Husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends… Either partner can start to feel like there’s not enough healthy bedroom romance in their life. But when it comes to women, studies estimate that as many as 1 in 3 women between the ages of 18-59 lose interest in sex.
And, despite what it may feel like or the insecurities that it brings up, low sex drive is nobody’s fault. It’s not even “all in your head”. It’s biology.
You see, the simple fact is that your body is programmed to seek out sex for the purpose of reproduction… And when it’s compromised healthwise in some way, the last thing your body wants to do is reproduce!
That’s one reason why sex drive can decline so sharply, across generations and genders... In fact, it can often be a subtle sign (or not so subtle, depending on what it means to you!) of an underlying health condition or a deficiency that needs attention.
Sex drive disappears as your body focuses its attention on dealing with the 911 — its most urgent priorities, in order to make you healthy and whole again. Seeking out a way to make babies is not the priority, during these times.
Health Factors that Affect Sex Drive
It may or may not have surprised you to learn that low sex drive can be a red flag for a seemingly unrelated health condition…
The truly surprising thing may actually be how many things can affect your sex drive—things that you might not have thought of before, like:
Unfortunately, many items on this list can overlap in terms of the effect they have on your body.
For example, stress disrupts your hormones. It contributes to excess weight and can contribute to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is made worse by stress, and is actually a type of hormone disruption (insulin is a hormone)... and added weight can cause the stress hormone cortisol to be disrupted, creating anxiety, as well as worsen or create insulin resistance.
Likewise, medications can have side effects of lowering libido… but these side effects may actually be inflammation or leaching of nutrients that creates deficiency. They may add up to increased fat retention, which in turn affects insulin or cortisol. Deficiencies and hormone imbalance can be created by or contribute to inflammation, and inflammation is at the root of most autoimmune disease. As you would guess, autoimmune disease is often a disruptor of hormones.
It’s a bit of a maddening, vicious circle, really.
But the thing that each one of the low sex drive triggers listed above has in common with the others is inflammation.
Whether it’s due to environmental toxins, medications, parasites, food sensitivities or things in food our bodies can perceive as toxins (gluten, lectins, pesticides, GMOs)... They all create inflammation.
Stress causes inflammation. Chronic stress will create and then perpetuate inflammation.
Leaky gut or unhealthy gut (dysbiosis) will create inflammation and deficiencies, which can lead to hormone imbalance, anxiety, depression, cognitive issues (like brain fog), fatigue and oh yes… low sex drive.
So now the obvious question becomes: What do you do about it?
The answer is not in taking an ‘anti-inflammatory’, that’s for sure. It’s not so simple. In fact, inflammation is a necessary part of healing! You don’t want to just kill inflammation completely… You want to moderate inflammation and have a healthy immune response.
The key to beating the chronic inflammation that is at the core of nearly all health challenges (including low sex drive) is to identify and resolve the root cause of inflammation.
Here are 6 ways to overcome inflammation, naturally:
1. Cut out gluten — Whatever you may think about the current gluten-free trend, gluten can be a trigger for inflammation in your body. This can be via leaky gut— which many experts believe gluten can actually cause—or because your body perceives it as a toxin and attacks it, creating inflammation. Cutting gluten out of your diet may bring dramatic health results.
2. Increase your Omega-3 intake — Omega-3s have strong anti-inflammatory properties and provide support and protective benefits for your brain, heart, immune and cardiovascular systems, and your hormone levels. Nutritional experts say that the average American diet includes too many omega-6s, which are linked to inflammation. On the other hand, we habitually consume far too few omega-3s.
Omega-3 has also been noted to help with erectile dysfunction, depression, and other factors that can relate to sex drive.
3. Do a complete detox — If your body is overwhelmed with toxins, it cannot eliminate them fast enough. Inflammation follows. The first thing is to prevent further toxic build-up—for example, by changing your lifestyle with things like an air and/or water purifier, switching to only organic foods and non-chemical cleaning products and cosmetics—and then you need to assist your body in binding those toxins, and flushing them out.
Ensuring your kidneys, liver, and lymphatic systems are working optimally is extremely important for proper detoxification. There are many natural supplements and methods to assist with a healthy detox, as well as new choices you can make when it comes to food and drink.
4. An anti-parasite protocol — Even if you don’t think you could possibly have parasites, you actually could. Tests are notoriously unreliable, and despite parasites being extremely common (and easy to get!) doctors often do not take the prospect seriously. One reason for this is that parasites are designed to remain hidden! Their survival depends on remaining undetected, so it’s absolutely possible to be infected and have these little organisms reeking havoc in your body, by stealing nutrients, unbalancing your gut flora, causing your immune system to flare up in an attempt to rid you of them, as well as releasing toxins that are by-products of their life cycle… all of which create inflammation.
A thorough parasite cleanse can often be the breakthrough that resolves health issues that never seem to clear up, or be properly diagnosed.
5. Heal your gut — Much inflammation begins in the gut. Leaky gut is a condition that is finally becoming recognized more and more by mainstream medicine. Restoring gut lining and ensuring diversity in your gut microbiota (flora) is essential to health, but especially for crushing inflammation. As well, things like depression, anxiety, and other brain- (and hormone) related issues can be helped by focusing on gut health, all of which can contribute to low sex drive.
6. Consume turmeric and ginger — Both of these delicious spices are powerful anti-inflammatories. You can cook with them, or supplement. In either case, add healthy fats and black pepper for better absorption. If supplementing, Bioperine® is a great addition, for the same purpose.
All the above are just what my wife, Lori, did to heal decades of debilitating health challenges…
It was devastating to watch Lori suffer every day, in pain and discomfort, depressed, anxious, battling chronic fatigue, and wanting to give up on life.
And, as you may remember, one of our mutual as a couple was not getting pregnant.
Lori was extremely skeptical of natural remedies and anything not straight out of a doctor’s prescription book. But nothing was working, and she’d been suffering since she was 13 years old.
After witnessing the many first-hand accounts of miracle healings we’ve explored in our documentaries, she could no longer deny natural medicines worked… So she finally tried them.
After doing a foundational anti-parasitic detox combined with gut healing and restoration, Lori’s health has completely turned around.
She’s now off all her medications, pain free, happy, full of energy and, best of all, last year we welcomed our beautiful baby boy, Asher into the world.