There are many different parts of the body which are responsible for helping us achieve an erection, ultimately which contribute to our cardio-vascular health and blood flow to the penis.
Whilst erectile dysfunction can be caused be a large number of factors which inhibit arousal or are bad for blood circulation, in most circumstances our lifestyle can play a huge role in mitigating these factors, helping to get and maintain healthy erections.
Below, we run through some of the low-hanging fruit that may be of help...
The benefits of a healthy diet should not be understated. Small improvements in diet can have a quick and real effect on erectile dysfunction.
Aim for foods that support a healthy cardiovascular system such as tomatoes, fish, nuts, green vegetables and peppers.
Also try to drink in moderation, as alcohol is a depressant that decreases sexual desire and makes it more difficult to get an erection and reach orgasm.
Sleep is a vital component of overall health and wellbeing.
It’s important because it enables the body to repair and be fit and ready for the next day.
Insufficient sleep can reduce testosterone levels, resulting in lower sex drive and weak erections.
In addition, sleep-deprived men often feel fatigued and stressed, which may worsen sexual problems.
Stress is very bad for erections. It leads to elevated cortisol levels which suppresses sexual desire.
Think about how you can best de-stress. This may be walking barefoot on the grass like Richard Gere in Pretty Woman or a intense workout to get the endorphins, our mood lifters, flowing,
Do whatever works best for you.
We all know that smoking has long-term negative effects but many of us don’t associate them with erectile dysfunction.
In short, smoking damages our arteries. Where the arteries are damaged, a bad form of cholesterol gathers at the site and, over time, this grows into a hard, fatty plaque which restricts blood flow.
This is bad for erections and can lead to heart attack or stroke.
Recent studies suggest that doing pretty much any exercise, almost anything at all, is good for you.
Try to workout at least 5 times a week for 20 minutes.
This should improve your cardiovascular health. A strong heart and healthy blood flow is good news for erections.
Many men watch porn regularly and get used to the self-control over their dopamine hit.
It is believed porn may lead to porn induced erectile dysfunction or PIED which means it's harder to get naturally aroused.
Try to reduce, or perhaps stop entirely, your porn consumption to alleviate erection dysfunction symptoms.
Whilst encountering erectile dysfunction can be frustrating and there may be an urge to withdraw from sexual activity all together, it's important to stay the course and remain sexually active.
Sexual arousal and erections, if even for short periods, will stimulate blood flow to the penis, which should help prevent further problems with erectile dysfunction.
Written by Mike Firth, GP and Medical Director
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