A Word About Natural Enhancement Supplements
It’s the truth: you’re reaching an age where sex isn’t as easy or satisfying as it was before. Many factors may contribute to erectile dysfunction ( ED) — anything from smoking to cardiovascular disease to general stress — and you shouldn’t be shy about talking to your doctor about any erectile problems. If your troubles are caused by an underlying health condition, treating the cause can get you back to top form in no time.
Of course, we also have a variety of medicines available these days to help men achieve and maintain an erection. But do try these natural tips for sexual health before you pop a pill.
- Getting moving.
Studies have shown that mid-life aerobic workouts can treat erectile dysfunction. While researchers are continuing to investigate, I can tell you that regular aerobic exercise combined with a healthy diet will reduce your chance of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes — which is good for your sexual health.
- Find zen.
We live in a society where high performance is expected in every aspect of life — including sex. If you have problems with erectile dysfunction, practice stress-reducing techniques every day so you can relax and enjoy intimacy without having to worry about your performance.
- Just watch what you’re eating.
It can’t be stressed enough — there are many benefits to a healthy diet and lifestyle, including in the bedroom. ED is associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes, so eating a Mediterranean-style diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains can reduce your chance of developing heart problems and, in turn, alleviate your ED.
- Build up your libido.
While there is not much scientific evidence to support the use of herbs to boost sexual urges, most of these supplements will not hurt you. Try herbs that enhance classic libidos such as maca, tribulus, rhodiola, ginseng, omega-3s, DHEA, and L-arginine. But first, be sure to consult your doctor if you are taking blood thinners or other heart health medications.
- Ditch those cigarettes.
Smoking causes the arteries to become stiff, which can affect your erection the opposite way. Reduced blood flow to your sexual organs can make an erection hard to achieve.
- Get your eye shut on quality.
Low libido or sexual dysfunction can occasionally occur due to low levels of testosterone. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need the addition of testosterone. Your body can generate adequate testosterone in general, but it needs downtime to convert precursor hormones into testosterone. If you burn the candle at both ends, instead your body turns those precursors into cortisol. So rest, relax and let your body build up its stores of testosterone.
- Keep the foreplay in mind.
Make no mistake: matters relating to foreplay. Choose a setting that promotes your partner’s intimacy and communication which can reduce performance anxiety. Take time to get warm and mood.
A Word About Natural Supplements
I mentioned taking herbs and supplements to treat erectile dysfunction so I would like to add a note of caution regarding the use of so-called “natural male enhancement” pills. Every year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalls dozens (if not hundreds) of these products to contain the active ingredient in medicines used for treating ED. You don’t have any real way of knowing what you’re ingesting when you buy those products from the internet or even from a retail store. The active ingredients in drugs such as Viagra also use kamagra (sildenafil citrate), Cialis, and Levitra may interact with other medications in a negative way, so it is essential that you take them with medical care.