Is your sex life not quite what you would like it to be?
If it’s not, you might want to ask yourself if you have been keeping up on your health.
For your sex life to be as thriving as you want it to be, you need to look out for your health. Good sex happens more easily when the body is getting what it needs.
A lot of people don’t realize how important a healthy diet, exercise, and moderation with substances, like drugs or alcohol, is for their sex life.
Certain health conditions can impact testosterone levels and blood flow, both of which are essential to healthy sex drive and great sex. As a result, your testosterone levels may decrease.
But what’s great is that if you’re motivated to have a great sex life, you will be on track to better health very soon!
Sometimes it’s hard to care about health when we don’t see how it affects our lives. But when you know how closely it is connected to sex drive and performance, the importance of taking action is clear.
1. High cholesterol
Research has found that having high cholesterol can get in the way of your sex life. Why is that? This condition can shut down arteries that pump blood to your penis.
If your blood vessels are becoming clogged with fat, you’re not going to get the rush of blood you need to get an erection.
High cholesterol can be caused by a diet that is high in fats, especially animal fats. Choosing lean meats like chicken and fish is a good way to reduce cholesterol levels (or keep them low!).
2. Being overweight or obese
Carrying extra weight can directly impact your sex life. There are a few reasons that being overweight or obese causes problems. One big reason is that when you have more fat, the higher levels of sex hormone-binding globulin you have.
Sex hormone-binding globulin or SBHG attaches to testosterone in your body. When it does, less testosterone is available to stimulate desire.
Furthermore, carrying extra weight often corresponds to cardiovascular issues. If you become short of breath easily, you may get tired during sex and therefore have less overall stamina.
3. Type 2 diabetes
Normally, the pancreas produces insulin to help move glucose into your cells. With type 2 diabetes, the glucose doesn’t get stored safely in the cells and builds up in the blood instead.
Type 2 diabetes is associated with high levels of fat stored under the skin. With high amounts of fat, testosterone is less available for sexual functions, as mentioned above.
A healthy diet can prevent Type 2 diabetes. Reducing sugar intake, drinking in moderation, eliminating any addictive drugs, and cutting back on junk food is especially important for preventing this disease.
4. High blood pressure
Blood pressure is determined by the pressure blood puts on your veins and arteries as it flows through. If it gets too high, it can damage the vessels and arteries.
It can make your veins and arteries less elastic, which can lead to heart disease. It could also disrupt blood flow to the brain and cause a stroke.
Because of the way it impacts veins and arteries, high blood pressure can definitely affect your sex life. If your veins are damaged, your erections will be compromised.
Are your testes underactive? If they are not functioning optimally, your sex life is likely to take a hit. Your testes are responsible for producing testosterone.
If they are not doing their job, your testosterone levels will fall, and you will start to see problems with your sex drive and performance.
This condition, known as hypogonadism, could have a genetic cause, but it could also be the result of too much iron in your blood.
Frequently, these health conditions can be prevented and mitigated through lifestyle choices. Eating a healthy diet and regularly exercising can work wonders for your health, including your testosterone levels.
Approach diet and exercise in small, easy steps. Ask a friend to join you and help keep you accountable.
Your doctor can help you figure out if anything serious is going on, and if there is, they can help you make a plan to mitigate risks and maximize your health.
You truly have the power to make yourself healthier. And the best part? You can start right away.
About The Author:
Carla Smith is the founder of Safe and Healthy Life. Her main objective is to provide informative articles, reviews, and analysis of health & fitness topics to her readers that help them to make their life easier and happier. Connect with her on Twitter.