improving-sex-driveLoss of sex drive and sexual libido is commonly attributed to old age, which most people tend to accept as part of the natural aging process. However, there are several factors that can lead to lags in your sexual libido that have nothing to do with simply growing older, and instead, have everything to do with the way you take care of your body and health.

In reality, the two most common factors that contribute to loss of sex drive are nutrient deficiencies and hormonal imbalance. A healthy diet and good nutrition will provide your body with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs to combat health problems and maintain normal bodily functions. Hormonal imbalance can lead to diminished sex drive and other sexual health problems such as erectile dysfunction in men and vaginal dryness in women. In fact, hormonal imbalance is sometimes partly caused by eating an unhealthy diet, since the toxicity level of certain foods and ingredients can wreak havoc on our hormones and immune systems.

Here are tips you can follow to improve lags in your sexual libido that are linked to nutrient deficiencies and hormonal imbalance.

Improving nutrient deficiencies

A healthy, balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, and low-fat dairy will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to stay energetic, maintain immune system function, and maintain a youthful appearance, among other benefits. In most cases, when an individual suffers from lack of sex drive due to nutrient deficiencies, it’s mainly due to lack of zinc and a compound known as phosphatidylcholine.

A large percentage of Americans are deficient in zinc, which plays a major role in sperm production, immune system function, a good mood, and sexual libido. Zinc deficiency can lead to compromised immune system function, hair loss and balding, irritability, mood swings, and loss of sex drive. Those who eat unhealthy diets comprised of processed foods, sugary foods, and foods high in refined carbohydrates may actually be inhibiting their bodies’ abilities to absorb zinc — promoting further deficiency in this important mineral.

Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is a type of “phospholipid,” which is responsible for the formation of neurotransmitters and required for healthy cognitive function. Those who lack PC can tend to suffer from impaired circulation and blood flow, as well as decreased sex drive.

Those who wish to enhance and correct problems with low sex drive can consume healthier foods and speak to their health care providers for recommendations on supplements and vitamins that will increase their daily zinc and PC intake.

Correcting problems with hormonal imbalance

Estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone are all hormones that play key roles in sexual function. As the levels of these hormones decrease with aging due to an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and other poor lifestyle factors, your sex drive will steadily decline.

Women who go through menopause will naturally begin to experience a gradual decline in their sexual hormones, while men will experience a natural decline in testosterone with aging. However, both men and women can make certain lifestyle changes that can help maintain their hormones by exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and eating a healthy diet. Additionally, men and women can undergo bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which is a therapy that treats hormone loss by releasing a series of natural hormones that replicate those found in the human body. With BHRT, men and women can retain their hormone levels and benefit from increased sex drive, as well as from increased energy, improved mood, and a more youthful-looking physical appearance.

Rock Creek Wellness offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help you rebalance and sustain your hormone levels. Our pellet hormone program is designed for patients seeking a quick and affordable entry to bioidentical hormone therapy in Kansas City. Contact us today at 913-727-7700 to request a free consultation.