An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases libido when consumed. Originally stemming from the Greek word aphrodisiakon meaning ‘pertaining to Aphrodite’, the Greek goddess of love. You see, aphrodisiacs and the human desire to boost libido have been around since the beginning of time. Many foods, drinks and even behaviors have had a reputation over time of making sex more attainable or pleasurable.
For example chocolate and oysters are commonly known aphrodisiacs. In some cultures, even consuming animal testicles is said to increase sexual arousal. However, food items don’t often contribute to the actual physiological problem in one’s body; there’s usually more of a placebo effect taking place. Mental association is very strong, take for example cherries. Cherries are a said aphrodisiac but more likely, the effect is based on a mental link to the symbolism of the cherry representing virginity. Another example: melons representing breasts.
But before I lose you….let’s get to the science of it all. Libido is known more commonly as a persons sex drive and can be influenced by biological, psychological or social factors. But, it’s clearly linked to levels of sex hormones, particularly testosterone. Now testosterone products, are one of the fastest growing categories of nutraceuticals. In the prescription drug world, testosterone product sales have sky rocked by 500% since 1993.
Testosterone benefits the body in many ways. It’s necessary to maintain a healthy level of testosterone in order to maintain a healthy pain response, sufficient levels of red blood cells, regular sleep patterns, optimal bone density, muscle mass and high energy levels.
As we age, our testosterone levels naturally decline but this can be accelerated by lifestyle. Chronic stress, insufficient nutrition, imbalanced microflora, low levels of vitamin D, weight gain, inadequate exercise and many prescription drugs.
Men. Between 2-4 million men in the US alone suffer from below-normal testosterone levels, a condition known as hypogonadism, and it’s reported that only 5% are seeking any kind of treatment. Now, make sure you consult a physician before treating for low testosterone…if you have an enlarged prostate or evidence of prostate cancer, tester one treatments may be dangerous. Some of the symptoms of low testosterone in men include: low interest in sex, fatigue, muscle weakness, weight gain around the waist, depression and even anemia. Low testosterone can be caused by a number of factors: aging, injury, infections and excess body fat are just a few. Testosterone is normally broken down in the body’s fat cells, so if you have a lot of fat, your body will break down the testosterone extra fast. And, abdominal fat has a greater capacity to convert testosterone to estrogen…more than other types of fat.
Women. Where testosterone is known primarily as a “male” hormone, it’s also made in small amounts by our adrenal glands and ovaries. A woman's testosterone is highest around age 20 and slowly declines with age. In women, testosterone is linked to sex drive but for us, interest in sex is much more complicated than just testosterone levels. Testosterone treatment for women is still quite experimental when applied to increase sexual interest, arousal and satisfaction. Women who may benefit from low dose therapy include those who have had their ovaries removed, have a low sex drive cased by medicine or those who have adrenal system problems. You would not want to take testosterone if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, have or have had breast or uterine cancer, liver disease, heart disease or high cholesterol.
Some natural ways to boost your testosterone include: intermittent fasting, heavy weight training, adding healthy fats to your diet, trying a liver detox, reduce your stress, increase your Vitamin D, cut sugar intake, Sleep and lower your body fat percentage.
Outside of these behavioral modifications and beyond the pharmaceutical testosterone treatments, there are many natural remedies and supplements available. Of course, you can try the natural testosterone booster made by On Point Supplements, called Overwatch. Overwatch will help you increase lean muscle mass, elevate energy levels and boost libido. Alternatively, Overwatch can be used as a post cycle therapy treatment, allowing you to maintain cycle gains by reigniting your bodies natural production of testosterone.
When choosing a natural testosterone booster, be on the lookout for for these common, all natural ingredients:
Stay safe and stay on point!
Check out my segment on The BOLO Podcast, where I talk about libido and testosterone!