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Saunas Over Sildenafil (Viagra)

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can affect 1 in 4 men under age 40. ED is more common than most realize, and also more treatable than you may think. ED is typically caused by nerve damage, lack of Nitric Oxide production in the body, or a blockage in the cardiovascular system. 

For some, ED may be a major warning sign of cardiovascular disease indicating blockages are building in a man’s vascular system. Some studies have shown that men with ED are at significant risk of getting a heart attack, stroke or circulatory problems in the legs. 

Besides prescriptions, a readily available source to relieve symptoms of ED, can be the Far Infrared Sauna. Far Infrared heat expands capillaries, which stimulates increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation. Increased blood flow has been proven to improve erectile dysfunction, aid in the healing of injuries, and recovery of muscle and joint stiffness.

ED and CVD share the same risk factors, many of which can be improved with proper therapy; these “endothelial risk factors” include cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, elevated LDL cholesterol levels, hypertension, diabetes, poor cardiorespiratory fitness, and elevated homocysteine levels. 

Introducing heat deep into your muscles produces an increased blood flow and temperature rise similar to the levels measured during brisk exercise. Temperature elevation also produces an increased blood flow and dilation directly in capillaries, arterioles, and venules, probably through direct action on their smooth muscles. These benefits of the sauna help to combat the risk factors associated with “endothelial risk”/ED and CVD.  For anyone working to combat cardiovascular disease or erectile dysfunction symptoms, the sauna may be a great place to start!

                                                                Sources:

                               https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00573209

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