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    Understanding & Resolving ED

    Understanding & Resolving ED

    Erectile difficulties (ED) afflict a portion of middle aged and older adults, particularly those with risk factors related to cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.
    It is a sensitive topic for those who are afflicted by it and so this brief write upcan hopefully offer simple and effective solutions to those who are dealing with ED.
    In natural medicine we always try to treat the cause of any disease and the same goes for ED.
    In ED there is poor local flow of blood in the penis area, but the problem is generally not only local, Its generally associated with poor circulation in the rest of the body and as a result, when ED improves it is usually a sign that the cardiovascular health in the rest of the body improves as well.
    Let’s look at the main causes of poor blood flow and let's explore solutions for these as well.
    The first cause of ED and poor blood flow is low levels of the sex hormones, the hormones of vitality and virility such as testosterone and DHEA, Pregnenolone and progesterone. The last one is typically known as a female hormone, but is an important hormone for both genders. These hormones help relax the blood vessels and support the availability of energy for all the body’s functions. Their levels decline in times of stress and their activity is countered the stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline, estrogen, and others).
    Stress can come from different sources – mental / emotional causes, too much work, poor diet and so on. So what can you do about this? Certain stressors can be dealt with relative ease, while others are harder to manage. There are however some simple things you can do to help reduce the levels of the stress hormones and their effect on the body. Strive to eat as healthy as you can. Healthy food gives your body  the resources it needs, such as important vitamins and minerals, to help you get healthier.
    Moderate exercise, such as walking for 20-30 minutes a day, can be very helpful to help manage stress. However, excessive exercise can bring on more stress.
    As well, look for resources to learn different mindfulness techniques that allow to takeyour attention away from what worries you. This usually involves different breathing exercise, and mediation techniques. You can find various demonstration videos about this online.
    These are simple things that not everyone does that can go a long way to help you gradually get better.
    However, you are likely looking for an immediate improvement. Well, fortunately, that can come from the plant kingdom. Certain plants ,known as adaptogens, have been used for centuries in different parts of the world to help recover from states of low energy, low mood, debility and poor sex function. These include plants such as Rhodiola and Ginseng, Maca, Horny Goat Weed.
    These are now available in Canada as over the counter health products that can be purchased from a natural health products retailer, such as Village the Vitamin Store.
    I personally, based on my knowledge and expertise, formulated such a product, containing potent extracts of these plants along with a number of supportive vitamins and minerals. It is called Rhoziva Edge. It is one of the products from our Rhoziva line, products which target health issues that stem from stress. 
    Users have reported experiencing an improvement fairly quickly, within a few days.
    The next possible cause of ED that I wanted to point out is the negative side effect of certain drugs and medications on sexual function.
    There are certain drugs and certain medications that can contribute to or cause erectile difficulties These include: alcohol, marijuana, opioids and other drugs. Also, medications such as blood pressure medications, medications for Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), antidepressants, antihistamines, muscle relaxants, medications for prostate cancer and different chemo therapeutic medications that treat other cancers.
    So what Can you do if you take such medications? Well, talk to your doctor if you suspect that your medication might be causing or contributing to ED. Ask your doctor about alternatives, whether he or she, can prescribe different, safer medications instead.As well, explore complementary and alternative treatment options,perhaps use something else that is safer and helpful just the same. A natural health practitioner, such as a naturopathic doctor, can guide you with this.
    Now let's explore the third cause, which probably is the most direct cause, and that's clogged arteries.
    If the arteries that lead up to the sex organs are clogged up to one degree or another, the flow of blood to the area would be compromised. This occurs in conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and pre-diabetes, hypothyroidism. Sometimes ED occurs in individuals who have not been diagnosed with any of these conditions, and so it is important to get checked by a doctor to find out whether these conditions are there or not.
    Again, fortunately, nature can come to the rescue. Various safe vitamins and minerals that have been shown to improve what's called “endothelial function” can help prevent and decrease plaque. By doing that, the plaque in the arteries would decrease and blood flow would improve.
    So what is endothelial function? It's basically a term that refers to the state of health of the arteries. A related term is “endothelial dysfunction” refers to the process that leads up to the process of plaque build-up in the arteries. Various nutrients have been shown to improve to reverse endothelial dysfunction and improve endothelial function.
    These include the amino acids glycine, prolineand lysine, amino acids that help repair the artery wall. As well, as vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, Co enzyme Q10, selenium, vitamin E, and magnesium.
    With this knowledge, I formulated a comprehensive, yet economical natural health product, that contains 23 nutrients, including the ones I just mentioned, to helps improve cardiovascular health.
    It has no contraindications, even with standard heart medications, and so it may be worth your while to use it to help you turn your condition around.  I have had great feedback from people who used it and noticed great improvement with their sexual function and energy as well as other cardiovascular related issues, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

     

    I hope that this write up and these suggestions have been helpful to you and your recovery. If you have any questions feel free to email me at drklein@nantionnutra.com or ask the knowledgeable staff of Village the Vitamin Store.

    Written By: Dr. Elie Klien (Naturopathic Doctor)

    Pregnancy & Supplements

    Pregnancy & Supplements

    So, you’ve got the news and are expecting, Congratulations! The birth of a child is one of life’s most precious moments. Everyone is different and no pregnancy is alike, however most physicians agree that prenatal supplements ensure that your body is well-prepared.

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    Why we feel sad in Winters ?

    Why we feel sad in Winters ?

    Why do we get more depressed or stressed in the late fall and winter?
    As fall progresses into winter the amount of daylight we get becomes smaller and we stay awake through longer periods of darkness as the sun rises late and sets early.
    Darkness is perceived by the body as a factor that causes stress and results in more output of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that regulates the response to stress and its levels change in the same fashion every day.

    Throughout the night cortisol levels rise in response to increased stress from darkness and dwindling food (glycogen) stored in the liverCortisol levels pick up upon waking and fall sharply thereafter.

    Due to prolonged periods of darkness, in the winter cortisol levels rise slightly. Cortisol is suppressive in nature. It suppresses many healthy functions including mood. Therefore, higher cortisol levels are associated with heightened feelings of stress, depression and anxiety. In fact, cortisol levels are more predictive of mood than levels of serotonin hormone (the supposed “happy” hormone).

    Elevated levels of cortisol also suppress immunity (one of the reasons we experience more colds and flu in the fall and winter), as well as other functions, including digestion, repair and regeneration of cells and more.

    What can you do about winter time (or general) blues?

    Try Rhoziva, a Canadian supplement consisting of a key plant known as Rhodiolarosea. Most users of Rhoziva notice an improvement within 1-6 days.  Rhodiola, a plant that grows in the subarctic, contains compounds that not only help the plant survive the harsh winter-time subarctic environment but also help humans. It lowers elevated cortisol, alleviates stress and anxiety and improves mood.  Our Canadian farmers work hard to ensure a high-quality medicinal plant and it gets harvested when it matures after five years of cultivation. Rhoziva is dependable and effective. Buy Now

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    Written by Dr. Elie Klein (Naturopathic Doctor)

    Skin Care for Women

    Skin Care for Women

    Ask any woman of a certain age and she'll tell you that looking younger is at the top of her wish list. But when it comes to figuring out how to get ageless skin, well, most of us wouldn't know the answer if it was staring us in the face. Serums? Creams? Cleansers? What to use and how? This skincare-by- numbers regimen makes it easy to stop aging in its tracks.

    Transitioning to menopause can be an emotional experience. You’re moving from one stage of your life to another, perhaps even struggling to get comfortable not only with what’s going on on the inside, but the outside too. Be kind to yourself and remember that what you experience is unique to you. Tune into your body and focus on what you need to do to feel well and put your best self forward.

    What follows may help you better understand what changes to your appearance can come with menopause and what you can do about them.

    Your Complexion During Menopause
    While aging will naturally have an effect on the appearance of your skin, menopause can accelerate that process and create new issues you may have never had to deal with before. Here’s how your complexion might change:

    • Sagging and Wrinkles The two components of skin that help keep it firm, smooth and plump—collagen and elastin—naturally diminish with age. However, declining estrogen levels can speed up that decline, causing sagging skin and the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
      Suggestion: Try a night cream that contains retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A that’s been shown to trigger new collagen production and gradually help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
    • Dryness Blood capillaries under your skin’s surface work to bring oxygen and nutrients to the top, helping to strengthen the barrier function of the skin. Since estrogen partially controls their growth and maintenance, blood flow to the skin is often reduced during menopause, contributing to a thinning and increased water loss through the dermal layer. The result: chapped, flaky, scaly dry skin.
      Suggestion: Avoid long, steamy showers (which can dry out your skin even further) and use a facial moisturizer or oil with hydrating ingredients, such as shea butter, coconut or jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid.
    • Acne It may feel unfair, but if you experienced acne during puberty, you’re likely to have a recurrence during perimenopause. This is due to the shift in the balance of estrogen and testosterone; breakouts are common on the chin and neck.
      Suggestion: Look for cleansers and spot treatments containing either salicylic acid (which helps unclog pores and keep them clear) or benzoyl peroxide (which helps dry up excess oil).
    • Oily Skin Higher levels of testosterone may prompt sebaceous glands in the skin to secrete thicker sebum, causing an oilier appearance and even leading to acne, in some cases.
      Suggestion: Try a gentle cleanser, avoid over-washing and consider applying a clay mask to especially oily areas to help spot treat.
    • Facial Hair The shift in the balance between androgen and estrogen levels can lead to excessive hair growth (called hirsutism)—particularly on the chin, upper lip and cheeks. You might experience growth of single, thick dark hairs on your chin or notice peach fuzz–like hair on your face.
      Suggestion: Tweezing, waxing, threading and other hair removal techniques can help you get rid of unwanted facial hair.

    Thyroid disease & solutions

    Thyroid disease & solutions

    Your thyroid produces thyroid hormone, which controls many activities in your body, including how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. Diseases of the thyroid cause it to make either too much or too little of the hormone. Depending on how much or how little hormone your thyroid makes, you may often feel restless or tired, or you may lose or gain weight. Women are more likely than men to have thyroid diseases, especially right after pregnancy and after menopause. 
    Do you know what your thyroid does? Do you know where it is in your body? For many people, the location and purpose of this important little gland, which acts like the throttle for almost all of your body systems, is a mystery. Yet as much as 9% of the population has thyroid problems – which can wreak havoc on most of your major internal systems, upsetting your digestive system, interfering with your cardiovascular system, and throwing off your metabolism. Thyroid hormones can affect the function of everything from your heart and lungs to your emotional well-being.

    Thyroid Problems Revealed
    Your thyroid is an endocrine gland, and the hormones that it produces, thyroxine and triiodothyronine, often referred to collectively as thyroid hormone, help control the pace of all of your physiological body functions. When the thyroid produces too little hormone, things in your body can slow down too much. When it produces too much thyroid hormone, some of your body systems go into overdrive.

    Either situation—too much or too little thyroid hormone—hurts your health.

    Too Much= Hyperthyroid 

    When the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone, it is overactive. The condition is called hyperthyroidism. With hyperthyroidism, all of your major body systems are in overdrive, which can result in a host of unpleasant symptoms, from anxiety to diarrhea. Untreated, an overactive thyroid can eventually lead to congestive heart failure and be fatal.

    Too Little=Hypothyroid

    When the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone, it is underactive. The condition is called hypothyroidism. In this scenario, all of your major body systems function too slowly, resulting in symptoms ranging from weight gain to depression. Underactive Thyroid, when left untreated in extreme cases, can eventually lead to coma and even death.