Erectile Dysfunction and Diet / By: Jennifer Keeter, RN, BSN 2013
Jennifer is the Nurse Educator for the Department of Sexual Health. Her scholarly interests are in the areas of healthy outcomes for patients, knowledge and education for the community and a resource for DOSH. Jennifer is currently employed as a staff nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, CA. She has cared for critically ill patients in the Medical/Surgical ICU including post open heart surgery patients and post heart cath. patients for over 13 years. The departments she has worked for at Kaweah Delta over the years include the Emergency Department, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the home health department caring for patients in their homes. Her duties there included assessing patients, medication teaching and explaining the plan of care. She also has worked as a nurse for the Forensic Nurse Specialists of Central California caring for women and children of domestic and sexual abuse by evidence collection and interviews for the police departments.
Jennifer received her Registered Nursing Degree in May 2000 from College of the Sequoias; Bachelor degree in Nursing in 2012 from CSU Dominguez Hills and is currently completing her Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner degree through Fresno Pacific University by spring 2015.
It is Jennifer’s mission to provide education to those in the community to better understand their health and empower individuals and families with the knowledge to participate effectively in their plan of care. It is her hope that those in the community will feel that they are not alone and they are not a number, but each person is important and deserves the knowledge and care needed to live life to the fullest by getting back to basics including living a healthy lifestyle through exercise and proper nutrition. As a wife and mother of three, she has experienced the reality that a person needs to feel a sense of care and compassion. It is a basic human need to feel cared for and appreciated throughout the entire life span. It is her ultimate goal to provide that care and compassion to everyone in her path.
So here are a few insights From Jen RN
Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) generally find the topic to be cause for embarrassment and feelings of inadequacy.It is my hope to educate the community on causes of ED and prevention while encouraging a sense of openness about the topic. There are multiple causes of erectile dysfunction that include stress, poor nutrition, diabetes, vascular disease, and smoking, but I would like to focus on diet mainly because knowing what foods to eat is thefirst step to improving erectile dysfunction.
Citrulline is a phytonutrient that helps to relax and open up blood vessels to promote proper blood flow. It does this by converting to arginine and arginine releases nitric acid in to the blood which acts on the blood vessels to relax them. Watermelons are a good source of citrulline and it is important to note that the highest concentration of citrulline is found in the rind. Arginine (which is an ingredient in medications such as Viagra) can also be found in papaya Basically a heart healthy diet such as one low in fat has proven to increase blood flow which is a requirement for a healthy erection. When the arteries and veins are blocked by fat and plaque, blood does not flow properly which in turn prevents proper blood flow to the penis.
Here are some foods that can help to overcome erectile dysfunction:
- Zinc is an important mineral in men’s sexual health. Zinc boosts the production of testosterone and enhances sperm mobility. It can be found in foods such as turkey, chicken, peanuts, whole grain products, yogurt, beef, lamb, salmon, cheese and milk.
- Garlic is another super food for erectile dysfunction. Garlic boosts the production of hydrogen sulfide, which relaxes blood vessels and arteries and it also contains Allicin which is known to stimulate blood flow.
- Foods high in Vitamin E are also helpful in the fight against erectile dysfunction. Vitamin E can be found in foods such as peanuts, almonds, broccoli, spinach, mango and wheat germ. This important vitamin promotes healthy functioning of the heart and arteries, which in turn promotes good blood flow and circulation within the body.
- Omega 3 improves the nervous system and circulation and is found in foods such as mackerel, sardines and salmon.
There are many other food choices to assist in the fight against ED, but the foods listed here can help you get a start in your plan for a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.
Keep this idea in mind on your journey:
“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison.”