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ED And the Importance Of Exercise

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It’s hardly a news flash that exercise is important for your overall health, but what you may not have known is that getting enough exercise is also an important step toward minimizing your ED symptoms.

Of course, don’t expect to hear such things from the people who are selling you ED pills every month.

They’d just as soon see you not do anything to minimize your symptoms so you’ll keep buying from them every month, but it’s true.

By itself, exercise is almost certain not to be sufficient to totally eliminate ED, but it can absolutely help minimize your symptoms.

Why Exercise Improves Your ED

At the core, erectile dysfunction is a circulatory condition. It’s all about blood flow.

Think about it: What is it that causes your penis to become erect?

Blood flowing to it.

The better your circulation and the more blood that flows into your erectile tissue, the firmer and stronger your erections will be.

This explains why some exercises are better than others at reducing ED symptoms.

Specifically, what you want are cardiovascular exercises.

Yes, you want to work up a sweat, but more than that, you want to do an exercise that really gets your heart pumping.

People will tell you that the best way to start is to start modestly.

To commit to, say, fifteen minutes of exercise, three to five times a week when you’re first starting out.

Then, over time, slowly increase your duration, and the number of days per week you’re exercising.

That’s generally pretty good advice, but we’d like to add an additional wrinkle to that.

For starters, KEEP your exercise to three days a week, but yes, gradually build up the length of time you spend exercising.

In addition to that though, find a sport you enjoy.

It could be anything.

Kayaking, soccer, fencing, hiking…just make sure it’s something you enjoy, and something you’re passionate about.

If you love to do it, and are passionate about it, you’ll naturally be inclined to do more of it.

This is the reason you don’t need to bump up your exercise to more than three times per week.

You’ll be supplementing that with your new sports activity.

Consider this to be your “sweat equity.”

This is the equity you put into living a longer, healthier life.

In exchange for that sweat equity, you’ll get a healthier heart and lungs, better circulation, more energy, more stamina, and if you have ED, you’ll notice a marked reduction in your symptoms.

If you don’t have ED, a good exercise program won’t guarantee that you’ll never experience difficulties, but if and when you do, they’ll be much milder than they otherwise would have been.

There are relatively few people outside of “gym rats” who love to exercise, so look at it as an investment. That’s why we used the term “sweat equity.”

We want you to think of it in exactly the same terms as financial investments you make in your future.

If you can put yourself in that mindset, and if you supplement your regular exercise with a sport you love, you’ll be much more likely to stick with it, and consistency is key.

Exercise, and its overall effectiveness is only as good as your commitment to it.

The only kind of exercise that comes with a caveat is bicycling. There’s no doubt that it is a great way to get (and stay) in shape, but it has one small drawback.

Studies have shown that spending a lot of time cycling can lead to an increased likelihood of problems with your prostate gland.

It can also, in at least some cases, cause numbness in and around the penis, which while not quite the same as ED, can definitely decrease the quality of your erections.

In addition to cardio-based exercises and a regular workout routine, don’t overlook the importance of stretching.

You can do something like Tai Chi or Yoga, for example. Both of these are great ways to stretch and tone your muscles, and make an excellent addition to your overall fitness routine.

The great thing about Yoga is that it’s a wonderful, meditative technique, in addition to being a great way to stretch.

Start simply and modestly, and slowly work your way into more advanced postures.

The bottom line is simple: Exercise is not just good for your overall health, it’s also good for your sexual health.

If you’re genuinely interested in maintaining an active sex life well past your forties, when men typically begin experiencing sexual difficulties, then you’re going to want to make regular exercise an important part of your daily routine.

Again, the most important thing here is to be sure you pick a sport that you’re genuinely passionate about, because that makes it easy to stick with it.

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Is Your Diet Helping (Or Harming) Your Erections?

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Erectile Dysfunction can be devastating to men, and unfortunately, millions of men suffer from the condition.

If you go to the doctor to talk about the issue, you’re likely to get put on one or more of the popular medications used to treat the condition.

While they can be effective (temporarily), these medications come with a raft of side effects, some of which are decidedly unpleasant.

Even worse, these medications aren’t really a cure, they’re more like a temporary workaround.

Worst of all, they tend to be really expensive. Month after month, you’re having to pay to work around your condition.

That’s what the Big Pharmaceutical companies want.

Why would they want to cure you when they can rope you into buying their overpriced pills month after month?

That’s pure profit for them.

They’re no more interested in actually providing a cure for your condition than your dog is.

If pills aren’t the answer then, what is?

At the root, Erectile Dysfunction is a circulatory issue.

The quality of your erections is directly tied to your circulation.

The more and better your blood flow, the better your erections will be.

Fortunately, there are a number of natural ways you can increase your circulation overall, which has the happy side effect of improving your erections.

We’ll cover some of the biggest ones just below:

Fruits & Grains

Not just any grains will do.

Specifically, if you want to increase blood flow, then you want to eat more whole grains. Fruits, too.

They’re loaded with natural sugars, vitamins and anti-oxidants, all of which will help you (and not just with your ED).

In fact, given the above, one of the best things you can do to improve your overall level of health and help your ED naturally is to adopt the Mediterranean Diet.

Increase those Nitrates!

Also, any food that is loaded with nitrates is good for your circulation, and by extension, good for your penis, or more specifically, the quality and firmness of your erections.

Here, we’re talking about leafy greens and beets.

If you can stomach it, beet juice has an insanely high concentration of nitrates, but to say that it is an acquired taste is an understatement.

Still, if you’re looking for a fast way to get a mega dose of nitrates, hold your nose and drink a glass.

Increasing the amount of nitrates in your body like this is essentially the same strategies that doctors are employing when they put you on those expensive ED pills.

That’s essentially what they do. Increase your nitrates to increase your blood flow.

Dark Chocolate

Are you a chocaholic? If so, you’re in luck! Dark chocolate is filled with flavonoids, and flavonoids, like nitrates, help to improve your circulation.

It’s the same basic principle as those leafy greens, but a whole lot better tasting. So buy a bar of dark chocolate and enjoy!

Pistachios

A recent study showed that eating pistachio nuts every day led to a significant increase in sexual performance after just three weeks.

In addition to lessening the effects of ED, it also had the benefit of increasing overall sexual satisfaction.

What causes this almost magical effect?

It all comes down to a protein called arginine, which, like the other things we’ve mentioned so far, help to relax blood vessels.

Oysters

For centuries, oysters have had the reputation as being an aphrodisiac. It isn’t, but part of that reputation stems from the fact that oysters are packed with just incredible amounts of zinc.

You may not have realized this, but zinc plays a pivotal role in the production of testosterone in men.

That matters because one of the causes of ED is low testosterone.

Eating oysters (or shellfish in general) is a great way to help solve your low-T problem, which in turn, will reduce your ED symptoms.

Watermelon

While there are a number of tasty treats that are packed with antioxidants, few pack as big of a punch as watermelon.

If you don’t like watermelon, give blueberries a try.

Both are great sources of antioxidants, and both will help mitigate your ED symptoms.

Tomatoes (and Pink Grapefruit)

Both of these foods are loaded with lycopene, which does good things for people who suffer with ED.

Lycopene, when mixed with oily foods such as avocados or olive oil can help in the same way that watermelon and blueberries do – in this case, it’s all about the antioxidants!

In addition to adding certain things to your diet, you’ll do a lot to help yourself by taking certain things OUT of your diet.

Specifically, if you smoke, consider stopping. The nicotine in cigarettes is known to constrict your blood vessels, which reduces blood flow.

Those smokes are literally working against your sexual performance.

Alcohol is another thing to seriously consider reducing your intake of.

While a little bit of alcohol can increase your sexual desire, it’s essentially a poison, and can actually decrease your sexual performance.

If you’re serious about minimizing the effects of ED, get it out of your diet.

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