Men’s Nutrition: Sexual Dysfunction Causes and Foods for Better Sexual Health

by Steel Jones

It is normal for adults to have sexual desires and to undergo sexual activities especially if they already have a partner in life and are building their own family. Yet as age progresses, hormonal issues and other external factors give rise to problems such as sexual dysfunction or low sexual desire.

When we talk about sexual dysfunction, it refers to any physical or psychological problem that prevents men and women to achieve some sexual satisfaction. In men, sexual dysfunction means having difficulties in engaging in sexual intercourse. This often affects men of all ages, but more particularly in older men.

The usual problems that are connected with sexual dysfunction include ejaculation orders such as premature ejaculation, retrograde ejaculation (into the bladder), anejaculation (the inability to ejaculate); erectile dysfunction, and inhibited sexual desire. There is still hope though, the issues mentioned can often be corrected by resolving the underlying cause.

 

In order to have a better understanding of the different causes of sexual dysfunction in males, let’s discuss each of the factors that give rise to the common issues about sex:

Exposure to Stress – it is one of the most common causes of sexual dysfunction wherein constant exposure to stress leads to more cortisol hormone released and stricture or narrowing of arteries that block the release of other essential hormones. When people experience sexual trauma in the past, it may lead to an unresolved feeling of fear that will eventually cause psychological problems.

Having A Bad Night vs Sleep Disorders – while we know that it is normal to not be in the mood at times when your problems become more frequent that it takes a toll on your sexual life, you are already having a disorder. It is good to know the difference between a bad night and a disorder because you need to have the right measures to combat your sexual problems.

Having a little or no interest in sexual relations is defined as a desire disorder.

When you are emotionally in the mood but your body does not feel like it, you are having an arousal disorder.

Orgasm disorder is when you are emotionally in the mood but you have an inability to reach a climax that leaves you frustrated.

Having pain during intercourse is called pain disorder.

A Drop on Your Libido – for men having low levels of testosterone, this can lead to a loss of libido or reduction of sexual desire. Since testosterone maintains sexual drive, sperm production, muscle, hair, and bone; having lesser levels of testosterone in your body can affect your body and mood. Reduced sexual desire may also be due to depression, anxiety, or relationship problems. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain medications may also contribute to low libido.

Erectile Dysfunction in Men – another type of sexual dysfunction occurs when a man cannot get or maintain an erection all ready for sexual intercourse. This may occur due to a problem with blood flow, a nerve disorder, an injury to the penis, psychological problems such as anxiety or depression, relationship issues, chronic illness, or some medications.

Having Ejaculation Disorders – Premature ejaculation is an episode where ejaculation happens immediately after penetration. Often a consequence of performance anxiety, it may be due to other psychological stressors, sexual inhibitors, nerve damage, spinal cord damage, and certain medications.

Now that we know the different causes of sexual dysfunction, we turn to the natural remedies that we can find. In order to manage sexual dysfunction, we need to know what foods we can take to help men resolve their issues regarding sex.

 

Here are some foods that may already be in your kitchen that may help in combating sexual dysfunction: 

SPINACH – not only Popeye can benefit from eating spinach. Spinach is a good source of folic acid that helps in preventing erectile dysfunction. It also contains magnesium that has been shown to boost levels of testosterone.

COFFEE – aside from giving you energy, coffee, when taken regularly on a daily basis, could help you prevent erectile dysfunction. Caffeine helps improve blood flow by relaxing penile arteries and muscles. And if you don’t like coffee that much, you may still get that dose of caffeine from matcha or green tea.

APPLE – apples are known to have a lot of benefits for our health. But particularly, the apple peel contains an active compound that helps in starving prostate cancer cells. Men who eat more fruits and vegetables have better prostate cancer survival than those who do not. Be sure to eat your apples with the peel on in order to get more nutrition.

AVOCADO – get that boost you need by eating avocados. As an excellent source of fats, potassium, and vitamins, avocados are excellent in getting you in the mood for another steamy night. They contain zinc that increases testosterone levels. They are a good source of vitamin E which improves sperm quality. You can best enjoy it as guacamole or on toast.

CHILI PEPPERS –  with chili peppers, you do not only get the heat in your mouth but also in the bedroom. Studies have shown that men who eat spicy foods have higher than average testosterone levels. Capsaicin which is found in chili peppers helps trigger the release of endorphins that will give you an advantage in the bedroom. There is definitely more than what you can get from eating spicy foods other than having a healthy libido.

CARROTS – carrots help in keeping your sperm healthy. Studies show that carrots help improve male fertility. Carotenoids in carrots help boost sperm quality and motility. Aside from carrots, carotenoids are also found in sweet potatoes.

OATS – we may not know it right away but oats help in getting an orgasm and are known as an aphrodisiac. The amino acid L-arginine found in oats is found as beneficial in treating erectile dysfunction. Amino acids in oats relax blood vessels, therefore, helping with erectile dysfunction.

TOMATOES – for older men, tomatoes help prevent prostate cancer. Tomatoes are also beneficial in making men more fertile as they help improve sperm concentration, motility, and morphology.

Now we know how we can resolve sexual dysfunction as we are able to tackle their causes and the food that can help prevent or resolve problems with sexual activity. It is up to us if we will follow these advice in order to promote sexual health for men.

 

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