How to Raise Your Libido and Rebalance Your Hormones: A Nutritionist Tells All

Over time, work stress, emotional stress, lack of sleep, poor diet and inadequate exercise can throw your hormones out of whack, ultimately leaving you with a low sex drive. In addition, food sensitivities, environmental toxins and certain prescription drugs can rev up the production of cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone,” which results in yet another blow to your libido. Cortisol is made in our adrenal glands by another hormone, pregnenolone, aka the grandmother of all hormones—it’s involved in creating several hormones, including sex hormones.

The problem is that when we are under a great deal of stress, the adrenal glands are hyperstimulated and pregnenolone is so busy producing cortisol that the production of our sex hormones slows down. The result is adrenal fatigue, which can lead to menstrual cycle issues, mood imbalances, and even infertility.

Fortunately, there’s hope for turning things around and getting your hormones—and your love life—back to normal (no drugs required). Keep scrolling to find out how to balance your hormones naturally.