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.
(Click the image above and you’ll be taken to his page to watch it!)
Gail has wicked acid reflux…
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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