The Adrenal Libido Connection
Like a butterfly sitting on a flower, adrenal glands rest on the upper part of each kidney, regulating the body’s hormones, including cortisol, a stress hormone. Stress is an underlying factor in adrenal fatigue but did you know that it can cause havoc on the body’s sex hormones? A low libido often occurs when the physical effects of age and anxiety cause a reduction in sex hormone production. Libido loss is directly related to lower testosterone levels, which may happen when the body shuts down production. Continuous stress from emotional upheaval, toxins, or viruses can often be the culprit. The good news is that you can rehab the adrenal gland and recover the desire to get your sexy on!
If you suffer from adrenal fatigue, vigorous exercise will make you feel worse than usual. High-endurance workouts, such as running, drain energy. When a body is already low on hormones, it won’t support strenuous activities. Try switching to low-impact exercises, such as walking, yoga, or tai chi. These activities help alleviate stress and reduce the negative impact on your adrenal glands. Plus, exercise increases testosterone, boosting the libido.
Some naturopathic doctors recommend four daily meals consisting of fiber, fat, carbon, and protein to promote healthy adrenal gland functionality. It is suggested to start your day with a high-protein/fat meal in the morning. This can help with blood sugar levels, cortisol and fat burning. Paying attention to how certain foods make you feel is an important part in feeling vital and energetic, which will play a role in how you respond when your partner makes a move.
Discuss therapeutic options with a medical professional or a qualified naturopath. Natural remedies may help reduce stress, improving hormone balance. For instance, magnesium relaxes nerves to help you sleep. Ginseng regulates cortisol and enhances the sex drive. Calm the brain with passion flower and never underestimate the power of a good sleep, providing your body with the support to rest and recover. This will ultimately effect your mood and desire.
Balancing hormone levels to improve the way your adrenal glands function is vital for your body’s sexual health. By following these three simple steps above and remembering to communicate your needs to your partner can often stimulate that passion that can easily get lost.