In addition to helping your libido naturally by boosting your energy and providing more mental clarity, reducing your intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars provides more hormonal stability, according to Molly Devine, RD, LDN, and advisor to Ketologic.
“Insulin has been shown to increase mood swings or irregular cycles in women,” Devine said. “It also has been shown to decrease testosterone production in men and women, which can then lead to increased belly fat in men, decreased muscle mass, and erectile dysfunction. So it does have this trickle-down effect onto your hormones.”
But keep in mind that it’s not solely the low-carb aspect of keto that helps you generate more energy; it’s mainly due to your cutting out sugar and replacing carbs with a large source of dietary fat. Not only does that keep your body’s insulin level in check, but it can also help with your stress level as a result. Devine shared how huge insulin spikes cause more cortisol, a stress hormone, to be released, which increases inflammation, moodiness, and of course, stress.