Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a huge problem for men.
Not only does it affect a person’s sex life, but it also lowers his libido and self-esteem, and could potentially turn into a more serious health issue. ED is also often a major problem for marital relations. Many a divorce has started as a consequence of ED.
If you are concerned about your marriage or sexual relations or health, ED should not be taken lightly. Many people around the world suffer from ED but are unaware that they can improve their sex life without the need for medication or special treatment.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your sexual health, a good place to start is by cleaning up your diet.
Dairy comprises around 12% of the daily caloric intake for the average American. Yet the idea most of us have of healthy, grass-feeding cows is a myth. Foods such as cheese are high in saturated fats.
This causes arterial blockage, which in turn affects blood flow to the brain, the heart…and crucially in this case, to the penis. Also consider the fact that most cows are fed on grain, an unnatural source of food for cows.
They are fed antibiotics to keep from getting sick, the residues of which are found in the dairy products we eat and drink. This too has a negative effect on your prostate, one of the underlying causes of erectile dysfunction.
The best thing you can do for your overall health, as well as for treating ED and sexual desire, is to substitute dairy milk for healthier alternatives such as almond or coconut milk.
When thinking about erections, you have to think about your heart. Good heart health will improve your performance in the bedroom. Meat-heavy diets, high in animal fats, are responsible for arterial damage which causes heart disease and ED.
Try switching your red meat to grass-fed red meat as they contain healthier fats: heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, as well as conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that’s been shown to reduce heart disease and cancer risks.
Also try and supplement protein intake through chicken, turkey and fish.
Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are great for your heart. But avoid large predatory fish such as tuna, cod, haddock, all of which have higher levels of pollution as they are higher up in the food chain.
Smaller oily fish such as sardines, mackerel, and trout have more omega three and less mercury pollution.
You might beg to differ, but alcohol is actually a depressant. Using it heavily can dampen mood, decrease sexual desire, and make it difficult for a man to achieve erections or reach an orgasm while under the influence.
In fact, according to Everyday Health, overdoing it on booze is a common cause of erectile dysfunction. However, that doesn’t mean you should cut out alcohol completely, as moderation seems to be the key here.
If you must drink alcohol be it for social occasions or simply for relaxation, choose red wine as at least then you will be getting some antioxidants.
4) Fried Food
Fried foods are bad because of the oil that is used for frying. Restaurants tend to use partially hydronated oils that are high in trans fat and the oil is reheated over and over to keep the costs down.
That way they become some of the unhealthiest foods to your heart, and one of the biggest causes of many diseases including heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Stay away from fried foods in restaurants.
When frying foods at home make sure to use healthy oils such as extra virgin coconut oil or avocado oil. Both are rich in goodness, with a high smoke point that retains most of its nutrients during frying.
Try to avoid soy, for one simple reason – it can have an oestrogenic effect on your body. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, oestrogen is a female hormone that men have smaller amounts of.
In order to achieve good sexual health, a healthy balance between oestrogen and testosterone (the male counterpart to oestrogen) must be maintained. There is an exception, however.
Naturally fermented soy, the one you can find in Miso soup or soy sauce can be used without fear. However, one caution is that many industrial produced soy sauces are not naturally fermented and quite a few do not even contain soy as their main ingredient but are based on treacle.
So, check carefully to make sure that whatever you buy in the way of the soy sauce or miso is actually made from genuinely naturally fermented soy.
Be careful with flaxseed. If your diet has regular intakes of flaxseed, you might consider removing it, as it has a very high amount of oestrogen in it. For example, 100 grams of flax has 379,380 micrograms (mcg) of oestrogen.
On the other hand, there are fruits like watermelon, which have 2.9 mcg of oestrogen. Watermelon is a natural way to boost testosterone, too. If you’re more of an essence guy, there are male boost tinctures out there.
There are other opinions as well, saying that flaxseed is in fact, good for reducing oestrogen levels. According to Oregon State University, flaxseed contains polyphenols – which work to reduce oestrogen levels in the bloodstream. Bottom line is if you’re using flaxseed, don’t go overboard. Use it moderation.
7) Canned or plastic food
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a widely produced chemical used, unfortunately, in many of our most common consumer products: plastic containers, water bottles, and canned foods all contain BPA.
At the molecular level, it mimics oestrogen, causing your body to react to it as if there is an excess of oestrogen in your body.
And too much oestrogen in the male body causes lots of problems: reduced sperm quality, an enlarged prostate, erectile dysfunction and decreased sexual desire.
It would, of course, be impossible to completely avoid exposure to casual toxins like BPA. But there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce its impact: buy fresh food, don’t microwave your lunch or dinner in plastic containers, avoid putting them in the dishwasher, and check the bottles you buy are “BPA-free”.