High blood pressure is not only a precursor for heart disease and stroke, but the lesser known truth is that high blood pressure can negatively impact your overall satisfaction with sex.
“The link between high blood pressure and sexual problems is proved in men,” according to the Mayo Clinic. However, decreased sexual satisfaction isn’t as well understood in women as yet.
Obviously, there has been extensive education about how high blood pressure damages the lining of blood vessels, causing narrowing of arteries, which limits blood flow.
As a consequence of the narrowing of arteries less blood flow is available to the organs of the body, including the sexual organs, which could make it more difficult for males to achieve and maintain erections.
Unfortunately, because not enough studies have been conducted on females to determine the impact of high blood pressure upon libido, arousal, and lubrication, the jury is still out.
Despite the fact that Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common male health concern, the link between excessive sodium, high blood pressure, and subsequent sexual problems for men is seldom discussed.
As you might imagine, these sexual dysfunction challenges create anxiety and relationship issues. It is a serious minefield for millions of Americans, who consume highly processed foods laden with excessive amounts of sodium.
The startling results of sodium were tracked in a new study, reported in Men’s Fitness, which found that a salty meal reduces blood flow in your main arteries in as little as 30 minutes.
Despite latest research that proves the link between excessive sodium consumption and high blood pressure, people still find it difficult to give up the salt shaker, even if the overindulgence results in dire health issues like heart disease, stroke, or even death.
Perhaps, as a society, we have overlooked the stranglehold salt has on us. According to a 2011 Australian study the brain responds to sodium the way it does for substances like heroin, cocaine, and nicotine.
“A team of Duke University Medical Center and Australian scientists has found that addictive drugs may have hijacked the same nerve cells and connections in the brain that serve a powerful, ancient instinct: the appetite for salt.”
The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences early edition online on July 11.
With the realization that we have an instinctual appetite for salt, which has the addictive properties of heroin, cocaine, and nicotine– no wonder so many people put their health at risk by ignoring the consequences of consuming more than 3400 mg. of sodium per day–even if it impacts their sex life.
Fortunately, we can kick the salt habit. According to a study conducted by Professor Derek Denton, of the of the University of Melbourne and the Florey Neuroscience Institute, who is renowned for his pioneering work in the field of instinctive behavior reports:
- “Though instincts like salt appetite are basically genetic neural programs, they may be substantially changed by learning and cognition,”
This research in neuroscience could help rewire our appetites for salt and make headway toward reducing obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues we are facing at epidemic levels.
Fortunately, manufacturers are beginning to heed the need to reduce sodium in their processed foods. Likewise, many cities and states are requiring sodium labeling on prepared foods. These are significant steps towards changing the eating habits and health of our populace.
Begin today for a better tomorrow by making better choices. Read labels. Be mindful of aiming for ingesting less than 2300 mg. of sodium per day. Shop the outside isles of the grocery store, avoiding the freezer and canned goods sections. You are making an investment in your health by reducing your sodium levels. Your future self will thank you, by keeping your blood pressure in check, and safeguarding you for happier horizons.
Our mission at Engage Organics is to help EDUCATE you to make your food healthier and tastier without salt, because your health depends upon it . . .