Monday, January 12, 2015
Natural Treatment to Restore Erectile Function
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection which is needed for sexual performance. This is the most common sexual problems among men, and almost all men experience an episode of erectile dysfunction in a phase of your life. Persistent erectile dysfunction affects about 25% of men over 50 years of age, and this scenario tends to increase with age. This article will help you to know how to restore erectile function the natural way.
In the development of an erection, there are several factors involved. Sexual arousal causes nerves in the brain and spinal send signals to the arteries in the penis which fill with blood. The spongy tissue of the penis expands and it becomes erect. Any obstruction with this particular process, whether physical or mental, can prevent an erection.
Most cases of erectile dysfunction are caused by physical factors such as diabetes and nerve damage. It can also be caused by psychological problems, or by the use of certain medications. In most cases, is not caused by lack of sexual desire.
Although once erectile dysfunction has been a sensitive discussion topic, the advent of drugs like Viagra brought this topic into the spotlight, and more men are seeking treatment.
In addition to drug therapy, there are many things that can be done to prevent impotence and improve erectile function.
Signs and Symptoms
• Inability to get a full erection;
• Diabetes: elevated blood sugar levels damage blood vessels of the penis;
• Diseases of the nerves, blood vessels, heart, kidney and prostate;
• Hormonal imbalances: low testosterone, growth hormone or DHEA levels;
• Surgery or trauma that cause nerve injury (spinal cord injury, prostate surgery);
• Medicine for antidepressants, beta-blockers, antihistamines, tranquilizers, anti-cancer drugs;
• Alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and other illicit drugs;
• Tobacco causes damage to blood vessels and nerves of the penis, affecting erectile function;
• Psychological factors: stress, anxiety, depression and lack of sleep.
Foods to include:
• High fiber foods help to promote the balance of blood sugar;
• Zinc helps in the production of testosterone; the best dietary sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, soybean, wheat germ, and oysters;
• Vitamin E dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow; the best food sources of vitamin E include nuts and seeds, whole grains and green leafy vegetables.
Foods to avoid:
• Foods high in saturated and processed fats, which can be harmful to blood vessels and reduce the circulation (red meat, milk, processed foods and fast food);
• Minimize refined flours and sugars because these foods cause fluctuations in blood sugar, which may be harmful to the blood vessels;
• Avoid drinking alcohol before sex.
• Practice exercise: Regular physical activity is essential to improve blood flow and circulation, reduce stress and increase energy levels. Activities such as walking, squats and jumps are particularly good for increasing blood flow to the pelvic area;
• Do not smoke: Smoking has serious consequences because it damages the nerves and blood vessels;
• Maintain a healthy body weight: Obesity leads to diabetes and heart disease, both of which can have an impact on sexual function;
• Have adequate sleep at night, and be aware that lack of sleep can affect sexual performance;
• Reduce stress through meditation, breathing techniques or visualization. Find something that works for you, to promote relaxation, and practice it regularly;
• Communicate with your partner and your doctor.