There are serious medical and psychological conditions that can cause ED. But lifestyle choices can cause problems in the bedroom as well.
The mind and the body work together — and smart choices today can mean a healthy sex life now and in the future. Here are a few tips that can actually put a smile on your face:
- Stop smoking. Tobacco restricts blood flow to veins and arteries — and you pretty much need the blood flowing to make things work down there. Bellin Health offers smoking cessation programs if you need some help quitting. Call (920) 445-7373 to learn more about programs near where you live or work.
- Exercise regularly. It improves your overall cardiovascular health, reduces stress and mild depression, and helps you maintain a healthy weight — all things that you need to reduce your risk of ED. In fact, a guy with a 42-inch waist is 50% more likely to have ED than a guy with a 32-inch waist, according to the Harvard Medical School.
Now think about the bedroom benefits. Any questions? Need a more structured exercise program with a personal trainer, or simply a place to go workout? Check out our three Bellin Fitness locations and call the one nearest you.
- Alcohol and drugs can mess with your sex life. Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day or taking illegal drugs can cause ED. Need some help kicking the habit? Talk to your Bellin doctor. We also have nine convenient outpatient counseling clinic locations staffed with smart and caring healthcare providers who can get you on the road to recovery.
- Eat smarter. Eating a diet that’s rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and fish —combined with regular exercise — decreases your chances of ED, helps improve your overall health and your sex life. Cutting back on red meat helps too. We’ve got a few Guy Food recipes here. Want more guidance? Bellin Fitness offers one-on-one nutrition consultations with our Sports and Wellness Nutritionist and a Registered Dietitian. Give them a call at (920) 430-4756.
- Get more sleep. The National Sleep Foundation says adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Sleep lowers stress, improves your mood, helps you maintain a healthy weight, increases your ability to remember information, improves your athletic performance and can reduce your risk of ED. If you can’t seem to carve out the time, or you have difficulty getting adequate sleep, Bellin Health’s Sleep Center can help. Check us out here and call us at (920) 433-7451 for more information.