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5 Causes of Erectile Dysfunction and How to Deal With It

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5 Causes of Erectile Dysfunction and How to Deal With It

Incapacity to have or keep an erection sufficiently long enough for the sexual activity is the critical mark of erectile dysfunction. This is a big problem for any sexually active male. Exhaustion, lack of sleep and illnesses could be the reasons for an unsuccessful hard-on and should not cause you to worry. However, if the inability is more often than usual, this is erectile dysfunction or ED.

Also, having too long of an erection despite the absence of physical and psychological stimulation is another form of a dysfunction. Priapism is a persistent, usually painful, erection that lasts for more than four hours and occurs without sexual stimulation.

Both are symptomatic of ED and need your attention. The inability to achieve a boner (or have too much of it) is caused by different factors, most of which are enumerated below:

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1. Psychological

Factors such as stress, depression, anxiety, guilt, low self-esteem and indifference are the most likely culprits of ED. All these cause worrying, which has an adverse impact on your brain and affect your imagination, which is key to achieving a hard-on in the first place, right?

2. Lifestyle

You see those packets of cigarettes warnings that say smoking could lead to impotence? That was not to scare you – it is a fact. Avoid smoking if you cannot entirely eradicate it.

Drinking too much alcohol also affects your ability or disability ( how much is too much, anyway?). It is best to avoid it or as how they say it: DRINK MODERATELY.

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3. Injuries

Surgeries that you have sustained especially below the lumbar region would explain your erectile incapacity. It might be best to get prescription medication from your surgeon to address these issues.

4. Hormonal Imbalance

Apparently, males suffer from this too. The imbalance may also be triggered by the prescription drugs or other medications you take. Tell your doctor about this as there are about 300 prescription drugs that cause impotence. Be sure the medication you are getting does not cancel each other out.

5. Physiological

The kidneys are in the approximate area as your genitals, so expect that your ED may tie in with the kidney disease (e.g. chronic kidney disease) you may be having. Also, any disorders in your nerves (varicose veins) and blood vessels (hemorrhoids) prevent the proper blood flow in the right parts of your body.

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What to do if you have ED?

Lots of men have dealt with or are dealing with erectile dysfunction, so there is nothing to be ashamed of it. You need to accept the fact that you have a problem that must be tackled immediately.

Therefore, if you think you may be suffering from it, see your doctor and discuss the treatment that’s best for you. The doctor is most likely going to prescribe a drug that works by boosting blood flow to the penis to make erections easier to get.

It may be necessary to supplement your diet with watermelon, coffee, dark chocolate, walnuts, fruit juice, garlic, salmon and other fatty fishes. Your doctor may also recommend Kale and other green leafy vegetables, which are packed with vitamins, minerals, and omega-3s. To turn the “heat” back up, cayennes, jalapenos, habaneros, and other peppers may be prescribed to you. These relax the arteries and regulates blood flow to the heart and other organs, including the penis. Other food that your doctor will encourage you to include in your diet are extra virgin coconut oil and oysters.

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Keeping these in mind, you also need to cut down on your excesses. If there is a way that you can reduce your alcohol intake and cigarette smoking while staying on a lean diet in addition to the supplements mentioned above, things are expected to get better.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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