Some people claim that men can’t multitask, but which organ has more work to do than the humble schlong? It’s a baby-maker, pleasure-giver, wee-reliever, boredom-quasher, an inspiration for architecture and the butt of many jokes. Whether you’re a grower or a shower, well-hung or reliant on the motion of the ocean, making sure your todger is in tip-top condition is a priority for every bloke.
If you don’t take good care of your little lad, he’ll be one of the first parts of you to show signs of ageing. The good news is that you can keep him healthy and horny with a few simple lifestyle tweaks. Read on to discover our comprehensive guide to maintaining your manhood.
Workout Your Wang
You’ll be pleased to know that the number one piece of advice we can give you is to use the tool you’ve been gifted with. A study by Harvard University found that blokes who cum more frequently — upwards of 21 times per month — have a 33% lower risk of developing prostate cancer than those who neglect the splooge. Don’t worry if you’re a single fella or you’re going through a dry patch in your relationship, masturbation and nighttime emissions count, too.
Not only that, there’s excellent news for lads who love to get their bonk on. Men who have sex at least once a week are less likely to suffer erectile dysfunction than those who roll in the hay less often. A Finnish study has shown that the more you use it, the better your erections will be!
Stay Fit With Regular Exercise
It’s not just your willy that you need to work out to keep him performing at his best; it’s your entire body. Plenty of evidence links a sedentary lifestyle with erectile dysfunction, so if you want to improve staying power and ensure you stay rock hard, be sure to enjoy plenty of aerobic exercise. Running and swimming are the best for penile health. Too much cycling can adversely affect your crown jewels by damaging your blood vessels down there. Ouch.
Let Go of Stress
Leave your stress at work and minimise stressful situations in your home life to keep your stiffy strong. Excess adrenaline is released into the bloodstream when you’re in a state of worry, causing your blood vessels — including the ones in your dong — to contract. There are plenty of methods you can use to ease tension and unwind, from meditation to laughter or pumping iron, all of which can help keep your peen performing.
Cut Down on Booze
One way many people choose to relieve pressure after a hard day’s work is hitting the bottle. However, if you want to enjoy a healthy sex life long into the future, alcohol can seriously scupper your desire. Binge drinking and heavy drinking causes nerve and liver damage and can affect the careful balance of male sex hormones that keep you hard and horny. Even in the short term, alcohol curbs sensitivity and decreases reaction time, leaving you less able to perform.
Ditch the Ciggies
It’s no secret that cigarettes harm your blood vessels and have a negative impact on your heart health. Remember that your heart is the ultimate titan, pumping blood throughout your body — including to your dinkle. Nicotine also makes your blood vessels contract and can stifle blood flow to your shaft. Quitting smoking is a sure fire way to get harder, faster and stronger erections.
Watch Your Cholesterol Levels
Not being able to get it up becomes more of an issue the older you get — but it doesn’t have to. The reason age is tied into loss of erectile function is because as we age, we tend to put less effort into leading a healthy lifestyle. Cholesterol levels can climb up, leading to poor heart health and a floppy willy. High cholesterol narrows the blood vessels, which is the leading cause of ED. Keeping fit, eating healthily and avoiding cigarettes and alcohol are the ideal ways to lower cholesterol.
Keep Your Blood Pressure in Check
Like high cholesterol, high blood pressure is a sign of poor heart health. A healthy ticker and a healthy todger go hand in hand, so be sure to check your BP on a regular basis. High blood pressure can cause thickening of the arteries, which restricts the blood flow to your winkle and can cause problems with your Johnson. Losing weight and enjoying regular cardiovascular exercise, along with avoiding refined carbs and salty food, will naturally lower your blood pressure.
Drink Plenty of the H20
If you didn’t know the connection between hydration and hard-ons, now’s the time to get up to speed. The clear stuff keeps everything flowing, especially the plasma and blood cells that make your member stand to attention. If you’re dehydrated, the blood simply doesn’t flow as well as it should do. So, if you’re worried that your boner isn’t as mighty as it should be, up your daily intake of straight H2O to the recommended amount of eight glasses per day.
Eat the Right Food
We all know how important diet is to our overall health, but not many men realise how vital it is to feed the right diet to your manmeat. The fuel you put in your body won’t only help erections. It also improves sperm count, sex drive and even affect your risk of prostate cancer.
Avoid Munching These Foods
- Anything deep-fried
- Processed meats like bacon
- Fizzy drinks
- Refined carbohydrates like white bread and breakfast cereals
Foods to Chow Down On
- Tomatoes: This tasty fruit (that’s right, it’s a fruit) gets its bright red colour from one of the most potent antioxidants, lycopene. It’s thought that oxidants play a crucial role in the development of male infertility and prostate cancer. Antioxidants help reverse the damage done by oxidants and heal your blood vessels, thus keeping your erections solid.
- Salmon: Omega-3 is a dynamo when it comes to health, and salmon is high in this oily treat. With anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it helps to prevent one of the leading causes of erectile dysfunction. Other sources of omega-3 include walnuts, leafy greens and hemp seeds.
- Olive oil: Polyunsaturated fats such as olive oil are known to have cardioprotective effects. Replacing butter with olive oil has been shown to seriously improve sexual health among men — as we know, a healthy heart means a healthy head.
- Oysters: These raunchy molluscs already have a reputation as an aphrodisiac, but they are also rich in zinc. This mineral is a building block for testosterone, so it supports sperm production and libido. Oysters are the food with the highest concentration of zinc, but other sources include pumpkin seeds, lobster, beef and crab.
Some Like It Hot
Another type of food associated with male sexual health is anything spicy. A French study has found that men who consume more spicy foods have higher testosterone levels than those who shy away from a tingling tongue. Serrano peppers increase testosterone levels by reducing the amount the kidneys flush out while capsaicin releases chemicals that increase your heart rate, mimic arousal and kickstart your libido. Let’s all reach for the hot sauce!
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
It’s all too easy in our busy society to allow sleep to fall by the wayside. Between working, playing, relaxing and chatting, there’s barely enough hours in the day. Still, rest is one of the most vital components of a healthy lifestyle. Not getting enough sleep is connected to several health issues that contribute to downstairs disappointment such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
Don’t Skip Your Morning Coffee
It’s a little-known fact that coffee consumption and healthy erections are linked. Drinking the black stuff is said to speed up the metabolism and get the heart rate going in a healthy way, contributing to blood flow and a healthy member. Caffeine also causes the arteries in your penis to relax, promoting blood flow to the nether regions. A study found that drinking two to three cups a day has a particularly positive effect on blokes who are carrying a few extra pounds.
Never Be Afraid to Manscape
You can’t underestimate the impact that mental health has on physical health, so making sure you feel confident about your package will help to keep him healthy. While you don’t need to go bald, trimming your bush on a regular basis can contribute to you feeling on top of your game. An added bonus is that your cock will stand out more and appear bigger if it’s not shrouded by a sea of pubes. The benefits of keeping him clean and smelling fresh hopefully go without saying.
Keeping your pecker in good health shouldn’t be a strain. All of the components required to lead a healthy lifestyle contribute to blood flow, sperm count and testosterone levels and help fight disease. Get into a mindset where looking after yourself is a priority, and the rest will follow.