You know it’s not good for you, but it’s not great for your relationship, either.
Not to kill your vibe, but it turns out sugar is killing the vibe, when it comes to your libido, that is.
As we all know, the addictive substance is pretty much the Voldemort of all additives, but that lethargic feeling you get after a romantic dinner out? It could be the elaborate, mouth-watering, like-garnering dessert you devoured. Yeah, it exploded on Instagram, but might’ve caused the after party to fall a little… flat.
And, according to accredited practicing dietician, Robbie Clark, this is because “high levels of sugar in your bloodstream can turn off the gene that controls your sex hormones.”
It’s science, you guys.
“The simple sugars, glucose and fructose, are metabolised in your liver, with any excess stored as fat.
“Excess fat development deactivates your SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) gene, which causes your levels of SHBG protein to drop significantly. And it’s this protein that actually controls the level of your sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen,” says Clark.
So, not great. But – and now is time to click out if you’d like to continue a life of blissful ignorance – it’s not just saccharine sweets you need to be wary of, when it comes to your libido.
Some of these foods, according to Clark, include:
• Alcohol, which can result in erectile dysfunction.
• Foods that contain added hormones and antibiotics such as some red meats and chicken can disrupt hormone balance.
• Processed and refined carbohydrates can affect your sex drive, because of their sugar content.
• Soy bean products, which, eaten in excess can lead to a reduction in testosterone levels because of their phytoestrogens.
• Fried foods and foods high in trans-fats, because these can cause weight gain, which can lead to hormone imbalances.
But it’s not all bad news. These foods that have been proven to help things along.
“It won’t happen overnight,” says Clark. “But regular consumption of these foods might help spice things up in the bedroom.”
• Almonds and walnuts
Robbie Clark is a Sydney-based Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist.
September 16, 201612:31pm