Libido, your sex drive, is very tightly tied to hormonal health. Therefore, it’s very tightly tied to nutrition. You just look to the animal kingdom for an example here. If there’s a pack or a herd of animals and they’re stressed—they don’t have enough resources, water, or food— they can’t breed, because cortisol, their stress hormone, goes up, which kills their libido. Same kind of thing happens with humans. When we don’t get the nutrients we need, our libido goes down. I’m here with Peggy to talk about the connection between nutrition and libido. Low libido is usually the result of an unaddressed wellness issue. Resolve that issue, and your libido will resolve itself. An obvious passion-killer is chronic uncomplementary stress. Stress raises cortisol levels, and cortisol affects your immune system, your mood, your energy, and your libido. And sleep as well. If you don’t sleep deeply, you’re going to be tired. You’re going to wake up the next morning and you’re going to crave coffee and sugar, and then that becomes a problem. Getting in the mood is the last thing on your mind when you’ve got the blues or are crippled by anxiety. Low libido can be a symptom of depression or other mental health issues. There’s a relationship between being overweight and loss of desire for both men and women. Cardiovascular disease, as well as diabetes and risks associated with being overweight, can lead to ED or erectile dysfunction. Thyroid imbalances, age-related hormone changes, and other hormonal imbalances can put a damper on your drive. Overtraining is a form of stress. As with all forms of stress, it causes cortisol to go up, which can cause testosterone to go down in men and can interrupt women’s menstrual cycles. Zinc is essential for the production of testosterone in both men and women. The amino acid tyrosine is a precursor to dopamine, which is your neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure and arousal. L-arginine helps to increase nitric oxide production, which helps blood flow a lot faster. B vitamins are essential for the production of testosterone, as well as for serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Selenium is an important mineral when it comes to the production of sperm and also the quality of sperm. Plus it helps with your thyroid, which is directly linked to your libido. Maca can help nourish the adrenals and keep hormones level, which is essential for a healthy libido. Maca is a turnip-like root vegetable that has been used for centuries by Peruvians to help increase fertility and libido. Maca is an adaptogen, and what an adaptogen does is it increases your body’s resistance to stress, naturally balancing hormones. Remember, libido starts in the grocery store. To expand on what you’ve just learned about the connection between libido and nutrition, check out the supplemental material, including recipes, on this page.