Is there a magic food to rev up your libido?
We’ve all heard of aphrodisiacs – which are wonderful and very powerful – but if certain other aspects of your diet and endocrine system are not balanced, chances are you won’t feel a thing just from eating oysters.
So what foods can boost your libido and improve your love life?
Foods that support your adrenals and rev up your libido are those that keep your blood sugar balanced, your mood stabilized, and your cortisol levels low, while naturally upping DHEA production.
If these factors aren’t in place, you are probably feeling tired, depressed, foggy-headed, having difficulty sleeping, getting frequent colds, or some combination of them. Not only from a nutritional perspective will this weaken your sex drive, but also from an emotional perspective – you just won’t have the capacity to thrive.
So get started on the road to better health and a better love life.
Here are the 5 food strategies you MUST know about!
- Switch to decaf – Caffeine first thing in the morning will zap the life out of your adrenals, leaving you even more tired at that 3 or 4pm lull. If you’re an avid coffee drinker, start by switching to decaf or green tea, then eventually switch over to herbal teas.
- Skip the salad at lunch– That’s right! Contrary to popular belief that salads at lunch are the healthy way to go, depriving your body of a whole grain carbohydrate source at lunchtime will bring on sweet cravings later in the day and disturb your blood sugar balance. So throw some brown rice into your salad bowl, or eat a sandwich or sushi rolls.
- Take shortcuts with your snacks – Instead of mindlessly munching Cheerios or fruit snacks with your kids, keep balanced snacks around for yourself. Always have on hand protein sources like: organic sliced turkey breast (which provides the building blocks for mood stabilization), whole hard boiled eggs, canned salmon and sardines (skip the tuna! Too much mercury and not enough EFAs). Whole grain quick fixes include: Mary’s Gone Crackers and precooked brown rice bowls from Trader Joes. And don’t forget about sliced veggies with peanut butter or hummus!
- Nourish your adrenal glands with supportive foods – Load up on sea vegetables (nori, hijiki, dulse, kelp – which come in flakes that you can easily sprinkle onto your food), black sesame seeds, black and kidney beans. These foods work to nourish your tired adrenals.
- Get in your Essential Fatty Acids – Especially if you’re breast feeding, your body can be starved of the EFAs, essential for mood stabilization. If you can’t get in things like avocado, salmon, nuts and seeds, then take a fish oil or flax oil supplement.
Get started now and let us know how you feel in the comment box below!
And don’t forget that our expert health coaches are here to support you along the way. If you’re looking for personalized support and a step-by-step program to guide you through the process, click here to book your complimentary FLO Focus Session!
Thank you for this food advice. I notice right before ovulation, during and right before the flo, the alkalizing power of green juice revs me up and keeps me balanced. I love the comment about the salad at lunch thanks that explains why I want chocolate by 3. thank you,
You’re very welcome 🙂
Glad the food advice was valuable and helped to demystify your 3pm cravings!
Keep us updated on how it goes when you experiment with a different lunch!
Hi Jessica, I suffer from Hashimoto and I recently went to a Naturopathic doctor and she put me on a paleo diet and OMG I feel I can not do it. I did not eat carbs or I ate only one tortilla during lunch time and at 11:00 night I was very hungry and end up eating dates and honey at that time, I could not follow the diet she gave me, I am very hungry. My adrenals are very bad and my libido is extremely low when I am with my partner is like in and out without feeling anything at all, it is embarrassing and depressing.
Diana Shirley says
The week before and the week of my cycle I am soooo tired, I also have hypo throidism for which i take medicine for. So I was wondering what your green juice recipe is and if it would help my energy levels. I honestly feel like I’m try to walk through water.Any advice would be appreciated.
Since you are hypothyroid, you have to be careful of drinking too much green juice, especially with kale or other raw cruciferous veggies because they contain a compound called goitrogens which can actually further slow down your thyroid.
There is, however, a lot more you can do to beat the pre-menstrual fatigue.
In fact, i have a blog post coming out this week which will give you more tips! Stay tuned for that and in the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions or want to set up a consult with one of our counselors.
Natural healing is possible!
What lunch would you recommend for those trying to stick to the raw food diet?
Do you think this diet is supportive for adrenals?
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Great question –
Depending on the level of your adrenal burnout, the raw diet might not be the best.
When very burnt out, our adrenals do need animal protein to repair.
The benefits of a raw diet would be minimizing the processed carbs, but you have to beware of having too much fruit which can also spike blood sugar to the extremes if eaten in excess.
In general, extreme diets for long periods of time are not the best for our endocrine systems as women and so it’s great to find a balanced way to eat and live that supports your hormones! Our aim is to deliver exactly that.
If you’d like to learn more, click the link above to set up a consultation and we can discuss your situation in more detail and see if our programs would be the right fit for what you’re needing.
Either way, great job in wanting to support your health and hormones!
Great advice! I am a nutrition student, and this makes a lot of sense! Though I was surprised about skipping the salad for lunch-I will have to start adding in some good carbs! Thanks for the advice, and keep up the awesome posts please. 🙂
Glad it was helpful, Meagan!
Let us know what happens when you switch around the lunch 🙂
Looking forward to hearing more from you!
Love the post, im going to have to give this a go. My love life recently hasn’t been the best, hopefully this will help, thanks!
Laurie Perry says
I am looking at sample FLO recipes for my menstrual phase and reading up about hijiki and other seaweed mentioned. I’m seeing multiple sources mentioning concern about the levels of arsenic associated with hijiki and it’s unknown if the wild (organic) type is any cleaner. Given that this was the only mention of hijiki I could find when searching on the site, what is your stance now five years later?