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Does paleo make you uninterested in sex?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 18, 2012 at 1:25 AM

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Since going 100% paleo what have you noticed about your sex drive?

There was a question on here about Paleo research into the Paleo diet's effect on homosexuality- that disappeared. What about the general effect of Paleo diet (high carb vs. low carb) on libido?

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on February 18, 2012
at 02:35 PM

Are you the fitness model from BC? Perhaps training a lot depletes these vitamins and metals faster than usual.

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on February 18, 2012
at 05:53 AM

Zinc, magnesium and some B vitamins definitely help me. I suffered from copper toxicity a year ago (due to IUD) and it was terrible for my desire. These lovely three helped me get calm, sleep better and feel better about my body, which equates to more naked times.

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on February 18, 2012
at 04:07 AM

If people are interested in new perspectives on this question, then why close it?

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on February 18, 2012
at 03:34 AM

tis the drinking mans diet.

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on February 18, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Because I'm an alcoholic who despises veggies and fruit. Logic doesn't factor in the ultimate pleasure gorging of drugs and flesh.

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on February 18, 2012
at 03:08 AM

low-carb + beer ... why?

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on February 18, 2012
at 02:40 AM

I am very low-carb, very high fat, very high beer, and my sex-life has tanked... Oh, wait, I guess very low-carb and beer are battling over my clitorus, never mind, lol!!!

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on February 18, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Much better question, I was starting to wonder if the other one was some sort of weird attempt to get people to out themselves on PH.

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on February 18, 2012
at 01:27 AM

Much better question.

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on February 18, 2012
at 01:55 AM

I would suspect that an increase or decrease in sex drive would be more strongly associated with dietary fat intake as fat (or more specifically cholesterol) is the substrate for the production of all sex hormones.

It is likely that a low-fat, low-cholesterol version of paleo (lean meats, high in plant foods) could have an adverse effect on libido. I have heard anecdotal stories regarding similar low-libido effects in vegan dieters. There is also a historical example in the vegetarian diets of sexually abstinent Buddhist and Hindu monks/yogis.

Conversely, a higher-fat, higher-cholesterol version of paleo (fatty meats and/or eggs, high fat dairy, etc.) would be expected to support healthy sexual function which may result in increased libido.

Carbohydrate intake may have a tangential effect as it relates to overall wellbeing. Working in the fitness industry, I have been around enough carb-depleted fitness/bodybuilding competitors to know that they are generally quite cranky and usually are thinking about their next meal vs their next sexual encounter.

High carbohydrate intake could also create biological signals associated with "times of plenty" which is generally the best time to be having children, thus increased libido.

On a slightly off topic note, we may find that a high energy diet, while good for the perpetuation of genes across generations (i.e. libido), is also detrimental to the longevity of the individual organism. This may be why we see beneficial health effects from calorie-restriction (either chronic or intermittent) in animal studies.

For example, see "Molecular mechanisms linking calorie restriction and longevity"

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on February 18, 2012
at 03:08 AM

low-carb + beer ... why?

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on February 18, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Because I'm an alcoholic who despises veggies and fruit. Logic doesn't factor in the ultimate pleasure gorging of drugs and flesh.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on February 18, 2012
at 03:34 AM

tis the drinking mans diet.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on February 18, 2012
at 02:40 AM

I am very low-carb, very high fat, very high beer, and my sex-life has tanked... Oh, wait, I guess very low-carb and beer are battling over my clitorus, never mind, lol!!!

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on February 18, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Are you getting enough zinc? I agree about carbs too, I think they mentioned that in Good Calories Bad Calories.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on February 18, 2012
at 02:35 PM

Are you the fitness model from BC? Perhaps training a lot depletes these vitamins and metals faster than usual.

60af23519906aa54b742ffc17477c3d3

(1186)

on February 18, 2012
at 05:53 AM

Zinc, magnesium and some B vitamins definitely help me. I suffered from copper toxicity a year ago (due to IUD) and it was terrible for my desire. These lovely three helped me get calm, sleep better and feel better about my body, which equates to more naked times.

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on February 18, 2012
at 02:08 AM

I think eating right can be a big boost in your libido, for most people. Aside from that general statement, you definitely need energy (calories). You need good fats/cholesterol (hormonal precursors). You need minerals/vitamins, and I would make sure you're good on Zinc/Magnesium. If i were you I'd want carbs too - it's certainly not going to hurt and you don't want to be walking around in a daze, especially if you're trying to maintain a pretty high activity level (which is probably another good idea, especially with weight training).

PS if Paleo made me uninterested in sex, I wouldnt do it. Don't care if it adds years to my life.

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on February 18, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I don't think that Paleo in general has any specific effect on libido because there is such a wide range of application of the term. Personally, I went VLC for about 3 weeks. Obviously that didn't turn out too well, it ruined my libido (among quite a few other things including losing 10 lbs in about 10 days, which is not a good thing)

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