The poor health choices you make each day not only influence the quality of your erections and semen; they can also be a cause of erectile dysfunction you may suffer over time.
It’s time for you to make some crucial lifestyle changes so that your penis will stay happy, healthy, and vigorous.
Here’s what you should do to prevent your penis from withering away:
1. Quit smoking.
Sure, you may think you look cool sucking away on those death sticks, and the thought of having stinky breath, emphysema, lung cancer, or heart disease may not be enough to scare you into quitting. But smokers are twice as likely to develop erectile dysfunction as those who don’t light up. Smoking causes vascular disease and impedes healthy circulation, which may prevent you from getting and keeping an erection.
2. Don’t drink too much.
There’s nothing more embarrassing than being too drunk to get it up. You’ll only disappoint and frustrate your partner. Embarrassment happens even to the best of us. Also, boozing regularly gives your man juice a nasty taste—a bitter truth your partner will find hard to swallow. Long-term alcohol abuse is also the number-one culprit for inhibited blood flow and low sex drive.
3. Avoid unhealthy foods.
If you favor eating junk food over fruits or veggies, chances are you’ll end up with weight problems, poor circulation or depression. All those hydrogenated oils (trans fats), monosodium glutamate (MSG), and processed foods aren’t doing your penis any favors. The rule of thumb should be that any food that brings harm to a man’s heart is also bad for his erection, according to associate professor Andrew McCullough of New York University Langone Medical Center.
4. Watch your weight.
You may be excited to put your dad bod in full view when you hit the beach and just wait for all the women to swoon over you. But excessive fat tissue will take a huge toll on your body. Having too much fat will clog your veins and arteries in the long run and will hinder blood circulation to the vital organs in your body, including your heart and penis. Furthermore, being overweight is closely associated with high blood glucose levels, which is another contributing factor to erectile dysfunction.
5. Stop being sedentary.
All that time you spend binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix or sitting in front of the computer screen all day isn’t doing your penis any favors. Having an inactive lifestyle is a surefire way you’ll end up with erectile dysfunction. If you want to enjoy having more erections for a long time, start getting physically active. Sweating it out at the gym will increase your blood flow and boost endurance during sex. Maintaining your cardiovascular and pulmonary health is sure to improve your mood, strength, and self-esteem.
6. Stress less.
It will be difficult to get in the mood for sex if you’re swamped with a lot of responsibilities at work, school, and home. Too much stress can cost you your vitality, so you need to take a load off. Find healthy ways you can deal with stress and time to relax. You can exercise regularly or do some online research on effective stress management techniques.
7. Say no to sleep deprivation.
Research shows that poor quality sleep or chronic lack of sleep plays a significant role in erectile dysfunction. So if you love your penis, get enough sleep. A solid seven to eight hours of restful sleep will help your body maintain healthy blood circulation and properly oxygenate your penis. Make adequate sleep a part of your daily routine.
8. Don’t worry; be happy.
Throw away your Dashboard Confessional and Secondhand Serenade CDs. They are so 2006. It’s difficult to get a boner when you’ve gone full emo. Depression and anxiety will diminish your sexual excitement and can also trigger erectile dysfunction. Most men fail to realize that the brain is one big erogenous zone, so counseling can definitely help. It’s nothing for anyone to be ashamed of. Overcoming the stigma of seeking help for your mental health is easier to overcome than suffering from the permanent loss of your erection.
9. Check your medicine cabinet.
You may not be aware that some of the medications you are taking are wreaking havoc on your penis. There are many drugs that could negatively impact your erections such as antidepressants, pain medications, or specific blood-pressure drugs. Moreover, illegal drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, and amphetamines can contribute to sexual-performance issues as well.
10. Monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure.
High levels of cholesterol or high blood pressure can damage your blood vessels, including those that supply blood to your penis. In the long run, this may cause erectile dysfunction as well. Visit your doctor regularly so he can help you manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You can also get a digital blood-pressure monitor to use at home at any given time. So, before your blood pressure and cholesterol levels become crazy-high, seek treatment right away.
It may be embarrassing to talk about not being able to get your penis erect. But consulting with your doctor is the best way for you to get back on the right track and continue to enjoy intimate relations with your significant other. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Always take good care of yourself by making smart and healthy lifestyle choices.