From pills to surgery to therapy, there is no shortage of suggestions for how to improve sexual performance. We don't have any quick fixes that work for everyone but there is a fairly simple rule of thumb that can help. In general, healthy lifestyle choices – like a good diet, ample exercise, and stress reduction – will improve a man's sexual functioning the most. "Not only do diet and exercise help prevent sexual problems from occurring in men in the first place, they can also reverse it," says Dr. Alan W. Shindel, assistant professor of urology at UC Davis. While a pill may work as temporary fix, healthy life changes are potential permanent solutions to sexual issues. Here are some of the lifestyle choices that will make the biggest difference in the bedroom.
Poor Heart Health
Your blood pressure and cholesterol can tell you how your circulatory system is doing, they can also give you a good idea of your sexual fitness. "Whatever's good for the heart is also good for the penis," says Shindel. Erections are caused by increased blood flow to the penis and kept up by the compression of blood vessels, so poor vascular health can interfere with your functioning down there. The fix? Old-fashioned diet and exercise is your best bet but a trip to the doctor's is also a good idea.
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