Toxics in Condoms – 11 Un-Sexy Chemicals Lurking in Condoms


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Ever thought about the ingredients in your condoms? The majority of condoms contain toxic chemicals and hormone disruptors. Find out which brands do, and don’t.

Reading labels isn’t just something you should do when buying food. You should also pay close attention to labels when choosing your health products — especially your sexual health products.

If you don’t intend to grow your family, chances are that when sex comes to mind you’re thinking about condoms for all of 5 seconds. However, when selecting the condom that is right for you, you might need a few more seconds on the clock.

Chemical exposure from condoms is minimal, but it is real nonetheless. Even though they can be beneficial, the reality is that with overexposure they may be doing more harm to you than good.

Don’t let this stop you from using condoms – they’re key to preventing STIs and unintended pregnancies! But be mindful of your health products, condoms included.

Believe it or not, there is more than just rubber when it comes to the ingredients found in condoms.

On one hand, condoms are like an emergency shut-off switch. They prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and they are the only product available that does these two things at the same time.

On the other hand, their brief contact with your body, if overused and/or if you have a sensitivity to their ingredients, could be enough time for the condom to affect your health negatively.

Condoms aren’t regulated like food products. They don’t require a detailed list of ingredients. The good news is that there are condoms on the market that disclose whether or not their product contains any bad chemicals.

The bad news is that many of them don’t. This is possibly due to the fact that some of these harmful chemicals are made in the processing of latex and are not added after.

Typically, condom packaging will point out things like whether they are latex or non-latex, different flavors, and whether or not there might be lubricant or spermicide present.

If there is lubricant present, you might find labels distinguishing between water-based, silicone-based, gel-based, or pH-balanced. But what exactly is in the chemical makeup of some condoms remains a mystery. Labeling requirements are more focused on the contraceptive and preventive properties of condoms.

For the past 15,000 years, condoms have been in use for birth control, and in more recent years, for STI prevention. So condom labeling today caters to those priorities—Will the condom prevent sexually transmitted diseases? Will the condom prevent pregnancy?

But these FDA labeling requirements often lack important details like—Does the condom contain animal products? What is the full ingredient makeup of the condom? What chemicals were added to produce the final ingredients in the condom?

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So, what are the chemicals we’ll find in condoms?

1. Benzocaine

Benzocaine is a local anesthetic, and the purpose of adding it to condoms is to provide a numbing sensation to reduce stimulation to nerve endings to delay a man’s climax.

Be careful not to get it on your partner because it may dampen the mood since it will numb them up, too. Also, be sure to wash it off afterward to prevent any irritation later on.

You can also find benzocaine in ointment, spray, liquid, cream, gel, and wax form to offer relief for things like minor skin injuries, insect bites, teething, and toothaches. It is not required to label the ingredient benzocaine on condom packaging.

2. Casein

If you’re vegan or have a dairy allergy, you definitely want to avoid using condoms made with casein. Casein is a protein by-product of milk and it’s used to make latex condoms smooth.

3. Dry-Dusting Powder

If you ever open a condom and find some white powder, don’t freak out. It’s pretty common for companies to use a dusting powder when manufacturing non-lubricated condoms.

Condoms typically come rolled up, and if the condom isn’t lubricated, it can be difficult to unroll, may stick together, and could even rip during the unravelling attempt.

The dusting powder is supposedly corn starch most of the time, but may contain other ingredients, usually preservatives meant to prevent breakdown of the latex. It’s not often you’ll see a label specifying the dusting powder, and the chemical makeup of the powder may vary.

4. Glycerin

Glycerin, not to be confused with glycerol (a sugar), is found in condoms as a lubricant.

There are different types of glycerin, and they are very common ingredients found in condoms as well as lube. Glycerin is water-based, meaning that it won’t leave a mess that is impossible to clean up. Typically, you won’t see glycerin listed as an ingredient.

While glycerin is sweet in flavor, it doesn’t actually contain any sugar. The downside? If left in the vagina too long, glycerin can transform into sugar, increasing your chances of getting a yeast infection by throwing off your pH balance.

Safety first, always remember to clean up. Glycerin isn’t required to appear on condom packaging.

5. L-Arginine

Amino acids are the building blocks that your body uses to make proteins needed for daily function of your arteries, glands, organs, and tendons. They are crucial to things like muscle tissue repair and removal of waste.

L-arginine is an amino acid found in a ton of over-the-counter and prescription medications, such as ibuprofen and some chemotherapy medications. It works by converting into the chemical nitric oxide, which improves blood flow by opening up blood vessels. You can find L-arginine in certain lubricants and condoms for a boost in arousal.

6. Latex

Rubbers, as some people call condoms, are traditionally made from the rubber tree. Basically, condoms grow on trees, but it wasn’t until the discovery of the process known as vulcanization that we knew how to go from raw rubber to condoms.

Vulcanization is the process by which natural rubber becomes more durable, i.e. more elastic and able to withstand higher temperatures—it’s done through heating and addition of sulphur.

In the 1920s, latex was discovered, which made condoms even stronger, and allowed them to last longer. The shelf life of a rubber condom went from a few months to up to 5 years.

The discovery of latex meant that instead of using gasoline and benzene (a chemical known to cause cancer with overexposure) to make the rubber into liquid, water could be used, which created a much safer work environment for condom factory workers.

A latex allergy is no joke. For those who bear this trait, latex condoms are going to be a big no-no. Try these non-latex condoms, instead:

  • LifeStyles SKYN
  • Trojan Naturalamb
  • Trojan Supra
  • Durex Avanti Bare

7. Lidocaine

Just like benzocaine, lidocaine is also used to bring a numbing effect.

What’s the difference between the two? Lidocaine absorbs faster since it is more water-soluble than benzocaine, and it lasts longer.

But this doesn’t mean that it’s better for you. It actually is something to consider, because being numb for a long time may not be what you’re looking for.

It also absorbs deeper into your skin than necessary. You’re not likely to see lidocaine listed on condom boxes or wrappers, since it’s not required to label this ingredient either.

8. Nitrosamines

Latex production creates nitrosamine by-products. Nitrosamine is a chemical compound that, when ingested, can instigate tumor growth (specifically stomach and colon cancer).

You can frequently find nitrosamine in cured meats, salted fish, and in rubber products like condoms. We already get nitrosamine exposure from things like our food, second hand tobacco smoke, and cosmetics, and the additional exposure from condoms can add up to a toxic amount.

Because nitrosamine exposure specifically from condoms has not been seen to increase risk of cancer, it hasn’t become a banned ingredient. However, in 2010, condom manufacturers were encouraged by the World Health Organization (WHO) to remove nitrosamines from their products since it really doesn’t have a purpose.

Prior to the studies regarding the toxicity of nitrosamines, there was a German brand of chocolate-flavored condoms on the market containing a tremendous amount of nitrosamines. They were quickly taken off the market.

9. Nonoxynol-9

Nonoxynol-9, or N-9, is usually added as a lubricant, to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and to kill sperm.

What’s the catch? N-9 can’t distinguish between good and bad, so it may also damage vaginal or rectal cell walls, which actually increases your chances of contracting an STD or urinary tract infection (UTI). Totally the opposite end of the spectrum from pleasure and excitement.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that condoms containing N-9 were not found to be any more protective against sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy than their counterparts lacking N-9.

There are special requirements for labeling of condoms containing nonoxynol-9 issued by the FDA. Kimono condoms were the first to remove N-9. Trojan Armor Series condoms contain N-9.

10. Parabens

Used to prevent bacteria growth, parabens are a group of chemical preservatives found in cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and personal care products. Parabens have been taking over these products since the 1950s.

By the 1990s, their reputation wasn’t doing so hot when they were found to mimic estrogen in the body and cause estrogen disruption. Breast cancer tissue has also been seen to contain concentrations of parabens, which has suggested that people should refrain from higher levels of exposure to parabens.

The FDA still deems parabens safe at low levels of exposure, and most products contain low amounts, so technically, the products alone cannot be to blame. Cumulative exposure from many different paraben products is what will cause health problems to arise.

Is it any wonder why parabens have been banned from use in the European Union, yet they are still legal here in the United States? Make sure to limit your contact with parabens. In particular, limit paraben exposure to your skin coupled with UV exposure, which has been shown to have harmful effects.

Parabens might be listed on things like lotion, but usually not on condom labels.

11. Silicone

Silicone is used in condoms as a lubricant. It is an alternative to using water-based lube. Females will be less likely to get a yeast infection when using silicone-based lube. Silicone-based lubricants have a longer-lasting effect, since they don’t absorb into your body or skin, and they also don’t evaporate like their water-based counterparts.

Since silicone is waterproof, condoms using silicone as lubricant are safe for use under water (i.e. in the shower, etc). Try these silicone-lubricated condoms:

  • Kimono MicroThin
  • LifeStyles SKYN

Which condoms contain these chemicals?

When picking out condoms, make sure that you pay attention to what’s written on the box, not just what is inside the packaging. Below are a few of your options:

Durex

Durex is the world’s oldest condom manufacturer. They stopped making condoms containing nonoxynol-9 in the early 2000s. Their website does mention that “chemicals are added” to make their latex rubber stronger and more reliable.

If you’re looking to avoid latex, don’t use Durex condoms, except their Durex Avanti Bare line. If you are concerned about parabens or glycerin, Durex brand condoms may not be the condom for you, since they’re not likely to show up on the label.

GLYDE

Better known as the first certified ethical, vegan, and fair trade condom brand, GLYDE condoms are manufactured with a “clean plant-based formula” made from sustainably grown rubber trees. If casein is a concern of yours, GLYDE condoms is a brand you can trust, since vegan means no animal products.

Kimono

This brand of condoms touts themselves as containing no N-9, and they’re vegan-friendly, meaning they also don’t have any casein in them.

Their Kimono MicroThin Plus with Aqua Lube water-based lubricant is the only line of condom containing glycerin and parabens. Kimono condoms are made of natural latex using “state-of-the-art Japanese technology”.

L.

L. brand condoms are like the Toms of condom brands. For every condom purchased, the funds help to support their 3 programs designed to fight the ongoing AIDS epidemic in Africa.

L. partners with non-profit organizations that focus on peer-to-peer outreach in areas of extreme poverty. Their second program involves female social enterprise solutions, empowering women with transformative skills that will help them develop a culture that buys condoms. The last program supports sex education and condom access to students.

L. condoms are benzocaine-free, N-9-free, glycerin-free, and paraben-free, and they are made of natural latex. If you live in San Francisco, CA or Brooklyn, NY you can even order these condoms online and get them delivered within the hour.

LifeStyles

“A condom for every lifestyle” is their motto. LifeStyles condoms are made from latex, unless otherwise stated. LifeStyles TURBO contain a lubricant that contains L-arginine. If you’re looking to try some non-latex condoms, give LifeStyles SKYN a try.

Sir Richard’s

These are benzocaine-, paraben-, and glycerin-free. They also do not contain nonoxynol-9. They do, however, contain trace amounts of cornstarch.

Sir Richard’s touts themselves as “chemical-free” condoms, though they are made of natural latex and do contain silicone as a lubricant.

Sustain

Sustain condoms do not contain glycerin, parabens, benzocaine, or lidocaine.

Sustain’s philosophy is to be sustainable as a company and as a product, for our health in addition to the environment. They use fair-trade rubber, are vegan, and are available in unscented and lavender.

Trojan

Who goes home with more than 70 percent of retail condom sales? Trojan condoms, which are made in the U.S. at a rate of more than 1 million condoms a day.

Many types and sizes of Trojan condoms are available. Typically, they are made of latex unless otherwise stated.

To avoid benzocaine or lidocaine, be aware of these brands:

  • Trojan Extended Pleasure
  • Durex Performax
  • Trojan Double Ecstasy Condoms 

Trojan Charged condoms use L-arginine as a lubricant mixed with ginger maca to provide heightened pleasure, if you’re looking for an alternative to the above.

Other labels to look out for when shopping

Expiration date

There’s nothing worse than going home and finding out someone ate your leftovers that you’ve been thinking about all day. It’s kind of the same feeling you get when you go to use a condom and you realize it’s expired.

Make sure to pay attention to your condoms’ expiration date, another extremely important detail in making sure your sex life stays on its A game. The reason most chemicals are used is to preserve the latex, which deteriorates over time.

Storage

It’s ideal to store condoms in a cool, dry place in order for them to work effectively in the future. Exposing your condoms to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight could also deteriorate them.

Wallets, pockets, and in your car are not the best places to store condoms, as these places could potentially diminish the integrity of condoms, as well.

Bottom Line

If you are trying to avoid certain chemicals, be very conscious when you are at the store buying your sexual health products, especially condoms.

A cumulative amount of chemicals, like parabens, could be a hazard to your health if you’re already using a bunch of other products that contain the same chemicals.

While each product on their own may not be of any worry, frequent use of chemically-laden products can potentially overload your body to create a toxic effect.

Written by Liz Lang

Author Bio:

Liz Lang is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Southern California Institute for Research and Education in the field of Gastroenterology. Liz graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Public Health Sciences. She has an insatiable thirst to learn how the human body works in order to keep people healthy. When Liz isn’t in the clinic, she enjoys exploring nature, yoga, and trying new things (especially food!).

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5 Habits Killing Your Sex Drive (& How to Naturally Increase Libido)

If you’re not “in the mood” as often as you used to be, don’t worry. You’re not alone (it happens to most of us), and there are several effective, natural ways to increase your libido.

Studies show that low sex drive affects 32% of women and 15% of men in the US (between the ages of 18 and 59). While this study suggests that emotions are the strongest influencer in low libido, diet and lifestyle factors (such as sleep, a lack of nutrients, and side effects of prescription medications) can also diminish your desire to get it on.

Understanding what truly drives sexual desire is complex, but your hormone levels have a lot to do with it—which is why many of these natural remedies to boost libido aim to improve hormonal health.

Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and androgen hormones are the primary sex hormones that control the desire to have sex (in both men and women). Low levels of any of these hormones, especially testosterone, are linked to suppressing sexual desire.

Testosterone is considered the strongest hormone for sexual desire. While testosterone is commonly thought of as a male hormone, females also produce small amounts of testosterone in their ovaries and adrenal glands.

5 Habits Killing Your Sex Drive

Here are some of the most common diet and lifestyle factors that influence hormone levels and suppress libido.

Stress

It’s the ultimate catch-22 of libido: Sex helps relieve tension and stress, but it can prevent you from being able to get in the mood in the first place.

Of course, emotional stress can dampen your zest for life and deplete your sex drive. But let’s get more specific about the physiological effects of stress—and what chronic stress does to your hormones.

You see, hormones are your body’s “chemical messengers.” They control nearly every biological function your body performs—including growth and development, digestion, metabolism, sex drive, pregnancy, and regulating your stress levels. Stress raises your blood cortisol levels, which can lead to decreased testosterone and low sex drive.

Now, the reason why stress sabotages your sex drive is because it raises your blood cortisol levels, which is the primary hormone that regulates stress. In fact, studies show that high cortisol levels can actually lower or impair testosterone production in both men and women.

Because your hormones work so closely together, when one hormone is being over or under-produced, it has a domino effect on the rest of your hormones. (For example, your body might repeatedly release cortisol in response to stress.) This impact can “confuse communication” between them, and result in a hormonal imbalance.

While many of us experience some form of psychological stress on a regular basis, stress can take other forms (such as physical stress), which leads me to the next sex-drive inhibitor.

Exercise (too much or too little)

Good things come to those who sweat, but overdoing it can cause physical stress on your body and elevate your cortisol levels. And as previously mentioned, that’s linked to lowered testosterone levels.

Over-exercising may also impair estrogen and progesterone production in women, which has been linked to menstrual irregularities. A change in (or loss of) your monthly cycle and fluctuating levels of both of these hormones may reduce your desire to have sex.

However, moderate amounts of exercise (in particular, high-intensity exercise) have actually been shown to improve testosterone levels. So if your sex drive is low and you’re not exercising for at least 30 minutes per day, it’s worth adding a few weekly HIIT sessions to your routine. Then see if you notice a difference.

Eating a Diet Rich in Processed Foods

Healthy, balanced hormone production depends on specific nutrients (such as omega-3 essential fatty acids, amino acids, and fiber). These essential nutrients are primarily found in whole, unprocessed foods (such as wild fish and meat, leafy greens, fruits and veggies)—not in a greasy fast-food bag.

Processed foods are void of nutrients, which can lead to nutrient deficiencies (when consumed regularly). And the sugar and trans fats they contain can do serious damage to your hormones (and sex drive) in the long run.

Let’s take refined sugar as an example.

Processed sugar is highly concentrated because it’s stripped of all nutrients (including fiber) that slow down its release into the bloodstream. Therefore, when you ingest refined sugar, it causes your blood sugar levels to rapidly spike. Refined sugar sends your hormones out of whack, leading to a lower libido.

In order to bring your blood sugar level back down to normal, your body releases the hormone insulin into your bloodstream, which brings sugar out of your bloodstream and into your cells. So as you can guess, the more processed sugar you eat, the more insulin your body has to release. Over time, this sugar can lead to imbalances in your sex hormones.

In fact, research shows that imbalanced blood sugar levels are linked to menstrual irregularities. And they may decrease blood flow to the genital regions in both men and women, which can lower libido.

And that’s not to mention the other hormone-disrupting ingredients (such as trans fats) found in processed foods.

Trans fats (such as hydrogenated oils) are the ultimate anti-nutrients for hormones. They promote inflammation in the body, which can interfere with hormone production. This inflammation is yet another way that processed foods can contribute to hormonal imbalance, and potentially decrease your desire for sex.

The Paleo diet is free from trans fats and processed sugar, and rich in hormone-balancing nutrients (such as healthy fats, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals). So eating a Paleo diet (even 70% of the time) could help offer your body the nutrients it needs to increase libido.

Smoking and Alcohol

In addition to processed foods, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can also cause nutrient deficiencies.

Frequent alcohol consumption can impair liver function, which prevents your body from properly detoxifying excess hormones your body no longer needs.

When these hormones aren’t properly eliminated, they risk getting reabsorbed back into your bloodstream, which may lead to hormonal imbalances.

Frequent alcohol consumption also puts stress on your pancreas. Since this organ is responsible for releasing insulin to regulate blood sugar levels, impaired pancreatic function can sabotage your body’s ability to metabolize sugar.

As you now know, blood sugar imbalances can directly impact the functioning of the rest of your hormones, including sex hormones. Alcohol and tobacco can wreck your sex drive. Toss the cigarettes and stick to a 1-2 drink minimum!

Tobacco raises blood cortisol levels, and it’s full of endocrine-disrupting toxins that have been linked to fatty liver disease and hormonal imbalances (such as thyroid dysfunction and insulin resistance).

Bottom line: Cigarettes are a no-go for a healthy libido, and sticking to a 1-2 drink maximum can help prevent the loss of libido.

Oral Contraceptives

Essentially, birth control prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation. Since ovulation is when you’re most fertile, it’s typically when you’re more likely to want to have sex. Therefore, disrupting this natural cycle can suppress sexual desire.

A small number of women (approximately 15%) report a loss of libido when taking birth control. This loss may also be caused by the synthetic estrogen and progesterone found in birth control, which can throw off your body’s natural balance of sex hormones.

7 Natural Ways to Increase Libido

While the starting point for a healthier libido may begin by addressing the factors above, there are effective remedies that can improve your sex drive over time.

Foods That Naturally Boost Dopamine Levels

Studies show that low dopamine levels are linked to a loss of libido.

Dopamine is best known as the “pleasure” or “reward” neurotransmitter, as it’s released when we experience sudden gratification (such as crossing off a task on a long to-do list or receiving a big paycheck).

Now, dopamine is extremely complex, and its exact mechanisms aren’t even fully understood by scientists yet. But what we do know about dopamine is that it plays a heavy role in regulating positive emotional responses that can increase your desire to have sex.

Your body synthesizes dopamine from the amino acid L-tyrosine, so adding tyrosine-rich foods (such as eggs, spirulina, raw cacao powder, bananas, almonds, and avocado) to your diet can help increase your dopamine levels naturally.

L-Arginine

Arginine can boost your sex drive because it turns into nitric acid in the body, which increases blood oxygen levels and causes blood vessels to dilate. Oxygen flow may help energize you (which may increase your desire for sex), and increased nitric oxide has also been linked to improve erectile function.

In fact, one study showed that men with erectile dysfunction who took 5 grams of nitric oxide per day for 6 weeks experienced significant improved erectile function. Foods high in arginine, like chicken and spinach, increases oxygen levels and boosts your desire for sex.

Luckily, many of the foods highest in arginine are recommended on a Paleo diet: turkey, chicken, spinach, spirulina, asparagus, chard, and broccoli.

Studies show that arginine supplementation was shown to have no increase in blood oxygen levels (in healthy subjects).

Essential Oils

Certain essential oils (such as saffron and nutmeg) may increase sexual desire.

One study on male rats showed that crocin (an active ingredient in saffron) increased the desire to have sex. Meanwhile, nutmeg helped increase the mating performance of male mice.

While it’s unclear what effect these essential oils have on a woman’s libido, their naturally calming scents may help reduce stress levels and promote the desire to have sex.

Aphrodisiac Foods

You’re likely beginning to see the pattern here: a healthy libido can be achieved through your diet!

Aphrodisiac foods are foods that are shown to contain vitamins and minerals (such as vitamin C) to help increase blood oxygen flow to the genital regions. Zinc may also increase sex drive because it helps regulate and boost testosterone production. It’s not just a myth: raw oysters really are a natural aphrodisiac.

Other foods that are considered natural aphrodisiacs are oysters, pineapple, berries, arugula, dark chocolate, figs, and watermelon.

However, all whole, unprocessed foods will naturally provide you with essential vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy libido. So when you look at it that way, any food found in nature can offer your body the nutrients you need to promote a healthy libido.

Strength Training

As mentioned above, higher-intensity exercise (such as strength training) can help increase libido by improving testosterone production.

Research suggests that consistent strength-training sessions have the most impact on testosterone levels. However, testosterone production can improve after only one strength-training session.

While strength training can increase libido on a physiological level, it’s also an effective way to lose weight and trim body fat, which can help improve your overall confidence—in and out of the bedroom.

Panax Ginseng

Panax ginseng has been used as a libido-boosting stimulant in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years—which is credited to its ability to increase nitric oxide production. In fact, many athletes use ginseng to help improve athletic endurance and focus, which could also be a health benefit between the sheets.

Other herbs (such as maca root, gingko biloba, and damiana) are said to be traditionally used to improve libido function. But very little scientific research has been done to prove their efficacy.

Meditation and Yoga

Inhale calm. Exhale stress!

When practiced for as little as 20 minutes per day, yoga and meditation can improve your nervous system function and reduce your blood cortisol levels.

One study recorded women who were under emotional distress and practiced yoga—for 90 minutes twice a week for 3 months. They reported a 50% reduction in depression and a 30% reduction in anxiety.

Some yoga poses included in the Kama Sutra (such as eagle pose) are said to help increase libido.

As you can see, ramping up your libido may be as simple as making small dietary changes to your lifestyle. But since a low sex drive generally has an underlying emotional component, it’s important to consider the psychological factors that may be preventing you from enjoying sex to the fullest.

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Written by Brandi Black

Author Bio:

Brandi Black is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the creator of Feel Best Naked, a health blog for women who want to clear up their skin, lose the muffin top and make the bloat disappear. After years of experiencing (and then healing) her own unbalanced hormones, she’s now obsessed with helping other women feel spectacular in their own skin with natural remedies for hormone balance.

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Gut Health and Libido – How Gut Health Affects Your Libido


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Intimacy and sexual arousal can be complex. As humans, we don’t have “on and off” switches that control our sex drive. Instead, both our psychological and physiological states control our desire for sex and how often we’re in “the mood.” In fact, research suggests the state of your gut may play one of the most important roles in sexual desire and libido.

We all know gas, bloating and acid reflux are anything but sexy-time motivators. But beyond noticeable digestive symptoms, your gut is also comprised of millions of neurons that send and receive impulses and control your emotional responses, and, therefore, your desire for sex. In fact, many studies have linked compromised gut health to decreased libido.

The “gut” refers to your entire gastrointestinal tract, including your small intestine, large intestine, esophagus and colon. While the gut’s primary role is to digest food and absorb nutrients, the neurons it contains make up a “second nervous system” (the technical name is enteric nervous system), which allows your gut to also act as a second brain.

You may have experienced this secondary nervous system at work before, by feeling emotions in your stomach such as nervousness, disappointment, or a “gut feeling” that something isn’t quite right. Your gut is like a second brain, feeling emotions through the “second nervous system”.

In addition to millions of neurons, your gut also contains neurotransmitters and proteins that send and receive messages from your brain and central nervous system via the vagus nerve—somewhat like a highly complex telephone system extending from your brainstem to your abdomen.

Your gut microbiome (a fancy word for internal environment) contains more bacteria than any other place in your body. It’s a complex circuitry of cells and living bacteria, which, new research suggests, largely influences your mental state.

In fact, one study done on the microbiome-gut-brain-axis in shy, introverted mice showed that even the slightest disruption to their gut bacteria altered their behavioral patterns. After being given a dose of antibiotics, the shy mice became “bold and adventurous”.

Needless to say, gut bacteria are crucial to both your mental, emotional and physical health. But let’s take a closer look at how they impact your libido.

The Gut, Serotonin & Libido Link

Serotonin is the primary neurotransmitter that determines if you feel happy, have energy and yes—if you’re in the mood to have sex.

Serotonin is involved in controlling and enhancing blood flow to different regions of your body, including the genital regions, which further explains its role in libido.

And while we may automatically think neurotransmitters such as serotonin are produced in the brain, research shows close to 90% of serotonin is, in fact, produced by gut microbes.

The link between healthy gut bacteria and sufficient serotonin production is so prominent, that studies found mice who had little to no healthy gut bacteria produced 60% less serotonin than the control group. However, when their gut bacteria were recolonized with healthy microbes, their serotonin levels increased.

These findings suggest a certain amount of healthy gut bacteria must be present for sufficient serotonin production—and, therefore, a healthy libido. A healthy gut has lots of serotonin, which promotes a good sex drive.

Unfortunately, many factors in today’s modern lifestyle destroy our natural stores of beneficial bacteria. Frequent antibiotic use, alcohol consumption, a diet high in refined foods, and chronic stress have all been shown to deplete healthy gut microbes.

A lack of healthy gut bacteria can result in chronic digestive disorders such as leaky gut syndrome, candida and bacterial dysbiosis. Not surprisingly, studies have linked all 3 of these conditions to low libido.

How Anxiety Affects Your Sex Drive

Now that you have the basic rundown on gut chemical reactions, let’s take a closer look at how emotions influence your gut health and sex drive. Of course, it’s obvious that when you’re sad or depressed, sex can be one of the last things on your mind. You may find it impossible to relax, be present and fully enjoy sexual stimulation.

As mentioned above, your gut is like a second brain. Your emotions affect your mind and your digestive tract. When your body is in a state of fear or anxiety, stress hormones such as cortisol are released, which stimulate the sensory nerves in the stomach. When these nerves sense anxiety, the vagus nerve sends signals to increase the serotonin production in your GI tract.

A boost of serotonin may sound like a good thing for improving libido, but a quick, sudden influx (as opposed to a regulated, consistent influx) may actually trigger digestive symptoms such as diarrhea, cramping and nausea as part of the stress response. Needless to say, these are the last things you’d want to experience in the bedroom.

The Bottom Line: If you regularly experience fear and other stressful emotions, you’re less likely to have the adequate serotonin levels needed for sexual arousal. Your body will try to compensate by sending a quick influx of serotonin to your GI (gastrointestinal) tract, but this may result in undesirable digestive symptoms. Instead, the goal is to experience a positive, consistent flow of serotonin, which can be achieved by improving your gut health.

3 Tips to Improve Your Gut Health & Your Libido

Increase the Fiber in Your Diet

Let plants be thy libido medicine.

You may not think a cup of soaked chia seeds can make a difference in your libido. But the truth is, the fiber found in unprocessed foods such as fruit, nuts, seeds, vegetables and leafy greens improve gut health, which, as you now understand, improves serotonin production and libido.

Fiber is like a housekeeper for your GI tract; it “sweeps away” the toxins and waste in your gut that encourage the overgrowth of bad bacteria.

In fact, certain types of fiber, such as inulin, are called prebiotics because they feed and encourage the growth of the probiotics in your system. Inulin is found abundantly in dandelion greens, chicory root, artichokes and garlic. Fiber like chia pudding, fruit, artichokes and garlic are great for a healthy libido.

For some of us, certain types of fiber can be difficult to break down and cause gas and intestinal discomfort—especially when our digestive system is compromised or weakened.

To avoid undesirable symptoms caused by fiber, you may want to consider adding bone broth to your diet instead. Bone broth is rich in the nutrients collagen, gelatin and glutamine, which help repair the gut lining without adverse symptoms.

In general, bone broth is an excellent food for improving gut health—but it especially comes in handy if you follow a low FODMAP or GAPS diet, where certain fibrous foods are off-limits. There are plenty of recipes for low FODMAP versions of bone broth available online and in cookbooks.

Eliminate Processed Foods

You may already know that processed foods rich in trans fats and sugar contain very little fiber, if any at all.

Refined sugar and rancid fats are a primary cause of inflammation in the GI tract. Chronic inflammation is at the root of many digestive conditions and Western diseases, which is why reducing the processed foods in your diet is important to gut health and your entire well-being.

(On the other hand, most whole, unprocessed foods, such as blueberries, dark leafy greens, wild salmon, turmeric and ginger, have anti-inflammatory properties). Steer clear of processed foods and eat lots of blueberries, leafy greens and wild salmon for a healthy gut.

Getting in the habit of avoiding processed foods is simple: try new Paleo recipes at home (which are made from whole, unprocessed foods), and read labels to check for hidden sources of refined sugar and hydrogenated fats.

Create a Regular Exercise Routine

CrossFit, running, spin, yoga. Not only does moderate exercise leave you feeling stronger in body and mind, but research suggests regular exercise can also positively alter gut microbiota.

In addition to improving gut health, exercise is all-around beneficial for libido by releasing endorphins and boosting brain serotonin levels for an instant boost of happiness. And let’s be honest: the more confidence you have in your physical appearance, the more confident you tend to be in the sack.

There’s a reason they say “the road to health is paved with good intestines”—or, shall we say, the road to a healthy libido is paved with good intestines.

Watch this video –Gut Health and Libido

Written by Brandi Black

Author Bio:

Brandi Black is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the creator of Feel Best Naked, a health blog for women who want to clear up their skin, lose the muffin top and make the bloat disappear. After years of experiencing (and then healing) her own unbalanced hormones, she’s now obsessed with helping other women feel spectacular in their own skin with natural remedies for hormone balance.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

12 Best Foods and Herbs to Boost Fertility Revealed Here


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If you’re trying to get pregnant and you’ve been subsisting on coffee, bagels and fast food, it’s time to rethink what you eat and boost fertility by changing your diet.

From stress to age to nutrition, there are many factors that affect getting pregnant. Nowadays, one in eight couples are struggling with infertility.

Our bodies are extremely sensitive to our environment, especially when it comes to our food. Whether you’re thinking of getting pregnant in the next year or even five years from now, it’s important to keep your diet as clean and nutrient-dense as possible to increase your chances of conceiving and to ensure a healthy and happy baby.

There are many foods and herbs a woman can include in her diet to help support the process of conception. Know that diet plays a vital role long before conception even occurs. Include the recommendations below in your diet to support the overall health of your body and a healthy pregnancy.

1. Omega 3s 

Wild caught fish, high quality fish oil supplements, walnuts, hemp seeds and oil, chia seeds and oil, and flax seeds, are all great sources of potent omega-3 fatty acids. It’s important to consistently eat omega-3-rich foods as these fats help to support hormone levels. You can opt for omega 3 supplements to boost your daily intake.

Be sure to choose a highly absorbable form of omega-3, like cod liver, sardines, anchovies or mackerel, which contain high amounts of EPA and DHA, both of which support a growing fetus and maintain healthy hormone levels and combat inflammation during pre-conception.

2. Increase Fat Intake

Omega-3s are not the only fat we want to focus on. Other sources of quality fats include coconut oil, olive oil, avocadoes and grass-fed butter. These are all important for hormonal health. Our hormones are chemical messengers, and every cell in our body contains a hormone receptor.

Estrogen and progesterone are essential to a women’s hormonal health, helping to support a healthy menstrual cycle. They are also vital to conception.

3. Eggs 

An ancient symbol of fertility, pasture-raised eggs contain high amounts of vitamin D which is essential for healthy ovulation. If you’ve been skimping out on eating the yolks, now is the time to start. All the vitamins are locked inside the yolks, including choline, folate and vitamin A.

4. Folic Acid-Rich Foods

I’m sure we all know and hear about the benefits of folic acid supplementation during pregnancy, but what’s important to note is the type of folic acid. Folate, which plays a crucial role during pregnancy, is what to look for when shopping for supplements.

In fact, you specifically want to look for “5-methyl-tetrahydrofolate”, “L-methylfolate” or “Metfolin.”  Aside from supplements, be sure to include foods rich in folic acid, such as asparagus, broccoli, oranges and lemons.

5. Leafy Greens 

Of course I couldn’t leave these out. From spinach to kale to collards and escarole, leafy greens provide you with vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium, all of which help to promote a healthy menstrual cycle (and reduce cramps, too!). Plus, they are high in folate, which is essential for healthy ovaries and a healthy pregnancy.

6. Sunflower Seeds 

These zinc-rich seeds help your body utilize estrogen and progesterone more efficiently, which is essential for a healthy menstrual cycle, for ovulation and for keeping you fertile. Plus, these magical seeds can also help with DNA production, which can help support egg quality.

7. Bee Pollen 

This is one of the Queen Bee’s favorite foods, and I’m not surprised why! This nutrient-rich compound can help stimulate ovarian function when trying to conceive. You can simply add the granules to a smoothie, sprinkle them into a salad or eat them out of your hand.

8. Maca 

This Peruvian herb is incredible for balancing hormones, increasing energy, and supporting the health of the adrenals, due to being rich in alkaloids. These alkaloids have been shown to have an effect on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis of which the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands are a part, each of which are involved in hormonal balance.

You can find maca in tincture form or powder. Adding a scoop into a morning smoothie would be a great way to start the day and boost your energy levels naturally.

9. Nettle 

This herb is an amazing uterine tonic. Plus, it contains a ton of minerals that help support the health of the kidneys and adrenals. It’s great consumed as a tea before, during, and post-pregnancy. Alternatively, fresh-picked nettles are great boiled in broth with garlic and onions and pureed into a soup.

10. Turmeric 

Known for its incredible anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric, according to traditional Chinese medicine, can help to reduce dampness in the reproductive organs which helps to create an internal environment that is ideal for conception. Plus, this herb, along with cumin, cardamom and coriander, can all help to combat inflammation and support liver detoxification.

11. Red Raspberry Leaf 

This is a well-known fertility herb that can even be taken during pregnancy. It is loaded with minerals, especially calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium, plus it’s a great uterine tonic, which helps prepare the uterus for birth. The tannins in this herb also help support the digestive system.

12. Dandelion 

This bitter green is great for detoxifying the liver and is loaded with calcium, magnesium and vitamin C. Detoxification is essential to fertility, as it helps aid the liver in better metabolizing hormones and ridding the body of excess toxicity.

It’s important to include detoxifying herbs and foods in your diet to ensure you are eliminating any toxic buildup, which could affect your chances of conceiving.

A nutrient-dense diet full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, along with adequate intake of healthy fats and herbs will not only improve your overall health, but also increase your chances of conceiving and carrying a healthy baby. Make sure you are eating a clean, whole foods diet, and your body and health will benefit greatly.

Watch this video –10 Best foods to eat when trying to get Pregnant, How to boost fertility, Fertility increasing Foods

Written by Samantha Gladish

Author Bio:

Samantha Gladish is the brainchild and fun loving foodie behind www.holisticwellness.ca. Focusing on weight loss and hormonal balance, Samantha coaches women all over the globe. From whole food nutrition, to strategic supplementation and using her Qualitarian approach, Samantha helps guide women to living happier and healthier. You can find her cooking up quality food on a regular basis or reading the latest health book.

Samantha is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Metabolic Balance Weight Loss Coach, Hormone Cure Coach and Author of The Qualitarian Life. She is also the creator and developer of the unique and popular line of all natural holistic dental products, including Salty Kisses Toothpaste™ and Hippie Floss Oil™.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

11 Exercises Every Man Needs to Know for Better Sex


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Who doesn’t want better sex? Gentlemen, all you may need are a few exercises for increased energy and more stamina under the sheets.

As we all know, exercise is critical for energy and muscle tone, but what you may not know is that it’s also incredibly important for your sexual performance.

Sex uses a lot of muscles that men don’t normally work (or even think exist!) from day to day, and it requires strength from muscles you are a bit more familiar with — hello, chest muscles!

These eleven exercises are all you need to know for good performance in the sack and better sex!

1. Kegels

These are probably some of the more “foreign” muscles to men on this list, BUT they are also some of the most important.

Kegel exercises work muscles in the pelvic floor, which are also the muscles responsible for holding erections and powering ejaculations. Pelvic floor muscles are also beneficial for issues such as an overactive bladder, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculations.

To get comfortable with those kegel muscles, first start by stopping the flow of urine when going to the bathroom. Once you can start to feel and control those muscles, start to practicing engaging them during other times of the day.

Try engaging them while sitting, or laying on your back. The goal is to increase the squeeze duration, intensity, and number of repetitions.

Be sure that when you do them, you don’t hold your breath, push down, or tighten your stomach, buttocks, or thigh muscles. Work up to five-second squeezes, relaxing in between each contraction, for 10 to 20 reps.

Watch this video – Kegel Exercises for Men – Beginners Pelvic Floor Strengthening Guide

2. Pelvic Tilt

This is probably another new move for you men out there. This is a very subtle move, but helps not only to tie in the kegels and pelvic floor work, but to help stretch the lower back to prevent injuries.

Once you’ve mastered the kegels, lay on your back with your knees bent, and your feet flat on the floor. Relax all your muscles and lay you spine in a neutral position, with a small space in your lower back (you should be able to fit a finger or two beneath the small of your back).

Now, using those kegel muscles and engaging the lower abs, “scoop” your abs in towards your spine to try and flatten your lower back to the floor.

It’s important that you don’t use your back muscles to do this. Think of tilting your pubic bone towards your nose, but tightening the lower abs, and imagining you’re trying to bring your hip bones closer together.

Once you tilt the pelvis to flatten the back, release and repeat 10-15 times, feeling a small stretch in your lower back.

Watch this video – How to Fix Anterior Pelvic Tilt

3. Plank

Now we’re getting into something you know! Planks are great for building upper body and core strength — both important for military-style positions.

Come onto your hands and knees with your hands directly under your shoulders. Brace through your abdominals and extend your legs back, placing the balls of the feet on the mat behind you.

Create a straight line from the crown of your head to your feet. Be sure not to let your lower back arch, and keep your abs tight the entire time.

Hold for 30 seconds for beginners and work your way up to 60 seconds.

Watch this video – 8-min Intense Plank Workout for toned abs and a strong core

4. Push-Up

Another important way to build upper body strength is a good old fashioned push-up. Come into a full plank position on your hands, and position your hands directly under your shoulders for a narrow push-up, or wider than shoulder-width apart for a wide push-up.

Lower down into a push-up with your elbows in by your sides for a narrow push-up, or out wide to the side with a 90-degree bend in your elbows. Press back up to the plank and repeat.

This can be modified by lowering down to the knees if needed. Work up to at least 3 sets of 15-20 repetitions, and then progress onto other push-up variations if you want to get fancy.

Watch this video – The Perfect Push-Up Workout

5. Bridges

Bridges are another often overlooked exercise, but when it comes to down to it, they are one of the best exercises out there for strengthening the booty muscles and hip extensors — which are important for thrusting!

Start by laying on your back, with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, hip-distance apart (which is usually narrower than you think).

Keeping your arms by your side, engage your glutes as you lift your hips off the ground, and imagine you are reaching your knees forward. This should help you feel the muscles where the hamstrings and the glutes connect (the hip extensors).

Relax the glutes and lower the hips back down to repeat 15-20 times.

Watch this video – How to do a Bridge Exercise

6. Leg Lowers

Because your lower abs are so close to your pelvic floor muscles, it only makes sense that having stronger lower abdominals will only help to strengthen the pelvic floor, as well. Leg lowers are the perfect standard exercise to do that.

Bring both legs up to the ceiling as you place both arms down by your side (shown), OR place them behind your head as you lift your upper body into a crunch.

Keep the legs straight as you lower them a few inches, to your point of control.

Engage the lower abs and pull the legs back up. Be sure the lower back doesn’t leave the mat and stays pressed into the mat for the duration of the exercise.

Complete 10-15 repetitions.

Watch this video – Leg Lowering Drill

7. Deadlifts

Deadlifts are a no-brainer for strengthening hamstrings and back muscles, and can help create powerful muscles.

Grab a weighted bar or hold onto some weights so that your palms are facing in towards your legs. Imagine sliding the weight down your legs, as you hinge at your hips, keeping your weight in your heels and your back completely straight.

You should feel a stretch in the back of your legs at the bottom, then power up through your heels pressing your hips forward. Squeeze your glutes at the top and repeat 10-15 times for 3 sets.

Watch this video – How to do a proper deadlift with dumbbells

8. Sandbag Squat

This squat variation is a great exercise if you want a go with your partner standing up.

If you don’t have a sandbag, fill up a backpack with some heavy books and hold it against your chest as you would a sandbag (as shown).

Start by holding the sandbag at your chest, and position the feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart and knees and toes slightly turned out.

Keeping the weight in your heels, sit the hips back as if sitting in a chair. Engage the glutes and power through the heels to straighten the legs and stand back up.

Complete at least 3 sets of 15-20 repetitions.

Watch this video – How to Sandbag Squat

9. Straddle Stretch

Now because we don’t want to pull any muscles in the middle of the act, it’s important to stretch the proper muscles.

Most men never stretch their inner thigh or groin area, but stretching out these muscles is vital, not only for preventing injury, but also to help increase blood flow to the genitals — which again, helps with erections.

Have a seat on the floor and straighten your legs in front of you. Start to open the legs wide, until you begin to feel a stretch.

Try to keep the back as straight as possible, and if you want to increase the stretch at all, hinge forward at your hips slightly. Hold for 30-60 seconds or until you begin to feel the muscles relax.

Watch this video – How to Do a Fast, Easy Straddle for Beginners

10. Hamstring Stretch

Nobody likes a charley horse, so hamstring flexibility is also a biggie.

Lay on your back with both feet flat on the floor and your hips and lower back pressing into the floor. Extend your RIGHT leg up to the ceiling and grab behind your thigh, calf, or ankle, depending on your flexibility.

Extend the leg as straight as possible, without locking out the knee. To increase the stretch, flex through the foot. Hold for 30-60 seconds, and then repeat with the other leg.

Watch this video – Daily Hamstrings Flexibility Routine for Beginners

11. Cobra

As I said before, having flexible back muscles will help prevent injuries while under the sheets.

The cobra pose is also very similar to missionary style, so it’s best to be prepared.

Lay on your stomach and place your elbows under your shoulders, with your forearms and palms flat on the floor.

Engage your abdominals as your lift your chest and shoulders off the ground, focusing on extending through your upper back, not stressing your lower back.

Make sure to draw your shoulders down your back, and relax your shoulders away from your ears. Hold for 30-60 seconds and release.

Watch this video – Cobra Pose for Beginners – effective stretch for lower back pain & herniated discs

Written by Deanna Dorman

Author Bio:

Deanna is an ACE® certified personal trainer, Balanced Body® Pilates instructor, and NASM® Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She is passionate about inspiring others to lead a healthier lifestyle through fun workouts and healthy food. When she’s not creating new workouts and recipes for her blog The Live Fit Girls she enjoys running with her two dogs and traveling.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

9 Science-Backed Reasons to Have More Sex


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If you’re single and grouchy, there might be some science behind it. While sex has many different connotations, meanings and implications, the science behind it is the same.

We all know to partake in regular physical activity to stay in better shape, lose weight, and reduce stress — but what about regular sex?

The benefits of sex don’t just come from your floor-shaking orgasm — there is a long list of positive scientific benefits behind your favorite nighttime activity. When we are done with stress-filled days, we often feel we need some kind of release and comfort. Tend to reach for nutritionally empty, sugary foods after a long day at work?

Science has shown that this may give you close to the same neuronal effect as being intimate with another person. 

Besides staying lean, check out the following 9 benefits that regular sex can have — you may want to rethink your game plan!

1. More Restful Sleep

Since sleep loss is cumulative, and most of us do not get enough shut-eye, it is worth noting that regular sex helps us find more restful sleep.

Sex releases the hormone oxytocin, which decreases the production of stress-inducing cortisol. You’re left feeling more relaxed, making falling asleep easier. With only about 50 percent of us get enough sleep, it might be time to swap counting sheep for a more physical nightcap.

2. Improved Mood

One undeniable benefit of a sexual conquest: an improved mood. Researchers have found that sex activates a part of the brain that is also activated when doing other pleasurable activities, like eating dark chocolate or playing with a cute puppy.

Science (more specifically) says that there is increased dopamine transmission in the nucleus accumbens (the pleasure center of the brain) when we partake in sexual activity. As good a reason as any!

3. Pain Relief

Our hormones run our lives (especially when we’re younger). With that in mind, it’s important to note that regular sexual activity can release a slew of beneficial, pain-relieving hormones, leaving us feeling better than before we started.

The next time you reach for the Tylenol, head in between the sheets instead. Intercourse was shown to relieve the pain from migraines and cluster headaches, according to a study published in the journal Cephalalgia.

“There’s a [portion] of patients with migraines, about one-third, who experience relief from a migraine attack by sexual activity,” explained researcher Stefan Evers, a neurologist and headache specialist from the University of Münster.

4. Helps Reduce Risk of Cancer

While I do not want to overstate the reduction here, it is still worth noting that some studies back this point up. One of the most convincing studies showed that more frequent ejaculation correlated with a decrease in prostate cancer risk. In this study, ejaculating 21 or more times per month was associated with a lower risk of developing cancer.

For women, some sources even report that sex may be able to help lower the risk of breast cancer. These studies both use correlative means, not causative mechanisms, so the exact scientific reasons behind these lowered risks remain murky.

My guess would be that sex helps to lower anxiety and stress, which should definitely help to lower your risk of developing cancer. While there are plenty of other measures you should take to lower your risk of developing cancer, like improving your diet and getting regular exercise, it also makes sense to incorporate more frequent sexual activity.

5. Reduces Your Chances of Getting Sick

Surprisingly, some studies have found that we are much less likely to get a cold or the flu if we are having sex regularly. Pretty amazing, right?

Even having sex one to two times per week has been linked directly to higher levels of immunoglobulin A, or IgA, which is a substance found in saliva and the nasal lining. Why is this important? IgA has been shown to help our immune systems fight off common illnesses like colds and flu.

6. Improves Your Brain Power

This may be a good benefit to mention to your significant other. Scientists have found that more neurons are present in the hippocampus when you partake in more regular sexual activity. That means more sex and more brain power. Not a bad combination.

Some studies even go so far as to suggest that certain brain activities (like analytical thinking) may be improved with more frequent sex. Being a big nerd myself, this point might be my favorite reason to lead a more active sex life.

7. Improves Overall Fitness Level

While it’s not exactly the same as hitting the treadmill or lifting heavy weights, sex does lead to an improved fitness level. While sex does not burn as many calories as we might have been led to believe, 30 minutes of sexual activity can burn more than 100 calories.

This doesn’t mean you can completely skip the gym, but it does give you some extra incentive to spend more time in the bedroom. Remember — every little bit helps!

8. Reduces Your Risk of Heart Disease

Similar to my earlier point about cancer reduction, this benefit should not be overstated, but studies do show a lower risk of heart disease in those who enjoy sex more regularly. Specifically, researchers found that having sex just twice per week can cut the risk of heart disease by a whopping 50 percent!

While certainly not the only lifestyle intervention that should be considered when looking to lower one’s risk of heart disease, having frequent sex certainly isn’t the worst thing for your heart health. Some studies also seem to support the idea that more frequent sex can also help lower one’s risk of heart attack, as well.

9. Lowers Blood Pressure

Since many in our country are afflicted with high blood pressure, this is a particularly important point to note. One of the hormones released during orgasm, oxytocin, directly helps in lowering blood pressure.

High blood pressure, however, affects blood flow to the pelvis and can have an impact on the sex lives of both women and men. Women who already have high blood pressure may have a lowered libido, while men are twice as likely to lose their erection compared with those who have normal blood pressure.  Just another reason to maintain an active sex life!

Conclusion

There you have it, nine reasons to incorporate more sex into your daily life. Most couples report that, on average, they have sex once a week. Experts agree that this is a good amount to keep most happy, with no additional benefits being observed at higher frequencies.

So if you’re in a bit of a slump, send this article to your partner and see how they respond! You might just improve your health in a really fun way! And if you’re single, don’t worry — some studies show that masturabation may help lower the risk of certain forms of cancer.

Sex (whether alone or with a partner) helps us feel more relaxed, less stressed, and happier. And that can go a long, long way!

Watch this video – 15 Surprising Science-based HEALTH BENEFITS OF SEX for Males and Females!

Written by Casey Thaler

Author Bio:

Casey Thaler, B.A., NASM-CPT, FNS is an NASM® certified personal trainer and NASM® certified fitness nutrition specialist. He writes for Paleo Magazine®The Paleo Diet® and Greatist®. He is also an advisor for Kettle and Fire and runs his own nutrition and fitness consulting company, Eat Clean, Train Clean®.

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

7 Sex Tips Every Man Needs to Know


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True sexual fulfillment comes from playful and sincere experiences of emotional and physical intimacy. Before we dive into these tips, keep a playful spirit in mind.

Bringing inner conflicts, needs, and suppressions into a sexual experience will ruin it.

Remember, sex can be and is supposed to be pleasurable. Even as you explore the tips suggested here, keep this core idea in mind. From that point, sexual performance and stamina can be improved with much less effort.

Here are some simple tips that can help transform your sex life into bliss:

Study the Kama Sutra

Kama Sutra is one of the original required sutras for Brahmans. Kama literally means lust, love, or desire, and Sutra basically means instruction or manual. So the Kama Sutra is literally the handbook or manual for handling lust, love, and desire.

Within the Sutra is a technique for delaying ejaculation and increasing stamina. The exercise suggests that men start slow – keeping each penetration slow, roughly every three seconds – slowly increasing the number of strokes over time.

If the sensation for orgasm comes too soon, then it is suggested to stay inside his partner until he regains control and continue slowly. I suggest getting a copy of the Kama Sutra Vatsyayana for further details and timeless wisdom on the topic.

Watch this video – Kama Sutra: Key Secrets and Positions

Lose Your Mind

Performance anxiety is the number one assassin of sexual performance. Instead of constantly thinking and worrying about your sexual performance, just watch your worried thoughts as they appear or maybe even share them with your partner.

By keeping our thoughts to ourselves, they only grow. By sharing them, we take away their power.

You can also shift your focus away from the mind and to the body. The Kama Sutra suggests paying a lot of attention to breathing during sex. This gets us out of our heads and back into our bodies – making it easier to focus on the senses and feelings the body is experiencing during sex.

This is a major turn on for your partner as well; nobody likes a wandering anxious mind. A great tantric breathing practice is to simply synchronize your breath with your partner’s — observe your partner’s breath and match theirs to your own.

You can even communicate together on length of breath, inhaling for three seconds and exhaling for six and then together, observe the space between inhale and exhale.

You do not need to maintain this throughout the entire sex act, but as a starting place, you will begin the process of aligning your entire bodies together.

Practicing controlled breathing during sex will not only help you last longer, but also make sex more pleasurable by releasing feel-good endorphins.

Switch it Up

One of the best things you can do if you feel you are getting to the end too soon is to switch things up – alter your speed, change positions, go for a kiss or try a bit of teasing.

A little foreplay can go a long way. Instead of jumping right to penetration, explore each other’s bodies a bit more.

Don’t be afraid to change things up and get creative. However, don’t get too creative – ask your partner first what she likes.

Keep the changes subtle, such as turning over positions, wandering touches, or holding place and focusing on a kiss.

Slow it Down

When it comes to sex, and most areas of life, good control boils down to lightness of touch.

Keep in mind, the focus doesn’t have to be solely on the sex organs. There’s plenty of pleasure to be found over the body as a whole, so explore!

Slow down and give attention to her body as a whole, paying fine detail to every crevice, curve, and soft place there is.

And when it comes to the vagina, explore outside the clitoris and G-spot. The vagina is a cluster of 8,000 nerve endings just waiting to be stimulated – a proper yoni massage can be a great way to set the mood and keep things lasting.

Start by creating a cozy space. Make sure your partner is relaxed and in a comfortable position. Set the scene to be sweet and peaceful.

Next, start warming things up. Temperature is key and this is where foreplay can help. From here get things wet — lubrication is key. If your partner is turned on enough, this may be unnecessary; however, if needed, wet your fingers or lips before exploring your woman’s yoni.

Now before you start, you’ll want to know where to look and what to touch. If you’re facing the vagina you’ll find the hood of the clitoris and labia. Start by getting blood flow to the vagina by slowly caressing the labia and outer lips of the vagina.

Slowly work your way up to the most sensitive part of the female body, the clitoris. Most people confuse the clitoris with the hood (clitoral glans) at the opening of the vagina. The clitoral glans is visible from the outside; however, the other three quarters of clitoris is inside the body.

Once your lady has warmed up and is feeling relaxed (pay attention to her breath for cues) you can make your way to stimulating the clitoris.

This part of the vagina is the most sensitive. When touching it, be very, very gentle, you do not need to place much pressure. Rest your fingers and palm underneath her butt and very gently use your thumb to move the clitoris in a circular motion.

Most importantly, while you are pleasing your woman, completely forget any sort of destination for orgasm and enjoy the journey.

Try Kegels

There are exercises that can be done to strengthen the pelvic floor muscle called kegels. This muscle is also referred to as the PC muscle or pubococcygeus muscle.

Studies have shown that women who practice kegels daily, 10 sets for 10 reps, have reduced stress levels.  This can be helpful on its own, considering that theoretically, physiological stress decreases sex drive. Also, stress related to sexual arousal or performance anxiety can decrease sexual arousal.

Kegels can help by triggering good blood flow to the penis. To learn the best way to practice kegels, you can practice next time you’re at the urinal.

While you are urinating, try stopping the flow of urine – that is the PC muscle. Once located, simply do this exercise for a few minutes daily. Start with just 10 breathing repetitions by flexing the PC muscle on an inhale and release it on an exhale — it’s that simple!

Get Herbal Support

Ashwagandha, also known as withania somnifera, has been used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac and remedy for male sexual dysfunction and infertility.

Because the kidneys are responsible for producing sex and stress hormones, it’s important to keep stress levels low, so the kidneys can instead focus on producing more anabolic hormones like testosterone.

This is what makes Ashwagandha great – it is an adaptogenic herb that helps the body, specifically the kidneys, better adapt to stress.

There are plenty of other adaptogenic herbs that help boost fertility and stronger sex drive, such as cistanche and rehmannia.

Eat Paleo

The food we eat has a major impact on our sex drive. Low libido is often a result of hormonal imbalance, specifically low bioavailable testosterone.

It would be a good idea to avoid foods that elevate estrogen levels, such as unfermented soy, which has been associated with erectile dysfunction.  Moderate consumption of fermented soy may be fine.

Also, a strict vegetarian diet that focuses on consumption of plenty of nuts and beans has been linked to hormonal changes in testosterone.

However, sticking to a whole foods diet that is rich in organic fresh vegetables, low in sugar, and contains moderate amounts of healthy fats is optimal for hormone health and thus a strong sex drive. A few specific foods to consume for healthy testosterone levels are pastured eggs, beef, and oysters.

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Written by Nick Kowalski

Author Bio:

Nick Kowalski is a Transformational Coach, fitness model and unconditional lover. You can find more of his writing on his blog NicksFit. His mission is to inspire the transformation toward love consciousness. Follow him on Instagram for more living in love inspiration and transformational mindset motivation!

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

The Best and Worst Foods for Sex Revealed Here


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Planning a romantic dinner for your date night? If you’re hoping to create some heat under the sheets don’t eat these mojo-killers and dish up these libido-boosting foods instead. Here are the best — and worst — foods for sex.

Experts will all tell you that setting the right atmosphere for romance is key. It sets the mood for your entire night.

In fact, your brain is your most powerful sexual organ, and the food choices you make can literally make or break your night.

If you’re looking to create romance, there are some absolute nutrition “no-no’s” that can leave you gassy, bloated, or struggling to stay awake.

On the other hand, choosing some of the following 11 foods will get your brain and body into the right mood, setting you up for a great night of amazing sex.

Here is a quick sneak peak of the best and worst foods for sex.

11 Best Foods for Sex

1. Oysters

Oysters have long been considered one of nature’s most potent aphrodisiacs.

Legendary 18th century lover boy Casanova is said to have eaten three dozen every morning to maintain his stamina, while traditional medicine men centuries ago wrote that it “stirs up desire in both men and women.”

Libido-boosting oysters are loaded with zinc that acts directly on the testes and ovaries to stimulate testosterone production.

A half-dozen oysters provides a whopping three times the recommended daily allowance, supporting optimal sex hormone production. They’re also naturally rich in electrolytes, iron, selenium and vitamins B3 and B12.

2. Mussels

Yep, more shellfish. Another nutritional powerhouse, mussels are one of the most amazing foods for sex: chock-full of vitamin C to promote better blood flow for endurance, selenium to keep your swimmers strong, and trace mineral manganese, which is important for sex hormone production.

Twenty mussels will also provide a whopping 40 g of protein and your daily serving of vitamin B12. It’s also always great to pick “shared dishes” when trying to set the mood for romance.

3. Dark Chocolate

A staple of ancient Aztec kings’ diets, chocolate is said to have potent libido-enhancing properties. Dark chocolate is rich in the amino acid tryptophan, the building block for “happy” neurotransmitter serotonin, which also acts on the brain to support sexual arousal.

Chocolate is also a great source of magnesium, which upgrades vascular flow, libido-boosting zinc, powerful antioxidants, and cocoa flavanols that boost cognitive performance.

Finishing your romantic dinner with a dark chocolate dessert is a no-brainer.

4. Unpasteurized Honey

The godfather of medicine, Hippocrates, is believed to have used honey as a sexual tonic to increase arousal and sexual vigor. Unpasteurized honey supports “good” gut bacteria, has plenty of B-vitamins for energy, and is a slow-burning sugar, which means you won’t hit a blood sugar low at the wrong time.

5. Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens contain a high concentration of dietary nitrates, nutrients which significantly improve athletic endurance and performance.

You don’t have to be an athlete to reap the benefits of dietary nitrates, as they help stimulate the release of nitric oxide (NO), not to be confused with nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas).

Nitric oxide is a powerful vasodilator that dramatically improves blood flow, something that typically comes in handy in the bedroom.

Drugs like Sildenafil Citrate (i.e. Viagra) work on the same principle, increasing nitric oxide production and thus relaxing smooth muscle. Get your nitric oxide dose with dinner, rather than a bottle!

6. Beets

Beets are another one of the top foods for sex, as they have a phenomenal source of dietary nitrates. Go for the beet salad for your appetizer!

7. Goji Berries

Vitamin C is essential for the health of the smooth muscle in the body.  It also helps stimulate the release of nitric oxide (to a lesser degree than beets and dark leafy greens), which improves blood flow to all areas of the body, including the testes and ovaries.

8. Turkey Breast

The amino acid arginine is also a precursor to the production of NO, and turkey is a fantastic source of dietary arginine. It is a common supplement used by weightlifters to increase the “pump” from working out, however, your diet is the best place to get your daily dose of arginine. A 6-oz serving of turkey provides about 3,000 mg of arginine that boosts blood flow throughout the body.

9. Halibut

Omega-3 fatty acids promote sexual arousal by increasing dopamine levels, the “feel-good” neurotransmitter in the brain, making fish among the top foods for sex. Anecdotal evidence also suggests women may experience stronger and more plentiful orgasms with omega-3 rich foods.

While salmon is the most common go-to fish for omega-3 fats, halibut is also loaded with omega-3s, electrolytes, and selenium.

10. Avocado

Smooth, silky, and just darn tasty, avocados aren’t just great for your health, they can also help support optimal libido.

A terrific source of magnesium, a key mineral involved in over 300 different reactions in the body, avocados give you your daily dose to keep blood flow moving to all the right places.

11. Brazil Nuts

Studies show that low levels of selenium dramatically impact sperm quality and number in men. The best dietary source of selenium is Brazil nuts. Aim for 2-3 per day to get your daily dose.

5 Worst Foods for Sex

Nothing stops the romance quicker than digestive distress; gas, bloating, and abdominal discomfort are all surefire libido killers and should be avoided at all costs.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common offenders.

1. Ice Cream

While some may consider ice cream an aphrodisiac, an overwhelming majority of the population suffers from lactose or casein intolerance, or incomplete digestion, which means the “bad” bacteria in the gut react to the partially-digested proteins and sugars.

This leads to malodorous gas that will definitely leave your libido stuck in neutral.

2. Beans

Beans contain a carbohydrate called raffinose that is poorly broken down by the most people, and the main reason why beans regularly cause gas, bloating, and discomfort.

This can be a problem for vegetarians and vegans who rely on beans and legumes to make up their protein intake. Steer clear of the bean salad on your next date night.

3. Sugary Drinks

Bad bacteria in the gut thrive on simple sugars. While it may seem like a nice way to start your meal with sugary cocktail or rum and coke, sugary drinks are a disaster for anyone with a sensitive stomach.

Not only that, you don’t want to come down from your sugar high in a blood sugar “coma” or worse yet, “hangry” for food when the mood is about to strike.

4. Pasta & Cheese

The combination of gluten and dairy can be a real “gut buster” for a lot of people. While going out for a nice, romantic meal at an Italian restaurant can be fantastic, just make sure your significant other doesn’t suffer from any dairy or gluten issues, otherwise it’s going to be a long ride home.

5. Beer

The hops in beer are classified as a nervine in herbal medical textbooks, which means they help you unwind and relax your nervous system. This can be a great thing if you’re hoping to get lucky.

Unfortunately, the yeasts in beer can feed the bad bacteria in your gut, leading to significant gas and bloating. If you know you react to beer or gluten-containing foods, steer clear when you’re trying to set the right mood.

If you want to create the right mood for romance, don’t forget that the foods you choose will have a big impact on how you think and feel. Your brain is the ultimate arousal organ, so support the right mood and boost your libido by finding the right mix of foods to make up your perfect plate.

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Written by Dr. Marc Bubbs

Author Bio:

Dr. Marc Bubbs, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor, Strength Coach, Author, Speaker, and Blogger practicing in Toronto, Canada. He believes that diet, exercise, and lifestyle factors have the most profound impact on your overall health and performance. Marc is the author of The Paleo Project – A 21st Guide to Looking Leaner, Getting Stronger, & Living Longer and currently serves as the Sports Nutrition Lead for Canadian Men’s Olympic Basketball Team.

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

The 4 Dietary Mistakes That Lower Male Sex Drive


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4 Dietary Pitfalls That Lower Your Testosterone Levels

While it’s normal for testosterone levels to decrease as you age, the rate of decline seems to be at an all-time high. Today, men’s testosterone levels are 25% lower than two decades ago. This doesn’t just affect your libido or ability to build muscle.

The latest research shows that low testosterone levels may leave you more susceptible to chronic conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and depression.

How do you know if you have low testosterone? A blood test for bioavailable and free testosterone will tell you exactly where you stand, but the most common symptoms seen in clinical practice are: low sex drive, fatigue or poor energy, increased body-fat, decreased muscle mass, low mood and irritability.

Turn on the TV during the next big football game and you’ll see commercials for the latest gels and creams as a quick fix for low testosterone. While these may address symptoms in the short-term, they won’t address the root cause of your low testosterone.

How can you restore your energy, mood, lean muscle, and libido? The answer is not in a bottle…it’s on your plate!

Here are the top 4 nutrition pitfalls that can strongly contribute to low testosterone:

1. You Don’t Eat Enough Saturated Fats

Over the past three decades doctors and dietitians have told you to AVOID saturated fats like the plague. In particular, saturated fats from animal sources were vilified as disease causing and harmful for your health. Interestingly, this span of time coincides with a significant decline in testosterone levels in men…and it is no coincidence!

Cholesterol is the building block for all your hormones, including sex hormones like testosterone. Studies show athletes training intensely and following low-fat diets suffer from lower testosterone levels, whereas athletes following high-fat diets – in particular saturated fats – are able to mitigate exercise-induced reductions in testosterone.

Adopting a Paleo diet is a great way to optimize your intake of healthy saturated fats. Include one to four tablespoons of butter (grass-fed is best), ghee (clarified butter), coconut oil or red palm oil daily with your meals.

Remember, saturated fats have a high smoking point making them a great choice for pan-frying or stir-frying. Or, simply add them to your veggies before you eat!

2. You Sabotage Deep Sleep With Late Night Snacks

Simple sugars trigger the release of serotonin, your happy neurotransmitter, providing you with some relief and comfort after a busy day. Unfortunately, an evening bowl of ice cream or chocolate dessert raises your blood sugar hormone insulin and interrupts your sleep hormones.

High evening insulin delays melatonin production (your sleep hormone) and ultimately affects your testosterone and growth hormone production overnight.

Growth hormone, the “fountain of youth” hormone, teams up with testosterone during deep sleep to build lean muscle and support deep, rejuvenating sleep.

Don’t sabotage your testosterone-building sleep. Replace sugary snacks in the evening with frozen grapes or berries, or enjoy a cup of herbal tea (mint, chamomile, rooibos) to help relax your nervous system. Be sure to aim for at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

3. You Eat Too Many Carbs (And Simple Sugars)

If you are overweight or out of shape you likely have poor insulin sensitivity. This means that your body does not process carbohydrates very efficiently, resulting in consistently elevated insulin levels in your bloodstream.

Chronically high insulin leads to the over-production of a hormone called androstenedione, which competes with testosterone in the body, resulting in low testosterone. Androstenedione is also five times weaker than testosterone, meaning you are getting far less bang for your buck.

Therefore, if you are overweight the best way to boost testosterone levels will be to improve your insulin sensitivity by losing weight. This is a very common scenario that suppresses testosterone production.

Simply adopt a high protein, high fat, low carb (less than 100g per day) Paleo diet and your testosterone levels will be back on the rise in no time (your libido too!).

(Note–If you are already very lean, these rules don’t apply. A very low carb diet for too long can excessively elevate stress hormones and suppress testosterone.)

4. You Drink Too Much Alcohol

Did you know that the medical definition of a binge drinking session is only five units of alcohol for a male and four for a female? A recent study found the average number of drinks on a night out is between 8-9 drinks per person. This is almost twice the amount of the medical definition of a binge (perhaps a “double binge” is the appropriate term!).

Typically, the higher your alcohol intake, the greater your weight gain around the abdomen. Unfortunately for men, the more fat you store around your belly, the greater the activity of an enzyme called aromatase, which converts your precious muscle building testosterone to estrogen.

A simple way to restore testosterone levels is to cut out alcohol completely for 1-4 weeks. If your schedule and client outings won’t allow complete abstinence, try cutting your intake by 50% and not consuming more than 2-3 drinks in a single day.


Beer is the worst offender as it is mildly estrogenic, offers up an excess of calories, and contributes to the classic ‘beer belly’. Opt for red wine (high in aromatase inhibiting resveratrol) or spirits–neat, on the rocks, or mixed with soda water.

Finally, if you follow a bodybuilding style workout–training different body parts multiple days of the week–then you may want to tweak your program to boost low testosterone.

The research is clear that compound movements such as squats, deadlifts, and Olympic lifts (cleans, snatches, jerks) are hands down the best way to naturally boost your testosterone levels. Simply combine lower body and upper body exercises into the same training day and you’ll maximize your hormone-building potential.

If you are training three days per week perform deadlifts on day one, Olympic lifts on day two, and squats on day three. Add in compound upper body movements like bench press, push press, chin-ups, pull-ups, inverted rows and dips and you’ll increase your testosterone and lean muscle in no time.

Be sure to include whey protein isolate (40g for men, 30g for women) after each training session to accelerate recovery and promote muscle protein synthesis. If you can digest dairy, full-fat milk (750ml-1L) is an excellent post-workout choice.

There you have it, correct these four common dietary pitfalls, modify your workout regime, and your testosterone levels will be back on the rise.

Symptoms of low libido, fatigue, weight gain and low mood will soon subside without the need for costly creams and gels! Give your body the right nutritional building blocks to maintain a healthy testosterone balance.

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Written by Dr. Marc Bubbs

Author Bio:

Dr. Marc Bubbs, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor, Strength Coach, Author, Speaker, and Blogger practicing in Toronto, Canada. He believes that diet, exercise, and lifestyle factors have the most profound impact on your overall health and performance. Marc is the author of The Paleo Project – A 21st Guide to Looking Leaner, Getting Stronger, & Living Longer and currently serves as the Sports Nutrition Lead for Canadian Men’s Olympic Basketball Team.

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

7 Paleo Foods That Increase Your Sex Drive Revealed Here


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Move over, oysters: these seven Paleo foods are the strongest natural aphrodisiacs to increase your sex drive!

Sex hormones help regulate your libido. For women, the two major sex hormones are estrogen and progesterone; for men, the major sex hormone is testosterone.

When these hormones are flowing through your body at imbalanced levels, they not only affect your sex drive, they also put you at higher risk for developing coronary artery disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and bone fracture.

Did you know sex hormones are also responsible for regulating your immune system? Your immune system is designed to be one of your first lines of defense against disease, and with today’s lifestyles we unnecessarily take shots at our own defense.

Think – making a habit out of anything that gives you stress, inhaling all those processed foods you impulse-buy, not getting enough sleep, refusing to exercise, etc.

Unhealthy lifestyle and diet choices can attack your immune system and consequently, diminish your sex drive.

While your libido may thrive during your 20s and 30s with these poor lifestyle habits, the glitz and glam won’t last forever. Unhealthy lifestyle and diet choices can attack your immune system and consequently, diminish your sex drive.

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to turning to the medical field for ways to raise your sex drive, but before modern medicine took up your shelves, Mother Nature had gifted us with quite a few edible aphrodisiacs:

1. Watermelon

This dreamy-eyed summer fruit has the power to relax your blood vessels and increase your blood flow, two extremely important factors in boosting your arousal.

Watermelon contains an amino acid called citrulline. Citrulline gets converted into another amino acid called arginine which can raise testosterone levels, as well as dilate your blood vessels to benefit your heart and circulatory system.

Watermelon rinds have a higher concentration of citrulline than the flesh, so try including the rind the next time you use your juicer if you’re looking to get the citrulline boost.

Watermelon is also packed with vitamin B6. Your body puts B6 to work producing feel-good neurotransmitters, or brain communication chemicals, such as dopamine and serotonin.

2. Garlic

There’s nothing like going in for a kiss and getting a mouthful of garlic breath (kidding!). Garlic is a natural blood thinner and possesses high levels of allicin, a chemical compound known to improve blood flow directly to your sexual organs.

To maximize these benefits, make sure to chop or crush the garlic into pieces and let it sit around for a while so it has time to release its enzymes.

3. Avocados

Avocados contain vitamin B6, also known to boost progesterone levels and regulate estrogen metabolism in women. Monounsaturated fats found in avocados are known to naturally increase testosterone levels in men.

Another testosterone booster in the green testicle-like mix is vitamin E, which is additionally believed to enhance blood circulation and improve sperm quality and motility. Additionally, avocados are packed with potassium and folic acid which enhance energy and stamina.

4. Meat

Get some meat on your plate to get a surge in your carnitine, arginine, and zinc intake. Zinc regulates estrogen, helps increase progesterone, and raises testosterone. Zinc is also a crucial player regulating dopamine, one of your neurological messengers for sexual desire.

Carnitine and arginine are important amino acids that get your blood flowing, boost your sexual responses, and have effectively treated erectile dysfunction.

However, be aware of your meat sources, as other components could outweigh these benefits. Make sure you opt for grass-fed, organic meat that’s free of antibiotics and added hormones when possible. Moderation is also key.

5. Chocolate

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine or “PEA” – PEA is a psycho-stimulant that has the ability to imitate the feeling of falling in love or sensations of euphoria. PEA is the key to releasing norepinephrine and dopamine, chemicals that are imperative to pleasure and excitement.

Methylxanthines found in chocolate increase your body’s sensitivity to help get your buttons pushed; arginine is present in chocolate as well.

Eat with caution, however; not all chocolate is created equal. The more processed the chocolate (i.e. through alkalizing, fermenting, roasting, and other means), the more of the good stuff will have evaporated. Raw cacao and dark chocolate are the best in terms of minimal processing.

6. Figs

Voted favorite fruit by Cleopatra, figs are high in magnesium, a key ingredient in estrogen and androgen (testosterone is a type of androgen) production, as well as dopamine production. Figs are high in tryptophan, the precursor to serotonin, and aids increased pheromone secretion that trigger sexual attraction.

7. Honey

Honey contains boron, a mineral that helps increase testosterone levels in men and facilitates estrogen use in women. You can also find high vitamin B6 content in honey that’s good for your libido-related neurotransmitters and hormones. Try drizzling some of this sticky, sweet sensation onto your figs.

Watch this video – 11 Foods to Increase Your Sex Drive

Written by Liz Lang

Author Bio:

Liz Lang is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Southern California Institute for Research and Education in the field of Gastroenterology. Liz graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Public Health Sciences. She has an insatiable thirst to learn how the human body works in order to keep people healthy. When Liz isn’t in the clinic, she enjoys exploring nature, yoga, and trying new things (especially food!).

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

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