Saturday, June 19, 2010

Diet and Fitness: The Natural Remedy for Erectile Dysfunction

30 million American men are afflicted with erectile dysfunction, according to estimates by the American Foundation for Urologic Disease, and of that number 50-70% are men over 40 years old.

Men in their twenties and thirties are not spared either. The high incidence of smoking, stress, junk foods consumption, and lack of physical exercise are some of the reasons young men are increasingly having erectile dysfunction problems. For a young man, not being able to maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse is devastating.

There are many reasons for erectile dysfunction. Experts believe that 80 to 90% of erectile dysfunction cases are related to physical conditions, such as neurological disease, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and prostate cancer treatment, and 10 to 20% to psychological causes including stress, anxiety, depression, fear of sexual failure or a feeling of inadequacy.

When an erection becomes limp, blame it on phosphodiesterase type 5 or PDE5. It is an enzyme which converts cyclic guanosine monophosphate or cGMP - a key biochemical component of the erection process - from its active state to its inactive state.

When the function of PDE5 is inhibited, cGMP concentration, in response to sexual stimulation helps the smooth muscles in the penis to relax and widen, allowing more blood to enter it to maintain an erection.

The trick is to stop the functioning of PDE5 from converting cGMP from its active to inactive state. PDE5 inhibitors such as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis have been on the market for some time now. They increase the concentration of cGMP in the penis by inhibiting PDE5, and have become the remedy of choice for many men seeking oral remedies for erectile dysfunction.

Alternatives to these pharmaceutical drugs include, L-Arginine, Ginseng Panax, Ginkgo Biloba, Cayenne Pepper, as well as Ginger. The effectiveness of these alternative remedies are still under investigation by the medical establishment, but there are anecdotal evidence that they have worked for some men who have tried them.

More recently though, research has shown that the type of foods we eat affect our blood circulation. Junk foods containing low fiber and high saturated and trans fats, increase body fat and cause plaque to form on the walls of the arteries, making them to harden and constrict. This slows down blood flow to all parts of the body including blood flow to the male organ when you need it the most.

A balanced diet should include carbohydrate, protein, essential fats, vitamins, mineral salts and fiber obtained from fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, meat, poultry, and low fat dairy products. These, when consumed in small to moderate quantities will reduce your body fat, and needless to say, dissolve the plaque deposits in your arteries and improve your blood circulation.

As I've often said, all good diet will give your body more calories than you can burn off by normal activities. Regular physical exercise is essential to burning off excess calories, keeping your body in good health and top shape to perform at its best when you need to. So don't forget to do regular physical exercise, as part of your diet and fitness daily regimen.

Look, I'm being straight up with you. If you are young and overweight, you will often find that your sexual performance is only half what you are capable of doing. Unless you are a rich guy, and even that, your girl may go to another man for the satisfaction you cannot give her. Start eating a balanced diet, start doing some serious physical exercise to bring down your weight, and don't lose your girl or wife.

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