Get Your Sex Drive Back!

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Having low sex drive or poor sexual response can damage not only your full experience of life but also your relationship, as sex is a part of bonding with your partner.

There are lots of reasons that you can have low sex drive, including:

Stress, exhaustion, bloating, body image issues, depression, unresolved conflict with your partner, distraction, worries about fertility, worries about your own or your partner's sexual performance, medications like birth control or anti-depressants, headaches or pain.

In this article, I'll focus mainly on the hormonal aspect of healthy sex drive.

A term I learned while researching this article is SIAD or Sex Interest/ Arousal Disorder. I think this acronym portrays the spectrum of what goes on both with a lack of interest in sex and an inability to become aroused and orgasmic during sex.

This research study describes that there are three parts to sexual experience: desire, arousal, and orgasm. I'll explain each stage and also how hormone imbalance can come into play to disrupt each stage.

Stages of Sex Drive

Desire

Sexual experience usually starts with thoughts and fantasies about sex, although the article says that it's not always required for a successful sexual experience.

Hormonally speaking, if you have low levels of testosterone, you'll have less desire. Low thyroid hormone activity could also sap your desire.

Arousal

The next stage is arousal. When there is an initiation of the sexual stimulation does your arousal grow? Arousal is both physical and mental and, usually, both components need to come into play, with the physical arousal coming first and then the mental arousal deepens your interest.

Estrogen is an important hormone to keep your vagina and vulva lubricated. This lubrication increases during sex and without it sex can be uncomfortable and you’ll lose the desire to continue.

Orgasm

This arousal leads the body towards orgasm. According to Women’s Health magazine, “The big bang is the moment when the uterus, vagina, and anus contract simultaneously at 0.8-second intervals. A small orgasm may consist of three to five contractions; a biggie, 10 to 15.”

If you have a high level of cortisol due to chronic stress, it can sometimes be hard to move from your stressed-out state to a relaxed state of enjoying sex that leads to orgasm.

What to Do

As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of mental and physical factors that come into play for a healthy sex life. You may want to review the list at the start of the article and determine if health, work or communication challenges are getting in the way of your satisfying sex life.

If you want a great 'shortcut' to a better sex life, I recommend a product we carry called Libido Stim F, which can support all three stages of your sexual experience.

I tried this product last Spring. At the time, I certainly wasn't thinking about sex much and I did sometimes have a hard time to become aroused- which as you know is super frustrating! So I tried this product, Libido Stim F, without getting my hopes up too high.

I didn't really notice anything until I had been taking it a couple weeks. Then I noticed more desire and even fantasies of sex. I was really surprised! I found arousal and orgasm became much easier as well. I can definitely recommend Libido Stim F as being effective.

The mechanisms of action in Libido Stim F are:

  • Increase hormone production

  • Maintain hormone balance

  • Improve adrenal function

  • Increase blood flow both to the genitals and the brain (two sex centers!)

Libido Stim F is in a capsule form and one bottle taken at the recommended two capsules a day will last one month. It is important to take it daily for the effect, and please give it some time to kick in. Please see warnings and considerations below before purchasing.

This formula contains a synergistic blend of stimulating and balancing herbs, plus a very small dose of DHEA. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone that is a precursor to other sex hormones being produced.

I'll highlight one of Libido Stim F's eight herbal ingredients: Tribulus Terrestris.  Tribulus Terrestris is a thorny flowering plant also known as Puncture Vine.  It has been used medicinally in Ayurvedic and Chinese traditions for thousands of years. According to Herbwisdom.com, "the active ingredients in Tribulus Terrestris include saponins, lignin amides, flavonoids, alkaloids, and glycosides."

A small double-blinded, randomized study showed, "a significant improvement in the domains of desire, arousal/lubrication, pain, and anorgasmia in women who used T Terrestris, whereas no improvement was observed in the placebo group. Moreover, free and bioavailable testosterone levels showed a significant increase in the T Terrestris group."

Warnings and Considerations

  • Libido Stim F is not recommended if you have had breast cancer, as it take contains a very small amount of DHEA which is a precursor to estrogen.  

  • This product is not recommended in cases of dominant PCOS or hirsutism (excess hair growth). Note: I myself am on the PCOS spectrum and get acne very easily and I prefer to take this one capsule a day instead of two. I find the taking one a day still helps my sex drive and I avoid the extra testosterone (another hormone produced from DHEA) stimulating my skin cells too much.

  • This product is not vegetarian.

  • Always consult your primary care physician before starting a new regime, especially if you have a complex case.

  • It is dangerous to buy this product from an unknown vendor online.

  • This article is not meant to diagnose or treat disease and is not meant to replace your relationship with your primary care doctor.

Buy Libido Stim F at our shop.

Working on your sex drive and ability to arouse is not only something you do for yourself but for your relationship. You may be surprised at how much your relationship shifts overall when you are connecting well sexually again.

Here’s to your healthy, happy sex life!


Sources:  

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3474615/

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/sex-and-love/sex-ed-anatomy-of-an-orgasm

https://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-tribulus-terrestris.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27760089

 

Using Chinese Medicine for Hormone Balance with Dr. Eric Karchmer

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Dr. Eric Karchmer is a doctor of Chinese medicine and co-founder of DAO Labs. In this episode we talk about his clinical experience, the concept of Chinese medicine and how it applies to women's health, and Chinese formulas.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:20 Introduction to Dr. Eric Karchmer & his education
Min 07:50 Dao Labs & Chinese medicine
Min 11:25 The concepts of Chinese medicine for women's cycles
Min 19:20 Eating cold food
Min 21:45 Blood deficiency & Dao Labs' formulas
Min 29:10 Formulas for perimenopause & menopause
Min 36:50 Selling formulas directly to consumers
Min 43:10 Formulas for PMS
Min 44:40 Seeing & treating clients
Min 47:35 Sourcing for herbs & testing for purity

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Is Your Gut Messing Up Your Hormones?

Hormones can really drive you crazy.

 

You may feel you have zero no control over the headaches, bloating, exhaustion and moodiness that can come with hormonal shifts. 

You’re right; there is someone else in control of your hormones, and her name is bacteria.

There are trillions of bacteria in your gut (1) and they are busy either keeping your hormones in balance or helping your hormones fail you.

There is a lot happening in your gut.  My instructor, Reed Davis, used to say, “the gut is more like a party than a tube.” So let's learn a bit about the gut and how it's helping or harming your health as a woman.

 

What a Healthy Gut Party Looks Like

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  • Friendly bacteria are hanging out on healthy villi (the shag carpets that line the gut.)

  • Fresh, whole foods, including fats and fiber, are being served at the party, and your bacterial guests are loving the menu.  

  • They are snacking on your appetizers and living it up, and actually producing things like B vitamins and antioxidants as a result.  

  • They spill amino acids and fat globules onto the villi carpet, but those nutrients pass right through and your body manufactures healthy hormones out of them.

  • There are a few questionable characters at the party but the friendly bacteria are keeping an eye on them and will put them in check as needed (this is called quorum sensing.)  

  • Every morning the party room is swept clean and the guests are ready when new healthy food is served.

 

What an Unhealthy Gut Party Looks Like

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  • There are not many friendly bacteria in attendance, and instead, some thugs are dominating the show.
  • This seedy environment allows for bigger bad guys, like parasites, to feel comfortable to join in, and some low-level suck-ups by the name of Candida Albicans also take advantage.  

  • There are certainly no healthy snacks being served, and instead, the constant influx of sugar and processed foods is giving these bullies more strength.  

  • There are fewer nutrients being made, and less being absorbed because the poor shaggy carpet villi are all stepped on and flattened.  

  • The room is never swept and the rude guests never want to leave (constipation), unless the cops scare them out (diarrhea).

  • This sad situation allows toxins and estrogens to recirculate back into your body.  

  • The released toxins may be stored in your fat tissue to be dealt with later, and this increased fat tissue makes even more estrogen, leading to further imbalance.

  • With all this confusion, the brain does not know what hormones to make and ends up making less.  

Would you like a better idea of what's happening in your gut?

 

Take the first step with our free “Is a Gut Infection Causing My Hormonal Imbalance?" quiz below.

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(1)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4991899/

Epstein Barr Virus and Wildatarian Eating with Teri Cochrane

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Teri Cochrane is a certified Nutritionist and a thought leader in epigenetics and nutrigenomics who specializes in autoimmune conditions. Teri  will be sharing her groundbreaking findings as to why the Epstein Barr Virus has become an epidemic, how it can be reactivated in our bodies, how to test & treat it, its connection with other diseases and wildatarian eating.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:55 Introduction to Dr. Teri Cochrane
Min 04:50 Teri's introduction to Epstein Barr virus (EBV)
Min 10:00 Lyme disease and encapsulation
Min 12:30 What is Epstein Barr virus / Mononucleosis
Min 16:20 Wildatarian eating
Min 17:50 False positives for Lyme test
Min 20:10 Reactivating EBV
Min 27:15 Other diseases that can be connected to EBV
Min 31:15 Patterns in EBV
Min 33:30 Testing for EBV
Min 37:00 Why you have low cholesterol
Min 39:30 Treating EBV

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Getting the Most Out of Your Water Damage Insurance Claim with Ryan James

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It’s our final day of Mold Week and our guest today is Ryan James of Claims Max Adjusters who will help you get the most out of an insurance claim.

We’ll cover:

  • Why there are many inexperienced adjusters in the wake of a disaster
  • How your adjuster’s high workload, immediately following a disaster, could affect you
  • How to get to the front of the line with an adjuster
  • What is an independent adjuster and how could it benefit you?
  • Why the line items matter when getting paid for a claim
  • Your insurance policy options and how to pick the best plan

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If you’d like a nice all-in-one guide to Hurricane Clean Up and Mold, please see this blog on the page of our new friend Dr. Manisha Ghei. Dr. Manisha works as a functional medicine physician in Sugarland, TX and online.

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Ease Anxiety & Support Immunity In a Disaster with Mira Dessy

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Mira Dessy is the Ingredient Guru and a Houston area resident whose home was flooded in Hurricane Harvey. She is a practicing holistic nutritionist and meditation expert.

She’ll share both how she remediated her home and some of the emotional and physical health challenges she handled with nutrition, supplements and mindfulness.

We cover:

  • The DIY actions she is taking to restore her home
  • How a community can come together in a crisis
  • The symptoms she’s noticing right after the hurricane
  • The emotional toll of losing your possessions and your home
  • How even junky food, given with love, can be nourishing!
  • How to kick a sugar habit if you’ve relied on it through a disaster
  • The supplements Mira uses to stay healthy
  • How quick and simple meditations can help for sleep and stress

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Please enjoy these articles from our friends Trudy Scott from Every Woman Over 29 and Jodi Cohen of Vibrant Blue Oils:

Nutrition Solutions for Psychological Stress After a Natural Disaster

3 Steps to Combating Mold with Essential Oils

Essential Oils to Modulate the Toxic Effects of Mold

Tomorrow we’ll have our final day of Mold Week with Ryan James, teaching you how to get the most out of an insurance claim.  Home remediation can be quite costly; let Ryan keep you from get the short end of the stick from your insurance company.

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A Functional Physician's Approach to Mold with Dr. Jill Carnahan

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We’re back for day 5 of Mold Week, and my guest today is Dr. Jill Carnahan. Dr. Carnahan is an integrative and functional medical doctor practicing in Colorado. 

Jill and I cover:

  • Why you should not use bleach to clean up mold
  • What air filters she recommends
  • Her four step approach to healing
  • What other infections and chemical exposures she looks for
  • What natural and pharmaceutical medications she uses
  • How to test to see if you have mold and the genes that make you susceptible

Resources

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