A closer look at diet and your manhood
If you’re like most men, you’ve had times when your erection was weaker than you wanted it to be. I’m talking about erectile dysfunction, or ED. It’s a condition that men don’t like to talk about. However, the University of Wisconsin reported that 30% of men in their 30s experience mild to moderate erectile dysfunction.
An inability to achieve an erection or losing your erection can be related to a medical condition or it could simply be a matter of mood in the moment. Even I must admit, I’ve lost an erection just before sex because I just wasn’t that interested.
If you’re having a problem with erections, then you should make an appointment with your healthcare practitioner. They can determine if your problem is physical, psychological, or related to your environment.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to reduce your risk for erectile dysfunction. I was embarrassed to go to the doctor, but I was relieved to find out that I wasn’t suffering from an injury, a hormonal disorder, or cardiovascular problem.
My doctor told me to make some lifestyle changes and eat my way to a better erection.
How to Eat Your Way to Stronger Wood
Before you think about getting a prescription for an ED medication like Cialis or Viagra, you should consider that certain foods can help you achieve and keep a strong erection naturally. These foods contain chemicals and nutrients that give you a sexual boost.
Think of your body like a high-performance supercar. If you want your car to win the race, then you need to put the right fuel in the gas tank. If you give your body better fuel, then your body will perform better in the bedroom.
So, fellas, let’s eat.
Try eating three or four squares of dark chocolate before things get intimate. Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content usually contains less sugar than milk chocolate and its loaded with antioxidants. The number of antioxidants in dark chocolate rivals that of blueberries and strawberries.
Antioxidants eliminate free radicals and cancer-causing agents in the body, but different antioxidants do different things. For more info on how antioxidants improve your health, check out this detailed report.
Back to the chocolate. There’s an antioxidant in dark chocolate called flavonoids. They increase blood circulation and lower your blood pressure just like Viagra or Cialis. Poor circulation is one of the leading causes of a limp noodle. Additionally, dark chocolate has natural caffeine, which will give you an energy boost when things get physical.
Maybe Popeye was trying to tell us something all along about spinach. Spinach is super effective in improving your erections. Leafy greens like spinach contain folate, which is a type of B vitamin that your body needs to maintain high testosterone levels.
Low testosterone can lead to reduced sexual desire and arousal. So, eating foods that increase your testosterone will enhance your libido and help you perform better in the bedroom.
Here’s something to consider – folate and folic acid have a key difference. Folate comes naturally from food and folic acid is what you get from supplements. Scientific studies have found natural sources like spinach produce more folate and more testosterone. Just a single cup serving of cooked spinach gives you 66% of your daily dose of folate.
Here’s an easy one. Most people drink coffee or take a daily dose of caffeine in some form or another. Caffeine is a no fuss way to improve blood flow without taking Viagra. When you relax the penile arteries, you get more blood flowing below the belt.
Additionally, caffeine found in coffee improves your mood and boosts your energy. It’s a natural stimulant and it also boosts your adrenaline. Having a cup of coffee about half an hour before you do the deed will give you the energy you need to get past the mood-setting phase.
Something to watch out for though is taking caffeine from energy drinks. Energy drinks don’t just contain caffeine. They also have other ingredients like taurine and guarana. When you have a cup or two of coffee it’s easier to control your caffeine intake.
I’m not a fan of avocado. What does it even taste like? Well, apparently it tastes like a very enjoyable sexual experience. It’s no secret that avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats that improve heart health. What’s lesser known is that avocados are a natural source of zinc and L-carnitine.
Zin has been linked with an increase in testosterone. L-carnitine stimulates the production of nitrogen oxide in the body. When you can release more nitrogen oxide in the blood, you get an erection faster and you can maintain it for much longer.
Avocados also contain magnesium, potassium and B vitamins. When taken regularly, avocados help to keep your cardiovascular system in tip-top shape. This boosts your blood flow, regulates your metabolism and improves your physical performance during sex.
Is it true that shellfish and oysters are natural aphrodisiacs? Well, that’s up for debate. It’s a proven fact that shellfish and oysters contain lots of zinc. As mentioned earlier, zinc boosts your testosterone and your libido.
So, there might be some truth to the claims about oysters and their link to sexual arousal. The ingredients are all there. You just need to be careful not to overdo it. There are high levels of zinc in oysters and if you don’t have a zinc deficiency, then it’s not healthy to consume copious amounts.
There might be a psychological component to oysters and increased libido. If you think that it is having an effect, then maybe it is. So, eat shellfish in moderation and use your brain as an aphrodisiac.
The Importance of Lifestyle Changes
Eating your way to a stronger erection is possible, but you can’t ignore the importance of lifestyle changes. My doctor insisted that I quit smoking if I wanted to reduce my risk of erectile dysfunction. Smoking damages your blood vessels, constricting them so that less blood reaches your penis.
Another lifestyle change that I had to adopt was regular exercise. This improved my cardiovascular health overall. I was less stressed all the time and my performance in the bedroom experienced an almost instantaneous boost.
Another big erection killer is alcohol. This was never my weakness, but there are a lot of guys who need to listen up. Moderate drinking is fine, but when you have too much to drink, you kill you sex drive and your blood flow.
Summing it Up
Certain foods can boost your sexual performance, but you should never consider what you eat to be the only thing that matters when it comes to sexual health. You still need to consult your doctor about erectile dysfunction because there could be serious health reasons involved.
I know that it’s a sensitive subject, but why does it have to be? I think every man has experienced some form of ED and if not, they will at some point in their lives. It should be a subject that makes us circle the wagons and rally together, not clam up and worry about in private.
I’m a big fan of the dark chocolate fix. Before things get intimate, I always pop a few squares. The other foods, I try to keep in mind while I’m shopping at the grocery store. Otherwise, I stick to the lifestyle changes that my doctor mentioned.
You’ll find something that works for you. There’s no magic bullet to beating erectile dysfunction, but you can get a boost from eating healthy foods. These foods are great sources of nutrients, but those same nutrients are in other foods, as well.
You can do a bit of digging on your own to find them elsewhere if you like. The important takeaway is that you’re not powerless against ED. Just remember Popeye and his spinach.