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Let’s Talk About Erectile Dysfunction & Libido
 
 
Men are often stereotyped as having a libido that is in constant overdrive when in actuality, one out five men have a low sex drive. In many cases, the lack of interest will pass, however low libido (meaning a decreased interest in sexual activity) can sometimes be an indicator of underlying health conditions. Low libido should not be confused with erectile dysfunction, and although one may cause the other, they are different things. You can have a low libido and still achieve an erection and vice versa. The most recognized reason
for low libido is low testosterone, which is an important hormone that fuels a man's sex drive. It is also vital for building muscle, bone and stimulating sperm production. If testosterone is low, you are more likely to become less interested in sexual activity. Testosterone naturally decreases with age. It is at its highest in your 20's and slowly declines with the most notable change in one’s mid 60s. Certain medications can also lower hormone production and affect the regulation of testosterone (blood pressure medication, ACE inhibitors and antidepressants). Depression and stress can disrupt hormone levels and can also affect men physiologically. When you are under stress, there are periods whereby your blood pressure increases, causing a narrowing of the arteries. This narrowing restricts blood flow, causing possible erectile dysfunction.

It is not easy for men to discuss Erectile Dysfunction, perhaps because of self-imposed or societal expectations. Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when, for various possible reasons, you are unable to keep an erection firm enough to have intercourse. Male sexual arousal involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction can result from a problem with any of these. Also, some causes could include one or more of the following: Cardiovascular disease, clogged blood vessels, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, injuries, drug or alcohol abuse, smoking, anxiety, obesity (or overweight), increased age, stress or relationship issues, medications, enlarged prostate or prostate cancer, and surgery.
 
 
Natural Remedies For Men
 
 
Determining the underlying cause for your lack of libido or ED is the first step towards getting you back on track. To support testosterone, look for supplements such as Tribulus. It can help jump-start the body's natural production of testosterone by stimulating the pituitary gland to release the luteinizing hormone (LH). This hormone, in turn, increases testosterone levels. L–Arginine, is an amino acid that helps your body make nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes the blood vessels so you can achieve a strong erection and is essential for healthy sexual functioning. Ginkgo Biloba has long been used to increase circulation, particularly in the
extremities. It also relaxes blood vessels, which allows the blood to flow more freely to the genitals and makes it easier to sustain an erection and increase sexual drive. Korean Ginseng can help support reduced energy levels and provides a healthier response to physical stress. Horny Goat Weed has been used for centuries to improve low sex drive and performance. It has been found to support the neurotransmitters in the brain to stimulate sexual arousal. Saw Palmetto has a positive impact on an enlarged prostate, but it may also be able to restore your libido. Maca is an apoptogenic herb that helps to stabilize hormones and increase energy. Taking all of these supplements as stand-alone can be difficult. Products, such as Enerex Satisfaction, is an excellent choice for both testosterone support and ED support as it contains the ingredients mentioned above, along with other supportive vitamins and minerals.

Additionally, exercising is essential as it improves blood flow and circulation, reduces stress and increases the natural production of testosterone. Getting enough sleep is vital, as poor sleep patterns contribute to ED. It is imperative to check for side effects with any current medications that you may be taking as many of these supplements may interact with medications. Do not combine these herbs with prescription medications for ED.
 
 
Resources
 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12851125
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26365449
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4045980/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2863090/
 
 
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