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Have You Been Bailing On Your Sexual Potency?

 

Have you been trading off your libido for food?

© Ori Hofmekler

 

Could your sexual potency become a casualty of excessive feeding? Could the oversizing of your body suppress your libido? This might seem crazy and politically incorrect but that’s exactly what biology science indicates – Nature Trades Off Reproduction for Growth (growth means gain in size and weight). Whether your goal is gaining weight or losing weight, be aware of the facts.

It is now known that excessive weight gain/obesity is associated with insulin resistance, reproductive disorders and sexual aging. Excess intake of calories is the culprit. Calorie overload not only causes fat gain, it drives the growth pathway mTOR to “over pump” insulin and render it insensitive.

Without a functional insulin testosterone is diminished and so is the desire for sex. Insulin sensitivity is pivotal for potency. The fatter and heavier one gets, the more prone to insulin resistance and sexual disorders one becomes.

Our overfed and overweight population bears proof of that.

Most adults suffer or will suffer from conditions of premature aging and sexual malfunction. Today’s average woman is prone to bout with female disorders and symptoms of early menopause; whereas the average male has been reported to progressively lose his sperm count and virility. The rate of sexual disorders and cancer among both genders is at all times high. Our society has been rendering itself biologically unfit and if this trend remained unchanged, it would take us several generations to end up as an endangered species…

However, while this might be the case, growing body of evidence indicates that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Organisms from bacteria to mammals become exceptionally resilient to disease and aging when put under nutritional stress. Both calorie restriction and intermittent fasting have been shown to extend maximum life-span. This is the undisputed truth. Nutritional stress prolongates life.

What Does it Mean to You

 If your goal is to stay biologically fit (and virile) you’ll need to control your energy intake. You must adjust your feeding frequency and meal composition accordingly. Your most important step is to cut down on meal frequency. Stretching the gap between meals won’t only decrease your overall calorie intake and risks associated with overfeeding, it will literally signal your body to get leaner and live longer.

This is what happens in your body when you don’t eat.

Skipping meals puts your body in a fasting state during which your whole metabolic system shifts into a fat burning anti-aging mode (Fasting activates the longevity pathway AMPK, known for its anti-obesity anti-diabetic impact). The more you increase the gap between your meals per 24 hours, the stronger this impact will be. And there is more.

While stressors such as calorie restriction have been shown to delay aging in all organisms, researchers found that certain nutrients that mimic calorie restriction induce the same effects. Nutrients such as berberine, resveratrol and curcumin have been reported to yield outstanding anti-obesity, anti-diabetic and anti-aging benefits (http://www.defensenutrition.com/stress-activated-food/).

Classified as calorie restriction mimetics, these plant compounds (which are often missing in the modern human diet), activate genes that induce profound metabolic shifts towards repair and fat burning and away from fat gain and aging. Some SAF nutrients have been shown to keep organisms biologically virile at an age associated with sexual decline. Scientists are excited with the anti-aging prospects of nutritional stress and even more so with the therapeutical potential of nutrients that mimic nutritional stress.

Following a low glycemic diet rich in SAF nutrients while on intermittent fasting of one meal per day along with an active lifestyle is your best bet. This protocol won’t only be viable for extending life but also (and particularly) for enjoying better life quality in a biologically young body.

Predictions (Perhaps a wishful thinking)…

 It is still unknown whether future generations will be willing to restrict their diet to keep themselves biologically fit and virile. Would our society ever overcome its obsession with junk food? Probably not.

But while the vast majority of the population would probably prefer living live in a world of plenty with no hunger and minimum hardship, there are always those that similar to elite athletes will choose austerity over indulgence.

The recognition of nutritional stress as a key factor of health and longevity will mark a major turning point.

That’s when natural selection will take place again to literally enforce the survival of the fittest and remodulate how people look and live. Biological fitness will be ranked on top of mankind priorities as conventional fitness will turn obsolete and phase out. The concept of human conditioning will aim at life-extension rather than sheer performance as body aesthetics will shift away from big and buff into lean and agile – away from brute into functional.

 

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