Don’t use self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to indulge in unhealthy food choices. Instead use that extra time to improve your overall health, which in turn will help protect you against erectile dysfunction (ED).
Has the COVID-19 pandemic got you stuck at home with nowhere to go? You’re not alone, as millions of your fellow Americans shelter in place to avoid the risk of infection from the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Now’s the perfect time to use those homebound hours to improve your overall health, including your ability to get and keep an erection suitable for intercourse.
Here are a few tips to help you do just that, courtesy of WebMD.com:
- Eat a healthy diet (high in plant-based foods, low on red meats)
- Shed those excess pounds by establishing a regular exercise regimen
- Quit smoking
- Limit your stress
- Manage underlying health conditions that can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED), such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis
It’s Hard to Resist Snacking
Being cooped up at home, it can be increasingly difficult to resist the temptation of snacking, which can lead to packing on extra pounds. The American Heart Association says it will take real discipline to stay active and avoid gaining what they are calling “the COVID-19,” somewhat akin to the “Freshman 15,” the bane of first-year college students.
In an article written for the Harvard Health Blog, nutritional psychiatrist Uma Naidoo, M.D. offers some tips to avoid unhealthy eating, thereby keeping your weight within reasonable bounds.
- Creating a daily meal plan
- Minimizing purchases of snack foods that are highly processed and/or high in salt or sugar
- Replacing high-calorie sodas and juices with water
Be Alert for Anxiety, Depression
According to a blog post at GoodRx.com, researchers estimate that 13 to 20 percent of men with ED suffer from anxiety and/or depression. Given the added stress everyone is experiencing in the current pandemic, you could may be experiencing these psychological ills as well. If you feel you need help, consider seeking counseling through a telemedicine consultation with a psychiatrist or psychologist.
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