Can Obesity Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Yes, Obesity Affects Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction is one of the most sensitive conditions that most men will ever have to deal with. In addition to the physical problem itself, it can also bring with it a large number of emotional and mental issues as well. When suffering from any type of erectile dysfunction it is common for men to feel inadequate and less like a man. However, there are a growing number of ways that conditions like erectile dysfunction can be treated and even prevented. We are not just talking about Viagra and other drugs – in fact, we recently came across a very interesting article that discusses the links between obesity and erectile dysfunction.

The entire article, titled ‘Lifestyle and Metabolic Approaches to Maximizing Erectile and Vascular Health’ is available from if you are interested in reading it in full, but allow us to summarize what we took from reading it.
Decreased Vascular Nitric Oxide
The article outlines how both oxidative stress and inflammation can cause disruption in the production of Nitric Oxide in the body. It also indicates that lower than normal levels of Nitric Oxide can be a major factor in various vascular diseases including erectile dysfunction. Studies have shown that almost all men suffering from erectile dysfunction are also suffering from a decreased level of vascular Nitric Oxide that has been closely linked to smoking, abdominal obesity and a diet that is high in fat and/or sugars.
Combating Low Nitric Oxide Levels
The article goes on to discuss how engaging in frequent exercise and eating a healthier diet can actually increase the production of vascular Nitric Oxide resulting in more frequent erections. Weight loss is also going to help with the problem. Aside […]

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Our gut is often considered to be the foundation stone for our good health. If your gut is in a healthy state, then there is a pretty strong chance that your overall health and well being is also pretty good! However, if you are suffering from the condition known as ‘leaky gut’, then it can expose you to a wide variety of health concerns.
What is a Leaky Gut?
 In order to properly absorb nutrients, the gut has to be permeable to small molecules. However, some people find that factors such as infections, stress, toxins, food allergies and even age can cause some of the lining of the intestines to break down which can allow undigested food, toxins and microbes among other things to leak out of the gut and into your bloodstream.
What Causes Leaky Gut?
The biggest causes of leaky gut are foods, toxins and infections. In terms of food gluten, dairy and excessive sugar or alcohol are the biggest culprits. Some infections, toxins found in some medications and in pesticides, stress and age can also cause leaky gut.
Signs That You May Have Leaky Gut
If you have noticed any of the following then it could mean that you are suffering from leaky gut :

Digestive Issues (gas, bloating, ibs, diarrhea etc.).
Seasonal allergies like hay fever and/or asthma.
Hormone Imbalance Such as PCOS.
Autoimmune Disorders like lupus, celiacs disease or rheumatoid arthritis.
Chronic fatigue and/or fibromyalgia.
 Mood Disorders, Depression and/or Anxiety
Skin Conditions including Acne, Rosacea and Eczema
Food Allergies or Intolerances.

The Doctors at Natural Hormone Replacement Clinics of Colorado are trained and board Certified in Anti-Aging and regenerated Medicine, For more information on this and other topics, please take a look around our website or drop us an email […]

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Can Hashimoto’s be treated Naturally?
Yes, first you must understand there is no current cure for Hashimoto’s disease.  But with new innovations with nutritional medicines, better understanding of other major contributors to the disease process and with a lot of help from new/improved laboratory tests, the condition can be calmed down and controlled, Naturally.  It’s not that medications aren’t helpful for some, but why not give your own body’s ability to heal a chance, first.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an auto-immune inflammation of the thyroid gland. This means that the body can sometimes aim an immune attack, similar to the way it might fight germs or cancer, against its own thyroid gland. When that occurs, white blood cells called lymphocytes can infiltrate into the tissue of the thyroid gland. When doctors remove small amounts of thyroid tissue, either with a needle biopsy or during surgery, pathologists are able to see this infiltration, using microscopes. Blood tests can also demonstrate antibodies against the thyroid gland.

Hashimoto’s is more common in women, especially of child-bearing age. It can result in diffuse swelling of the thyroid gland. Patients may not have any thyroid function complaints at all. Sometimes patients can develop symptoms of low thyroid function, and rarely, overactive thyroid symptoms.

Here’s a list of some of the relevant issues needed to be addressed by you and your Functional Medicine Doctor.

Nutritional Status: What are the vitamins/minerals your body needs and are you absorbing them optimally? Which ones do you specifically need and could taking certain supplementation actually hurt your thyroid and immune system?
Hormonal Status: How can one hormone, for example insulin, impact other hormones including the thyroid? How do your female and male hormones impact the immune and thyroid system?
Central Nervous System: […]

Cortisol, Weight Gain and Hormone Balance

Cortisol, Weight Gain and Hormone Balance

Is Cortisol the Reason I Gain Weight?

We all have stress. Our life style has changed dramatically in just the last 3 generations. Humans have always had stress….going back 1000’s of generations to the Paleolithic era when ancient humans developed a protective mechanism to either stay and fight or run when having to respond quickly to major threats. Adrenaline and Cortisol are the hormones the body designed for the commonly referred to  “fight or flight” response. Unfortunately for us humans now, this genetically controlled response is accompanied by another phenomenon or survival instinct…..storing fat for energy with fluid retention. Although immediate intense stress can cause a temporary loss of appetite, chronic stress leads to an increase in appetite, especially for comfort foods high in sugar/fructose and fats.

So, yes Cortisol does play a role in weight gain, but here’s the problem; Cortisol is a hormone and it works in combination with these other hormones, Estrogen, Testosterone, Progesterone. Deficiencies or excesses in any one of these can influence levels of the others. Hormone imbalance, especially with low estradiol levels, may be the true cause of continued weight gain.

How Do I Stop the Weight Gain?

Without proper hormone balance, altering your diet/caloric intake and adding exercise (even heavy exercise) won’t help you lose weight in the short term and especially not in the long term. But bringing your estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, sleep hormone and one essential for Testosterone production to more optimum levels, will usually stop the weight gain. You will feel like the old you, diet and exercise will be much more effective and enjoyable.

That’s why we are offering you the opportunity to get your “14 hour Cortisol levels” checked for free (a $25.00 […]

What Are NeuroTransmitters?

What Are NeuroTransmitters?
By Dr Dale Baird
In the most basic of terms, Neurotransmitters are the chemical messaging service that the brain uses to control your body. Neurotransmitters are how our brains tell our heart to keep beating and how it tells our muscles which ones need to contract to allow us to walk around. Aside from controlling all of the inner workings of our bodies, neurotransmitters are also important for regulating our SLEEP, OBSESSIVE BEHAVIORS (excessive cravings, especially for sugar and/or salt, EAT TOO MUCH, CAN’T STOP SMOKING, CAN’T STOP ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION, ETC) moods, ANXIETY, our metabolism and even our MEMORY, MENTAL FOCUS AND concentration levels. When you understand just how hard they have to work it is easy to see how even a minor imbalance in the body’s neurotransmitters can cause problems. Unfortunately, there are many everyday things that can trigger such an imbalance including stress, unhealthy diet, toxins from foods and the environment and the consumption of alcohol, caffeine and genetic defects.
Think of the various parts of your body as a production line manned by lots of different workers. When communication breaks down, normal function is disrupted and can lead to unexpected and undesirable consequences. Therefore, when the balance of neurotransmitters is disrupted we often develop health concerns such as depression fatigue, anxiety, stress, headaches and immune deficiencies among others.

Neurotransmitter Testing
These symptoms can be the result of a variety of different imbalances in the nervous system which is why Neurotransmitter testing can lead to relief from such symptoms. The results of a Neurotransmitter test are best described as a unique neural fingerprint. The results can offer your hormone therapy Doctor with a massive amount of information. Testing is going to highlight which of your neurotransmitters are low […]