Erectile dysfunction is typically a symptom, not a disorder in and of itself. This means it can be brought on by any number of health and lifestyle issues. Most men will experience it at least once during their lifetime, particularly if they’ve been under stress, taking certain types of medications, or have been treated for some types of cancers.
Usually the prescribed treatments for ED, once the underlying causes have been addressed, are Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. In cases where the ED is attributed to low testosterone levels, testosterone replacement therapy may be prescribed. However, there are also some more ‘natural’ alternatives.
Chief amongst them is altering your lifestyle. Stress, anxiety, and depression are all known to be causes of ED. If physical causes have been ruled out, consider looking at what’s going on in your life. Anything that contributes to impaired blood flow could also contribute to ED. Amongst the lifestyle habits that can cause this are:
- Unhealthy diet
- Lack of exercise
- High blood pressure
- Drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes
An unhealthy diet full of foods that contribute to cardiovascular problems in general is not going to help ED. Keeping your blood vessels healthy on the other hand will significantly reduce your chances of erectile problems and heart disease. As will getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy body mass index. The type of diet you want to adopt, according to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, is one that contains plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Limiting red meat and processed grains will also help, the study found. Excessive drinking, drugs, and smoking are also notorious for contributing to erectile problems.
Natural Ways To Improve Erectile Dysfunction
If you love dark chocolate this one will interest you! Cocoa is high in flavonoids that help improve cardiovascular health with flow on improvements for ED. Flavonoids are highly beneficial antioxidants.
Another tasty way to improve erectile dysfunction is to add some pistachios to your diet. They’ve been associated with improved erectile function and with lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
There’s nothing like the cool refreshing taste of chilled watermelon on a hot summer’s day. It’s extremely good for you at the best of times but it turns out it may also help erectile function. Amongst its many beneficial compounds is one called citrulline, which is known to be able to relax blood vessels and improve blood circulation.
Ginseng is an ancient aphrodisiacal herb proven to help with ED and a range of other health disorders. It’s reported to be helpful for boosting energy, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels, helping with relaxation and stress levels, and assisting in the treatment of diabetes.
As with any type of treatment, speak to your doctor first, especially if you’re on any other medications because some plant compounds and dietary supplements that contain them can interact adversely with them.