By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
February 12, 2016
- Problems in the bedroom?
- Here’s a wake up call for all men
- Skip the little blue pill and try this
When it comes to engaging in a steamy encounter with your partner, two things need to happen. You have to have the desire… and the ability.
But what happens if you repeatedly plan for a little action in the bedroom… and there’s never any lead in your pencil?
Chances are good you’ll rush off to your doc in the hopes of getting a prescription for a little blue or amber pill that guarantees to keep you rigid for hours on end.
Sure, these pills help temporarily improve blood flow to erectile tissue. But it’s temporary! These enhancing pills don’t do a single thing to correct the real issue here. And I’m not even going to go into the horrible side effects – or the fact that they don’t work for everyone.
You see, almost all cases of erectile dysfunction are directly related to circulatory problems. A lot of it is caused by damage to the inner lining (endothelium) of your blood vessels.
High blood pressure and plaque build up in your blood vessel damage this delicate lining. That damage stops blood from flowing freely throughout your body.
When this happens your body can’t pump enough blood to your genitals to maintain an erection.
And while that sounds like a horrible fate on its own, it’s actually the least of your worries.
That’s because it’s a sure bet that your heart and brain are also suffering the consequences that accompany reduced blood flow.
The truth of the matter is, if you have ED you’re also at a much higher risk of a heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems in the not-so-distant future.
So sure, you can pop as many “get-it-up-in-a-hurry” pills as you want. But you might also be hurrying your way to a life of disability – maybe even death – if you don’t take your erectile problem as a serious wake up call.
Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about what really needs to take place to get you fit, firm and resilient in the bedroom – and keep your heart and brain healthy at the same time.
The most important substance involved in relaxing and expanding your blood vessels is nitric oxide, or NO. When nitric oxide is plentiful, your arteries, blood vessels and veins are wide open. Blood surges through them exactly the way it should – to your heart, brain and even your genitals.
Here’s the thing. By the time you reach age 40 your body makes about half as much NO as it did in your youth. This may be why ED is no longer an “old man’s” problem. Today, it also affects about one in four men under the age of 40.
There are plenty of ways to naturally boost NO production in your body.
Foods and beverages that contain anthocyanins are one trick you can put to use immediately. They work by reducing inflammation and enhancing the release of NO.
Strawberries, blueberries, cherries – even red wine – are all loaded with anthocyanins. And when you eat these antioxidant-rich foods regularly, it can cut your chances of erectile dysfunction by about 14%.
At the same time, these foods help to decrease arterial stiffness, lower blood pressure, dilate your arteries and cut down on plaque build up. Plus, people who eat more blueberries are able to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years.
So eating more of these tasty fruits is a no-brainer.
Certain vegetables – ones that are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates – can also help your body produce more nitric oxide.
Red beetroot (or beetroot juice) is a great source of nitrates. Leafy greens, like arugula, spinach and kale are also at the top of the list. Other foods that are very high in nitrate include celery, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, radish and turnips.
But by far, the quickest and easiest way to boost your NO levels is by taking an NO boosting supplement. Look for one that contains a blend of beet root extract and arginine (another NO enhancer).
Remember… if you can’t keep up the action in the bedroom, you’re at high risk of far more serious problems down the road. So don’t wait to get started.
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