depend on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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