Nearly 3 million new cases of Erectile Dysfunction arise in the United States each year, making this a very common occurrence amongst men. By definition, this is a man’s inability to become or stay erect during sex. Erectile Dysfunction, or ED, is more accurately described as a symptom rather than a condition, as it can almost always be linked to underlying or “root” causes, as Naturopathic Doctors call them.
The rules of testosterone are quickly changing. It’s no longer an older man’s game, and not something that can just be solved with pharmaceuticals. Stress, diet, lifestyle, imbalance, and deficiencies can all be factors. If you’re experiencing ED, it’s likely that your testosterone levels are low and the reasons why may surprise you! Let’s get down to it because- ED?! Aint nobody got time for that!
Testosterone is what makes you a man! In fact, it’s likely that if you have more T, you could have significantly more muscle. Having low testosterone can not only change a man’s physique, but it can also cause depression, and lower sex drive. More symptoms of this, aside from ED, include:
- Mood Changes
- Lack of Motivation
- Hair Loss
- Low Energy
- Heart Problems
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Weight Gain
- Low Sex Drive
- Man Boobs
Have you noticed any of these symptoms? Of course not everyone will experience the same symptoms, but if you can relate to at least 3 of these, it’s time to seek some Naturopathic care.
Here are some beneficial things you can do to boost your T!
You should make it a routine and way of life to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. This will work wonders for reducing stress and healing your hormone producing organs. The majority of the testosterone used daily is restored during nightly slumber. In older men, reduction in hours of sleep has been closely linked to the lowering of testosterone. You can set a routine by going to bed at the same time every night. Get comfortable by removing distracting things from the room like phones, TVs, and anything that emits blue light. Make the room dark and the temperature comfortable, and use the bed only for sleeping and sex. This should promote a very restful environment and encourage you to be excited about your new sleep routine!
Lift Those Weights:
Try lifting heavy weights and doing some HIIT training. These will reduce stress and boost your testosterone levels. Working out the lower body a few times a week will increase blood flow and encourage hormone production as well. No matter your age or body type, you will benefit from working out and staying fit. The detoxing and cleansing of the lymph system through workout will also help the body to balance hormones, which may prevent low T and ED. Make sure to check in with your Naturopathic Doctor for approved workouts, and don’t over do it. At Gentera, we offer an IV called Athlete’s Revenge. It’s perfect for replenishing the body after a workout, and helps maintain essential nutrients to make sure you’re getting the most out of your workouts! Shedding some weight can also help. When you have too much fat, your body makes more of an enzyme called Aromatase that will convert your testosterone into estrogen. Can you say man boobs?!
Testosterone Boosting Foods:
Diet is most important when it comes to maintaining your health. Poor diets high in processed sugar, dairy, and gluten can really throw the body out of balance. At any age, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet high in real foods like organic raw fruits and veggies, and protein. Heart health is very important for testosterone as well, so try to get most of your protein from plant-based sources. Here are a few foods that can target hormone health specifically:
- Red Grapes
- Venison or Grass-Fed Beef
Please avoid soda, alcohol in excess, flax, and soy. These can inhibit the body’s ability to produce T, and will perpetuate the cycle of Erectile Dysfunction. If you drink soy milk, cashew or coconut milk would work as great alternatives.
BHRT is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and it has become widely popular very quickly; for a good reason! Pharmaceutical companies tried their best to produce chemically derived hormones, but they have proven to have more harmful side effects. BHRT can be much more personalized and the hormones are naturally-derived, giving much more desired results and increased benefits. Gentera’s Naturopathic Doctor Katherine Zagone, ND, has great expertise in BHRT and can provide a comprehensive and personalized plan based on an informative blood panel. The best results will be achieved through a customized program to include fitness, nutrition, and supplements. For low T and sexual arousal, this can be incredibly helpful in increasing your chances of avoiding or repairing your ED.
No matter your age, male hormone balance is key to good sexual health. For Men’s Health Month, treat yourself to some self-care! Simple changes like habits and lifestyle tweaks, diet, rest, and exercise can work wonders. Also incorporating some BHRT with your Naturopathic Doctor, IV Therapy, and blood testing could guarantee your success. Men want to feel sexy and manly, and ED is not an issue you should have to worry about. Let Gentera Center for Regenerative Medicine help you take back your Sexual Health and Restore balance to your hormones!