How Do You Boost Female Libido, Plus Tips on How to Get Rid of Acid Reflux : Exclusive Renegade Health Q & A

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Maca is considered a “hot” plant. I’ll let you figure out why…

Alright, question time!

I have a bunch of them from the last week or so for you, so let’s not waste any time.

This could end up being 3000-4000 words pretty quick, so I think I’ll handle some today and some more tomorrow.

In this post, I cover topics such as boosting female libido, boosting female libido after 65, and how to improve acid reflux.

Let’s get going…

Erica feels slighted that I didn’t talk about female libido…

“I saw the title of this article and thought it pertained to both genders, but apparently not: You only address low male libido, and never even sought the advice of experts on low female libido to at least balance out the article. Where is the interest in the other half of your readership, and why aren’t you asking experts anything about us?”

(This was in reference to this article on boosting libido here.)

Erica! Chill out, my friend!

We’ll get to you too. 🙂

The good news is that libido issues can be handled in just the same way for women and men.

Cut the stress, exercise, take herbs like wild yam and maca, and consider natural hormone replacement therapy — if the others don’t work.

Testosterone is the main hormone that drives libido, so there’s no difference between men or women in this case — increasing it will increase sex drive.

One other thing that women also need to consider is their thyroid function. It’s not directly related to sex drive, but it is related to metabolism. If your thyroid is sluggish, you will be sluggish — and if that’s the case, you won’t want to have sex.

This is the same fact for men too, but they don’t seem to have the same incidence of thyroid issues women have (though this may be due to less testing.)

Most women over 35 or so, would benefit by getting their thyroid tested once a year or so to monitor it. You can start with TSH levels if you’re not experiencing any symptoms of low thyroid, but if you are, you might want to delve deeper into TSH, T-3 and T-4 testing.

Josephine wants to know if increasing libido over 65 is any different?

Do you have any advice for raising the libido of women 65 and over? Anything would be helpful. Thank you in advance. – Josephine

It’s going to be just about the same, Josephine.

But, I would look more closely into natural hormone replacement therapy since we do produce less hormone as we age. Your body may not be able to make the amount of sex hormones you need naturally or even with the help of herbs or exercise as you get older. (This means that you still do have to exercise though — regardless of it’s libido increasing benefits.)

So, the answer is the same, just a little more weighted to natural medical assistance.

Here’s a great video you can watch that is a testimony of a woman who Dr. David Brownstein helped using natural hormone therapies — you can also see the mini debate at the end with a very stiff and incorrect doctor.

dr david brownstein

(Click the image above and you’ll be taken to his page to watch it!)

Gail has wicked acid reflux…

Hi Kevin,
I’m a newbie to your site and I have purchased a few items from your store, but I was wondering if you have any suggestions for me regarding acid reflux. I was on a PPI for a long time and went off after reading that your body does need acid to properly digest food. I’ve tried probiotics, enzymes, licorice and marshmallow with little luck. It doesn’t seem to matter what I eat, I still get the acid reflux and I’m exhausted, probably because I’m not eating a lot because I’m afraid of the outcome. I was almost ready to start taking the drugs again because I can’t live like this. Do you have any suggestions or could you point me in the right direction? I basically feel terrible all the time, no energy. Thanks Gail

Sounds pretty miserable, Gail…

Let me see if I can point you in the right direction.

First, I’d work through this situation with a doctor because it may be something more serious than acid reflux. This is first and foremost.

Second, you’d need to look at your diet.

Are you eating a vegan diet? A raw diet? A paleo type diet?

If you’re eating a raw diet or a vegan, you may have dampened your digestion too much. That basically means that the fire in your stomach has been put out. There’s not a lot of acid being produced. This actually can be the cause of the reflux.

Acid reflux is not due to too much acid as some people think, it’s due to too little. So damp digestion may be the culprit.

If you’re eating a paleo diet, you may just naturally have low acid in your stomach.

I see you mentioned enzymes and other herbs, but the next step is to consider HCL supplements. These might help bring everything back into balance.

Third, I’d want to know if you’re eating anything — too much of it, or just enough — that could cause irritation in your gut or stomach. While this doesn’t directly cause reflux, it could cause inability to absorb (or break down) minerals and amino acids that are used to produce your stomach acid (among many other things.)

So if you’re gut is inflamed, then you’ll going to have to remove some of these irritating foods from your diet to see if that can stop the irritation. The biggest culprits are soy, dairy, nuts, seeds, and wheat.

Finally, since it’s possible your acid is low, I’d check with your doctor and see if he or she will order an h-pylori test and possibly a stool analysis test (CSA.)

If your stomach acid is low, there is a chance that potentially negative bacteria can survive in the stomach (h-pylori) or that they can slip past your stomach and start to colonize in your gut. H-pylori has been implicated in cases of stomach ulcers and stomach cancer, and bad bacteria in the gut can help promote unwanted inflammation.

So addressing this issue at all levels and getting tested to see if there is a more systemic issue will likely get you the best results in the long run.

I wish you luck and let us know how it goes.

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. TSH is entirely inadequate, as is T4 & T3; what you want are Free T3 & Free T4 testing, plus testing for Hashimoto’s, as this is the most common occurence, plus RT3 (Reverse T3) because it can bind the receptors for T3, especially if you are under a lot of negative stress, which is the active hormone. T4 is a storage hormone, and we must convert T4 into T3, so if you have a conversion problem, you will need to take T3 until you can reverse that. You need to find out why you have a conversion issue, also, so you need a doctor who is well versed in thyroid issues.

  2. Lisa says:

    I appreciate your hints here and certainly think that rebalancing oneself with herbs, nutrition, activity, acupuncture and bio identical hormones are all good. At the same time, I could barely listen to Dr Brownstein’s video. The ways that we pathologize menopause in our society are really nuts. I know many women suffer during the transition, and I firmly believe that suffering should be eased. But menopause is not a pathology, any more than menarche is. It is a normal life transition, like menarche. Comparing it to cancer? Oy veh!

    Once I did some research and found that the symptoms and perception of menopause vary greatly across the globe. Certainly this is in part due to diet and activity and also partly due to whether or not women have greater or less status and freedom as they age. I think one could easily argue that in many ways women in our society are less valued as we age. Thus the immense drive and market towards staying youthful… or at least appearing youthful regardless of underlying health and vitality.

    By the way, I am menopausal. So far, I’ve been lucky and it hasn’t been a big deal. It seems to be a bigger deal to others who recoil and act shocked that I could be that old (is this flattery?) and (presumably) dried up. One day I’ll get the nerve to tell them that aging and menopause are not contagious but they are inevitable if you are lucky enough to be female and to not have your visit on this lovely blue marble cut short. Eliminating menopause should not be a goal. The goal should be eliminating imbalances in all the ways they can manifest… at all ages.

  3. Isabella says:

    This is for Gail, and acid reflux. Yes, certainly get this checked out thoroughly first. My mother recently passed away from late-stage ovarian cancer: symptoms? digestive and acid reflux problems. Get yourself checked out, please.

  4. Barb C says:

    Also to Gail: I had a recent bout with acid reflux symptoms, but as an after-effect of an awful stomach virus. It took me 3 months to heal and recover. I, like you, was afraid to eat for fear of the terrible consequences. I was becoming worse instead of better, so I knew I had to force myself to eat more to gain strength.

    What helped me was several things – 1) eating gluten-free, 2) following food combining principles, and 3) avoiding all the common stomach irritants that Kevin mentions, plus all spices, coffee, chocolate, nuts (except almonds), and anything else that seemed to be a trigger. If I meticulously followed food combining, I did much better, and was able to eat more, gain strength and heal. Good luck to you and all acid reflux sufferers.

  5. Patricia says:

    well Kevin, you opened a can of worms!!! First of all I will say that Dr. Brownstein is spot on! Dr. Jennifer Ashton has some of her facts wrong. To compare bio-identical hormones with cocaine is a disservice to women. Bio-identical does not mean just that they are natural it means that the hormones have the same molecule structure as the ones our body produce (this is done in the lab). We do not produce cocaine!!!
    Also, progesterone and progestins are very different. Progestins do not have the same molecule structure as the bio-identical progesterone that our body produces. This is a big deal and makes a big difference. The reason there is so much controversy is because the drug companies can not patent bio-identical hormones and therefore can not make big money on them. It is important to see a doctor and get tested for these hormones so that you are not taking too many or too little. I am 68 years old and had a very rough time with menopause (I will save you the drama and not go into what I went through) I thought the rest of my life was doomed until at 60 years old I discovered bio-identical progesterone and it totally changed my life for the better. I have been taking it since then. It worked up to a point but to recover totally I had to change my diet and became totally vegan three years ago. I can honestly say that I feel better now and am more healthy than when I was 40 years old.
    The most help I got was from Dr. Lee and you can learn more about it at
    OH, and about the sex life. All I can say is that if it was good before (with your significant other) menopause it will be good after menopause (with the help of the hormones. They are wonderful!!!

  6. One for All says:

    My 2 cents worth and GREAT SUCCESS to help REMEDY “NATURALLY”:




    First how to cure ACID REFLUX:

    Try to drink 1 whole lemon squeezed into hot water every morning 1st drink you have of the day. This gives you an alkaline PH system. Flushes out your organs too.

    Avoid spicy foods, coffee, chocolate, strong teas and too sugary stuff. DAIRY, Too much red meat, Fried foods, Also carbs in a bag, ie chips, crackers etc. Those foods can irritate and cause acid reflux.

    You can mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 8 oz of water – stops the burn fast. You can have up to 3 tablespoons a day.

    Try one tablespoon of raw honey (if you are not diabetic)

    For immediate relief of acid reflux is a tablespoon (or 2) of apple cider vinegar in organic apple juice. OR eat an organic apple. I know all about the burning feeling in the throat and this has been my favorite natural and inexpensive remedies that have worked for me.

    Also 1/2 a teaspoon of organic wheatgrass powder mixed in with organic apple juice in the morning helps to alkalize the whole system AND give you energy! AND it pulls toxins out of your system. Cleans your blood.. the benefits of wheatgrass (which I take in powdered organic form) are endless but it sure helps with acid reflux issues.

    Aloe Vera gel is a fantastic soothing and healing all natural remedy for any kind of stomach irritation or inflammation.

    You can get ALL of these ingredients at WHOLE FOODS for very little money – all natural and EXTREMELY effective!

    Do not be shy to drink 1 glass of red wine a day. For whatever reason this does not give me acid reflux at all. I don’t like alcohol at all except a brown cow or a glass of wine once in a BLUE MOON LOL!


    HORMONE solution:

    Try this NATURAL Hormone cream….

    It is called Natural Enhancement Cream

    From the company NCP or Natural Choice Products

    I am 42 and I am having hormone issues but this works for balancing out hormones for me…

    The ingredients are: distilled water, herbs including WILD YAM, Progesterone, Chasteberry, Saw Palmetto, Comfrey, Pregnenolone, Dong Quai, Licorice Root, False Unicorn, Black Cohosh, MINERAL + TRACE MINERALS Organic Sulfur, OILS: Almond, Rose petals, vit E, tocotrinols, vit C, in enzymes anti-fungal blend.

    You apply a small amount of the cream on your abdomen for 21 days, or under your breast then stop applying when you have your period and repeat.

    BAR NONE these are the MOST OPTIMUM formula of ingredients for topical NATURAL ORGANIC hormone balancing. Please do not trust me, do the research and try for yourself.

    I am not a doctor I am just a person willing to share WHAT WORKS and what is natural for others to try for themselves.

    Sharing is caring 🙂

  7. Kelley says:

    I like maca, damiana, oatstraw, and schisandra for female libido enhancement.

  8. suz says:

    When I started having hot flashes, I changed my diet from raw/cooked vegetarian, to raw vegan and the hot flashes disappeared.

    Libido can be restored by soaking almonds for 3 days and chewing them well, first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything else. Eat one almond for every 10 lbs. of desired weight. It will also set your stomach for better digestion of proteins. Hormones can be balanced by mixing one tbs. carob, one tbs. grade B maple syrup and one tbs. tamarind. Eat this mixture after the almonds.

    For dry vagina, rub jojoba oil all around the area, inside/outside and enjoy 😉

  9. Rob T says:

    My acid reflux was cured when I gave up coffee!

  10. suz says:

    correction: one tsp. tamarind, maple syrup and carob

  11. PJ says:

    I went through menopause and dried up. I found that coconut oil is awesome. Rub it all over and have a great time!

  12. jackie says:

    I used to think the bioidentical hormones were OK, until I heard Dr. Theresa Dale do a lecture on them. That changed my mind fast! She may have info. about them on her website…not sure.
    Regarding acid reflux, Digestzen essential oil blend from doTerra works great and is good for other things as well.

  13. LynnCS says:

    Your other article didn’t bother me because I thought you were talking to all of us. Also because although I went through a hysterectomy and menopause, I am ok. I had some problems for a while in my early 50s, but took some hormones for a while and it passed. Much of being a sexual woman is getting past a lot of the old ideas of who and what we are supposed to be. For those who have some problems around menopause, don’t hesitate to take the hormones. Natural is always best. I had such horrible periods that I wouldn’t go back for any amount of temporary problems during a few years of menopause.

  14. Jayvanthy says:

    I am a regular reader based in India & have bought stuff from your store. My acid reflux problem started fairly late in life. My sister who is a physiotherapist says its because my abs are very loose. I tried getting them in order , but the problem had arisen @ hydrominose twin birth decades ago. The doctor did not advise any exercise & I was too young & a busy working woman with a family to look after

    This is for Gail
    I have dealt with my acid reflux problem by having a glass of warm water with about 27 drops of lemon first thing in the morning generally well before sunrise. After morning abulitions I do some Meditation and Yoga, both Asanas & Pranayam. I start my breakfast with a bowl of Papaya before I take other stuff. I am a vegetarian by birth & have continued as one. The only other changes I have introduced are, I avoid fried stuff, bakery stuff like bread biscuits (refined flour stuff). I eat more fruits & salads. I eat unpolished rice for lunch.I have reduced the quantum of my 3 large meals, & follow the Yogic principle of ” fill 1/2 of the stomach with food , 1/4 with water & i/4 for Vayu or air. These are anyway neccessary once you are a Senior citizen , so its good for me.I take buttermilk ( Yoghurt drink) after my lunch religiously. I eat a light dinner at least 2hours before bedtime.

    I take my coffee, my chocolate milk, etc.. in other words.. all the things I love to eat. I am OK …Touch wood.I hope iit can be of some use to you.

    I have a question for you Kevin. Is it possible to do something about my abs after thirty odd years of very loose abs. Please guide.

  15. Nadine says:

    Acid reflux remedy – Natural Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the “mother”. Works to treat the symptoms almost immediately.

    Why and how does eating vegan lower stomach acid?

    Just wondering because I’ve had low stomach acid since I was a child and found your suggestion of HCL pretty much cured it (you mentioned it several months ago).

    I still eat a healthful vegan diet now and find I like to take HCL before I eat any grains (I stick with whole grains) – seems to work wonders! Otherwise do not need it with veggies, fruits or legumes and I don’t eat much grain.

  16. Maggie says:

    Two years ago I was diagnosed with multiple ulcers and a stomach full of edema. I was positive with the h pylori. I cured myself with New Zealand manuka honey with a umf of 16 plus percent ( anything higher would be even better) organic apple cider vinegar, drinking water that has apparrently been blessed by the madonna (I live in Italy) and doing some energy work. Much to the doctor’s shock, dismay unbelief etc within six months I had no more ulcers or h pylori. The body is made to heal when given what nature has made for us to do so. Have faith.

  17. Denise B says:

    I suffered from low acid-acid reflux as well. I changed my diet due to other symptoms and found my acid was helped greatly once I removed wheat. I do not suffer at all from reflux but still take HCL to help with the low acid when eating larger portions of food (with grains/protein). My diet is pretty much vegetarian with no dairy, soy or wheat and very little sugar. I feel so much better now!

  18. Brenda says:

    Maca, Maca, Maca. Good stuff. 😀

  19. Gail says:

    Bless you and all the people that responded with suggestions to my problems with acid reflux. Thank you so much!

  20. dolores says:

    Wheat grass juice helps the stomach.

    Though I am not a vegan, and follow Weston Price
    food plan, I am a big juicer.

    Use it for the jack russells, too.

  21. Susan` says:

    My acid reflux completely disappeared when I switched to a raw vegan diet. Four years later I am still following the raw vegan diet and have never had digestive problems since. I understand that a simple glass of warm water is said to help acid reflux as well, though I have not had the need to try it myself.

    As for the libido issue, I have yet to find something to help. I have changed my diet, exercise, and take thyroid medication, all to no avail. I will try some of the suggestions above in hopes of recapturing that spark.

  22. Kathy says:

    In most cases it would more correctly be called LOW-acid reflux. HCL or organic apple cider vinegar are quick and easy.
    Orange (juice or whole) and tomato will neutralize stomach acid so eaten with proteins will interfere with digestion.
    I have always had great success with “George’s Aloe” for healing of the digestive tract. I’ve used it with people and animals.
    And the glass of water with lemon taken first thing in the morning is just good for everyone and to make it even better wash down a TB of ExVirgin Olive oil with the lemon water. Your liver will love you for it.

  23. Joanne says:

    Hey Gail,
    I’ve read in sister websites (to this one) that a red delicious apple at bedtime will alleviate of acid reflux. Any apple will do, but a red delicious has the highest amount of fiber. This works if you (maybe) have too much stomach acid. Perhaps that’s why the problem won’t go away (if you’re treating for too little when maybe you have too much stomach acid after not taking acid blocking chemicals). I know it to be true….it worked for me. This is a good time to mention that we’re all different….as the article said. I just wanted to offer you a simple solution that works, if you have TOO MUCH stomach acid. (Hey, I’d try it if all else failed!)

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