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Sexual health is a common concern, but too often it’s still swept under the rug by lots of people and health practitioners alike. There are, however, solutions to issues of libido, and an array of causes to explore that may be at the root of the problem.
Psychological Links to Sex Drive
Understanding the source of a reduced sex drive is complex in the sense that it may be related to physiological reasons, psychological concerns, or both. Common conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression can have a major impact on libido, as well as feelings of low self-esteem or negative body image. A history of trauma can also play a significant role in how interested a person may be in sex.
Stress, depression and anxiety have a strong effect on hormone and neurotransmitter production. Hormones are powerful chemicals that stimulate, regulate, and control the function of various tissues and organs in the body. As such, they heavily impact our brain chemistry and circuitry, and as a result influence our emotions. “Never underestimate the role that hormones can play in affecting your mood and behavior,” says Ken Swartz, scientist and co-host of The C60 Show.
As cortisol, a by-product of stress, increases, digestive processes are slowed. Because as much as 95% of serotonin is made in the gut, any decrease in healthy GI activity can impact this vital, mood-boosting molecule. Persistent states of stress also contribute to chronic, low-grade inflammation, which in turn suppresses dopamine production, a neurotransmitter key to healthy sex drive.
In addition, studies have found that adequate levels of estrogen help to maintain healthy levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine in the body. This means a decrease in estrogen can affect our moods as well. It can be difficult to engage sexually if you’re feeling stressed, depressed or distracted.
Physiological Causes of Low Libido
A decrease in sex drive can also be traced to a variety of physical factors. Aging (often associated with reduced hormone levels), lifestyle habits, chronic diseases or medications, and fatigue can all play a role.
As a person ages, their body’s ability to produce as many antioxidants decreases. The body is then met with a greater oxidative burden that diverts energy from normal cellular function and reroutes it in an attempt to neutralize reactive oxidative species (ROS). This is also true not only in cases of aging, but in any circumstance where a person is subjecting themselves to a heavy oxidative burden (e.g., smoking, eating a lot of processed foods, exposure to toxins, disease, etc.).
The result is a decrease in common anatomical functions such as the production of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. Less ATP translates to less energy, both at the cellular level and as a whole. When the body is experiencing fatigue, it is biologically less inclined to engage in optional physical activities such as sex.
What Can C60 Do to Help?
Oxidative stress also inhibits the body’s ability to produce hormones, including estrogen and testosterone. These affect mood hormones, sex hormones, or any other category of hormones in the body. When cellular function is compromised, the mitochondria are stymied not only in their ability to produce ATP, but also in their capability of generating pregnenolone, the precursor needed for all hormone production.1, 2 “When your body gets stressed, all that pregnenolone gets used up to make cortisol,” adds Sierra Samuel, health coach and co-host of The C60 Show.
C60 Purple Power works as a super-antioxidant, lifting the oxidative burden on the body and enabling cells to function at optimal levels. When the oxidative burden is decreased, mitochondria can return to producing both ATP and pregnenolone in sufficient levels, supporting healthy energy and regulating hormone production.
The creation and use of neurotransmitters is also supported, enabling the regulation of dopamine and the body’s signaling system to work more efficiently. C60’s antioxidant capabilities also play a significant role in reducing inflammation, which means any decrease in hormone or neurotransmitter production due to inflammation can be mediated by its anti-inflammatory effects.
While decreased libido can be traced to a variety, and sometimes combination, of factors, C60 Purple Power’s antioxidant abilities enable it to address the root of many conditions at once. When the oxidative burden is lifted, the body is better able to support itself as a whole, resulting in the promotion of all the mental and physical processes that contribute to a healthy sex drive.
“I crashed a motorcycle at 32 years of age and broke my spine. Through the years I have tried many things to help with back pain and body aches, but nothing has come close to the results I enjoy from C60. I am now approaching 60 years young and I am much more active and energetic since taking C60. I also noticed my sleep is solid now – very refreshing. My wife and I also welcomed the return of my libido after a couple months of C60. We are now able to be much more spontaneous without any help. I would definitely recommend C60 to anyone who is slowed down by pain. Once you clear the free radicals out of your body you will also feel clear-minded.” – Jeffrey C.
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