How do we find the time to get ‘turned on’ in our day to day lives? Between full-time jobs/careers, the pursuit of our passions, and possibly raising children it can be a delicate design to find the time for intimacy with our partners or ourselves.
But what happens when you’ve carved the time out, declared to have a sacred/naughty night only to find out that you aren’t aroused as easily as you used to be? This can be a difficult truth to embrace. Although this is completely rational and acceptable due to the circumstances of our very existence it may not be a reality we want to welcome. The multi layered cause of this is a discussion that can land on many platforms. The one that I would like to shed light on is our hormones.
The naked truth is that a symptom of our ‘successful’ lives (aka being busy) is that there’s a high risk of skipping a meal, eating too late, and adrenal fatigue. The word ‘hangry’ has a lot to say. If we’ve gotten to this point then chances are our blood sugar has plummeted and our remedy will be sugar STAT! Then we have a huge spike in our blood sugar and thus a pattern begins. Here is a little description on how our blood sugar levels affect our hormones.
“When insulin spikes, typically after a meal high in sugar, this can lead to lower levels of an important protein known as sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds excess estrogen and testosterone in the blood, but when it’s low, these hormone levels increase. Insulin also increases the production of testosterone, which is then converted into even more estrogen by fat tissue in the belly.”
These effects mean the ratio of estrogen to progesterone (known for keeping us calm and happy) is way too high, leading to irritability, anxiety, insomnia and more.
I will be providing some scrumptious plant-based, gluten free recipes that are supportive to our hormones here in the near future, but until then…
Here are 3 super easy foods to add to your daily rituals!
1. Raspberry Leaf Tea. A cup. Every morning. Red raspberry leaves contain tannins, vitamin c, iron, b-vitamins, potassium and magnesium. The unique combination of nutrients in this tea make it exceptionally beneficial for the female reproductive system.
2. Add healthy fats into your smoothies. Coconut oil, coconut butter, avocado, hemp seeds. Healthy fats, such as these, regulate the production of sex hormones.
3. Brazil nuts! Contain the mineral; selenium. Critical in the regulation of thyroid hormonal levels.
The underlying theme here is: Balanced hormones = Sex drive
I invite you to add these to your lovely breakfast ritual because being ‘turned on’ means living our lives passionately.
Please share your experiences here I’d love to hear about what you are doing to get turned on!