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.
Remember learning about the fight or flight response? We may not be running from saber-tooth tigers anymore but our bodies still take stressors very seriously. Simply worrying about money problems or relationship issues can affect your sex life. When stressed, your body releases hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, which can reduce your sexual desire and clamp down on your arteries, making it harder to get hard. Yoga, meditation, and therapy all have some scientific support showing they can help de-stress your sex life.
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