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6 Ways to Boost Your Libido

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Originally posted February 2013Updated February 2019 Studies show that 31% of men and 43% of women suffer from sexual inadequacy or low libido at some point in their lives. It is shown that up to 40% of women suffer from symptoms of sexual dysfunction, with low desire being the most common symptom. Understand The Real Cause Of Low Libido Although there are several substances which help with a sudden increase in sex desire, it is always best to first understand the cause of your symptoms, in order to use the best approach for you. Eliminating potential blocking factors that affect your sex life is the first step in restoring a normal body function and response to stimuli. Some of the most common blocking factors that affect libido are: chronic stress, depression and some medications commonly used to treat depression. Birth control pills, too much alcohol, drugs like marijuana, lack of sleep, […]

Must-read for Men: You Have Hormones!

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Men can also struggle with numerous negative symptoms daily, without being aware they might be directly connected to their hormone levels! Often enough, a dysfunction in male hormones means abnormal testosterone levels, the hormone responsible for “maleness.” And it’s a sad reality that during the past few decades, average levels of testosterone have been declining at a substantially fast rate. Today’s toxic environment coupled with poor nutrition is speeding up the aging process, which is also reflected by your hormone levels. For a man to be in shape and healthy, other key hormones besides testosterone need to be balanced as well, like pregnenolone, DHEA, cortisol, progesterone and growth hormone. So the problem might be more complex than just “fixing hormone levels.” An integrative and holistic approach is often needed for true health. Symptoms of Hormone Imbalances in Men The changes that happen in male reproductive hormones are often but not always […]

Hormones 101: What Hormones Are and How They Affect You

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Hormones are the chemical messengers that travel, via our bloodstream, to every organ and tissue in the body. They influence fat storage, energy levels, sex drive, brain health and a host of other vital functions. Find out below about some of the most important functions of your hormones and how too much, too little or wrong ratios of these have a tremendous effect on your health. Hormones 101 Testosterone Testosterone is secreted primarily by the testicles of males and, to a lesser extent, the ovaries of females. In males, testosterone protects against cardiovascular disease, hypertension and arthritis. It leads to improved lean muscle mass, increased bone density, decreases in cholesterol, improved skin tone, improved healing capacity, and increased libido and sexual performance. It prolongs the quality of life by decreasing age-related diseases—as does estrogen in females. Testosterone is also extremely important in females for body fat reduction, sense of well-being, […]

The Aphrodisiac You’ve Been Waiting For

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We all perceive testosterone as a male hormone, and its presence in our body is associated with virility. But testosterone is also present in the female body, only in a much lower quantity. The cause of low desire isn’t always medical, but it turns out that a large percentage of women with this problem have blood tests that are consistent with low levels of testosterone and other androgens. Birth control pills, for example, can alter the body’s testosterone production by rendering 50 percent of it useless, due to the synthetic estrogen it contains. As a response to the extra amount of estrogen contained by the pill, the liver produces the protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). This works by binding to testosterone and so less of it will be available for your body to use. High-sugar, refined carbohydrate diet, caffeine, stress, hormones in industrial meat and dairy and estrogen-like toxins can cause various […]

Hormonal Horror Stories – Especially for Halloween

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Rosemarie’s Baby Rosemarie* was trying, and failing, to get pregnant for several years. Like many fertility clinics, the clinic she and her husband chose did NOT include any thyroid testing as part of Rosemarie’s infertility workup. At first, Rosemarie didn’t know to ask. Since infertility is rarely covered by insurance, Rosemarie was getting side-effect laden hormone injections, and she and her husband were laying out many thousands of dollars each cycle for assisted reproduction. Every month, the pregnancy test showed “negative.” After spending all their savings, with no baby on the way, Rosemarie did some reading, and learned about the thyroid connection to fertility. She was tested, and the doctor found she had an elevated TSH, and high thyroid peroxidase antibodies, indicative of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. She was started on thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Just two months later, Rosemarie was able to get pregnant – no assisted reproduction needed. Nine months […]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Thyroid Symptom

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Similarly, many carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers aren’t aware that it can be a symptom of an underactive thyroid, and that the symptoms may resolve with proper treatment. What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? The median nerve goes through a tunnel near the wrist bone (the carpal tunnel), allowing for sensation in the fingers. When there is pressure, swelling or irritation of the median nerve, or inflammation is causing pressure to the area, you can experience pain, tingling, burning, numbness and weakness in the thumb, index finger, middle fingers, wrist, and forearm, as well as decreased grip strength. Some cases of carpal tunnel syndrome may be due to repetitive strain, but there are also a variety of health conditions — including hypothyroidism – that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically diagnosed by a hands-on examination to rule out other conditions, as well as clinical signs of the condition, […]

Weight Gain Despite Thyroid Treatment May Be Hypothalamic Obesity Disorder

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The research was presented in a poster session by Saad Sakkal, MD at the May 2014 annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Before we take a look at the research, let’s explain a bit more about the hypothalamus and its impact on weight and metabolism. What is The Hypothalamus? Your hypothalamus is an almond-sized part of the brain that connects your nervous system to your endocrine system, with your pituitary gland acting as a go-between. The job of the hypothalamus is to release hormones that then cause the pituitary gland to release (or stop releasing) pituitary hormones. This hormonal process controls the body’s temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue, sleep cycles, and daily cyclical rhythms. Cells in the hypothalamus take up the inactive form of thyroid hormone T4 (thyroxine), and convert the T4 into the active thyroid hormone, T3 (triiodothyronine.) The T3 then stimulates the production of TSH, […]

It’s Not In Your Head, It’s In Your Hormones: The Mental Health-Hormone Link

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Let’s talk about PMS, which is for some women, the next key mood-hormone link. For a variety of reasons — nutrition, genetics, hormone balance, etc. — some women sail through monthly cycles with few symptoms, while others struggle every month with debilitating depression, anxiety, and fatigue. While PMS may be a favorite joke of comedians, it’s no laughing matter to the women who suffer with it.  In recent years, mental health professionals recognized a condition known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) — where hormonal shifts cause anxiety, severe depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in sufferers. Pregnancy and post-partum are other key points when mind and hormones intersect. Some women have their first experience with significant depression during pregnancy, or after pregnancy (post-partum depression). Moodiness and emotional ups and downs during and after pregnancy are also considered quite common. The next commonly recognized — but not well-understood — point, is […]

The Link Between Hormones and Depression

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Before puberty, the rates of mood and anxiety disorders are similar in boys and girls. It’s only after females begin menstrual function that a gender differential in mood disorders manifests itself. This, coupled with the observation that women appear to be especially vulnerable to mood disturbances during times of hormonal flux, certainly confirms that a relationship exists between sex hormones and mood. How Do Hormones Affect Mood? Levels of hormones, such as those produced by the thyroid gland, can be factors in depression. In addition, some symptoms of depression are associated with thyroid conditions. The same is true about conditions related to the menstrual cycle, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), perimenopause, and menopause. The process of menstruation involves fluctuations in the levels of estrogen and other hormones. Some women experience depression-related symptoms such as sadness, irritability, and fatigue prior to menstruation. These symptoms are part of the premenstrual syndrome, or […]

Women, Menopause and Your Libido

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The reality is that sex improves longevity, quality of life, and overall health. Menopausal sex without the fear of pregnancy, the mess of the monthly cycle, or young children knocking at the bedroom door can be a spontaneous and joyful part of the second half of life. You just need to find out how to make that happen! Causes Of Low Libido In Menopausal Women Women may experience low libido during menopause for a number of reasons. Estrogen levels drop suddenly during these years, causing vaginal tissue to become dry. That, in turn, can lead to discomfort and pain during intercourse and discourage a woman’s sexual desire. Menopause can also lower testosterone, the hormone that boosts libido in women as well as men. Menopausal and postmenopausal women may notice that they are not as easily aroused, and may be less sensitive to touching and stroking — which can also result […]

Health Benefits of a Lively Libido

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If libido is not present, our health and well-being may suffer. Here are the six most important reasons why sex and a healthy libido are so important and good for our health and to keep us feeling young: 1. Libido is life energy. Libido is often a reflection of a person’s feelings of motivation, confidence, and “mojo.” 2. Sex protects our health. In men, studies have shown a 50% decrease in the risk of cardiovascular mortality in men having frequent sex, as compared to the men in the study having the least frequency of sex. Studies also confirm similar findings in women, especially regarding orgasms. 3. Erectile function is a good indicator of overall cardiovascular health in men. The same things that damage the blood vessels of the heart can damage the penile blood vessels. 4. Oxytocin is good for us. Sexual activity, and especially orgasm, causes the release of […]

6 Ways to Boost Your Libido

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A recent study in the Journal of American Medical Association showed that 31% of men and 43% of women suffer from sexual inadequacy at some point in their lives. It is shown that up to 40% of women suffer from symptoms of sexual dysfunction, with low desire being the most common symptom. Understand The Real Cause Of Low Libido Although there are several substances which help with a sudden increase in sex desire, it is always best to first understand the cause of your symptoms, in order to use the best approach for you. Eliminating potential blocking factors that affect your sex life is the first step in restoring a normal body function and response to stimuli. Some of the most common blocking factors that affect libido are: chronic stress, depression and some medications commonly used to treat depression. Birth control pills, too much alcohol, drugs like marijuana, lack of sleep, […]