If you’re husband is having trouble standing at attention, it can be a difficult and embarrassing situation. Both of you want a sex life but it takes two to tango.
You should know that neither of you are alone and there are things you can do to help erectile dysfunction without resorting to medication. Yep, that’s right: your husband may not need to take Viagra or another drug to stay hard!
Here’s our tips for treating impotence naturally.
Erectile dysfunction affects over half of men over age 75 and is commonly called “impotence.” It’s a condition in which a man can’t achieve or maintain an erection during sexual performance.
These kinds of issues can happen at any time and to any man. Causes mainly include:
There can be medical reasons for impotence as well:
L-arginine is an amino acid that increases nitric oxide levels in the body. We need nitric oxide in our body to relax our muscles and help circulate blood. This is why it’s great for maintaining an erection – it dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow. You can find l-arginine in protein foods such as meat, chicken, fish, walnuts and peas, as well as in supplement form.
Studies have shown low levels of zinc have been associated with sexual dysfunction, which may be caused by certain medical conditions and medications. Zinc supplementation also appears to increase testosterone and can be found in powder and tablet form at any chemist as well as in pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, garlic and chickpeas.
3. Get rid of gum disease
Bad breath, bright red, swollen or tender gums are all signs of gum disease. Gum disease can trigger inflammation that can result in erectile dysfunction. According to one study, 53% of men with ED had chronic gum disease and those who treated it had significantly improved erectile dysfunction after three months.
4. Lose weight
Excess body fat is a factor in erectile dysfunction, as it increases inflammation in the body and and converts erection’s best friend testosterone to female estrogen. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to treat erectile dysfunction, so grab your hubby and go for a run!
5. Ginkgo biloba
One of the most well-known Chinese medicines, ginkgo biloba is great for circulation problems, low energy levels and general fatigue – which are all symptoms of impotence. Take 40-80 mg of standardised extract of Ginkgo biloba, three times a day to see an improvement.
Known as the ‘male remedy’ in China, there is evidence to suggest that gingseng can enhance vitality and protect from the effects of stress. A clinical trial from Korea found that 60 per cent of patients taking ginseng benefited from its therapeutic properties during intercourse. Take 150mg, three times a day.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar truly is a cure-all! It is a fast remedy for impotence with many men seeing an improvement quickly. ACV doesn’t actually treat erectile dysfunction directly but it helps treat the problems that cause impotence such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Simply mix a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar together with some lemon juice and Manuka honey for taste and repeat this three times per day.
Magnesium is essential for the health of the heart and blood vessels and for preventing and treating heart disease, a major cause of impotence. All you need to do is add magnesium to your diet via dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit or take supplements as recommended.
9. Cayenne Pepper and Garlic
Cayenne pepper increases circulation right throughout the body – including the genital area – and the garlic helps to dilate blood vessels and improve blood flow. When the two are combined, they become a very potent combination for keeping your man hard. With the garlic, you can either use fresh garlic or take odourless garlic tablets. Just make sure you take the cayenne and garlic together and take them before food on an empty stomach.