If you are unable to maintain an erection long enough for sex, you may have Erectile Dysfunction (impotence). When you experience any degree of Erectile Dysfunction (ED), you should seek professional medical advice, regardless of whether or not you believe it requires treatment, since it could be a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition. Several common conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, vascular disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, can cause affect erectile function and require medical supervision.
Talk to a doctor if you have concerns about erectile dysfunction. When you see our Erectile Dysfunction doctor at ReBalance, our Erectile Dysfunction doctors treat you holistically, assessing your general health and all possible factors that could cause ED.
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What is Erectile Dysfunction?
It all starts in your brain. Erection is essentially a sensory and mental stimulation. A sensation you experienced, smelled, heard, or thought causes your nerves to send chemical messages to your penis’ blood vessels. Nitric oxide is released by nerves and blood vessels in the penis, which makes the muscles relax and the blood vessels widen. Blood flows into the penis once the arteries relax and open up; veins close as a result. Once blood is trapped within the corpora cavernosa, it expands and maintains the erection. When the muscles in the penis contract, stopping the inflow of blood, the veins open, and the penis becomes soft.
What causes Erectile Dysfunction?
Some of the root causes for ED include:
- Low levels of Testosterone and DHEA
- Underlying cardiovascular conditions, depression, obesity, fatigue, prostate issues, and hormonal imbalances, including unbalanced thyroid hormones.
- Anxiety adn stress
- Fear of lack of performance
- Use of some prescription mediations
- Use of recreational drugs
- Consuming an unhealthy diet
Can A Good Diet Really Help With ED?
A healthy diet can help improve blood flow and circulation, which is important for achieving and maintaining an erection. Studies suggest that a healthy diet, such as eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and fish, as well as avoiding red and processed meats, may play a role in maintaining erectile function in men. Some specific nutrients have been shown to have a positive effect on erectile function.
What Foods Can Help With Erectile Dysfunction?
Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which can help improve blood flow and reduce inflammation. Dark leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, are particularly high in nitrates, which can help improve blood flow and boost erectile function. Antioxidants also increase the body’s production of nitric oxide,
This increases blood flow to the penis by relaxing blood vessels and smooth muscles which helps to maintain an erection.
Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds are high in healthy fats, fiber, and protein, and may help improve blood flow. pine nuts, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and almonds contain Zinc. Zinc helps produce testosterone and prostatic fluid. L-arginine is a protein found in Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, and cashews. In the body, L-arginine is converted into nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow to the penis, resulting in a firmer erection.
Whole Grains: Whole grains, such as brown rice, oats, barley, quinoa, millet and amaranth.
are a good source of fiber and can help improve cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol levels. High cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, which causes arteries to clog and narrow, impairing blood flow, including to the penis.
Fish: Fatty fish, such as mackerel, and salmon, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. omega-3 fatty acids improve cardiovascular health and reduce inflammation leading to healthy blood vessel function, which is needed for healthy sexual function. Omega-3s increase sex drive by increasing dopamine levels in the brain, a neurotransmitter that is associated with feelings of pleasure and desire.
What to Avoid When You Have ED?
Keep an eye on your weight
Lower cholesterol levels
Maintain a healthy blood pressure
Manage diabetes effectively
Take control of your stress
Make sure you know the side effects of your medications
Drink in Moderation, if you drink
Stay away from illicit drugs
Get rid of your smoking habit, if you smoke
How Can You Treat ED?
To start, eliminate the underlying conditions that contribute to ED, such as treating illnesses that contribute to ED. Consuming a healthier diet and taking natural herbs, consulting with your doctor about the medications you take, avoiding taking recreational drugs, and managing any physiological factors such as anxiety and stress. Taking ED medications, prescribed by your doctor is another option. And if you choose to low-intensity shockwave therapy you can call us 212-380-1764 to book a free consultation. We offer experience, knowledge, and advanced treatment options.
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