It’s something we take for granted, until a problem occurs with our erection. This shouldn’t be confused with age-related changes, however. As we get older, it may take longer to form an erection, and it may not be as rigid as it once was. This is to be expected. Trouble is, men also become more prone to erectile dysfunction. That’s usually do the onset of certain conditions, such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes. One of the most important things to keep in mind, in terms of sexual health as one ages, is maintaining proper blood flow. Fortunately, lifestyle factors have a lot to do with it. If you want to keep your penis in tiptop condition or if you feel like your waning a bit and wonder what you can do, here are a few simple ways you can boost your erection. First, an easy one, drink coffee. Those men shown to consume two to three cups per day were less likely to develop ED, according to a study out of the University of Texas Health Science Center. Just avoid the cream and sugar or else you may increase abdominal weight and undermine your efforts.
How often do you get exercise? Cardio benefits your heart and your penis, too. Those men who get regular aerobic exercise often have a healthier circulatory system. But those who are sedentary or overweight generally have poorer circulation, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Men who work out more intensely seem to have a healthier sexual response. How often do you eat fruit? Apples and pears seem to be particularly healthy for sexual functioning. One study found that those men who ate apples, berries, oranges, or red wine, somewhere over the course of a week, were 19% less likely to report sexual dysfunction. Researchers believe antioxidants called flavonoids are why. Do you brush your teeth regularly? What about visiting the dentist periodically? If not, you could run into trouble. Those men who have periodontal or gum disease have a higher risk of ED, according to an analysis published in the journal Nature. If you have ED or think that you do, talk to a doctor or urologist about it.