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10 Healthy Ways to Manage Erectile Dysfunction


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If you are experiencing trouble getting an erection, maintain an erection for long, reduced sex drive chances are that you are developing or have developed erectile dysfunction. Whether you currently suffer from ED or are hoping to sidestep this condition, try these tips to overcome ED for better health and a better sex life.

The major causes of ED are physical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even sleep disorders. Medication taken for health conditions can result in erectile dysfunction. In this article, you will discover 10 healthy ways to manage erectile dysfunction.

1.      Start with Exercise

Exercise is an active treatment for a lot of medical conditions including erectile dysfunction. Exercising improves blood flow and pressure in the body by increasing nitric oxide in the blood, which is very important for men to get and maintain a strong erection.

One such exercise is walking. Most research studies recommend that you walk about 2 miles every day. Thirty minutes of walking daily was linked with a 41% drop in risk for ED. Other research suggests that moderate exercise can help restore sexual performance in obese middle-aged men with ED.

Exercising the nether region is also a great way of treating ED. Kegel exercise over a period of time has been shown to help to strengthen the bulbocavernosus muscle. This exercise helps ED treatment by allowing the penis to engorge with blood during erections, it pumps during ejaculation, and it helps empty the urethra after urination, according to Healthline.

2.      Stick to a Healthy Diet

The foods you eat can have a direct impact on erectile dysfunction. According to a Massachusetts Male Aging Study, men who ate a diet that is made of plenty fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and fish — their diet also included reduced fewer red meat and refined grains — has reduced chances of suffering from erectile dysfunction.

3.      Quitting Smoking

Smoking is one major cause of erectile dysfunction. Over a short period of time, the nicotine in the cigarette causes the blood vessels to constrict which is necessary for getting an erection. In the long-term, nicotine contributes to hardening of the arteries that can cause erectile dysfunction. Some approaches for quitting include making a clean break, avoiding the triggers of smoking, trying a nicotine patch or gum, and joining a smoke cessation program.

4.      Limiting Your Alcohol Intake

Drinking alcohol is another lifestyle linked with erectile dysfunction. Alcohol is a depressant, not an aphrodisiac or a libido enhancer. In very small quantities, alcohol has been shown to relieve anxiety, this may help with erectile dysfunction. When consumed in large amounts, alcohol can interfere with the ability to achieve an erection at any age, and even occasional drinking can make erectile dysfunction worse in older men.

5.      Maintain a Healthy Weight

There is a very strong connection between obesity and erectile dysfunction. Obesity raises the risks of vascular disease and diabetes – these are two major causes of erectile dysfunction. Excess fat in the body interferes with several hormones that may be part of the problem as well.

According to a study, men who had 42-inch waists were 50 percent more likely to have erectile dysfunction than those with 32-inch waists. Losing weight can help fight erectile dysfunction, so getting to a healthy weight and staying there is another good strategy for avoiding or fixing ED.

6.      Don’t Forget to Sleep

Poor sleep patterns can be a contributing factor for erectile dysfunction. An article published in the journal Brain Research noted that testosterone levels increase with improved sleep, and lower levels are associated with sexual dysfunction.

Hormone secretion is controlled by the body’s internal clock, and sleep patterns likely help the body determine when to release certain hormones. Adhering to a set sleep schedule is a natural erectile dysfunction remedy, and can help ensure that those signals are clear and consistent.

7.      Healthy Sexual Activities

Studies have shown that healthy sexual activities that lead to even partial erections may have a positive impact on ED. The increased blood flow to the penis may help to stimulate and improve function over time. On the other hand, regular masturbation and watching of pornography are linked with ED.

8.      Pay attention to your vascular health.

Erectile dysfunction can occur as a side effect of medication taken for another health condition. Antidepressants, diuretics, beta-blockers, heart medication, cholesterol medication, antipsychotic drugs, hormone drugs, corticosteroids, medication for male pattern baldness, among others are known to cause erectile dysfunction.

These conditions can damage blood vessels in the heart (leading to heart attack), in the brain (leading to stroke), and leading to the penis (causing erectile dysfunction). To stay healthy, go for regular vascular system checkups to ensure that your heart is in good shape or needs a tune-up through lifestyle changes and, if necessary, medications.

9.      Stay Free of Stress and Anxiety

Constant feelings of stress and anxiety are common causes of ED. They can also lead to depression and a loss of interest in sex. Work stress, rifts with partners, fear of having a bad sex experience are some of the causes of ED. Where this is the case, it is important that it is disclosed to your partner or family to deal with them effectively.

10. Explore All Medical Options

There a number of Medical options available for treating erectile dysfunction, they range from drugs, vacuum pumps, injections, testosterone replacement, and surgery. Viagra 50mg can help men who cannot achieve or sustain an erection due to erectile dysfunction. Where other naturally and lifestyle change options have failed or in severe cases of ED, we advise that you explore medical options.

Wait for this all to blow over

Wait for it all to blow over

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Hey everybody!

Welcome back to my blog, and wow this week has been kind of tough  for me both with my mediumship and my health! I really want to get going and keep growing but somehow my body has been asking for me to do nothing and just wait for this all to blow over!

Patience has never been something I have been especially skilled at, and to be honest I would like to be better at it. The problem is when you pray for patience God tends to make you wait for things! However, knowing this I have been praying to have more patience and to accept things will happen in His time, and so he made me wait and grudgingly I went with it!

Week before last I had some antibiotics for an infection, and shortly afterwards I started to get a lot of pain through the middle of my body like I had been impaled or kicked in my back. It has made it so hard to sit or stand for long and has stopped me doing most housework other than light things, and all yoga/physiotherapy!

I thought it was a flare and that was why I focused on that last week, eventually though I couldn’t take it any longer and made an appointment with my GP. I got to see a locum this time, and I am glad I did because she was thorough and so nice. She listened to me which, as other chronic illness warriors will know, is rare and came to the conclusion that after years on medications the antibiotics had been the tipping point.

She explained that they had interfered with another medication I was already on and caused gastritis, which is inflammation of the stomach lining. She took me off one of my meds and sent me to the hospital for blood tests to make sure it hadn’t upset my liver and pancreas as well. This scared me, for a long time I have wanted to lead a more natural life, but somehow medications never seemed an option but now I really wish I could see my regular doctor and see what I need to be on and what I can come off and maybe look into more natural remedies.

This gastritis is so painful and draining, I feel awful so the thought of doing long meditations and working with tarot etc is the last thing I have energy for. It is so frustrating because I really want to progress and have a relationship with my spirit guides, but how can that happen when my pain is so bad I cannot meditate properly? I read so many books and blog posts about connecting with them, but most say it takes time and if you are not connecting there is something holding you back…

Is it my health? I kept thinking it was my fear and lack of self confidence, which it could also be, but I think most of my fellow warriors will understand that it often feels as if our health is always holding us back. I started to get frustrated, I couldn’t even hide it at my psychic class and I worry about this being the thing that stops me finding and achieving my soul’s purpose!

Then I remembered, I had prayed for patience…we are told in the bible and in most sacred texts I have read, that patience is a big part of faith. Everything happens in God’s time, He has a plan for my life and maybe I need to stop trying to get ahead and instead trust that things will happen when they are supposed to.

I guess I just need to make a cup of tea and wait for this all to blow over and for things to fall into place when they are meant to!

Namaste xxx

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Ways to Break Out of a Cycle of Dependence or Addiction

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If you’ve started to notice that there are certain things or substances you turn to when you feel down or stressed, you could be starting to develop a dependence. And many dependences become addictions. So if you’re in that cycle right now, you need to think about how you can break out of it for the sake of your own general health and wellbeing. Here are some steps that should help you with starting to do that.

 

Be Honest About the Situation

 

First of all, you need to be able to face up to what you’re experiencing, even if that might be difficult. No one likes to admit that they’re experience dependence because too many people still see it as a form of weakness. Instead, it’s a health problem and should be treated as such. So be honest about your situation because that always has to be the first step taken.

 

Talk to Those Close to You

 

It can be difficult to openly speak about these problems with your family or close friends, but it’s something that you should really try to do. When you open up to people, you’ll be surprised by how much they can help you and how understanding they can be. Don’t just assume that they’ll judge your situation because that’s most likely not the case at all.

 

Identify Triggers

 

If you know what triggers you and sends you towards the stuff that you’ve become dependent on or addicted to, you can start to work on that source of the problem. For some people, it can be stressful situations or things not going how they planned. But it’s different for everyone, so give some thought to what has got you in this situation to begin with. It’ll really help you overcome it going forward.

 

Seek Professional Help and Guidance

 

If you think that you’re not going to be able to break out of this cycle without professional help and support, you should seek that help out as soon as possible. Places like https://www.rehabclinic.org.uk/ might be able to help you when you’re looking to break out of an unhelpful cycle or are experiencing addiction. The help you get will soon put you on a more positive path forward.

 

Create a Plan

 

Having a plan of action in place can really help when you’re looking to break out of your current situation. A haphazard approach is always a risky one because you’ll have no real structure to what you’re trying to do. Think about how the right plan can help you to overcome challenges and keep you on the right path no matter what else might happpen.

 

It can be very difficult to face up to and admit these kinds of problems, so don’t be ashamed of struggling to begin with. However, once you have the right help and you have a plan to get through the other side of this, you will start moving in a more positive direction which is just what you need.

Namaste xxx

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Efforts To Help Soothe Your Emotional Wounds Following A Death

Death is something that will touch each and every one of our lives. It pays to develop a healthy relationship to this sad occurrence before it happens, but also give yourself the space necessary to grieve and feel what you need to feel appropriate. When someone dies, it can be hard to force yourself into action. Often, many of us want to retreat to our families. But, in order to show respect to the person we’ve lost, and to try to seek closure on the affair, it’s best for us to respond to tasks, and to be useful despite the sad feelings in our heart.

 

The main efforts to help soothe your emotional wounds following a death are difficult to enact, but with the right people around you and the willingness to act in an admirable manner, you can do amazing things:

The Funeral

It can be quite stressful to begin thinking about the funeral the moment a relative or friend dies, but unfortunately the longer you leave it, the longer you will wait before that person is laid to rest. Follow their final will and testament to the T. You can achieve this with the help of local funeral directors and estate managers. Planning the funeral respectfully can happen through this lens. Not many people are experts in funeral planning unless they have been through the process previously, so it’s important to ask questions, to check your options, and to ask for help.

There’s no reason to do this all yourself. This task can help you and your family begin to come together instead of withdrawing from the social bond temporarily. If your relative hasn’t stipulated how they would like to be treated after death, consider putting it to a vote for the person’s nearest and dearest, burial or cremation. Sometimes, the choice is obvious due to religious beliefs etc. If you follow how you believe the person would have wanted proceedings to happen, and you express utmost respect, you are doing a good job.

Celebrating

This is not an easy time for celebrations. But you should find a way to. While the death is tragic and the loss will be felt on a profound level, taking the time to remember the good about a person can help you feel comforted, and that will pay loving respect to their memory. Sharing beautiful experiences you shared with that person with the family, or perhaps talking about silly moments you shared together, or moments you both smiled together can help everyone feel a small moment of levity. It can be hard to consider at the time, but someone dying in no way reduces the positive impact they had on the world, even if that impact was in small, humble but sincere ways.

Taking the good allows you to begin rememberance proceedings, and begin to seek closure after time. With the promise to never forget the memory of this relative, you can begin to seek your healing process with the family together, being there for one another, and slowly coming back to your own lives.

Following death, emotions can feel chaotic. With these two simple activities, you can begin to seek closure.

Namaste xxx

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Do you have SAD?

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I have been sent this infographic by Betterhelp, an online counselling service. I have worked with them before and as you all know from a recent post of mine I suffer with this myself. I think it is incredibly important that people know the signs and symptoms so they can better take care of the mental health of people around them as well as themselves.

So, if you suspect someone around you might have SAD, or you think this infographic describes how you feel please go and check out these articles sent to me by Betterhelp and never be afraid to seek help and the great thing about online counselling is that you can fit it around your schedule.

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Essential Chronic Illness Dos And Don’ts For A Full Life

The defining factor of having a chronic illness is that it never leaves you. You may go through periods when it isn’t so bad, and also have periods where you suffer more than usual. Therefore, it is incredibly important to know what to do in the harder times as well as the good ones to preserve your energy and health. A topic that you can read more about below.

 

Do set yourself goals.

 

One thing that can be useful for those of us with chronic illness is to set goals to work to. Of course, it can help to do this in a slightly different way than others would.

 

What I mean is that you have goals for the good days where you push yourself a little more, and also targets for the bad days where you do things that are not so strenuous or demanding, and that have more restorative effects.

 

Don’t ignore the warning signs.

 

Next, when you suffer from a chronic condition, you get pretty good at recognizing the warning sign of a relapse. However, it’s vital that you always listen to these signs and use them as a message from your mind and body that needs extra care.

 

 

In fact, for some suffering from chronic conditions the severity of a relapse can be mitigated by recognizing the warning signs early and seeking out additional medical help.

 

A particular example of this being addiction, where the re-emergence of the use of the desire to use substances suggests that an additional stint in rehab is necessary to strengthen the patients’ resolve. Something that if caught early enough can prevent a relapse before it has even begun.

 

Do be compassionate.

 

Compassion is a vital to skill to have when you suffer from a chronic illness.  In fact, I think that it is something that living with this type of condition can teach us to have both for ourselves, and for others.

 

 

Of course, it’s not always easy to direct compassion to yourself, especially if you are frustrated, tired, and in pain. Although one thing that can help is to write a statement that reminds you that you are suffering from a condition and that it affects your normal range of function, as this can help you to realize that it is not your fault.

 

Also, the Buddhist practice of Metta or loving-kindness is an excellent way of developing a more loving heart towards ourselves. You can even find a guided meditation to help you complete the practice here.

 

Don’t be unrealistic.

 

Lastly, when you suffer from a chronic condition, it’s important to be as realistic as possible with what you expect from yourself on a day to day basis. Don’t compare yourself to others whether they have your illnesses or not, but learn to be able to feel from the inside where your limits and boundaries are, and be OK with that.

 

After all, no one else is living your life or has the particular challenges that you have to face. Therefore, by learning to be realistic, you can help yourself live your life to the full, without putting any additional strain on your body and mind.

Namaste xxx

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What does life after illness look like?

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For a lot of people, the moment that they discover the news that they have some kind of long-term or chronic illness, it can often feel as though the whole world is crashing down around them. It can make a lot of things feel pointless and as though there’s no real purpose in moving forward at all. Of course, that’s obviously not the case. Long-term illness is far from a death sentence and many people go on to live incredibly happy and fulfilling lives after being diagnosed. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t adjustments to your life that need to be made. With that in mind, here are some things to think about in a life after illness.

 

The boring stuff

 

One thing that you’ll want to get out of the way as soon as possible is all of the boring legal stuff and other paperwork that you inevitably have to deal with. Whether you’re filing an insurance claim or going through a company like The Specter Partnership to get compensation if you’ve been a victim of malpractice, it can be tough to motivate yourself to deal with any of it. However, doing it as soon as possible means that you can get on with your life without having to have those things constantly hanging over your head while you’re trying to adjust.

 

Moving forward

 

For a lot of people, when they get back to their normal life they’re faced with one question: now what? It’s okay to feel a little lost, at least at first. After all, you’re dealing with a big change and it’s understandable that you might expect the rest of your life to reflect that. But the truth is that life goes on no matter what and it’s up to you to try and go on with it. Think about the changes that will be needed in your life but also focus on the things that are staying the same. Before you know it, you’ll feel like things are right back to feeling the way they used to.

 

Asking for help

 

No matter kind of situation they find themselves in, there are some people who simply cannot stand the idea of reaching out to anyone in their lives for help. However, doing this is actually one of the bravest things that you can do. There is no weakness in needing help from others and if you refuse to ask for it, you’re just going to end up making your own life a lot harder than it needs to be.

 

It’s incredibly important to understand that there will almost certainly be days where you just want to hide away and give up. It’s okay that this happens, it’s a natural part of dealing with something as difficult as a long-term illness. The key is to keep your eye focused on the present moment and living every second as well as possible. It’s okay to get knocked down from time to time, as long as you keep getting up again.

Namaste xxx

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Hi there I am Beverley, I am trying to find a way to live with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, Depression and General Anxiety Disorder. I live with my Husband Lee and our dog Gizmo and our budgies Rey and Finn. I live in England and I am learning to be a psychic and I am on a spiritual journey I am excited to share with you. I look forward to getting to know you better, I will be updating Mondays and Fridays xx

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