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Allergies and Erectile Dysfunction

Allergies can do more than just give you the sniffles.allergies-erectile-dysfunctionallergies-erectile-dysfunction

There’s a growing body of evidence that allergies can actually cause erectile dysfunction.

What’s more, the very medication that big pharma pushes to eradicate your allergies might be contributing to your ED.  

This article is going to outline how allergies reduce sexual function, how allergy medication can give you ED, and some key things you can do to cure your allergies naturally.

Here we go!

Allergies Have A Negative Impact On Erections

And I don’t mean just that it’s more difficult to get you or your partner in the mood when you’re feeling like crap. Allergies have been proven to actually reduce your erectile and sexual function, not just your desire to initiate or even have sex.

We talked recently about teeth and ED, citing a study completed in Taiwan.

That study (which was huge) was conducted over eight years by the Taiwan National Health Insurance and is one of the few databases in the world where they asked tens of thousands of men questions about their health and about their sex lives.

So a lot of research has been done using it.

Anyway, back to allergies. Using that data set, a group of researchers in Taiwan looked at rates of allergic rhinitis (AR) and ED to see if there was a correlation.

(As an aside here, “AR” is a fancy term for nasal allergies — blocked or runny nose, clogged sinuses, headaches, etc…).

They looked at two groups of men, 18-55. One group (n=64,000) had allergic rhinitis (AR). The second group (n=64,000) didn’t have AR. They then compared the two and, lo and behold, patients with AR had FAR more sexual function problems than those without AR.

Out of the 128,000 men who were part of the study, 1,455 suffered ED in just under 6 years. Of those 1,455, 844 suffered AR and 611 got ED without any trace of AR (source).

In layman’s terms, this means that you’re 130% more likely to have ED if you have nasal allergies.

Now to be clear, this is still only a correlative relationship. But it is one that’s been repeated.

Two researchers in Cleveland looked at AR, and how it affected the daily lives of their patients. They evaluated patients on a quality of life (QOL) test, asking them about their sleep patterns, fatigue, and sex lives (among other things).

Their conclusion?

AR has a significant negative impact on sexual function and can result in sleep disturbances and fatigue” (source)

Now, having nasal allergies doesn’t mean that you’re definitely going to get ED, and NOT having AR doesn’t mean you’re somehow immune to erectile problems.

What is means is that if you have nasal allergies and you’re also suffering ED, curing your nasal problems might be a good place to start.

Likewise, if you’re suffering from AR but you don’t have erectile dysfunction, dealing with your allergies a little more seriously might be a good idea before they start contributing to other, more severe… flaccid-er problems.

So why is all this happening? The short answer is: we don’t really know.

What we do know is that allergic reactions and chronic allergies are caused by inflammation, which, unfortunately…

Tends to make your body less effective at both moving blood around AND affects your body’s ability to produce the specific chemicals that you need to get a good, solid erection.

So one theory is that inflammation is caused by allergies, which then impact your ability to get an erection.

Regardless, at this point you’re probably ready to run out and buy all the anti-allergen drugs you can get your hands on.

But before you do that, you might want to read just a little more.

Allergy Medications Also Cause ED

First, lets look at how most allergy medication works. When you get allergies, the agent that drives the reaction are histamines.

Histamines are actually incredibly important for your body…

They help you get rid of whatever’s irritating it.

For example, if you have something on your skin, histamines will make you scratch. If you’ve got something your sinuses, histamines will make you sneeze. In your eyes? Histamines make you cry.

Now you probably noticed the things that histamines do are also the core symptoms of allergies.

That’s why the primary medical response by pharmaceutical companies to allergies is antihistamines — drugs that get rid of the histamines in your system.

However, this might be bad news for your erections.

First, antihistamines (even non-drowsy ones) almost always make you tired. That’s because the antihistamines block the central nervous system.

What’s more, when the central nervous system is suppressed, it’s more difficult to become turned on. Basically, it’s like trying to have a sex life when you’re a little out of it.

Second, histamines play an active role in helping you get an erection. Histamines help the spongy tissue in your corpus cavernosum fill with blood — which is what makes your penis hard.

A study completed at in Brazil looked at corpus cavernosum tissue to see what the impact of being exposed to histamines was.

The researchers did two experiments, one where they took small 2cm pieces of tissues, exposing half of the samples to histamines. The other half were not exposed.

In the second experiment, they injected patients with histamines, again with a control group who were not injected.

They then recorded the erectile response (source).

They found that exposure to histamines produced a dose-dependent response for the sample tissues by relaxing them (remember relaxed corpus cavernosum = good erection)

In the human trials, they found a similar result, where higher doses of histamine = stronger erections.

Conclusion?

Histamines play a role in human erections by helping relax the corpus cavernosum muscles and allowing them to fill with and trap blood.

So where does that leave us? Allergies contribute to ED and the drugs to cure allergies also contribute to ED.

The answer?

Treat allergies naturally, by reducing your histamine response moderately and NOT by wiping it out altogether with drugs that will also wipe out your erections.

How to Treat Allergies Naturally

There are three main ways that you can treat allergies naturally: avoid histamine-producing foods, take vitamin C, and with diet.

1. Avoid Histamine-producing Foods

These are sometimes called histamine-releasing foods as well, since they cause your body to ‘release’ a flood of histamines.

One thing to consider is that this is a general guide. Some foods are high in histamines (high is a relative term), but most of the histamines in your system at any one time will be histamines you produced yourself.

Some foods will trigger more histamine action for certain people. We’ll get onto diet control in a minute, but it’s important to remember that a lot of this is ‘in general’ rather than gospel truth.

Anyway, first you want to reduce the foods that are known to contain higher-than-normal histamines.

This mostly includes things that are either fermented or involve culturing of some kind. Think cheeses, pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, and booze.  Smoked foods (charcuterie like salami, sausages, or smoked fish), beans, nuts, chocolate, and shellfish are also known to be high in histamines.

Second, try to reduce processed foods: salty snacks, canned and frozen foods, and ready meals should all be avoided. A good rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce an ingredient or the ingredient list is a mile long, it’s probably best to avoid the food.

Third, you want to reduce your intake of foods that tell your body to release histamines, or histamine-releasing foods.

Things like really acidic fruit (lemon, lime, oranges, kiwis, pineapples), papaya, tomatoes, and wheat germ (found in  packaged bread) are all prone to increase histamines.

Finally, (since this has probably decimated your diet a bit) there are plenty of foods that are good for histamine control:

  • Fresh meat and fish
  • Fresh non-acidic fruit and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Fresh herbs
  • Fats and oils

2: Use High Dose Vitamin C

Vitamin C is good for many things, and because it’s water-soluble, any excess is simply peed out.

So there’s no adverse effect of trying a higher dose, and you may find that is completely solves your allergy histamine problem.

A study published back in 1992 by two researchers from Arizona State University in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that there was a distinct link between vitamin C consumption and histamine levels.

They put together 10 subjects and took blood samples regularly over six weeks. During some of those weeks the subjects were given 2000 mg’s  of vitamin C. On others, no C was given.

They also took a first sample to establish a baseline value.

What they found was that following the vitamin C weeks, histamine levels were reduced by 38%, leading the researchers to conclude that vitamin C might be able to detox your blood and help clear it of histamines (source).

By upping your vitamin C you might be able to seriously cull your histamine levels, and get some of your normal vigor back.

3. Try an Elimination Diet

Finally, when all else fails, you can try an elimination diet. Because histamines are a reaction by your body to an external threat or invasion, diet is often a prime suspect for allergy problems.

An elimination diet is a simple method that you can use to work out what foods are triggering the allergies you’re experiencing.

It’s pretty simple.

First, you want to create a baseline. This is a simple diet comprised of stuff that doesn’t normally invoke a histamine response:

  • Brown or white rice
  • Cooked or dried sulphate free fruit that isn’t acidic. Cherries, cranberries, pears, and prunes are all good.
  • Cooked greens and/or vegetables
  • Free range, organic poultry and cold-water fish. Try to get it local if you can.
  • Cold-pressed oils

Once you’ve been on this diet for 14 days (unless you’re still feeling the symptoms) it’s time to start adding back foods. The key here is to only add them one at a time, and to add them slowly.

One new food every 3-5 days is about right.

If there’s no reaction, the food can join your clean baseline diet. If there is a reaction, stop eating the food and put it back in the testing pile. Try it again in a week or so to confirm your results.

By the end, you should have a clear idea of what’s good for you and what isn’t, and should be able to change your diet to reduce your histamine levels consistently.  

Allergies and Erectile Dysfunction – Conclusion:

Allergies can have a serious impact on your sex life. Not only do they make you feel lethargic and not in the mood, but your immune system’s reaction to things like pollen or gluten actually make it a lot more difficult to get hard.

And to complicate matters, antihistamines and other allergy medicine doesn’t solve the problem, but rather creates new ones.

Fortunately, there’s an easy solution.

Allergies can be treated 100% naturally simply by reducing your intake of histamine-producing and histamine-heavy foods combined with a little vitamin C.

And, if all else fails, you can go the elimination diet route.

 

Teeth and ED

Teeth-and-EDBeyond taking some breath mints if you go crazy on the garlic bread, you might not think that teeth and ED have much to do with each other.

But you’d be wrong.

There’s a growing body of evidence that periodontitis, or gum disease, is linked to erectile dysfunction. Taking care of your teeth might just be the solution you’ve been looking for for your erectile problems, as well as a way to future-proof yourself against ED from age.

Here’s a rundown of the evidence linking gum disease and ED, as well as what you can do to improve your dental health and hopefully, cure your erectile dysfunction.

Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction

First, let’s clarify what we’re talking about.

Gum Disease

Gum disease isn’t just bad breath or the odd cavity. Gum disease is when your gums start to pull away from your teeth, exposing tiny holes that bacteria can collect in and fester. That bacteria can easily then spread to the surrounding bone (source).

The symptoms of gum disease can range from sensitive gums (gingivitis) all the way to severe damage to teeth, soft tissue, and bone (periodontitis). It can even require a tooth extraction to fix.

Gum disease is caused by the buildup of bacteria into plaque. Brushing and flossing will get rid of plaque, but if left for long enough, it will harden into tartar. This can be removed by a dentist, but that’s it — brushing and flossing certainly won’t move it. 

And that’s how you get gum disease — poor oral hygiene, plaque builds up under the gum line, plaque turns to tartar, tartar evolves into pockets of bacteria, and then the infection spreads until the offending tooth falls out.

Now that we’re on the same page, let’s turn our attention to how this impacts your wood.

Periodontitis and Erectile Dysfunction

There are a few different theories of what links periodontitis, none of which are conclusively proven. What we DO know is there is definitely a correlation between rates of periodontitis and ED. This has been found in multiple studies from around the world.

For example, one study from Taiwan in 2012 looked at the relationship on a national scale. They looked at over 32,000 men who suffered from ED as well a comparison group of 162,000.

It was a truly enormous study.

They found that of the 32,000 men suffering from ED, 26.9% of them suffered from periodontitis, compared to only 9.4% of the control group. What’s more, when they applied more statistical controls, the researchers found that this relationship only became clearer for men under 30 and over 69 (source).

But these researchers aren’t alone. Other studies have confirmed these findings.

A group of researchers out of the Department of Urology from Inonu University in Turkey published a paper in 2013 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine finding the same link.

They looked at 80 men between 30 and 40 years old suffering from ED and compared them to 82 men without ED, based on the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF). Of the 82 men in the non-ED group, 19 had severe periodontitis, or 23%.

This number skyrockets to 53%, or 42/80 men in the ED group. What’s more, evidence of past periodontitis like decayed or missing teeth was far higher in the ED group. The researchers concluded that the scientific community should “consider periodontal disease as a causative clinical condition of ED in such patients” (source).

Both of these studies approached this problem from a fairly simplistic standpoint: do men who have ED also have periodontitis more often than the population at large?

A study from Western China took a different approach.

In 2011, a group of scientists from Luzhou Medical College published a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Their goal wasn’t to identify a correlation — it was to find the cause.

First, they gave half the rats they were studying periodontitis. Then, they looked at a number factors that are normally used as indicators of erectile dysfunction, including:

  • NOS activity
  • C-reactive protein levels
  • Cavernous tissue structure

What they found was that the rats who were induced with periodontitis performed worse across every measure. Conclusion? Penile functionality is impaired by periodontitis (source).

Of course, not everyone agrees with this aggressive causal statement. The American Academy of Periodontology (you can think of them as Big Dental) argues that there’s not enough evidence to say that bad teeth causes erectile dysfunction.

They argue that sure, these studies definitely support the theory that there’s a link between periodontitis and your ability to get it up. But they stipulate that there’s no evidence that an infection in your teeth is causing you to go soft.

Their theory?

It’s all about inflammation.

Which brings us to cause.

Why Periodontitis Causes Erectile Dysfunction

To be blunt, we don’t really know. All the research so far has only indicated that there’s a correlative relationship rather than a causal one.

That said, there are a few prevailing theories.

Inflammation & eNOS / NOS3

The most popular theory is that it’s all about inflammation.

It goes like this.

As you develop periodontitis, your body has a natural immune response to it. As part of this, white blood cells flood into the area around the infection to help your body fight it. This causes inflammation. However, an infection in one part of the body can have spillover effects on others.

In this case, the chronic inflammation caused by periodontitis can lead to damage in the endothelial cells. These are the cells that form the barrier that lines the inside of blood vessels, and thus are everywhere where there’s a lot of blood (like your heart and your penis).

So why does damage to the endothelial cells causes you to lose your morning wood?

Because that’s where nitric oxide is produced.

And since getting a solid erection depends on nitric oxide, the more chronic inflammation that’s occurring in your body, the more damaged your blood vessels are going to get, and the less nitric oxide they’re going to produce.

Specifically, damage to the endothelial cells interferes with the creation of the enzyme that catalyzes nitric oxide production, endothelial nitric oxide synthase 3, or eNOS (it’s sometimes called NOS3).

What’s more, your body will often use your penis like an early warning system. Chronic inflammation can have serious effects on your heart and brain and can raise the likelihood of having a heart attack or a stroke, significantly.

ED might be an early and comparatively harmless way for your body to tell you something isn’t right.

Quick note: Chronic doesn’t mean ‘really really bad.’ It means ‘happening all the time.’ When you bite your lip and it swells up, that’s acute inflammation. Periodontitis is chronic because it’s always there.

Of course, this theory doesn’t really link teeth to ED. It links inflammation to ED, but that inflammation could come from anywhere. Arthritis, chronic back pain, asthma, or even hepatitis are all sources of inflammation.

Or, it could also be something else completely. So it’s not a 100% causal relationship. That said, given that the men studied in these experiments and others are 2.28 times more likely to suffer from periodontitis compared to their more erect control groups, I think that a visit to the dentist is a good place to start.

The Alternative Theory: Correlation Only

There is another theory out there. It’s a little less involved but it basically argues that there is no merit to this research.

People who have periodontitis are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction not for any teeth-related reason, but rather because the men who have periodontitis are more likely to be unhealthy in general, which decreases erectile functionality for a number of reasons.

However, most of these studies have made at least some effort to control for confounding lifestyle factors. So yes, there is the possibility that there’s some other common thread uniting these men suffering from erectile dysfunction.

But I don’t think that’s any reason to avoid brushing your teeth.

My take? I think that for whatever reason, curing your periodontitis will only help your sex life. At best, you get a better erection and better breath. And at worse, you end up with better dental hygiene. What have you got to lose?

How To Improve Dental Health & Fix Erectile Dysfunction

Let’s set aside the causal/correlative relationship and focus on the positive: how to improve your dental health and cure your erectile dysfunction.

There are two key components to dental health: putting the right stuff in so that your body can repair your teeth itself, and taking care of your teeth with positive dental behavior (flossing, brushing, etc…).

Diet, Teeth and ED:

There are few key components to getting (and maintaining) healthy teeth — specifically, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K2.

Now you’ll notice that none of these vitamins are calcium, the usual star of the dental health world. The thing is, calcium is great, but it can actually cause problems.

Just like calcium in water can clog pipes, calcium in your body can build up into plaque that clogs your arteries. This is part of atherosclerosis, or the hardening of your arteries.

And as we know, what happens to your heart…

… usually happens to your penis too. When your arteries harden from too much calcium, the flexible, delicate blood vessels in your penis struggle to engorge correctly, making it more difficult to get hard. What’s more, as plaque builds up in your arteries, it’s harder to get enough blood to get your penis hard in the first place!

Enter the fat-soluble vitamins.

First K2. K2, which comes from fermented foods like natto and hard cheeses, activates a protein which binds calcium in your body to your teeth and bones where it belongs.

Basically, you can drink all the milk in the world but unless you have enough K2, it’s just going to harden your arteries, do nothing for your teeth, and make your ED worse.

Second, vitamin D. Where K2 helps your body pick up the calcium off your arteries and get it to where it needs to go, vitamin D helps you absorb it into your bones and teeth, providing strength and opacity, keeping your teeth hard and whole.

Finally, vitamin A. Vitamin A works to promote bone density (which is good). But it also works to promote mucus and saliva production, which coats your teeth and gums and protects them from harsh foods like acidic foods.

To keep your teeth healthy you need to balance all three of these vitamins:

  • Vitamin K2 removes calcium buildup from your arteries
  • Vitamin D allows that calcium to bond to your bones and teeth
  • Vitamin A creates a protective layer over your teeth

Together, they form the core to oral health.

Brushing & Flossing

When it comes to brushing and flossing, the rules are pretty clear.

Brush twice a day, 2 minutes each and floss once a day.

But here are some tips to keep your teeth as healthy and clean as possible.

Don’t Over-brush

Overbrushing is when you brush your teeth too much and too hard. Much like sandpaper wearing down a piece of wood, overbrushing causes toothbrush abrasion, wearing away protective enamel and causing your gums to recede.

In terms of periodontitis, receding gums opens up more opportunities for small pockets to form, which are likely to grow into a major problem.

Don’t think that you’re overbrushing? Think again. According to The Wall Street Journal, 10-20% of people are overbrushing.

Because the thing is…

… plaque is easy to remove. It’s not stuck on like flecks of a label on a jar that needs to be scrubbed off. It could be wiped off with a clean rag, if you could get a rag that gets all the way to the back. Cleaning off plaque is more like cleaning a window than scrubbing a stove.

Here’s how you can avoid overbrushing:

  • Get a soft-bristle brush. No one needs a medium or hard one.
  • Angle your toothbrush at 45 degrees to the gum line.
  • Use short, circular strokes, moving from tooth to tooth. Don’t try to power-brush half your teeth at once.
  • Don’t squish the bristles. If you’re squishing the bristles, you’re brushing too hard.

Get Your Teeth Cleaned Professionally

Most dental plans include an annual checkup and two teeth cleanings a year.

Use them.

A dentist can check the health of your teeth and help you solve small problems before they become big ones. Second, even the most vigilant tooth-brusher and flosser will miss a spot or two.

Most people develop a tooth brushing pattern, missing the same spots again and again. While self-correction is important, regular teeth cleaning will help you identify these areas and a dentist will help you clean the tartar off your teeth — tartar that’s impossible to remove on your own.

Teeth and ED — Conclusion

Keeping your teeth clean and clear isn’t just about minty fresh breath (despite every Colgate ad ever). It’s also about holistic, whole-body health — including the health of your penis.

There’s a growing body of evidence that poor dental health like the chronic inflammation caused by periodontitis correlates to worse penis performance.

The stress your body has to go through to constantly be pumping white blood cells into your gums, bones, and teeth causes inflammation of other cells too — namely, your endothelial cells.

When these cells are inflamed, they’re not as good at their job of moving blood around your body. Plus, inflammation compromises their ability to synthesise eNOS, a critical component to your body’s ability to get hard.

Fortunately, the cure is easy.

Make sure you’re putting the right stuff in, like fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K2. These are found in dozens of supplements as well as liver (vitamin A), fermented products and cheeses (K2) and, well, the sun (vitamin D).

All of these work together to protect your teeth and ensure that your body is moving calcium where it’s needed, when it’s needed. This has the spin off effect of improving your cardiovascular health, so it’s a win-win.

Second, look after your teeth. Brush regularly with a soft-bristle brush, avoid overbrushing, and visit your dentist regularly.

Keeping your teeth is important in its own right. But since it’ll also help you get (and keep!) your erection, you’re only set up to gain from the experience.

Now go dig up $2 and get a new toothbrush. It might just turn your (sex) life around.

 

Oysters and Erections

(Oysters and Erections, written by David Jaynes)oysters and erections

Okay. This one isn’t exactly news.

Folks have been eating oysters as an aphrodisiac for a really long time.

This all started back in the days of the “Doctrine of Signatures,”…

An idea from back in the day when people assumed every plant and animal was custom made by a higher being.

The idea was that the higher being designed plants and animals in shapes that gave us a hint about how they might be useful to us.

A plant with a flower like an eye would help with vision. Birds, because they flew, might help with breathing problems.

And anything shaped like a dong or a vagina would help with fertility, libido, erections, and anything else related to sex and marital bliss.

Oysters on the half shell look a bit like a vagina, but both clams and oysters in the wild underwater look a lot like one.

And so early naturalists assumed that meant they’d make people horny.

Fast-forward to now, and it turns out they were — through no fault of their own — right. Oysters do a lot of stuff to help put and keep lead in the old pencil.

Let’s take a look at exactly how.Continue reading

Erections Without Drugs

(Erections without drugs, written by Jason Brick) erections-without-drugs

If you go to the doctor and tell him you’re having trouble getting and maintaining erections…

He’ll probably suggest one of several little blue or purple pills to help you get back into the game.

A lot of people are happy using drugs to get their erections.

(hell, a lot of people get most of their erections while using drugs of one sort or another).

But drugs are expensive, and their side effects can be worse than not having sex at all.

There are a few men in the world who can’t have a normal sex life without the assistance of modern, Big Pharma boner drugs.

For the rest of us, one simple trick can give us those erections without drugs and without negative side effects.

Here’s How…Continue reading

Can Sleep Apnea Cause Impotence

Can Sleep Apnea Cause Impotence?

Yes it can…Can Sleep Apnea Cause Impotence

Sleep apnea may seem like the Next Big Self-Diagnosed Thing, akin to gluten sensitivity from last decade or ADD in kids.

But for millions it’s a real and serious problem linked to all kinds of physical and psychological health problems.

For folks who aren’t sure what sleep apnea is, it’s when you stop breathing intermittently throughout a night of sleep.

Because that breathing cessation wakes you up just a little bit, even mild cases are the equivalent of getting jostled awake every few minutes all night long.

It’s pretty logical to assume that no parts of your health and wellbeing would be operating at peak performance after just a few weeks of this, and science supports that assumption.

For example…Continue reading

Weak Erection Causes

Jason Brick discusses 3 ways to fix a weak erection in the
article below.weak-erections

But I’d like to add my 2 cents and discuss what may be causing your weak erection in the first place.

So read on to see some of the most common, and not so common causes of soft erections.Continue reading

Opioid Pain Killers and Erectile Dysfunction

This opioid pain killers and erectile dysfunction article was
written by guest author, Jason Brick.opioid-pain-killers-and-erectile-dysfunction

Inside he discusses how opiates….

  • Reduce Libido
  • Lower Sex Hormones
  • Cause blatant erectile dysfunction

Read on for all the details….Continue reading

High Blood Pressure and Weak Erections

(Written by David Jaynes)

Do you have high blood pressure and weak
erections?

If so, the fix isn’t too complicated, simply bring
your blood pressure back into line.high-blood-pressure-weak-erections

This is important because high blood pressure can lead to serious to erection problems…

Especially once you add in the drugs that big pharma pushes to “cure it”.

Here’s why you need to get your BP under control, and how you can do it naturally.Continue reading

Soy And Erectile Dysfunction

Is there a link between soy and erectile dysfunction?

There sure is…

Which can partially be explained by the
estrogenic isoflavones in soybeans…

Which reduce the production of androgens
in humans.soy-and-erectile-dysfunction

And if the soy happens to be genetically modified, things get even worse.

For example…Continue reading

Harder Erections Naturally

If you’re looking to get harder erections naturally, I’ve
got some good news for you…harder-erections-naturally

The vast majority of you are going to be able to fix this thing with no shots, no artificial hormones and no prescription medications.

Why?

Because all you need to do is execute one simple strategy that’s going to bring on those harder erections faster than you can say the words Morning Wood.

Ready for it? Here we go…..Continue reading

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