You don't have to have been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction in order to begin learning about preventative measures you can take. Most natural ways to treat or prevent ED also promote overall health and wellness. Which means that taking control of your penile health leads to more than a better sex life.
Treat and prevent ED with lifestyle changes
As men know, an erection happens in the penis, but the process takes place all throughout the body. It happens in the brain, nervous, endocrine, and muscular systems. Natural remedies focus on addressing issues with these symptoms to restore an erection.
Lifestyle changes should be your first choice if you are looking for a safe and natural solution for ED. Lifestyle changes like exercise, diet, and weight loss only have positive side effects such as:
- Increased self-esteem
- Increased quality of life
- Increased strength and endurance
- Reduced dependence on medicine
- Lower risk of cardiovascular disease
A study done at Harvard University reported that a simple 30-minute walk everyday was linked to a 41% reduction in the risk of erectile dysfunction. This may be because a strong erection needs strong muscles and blood flow. These are both increased during exercise.
While it is true that cardiovascular exercise can help combat ED, there are also exercises that you can do that specifically target that area. A kegel exercise is squeezing the muscles around the bladder. Normally these are done to help men and women prevent leakage. Research shows that this exercise can also be effective in helping prevent ED.
There is reason to believe that erectile health and ED treatment begins at the dinner table. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that one third of men who reduced their consumption of fat/cholesterol and ate more foods that were rich in plant-based fiber showed increased sexual function. Having a healthy diet will also compliment any exercise you are doing and lead to overall better health as well as penile health.
Weight loss naturally comes with diet and exercise. This is good because research shows that men who have a waistline over 40 inches may be at higher risk for developing erectile issues.
People who are overweight also have an increased chance of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. These also affect the body's natural ability to produce an erection. Getting your weight under control may be the best step in maintaining your penile health.
Herbs and supplements as natural home remedies for ED
If you ever searched the internet for natural erectile dysfunction treatments, then you know how bombarding the ads and articles are. There are so many “natural ED” treatments out there that claim to work but how do we know which ones are telling the truth? Research has shown some positive results when it comes to natural ED cures. Some things to consider when trying to separate fact from fiction.
- Is the product research based? - If the claims the product is making are not independently tested or reviewed then there is a good chance they are false claims.
- Has the product been tested? - Look for products that have independently been tested so that you know what you are taking is what the bottle says it is.
- Has it been approved? - There are strict approval processes to make sure that what you are taking is not harmful.
- Find out what the side effects are. - Even natural remedies have side effects. Make sure that you know all of the side effects before taking anything.
A modern natural remedy: Acoustic Waves
If you want to avoid surgery or medication, then Acoustic Waves may be the choice for you. Also called Low Intensity Shockwave Therapy, it is a new safe, state-of-the-art treatment for erectile dysfunction. It uses the energy from sound waves to stimulate the body's processes of building blood vessels. The creation of these new blood vessels often results in increased blood flow and improvement of ED.