Guys, have things gone belly up in the bedroom?
Well, believe it or not, according to researchers it really could be your belly that’s to blame for your sagging sex life.
Now we’re sure no one needs to tell you that carrying around some extra weight isn’t going to win you any health awards. Being overweight can strain your heart and joints and put you at risk for diabetes.
But it turns out that extra padding could also be making things a bust in the bedroom too. And it all comes down to, arguably, the most critical thing that makes a man… well… manly.
And that’s the hormone testosterone.
Although both women and men’s bodies produce testosterone, men’s bodies produce far more of it.
The vital hormone is responsible for the development of male-only features such as the prostate gland and testes… as well as all those things that the scientists like to refer to as “secondary sex characteristics” such as body hair growth, voice deepening and an increase is muscle and body mass.
But there’s one other thing that testosterone (T) is critical for, and that’s a healthy sex life.
Low T leads to a lagging libido & sagging sex life
Testosterone is absolutely necessary for a strong libido. When the hormone takes a dip so can your interest in sex and your ability to perform in the bedroom even IF your desire is still there!
That’s where your belly comes in.
You see, today’s typical diet of high-carb processed foods (more on that later)–combined with a basically sedentary lifestyle–means more men… even relatively healthy guys… are putting on some extra weight and sporting a so-called “beer gut.”
And according to researchers at the University of Buffalo, that extra weight could be robbing many men of the testosterone they need for a healthy sex life.
Testosterone is directly involved in the process that produces an erection. In other words, even if you WANT to have sex impotence might make you unable too.
And if you’re a younger man interested in starting a family those same low testosterone levels could make that a challenge too since low T levels are linked to infertility as well.
Studies have now repeatedly linked low levels of this critical hormone to obesity, even when guys are fairly healthy otherwise. In fact, in one study on overweight, non-diabetic young men testosterone levels were an incredible 50 percent lower in the chubby guys than the levels in a group of fit guys around the same age.
So if things have cooled down in the bedroom it might be time to finally do something about that “beer gut.”
Low testosterone linked to death from ALL causes
And if things are still on track with your sex life congratulations, that’s great news!
But unfortunately it’s NOT a reason to stop worrying about your testosterone levels.
Study after study has shown that the lower your levels the more chance you have of dying.
For example, in one European study researchers concluded that men with low testosterone levels has a 41 percent higher chance of dying of any cause.
And then there was the University of California study that found that men with low levels were 40 percent more likely to die than the guys with higher levels.
Ditch the fat-producing diet and lift your libido
Now let’s get back to how today’s modern diet has set you up for failure.
Our ancestors naturally ate a diet high in proteins and low in carbohydrates. Fresh red meats, wild-caught fish, protein-rich eggs, fresh fruits, veggies and nuts were on the regular menu.
And it’s no coincidence that as we stopped eating this way—and traded in those highly active hunting and fishing lifestyles for parking ourselves in office chairs, car seats and on couches all day—that our middles began to spread and our libidos began to sag.
A healthy protein-based diet supports healthy testosterone levels and a healthy sex life.
So to get your love life back on track the first order of business is to change your eating style.
With more and more people eating a low carb diet these days it’s gotten easier than ever to make the switch. Tons of delicious low-carb recipes are just an online search away. And many restaurants even offer low-carb options these days.
While you’re at it pick up a healthy active hobby that gets you moving again. Be creative, the idea is to have FUN so it doesn’t feel like exercise.
Swimming, golfing, walking, biking or even country line dancing will all do the trick. Just be sure to commit to doing it four or five days a week for at least an hour at a time.
Support your testosterone levels with 4 foods
And while you’re making those healthy changes think about adding a few testosterone supporting foods to your menu as well…
Animal studies have shown that the allicin in garlic may be able to help boost testosterone levels.
Try roasting some fresh garlic as a side dish to go with dinner or adding fresh garlic to your meals at least once or twice a week.
(2) Almonds and walnuts:
Both almonds and walnuts are rich in the amino-acid GABA which helps regulate hormones including testosterone.
Other GABA-rich foods to try are bananas, spinach, broccoli, citrus fruits, halibut and beef liver.
You can also take a supplement. The typical recommended dosage is 10 mg a day.
(3) Broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts:
Cruciferous veggies, or members of the Brassica family of plants, aren’t just delicious, they can also help combat estrogen overload.
Estrogen is often referred to as the “female hormone,” but guy’s bodies produce it too. Cruciferous vegetables can help by breaking the hormone down and helping you reach a better balance between your testosterone and estrogen levels.
Cabbage, kale, and mustard greens are also good cruciferous choices.
(4) Animal meats:
Animal meats such as beef, lamb, pork, liver and oysters are all rich in the trace mineral zinc.
Zinc is a critical nutrient for male health, it not only supports your prostate, it also plays an important role in testosterone production and pituitary gland health.
In other words, it’s important for maintaining a healthy libido and sex life. Watermelon and pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc too.
Supplements can help support a healthy sex life
The final piece of the puzzle is to consider some libido-boosting and/or testosterone-supporting supplements. They can be taken individually or as part of a more comprehensive libido-supporting formula.
A few to consider are…
- Panax [Korean Red] ginseng 400 to 1800 mg (boosts blood flow & erection-friendly nitric oxide)
- Muira pauma 350 mg (traditional libido booster may counter low T effects),
- Tribulus terrestris up to 500 mg (rich in steroidal saponins – increased T levels in animal studies).
- horny goat weed (traditional libido enhancer and performance booster),
- Nettle 140 mg (blocks enzyme used to make estrogen, may promote more free T)
- maca root 1,500 to 3,000 mg,
- Fenugreek up to 500 mg (rich in steroidal saponins),
- Ashwaganda 300 to 500 mg (higher doses might be appropriate talk with your doc),
- Avena sativa 575 mg (promotes energy, vigor and stamina), and
- Shilajit 200 mg (legendary Himalayan aphrodisiac said to increase stamina and libido)
Be sure to talk to a doctor skilled in herbal or integrative medicine about what’s best for you before trying any new supplements.
Have you found something does the trick for YOU in the bedroom.
Share it with us in the comments below!
We believe that everyone has good ideas about how best to care for our loved ones and ourselves. Many of our contributors are doctors that have spent their life’s work invested in the health and well being of the human body and mind. Some have spent their lives tirelessly researching health and the human body, developing new vitamins and products dedicated to making people healthier.
Others are ordinary people that have natural family cures passed down from generations, or discovered an inexpensive home remedy out of necessity or even by accident.
So Healthier Talk not only offers professional advice and solutions, but also provides much sought after natural family cures and at-home remedies, right at your fingertips!
Latest posts by Healthier Talk (see all)
- Top 7 foods to help slash your colon cancer risk - May 12, 2017
- Potent Indian spice delivers proven head-to-toe benefits - May 11, 2017
- 7 foods nutritionists REFUSE to eat - May 10, 2017