PIc of male lifting weight bar without any weight - symbolic of male impotency and the need for natural remedies

The inability to get an erection or to sustain it long enough for intercourse is called erectile dysfunction. ED is otherwise known as impotence.

Studies show that up to 40% of men live with this sexual dysfunction as part of their daily lives. The older a man is, the more likely he is to experience impotence. [1]

Men living with erectile dysfunction endure feelings of shame, embarrassment and anger over their sexual dysfunction issue. Because of this, many men are not willing to seek treatment from their doctor. Some men would rather just find a way to handle the problem on their own without the use of pharmaceuticals.

Impotence can be caused by a variety of factors. Some things that can result in erectile dysfunction are:

  • Health conditions such as heart problems or diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Emotional problems like depression or anxiety
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Smoking
  • Complicated relationships

Most of these issues can be taken care of by making some simple lifestyle changes. Today we will be discussing some things you can do to help *alleviate your erectile dysfunction without the use of pharmaceuticals.

Diet

One common cause for erectile dysfunction is obesity. Obesity can cause low testosterone, and it can lead to diabetes or high blood pressure which can also cause erectile dysfunction. *Losing weight is one of the easiest natural remedies available to improve the function of your sexual organ.

You can help *alleviate your weight problems and in turn you could *reduce your chances of suffering from erectile dysfunction. Here are some simple dietary tips to help you out here…

  • Testosterone – To improve your testosterone levels, make sure you are getting enough selenium and zinc in your diet. Studies have shown that men who did not get enough zinc from their diet had low testosterone levels. Once the zinc levels *increased, so did testosterone levels. [2]

For selenium, try a few Brazil nuts. Foods rich in zinc include chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, lamb, beef and spinach.

  • Blood Flow – Adequate blood flow is absolutely vital to achieve or maintain an erection. It’s critical, then, to ensure your body has sufficient blood flow.

 One way to *improve your blood flow is by checking your intake of vitamin E. Blood flow can be greatly improved by eating a diet packed with foods containing Vitamin E. [3]

Some vitamin E rich foods include leafy greens like spinach and kale. Trout, olive oil and palm oil are also great sources of Vitamin E as are sweet potatoes, avocados, almonds and sunflower seeds.

Additionally, it’s essential to avoid certain foods that can have a negative impact on your testosterone levels and your sexual desire.

Foods you should sidestep are trans-fats like you find in deep fried foods, refined vegetable oils and any food containing too much sodium.  You should also consider *limiting your intake of caffeine and alcohol since both can have a negative effect on your sexual performance.

Exercise

In addition to eating well, it’s also important that you are getting enough exercise. This is not only *beneficial for losing weight and improving your overall health but it has a positive impact on your sexual health as well.

As you know, blood flow is necessary for a properly functioning sexual organ so anything you can do to help *improve circulation will likely *benefit the erectile dysfunction problem you are trying to *eradicate.

Aerobic training has been shown to be a successful natural remedy for erectile dysfunction [4] and more studies on this subject are being carried out.

Participating in regular high-intensity exercise is a good way to *alleviate stress, prevent obesity and give your mental health a *boost. It can also greatly *improve your circulation. By *raising the levels of nitric oxide in your blood, exercise can also help to *improve your blood pressure.

In addition to cardio-based exercise and the *benefits it provides, lifting weights can also help erectile dysfunction because it can *increase testosterone levels in the blood.

Getting enough exercise is one of the *best lifestyle changes you can make to help treat your erectile dysfunction naturally.

Stress Relief

We are often faced with situations that cause immense stress in our lives. The more anxious we become about them, the more every facet of our lives, including our sex lives, is affected by this stress. Stress can cause our sexual desire to *wane It can also cause anxiety and depression.

Stress does this by releasing hormones like cortisol and adrenaline into our bodies and these stress hormones cause our blood vessels to constrict and stop the blood from flowing properly.

It is important to try to relax so our whole bodies can function well and that includes our sexual organs.

Meditation has been shown to have a profound impact on the body’s central nervous system [5] and it also allows you to calm down and focus on the situation at hand. This can help to *alleviate stress and help you to concentrate on what’s going on right in front of you instead of worrying about tomorrow’s presentation.

Acupuncture

A centuries-old treatment for almost everything in the Far East, acupuncture continues to *grow in popularity as a treatment option for many ailments in the Western world.

Erectile dysfunction has shown promise when being treated with acupuncture as well.

The tiny needles used for this treatment are placed in specific areas of the body that are reported to relieve stress. In relieving the stress, the acupuncture process can help to ease the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

A 1999 study showed that the use of acupuncture greatly *improved the quality of men’s erections and had a high rate of success in *restoring their sexual activity. [6]

Conclusion

Often, erectile dysfunction is a problem that can be dealt with without medication or supplementation.

Thank you for reading!

References

[1] Simons J, Carey M (2001) Prevalence of Sexual Dysfunction. Arch Sex Behav 30(2): 177-219

[2] Prasad AS, Mantzoros CS, Beck FW, Hess JW, Brewer GJ (1996) Zinc Status and Serum Testosterone Levels of Healthy Adults. Nutrition 12(5): 344-8

[3] Rizvi S, Raza S, Ahmed F, Ahmad A, Abbas S, Mahdi F (2014) The Role of Vitamin E in Human Health and Some Diseases. Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J 14(2): e157-165

[4] Sikiru L, Agbanusi EC, Nwacha RC (2011) Effects of Aerobic Exercise in the Management of Erectile Dysfunction: A Meta-Analysis Study on Randomized Controlled Trials. Ethiop J Health Sci 21(3): 195-201

[5] Steinhubl S, Wineinger N, Patel S, Boeldt D, Mackellar G, Porter V, Redmond J, Muse E, Nicholson L, Chopra D, Topl E (2015) Cardiovascular and Nervous System Changes During Meditation. Front Hum Neurosci 9:145

[6] Kho HG, Sweep CG, Chen X, Rabsztyn PR, Meuleman EJ (1999) The Use of Acupunture in the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction. Int J Impot Res 11(1): 41-6

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