“Additional to taking note of your period, you should pay attention to inexplicable fatigue, changes in your digestion, unexplained weight gain or loss, strange hair growth, and any other symptoms that set off an alarm—quiet or loud—that suggests something is amiss,” suggests Steelsmith. “Likewise, most of us are aware when our libido has flagged or vanished altogether; in many cases, this ‘libido limbo’ is due to diets that interrupt our natural hormone levels, a lack of physical activity, a surplus of stress, and age; symptoms of a decreased sexual state include being unresponsive to sexual advances, having no or very little interest in sexual activity, numbness ‘down level,’ exhaustion, and mood swings that range from feeling blue to general irritability and lasting depression,” notes Steelsmith.
To further boost your sex drive and balance your menstrual cycle, consider a modified keto diet—one that relies on plant-based fats, such as almonds and olive oil, as its primary source of calories, and reduces or bars animal products. Meaning, if you’re going to eat butter, reach for coconut butter or butter derived from grass-fed cows. Why? “Eating non-organic animal products increases your exposure to xenoestrogens—compounds found in pesticides and ‘treated’ animal products that mimic estrogen and can create chaos for your hormone system and undermine your efforts,” Steelsmith explains.
Finally, don’t forget to actually eat. It’s imperative that you consume enough calories to minimize the natural mental and physical shifts that occur on any sort of diet. Doing so will also diminish the severity of the “keto flu”—a cluster of symptoms that often arrive as your body transitions into ketosis that can include brain fog, touchiness, and lethargy—and give you more energy.