Lifestyle Changes that Help Reduce Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms
Finding the best erectile dysfunction treatment options can be a stressful task for any man. That’s why Memphis Men’s Clinic is here to highlight some of the best lifestyle changes you can make to help restore erectile function.
Start eating healthier. Some men do not realize the impact that obesity or high cholesterol foods have on sexual health. Check out our post on how weight gain can affect men’s sexual health. Start by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet and cutting down on unhealthy foods. Keep track of your daily food intake, create a weekly plan, and avoid meals that are high in fat and sugar. There is no particular food or drink that prevents or cures ED, but there are certain foods that can indirectly help reduce ED by improving cardiovascular functions:
- Greens with high nitrates like celery or spinach
- Dark chocolate
- Oysters or shellfish
Exercise the recommended daily amount. It is suggested that adults exercise about 30 minutes each day. Not only does this help reduce stress and anxiety, but exercise naturally stimulates blood flow which is crucial for maintaining an erection. Studies have also shown that pelvic or aerobic exercises can help improve cardiovascular health for some men.
Basic Kegel exercises have also been shown to help with erectile dysfunction. This method involves clenching the muscles in the lower pelvis. You can easily find this muscle by stopping your stream during urination. Simply lie down or sit down, squeeze the lower pelvis muscles for about 5 seconds and then relax. The recommended repetition is from 10-20 times.
Find a healthy way to manage psychological factors. The important thing to remember is that your mental health can have a significant effect on your sexual health. There are many studies showing that ED can sometimes be caused by mental health issues like stress, anxiety or depression. Even the stress of trying to find erectile dysfunction treatment options can inadvertently worsen ED symptoms. Discover your own unique way to relax and unwind:
- Find a new hobby
- Keep a personal journal
- Seek treatment from a therapist
Start making mental health a priority in your life. If you’re a smoker or heavy drinker, it’s also time to throw away cigarettes and cut down on your alcohol intake.
Finding natural erectile dysfunction treatment options can be difficult. Memphis Men’s Clinic offers non-surgical and non-invasive ED treatment options like WAVE therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP).
Call us at (901) 602-3770 to schedule a full confidential consultation with one of our physicians.