Combat Erectile Dysfunction Naturally

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There are so many remedies for erectile dysfunction (ED) that it’s hard to know where to start. As a physician and a sexologist, I always remind patients that an issue with your erections may signal a bigger issue going on within your body. So it is always the best idea to let your doctor know you have an issue before you try to self medicate. Likely your physician will through the little blue pill at you and convince you that Viagra is your solution, after all, for many it does help.

30 million men in the United States have Erectile Dysfunction

There are an estimated 30 million men in the United States with erectile dysfunction (ED), or who struggle to sustain erections during sex. Not all of these men should have to rely on the little blue pill for results. The U.S. government spends $84.24 million dollars on ED medication (https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/military-benefits/health-care/2015/02/13/dod-spends-84m-a-year-on-viagra-similar-meds/) each year. They spend $41.6 million annually on Viagra alone. I will never understand why so many physicians simply write Viagra prescriptions instead of doing the right thing.

The Correct Way For Doctors to Approach Patients with Erection Issues

The right things for a physician to do when someone comes in with complaints of ED is:

  • find out why the patient has erectile dysfunction to begin with (psychological vs physical).
  • The physician should help the patient to correct the underlying cause of the ED. Once the cause has been determined, then he should either refer the patient to a sexuality coach or deal with the underlying medical issues.
  • The doctor should then give the patient an overview of all things known to help men get erections hard and keep erections hard. People deserve options and the education so that they can make an informed decision.
  • If the physician ultimately prescribes Viagra, they should also give the patient a list of known side effects.
  • One of the most important things that the doctor should do for the patient, is to help the man with erectile dysfunction to think of Viagra as a temporary fix instead of a lifelong one.

Erectile Dysfunction is Not a Normal Part of Aging

Erectile dysfunction is not a normal part of aging, so we shouldn’t treat it like it is. Yes, your erections will start to sag a bit as you age, as gravity spares no one. Your erections can actually stand tall and proud without help from Viagra, well into your eighties. I will show you four food items that have been linked and studied to show that they improve erectile dysfunction. These four foods, in some men, have actually replaced the blue pill.

The Anatomy of An Erection

Before we talk about the four foods that combat ED, let’s first chat about the science behind an erection.

There are three spongy blood vessels systems in the penis called corpus cavernosa. Imagine if we are constructing a penis model: stack three hotdogs, without a bun, on top of each other like so:

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There are so many remedies for erectile dysfunction (ED) that it’s hard to know where to start. As a physician and a sexologist, I always remind patients that an issue with your erections may signal a bigger issue going on within your body. So it is always the best idea to let your doctor know you have an issue before you try to self medicate. Likely your physician will through the little blue pill at you and convince you that Viagra is your solution, after all, for many it does help.

30 million men in the United States have Erectile Dysfunction

There are an estimated 30 million men in the United States with erectile dysfunction (ED), or who struggle to sustain erections during sex. Not all of these men should have to rely on the little blue pill for results. The U.S. government spends $84.24 million dollars on ED medication (https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/military-benefits/health-care/2015/02/13/dod-spends-84m-a-year-on-viagra-similar-meds/) each year. They spend $41.6 million annually on Viagra alone. I will never understand why so many physicians simply write Viagra prescriptions instead of doing the right thing.

The Correct Way For Doctors to Approach Patients with Erection Issues

The right things for a physician to do when someone comes in with complaints of ED is:

  • find out why the patient has erectile dysfunction to begin with (psychological vs physical).
  • The physician should help the patient to correct the underlying cause of the ED. Once the cause has been determined, then he should either refer the patient to a sexuality coach or deal with the underlying medical issues.
  • The doctor should then give the patient an overview of all things known to help men get erections hard and keep erections hard. People deserve options and the education so that they can make an informed decision.
  • If the physician ultimately prescribes Viagra, they should also give the patient a list of known side effects.
  • One of the most important things that the doctor should do for the patient, is to help the man with erectile dysfunction to think of Viagra as a temporary fix instead of a lifelong one.

Erectile Dysfunction is Not a Normal Part of Aging

Erectile dysfunction is not a normal part of aging, so we shouldn’t treat it like it is. Yes, your erections will start to sag a bit as you age, as gravity spares no one. Your erections can actually stand tall and proud without help from Viagra, well into your eighties. I will show you four food items that have been linked and studied to show that they improve erectile dysfunction. These four foods, in some men, have actually replaced the blue pill.

The Anatomy of An Erection

Before we talk about the four foods that combat ED, let’s first chat about the science behind an erection.

There are three spongy blood vessels systems in the penis called corpus cavernosa. Imagine if we are constructing a penis model: stack three hotdogs, without a bun, on top of each other like so:

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The two on the bottom represent the corpus cavernosum, and the one on the top is the corpus spongiosum. An erection occurs when this spongy tissue gets hard because it is full or blood. These three areas of erectile tissue are the parts responsible for an erection. Within each of the cavernosa are a network of tiny blood vessels. In order for the cavernosa/spongiosa to become firm, they blood vessels within must fill up with blood.

In order to fill up with blood, the body needs Nitric Oxide to help relax the blood vessels coursing through the penis. When the blood vessels relax, the blood flows into them. The corpus cavernosum and the corpa spongiosa become firm. The result is an erection.

Why are Nitric Oxide, L-Arginine, and L-Citrulline so Important to an Erection?

The body makes nitric oxide through a reaction within the body where the amino acid L-arginine is converted to nitric oxide and L-citrulline. The L-citrulline produced along with any that comes in through diet, helps make more nitric oxide. The nitric oxide then causes the cells that line the blood vessel to relax. The blood vessel relaxes and opens so that blood can flow inside. The increased blood flow that occurs because the blood vessels are now wide open, is what causes an erection to take place. In order to maintain an erection, the blood must stay in place until sexual activity concludes.

Food Can Be Nature’s Viagra

When you know what it takes to have and maintain an erection, it is easier to understand why food can be medicine for ED. Let’s talk food!

Pistachios

Pistachios contain the amino acid L-arginine which the body converts directly to nitric oxide which leads the blood vessels to relax, and an increase in blood flow to the erection. Other food items with noticeable L-arginine levels are: almonds, walnuts, chickpeas, turkey, chicken, and pork loin. A handful of pistachios eaten daily for three weeks was shown to improve sexual function. Int J Impot Res. 2011;23(1):32-38

Watermelon

Watermelon fruit and rind have high doses of L-citrulline. L-citrulline helps the blood vessels relax so that they can fill with blood. You can purchase L-citrulline as a supplement. However, the purpose of this post is to show you that you can eat it, you don’t have to buy it. Some experts estimate that four ounces of watermelon juice contain close to 150mg of L-citrulline. L-citrulline is also found in garlic, liver, onion, walnuts, and dark chocolate.

Beets

Beets contain nitrates which in the gut produce nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide causes the blood vessels in the penis to relax and swell with blood (like swollen lakes. (radishes, turnip tops, and carrots also contain nitrates).
Another plus, beet juice and beet root have been associated with lowering blood pressure - all blood vessels work the same way. British researchers found that healthy people who drank 2 cups of beet juice, had a decline in their blood pressure an hour after drinking it.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate juice has flavonoids which are potent antioxidants-they fight cell damage and fight against clogged arteries. Pomegranate is also suspected to raise testosterone in both men and women. So potentially eating pomegranate will help both with blood flow and with hormone levels.

Foods Rich in Magnesium

There is a potential link between premature ejaculation and magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is essential to so many aspects of health, yet studies show that 50% of Americans are likely deficient in magnesium.
In order to ensure your erections and your health are headed in the right direction, integrate avocado, almonds, figs, Nuts, spinach, pumpkin seeds, black beans, bananas, dark chocolate, and Swiss chard into your diet. Magnesium is essential for the metabolism of nitric oxide.

In conclusion, if you take care of yourself, you will essentially take care of your erections!! A good guideline to follow: if it’s heart healthy, it’s probably also erection healthy.

Here's an EatForErections pdf so you can take it with you.

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Dr. Rachael Ross, M.D., PhD is a sexologist, family physician, and founder of The Dr. Rachael Institute, the number one online training program to certify sex/love coaches.  Dr. Rachael served as a cohost on the syndicated talk show The Doctors for three consecutive seasons. She continues to offer daily motivation and prescriptions for life through various media outlets.

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