10 LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT ED. HELP
In Western medicine, we often look for a simple cure for whatever ails us. We get sick, we take a pill. We’re in pain, we’re taking a pill. We have ED, we take a pill. The problem is that real health care is often much more entangled and involved. The factors that can cause us health problems may not pose a threat on their own, but when they pile up, this multiplied effect can hit the tipping point and cause some frustrating medical problems.
Dealing with ED is no different. The small stresses in life to which we put our bodies strain our penis and its functionality. After too much abuse, our body signals that it is giving up the fight. A holistic lifestyle approach to treating ED can help restore and maintain a functioning penis. Find the best ED treatment option for you.
The chemistry of an erection is amazing. It starts with the fragile molecule nitric oxide (NO), which signals the muscles lining the blood vessels of the penis to relax and swell the penis with blood. NO is a molecule with unbalanced electrons – this means that it instantly breaks down with certain other molecules. The production and stability of NO depends on antioxidants to protect it so it has time to work before it is broken down (in less than a few seconds). Amazingly, almost every aspect of our lifestyle affects the production and function of NO, as well as the presence of antioxidants to protect it.
# 1: lose weight!
For every 15 pounds of extra fat, you lose half an inch of a penis.
With penises, size doesn’t matter. When it comes to waist lines, size really matters. Being overweight or obese is one of the worst things that you can do to your penis. First of all, men have a tendency to accumulate fat in the lower abdomen and pubic area at the base of the penis. As this pad of fat increases, the available square footage of the penis decreases. That’s just the beginning.
One of the by-products of being overweight is insulin resistance. Even if he is not a diabetic, the overweight man has created an environment in which his body is unable to respond to insulin as it should. Insulin is a primary stimulator of NO production. Lower insulin response corresponds to lower NO! An increased sugar level in overweight men also affects NO production.
# 2: Exercise for Healthy Erections
Exercise your body AND your penis.
According to a study recently published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, exercise is the single most important lifestyle factor influencing ED – both full-body exercise and penile exercise. A sedentary lifestyle has been shown to increase ED by 2 to 10 times, while moderate activity reduces ED by 60% and high activity by over 80%. Exercise leads to increased NO production throughout the body. Exercise also increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin (see a pattern here?).
Unfortunately, systemic exercise does not increase blood flow to the penis. The penis also needs to be trained. Regular stimulation that induces erections increases the presence of NO in the penis and improves the penile response to it.
# 3: manage your stress
Stress produces adrenaline, which can kill an erection instantly.
Most of us tend to perceive stress as a feeling that there is too much to do and too little time for it – too much on our plate! But stress is actually a very complex combination of physical and psychological interactions. At its most basic level, stress is the body anticipating the need for additional energy. That means everything from the highest level (panic, anger), the medium level (frustration, deadlines) to the lowest level (lack of sleep, not eating, worrying). Your body’s response at each level is to pump adrenaline into your system as well as pump sugar into your bloodstream for extra energy (remember insulin resistance?). This is the fight or flight response you will hear about.
The most important sexual aspect of stress is that adrenaline keeps your penis flaccid every day. Even the smallest amount of worry or stress will pump adrenaline into your system, killing an erection instantly.
# 4: Reduce your fat intake
Fat increases cholesterol, which can clog the tiny arteries of the penis.
Fat causes blood vessels to become inflamed. This inflammation greatly reduces the effects of NO. Fat in the bloodstream increases oxidation – which breaks down NO. Fat reduces the effects of insulin. A high-fat meal can also render Viagra completely useless. Fat increases cholesterol, which can clog the tiny arteries of the penis.
Fat makes you fat! (Remember the weight control problem?) These fries may taste good, but are they worth making sex harder to?
# 5: cut down on sugar intake
Sugar leads to weight gain … (see above …)
The level of sugar in your blood is directly related to the level of insulin and leads to insulin resistance. Higher sugar levels also increase the levels of oxidation that break down nitric oxide.
Sugar makes you fat. Can you really justify this candy bar if it ruins an erection?
# 6: Limit alcohol consumption to mild / medium levels
Excessive alcohol consumption damages the muscle cells of the penis and increases premature ejaculation.
Interestingly, light to moderate amounts of alcohol (1-2 drinks per day) have been shown to reduce ED. Moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to increase nitric oxide (NO) levels in laboratory animals. However, excessive alcohol suppresses NO production, damages the muscle cells of the penis, and increases premature ejaculation.
So it looks like that glass of wine with dinner is good for your penis after all. Just keep it moderate. Too much alcohol can increase cravings – but absolutely decrease performance.
# 7: quit smoking
Smoking destroys NO, which often leads to ED.
This hardly needs any discussion. Studies have shown that smoking, as well as secondhand smoke, increases the incidence of ED. Cardiovascular damage and diseases associated with smoke-destroying nitric oxide lead to the persistence of sexual suicide. If you need help quitting, contact your doctor.
# 8: Increase Antioxidant Intakes
Certain fruits, vegetables, and spices can prevent ED.
We’ve all heard of antioxidants – they’re in the news a lot. The best-known antioxidants are beta-carotene, vitamins C and E and the mineral selenium. Other antioxidants are ginkgo biloba, coenzyme Q10, tocotrienols.
Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that are found in large quantities in certain foods. Pomegranate, tea (especially white tea), red wine, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries are all great. Black berries have twice the amount of the other berries. Dark cocoa, low in sugar, has a huge advantage in increasing NO production. Spices like rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic and paprika have even been shown to reduce the harmful effects of a high-fat meal.
# 9: check your testosterone
Low T symptoms: low sex drive, lack of energy, muscle loss, weight gain, depression, ED. Check your symptoms.
We see TV commercials everywhere. “Do you have a low T?” The truth is that a lot of men walk around with low testosterone. Low energy, depression, weight gain, loss of libido are all symptoms of low testosterone levels. In short, testosterone is what makes you feel like a man. The energy to compete, create, explore and conquer comes from this male hormone. Likewise, the desire and ability to have sex.
Despite the temptation, don’t run to your grocery store and try to fix this yourself. You can cause big problems by manipulating the hormones yourself. Not sure if you have a low T? Check your symptoms.
# 10: Add nutritional supplements to your diet
Diet supplements can prevent ED by increasing NO production.
There has been a lot of research recently into the effects of dietary supplements on sexual performance. A study in the International Journal of Impotence Research by the Reproductive Partners Medical Group compiled a list of nutritional supplements that have been shown to increase NO production and conservation. This contains:
Omega-3 fish oil 1000mg
Folic acid 400 micrograms
Vitamin C-500 mg. 1000mg
Vitamin E 200 UI 200mg
L-citrulline 2 grams
Pycnogenol 50-120 mg.
Green tea 3 cups / day
Chocolate (low sugar) 1 oz / day
Surprisingly, L-arginine didn’t make the list. Most of the recommended doses have been found to be so low that the drug is almost completely synthesized before it has time to affect NO production. If you want to give it a try, the dose that seems to have the greatest effect is 5 grams.
Changing your lifestyle can be difficult at times. And sometimes medical intervention is required. At Maze, we are experts in treating ED, Low T, or any other sexual problem you may have.
Arrange a free telephone consultation with us to find out how an individual treatment plan can help you.