11 All Natural Hacks For Men to Boost Libido, Mood, and Energy
Do you feel like you may have lost a step - in the gym, at work, or in the bedroom? Be it energy, mood or libido, sometimes we all need a little boost.
When you're 18, you feel like Superman, but the cold hard facts tell us our body's change as we get older. Total testosterone decreases by approximately 30% in healthy men ages 25-75. Even more concerning, free testosterone levels decline much more significantly, with 50% drops the average.
Between decreased levels of free testosterone, increased stress from work and family life and being pulled in about 20 different directions - being a middle aged guy can be tough! Fear Not Guys, Nature To The Rescue!
The beginning of this post was so depressing that I think my testosterone levels just dropped another 10%! Enough of that, let's switch gears and get to the good news. There are plenty of ways to naturally increase your testosterone, mood, energy and libido!
Here are 11 of our favorite All Natural Libido, Mood and Energy Hacks
That You Can Start Today...
1. Eat Healthy Fats
You've heard it a million times - fat is bad for you, cholesterol will increase your risk of heart attacks. There is just one problem...those statements are wrong! Current research shows endless health benefits from eating healthy fats such as fish oil, coconut oil, raw olive oil, grass-fed meat, butter from grass-fed milk, avocados and raw nuts.
Simply put, people who have a diet high in healthy fats and good cholesterol (HDL) have higher testosterone levels. This study found that getting less than 40% of your energy from fat resulted in a marked decrease in testosterone levels.
2. Cut Carbs and Sugar
Sorry guys, but that pizza is not doing anything to help your Libido. Just as healthy fats have been shown to increase testosterone levels, diets high in carbs and sugar have been shown to hurt testosterone levels. When you eat sugar or carbs you spike your insulin levels. When your insulin levels go up, your testosterone levels go down (study). You don't have to completely eliminate carbs and sugars, but the more you can scale back, the better for your libido!
3. Sleep More
Who says you can't sleep your troubles away? Studies show that sleeping 8 hours a night as compared to just 5-6 hours can cause a significant rise in testosterone levels. In fact, this study showed that guys who slept for 8 hours had double the testosterone levels compared to guys who slept just 4 hours.
4. Stress Less
This goes hand-in-hand with Sleeping more, but it is much easier said than done. I'll admit it, this is a challenging one for me. Just that stress can lead to a marked reduction in testosterone levels can stress me out. Oh no, I think I just felt my testosterone levels drop again.
When we are stressed our body releases cortisol. The problem is, cortisol actually blocks the effects of testosterone, creating a situation where we may have available testosterone but it is not active.
To reduce stress you can try meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques. You can also go with a Magnesium supplement as magnesium has been shown to drastically reduce stress levels AND help you sleep better, which in turn will help increase the amount of testosterone in your body.
5. Adapt With Adaptogens
Our body is not like a leased car, we don't get to trade it in every 3 years for a new model! Over the course of a lifetime our body experiences plenty of stress and "wear and tear", so we need to help our body adjust and adapt to stress and change. Luckily, there is a class of herbs called Adaptogen Herbs. These herbs safely allow our body to adapt to stress and recover. Adaptogens such as Rhodiola Rosea and Cordyceps Sinensis have been shown to increase energy levels, elevate mood and boost libido, all without side effects.
6. Increase Vitamins A, D, E and K2
Without boring you to sleep with too much science (although sleep does increase testosterone) - studies have found that certain key vitamins are necessary to have healthy energy levels, mood and libido. A diet rich in Vitamin A, D , E and K2 will result in higher testosterone levels, better mood and elevated energy levels.
By eating beef liver (or Desiccated Liver), fish oil and grass-fed butter you can easily work more of these key vitamins into your diet. A quick shortcut to easily getting these vitamins is to use the Green Pasture Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend.
7. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) For High Testosterone
Working out and exercise can absolutely help with testosterone and libido, especially if you do interval training. Studies show that the more fat we cary, the lower our testosterone levels. So, any exercise that decreases body fat will help, but interval training has even greater benefits. High intensity interval training (HIIT) has been shown to increase testosterone levels in numerous studies, while aerobic exercise has not been shown to have any significant impact on testosterone levels.
8. Detox For Libido- Rid Toxins From Your Body
We live in a toxic world. Scientists currently estimate that humans carry at least 700 toxic chemicals in our bodies that have not been studied. These toxins interfere with our hormones and neurotransmitters. You can be sleeping 8 hours a night, reducing stress and eating a healthy fat diet, but if toxins have compromised the ability of your body to function properly, you will still be tired, grumpy and lacking libido.
Herbal ingredients such as Turmeric and Milk Thistle (found in the Perfect Liver Detox Support) have been shown to help detox the liver and put you in the best possible position to feel your best.
9. Eat Your Veggies
Mom was right - eat your veggies! Not only are veggies good for your general health, they are also great for increasing libido and testosterone levels. Vegetables and in particular, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage contain substances called indoles. Indoles have been shown to remove bad estrogens from your body. In addition, vegetables support alkalinity, reduce inflammation, promote a lean body and are filled with nutrients - all of which can help boost testosterone levels.
Isn't food awesome? Not only does food taste delicious and provide us the nutrients we need to live, certain foods can also put you in the mood for some romance! Avocados, almonds, strawberries, and oysters are some of the foods that have been shown to increase libido. Find the food that does it for you...and eat more of it!
11. Plan for Unplanned Romance
This sounds like an oxymoron, but all the Dads out there know what I am talking about. It is nice to have spontaneous romantic moments... but it is hard to be spontaneous when you have kids. The solution? Have a date night, have the kids go over to grandma's - give yourself the opportunity to be romantic with your partner. You may think you are "never in the mood anymore", but it might just be that having a house full of kids is keeping you from getting there. Give yourself the mere opportunity to be romantic and you'll be surprised!
Pick at least 4 or 5 hacks off this list and start doing them today. The hardest part is just getting started. Once you start to see your Libido, Mood and Energy pickup, you will happily come back and do the rest of the hacks!
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