Forget the myth of impotence. It's not all in your mind! Reduced sexual potency has a number of
causes, ranging from the normal effects of aging to environmental factors
like stress and poor nutrition. Egyptian researchers believe that
wearing polyester underwear can cause a buildup of static electricity that
may inhibit erections.
Impotence may be chronic or recurring, or it may occur as a
single isolated incident. It was once assumed that impotence
was primarily a psychological problem, but 85 percent of all
cases have a physical basis.
Erections result from a complex
combination of stimuli, blood vessel and nerve function, and hormonal
Some of the factors that can
add to impotence include peripheral vascular disease; the use of certain
medications, alcohol, or
cigarettes; a history of sexually transmitted
disease; and chronic illness such as diabetes or high blood
Hormonal disturbances such as diminished levels of
testosterone or elevated prolactin production, or over- or underproduction
of thyroid hormone, may also cause impotence. The glands all work
Diabetes, which often leads
to atherosclerosis and impaired circulation, is probably the most common
physical cause of impotence. See Diabetic
& Insulin Resistance
are even studies showing that there may be a link
disease and ED and the drugs prescribed for
erectile dysfunction (Viagra and Cialis, etc.). One study
showed its connection to optic
There are over 200 drugs that may cause impotence. Some of
the most common ones are alcohol, antidepressants, antihistamines,
antihypertensives, diuretics, narcotics, nicotine, sedatives, stomach acid
inhibitors and ulcer medications. Check drugs.com
for side effects of drugs. One of the reasons
that there are side effects to drugs is that they can
deplete the body of vital nutrients. Thus, if
you have to take medications, replacing those
nutrients is important. (See the Drug
Muggers - a book by a pharmacist on this
Atherosclerosis, or hardening of
the arteries, poses a risk to the condition of both the heart and the
penis. Plaque that clog arteries and block the flow of blood to the heart can
also block the arteries leading to the genitals, interfering with the
ability to attain an erection.
It can also be caused by neuropathywhich is a side effect of diabetes and many other things.
Recent evidence points to the fact that erectile
dysfunction can also be caused by a neuropathy in the
pelvic region: Although Erectile
dysfunction has traditionally been linked to vascular
problems and advancing age, this new study suggests
that younger men with peripheral neuropathy often
report erectile dysfunction.
more information about Neuropathy, its cause and its releif go to our article
Therapy - Recently there has been a lot of ads and
talk of being an ageless male by taking artificial
testosterone. Here is an article about that
to balance hormones by taking added hormones never
works. Finding out what gland needs support and
getting the proper nutrition to strengthen that gland
so that the hormones balance themselves, does work.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet rich
in whole foods, including fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and
legumes. These foods are low in saturated fat and contain no cholesterol,
thereby reducing your risk of plaque buildup.
Get adequate protein from
low-fat foods, such as legumes, tofu, lean meat, fish and
chicken Try to avoid high-fat selections, such as hot dogs,
hamburgers, ham, pork and steak.
Maintain a good exercise program, and
Limit or eliminate your intake of drugs that may
contribute to impotency. These may include blood pressure medications,
antihistamines and antidepressants. Check on www.drugs.com for side effects of any medication you might be on.
We advise against any antidepressants and
suggest you find out what to take nutritionally by going to a non-drug practitioner.
If you are a cigarette
smoker, try to quit as soon as possible, because cigarette smoking has
been associated with atherosclerosis and impotency.
Do not consume animal fats, sugar, fried or
Do not smoke. Avoid being around cigarette smoke.
Consult an urologist for testing to determine whether impotence
is caused by an underlying illness that requires treatment.
you still are not getting relief, locating
the actual cause and addressing that cause needs to be
recommend going to a nutritionist who can test you and
provide natural solutions to the problem. You can find
a nutritionist near you by following this link Find
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