Bloating. Zits. Decreased sex drive. If you’re a woman, and you’re aging up, we may have just described your average Tuesday night.
Alisa Vitti, a hormonal health expert and the author of WomanCode, a book about “supercharging your sex drive,” says it doesn’t have to be that way.
“What’s normal is a sex drive that increases as you age,” she says. “You need to train the body to maximize the kinds of foods that provide us with micronutrients that help us produce optimal levels of hormones.”
I am not sure if I competely believe her, but I definitely agree in taking a holistic approach to your health and that includes your diet.
A tip I got was to open your fridge and look inside. Then realize you are taking a look at what’s inside your body. Do you like what you see?
Here are some of her tips for improving your sexual health.
Soy: More specifically, soy protein isolate. It’s packed full of estrogen, which can very often exacerbate many hormonal symptoms. However, small quantities of fermented soy, such as miso paste, tofu and tempeh, are OK.
Cow’s Milk: It contains casein, a protein that can make it difficult for nutrients to get to the target glands of the endocrine system (a collection of glands that secrete hormones). This can make it difficult for proper hormonal function and elimination and can worsen symptoms such as acne. Concerned about calcium? Bok Choy and sesame seeds are good alternatives to dairy.
Wheat: Or the protein that gives wheat-based foods such as pizza their chewy texture: gluten. It has been shown to decrease fertility in some individuals by raising stress levels.
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Green juice: The antioxidant glutathione, present in raw fruit and vegetables, helps with egg quality, liver detoxification and to protect the ovaries. One juice a day is enough; just blend together some kale, cucumber, parsley, ginger, lemon and apple.
Eggs: Help the body make progesterone, the hormone that opposes estrogen and keeps you balanced in terms of your mood.
Avocado: The creamy green fruit is a great source of essential fatty acids. As hormones are stabilized in a lipid ring, EFA’s help keep them stable and functioning properly.
Spinach and Kale: The dark, leafy greens contain calcium and magnesium that help the body break down and eliminate estrogen, which in excess, is at the root of many hormonal symptoms.