General health is strongly linked to sexual health.
It is commonly known that the healthier you are, the more likely you will be able to achieve and maintain an erection later in life. Proper health habits also promote testosterone production. The Baton Rouge Men’s Clinic specializes in Sexual Medicine, including performance and low testosterone but your general health is just as important to us. You have heard us say countless times “sex matters” and it does to every man and woman healthy enough for sex. But overall health matters as much if not more so.
We have created guidelines to improve and maintain your overall health which in turn will increase, improve, and maintain your sexual health.
- Healthy Diet: Eat a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, animal and vegetable protein such as meat, fish, chicken, eggs, beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh, and grains, such as rice and oats. Monitor calorie intake and limit the amount of saturated fat you eat. You’ve probably heard these a thousand times but a healthy diet improves sexual and general health greatly.
- Physical Activity: Walk, ride a bike, jog, exercise, or do any other physical activity you enjoy. Start small and work up to a total of 30 minutes most every day or do 60 minutes four days a week. Always get your physician approval before starting any exercise programs.
- Healthy Weight: Balance the number of calories you eat with the number you burn off by your activities. Always watch portion size. Have your BMI screened and know your ideal weight goals. We can check you BMI anytime free of charge.
- Stop Smoking: If you do, talk to your doctor about quitting. There is counseling and medications that can help. Always ask for support. Smoking damages blood flow and erections require proper blood flow. If you smoke, you are at a much greater risk of developing ED or making it worse.
- Drink Alcohol In Moderation: If you drink alcohol, drink no more than 2 drinks a day. A standard drink is a 12-ounce beer, 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1-ounce of spirits.
- Sleep Well: Try to get 6-8 hours of sleep per night.
- Balance Stress: Increased stress can have a negative effect on general health. We treat many men who have developed ED due to stress. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) sufferers frequently suffer from ED or PE (Premature Ejaculation). Talk to a mental health professional and get the help you need.