Sugars & Your Libido… 4 Ways Dessert Destroys Your Desire (AKA messes up your hormones)
It’s no surprise that there are many sugar-laden foods that kill your libido. Sugary foods, especially if they’re processed, are filled with trans fats, which will wreck your immune system as well as your libido. Saturated fats clog up your arteries, which reduces the flow of oxygen to your organs – including yoursex organs. Sugar can even affect your fertility because its trans fats have a negative impact on your spleen by reducing its ability to produce the white blood cells necessary to make sperm and eggs multiply.
1. Sugar kills testosterone. Insulin resistance, caused by a diet high in refined carbohydrates, including white flour, sugar, and alcohol, drives down testosterone in both men and women. Both sex drive and function (think erectile disfunction, which also effects the clitoris, not just the penis) take a hit when blood sugar levels are high.
2. Sugar saps your energy. High-glycemic carbohydrates spike your blood sugar, leading to insulin over-production to pull your blood sugar back down. The roller coaster of low then high then low blood sugar results in fatigue, which is one reason why a big pasta dinner with wine knocks you out of the mood. High sugar consumption also leads to decreased orexin, a neurotransmitter that regulates arousal and wakefulness, which leads to fatigue, which leads to snoring, rather than snogging.
3. Sugar = stress. Sugar is the most inflammatory food around, which leads to physical stress in every aspect of your body and mind. High insulin levels will elevate cortisol, a main stress hormone. Chronic high cortisol leads to muscle break down, fat storage, and squashed libido. Not a sweet picture, right?
If one of your big desires in life is to feel juicy, sexy, and alive, then it’s time to cut the sugar, sweet one.
4. Sugar reduces growth hormone (GH) production. Growth hormone (GH) is your “fountain of youth” hormone that you mostly produce during deep sleep. Secreted by the pituitary gland, GH improves muscle mass, helps your body utilize fat, and helps maintain optimal libido. Reduced muscle mass, increased abdominal obesity and risk for Type 2 diabetes, and lower libido are hallmark symptoms of GH deficiencies. Researchers find a direct link between GH, insulin levels, and sexual function. Studies show insulin reduces your body’s ability to make growth hormone (GH), altering testosterone levels and reducing libido.