I’m not saying that if you have Erectile Dysfunction you should panic about heart disease, but you should be aware of how the two conditions are correlated. iTriage posted an interesting article yesterday, “How Erectile Dysfunction Might Just Save Your Life.” The article is about a man who saw a doctor for his erectile dysfunction, and after several tests they discovered the man had coronary artery disease and had to have a five vessel coronary artery bypass procedure.
After reading this article by iTriage I was reminded how important it is to understand the cause of your impotence. Erectile Dysfunction is a result of narrowed blood vessels and poor blood flow to the penis, and narrowed blood vessels are a result of heart disease. The arteries that supply blood to the penis, called the internal pudendal arteries, are very small and are often blocked before the more vital coronary arteries. So erectile dysfunction and impotence can be a warning sign for a serious heart disease and life threatening heart attack. Therefore all men with ED, and all men in general, should see their doctor and request an EKG to make sure that you are free of heart disease and lower your risk of heart attack.
As I said before, you shouldn’t worry too much about having a heart condition if you are impotent. There are several causes other than heart disease for impotency. Some other causes of impotency include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Atherosclerosis (clogged blood vessels)
- Prostate cancer
- Certain medications – diuretics, high blood pressure drugs, anti-depressants, anti-anxieties, anti epileptic drugs, antihistamines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Parkinson’s drugs, antiarrythmics, muscle relaxants, prostate cancer drugs, histamine H2-receptor antagonists, chemotherapy drugs
- Low testosterone
- Multiple sclerosis
Impotency is a blood vessel issue, and diet has a lot to do with your blood vessels. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet is vital to blood flow and can improve erectile dysfunction. Below are a few tips and suggestions for maintaining a diet that can help with impotency.
The Best Diet For Impotency
Foods to Increase
- Fresh Fruit – Not only are fruits healthy and free of any added junk, fruits are also known to increase libido. The best fruits to eat (and drink) in order to increase libido and sex drive include:
- Pomegranate - pomegranate helps the body to produce (NO) or nitric oxide, which helps to open up blood vessels and increase blood flow, and consequently the libido.
- Figs – figs contain high levels of amino acids. Amino acids play a vital role in normal sexual function and will help increase levels of nitric oxide in the body.
- Avocados - Avocados contains high levels of folic acid to help metabolize proteins giving you an energy boost. Avocados also contain vitamin B6 which help fight stress and give you the energy to keep going and also help with the production of testosterone.
- Bananas - boost your libido with the bromelain enzyme it contains. It has one of the highest levels of potassium to help regulate energy levels as well as B vitamins.
- Dates - amino acids for sexual stamina as well as a good dose of fruity sugars which make them sweet and an amazing pickup.
- Nuts – All types of nuts are good for erectile dysfunction, but here are a few in particular:
- Pistachio nuts – pistachios are a very good source of the nonessential amino acid arginine, which seems to maintain flexible arteries and improve blood flow by enhancing the ability of nitric oxide to relax blood vessels.
- Special rejuvenative foods – whey, sour milk- particularly goat’s mailk, millet , garlic , honey, cold-pressed vegetable oils, and brewer’s yeast
Foods to Avoid
- Caffeine – Coffee, tea, soda, restricts blood vessels
- Avoid processed, canned, denatured, and refined foods (e.g. white sugar and white flour). This includes foods that are made with these ingredients as well.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol intake
- Lower intake of animal products. A vegetarian diet has been shown to improve impotence.
I don’t want to rely on my medication, such as Viagra and Cialis, to cure my impotence condition. There are many natural remedies and exercises that I have adopted in order to treat erectile dysfunction. Yoga is a popular treatment for ED, and is therapeutic to the mind as well. Below you will find several yoga poses for impotence that help to exercise and open your hip joints, restore sexual energy and desire, increase blood flow and strengthening the muscles in your genital area.
Yoga Poses for Impotency
- Stand with your feet together. Place the palms of your hands together in prayer position.
- Inhale and raise your arms upward. Slowly stretch your arms backwards over your head.
- Exhale and slowly bend forward, let your hands touch your feet or the ground.
- Inhale and move your right leg back into a lunge position. Keep your hands and feet firmly on the ground and head looking up.
- Exhaling and bring your left foot back towards the right into the plank position.
- Continue to exhale as you slowly lower your body to the floor until your feet, knees, and hands are touching the floor.
- Inhale and stretch forward and up, using your arms to lift your torso into the cobra position.
- Exhale and lift from the hips pushing back and up into downward dog.
- Inhale and step your right foot forward into the lunge position.
- Exhale and bring your feet together trying to bring your head to your knees.
- Inhale and rise one vertebrae at a time. Keep your arms extended as you raise them above your head. Lean slightly back.
- Exhale and slowly let your arms drop your sides. Bring your hands back into prayer position.
- Repeat this sequence starting with your left foot.
- Lie flat on your back in the shava-asana pose.
- Inhale and bend your right knee, pulling it into your torso with both hands interlocking your fingers below your knee. Keep your left leg flat on the floor.
- Hold the inhaled breath for a few seconds then slowly exhale, lifting your back, shoulders and head off of the food and touching your knee to your forehead.
- Hold the exhaled breath then slowly inhale, returning your back, shoulder and head to the floor. Remain holding your right knee.
- Exhale and bring your right leg to the floor.
- Lie flat on your back in shava-asana before repeating the sequence with your left leg.
- Lie on the back with the feet on the floor with knees bent, or stand.
- Inhale, pause, and as you begin to exhale, contract the genital and anal region.
- Pull it in tightly, pause, and release as you exhale.
- Do this five times twice a day.
- First Method – While standing with your feet about a foot apart and your knees slightly bent, lean forwards a little from the waist and place your hands just above your knees. Inhale deeply by pushing your abdomen forwards, and then exhale by pushing your stomach in. Don’t take another breath; instead, push in your stomach even more, so that it becomes hollow, and hold your breath for about ten seconds.
- Second Method – Do the same as above but, instead of holding your Stomach in after exhaling, rapidly push your stomach in and out ten times without taking another breath.
- Lie on your stomach, spreading your hands on the floor underneath your shoulders. Hug your elbows up and back towards your body.
- Press the tops of the feet and thighs and the pubis firmly into the floor.
- Inhale and straighten your arms, lifting your chest off the floor. Lift only to the point that you are maintaining a connection through your pubis to your legs.
- Firm the shoulder blades against the back, puffing the side ribs forward.
- Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, breathing easily.
- Exhale and release back to the floor.
- Lie down with your back on a Yoga Mat.
- Lift your legs up to a 90 degree angle with your torso. Your shoulders and head should lie flay on the mat.
- Lift your hips off the floor and bring your legs over your head.
- Lift your entire back, bringing your legs farther over your head so that they touch the floor behind you.
- Place your arms against your upper back and try to place your hands as near as possible to the shoulder blades. Try to place your elbows at shoulder-width.
- Push your back upwards with your hands. You will get a force upwards coming from the seventh neck-vertebra.Use your hands to push the back forward with the result that it gets narrower and straighter and there is an increased pressure on your shoulders. At the same time, this requires more power of the muscles of the lower back. Rest your weight on the back side of the shoulders. See to it that you do not bend the upper back and the chest.
- Lift up your legs, one at a time, and see to it that the pelvis is placed straight over your back and your hands. Your legs are placed a little forward. Divide the weight of your legs between the hands and the shoulders. Build up strength in the upper lower back and give space to your chest and shoulder muscles.A slight bending of the legs sees to it that the back remains straight and that the dynamism from the sacrum and the hip is maintained.Wait until your shoulders start to relax more. Try to increase the right dynamism through the angle of the legs and via the hands.
- From shoulder stand, exhale and bend from the hips, slowly lower your toes to the floor above and beyond your head. Try to keep your torso perpendicular to the floor and your legs fully extended.
- With your toes on the floor, lift your thighs and tailbone toward the ceiling and draw your inner groins deep into the pelvis. Draw your chin away from your sternum.
- You can continue to press your hands against the back torso, pushing the back up toward the ceiling as you press the backs of the upper arms down, onto your support. Or you can release your hands away from your back and stretch the arms out behind you on the floor, opposite the legs. Clasp the hands and press the arms actively down on the support as you lift the thighs toward the ceiling.
- Hold this position for 1 to 5 minutes. Then exhale and lift back into a shoulder stand. Roll down onto your back on an exhalation.
- From shoulder stand, fold both legs in the knees, then the waist. Press the thighs against the stomach.
- Contract and expands the anus muscles while continue to breath normally.
- Hold this position for 1 to 5 minutes. Exhale and lift back into a shoulder stand. Roll down onto your back on an exhalation.
- Sit erect in either Padmasana or Sidhasana so that the spine is straight.
- Inhale slowly, focusing on the muscles near the pubic bone.
- With the air retained, contract the abdomen and pull it towards the spine.
- Now gradually contract and release
- When you start feeling that you cannot retain the breath, gradually exhale with release of the muscle and release the abdomen also.
KHANDASANA (Advanced Yogis)
Sit on the floor with the legs stretched straight in front. Bend the knees, widen the thighs, bring the feet towards the trunk until the heels are close to the perineum and keep the knees on the floor. The position is similar to Baddhakonasana.
Hold the right foot with the right palm and the left foot with the left palm.
With the help of the hands, draw the feet up towards the trunk, invert the ankle, pull the knees and thighs, and place the heels and the outer sides of the feet against the navel and chest. To start with the feet are likely to slip down. Practice the pose for a few weeks, holding the feet firmly against the chest.
Release the hands, and either stretch the arms straight and rest the back of the hands on the knees or join the palms in front of the chest. Keep the back erect and stay I n the pose for about 30 seconds with deep breathing.
Advanced pupils may raise the hands, palms together, above the head. Then try to join the palms behind the back and balance: this is the most difficult part of the asana.
Hold the feet with the hands, lower them to the floor and rest.
As the pelvic and other joints of the legs are rotated it takes a long time to master the pose.