As men, we associate very closely with our sexual prowess. We are built to be procreation machines and it is of innate and deep importance to most men that we can, ahem, perform, at a moment’s notice. This has not changed from caveman to metrosexual man. Therefore when we start to notice a lack of standing to attention or an inability to deliver, we are subconsciously or (hopefully) very consciously troubled by it! This is a good worry as erectile dysfunction is closely related to and indeed – a serious red flag warning sign – for impending heart disease.
“Despite having a high genetic risk for heart disease, a healthy lifestyle can actually turn off the gene – with raw fruits and vegetables having the biggest positive impact. We often think of genetic factors as being unmodifiable factors but lifestyle factors can actually change the genes. We observed that the effect of a high-risk genotype can be mitigated by consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables”
Dr. Sonia Anand, lead author and Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, October 2011.
Studies have found that men with clinically diagnosed erectile dysfunction are four times more likely to have a heart attack within the following two years. We also know that one in four men die instantly when having a heart attack, so erectile dysfunction of any sort signals a good time to take a breath and relook at your diet and lifestyle. Ask yourself ‘How much sleep am I getting?’, ‘How is my diet?’, ‘Am I feeling energised?’ and ‘Am I stressed most of the time?’
Heart disease is mainly about diet, lifestyle and environment
Heart disease is directly linked to diet and lifestyle choices, we have seen this in the long term science for decades. The key triggers in the environments around the world with the highest heart disease rates, include; working long hours, high stress and pressure, eating the typical ‘high-meat, sugar-rich, highly-processed and low-fibre diet’, a lack of quality sleep, smoking and regular drinking. A key warning sign that heart disease is growing in the body, is libido and erectile problems.
Ten Tips to reignite our fertile male libido fires
- Understand that genes are only 5%-15% of your health profile (you build your health with every mouthful of food)
- Become educated on which foods are daily (80% of your diet) and which foods are treats (20% of your diet)
- Change out your cupboards, shopping lists, lunchbox meals, breakfasts, menus and recipes (this changes your environment)
- Avoid the ‘high-meat, sugar-rich, highly-processed, low-fibre’ diet
- Eat a plant-based wholefood diet – rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholegrains and legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, soybeans)
- Be part of a regular routine-based exercise programme (walking outside in the sunshine is still the #1 exercise of all time)
- Cut back on alcohol such that it is a treat only (or not drink at all)
- Distinguish your stressors and then remove, change, or alter your view on them
- Do not smoke and avoid smoky environments
- Read Eat Less, Live Long, My 20 GOLDEN Rules, and Feel Great & Live Longer and join our global health-minded community to get well and feel amazing!
…Oh yes and relax and enjoy the sex!
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.