The answer is ED (Erectile Dysfunction). The inability to achieve or sustain an erection for sexual activity is still an embarrassing subject for most men to discuss with their doctors, and as a result, don’t get the help that could resolve their problem. With symptoms ranging from some degree of dysfunction to complete impotence, ED becomes more common as a man ages and has a wide range of effects on his life, impacting his personal relationships, as well as, his overall quality of life.
Male sexual arousal is truly a mind-body experience involving the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels, and any problem or combination of problems in these areas can result in ED. The most common causes of ED are:
- Heart Disease
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Low Testosterone
- Drug & Alcohol Abuse
- Anxiety & Depression
- Certain Prescription Drugs (anti-depressants, anti-histamines, blood pressure meds, pain meds)
- Recreational drugs (cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana)
Viagra, which appeared on the market in 1998, increased awareness and the number of men seeking treatment. While it and other drugs like it (Cialis and Levitra) provide temporary relief from symptoms, they do not offer a cure. In addition, their side effects are an issue for concern. There are several proven effective natural remedies that are relatively inexpensive, have no known side effects and provide additional health benefits as well, such as Pycnogenol, arginine and zinc, to name a few.
In addition to natural remedies, diet is extremely important in not only preventing but treating the symptoms of ED. Anything that effects the heart effects the penis so a heart healthy diet is an important part of any effective ED protocol. Lifestyle issues must be addressed as well for successful treatment, so smoking, excess alcohol and drug use must be addressed. Finally, psychological factors such as anxiety, depression and stress all play a role in ED and should be considered.
As with any other condition, the best results are achieved when a whole patient management approach is used which includes diagnoses and treatment of underlying conditions, a dietary, lifestyle, and supplement program targeted at reducing/eliminating the health issues associated with ED and providing the nutrients that increase overall wellness and relief of ED symptoms.
Lifestyle Recommendations include:
- Test your zinc levels with a liquid zinc supplement. If there is no taste or very little taste, add Zinc Supreme 2 capsules daily. Continue to retest. Stop zinc when a strong metal taste is achieved.
- Check levels of all sex hormones especially free and total testosterone.
- Check adrenal function especially cortisol and DHEA levels.
- Control stress and avoid extra obligations.
- Avoid caffeine and caffeine containing medications including aspirin and other analgesics.
- Avoid weight loss products and drinks containing stimulants such as Guarana, even if they are naturally derived from plants.
- Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
- Exercise daily to improve the body’s response to stress and to improve vitality and circulation. Participate in a regular balanced exercise program that includes wearing a pedometer to ensure that you collect steps and move more. High intensity short bursts (20-60 seconds) of activity during the day is recommended to enhance growth hormone release. Also engage in resistance training that works all major muscle groups (work each group at least 2 times a week).
Dietary Recommendations include:
- Eat adequate amounts of protein at every meal to stabilize blood sugar levels (aim for .8 – 1.0 gms. per lb. of bodyweight)
- Avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates and hydrogenated veggie oils.
- Eat a diet high in omega 3 fats including fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines.
- Eat testosterone raising foods such as eggs, oysters, salmon, cruciferous veggies (such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage), lean grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, beans, nuts and seeds, garlic and a small amount of organic dairy products (if tolerated).
- Drink plenty of pure filtered water daily.
- Eat 5-9 servings of fresh fruits and veggies daily.
- Avoid fried foods.
LibidoStim-M: 2 capsules with lunch and dinner (4/day)
Carnitine Synergy: 2 capsules with breakfast and lunch (4/day)
Grape Seed Supreme: 2 capsules with dinner
Arginine: 2 capsules with lunch and dinner (4/day)
Zinc Supreme: See Lifestyle recommendation #1 above
If you or your partner are experiencing symptoms of ED, please make an appointment to evaluate the health, dietary and lifestyle issues that may be at cause and get started on your path to improved wellness, sexual health and quality of life today.