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February is for Lovers

Ahhhhh, l’amour. 

If February has your head filled with images of Pepé Le Pew embracing the squirming cat, and you are the squirming cat, you are not alone.

Unfortunately, modern life is tanking our libido. Here are five things to pay attention to in order to get that rev back in your engine.

1. Eat more protein. As we age, our protein requirements increase. Over 40? Aim to eat two-thirds of your weight in pounds in grams of protein a day.

2. Prioritize sleep. Sleep is where the healing happens. Even one night of poor sleep will tank the hormones of love. Everyone needs between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. Practice good sleep hygiene and make sleep a priority.

3. Spend time outdoors. Our bodies are programmed to work in symphony with the rhythm of the sun – circadian rhythm. Getting first-morning sunlight, sunlight in the mid-day, and then watching the sunset are keys to hormone balance.

4. Avoid hormone disruptors. Things like fragrance, antibiotics, heavy metals, plastics, nonstick surfaces, dryer sheets, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. The fewer chemicals, you’re exposed to, the healthier your libido will be.

5. Build your stress management toolbox. As humans, we only know two modes: war or procreation. If your body thinks it’s at war, it will not give you the hormones you need to inspire procreation.

Dr. Jenn Simmons is a Functional Medicine Physician, Integrative Oncology

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