17 Sep 4 Foods that Ruin Your Mojo
Is your mojo lacking because you just don’t have enough spark? It’s becoming a common problem that many face due to stress. Even millennials complain they can’t find enough vitality to have as much fun in the bedroom as they’d like. After investigation the body with dieticians they all suggested it comes down to diet. Some foods naturally lower your sex drive by increasing the activity of an enzeme and armatasse, which converts testosterone into estrogen.
Food is not the only factor of your drive decreasing. A low libido can be attributed to a number of reasons, including sociological, psychological and hormonal influences. Sometimes antidepressant medications contribute. Other times it can be stress or drug and alcohol abuse. For men, low testosterone levels can contribute to a less than average libido. Alternatively in women it can be hormonal changes that have a similar affect such as going through menopause.
So let’s break-down four foods you’re probably eating that instantly zap energy and ultimately your mojo.
#1 Performance-Depleting Sugar
We’re all familiar with the term ‘sugar crash,’ but do you understand where this term comes from? When you eat sugar your blood sugar levels crash which means you lose focus and energy.
Eating sugar means the blood sugars naturally rise, causing the pancreas to secrete insulin. The pancreas has no way of estimating how much insulin to release and usually overdoes it, secreting large amounts that causes your blood sugar levels to drop dramatically. This is the famous ‘crash’ that causes brain fog, sluggishness and food cravings.
Eliminating sugar is one of the very best things you can do for your health, weight and overall performance. If you need more information I recommend you read ‘Why I Quit Sugar’ by Sarah Wilson for the harsh facts on the detrimental hazards sugar has on your body and life span.
#2 Vegetable Oils Don’t Come from Veggies
There’s the misconception that vegetable oils are healthy. But did you know these oils don’t actually come from vegetables? They have been extracted from various seeds. The most common are rapeseed (canola oil), soybean, corn, safflower, sunflower and peanut etc. Unlike olive oil or coconut oil which are extracted by pressing, vegetable oils are extracted in very unnaturally scientific way.
Vegetable oils are bad because they contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs). Even though our bodies need fat for rebuilding cells and hormorne production, the fat content of the human body is approximately 97% saturated and monosaturated fat. So we can only consume and use what we need.
Polyunsaturated fats are highly unstable because they oxidise easily and cause inflammation and mutation in cells. This means that oxidation is linked to cancer, heart disease, endrometriosis and PCOS. In other words PUFAs are really bad news.
The main problem with vegetable oils is that most are genetically modified and many toxic solvents are used in their production. It’s not easy to squeeze oil out of something like corn, so in order to maximise production, solvents are used to help the process. Vegetable oils also provide unhealthy amounts of omega 6 polyunsaturated fats. Oxidised omega 6 fats damage your DNA, inflame your heart tissues, and raise your risk of several types of cancer, including breast cancer. Worst of all, your brain pays the price — oxidised omega 6 fats don’t support optimal brain metabolism.
#3 Gut-Destroying Grains
Gluten-containing grains are addictive and break down in the gut into opioid compounds called gluteomorphins that trigger the same receptors in your brain as other opiate drugs, like heroin. If you allow your brain to become ‘addicted’ to the opiates formed by grain digestion, you’re going to experience insatiable hunger and ‘cravings’ that last for days after you last ate grains.
There’s tonnes of research that proves eating gluten has negative health consequences. It causes inflammation, gastrointestinal distress and contributes to autoimmune diseases as well as a host of other issues. The trick is to give it up completely and go gluten free. This will dramatically increase your ability to hold more energy and you’ll undoubtedly feel an immediate difference in your body, as well as your brain.
#4 Dubious Dairy
The final food to avoid is conventional dairy and is probably one of the hardest to give up. The main problem with dairy is the harmful process of pasteurisation. While this process does reduce the small risk of milk contamination, it kills off the beneficial probiotics in the milk, denatures milk proteins and transforms milk from a source of nutrition into a source of several health problems. Pasteurisation also turns milk’s lactose sugars into beta-lactose sugars that the body absorbs faster, causing blood sugar spikes.
The main diary to avoid is milk and anything made from milk products — cheese, yoghurt, cream, buttermilk and ice cream. However butter is significantly healthier than the milk it’s made from because the harmful milk proteins (including casein and BCM-7) are largely absent. What little milk protein remains in cultured butter has been enzymatically modified during the butter fermentation process and isn’t a problem.
When you cut out the above four problem foods and refocus on the good fats, protein and vegetables, your energy levels naturally rise. After a few months you will feel more vitality than before and you can have the mojo you want and deserve.
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words by Caria Watt
photo courtesy of Ryan McGuir 2016