If you have noticed that your libido has reduced lately new research has found out that you can benefit from getting more early morning sunshine which gives you more vitamin D.
This means that vitamin D (in form of exposure to early morning sunshine) is not only good for general health and well being; it can also give your sexual drive a big boost.
How Sunlight Helps Your Body Produce Vitamin D
Vitamin is an important nutrient that the body requires. It is not really an actual vitamin because it gets converted into a hormone that is called Calcitriol (this is regarded as active vitamin D).
Even though you can absorb small amounts of vitamin D from the food that you eat, your body’s major source of vitamin D is when you expose your skin to early morning sunlight.
Here are the two kinds of vitamin D:
- Vitamin D2 – this is found in plants and it is known as Ergocalciferol
- Vitamin D3 – this is found in animals and it is known as Cholecalciferol
These two kinds of vitamin D are produced by the body when the skin gets exposed to ultraviolet (UVB) rays of early morning sunlight. A substance called 7-dehydrocholesterol gets converted by the ultraviolet (UVB) rays into vitamin D.
The moment your body converts 7-dehydrocholesterol into vitamin D using the ultraviolet (UVB) rays of the sun, it is not yet active. For it to move from being inactive vitamin D to testosterone (which increases your libido), it has to go through these steps:
1.) The ultraviolet (UVB) rays of the sun fall on the surface of your skin.
2.) The 7-dehydrocholesterol in your skin gets converted into vitamin D by the ultraviolet (UVB) rays.
3.) The vitamin D which is still inactive gets absorbed into your blood stream.
4.) The vitamin D gets transported straight to the liver, where it gets converted into Calcidiol (prohormone 25-hydroxycholecalciferol).
5.) The Calcidiol then gets moved to the kidney, it is here that it gets converted to active vitamin D or Calcitriol (1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol).
6.) The Calcitriol (active vitamin D) is the discharged back into the bloodstream.
The Links Between Sunshine, Vitamin D, Testosterone And Your Sex Drive
A research carried out at the Medical University of Graz in Austria discovered that the men who had no less than 30 nanograms of vitamin D per millilitre of blood had noticeable more libido enhancing testosterone in their blood.
Also, the researchers discovered that the average testosterone levels of the men that participated in the research study changes according to the seasons (winter, summer, autumn and spring).
The testosterone levels of the men in the study started to reduce in October (which is the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere) and got to its lowest level in March (when the Northern Hemisphere receives the lowest amount of sunshine).
In Nigeria and most African countries, the issue of seasons is not an issue because sunshine is almost the same all throughout the year.
The results of this study support a former research study that concluded that being exposed to 1 hour of early morning sunshine can increase your testosterone levels by up to 69 percent.
Even if you are the kind of man that is always indoors, it only takes 1 hour of exposure to early morning sunshine to boost your testosterone levels which is important in keeping your libido as high as you want it be.
Bottom Line: Get more early sunshine – from when the sun comes out in the morning to around 10:30am is the time you should be outdoors so your skin can soak up testosterone and libido boosting sunshine.
Cheers… and have a great sex life!