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Monday, March 21, 2005

Increasing Libido

Low libido is basically a hormonal/neurotransmitter deficiency. It sucks, because low libido not only remove sexual drive - it also cuts down all other forms of drive.

To get better
  • Cut down on mastrubation to once or twice a week (this avoids the movement of testosterone to DHT, avoids overload on the dopamine/acetylcholine/serotonin system, etc)
  • Start eating bananas (as a source of zinc)
  • Make sure you have enough saturated fat and low enough polyunsaturated fat in your diet (saturated fat is a precursor for many hormones and polyunsaturated fat mess up the biochemistry in this area)
  • Exercise! The important part here full-body strength workouts. In a weight-lifiting regime, this means you'd run squats and deadlifts as the core of your program.

Fine-tuning:
  • Self-stimulate as often as possible *but not to orgasm*. This increase testosterone production.
  • On the neurotransmitter level, "libido" is also driven by dopamine and acetylcholine. You can add precursors for these to your diet - for instance, Acetyl-L-Carnitine and/or L-Tyrosine. The latter is likely to be a problem if you lack or is low on meat in your diet.

5 Comments:

  • Just a comment on the saturated fat. They are quite unhealty an causes your body to produce "bad" cholesterol which causes your arteries to klogg up. So dont consume this in excess.

    Zink is very good for the libido. You should really buy a zink supplement (avoid zinksulphate and zinkoxide which is harder for the body to break down and use) and take it 30 minutes before going to bed. I'll promise you wake up with a hard on every morning :)

    Othwerwise, good stuff eek (as usual )

    By Anonymous Duality, at 10:49 PM  

  • Nice, nice stuff here.


    Any idea where I can find more on this topic?

    By Blogger Lifestyle with BG, at 11:01 PM  

  • Duality, thanks for the comments and the compliment :-)

    Yeah, excessive saturated fat is bad if your body isn't primed for it. I'm generally in fat burning mode, so I forget to think of a "normal" body chemistry. Thanks for reminding me. I'll probably do a full post on this later.

    bg, I don't know any really good single source. My knowledge is pieced together from a number of different sources, over a period of years. "Hormonal Health" by Michael Colgan is a good introduction to the area of hormone influence - it's available from http://www.applepublishing.com/index.cfm?book=323

    That book is a little old now, and Colgan tends to include cutting-edge research in his books, delivering the best understanding that is presently available. This also means that he reasonably often reports results that are later replaced, so read with a bit of caution.

    Searching for some alternative to "Hormonal Health" as a general intro (unfortunately, there does not seem to be any) found me "The Testosterone Syndrome". This deals with male menopause; that's close enough to this subject that it would probably contain good information.

    That's available from
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/087131858X/ref=pd_sxp_elt_l1/104-9869092-7063941

    I'll also note that stress is a major bad influence in the area. Learning how to avoid or cope with stress (proper posture, proper breathing, use of relaxation techniques, use of hypnosis, and a few other things) can also give you a big boost.

    -Eek

    By Blogger Eek, at 4:42 PM  

  • Ever since cutting out polyunsaturated fats like vegetable oils and margarine from my diet and replacing them with staurated fats like coconut oil and real butter my libido and my health has improved.So dont believe everything the FDA says afterall they are run by the bigtime soyindustries which hydrogenated soybean oil(polyunsaturated/trans fat)is found in pretty much everything these days read ingredients but this is the real cause of heart disease thats why its gone up so much since these companies scared everyone into thinking saturated fats are bad with false information based around one theory.Heres links for people that want to read more about it.

    http://www.westonaprice.org/foodfeatures/butter.html

    http://www.coconutoil.com/diet_disease.htm

    http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/import_sat_fat.html

    http://www.coconutoil.com/oiling_america.htm

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:30 AM  

  • Low libido has become an ever-increasing issue in today's modern world as life seems harder and we all seem to be working more than ever before. Many of us have come to accept this as a fact of life and have ignored the need for sexual pleasure within our lives and really pushed sex to the back burner.

    By Blogger marlon, at 6:03 PM  

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