Low Libido = Reduced Sex Drive
Low libido is a decreased interest in sexual activity. Many men have experienced it but nobody likes to admit it. Boys grow up hearing “real men are always in the mood” and try to live up to this image of a man. Believe it or not, not all men want sex on tap. Many guys experience low sex drive for different reasons such as aging, lifestyle, medical conditions.
Luckily, nowadays there are many natural ways to increase libido in men. Read on and I will tell you how.
What causes low libido?
It’s normal to lose interest in sex from time to time, and libido levels vary throughout life. However, low libido for a long period of time should cause a serious concern. It can be an indicator of a dangerous health condition.
Men’s sexuality is a complicated animal and our sex drive can be affected by physical or psychological reasons. Sometimes both at the same time.
- low testosterone levels– by far the most common
- prescription medicines
- physical activity (too little or too much)
- alcohol and drug use
- problems in your relationship
Why Is Low T Dangerous For Men?
Testosterone is the key male sex hormone produced in men’s testicles and is responsible for building muscles and bone mass. It gives you energy, strength, and defines many male features like body hair and self-confidence. In a man’s lifetime, his testosterone levels are at their highest in his late teens, after which they slowly begin to decline.
Low testosterone is a serious problem for many men – affecting at least 13.8 million men globally in the US.
Low T is a real bummer. Men suffering from low testosterone levels can experience many problems decreasing their quality of their life.
Typical symptoms include:
- low sex drive
- difficulty with erection
- hair loss
- increased body fat (sometimes with male breasts = gynecomastia)
- loss of muscle
But low T is not just low sex drive or feeling tired. Testosterone deficiency leads to higher rates of heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and breaking of bones.
Low testosterone has also shown to increase man’s chance of death. One study tracked 800 men for 50 years and showed that the group with the lowest testosterone levels had a 33% greater chance of death from all causes than the group with the highest testosterone levels. In another study men with low testosterone had almost 90% higher mortality levels than men with normal T.
There is also a syndrome called IMS for Irritable Male Syndrome including emotional withdrawal, lack of motivation, aggression, personality changes, and anxiety. It can also present as self-destructive behaviors like gambling, alcoholism, workaholism.
If you are experiencing more than one of the symptoms you should see your doctor who can help you address the root cause of the problem. If you don’t want to see a doctor, you can order testosterone tests online. It’s easy and I personally test my T levels at least twice a year.
Causes Of Low T
The most common cause why our testosterone is declining is aging – T levels start dropping by approximately 1% every year after a man reaches 30.
About 4 out of 10 men over age 45 have low testosterone. Insufficient T levels are becoming a problem of younger men. In the past I used to receive emails mostly from men in their 50s seeking help about problems with their sex drive or erectile dysfunctions. Since some time, I see more and more men in their 40s, or even 30s struggling with these issues.
The second most important reason for T levels to drop is lifestyle with way too little physical activity, and way too much unhealthy food and alcohol.
Lastly, certain medications (e.g. blood pressure, chemotherapy, antidepressants) or treatments (e.g. radiation) can lower testosterone levels, which in turn may lead to low libido.
5 Tips To Increase Libido In Men
I have personally struggled for almost 6 years with low libido. These were tight times for me and my marriage but finally I manage to overcome it by boosting my T back to healthy levels using ONLY natural methods. In the process I learned a lot helped many men at different age.
Boosting your T is be the most powerful tool in regaining your sex drive. Good news is boosting your T naturally comes with a bonus – you will improve your self-confidence and looks (lower body fat and more muscles)
1. Get enough sleep and reduce stress
Surviving on only a few hours may sound macho, but can actually cause damage to your body as you are preventing your system from producing testosterone. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night to produce enough T and replenish energy.
Getting the proper amount of sleep will significantly increase your T and libido. There are many ways to sleep better at night such as following a sleep schedule, removing the phone or computer from the bedroom, and keeping your room cool and dark.
Stress is a major driver of low T and a libido killer. When you are stressed, your body is in the survival fight or flight mode. Potential threat = no sex drive.
Prolonged stress causes Erectile Dysfunction. Your arteries narrow in times of stress and this narrowing restricts blood flow which causes ED.
Solution: breathe, meditate, do yoga or exercise. I am personally a big fan of Ashwagandha – a great natural T booster used by ancient Indian as a traditional herbal medicine for sexual dysfunction and infertility. It also reduces stress and improves sleep. Take 300–500 mg of a root extract with meals.
2. Eat Nutritious Diet
Fruit and vegetables increase blood flow and enhance sex drive:
- onions and garlic – will boost your blood circulation
- bananas – rich in potassium and will lower your blood pressure
- chilies and peppers – spicy foods help blood flow by reducing hypertension and inflammation
Meats and natural fats improve blood flow and increase T levels:
- omega-3 fatty acids – will boost your T and improve blood flow. Can be found in salmon, tuna, avocados, and olive oil
- vitamin B-1 – signals in your nervous system will move quicker (also from your brain to your penis). Can be found in pork, peanuts, and kidney beans
- eggs – balance your hormone levels, decrease stress for higher libido and better sex
- vitamin D – powerful T booster. Take supplements or get 15 minutes of direct sunshine per day
Go easy on alcohol – it increases metabolism and elimination of testosterone from your bloodstream. It also slows down T production. Cutting back on drinking will increase your libido in no time.
3. Use Natural Testosterone Boosters
Natural Testosterone Boosters help your body increase libido, make testosterone, and cure Erectile Dysfunction.
Testosterone boosters are natural supplements that increase your T levels. Best low T supplements work by directly increasing testosterone or by preventing testosterone from being converted into estrogen (female hormone).
You may be asking what is the difference between T boosters and anabolic steroids. The goal is the same- more testosterone – but there’s a key difference between these two. With steroids, you are putting more testosterone into your body from an outside source. With boosters, you’re making your body produce more testosterone on its own.
The advantage of T boosters is they won’t boost your testosterone beyond your healthy, normal balance. They act like restorers —bringing low T back to that healthy levels and rather than boosting them you above the norm.
The most powerful supplements include D-Aspartic Acid, Tribulus Terrestris, Ashwagandha, Fenugreek.
4. Stay Active
You CAN very effectively increase your libido and testosterone with workout. Staying active and lifting weights naturally increases and maintains your T at healthy levels.
It’s simple – research shows that lifting works wonders on T levels because:
- it builds muscle: the more muscle you have, the higher your testosterone
- it lowers your body fat: less body fat = more testosterone
Be sure to work large muscle groups. Studies show that increasing the weight load on the big muscle groups (hips and quads) boosts short-term testosterone production.
Probably the biggest benefit of weight workout is you will feel and look better, stronger, and carry yourself in a more confident manner.
Workout will also boost your immune system which will make you get sick less.
Cardio exercise such as running, swimming or biking can do wonders to boosting your T and libido but be careful though with continual long distance marathon style exercise. If you like cardio, do short and intensive sessions. The stress from consistent high intensity exercise as well as endurance training will reduce your T levels.
5. Have sex
You may not desire sex because you don’t have enough of it. Having sex creates a virtuous cycle – you have sex, it drives up the testosterone system and makes you want to have more sex. The more sex you have the more sex you will want.
Sex is great cardio that will boost your libido, testosterone, and get your heart rate up.
TRT or Natural Methods
While some people choose hormone replacement therapy (TRT) I strongly advise against it unless it’s absolutely necessary. There are several dangerous potential side effects such as cardiac arrest or stroke. Natural methods are powerful enough to increase libido and testosterone in men
Increase Your Libido Today – putting it all together
Many men struggle with low libido (sex drive). Low testosterone levels are the cause for the majority of them. Although our T levels decline over time and because of modern lifestyle, there are many natural ways of boosting your T and libido.
If you suspect your testosterone level might be low based on the common symptoms follow simple tips outlined in this blog and you will soon see positive results.
I have personally overcome libido problems myself using ONLY natural methods. They include changing my diet, using natural testosterone boosters, staying active, and getting enough rest.
If you have any questions I didn’t answer in this article, please post them below. And as always, I would be very interested in your experiences in using the outlined method in fighting off low T and low libido. Please leave your comments below the blog.
All the best,