An erection relies on various biological functions and mechanisms. All the elements that are involved in an erection need to act together and be in a healthy state for a man to achieve a firm and strong erection.
Unfortunately, sometimes one of the elements goes awry and a man starts to experience problems with his ability to achieve an erection that is hard enough for an erection – or to maintain his erection long enough to have sexual intercourse.
The entire process of having an erection starts in your brain. Something gives you some sort of sexual arousal, which causes your brain to send a signal to your penis. This, in turn, then causes the penis to become erect. Thus, both physical and psychological processes are involved in a man’s ability to have an erection.
In this post, however, we will focus on one specific element that causes symptoms of erectile dysfunction in a lot of men – blood flow to the penis.
Blood Circulation and Erections
During an erection, the penis receives a signal to relax and expand blood vessels. When these blood vessels expand, they allow more blood to flow into the corpus cavernosum, which is the term used to describe the two main chambers that run through the length of the penile shaft.
The blood vessels then constrict, which restricts the blood that has flown into the penis inside the corpus cavernosum. When the man’s sexual arousal goes away or he has ejaculated, then the blood vessels loosen and blood is drained out of the penis – the erection then goes away and the penis becomes limb. When blood flow to the penis is not adequate, then an erection cannot reach its full potential.
Improving Blood Flow To The Penis
Since blood circulation plays such a significant role in an erection, poor blood flow can have a remarkable adverse impact on a man’s erectile function. When there is a restricted amount of blood available in the genital region during an erection, then the erection would not be able to reach its full capacity.
In certain cases, an erection may not even become hard enough to penetrate a partner. This cause is more common among men who are older than 40, but can occur in younger individuals as well.
Fortunately, all hope is not lost. There are techniques in which a man can improve their blood flow and, should their erectile problems be caused by poor blood flow, restore their ability to achieve a firm erection and even maintain it for longer.
1. Get Rid Of Your Cigarettes
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 16.7% of American adult men smoke cigarettes. Smoking has many harmful effects on the human body.
The carbon monoxide that is released into the body from cigarette smoke causes damage to the cells that are found in the lining of blood vessels. The nicotine that enters the brain also causes the body’s stress defense mechanism to active, which causes stored fats to be deposited into the bloodstream. This has an adverse impact on blood flow.
In turn, the impact that smoking has on blood vessels can reduce blood flow to the penis, which reduces the quality of a man’s erection. Quitting cigarette smoking has other benefits as well since smoking also damages the heart, the stomach, lungs, skin and bones.
2. Up Your Daily Physical Activities
Physical activity is important for maintaining the health of the human body. This is something we hear all the time, but emphasis is often put upon the fact that exercising reduces body weight, which reduces the risks involved with being overweight or obese, and makes the body stronger by building muscle mass.
Physical activity also has a positive effect on the blood circulatory system. In fact, exercising more is often recommended to men who experience symptoms of erectile dysfunction in part due to the benefits it has for the man’s blood circulation.
Consumer Health Digest recommends walking, yoga and some weight training to get your blood flowing.
3. Eat Foods With Pro-Erectile Properties
Mother nature has provided us with many foods that contain pro-erectile properties. Many of these properties have the ability to boost blood flow to the penis and increase the quality of a man’s erection.
Anabolic Men recommends adding citrus fruits, blueberries, leafy greens, raw dark chocolate, oysters, beets and garlic to your daily diet to enjoy the benefits that nature can offer your erections.
An erection might be just the most important part of sexual intercourse. Without an erection, sexual intercourse would not be possible after all. When problems with a man’s erectile function develop, issues with his sex life are sure to follow.
Treating blood flow problems as soon as they are noticeable may help to restore erectile function and even be beneficial for the man’s brain and heart as well.