What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is the failure to get or maintain an erection to be able to have a sexual relationship.

Having erection problems from time to time is not necessarily a reason to worry. If erectile dysfunction is a continuous problem, however, it can cause stress, affect self-confidence and contribute to problems in relationships. The problems of getting or maintaining an erection can also be a sign of an undiagnosed disease that needs treatment and a risk factor for heart disease.

If you are worried about erectile dysfunction, talk to a doctor, even if you are embarrassed. Sometimes, the treatment of an undiagnosed disease is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments may be needed.

Which mushrooms are useful for impotence or loss of sexual appetite?

Cordyceps

Food supplements of Cordyceps sinensis are considered potent aphrodisiacs having the ability to increase sexual appetite. Their extracts help to increase libido and support a healthy sex drive.

This mushrooms have also shown to to regulate hormonal activity. Studies have found this mushroom to increase physical power, reduce fatigue and enhance sports performance.

Nutritional recommendations and general healthy habits for the maintenance of a good state of health

  • Avoid meat products, especially red meat and derivatives such as sausages, as well as animal fats.
  • Prioritize the consumption of fish, different variants, increasing the blue type if you present alterations of cholesterol or cardiovascular diseases.
  • In general, avoid taking pastry products or pastries.
  • You should also avoid the consumption of pre-cooked and dried fast-food type soup soups.
  • Avoid the consumption of refined oils and saturated fats, avoiding fried foods, refined vegetable oils such as sunflower, margarines, butters …
  • Avoid the consumption of white sugar found in sweets, desserts, fast food, industrial processed products such as soft drinks, cookies, sliced ​​bread … Replace it with natural sweeteners such as cinnamon, stevia, birch sugar that raise very little glucose in the blood.
  • To cook and dress your dishes, always use extra virgin olive oil, prioritizing its raw consumption.
  • Increase the daily consumption of vegetables.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Do not consume industrial processed products rich in sugars, salt, refined oils and additives harmful to health (cookies, toast, bread, industrial cereals …).
  • Prioritizes the consumption of whole grains and avoids refined flours (white bread, pasta, biscuits …) that raise blood glucose.
  • The techniques of preparation of preference are: cooking, steaming or iron. Do not take fried, breaded, barbecued or barbecues.
  • Leave rest periods between meals, avoid chopping between meals to increase the consumption of adipose tissue, and if you do, prioritize the consumption of satiety foods low in sugars, such as a handful of nuts, infusions …
  • Eat seated, avoid eating walking, watching television or doing some other activity. Eat relaxed, small amounts, little by little, chewing and salivating consciously, enjoying the food. This can help you calm your anxiety about food and start adapting your body to healthy foods and the right amounts.
  • It is important that you increase physical activity: walking, running, swimming, aerobics, going up and down stairs … The best thing is that you schedule it as a daily activity.
  • Obesity, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome … are potentially preventable risk factors related to this dysfunction so it is important to influence them.

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