Home // Blog Articles // Prevention // How to Maintain Hardwood

How to Maintain Hardwood

by | Jun 3, 2015 | Prevention

It’s the final minute of the third period. Your team is down by a goal. You have a few friends over for the big game, and your rec room seems louder than the arena on the tube.

Suddenly, everyone falls silent. Why? Because there’s a break in the on-screen action…and the first commercial is about erectile dysfunction.

It’s an uncomfortable, embarrassing topic for men on many levels. We like to laugh off so many of our problems, but this seems insensitive and even suspicious when ED is involved. So we clam up and change the subject, despite the fact that around 40 per cent of men over the age of 40 have some degree of ED, which is caused by a range of physical, mental and lifestyle factors.

Thankfully, medications such as Viagra and Cialis have helped millions of men conquer ED, and have even brought a measure of levity to the topic. (Some of the ads are pretty funny, after all.)

Still, there are plenty of natural ways to get and stay firm in the underpants area. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about improving your sexual performance, and heck, why not share your (G-rated!) tips in the comments below? Otherwise, you can simply heed, and share, these five hardwood helpers:

  1. You gotta have heart

Penis 101: Blood engorges it, and for this to happen you need adequate blood pressure. If the vessels that supply the organ can’t sustain pressure for as long as you (and whoever else is involved) would like, the penis will go prematurely limp. If the blood pressure never gets where it needs to be, then, well, you get the idea. In short, what’s good for your heart and circulatory system is good for getting it up.

  1. Work it out

Of all the ways you can help your heart, regular cardiovascular exercise deserves special mention here. Getting your sweat on for half an hour every day busts stress – itself an erection-killer – and has been shown to boost the male sex drive, too. And yes, exercise between the sheets counts! Plus, a buff body will probably boost your chances of getting between the sheets in the first place.

  1. Eat the right stuff

Certain foods increase blood flow to the penis. Onions and garlic, for instance, improve circulation; potassium-rich bananas moderate blood pressure, which benefits the sex organs; and spicy chilies and peppers help blood flow by reducing hypertension and inflammation.

The same goes for various vitamins and nutrients: The omega-3 acids in salmon, tuna, avocados and olive oil also increase blood flow. Pork, peanuts and kidney beans are rich in Vitamin B1, which boosts the signals from your brain to your penis. Eggs, meanwhile, are full of other B vitamins that balance hormone levels and bust stress. On that note…

  1. Bad habits, begone!

Many of us handle stress by consuming alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs. But too much of the former can leave your penis too relaxed to spring into action.  Smoking and drug use, meanwhile, can constrict blood vessels.

  1. Go get some…sun

Yes, the bare skin of summer certainly helps the libido, but sunlight also gets our mojo working by inhibiting the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that makes us sleepy and quells sexual urges. Does this mean the night time isn’t right time? Well, it still is, but maybe not quite so much…

Don't Change Much
Don’t Change Much

Do You Like This Blog?

As a national charity, we depend on your donations to provide our services to Canadians. Every contribution counts.

Your Donations Make a Difference

Donate

Your contribution will further men’s health programming, tool development, and research.

Don’t Change Much is a movement inspiring men and their families to lead healthier lives. With reliable information and easy tips, we know every guy and their family can make small changes that will have a big impact on their health.

More From

Prevention

What The Colour of Your Pee Says About Your Health

What The Colour of Your Pee Says About Your Health

As Canadian guys, we know not to eat yellow snow. The next time you write your name in a snowbank, however, it’s actually a good idea to double-check the colour of your penmanship. After all, the colour of your pee also happens to be a sign of good health and proper...

Funniest Things Guys Say to Doctors About Prostate Exams

Funniest Things Guys Say to Doctors About Prostate Exams

Check out these hilarious zingers guys made to their doctors before, during or after a prostate exam. Even better, the funniest lines lead to some super-important facts about the procedure. If you're wondering what to expect from a prostate exam, read on! “This kinda...

Optimal Blood Pressure for Men (and Giraffes)

Optimal Blood Pressure for Men (and Giraffes)

With their super-sized necks, it’s no surprise that giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. But did you know that giraffes also hold the world record for having the highest blood pressure of any living animal? The more you know about blood pressure, the more...

Let’s Talk!

Did you enjoy this article? Let us know in the comments.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our comments are moderated and are made live after they’ve been reviewed. If you disagree with anything in the article or comments please do let us know, but be polite so we can have a constructive discussion where everyone has the opportunity to learn.

Pin It on Pinterest