When Howard Cosell famously stood up in a press conference and asserted that boxing great Muhammad Ali wasn’t the boxer he was 10 years ago, it led to the greatest, most soul-crushing piece of trash talk in sports history.
“’ Well, I asked your wife, and she told me you’re not the same man you was two years ago!”
Cosell giggled at Ali’s retort, but those words hint at a reality too many men feel when they hit their thirties and forties. You can’t run as fast, jump as high, or play ball as well as you used to. Yet, the biggest, most life-altering change is how you perform in the bedroom: You are no longer the man you were two, five, and especially ten years ago.
Sure, there are a slew of remedies for erectile dysfunction that will enable men to perform well as they age. You may already have a prescription for the little blue pill. However, if you were ever interested in making lasting substantive changes that were all-natural and required no medication, you have come to the right place.
Here are surefire natural alternatives to regaining that energy and stamina that can help you feel a little like the man you used to be:
You Have to Work Out
Medical experts will tell you that exercise is the most important treatment for erectile dysfunction and low sex drive. Men who suffer from either of these conditions tend to be obese and/or live sedentary lifestyles. For men with ED, especially younger ones, chances are they suffer from diabetes or heart disease. The best treatment for either malady is, you guessed it, exercise. So what kind of exercise? Running, basketball, tennis, anything that gets the blood flowing. But if you have lower leg injuries or just plain don’t like running, walking is just as helpful.
Exercise improves your blood flow, which is vital to a strong erection. It also improves blood pressure by increasing the nitric oxide level in blood vessels, says Dr. Zachary R. Mucher, a urologist based in Sugar Land, Texas.
You Have to Eat Better
If you made a list of the best tasting foods ever, I’m pretty sure that steak, barbecue ribs, chicken wings, burgers and pizza or any combination of those would be in most people’s top ten. All are tasty, flavorful, satisfying and completely disastrous to your vascular and sexual health. They contain red or processed meat and are high in fat and cholesterol.
To optimize your health and vitality, it’s best to consume vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and fish. A study on male aging revealed that a diet of this type lessened the likelihood of ED, according to a report from Harvard Health.
Further, this review concluded that erectile dysfunction lessened in men who adhered to a Mediterranean diet, which is rich in whole grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts, fruits and seeds. Fish, seafood, poultry, and dairy are eaten in moderation, and red meat and sweets consumed occasionally.
You Have to Get Your Heart Health Together
Your vascular and sexual health go hand in hand. Poor vascular health in the form of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) will impact your performance in the bedroom. More importantly, it will greatly impact your life, leaving you prone to diabetes, hypertension, heart attack, and stroke. Brother man, it’s time to invest in your medical care and get checked out. Your life depends on it.
You Probably Have to Lose Weight
Obesity raises the risks for vascular disease and diabetes which are the two causes of ED, according to Harvard Health. What’s more, having a wide waistline also contributes to problems with proper sexual function. According to Harvard Health, a man with a 42-inch waist is 0 percent more likely to have ED than one with a 32-inch waist.
You Have to Cut Back on the Drinking and Smoking
Actually, it’s best for your overall health to simply put both down, including the cigars and whiskey. Used alone or together, alcohol and tobacco use can produce a range of health issues like cancers of the mouth and throat and liver and cardiovascular disease. Erectile dysfunction is the least of your worries when you use one or both, especially over a prolonged period. But since we’re on the subject, you are likely to experience erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, premature ejaculation, and achieve unsatisfying orgasms when you become dependent on alcohol, according to Medical News Today.
Smoking damages blood circulation, interrupting the level of blood flow to the penis to achieve an erection. Plus, there are studies that link smoking with low sex drive in men. Even worse, is that smoking has also been linked to infertility in women and men.