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7 foods that may help get your 4-5-up

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There are many men who need help with erectile dysfunction (ED). Some only struggle to achieve or maintain an erection on the odd occasion while others have a more permanent problem.  

There are a number of radical treatments available, but if you only experience occasional erectile dysfunction and want to treat it without any medical intervention, you could do it at home – with food. 

Healthy diet

“A healthy diet and an avoidance of highly processed unhealthy food will go a long way towards relieving symptoms of erectile dysfunction,” said Dr Zakariyya Patel of Pelonomi Hospital Complex in Bloemfontein.

Although certain foods may assist with ED, cases are not well documented and evidence is only anecdotal – based on individual accounts, said Dr Patel. These foods can be labelled as aphrodisiacs, and although some people may swear by their effects, there is no medical evidence that any one specific food can cure ED. 

“The reason for this is that ED is a complex condition that may have complicated aetiology (causes). So, certain foods may increase sexual desire to a certain extent but it does not mean that it will change the ED if the underlying cause is not addressed,” added Dr Patel.

Foods that may increase your sexual desire:

– Berries (as well as citrus fruits) contain chemicals that are associated with a decreased risk of ED.

– Dark chocolate increases levels of dopamine, the “pleasure” hormone, in the body.
– Oysters contain more zinc than other foods and assists with sperm mobility.
– Cayenne pepper raises the heart rate and releases endorphins.
– Red wine relaxes the arteries and increases blood flow to the genitals. (Red wine contains the same biochemicals found in berries and citrus fruits.)
– Pistachios contain the protein arginine, which relaxes the blood vessels, increasing blood flow throughout the body.
– Coffee. A study suggests that caffeine relaxes certain muscles and arteries in the penis, increasing blood flow and helping to maintain an erection.

Your lifestyle has an impact

Owing to the fact that physiological factors like blood flow and hormone levels may affect erectile dysfunction, a good diet with the right vitamins and minerals will optimise the patient’s sexual health, according to Dr Patel.

It does, however, not mean that there is a “silver bullet” that will “magically” solve the problem. 

And as the world population struggles with obesity and cardiovascular disease, there is a significant increase in diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, which have a direct impact on blood flow – consequently increasing the severity of ED, Dr Patel added.

Exercise may help

Studies have shown that men who exercise more have better sexual and erectile function. Better sexual function was reported by men in the study who engaged in either two hours of strenuous exercise, 3.5 hours of moderate exercise, or six hours of light exercise a week.

And although there is no specific exercise men need to do in order to achieve better sexual health, any form of exercise is better than none at all. 

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5 romantic ways to wake your partner up in the morning

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Waking up to a romantic morning with your bae beside you is pure bliss. The feelings of love are heightened in the morning and both you and your partner will feel the love a little extra when waking up next to each other. But instead of doing it the usual and boring way, you can make waking up next to your partner romantic and sensual. And so, here are some romantic ways to make it lovey-dovey.

1. Tell them how special they are

Whisper sweet nothings into your partner’s ear and make them feel adored and special. Tell them how lucky and blessed you feel to have someone like them. If you want to turn it a notch up, you can start whispering sensual things into their ear to turn them on, which can then lead to a steamy session in bed!

2. Cute kisses

Kisses are the most intimate and purest show of love. You can kiss your partner slightly on their forehead, lips, cheeks or nose to portray your love for them. Your partner will definitely love it. It will let them feel loved and cared for.

3. Food preparations

Prepare an amazing and mouthwatering breakfast for your love. Nothing screams romantic than a breakfast-in-bed. If you’re a bit shy in expressing your emotions then this is the perfect way to do something that won’t require you to speak up. A full belly in the morning will let your partner know that you’re all in for the effort it takes.

4. Shower time

You can pull your partner in the shower along with you. It’s intense, romantic and passionate. A quick or a hot shower will do the trick for a morning love routine. What’s more, you both will be saving water while having a steamy shower session!

5. Calls and texts

If you stay away from your partner, then sending a cute morning text or calling them straightaway will give them all the feels! You can say ‘I love you’ as a simple gesture of love. This will surely strengthen the bond between you both, accounting for a great day ahead.

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Other things one can use a condom for!

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When one mentions the word condom, you often think of sex and protection.

While that may be true, condoms over the recent years have been used for various things other than sex.

According to Thrillist magazine, these are some of the things one can use a condom for besides protection during sex:

1. Clean the toilet

Should you need a quick and easy way to fish out dirt in your toilet, use a condom to clean out dirt inside your toilet seat.

2. Opening something strong

Rubber or elastic material tends to open tight-lid containers. According to Home-Magazine, using the condom as a rubber glove to open the tight-lid containers offers the best result.

3. Sneaking booze

According to many condom manufacturers, the strength of a condom can hold up to four quarts of liquid and can go easily be snuck in undetected.

4. Make them socks

According to some fashion pundits, many people have used condoms as socks in times of fashion emergencies. Talk about real protection, right!

5. Phone protection

This rubber structure can also be used as a phone protector during the rainy seasons. Condoms are great for waterproof.

6. Great as an ice pack

If you are a sportsmen and women and suffer a sports injury, one can use a condom to load ice packs to wrap around your injury.

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Unfriend these types of people from your life

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There are people who are good for you and your life but then there are those who have a negative impact and you may not have realised. As we age, we start getting an idea of what we want and the kind of people who are good for us or not. Many of us may have filtered a few amid the pandemic when the reality of many people surfaced. But are you still friends with the wrong ones? Here is a list of 5 types of friends that you must eliminate from your life.

1. Over competitive friend

Being competitive is healthy and absolutely fine, but then there are those who are always striving to beat you and compete with you. Got something new? The person will try to get a better version of it. You do not need such people because they have a strong negative vibe in them and it may be annoying you somewhere deep down.

2. Ditcher

There are people who are up for every activity you ask them to join you for. Then there are those who ditch you way too much. You do not need ditchers. Once or twice is fine but not every time. Also, the excuse should be genuine if he or she is canceling, the person is not worth the effort if rescheduling is the only thing you have been doing.

3. Negative souls

Those who see the glass half empty all the time are a major negative influence you can do away with. If a talk with the person always makes you feel dark or demotivated by the end, it is a sign that this person needs to go.

4. Over moody

Agreed some people are moody by nature but if it is happening a bit too many times where one moment he/she is all kisses and hugs and laughter but the next day does not even pick up your phone or is angry with you for no reason and is chilling with someone else. You do not need a hot and cold person and waste half your time determining how the other would react.

5. Me, me and me

You are no one’s therapist! If someone calls you or meets and talks just about his/her problems in life and when you tell yours it is brushed off, snip them out. Any relationship is a two way traffic. In friendship both friends are involved, they cannot have a monologue every time.

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