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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

Ok, so by accident I started the paleo lifestyle about 2 months For the first month everything was fantastic. In the beginning I was only maybe 70/30 paleo. I lost almost 15pounds in 3 weeks. My energy rose thru the roof, my libido was in full... (more)

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CD 0 · April 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

For more energy, eat more + sleep more + rest more. If you are doing a lot of glycogen depleting exercises, add more carbs to your diet. If you are working out 5 days a week and not allowing your body to recover, work out 4 days a week and... (more)

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by 0 · September 30, 2014 at 4:13 AM

After years of depression, eating disorders, and antidepressants, I lost my libido. I overcame my depression three years ago in 2011 when I adopted a paleo diet and quit all medications. All thanks to paleo, I am in very good health (my mood,... (more)

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Kevin_38 0 · April 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Have you tested DHEA and testosterone? Women need some testosterone for healthy sexual function.

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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

For a week and a half I've been waking up in the middle of the night or early morning, feeling like I have hardly slept, and starving. I have to get up and eat. I don't know what's wrong, as I feel that I eat enough during the day. I'm a... (more)

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neuroplasticity 0 · February 17, 2014 at 7:47 AM

I eat quite a lot of starch already, including daily servings of sweet potatoe, plantain, bananas, carrots, celery root, rutabaga, butternut squash. I think @raydawg could be right about the calories, and possibly about the saturated fat as... (more)

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by 10 · September 30, 2014 at 4:08 AM

I know you guys aren't doctors, but there seem to be many people on here that are very knowledgeable about the benefits of Paleo. I'm a 25 year old female at a healthy weight (120 lbs, 5'5") and I believe there's something irregular going on... (more)

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by 45 · about 2 hours ago

I think I'm having issues with estrogen but I'm not sure what. I got an oestradiol test. The results: 81 pmol/L. According to the sheet I got at the clinic, normal ranges for premenopausal women are between 90 to 958 pmol/L. What does this... (more)

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Lemurette 0 · August 31, 2013 at 3:07 AM

You're too low in estrogen, I don't think you fit the estrogen dominance pattern. Have you checked your testosterone levels? Another thing to check as well would be thyroid levels.

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by 45 · about 2 hours ago

Previously, I've written about my acne and sex drive problems. At the advise of the good people of paleohacks, I went down to my local lab to get some blood work done. As advised, I got copper and zinc tests. I didn't have enough money to do a... (more)

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sallycinnamon 0 · July 04, 2013 at 6:04 AM

Hi Hannah, I have a zinc:copper imbalance myself and my doctor treats this as one of his specialties. Zinc and copper should always be assessed together in terms of their ratio, in addition to whether they are in range or not. Also, usually... (more)

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by 5 · about 2 hours ago

So I had some blood tests a few days ago, not bad except for my testosterone being at 12nmol/L, (Which converts to around 350 I believe). That's pretty bad, considering I am a 32 y/o male, decent athletic build and around 10% BF. So I guess I... (more)

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by 45 · about 2 hours ago

I'm 23, female, and I've had a very low sex drive for the past five years. It used to be quite high. I think things started going downhill when I developed binge eating disorder and depression at age 17. I'm insulin resistant and I wonder if... (more)

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EnglishRose 0 · June 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM

I think it may depend on your weight. Get your BMI down to about 22 or something like that and you might feel sexy again. Also get enough sleep. Read porn or erotica - lots of women do. However does it matter if it's low? You're 23 so quite young... (more)

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by 2506 · about 2 hours ago

Hi. I'm interested in learning what sort of experience you guys have with iodine (Lugol's/Iodoral) supplementation. There seems to be many people who report wondrous results after very high dosage (50+ mg daily) for long intervals (months,... (more)

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luke_13 0 · July 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

be extremely careful here. i tested normal on all thyroid numbers but thought i'd supplement anyway to make up for the iodine i wasn't getting after switching to mineral salt. big mistake. i got the 12.5mg Iodoral. within two months i had... (more)

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by 364 · about 2 hours ago

Technically this is more than one question, but since they're all related, I think they can be in the same post... In a nutshell, I have a PCOS diagnosis, which came about from me stopping birth control and not getting a period for 10 months. My... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · February 25, 2013 at 9:26 PM

My opinion is that most PCOS is caused by malnutrition (lack of certain nutrients) or environmental factors. I wrote a couple of blog articles that may be... (more)

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by 35 · about 2 hours ago

Hi guys, I'm 24 years old and have been experiencing sexual problems (ED, low libido) for a year or so now. I would like to hear from you people some recommendations to hack my libido and to get my potency back. I really need help, but I'm lost... (more)

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Anondson 0 · February 01, 2013 at 4:12 AM

Had you gotten testosterone levels tested? Because it sounds like you need to target lifestyle around restoring those levels. Just blowing a hunch out there, but I'd wager you need to lift heavy things a couple times a week (no more no less), get... (more)

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by 171 · about 2 hours ago

I'm a 20 year old woman who has been mostly paleo for about six months, with the occasionally cheat day. The last three or so weeks I've noticed that I feel a bit different lately, maybe its just the winter and lack of sunlight, but I find myself... (more)

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Sayeds 0 · January 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Is it possible your pregnant? If not, what do you usually eat in a day?

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by 3521 · about 2 hours ago

I have been paleo for 2.5 years now, and I first started eating a high fat diet but slowly transitioned into a higher carb paleo diet. Throughout that time my libido has had a lot of ups and downs, but mostly downs. I have tried everything from... (more)

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Bill_4 0 · December 29, 2012 at 4:50 AM

Couple of things: From your history I believe your activity level is pretty high, have you thought about cutting back? Really giving your body a break? Hows your Vitamin A intake? I do recommend iodine as well. Definitely helped me and... (more)

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by 71 · about 2 hours ago

Hello Paleo Hackers, I came to Paleo for mainly to change my mood. I've had clinical depression for almost a decade now and am still transitioning to Paleo. It's hard to assess what my mood will be like once i am fully acclimated to the diet... (more)

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Adrienne_5 0 · December 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I inadvertently fell into a paleo diet while trying to cure my 4+ year long struggle with moderate depression (dysthymia) and the addiction to carbs and sugar that came along with it. In terms of 'normal mood' changes that I noticed, I find myself... (more)

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by 486 · about 2 hours ago

I have an observation and a question. Observation: in the last few months I've noticed that my usually low libido spikes on days when I've consumed a relatively high amount of sugar (e.g. a few bananas and some raisins)--and even the day after.... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · September 10, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Alcohol always seemed synonymous with my libido....err at least getting laid. Must say I was a wrestler for 16 years (yes cutting weight all the way through college). Never had the low libido issue though so I guess I cant say. I do low carb... (more)

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by 971 · about 2 hours ago

When I first started paleo I was coming off an extended period of high estrogen levels, so paleo foods made sense in that way (less plastic, less chemicals,no grains, no soy = less estrogen). At the risk of TMI, the truth is I was feeling VERY... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · July 20, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Avoid the Pill at all costs! Will mess up your gut flora & make things worse in the long run. Read Dr. John Lee's site on estrogen dominance. Lot's of other helpful information there. You can still be estrogen dominant with low estrogen. ... (more)

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by 789 · about 3 hours ago

Recently I've noticed a spike in my libido (two months paleo), which is interesting because my nutritionist had told me that the birth control pill lowers your libido; I've been on the pill for over a year, and it has DEFINITELY increased within... (more)

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DrRao 0 · April 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM

One of the biggest changes that can happen over time with a well constructed Paleo diet (focus on fats) is a shift in steroid (progesterone, estrogen, cortisol, dhea, etc) hormones (which require a cholesterol backbone often deficient in SAD... (more)

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by 555 · about 3 hours ago

I am a bit confused by Rob's Autoimmune Protocol. My understanding of it was that you were looking to moderate the body's immune response to keep your autoimmune condition in check. I have Celiac Disease and am wondering if the protocol would be... (more)

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Aglaee_the_Paleo_RD 0 · April 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

People with celiac disease definitely react to gluten, but can ALSO react to common other triggers. If you still experience symptoms, you should absolutely try the autoimmune protocol and eliminate all dairy (including butter, but you can do... (more)

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by 1314 · about 3 hours ago

I see conflicting information on this all over the interwebs. Does a low carb diet lower testosterone? How about having high protein consumption? I've been experiencing lowered libido since getting stricter on my low carb diet, but I also... (more)

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Jazzbay 0 · April 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Yes, definitely libido came back when I added sweet potatoes.

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by 2407 · about 3 hours ago

I see alot of info here about ways to LOWER DHT. But, DHT is the most powerful male hormone (much more than testosterone, and it cannot aromatize) and really increases sex drive and other desirable, confident male behavior. So, I want to know... (more)

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August 0 · March 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I didn't think this made logical sense because I've always heard that good levels of zinc help increase libido. Then I clicked on the link, and all became clear. They took skin cells, put them in a petri dish, and then put supraphysiological... (more)

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by 559 · about 3 hours ago

On days when I fast, I notice an increased libido, especially as the fast goes on (and ESPECIALLY when I work out and then take a cold shower during said fast). While I don't find this to a problem, I am curious as to why this is. Weight training... (more)

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josh_9 0 · March 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I wish I could find it to post, but there is some research into increased sex-drive and fasting. It seems to increase between 16-32 hours of fasting then may decline with longer periods. I can't remember where I read that but I'm sure google may... (more)

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by 824 · about 3 hours ago

I'm a 23 year old 6'1 very athletic 190 pound male with 10% body fat. I've been following a paleo diet for the past year with great results. However my only complaint since starting paleo has been a major decrease in libido. On SAD I was had a... (more)

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jared_2 0 · March 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM

My experience has been quite the opposite. I started when I was 30 and one of the first things I noticed was that I was much more randy. I would have considered my libido as "normal" pre paleo. But for me, going paleo turned me into one of the... (more)

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by 58 · about 3 hours ago

Apologies for the length. Long time lurker, first time post. I am a 22 year old female, and I have been paleo for a year. I have been in a very long relationship with my excruciatingly gorgeous boyfriend, yet I have for the past few months had... (more)

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syrahna 0 · March 07, 2012 at 4:29 AM

I feel like such a dork posting this - but while you get the hormonal thing examined, you could maybe work on exercising your major sex organ (your brain!) and figure out what makes you turned on at this juncture in your life. I think it helps to... (more)

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by 659 · September 30, 2014 at 3:32 AM

As an athlete with a high training volume (on a multi modal triathlon and strength biased crossfit type regime) I feel a big drop of in libido. I read into this as having a relatively low level of testosterone. I know that this kind of training is... (more)

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Paleo_Wes 0 · March 07, 2012 at 6:07 PM

High intense training can tip the balance of cortisol to the high side. If you add other life stressors and excessive caffeine intake, cortisol can even be higher lowering testosterone. You did not mention your age, but that plays a big part in... (more)

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by 730 · about 3 hours ago

Update 05/10/2012 -- Resolution of Symptoms Its been a few months since this post, but I think I have finally seen a return of my libido. Its still intermittent, but seems to be growing stronger. What did it for me was B-12. Turns out I'm... (more)

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Jake_6 0 · March 04, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I sense hormonal issues, I would have some blood work done to see if there is any imbalance. There could be an issue with your testosterone levels from lack of meat in the passed or too much SHBG, this is a total guess though. Add ZMA and 5000iu... (more)