It's really no surprise that "libido boosting" is one of the most googled terms, and there is no shortage up supplements claiming to help. With Valentine's Day around the corner, now is the perfect time to have 'that' chat!
What is libido
Libido essentially means “sex drive”, and when sex drive goes down, most people don’t know exactly why.
Many people experienced lower sex drive with age, and this can be a result of a number of different things, most commonly the simple fact that change comes with age.
Over time, the body’s production of key sex hormones such as testosterone declines (yes, in both men and women!).
For women, this is a result of their ovaries becoming less active around the time of menopause, and the swift drop in hormone levels that follow it.
For men, the typical decrease in sex drive and with it, testosterone levels also comes with age, but more gradually. Starting at age 40, it is common for men to start seeing a nominal drop in testosterone, that averages just over 1% per year, making it not uncommon for men in their 60s and 70s to see much reduced levels of testosterone. There is a range of symptoms that men can experience if testosterone drops more than is healthy, but most likely not much will change in their day to day life, with the exception of a decreased sex drive.
Enough small talk, show me the money!
Whilst there are several reasons behind low libido, many of them are connected to inadequate magnesium levels.
HORMONES: The mineral, magnesium, works by stopping testosterone in its tracks on its way to latch onto other proteins in the body. This allows for more testosterone to enter the bloodstream, strengthening sex drive.
SLEEP: There is also evidence to support the claim that insufficient sleep can lead to a drop in sex drive for both men and women. And this makes intuitive sense. For people of all ages, exhaustion kills libido — even in your prime.
STRESS: Chronic stress, ongoing stress over an extended period of time, can affect testosterone production, resulting in a decline in sex drive or libido, and can even cause erectile dysfunction or impotence.
ANXIETY: The most ubiquitous effect of anxiety on your sex life is a lowered libido, according to Abby Altman, a New York-based psychiatrist. Higher levels of cortisol are associated with anxiety and stress emotions, and high cortisol can suppress sex hormones that impact desire.
And guess what, inadequate magnesium levels is linked to every single one of the above!
CONCEPTION AND BEYOND
Beyond simply helping to boost libido, magnesium continues to support families-to-be with conception and fertility.
Not only does proper magnesium intake promote the right amount of blood flow to the uterus, but it also plays an integral role in the production of progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone important to a healthy menstrual cycle, and in turn, a healthy pregnancy. After you have conceived, magnesium can help prevent some birth defects, premature birth, and decrease the possibility of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
In the context of your sexual health, magnesium is essential not only for better sleep, but for maintaining a healthy sex drive. So to stay healthy both in and out of the bedroom, get your spray on.
Have fun and stay safe this Valentine’s Day!