When encountering predators in the wild, animals release adrenaline. This lends a rush of energy and provides heightened ability to either fight at an elevated level, or to flee at super speed. This obviously serves a purpose; enhanced chance of survival. Also a threat to survival is scarcity of nutrients. When food quantity declines, a stress response is triggered that will provide the animal greater energy and endurance to travel farther in search of greener grazing pastures, as well as stand a better chance at catching another animal as prey. But once adrenaline levels return to normal, another hormone, cortisol, becomes elevated. That's bad. High levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, lead directly to a loss in sexual interest. This makes sense: If predators are constantly on the prowl and food is scarce, then reproduction of the herd would be a liability to the group as a whole.
Well, humans aren't that different. Stress and the body's biological response to it is the number one reason for loss of sexual desire. And like our our animal counterparts, the lack of proper nutrition is a leading cause of sexual disinterest, as well as sexual dysfunction.
Following are foods that, if consumed at least five times per week, will insure that you'll have the nutrients you need to counteract stress, balance hormones, and boost your sex life.
Sometimes referred too as golden root, rhodiola is a plant that grows in cold regions of the world and is known to help balance hormones during times of stress, which, as mentioned, is necessary for peak sexual health and desire. Also, rhodiola reduces the amount of the hormone norepinephrine to be released, which in turn helps dilate blood vessels, directly resulting in more blood being pumped throughout the body with no extra strain on the heart. Improved circulation enhances and intensifies the sensation of touch, which consequently improves sexual pleasure. Commonly sold as a dried powder in North America, rhodiola is quite bitter, but can be easily disguised when mixed into a fruit smoothie.
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Brendan Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete, a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called VEGA, and the best-selling author of the Thrive book series. He is also the developer of the acclaimed ZoN Thrive Fitness program and the creator of the Thrive Foods Direct national meal delivery service. He also just launched 'Thrive Forward,' an online video series on wellness.
Recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on plant-based performance nutrition, Brendan works with NFL, MLB, NHL, UFC, PGA, Tour De France, and Olympic athletes and is a guest lecturer at Cornell University, where he presents an eCornell module entitled "The Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism."
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