Found yourself underperforming in bed lately? You rather play Fortnite than to entertain that booty call? Or just watch How To Get Away With Murder than to have an all-night loving fun with the boyfriend? You just never seem to be in the mood to get the sexy going. Turns out your lack of sex drive may be caused by what you’ve putting in your plate.
According to Daily Mail, nutrition is closely linked with your libido. And your desires become even more susceptible to your nutrition as you age. Some foods that you take in can cause an imbalance in the male and female hormones testosterone and estrogen. Any food that causes these hormones to deplete can lower your sex drive and reduce sensitivity. If you don’t want your libido zapped out just like that, you may want to limit your intake of certain types of foods.
Dairy is pretty much a big part of our diet. We’ve been told to drink milk every day since we were young that consuming milk has become part of our daily routine. And who in the world doesn’t appreciate a carefully selected cheese platter? But sorry to break it to you, anything dairy can actually have a negative effect on your sex drive. The culprit here—it’s the lactic acid in dairy products. It causes your libido levels to take a dip. Add the fact that cow milk is usually full of synthetic hormones that make your own hormone production go wonky, we think it’s best to stay away from that ice cream you’ve been saving for later if you intend to have a passionate lovemaking with your date.
Yes, even chocolate is bad for your sex drive. Don’t shoot us. We’re just the messenger here. Before you decide to totally hate us for this, hear us out first. We’re offering you a silver lining. Moderate consumption of chocolate is actually good for your sex life. After all, chocolate isn’t dubbed as an aphrodisiac for nothing. Phenylethylamine, a powerful compound found in chocolate, can command your brain to release the same hormones that your body produces when you’re in love. But just like in everything else, too much of anything can be bad. In extreme amounts, chocolate is said to rapidly raise your blood sugar then drop below normal levels, making you tired and sleepy, and in no mood for sex.
Sure, canned foods are convenient to eat. Just get the can opener, open the can and you got yourself a meal. You probably already know this, but they’re not exactly the most nutritious option in your pantry. Canned foods have excessive sodium content. And too much salt can cause high blood pressure. Which in turn can cause damage to your blood vessels. Your blood flow ends up restricted and has a hard time reaching the different parts of the body, including of course—your private areas.
Soft drinks are addictive. They can make a simple meal a lot more special. But don’t be fooled by this. If you knew how much damaging soft drinks can be for your sex life, you are going to want to hurl yourself to the nearest soft drink rehab center (if there ever is one) right this instant. Soft drink has that fake sweetener aspartame which messes with your serotonin levels. It causes it to drop. And since your serotonin is responsible for boosting your mood, encouraging proper sleep and smooth muscle contraction, a lack of it can cause depression and exhaustion, which in turn negatively affects your libido.
5High In Carbs Food
If you love pasta, rice and white bread, this is bad news for you. Carbs just have that effect on the body where it causes your testosterone levels to decrease, especially refined carbs such as cookies, biscuits, and cereals. Simple carbs cause a spike in your blood sugar and then dip just as rapidly as a consequence. This gives you that groggy, lazy feeling. Men may also gain weight from the sugar in these types of carbohydrates and drop your testosterone levels as your estrogen increases.
Watching a movie just isn’t complete when you’re not munching on some buttery and salted popcorns. But just a tip, your Netflix and chill date nights are going to be much better off without it. Perfluoroalkyl acids, which microwavable popcorn contains, has been found to cause a significant decrease in sperm count in men. You may miss having a bag of popcorn when you’re in front of the TV, but we’re pretty sure you won’t miss it as much as you’ll miss your sperm if you don’t skip them now.
This list just seems to keep taking all the good stuff away from you. Yes, we’re telling you that it maybe for the better to start cutting on your consumption of any refined sugar. This of course includes cakes, cupcakes, candies and many other sweets that you probably love. When you eat anything that’s made from refined sugar, you may notice that it gives you that “sugar rush” at first, but eventually, you go into “sugar crash”. It’s the same thing with the chocolates. After that high, you experience that lethargic feeling. Not exactly an ideal mood when you want to get freaky under the sheets.
Licorice is like your usual candy on steroids. It has that high sugar content which we’ve already warned you from eating. And just to sweeten the deal, it even has the ingredient glycyrrhizin which according to a study can significantly lower levels of testosterone in men. Next time you’re out and doing groceries, best to just walk past your favorite licorice store.
A glass of martini is what you just need to get you to loosen up. But think twice before you grab for your second glass. It’s no secret that excessive consumption of alcohol may lead to liver damage. But here’s the kicker. Your liver is actually responsible for metabolizing hormones. So if you mess up this organ, there’s a chance you mess up your sex hormones too. And if you expect alcohol to turn you into some Casanova, you may be in for a disappointment. Since alcohol is a depressant, it can dampen your sexual desire and make it difficult for you to get erections.
Anything that’s fried is a danger to your sex drive. Believe us when we say we share your pain on this one. We admit, fried foods like burgers and fries taste divine. These are just the kind of foods that’s hard to let go. But it’s already been found that trans-fat in greasy foods have dramatic effects on both male and female libido. It can decrease sperm count in men and mess up a woman’s gestation.
We’re not asking you to give up on all the nice things in life, (because that’s basically everything that’s included in this list), but cutting back on your consumption of these types of foods and being more aware of what you’re feeding your body, can do wonders for your sexual health.