On this episode that focuses on men’s sexual health, Dr. Gladden, Mark and Robb explore the importance of sexual health on body, mind and longevity. Statistically, people who have more sex live longer, and your ability to perform sexually is a great barometer of the health of your cardiovascular and nervous systems.
They discuss some of chemical responses in the body that occur before, during and after sex, including the release of nitric oxide and oxytocin.
There are many ways we can sabotage our own sex lives, including consuming poor diets, alcohol and other harmful substances. Dr. Gladden talks about how essential nitric oxide is for sexual health and recommends some nitrate-rich foods that can help improve it. Gladden references products, BeetElite® and Neo40®, from https://www.humann.com/, which can be good supplements to increase your dietary nitrates. They discuss how popular erectile dysfunction drugs like Cialis®, Levitra® and Viagra® work and explain that they’ll still only be as good as the nitric oxide we already have in our bodies.
Hormones balance is critical not only for sexual health, but for overall health. It’s not just about hormones levels the blood but also the metabolites that show up in the urine you expel. Gladden references the DUTCH (dried urine test for comprehensive hormones) test that he uses in his practice to examine hormone levels for patients. When critical hormone levels go down, we lose our ability to handle our environment, perform sexually and end up at risk for cancers and other physiological problems. They consider the different ways testosterone can be delivered as a supplement to aid in libido and sexual health.
Dr. Gladden and Mark briefly talk about peptides, short chains of amino acids that are being experimented with for their health benefits. Melanotan and PT-141 may help improve libido and erectile function; Epithalon may improve orgasmic quality for people.
Sex begins in the mind, so if there are challenges, it’s essential to heal the biology as well as the psychology. Mark describes how neuro-associations can lead to difficult-to-break post-traumatic stress responses, and he explains when hypnosis might be able to help you. They consider how pornography can affect a person’s ability to perform sexually, on chemical and psychological levels. When it comes to improving your sex life with your partner, continuous communication and engagement is essential for long-term compatibility.
Ask yourself, “What can I do today to move in a direction that optimizes my biology and my psychology for my sexual health?”