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Jesus fucking Christ

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June 24 2008 1:13 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
I've been vegetarian for about 3 years. But since I stopped eating meat my sex drive is gone. Does that happen to everyone?
ryan filson
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June 24 2008 1:23 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
yes. everyone.
pahulkster
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June 24 2008 1:56 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Unless it's an emotional thing sex drive is basically always related to testosterone. A vegetarian diet shouldn't have an effect on test levels, but most people don't do vegetarian diets right at all. Try taking a ZMA supplement for a month or so to see if that helps, and also make sure you're getting enough good fats.
InTheButtLikeWhat
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June 24 2008 1:57 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
hell no. if this happened to me i might eat meat again.
carlos danger
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June 24 2008 2:18 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
my best guess would be a prolonged zinc deficiency... your body uses zinc for many things, among them synthesizing testosterone. a typical (non-supplemented) vegetarian diet probably has little to no zinc in it (since most people's dietary zinc comes from beef), but even if you're taking a multivitamin you're probably still low in zinc because some of the staples of a vegetarian diet (namely grains and beans) block zinc bioavailability. Firstly you body needs proteins to absorb zinc, and if you're low in protein you're probably low in zinc (and vise versa), secondly, you body cannot effectively digest protein and carbohydrates at the same time (and favors carbohydrate digestion if the conflict arises), and thirdly, grains and beans contain phytic acid, which chelates (grabs on to) zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron--preventing your body from absorbing them.

Also, low dietary protein causes your liver to release SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin) an enzyme that, in men, detectives bioavailable testosterone (and actives estrogen, lol)--so that could be part of it.

only a guess though, probably ask a dietitian?

(a good, but not fool proof test is your fingernails. your body needs zinc to produce keratin, as well, and low zinc levels often show as brittle cloudy white spots on your finger/toe nails... if you have those you definitely have had low zinc for a long time, if not--you still might.)
pahulkster
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June 24 2008 3:23 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Right.


Like I said, try ZMA for a while. Take it before bed. You may get weird dreams from the pyridoxine, but it varies person to person. Pretty much every type you look at will have similar dosages.

Obviously you'll want to alter your diet accordingly too. You don't have to start eating tomahawk ribeyes or anything, but make appropriate changes. Why you waited three years to address this is beyond me.
Davey.
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June 24 2008 6:47 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by:Jesus fucking Christ




Danforth
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June 24 2008 6:53 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
click here for link

I used to take this every day when I was vegetarian. Great for people who may be lacking in zinc or B group vitamins. I still take it now even though I'm not veg and it does wonders.
yantastic
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June 24 2008 9:02 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
maybe your partner is just plain ugly.
Davey.
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June 24 2008 11:03 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
hahaha.
nope, it's dietitian.
wholesaletrash
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June 24 2008 11:08 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by:black jack davey

hahaha.
nope, it's dietitian.



someone please shoot her...PLEEEASE!
Davey.
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June 24 2008 11:18 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
lololololololol
DougEfresh
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June 24 2008 6:09 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: InTheButtLikeWhat

hell no. if this happened to me i might eat meat again.

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June 24 2008 6:17 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by:wiseacre

i thought i was right.



that's fitting, given your name.
Davey.
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June 24 2008 6:19 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
MORE LIKE DUMBACRE AMIRITE
coastal elite
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June 24 2008 6:32 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by:wiseacre

i thought i was right.


A pretty good rule of thumb is to just not try to correct Cocoanut Grove. I've never seen the dude be wrong about anything.
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