Hidden Danger Of Inflammation
Is hidden and unsuspected inflammation ruining your sex life?
Find out how to tell and some simple steps you can take to reverse inflammation, improve your health, and get back your vigor.
When you sprain your ankle you know you’ve got inflammation.
But did you know that you might not even feel much of the inflammation that occurs in your body?
And worse yet, that hidden inflammation might be wrecking your sex life. Worse yet, it might be adversely affecting your health.
In this article we’re going to take a look at some of the simple and effective things you can do to reduce excess and dangerous inflammation.
First off, when most people think of inflammation, the first thing they think to do is reach for drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and so forth.
These drugs are called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs.
While they have their place in some situations, they are not always great choices to reduce some of the negative effects of chronic, systemic inflammation that can produce sexual dysfunction.
Aspirin is one of the most benign NSAIDs as long as one doesn’t have an allergy or blood clotting problems.
However, there is a possibility that over time it may reduce testosterone levels.
Ibuprofen is another common NSAID, but it comes with a long list of possible dangers, including liver damage and cardiovascular risk,
Then there’s acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, which is commonly known by the brand name Tylenol, which can cause potentially fatal liver damage among other risks.
So when it comes to reducing chronic inflammation, there are better, safer approaches which we’ll explore.
Some of the dietary solutions to chronic inflammation may be familiar to you because they’ve been mentioned in previous articles since they help to boost libido in more than one way.
First off, including more fruits and vegetables in your diet can help since these foods contain phytochemicals which, in small, regular amounts can reduce inflammation.
Among some of the most impressive are cherries and pomegranates or the juice of these fruits.
Fish oil and fatty fish such as salmon are also good for reducing inflammation due to their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
Best selections are those which are low in mercury such as sardines or salmon. Eat some fatty fish a few times a week or take a moderate amount of a high quality fish oil supplement.
On the subject of fat, reduce your intake of omega-6 fatty acids found in large amounts in vegetable oils like corn, soy, and canola oils.
Instead, emphasize monounsaturated and quality, natural saturated fats.
That means eating moderate amounts of olive oil, butter, and natural animal fats.
Moderate amounts of protein are best. As we’ve covered previously, adequate quality protein is very important.
But too much causes problems. One of the ways in which too much protein can cause problems is by increasing inflammation.
However, as you may recall, including some gelatin in your diet can produce an anti-inflammatory effect to balance the inflammatory effects of most protein.
When it comes to lifestyle, there are many things you can do to reduce inflammation. Here are some of the most important.
First off, adequate sleep is incredibly important. Insufficient sleep increases inflammation among the many other negative consequences.
If you aren’t yet in the habit of sleeping at least 7 hours (and preferably 8 or more) every single night, do yourself a huge favor and start sleeping more.
Next, learn how to relax. An exercise called progressive muscle relaxation can be very helpful in developing greater awareness of how much bodily tension you carry around.
By becoming aware of it, you can start to release it. The more relaxed your body is, the less inflammation.
In other words, learning how to chill out will make you a better lover.
Of course, moderate movement is also helpful for reducing inflammation.
That’s one of the reasons why some of the other things I’ve suggested to you in previous articles - things like walking, sprinting, and lifting weights - can help boost your sex drive.
But remember that more is not better since too much movement can increase inflammation.
A good rule of thumb is to perform high intensity (well-controlled and safe) exercise three times a week for short periods of time and combine that with plenty of low-intensity movement like gentle walking and standing throughout the week.
Lots of supplements are touted as being anti-inflammatory. Let’s look at a few of the most promising that can also help boost your sex hormones.
We’ve covered zinc and magnesium in earlier articles. Not only are they important for boosting testosterone directly, they both can help to reduce inflammation.
Although you can get adequate zinc through diet alone, in times of stress and for any man experiencing erectile dysfunction, a safe and moderate amount of supplemental zinc - no more than 15 mg unless advised by a professional - may be helpful.
Magnesium is hard to come by in food, so supplemental magnesium is generally helpful.
A common herb can also be helpful. The culinary spice, turmeric, the orange root that gives Indian curry its color and flavor, is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
You can add it to your food or, if you prefer, you can find encapsulated turmeric.
In summary, here’s what we covered in this article:
- Chronic inflammation can devastate your sex life, leading to erectile dysfunction and lack of desire
- Don’t rely on NSAIDs to solve the problem since they can be toxic
- Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables, adequate protein (but not too much), gelatin, and fish (or fish oil)
- Sleep enough, learn how to relax, and move (but not too much)
- Consider supplemental zinc, magnesium, and turmeric
Following these simple guidelines can make a big difference in your life.
Many people find that making these changes can produce immediate and powerful results.
Not only will you experience bigger, stronger erections and more pleasurable sex, but you might feel better in every aspect of your life.