In today’s busy world, with both men and women living increasingly stressful lives, a lot of people find it difficult to muster the energy to have sex as often as they would like. In a recent article, one author says researchers have found there are four foods that are killers for our energy and our libidos. Here is his list:
1. Performance-Sapping Sugar
Eating sugar immediately raises your blood sugar, which causes your pancreas to secrete insulin. The process is imprecise, however, and more insulin than necessary is usually released. This causes the sudden and dramatic drop in blood sugar that is commonly called a “sugar crash.” A sugar crash gives you brain fog and food cravings, and makes you feel sluggish.
Eating simple carbohydrates, which quickly convert to sugar in the blood, creates the same effect. You feel your focus and energy crashing, but your actual blood sugar levels drop precipitously, as well.
2. Vegetable Oils That Don’t Come From Vegetables
The “no fat” diet craze is over, as we now know that healthy fats play a critical role in our health. But many processed foods and cooking oils still contain “bad fats” that are not good for us. Saturated fats are the most stable. Polyunsaturated fats are the most unstable and easily oxidized, and they create inflammation in our bodies. Too much polyunsaturated fat is not helpful to your health, your longevity, or your sexual performance. Instead, polyunsaturated fats are known to contribute to cancer and metabolic disorders. Among the polyunsaturated oils to avoid are canola, corn, cottonseed, peanut, safflower, soybean and sunflower oils.
Most of the polyunsaturated oils are also genetically modified, and some contain toxic solvents which help maximize production. These oils also contain unhealthy amounts of omega 6 polyunsaturated fats. Oxidized omega 6 fats damage your DNA, create inflammation in heart tissue, and increase the risk of cancers. In addition, these fats do not support the optimal metabolism of your brain.
3. Gut-Destroying Grains
You don’t need to be “gluten intolerant,” or have celiac disease, to experience the negative effects of eating gluten-containing grains. Most of us have trouble tolerating gluten, particularly that found in wheat, barley and rye. Those grains are addictive, and they break down in the intestines into opioid compounds called glueomorphins. These trigger the same receptors in the brain as do opiate drugs like heroin. When you eat wheat, barley or rye, the result is insatiable food cravings that last for days.
Gluten also causes inflammation and gastrointestinal distress, and fosters autoimmune disease. Give up gluten, and you’re likely to feel the difference right away, in both your body and your brain.
So those are the three culprits. If your libido needs a lift, your energy needs a boost, or your brain could benefit from increased clarity, try crossing them off your shopping list.