Cold Showers to Boost Testosterone

Autumn is here. Time to get our coats out and warm up on the couch. Usually, that’s what pre-winter is all about, comfort and warmth. Especially nowadays, when we can barely tell the difference between autumn and winter. So, why on earth, would I even start talking about cold showers?! I can already feel you… shuddering at the idea. Nevertheless, wouldn’t you like to know how cold showers can boost your testosterone levels?

Disclaimer: This article is not for everyone but a fact is a fact. So, if you are willing to go out of your comfort zone and brave the coldness first thing in the morning and/or when you get back home – this is for you. On top of the extra toughness, you will also get an overall health improvement and your skin will rock! Just so you know.

Cold showers and baths have been around for centuries, it’s not a new fad. They were used to treat many illnesses. Back then, a cooooold shower – or bath – was considered normal and was done therapeutically. The 21st century man is a creature of comfort. We enjoy warm clothing outside and heat when indoors. The shower is no exception – it better be warm, especially after a long long day of work or a good work out! However, our bodies are also able to regulate heat by themselves, if only we let them…!

Cold Showers to Boost Testosterone – Thermogenesis and Weight Loss

Thermogenesis is the process of heat production in humans and other warm-blooded animals. To happen it will use energy: our latest meal or our reserves. Therefore, like any heater, your body will need fuel to make thermogenesis work. Generally speaking, the stocked up carbs are used first. Then, the lipolysis occurs, meaning: the breakdown of fat tissue. The lipolysis will free fatty acids which will then be used as fuel.

Through the process of thermogenesis, our organism will attack our fat deposits in order to produce heat and as a collateral effect, you’ll lose weight! Neat, right?

Need extra help to boost your metabolism and lose weight? Read this!

Researchers have found that subcutaneous adipose tissue (fatty tissue under the skin) is essential for the process of lipolysis during cold exposure. Therefore, it would make sense that someone slightly overweight is more likely to survive in an extreme cold environment. (1)

Our bodies are amazing don’t you think?! They can use every single resource at their disposal in order to turn our very own heater ON. Furthermore, if you are overweight, you might have noticed that you are usually warmer than your thinner mates. This is also related to the quantity of body fat : the more body fat you have, the more “heating” capacities you have.

Cold Showers to Boost Testosterone – Some More Science

Heat – as you might already know – is the ultimate enemy of your testicles. Your bollocks are the source of your precious testosterone, the Male hormone.

The skin that covers your balls is a protection for your testicles. It’s sole purpose is to keep them out of your body and in a fresher environment.

A study from 1999 has revealed that heat significantly affects the weight of testicles and testosterone synthesis. Rats that had been exposed at 43°Celsius for 15 minutes, had dramatically lower testosterone levels compared to the control-group. Their testicles had decreased by 65.4%! (2)

Not unlike certain natural products, cold exposure improves the quality and the volume of sperm.

It’s clear, low temperatures will improve testicular function and testosterone production. Therefore, to stimulate your balls, cold showers are a win! However, tight boxers and trousers are a no-no – avoid them at any cost. Additionally, cold showers stimulate the heart and blood flow. A good blood flow is indispensable to have gorgeous erections and optimal physical performances! 😉

Different methods and advice to turn the cold shower into a habit:

  • You only need to expose yourself for a minimum of 10 minutes to start the process of thermogenesis.
  • Start with a lukewarm shower if you really can’t fathom instant coldness. Progressively, you’ll diminish temperature until you’ll feel a slight heart acceleration. Every day, you’ll go a bit lower. Gradually, your body will get used to the cold and trust me, it feels as nice as a hot shower!
  • Alternatively, you can start brutally. Go ahead and brave the cold shower head on. Although, in order to do this, your cardiovascular health needs to be good. If in doubt, consult your doctor first.
  • There is also the technique of switching between lukewarm/cold water abruptly. This method will wake you up, be warned! Nonetheless, it won’t prevent you to have a good night of sleep – might actually improve it – and it will definitely get you up and running in the morning.

You want to keep boosting your testosterone? Discover the importance of Vitamin D!

(1) Endocrine regulation of subcutaneous fat metabolism during cold exposure in humans. Koska J, Ksinantova L, Seböková E, Kvetnansky R, Klimes I, Chrousos G, Pacak K. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002.
(2) Testicular Heat Exposure Enhances the Suppression of Spermatogenesis by Testosterone in Rats: The “Two-Hit” Approach to Male Contraceptive Development. Yanhe Lue, Amiya P. Sinha Hikim, Christina Wang, Michael Im, Andrew Leung, and Ronald S. Swerdloff. Endocrinology. 1999.

How to Increase Sperm Volume with Natural Products

For us a nice ejaculation is the icing on the cake : it has a nice milky and opaque colour, it’s thick and there’s a fair amount of it ! Additionally, our little swimmers should be plenty and strong! Well, I have got good news for you. In fact, you can have more sperm with natural products. Actually, you can increase sperm volume by eating certain foods. I know right…The truth is that diet plays a crucial role on the quantity and quality of your precious fluid.

Let’s discover the best products & foods to improve your sperm volume.

How to Increase Sperm Volume by Improving your Lifestyle

Presently, we know how important is the role of diet on our fertility and general health. Generally speaking, a healthy lifestyle is key to promote a sperm of quality.

Here are general guidelines that will improve the quantity and quality of your sperm:

  • A balanced and varied diet. Therefore, avoiding processed foods and choosing organic options will greatly improve the life of your testicles.
  • Watching your weight or losing some if needed. If you need help to lose fat, I recommend this article.
  • Drinking enough water. A minimum of 2 litres daily and more if you exercise.
  • Having a regular physical activity. A minimum of 5 days a week for 30 minutes. Of course, anything more is an added bonus! Alternate between a cardiovascular activity and weight lifting/callisthenics.
  • Tobacco is a fertility & health killer – if you’re thinking about stopping, I can only encourage you. From that moment, It will improve your life and bollocks greatly!
  • Reducing alcohol consumption. Alcohol abuse is the enemy of a healthy sexual life. Moderation guys, moderation is key!
  • Recreational drug use can harm your potential babies.
  • Certain medicines can have side effects on your little swimmers. Make sure you’re not overdoing it with antibiotics, if it’s not essential. For anything else, ask your doctor.
  • Learn to manage your stress better. Stress hinders sperm production and thus, its quality.
  • Sleep with regularity for a minimum of 7 or 8 hours.
  • Avoid tight boxers and jeans. Your testicles HATE being too hot and compressed.
  • And last but not least….Always wear an adequate protection if you’re in a hazardous environment.

Now, that you know the basics, we can now focus on foods that can greatly improve your sperm volume!

Your testicles are shrinking? Relax and find the adequate solution here!

How to Increase Sperm Volume with Natural Products

There are a lot of micronutrients that play an important role on your little future babies. Here’s a list of the main ones.

Vitamin E & Selenium

The combination of this two nutrients will improve fertility, sperm count and mobility, and your ejaculation volume. (1)

Vitamin E and selenium both have antioxidant properties. You will find selenium in Brazil nuts (the higher percentage available) but you can also boost your levels by eating fatty fish, shellfish, kidneys (of the animal variety obviously!), whole wheat, etc.

The sources of vitamin E are plentiful. Make sure you’re shopping list contains a few of these items: wheat germ oil, corn oil, grape seed oil, hazelnuts, fatty fish and eggs (uncooked egg yolks).

Vitamin C

This vitamin is known for its tonic qualities, it’s a great immune system booster. But it can do so much more than that! Vitamin C will increase the fastness and mobility of your spermatozoids and reduce the number of abnormal ones. To make sure you won’t die of scurvy, eat regularly citrus fruits, kiwi, broccoli, sweet peppers, parsley, chives and many green veggies.

Zinc

Here’s a CRUCIAL mineral for your little swimmers, a deficiency would prove disastrous! Zinc plays a role on many different levels when it comes to our health, without him our bodies would be very unhappy. When it comes to sperm, zinc boost the number of spermatozoids and their mobility. It’s also an excellent antioxidant.

To boost your zinc levels eat plenty of shellfish, veal liver, dark chocolate (70% min), red meat, fish and whole grains.

Magnesium

Magnesium increases the number and the mobility of spermatozoids. It improves muscular regeneration and ensures that your sleep is deep. To improve your magnesium levels eat: raw cocoa powder, wheat bran, celery, dill and Brazil nuts.

Carnitine & Coenzyme Q-10

These two are derivates of amino acids and brilliant antioxidants. They ensure enough energy for cellular production and that includes your spermatozoids (and they happen to need a LOT of energy). (2)

Carnitine and coenzyme Q-10 can be found in meat, fish, tempeh and if you don’t want to eat anything aforementioned, you’ll also find supplements.

Omega-3

Omega-3 are fatty acids that are essential for a good robust health. When it comes to fertility they are as needed. They protect the cell membrane, facilitating exchanges between Madam egg and your winning spermatozoid.

The occidental population generally lacks of Omega-3, considering to take a good quality supplement is an idea but make sure to eat the following: fatty fish (mackerel, sardines, salmon, trout, herring, etc.), rapeseed oil, flaxseed and nuts.


How to increase sperm volume with natural products ? By eating a balanced and diverse diet. In other words, by cooking. If you’re in trouble and can’t cook more than an egg, Internet is your friend. You’ll find many easy recipes to start with. Don’t be afraid and get started!

Ginseng can also increase your sperm load, make sure to read this!

(1) Selenium–vitamin E supplementation in infertile men: effects on semen parameters and pregnancy rate. Mohammad K Moslemi, Samaneh Tavanbakhsh. Int J Gen Med. 2011.
(2) Use of carnitine therapy in selected cases of male factor infertility: a double-blind crossover trial. Lenzi A, Lombardo F, Sgrò P, Salacone P, Caponecchia L, Dondero F, Gandini L. Fertil Steril. 2003.

Alcohol and Impotence: Danger

Recently, a close friend told me that he couldn’t get it up because of his booze consumption. Ironically, for some alcohol seems to spice things up in bed, while others experience a sexual blackout. What is the truth between alcohol and impotence? Is it really… a dangerous liaison?

I have researched the subject and the science behind the scenes can be quite sobering to say the least…

Alcohol and Impotence – Is it only about the quantity?

You had one too many and left your other half frustrated? It happens and yes, high quantities of liquor will impair your sexual life and if it’s too regular, your health too. So far, nothing new, right? But do you know why?

The relationship between erections and alcohol consumption is far more nuanced than what we would think. When you drink a reasonable amount of alcoholic drinks, you’ll notice that your erections and libido may improve. However, that improvement isn’t physical, it’s due to the uninhibiting effect of alcohol. Here’s a perfect analogy: when you drink, you expect to loosen up and be more sexually forward, so eventually, when booze works its drunken voodoo, you loosen up and are more sexually forward. Therefore, you could call that a placebo effect with a little physical help (the magical liquid).

On a related note, the uninhibiting effect produced by alcohol can also improve creativity and reduce anxiety. And we all know, how debilitating performance anxiety can be. Furthermore, a moderate consumption could also delay ejaculation, extending pleasure and improving the chances of a dual orgasm.

If you suffer from performance anxiety, I invite you to read this article to find adequate solutions.

Nevertheless, once you have had that infamous drink, you know the one that turns your merry mood into a world of drunken mishaps and future embarrassment…it’s too late. Additionally, when it comes to impotence, it’s usually pretty straight forward. It’s about quantity. If you drink too much that one time or regularly, BOOM, no more bed magic! Actually, the more you drink, the worse it gets. The next day, you probably won’t fancy any sexy times either.

So, the more you drink, the worse your sexual life gets. Excessive and regular alcohol consumption only has one outcome and that’s alcoholism. Here’s a good reminder of the risks regardless of the “few” benefits that you can get with a moderate consumption.

Alcohol and Impotence – Alcoholism

Once, you’ve went beyond the threshold of reasonable drinking on a regular basis, you enter the heavy duty life threatening category: alcoholism. And with it, the gradual impoverishment of your erections, libido or anything sexual really. So if you feel anxious and solely rely on booze to steady your nerves, the risks might outweigh the benefits. Finding another (healthy) alternative will be necessary if this a problem for you.

Important: Alcohol addiction is real. The more you drink, the more alcohol you will need to feel the same results. Alcoholism, even in its early stages, can damage your liver, the nerves that control erection and seriously impact the quality of your blood flow. Also, alcoholism will decrease your testosterone levels – a hormone that is essential for functioning and healthy sexual organs.

One study showed that amongst the alcoholic participants, 63% suffered from an erectile dysfunction. Moreover, this was confirmed by a similar (and more recent) study, with 100 participants. A whooping 72% of them suffered from one or several erectile dysfunctions! (1,2)

If you are young and suffer from an erectile dysfunction, this article will provide the necessary information to help you.

Eventually, alcoholism destroys the liver. An organ that plays a major role on testosterone production. If your liver isn’t healthy, it won’t be able to do its job – which is cleaning internal and external waste (aka toxins). Among them, there are oestrogenic toxins, which are essentially, derivates of the female hormone, oestrogen. An excessive amount will perturb your endocrine system and reduce drastically your male hormones levels.

To avoid getting there, read the following…

Learn to say No to Alcohol and Yes to Life

Thankfully, if your liver isn’t too damaged, it will regenerate itself and will be able to do its job just fine. But to get there, it is imperative to stop or greatly diminish alcohol consumption. In addition, you’ll have to improve your lifestyle, if needed. Eating healthily and cooking clean meals will greatly improve your chances to recover. The same goes for a regular physical activity.

Cardiovascular activities will improve your blood flow and will help waste “management”. Lifting weights or a callisthenic routine will boost your metabolism and increase your testosterone levels. For better results, practice 5 to 6 days a week – something you enjoy, preferably! Don’t hesitate trying new sports, like martial arts, swimming, climbing, hockey, rugby, football, canoeing, hiking, etc. There’s something for everyone!

Remember: Alcohol should be consumed occasionally and with moderation. I know it’s fun but the risks to your health and sexual life are very, very real. For those special occasions, limit the number of your drinks to avoid the inevitable hangover. You’ll thank yourself! 😉

You need to boost your testosterone levels? Don’t look any further, change your diet and read this!

(1) Sexual function and dysfunction in younger married alcoholics. A comparative study. Jensen SB. Acta Psychiatr Scand.1984.
(2) Prevalence of sexual dysfunction in male subjects with alcohol dependence. Bijil Simon Arackal and Vivek Benegal. Indian J Psychiatry. 2007.

How to Boost Metabolism Without Exercise

There’s a natural injustice when it comes to metabolism. We clearly aren’t all equal. Some can eat anything and not gain an inch while others, aren’t quite so lucky! Nonetheless, it’s not hopeless. There are ways to improve one’s metabolism and exercise isn’t the only solution out there. So, how to boost metabolism without exercise?

Rather than giving you an extensive and difficult program to follow, I’m going to give you practical tips that you can apply at your own rhythm. After all, long term changes are changes that are progressively incorporated into your lifestyle. Therefore, you’ll be able to make those changes a part of your routine, naturally. Let’s see what those changes are now!

How to Boost Metabolism Without Exercise – Tips

Eating Metabolism Boosting Foods

Coconut oil is more than a beauty staple or a lube, it’s also an unusual fat. Unlike other fats, coconut oil is not assimilated the same way. Her fatty acids boost metabolism by being harder to process. On top of that, coconut oil is extremely healthy and resistant to high temperatures. (1)

Sesame, chia, sunflower, pumpkin or flax seeds are all excellent sources of dietary fibre and nutrients. They improve sleep quality, metabolism and general health. Furthermore, they are rich in essential fatty acids for optimal brain function.

Tea, coffee and yerba mate are highly antioxidant drinks and rich in caffeine. The combination of those factors are ideal to boost metabolism and increase fat loss. However, adding sugar and/or milk will void the benefits of those drinks.

Discover foods that can also increase your testosterone levels here!

Increasing Protein Intake

Proteins of animal origin are often demonised, sometimes rightly so but more often than not, wrongly. A healthy animal raised on grazing fields by a farmer environmentally conscious will provide meat and dairy products of quality. Without pesticides, hormones or antibiotics. The result being real meat, real milk, real butter, also known as organic. Therefore, there’s no reason to be scared but you’ll have to find a good butcher or ideally, go straight to the farm. Don’t hesitate to buy in bulk and freeze your products.

If you’re vegan, vegetarian or simply not that into animal proteins, there are many other options available. Amongst the more popular: legumes (chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, black beans, etc.), spirulina, soy foods, tempeh, chia and hemp seeds, etc. Those will boost your metabolism and help you maintain your muscular mass.

Be careful with seafood, whether it’s fish or shellfish. Due to extensive sea pollution, limit your seafood consumption, twice a week is more than enough.

Reducing Sugar Consumption

Several studies will tell you an indisputable fact: carbohydrate consumption slows metabolism down and too much of it, will make your weight go up and your health down. A reduction is necessary to boost metabolism. Carbs are essential to give us energy but you can also find them…in vegetables. So eat your greens! (2)

It is actually possible to live with a low carb diet. For instance, the ketogenic diet is a perfect example of a low carb/high fat diet that will keep you healthy and promotes fat loss. But if you’re not there yet, just stick to this rule: ¼ of carbs, ¼ of protein and ½ of veggies in your plate. To improve your metabolism even more, avoid carbs at night.

Sleeping Enough and with Regularity

Good sleeping habits are one of the most important things you can do to preserve your health and…your metabolism. An 8 hour night of sleep is crucial to regulate hunger hormones, leptin and ghrelin. An irregular or light sleep will stress our bodies and unbalance these hormones. That’s why we wake up ravenous after a shitty night of sleep.

Moreover, good sleeping habits reduce your risk of ever developing diabetes. Sleep is life, don’t mess with it. Try regulating your sleeping habits bit by bit. Respect your sleeping hour and stick with it. Avoid all electronic stimulation 1 hour before bed time.

If you suffer from diabetes (type 2) or know someone who does, discover how to reverse it, naturally!

How to Boost Metabolism With or Without Exercise

Admittedly, it’s possible to boost metabolism without exercise. However, exercise is a precious tool to boost your metabolism quickly and in the long term.

HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training

Not every exercise has the same potential. The physical activity that has the best results on metabolism is a very short one but short doesn’t mean easy. High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT for short, is the ideal solution for those who don’t have the time for exercise and still want real results.

HIIT can be applied to most sports. In order to do so, you need to alternate between high intensity and one or two minutes of active rest (walking for instance). Then, start again. This type of training promotes a fast caloric burn as the result of a high consumption of oxygen during the rest phase…that lasts for 24 hours!

Ideally, you should use the HIIT method 3 times a week for about 20 minutes each time. Additionally, bodyweight exercises and/or weight lifting will improve your metabolism and your testosterone levels.

There are many ways to improve your metabolism, with or without exercise. Nevertheless, HIIT is a great way to do so fast and applying my previous tips will ensure that it lasts!

Some key vitamins can help you boost your testosterone levels, click here to know more.

(1) Endogenous fat oxidation during medium chain versus long chain triglyceride feeding in healthy women. Papamandjaris AA, White MD, Raeini-Sarjaz M, Jones PJ. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2000.
(2) Low-carbohydrate nutrition and metabolism. Eric C Westman, Richard D Feinman, John C Mavropoulos, Mary C Vernon, Jeff S Volek, James A Wortman, William S Yancy, and Stephen D Phinney. American Society for Clinical Nutrition. 2007.

Vitamin D : A Solution to Boost Testosterone Levels

The human body needs 24 essential vitamins in order to work properly. Vitamin D is one of those. Regulating more than one thousand functions : it reinforces the immune system, affects over 200 genes, repairs our DNA, maintains metabolism and reduces the risk of diabetes, asthma, multiple sclerosis, heart attack, etc.

What has that to do with testosterone? You’ll discover that below. Because Vitamin D is a solution to boost testosterone levels…naturally.

Vitamin D : A Solution to Boost Testosterone Levels – Science

Vitamin D is no ordinary vitamin, in fact, it’s not even one, it’s a hormone! We essentially find it in food but our main source comes from the sun. This hormone is synthesised in the skin from a cholesterol derivate, under the action of UVB rays (sun exposure). When it comes to diet, there are two forms that are bioavailable to us: vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol (vegetal origin) and vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol (animal origin). Those molecules are secosteroids and they both share similarities with testosterone.

Vitamin D is intimately linked to the endocrine system – which is known to regulate numerous hormones, including testosterone. A study published in 2010 found a link between testosterone and vitamin D levels. The men who had a decent level of vitamin D had higher testosterone levels than those who were deficient. (1)

The following year, a study proved that a year long of vitamin D supplementation had improved the testosterone levels of the participants. Those who took the supplement observed an increase of 25%, in contrast to the placebo group who didn’t experience any notable improvement. (2)

To know more scientific facts about testosterone and vitamin D, I invite you to read this article. 

There’s no doubt that levels of vitamin D and testosterone are linked but let’s look at how you can improve your testosterone levels by upping your intake and a few additional facts…

Scientific Facts to Improve your Vitamin D Knowledge & your Testosterone Levels:

  • Men with low vitamin D levels are more likely to have low testosterone levels. Unlike, those who have healthy levels of the sunshine vitamin.
  • Healthy men who take a low dosed vitamin D supplement can potentially expect to see a 25% rise in their testosterone levels.
  • If your vitamin D level is optimal, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll get any improvement on your testosterone levels.
  • Sun exposure is absolutely necessary (without sunscreen) to dramatically increase testosterone production. However, no more than 20 minutes to avoid increasing skin cancer risk. Under 20 minutes of sun exposure is safe but avoid the hours where sun rays are the most aggressive (between noon and 2pm).
  • Naked sun bathing is ideal to boost vitamin D synthesis, let your balls breathe…discreetly!
  • The major part of the Occidental population has a vitamin D deficiency. Therefore, it’s of capital importance to take a supplement, especially if you live in the northern hemisphere. To improve your levels, opt for a vitamin D3 supplement, it’s far more bioavailable than vitamin D2.

For additional tips regarding sun exposure and vitamin D, read this article by clicking here.

Testosterone for Noobs

Here’s a little recap on the importance of testosterone.

Testosterone is an essential male hormone (also found in women). For us, this hormone plays a decisive role on our physical development during puberty, by stimulating sperm production and defining sexual characteristics such as hairiness and voice. Testosterone also increases bone mass, stimulates muscular development (mass & force), improves libido and mood. It also plays a crucial role on tissue recovery and red blood cells production (indispensable to transport oxygen in our blood).

Sources of Vitamin D, Sun Exposure and Best Results

As previously stated, a minimum of 20 minutes of daily sun exposure is required to synthesise enough vitamin D. Ideally, you need to have 50% of your skin exposed. If you are into nudism, it’s even better! Otherwise, you might want to try…after all, it can only make you more comfortable with your own body AND increase your testosterone levels!

If you want to try a supplement, it’s vital to choose a vitamin D3 one. It’s by far the most bioavailable one that exists. Choose a supplement that has 5000 UI (daily recommendation for an adult male). If you are 50 or more, you can opt for a higher dose because your body can’t synthesise it as well.

You can also increase your vitamin D levels by eating more fatty fish. However, limit your fatty fish consumption to two portions per week to avoid mercury poisoning (and other pollutants).

Depending on your location, the weather and your diet, you’ll have to decide whether to increase your vitamin D supplementation by sun bathing and/or taking a vitamin D3 supplement.

Vitamin D is a solution to boost your testosterone levels but to improve it even more, you could also try…super foods to boost your male hormone and sexual performance!

(1) Association of vitamin D status with serum androgen levels in men. Wehr E, Pilz S, Boehm BO, März W, Obermayer-Pietsch B. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2010.
(2) Effect of vitamin D supplementation on testosterone levels in men. Pilz S, Frisch S, Koertke H, Kuhn J, Dreier J, Obermayer-Pietsch B, Wehr E, Zittermann A. Horm Metab Res. 2011.

Is Masturbating too Much Unhealthy ?

Nowadays, masturbation is a pretty common topic of (inebriated) discussion, if anything we love sharing our stories of unsuccessful or painful wanks (the shampoo…). Masturbation is essential for the sexual development of the horny teenager and to calm down our fire when it’s drought season. Nevertheless, when masturbation becomes chronic, it could become downright dangerous. Let’s figure out the truth…is masturbating too much unhealthy?

If your act of self-love is like a second nature and there’s no way, you’ll be willing to have a “day off”; then, yes, this could potentially lead to bad outcomes. If you fit this description, you might already be caught in the net of addiction. Although, if your libido never rests and you need to play a bit, to calm down your willy, oh well, I don’t see the issue but beware.

Let’s take a look at the science behind excessive wanking…

Is Masturbating too Much Unhealthy ? – The Facts

In our interconnected era, it has never been as easy to get our hands on porn, all sorts of porn really. So with that, we have a world of fantasies that we dreamt of (and some that we definitely haven’t) at our fingertips. It’s no surprise that it’s very hard to resist a good polishing when we see the hottest sexual scene ever. So what are the dangers of excessive masturbation?

Pornography and excessive masturbation usually go hand in hand. Porn distorts our vision of a real sex life. The actors tend to have very large penises and seem to perform with ease, the actresses are gorgeous (make-up helps) and seem to have orgasms every 10 minutes. The reality of a porn shoot is dramatically different: they shoot a porn over a full day, if not more; actors are known to take Viagra and actresses get all sort of vaginal problems and pains because of excessive pounding… Not so glamorous after all. Being a porn star is a job: they sell you a vision of sex that looks “perfect” but in real life, applying porn techniques usually results in catastrophe. If you are into a different medium, it’s the same. Even if it’s in your head. If you can’t help yourself and delve into compulsive territory, it’s not going to end well.

If you need help to stop a porn addiction, don’t hesitate to check this article.

On a more physical aspect, excessive wanking can result to an overstimulation of dopamine, the neurotransmitter of pleasure. Eventually, jerking off too much will affect the capacity of your brain to answer to normal sexual stimulus. Very easily, you could find yourself looking for more hardcore sexual sensations but without achieving a profound satisfaction. A study claims that if you’re an addict, you will end up having compulsive sexual behaviours, no matter what! (1)

Find out if you are masturbating too much :

  • You don’t take pleasure in the act of self-gratification and it’s the new normal routine. The danger is real, mainly on the psychological front. Any addiction will cause you harm, both psychologically and physically.
  • You love masturbating and it’s very frequent. At this point, it’s probably not bad but be careful, if it becomes compulsive, you could be at risk of addiction (really).
  • You enjoy the occasional wank with or without porn. That’s fine. It’s healthy.
  • You don’t masturbate. Good on you laddie, regardless of your reason! Apparently, it improves sexual life and it definitely improves your sperm load! Keep reading though, it could help someone you know!

To answer the question bluntly: Is masturbating too much unhealthy? Yes, without a doubt, your mental health and your sexual life could suffer greatly from over-rubbing your noodle.

Too Much Masturbation is Bad for your Health

Addiction aside, regular masturbation (on the light side) can have an anxiolytic effect that shouldn’t cause any issues. However, chronic masturbation is usually linked to a poor quality of sex life and intimate relationships. If you wank out of boredom, it’s time to get out there! It’s also important to know that excessive masturbation can desensitize your penis and reduce your libido. Therefore, it’s not surprising that it can lead to erectile dysfunction (check out this article on porn and ED to know more).

If you need a bit of help to stop or reduce your wanking frequency, take a look at a few practical solutions:

  • There are many things to do in bed with your partner, if you want to spice things up, try tantric sex for example. You could both end up having the best orgasms you’ve ever had.
  • Find a new hobby to occupy yourself (and avoid jacking off obviously).
  • Exercise is an excellent way to occupy yourself and improve your fitness. If you go for weight-lifting, you’ll even increase your testosterone levels!
  • If you are single, it’s time to socialize. Meet your friends more often in a bar or pub and don’t hesitate to attend local events to meet some new people (especially women!)
  • If you get the urge to get down to business, get out, call a friend or find anything else to do!
  • Delete your porn bookmarks, history and if it’s too hard, install a child lock software (ask a friend to set it up or copy/paste the password on a text doc that you will erase after the set up).
  • Try meditating. Meditation can help improve the control of your impulses and will strengthen your discipline.
  • Keep a reminder of every day without a wank (a calendar). It’s far more rewarding to see the results than to know them.
  • Gift yourself something nice after achieving a 2 week milestone without any self-gratification! Avoid anything sexual though…

If you suffer from performance anxiety, I recommend you to read more about our solutions here.

(1) Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviours.Valerie Voon , Thomas B. Mole, Paula Banca, Laura Porter, Laurel Morris, Simon Mitchell, Tatyana R. Lapa, Judy Karr, Neil A. Harrison, Marc N. Potenza, Michael Irvine. Plos One. 2014.

Why Are You Losing Erections With Condoms?

Multiple men have reported that they are constantly losing erections with a condom. Is there really something about condoms which cause men to not be able to perform sexually? Could this phenomenon intersect with the sixteen to twenty percent of men who suffer from acute cases of erectile dysfunction?

A plethora of explanations exist to attempt to explain why condoms may possibly cause short term erectile dysfunction in men:

  • They don’t feel enough pleasure during sex while wearing the condom.
  • The condom squeezes the penis too much.
  • Pausing to put the condom on kills the mood.
  • They get a minor attack of anxiety when they see a condom

However, there is research that points to different reasons other than the condom for short-term impotence.

What Research Really Says And Losing Your Erection When Using A Condom

A study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine explores how condoms affect the male erection, and their results were quite definitive.

Researchers collected surveys from 479 heterosexual males between the ages of 18-24 who used a condom during intercourse over the past 90 days. The study was purposefully made to oversample men who claimed condoms were the cause of their erectile dysfunction.

Researchers passed out flyers which read “Do condoms interfere with your erections?” and “Do condoms interfere with your arousal?”

The survey asked how often each male experienced erectile dysfunction in the past 90 days when they were not using a condom during sexual activity.

They were asked to explain when they lost their erection during the sexual interaction – whether before or after putting the condom on – then they were asked to report on their erectile problems in the past 90 days when they were using condoms. The questions concerning when erection was lost while wearing the condom was before vaginal intercourse, and asked survey participants to detail how often they lost or started to lose erections.

The results of the study were quite interesting and offer insight as to why men are losing erections with condoms.

The survey found that of the 479 men, approximately 62 percent suffered from erectile dysfunction while using a condom before penetration, after penetration, or during both scenarios. However, the analysis showed something else interesting.

Of those reporting condom-associated erectile problems, they were also more likely to report trouble becoming erect while they weren’t using a condom.

Researchers found that men who were having issues staying hard while using condoms were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction than those who weren’t affected by using protection.

Condoms And Losing Erections: What’s Really At Play

There are some out there who will attempt to push the narrative that condoms leave men not feeling welcome by a woman – that a woman asking a man to wear a condom carries the message that she does not accept you inside her body.

The talking points extend to explaining that men want to feel accepted, trusted, and welcomed. Somehow safe sex has turned into an attack on manhood if you follow this logic.

However, that line of thought is complete nonsense. Numerous studies have shown that erectile dysfunction in young men can often be related to performance anxiety, stress, and have nothing to do with the condom directly.

Men having issues staying erect may need certain stimulation to stay erect, suffer for low testosterone; or have a number of physical or mental hurdles keeping them from being able to perform.

Men directly blaming the condom should look into other parts of their lifestyle and emotions before entering sexual activity.

In extreme cases trying a different style of the condom which allows for more sensation may help the issue – yet erectile dysfunction is not directly linked to condom usage.

The Recap: Condoms That Cause Impotence

It’s important men are honest with themselves when it comes to erectile dysfunction; blaming a condom is an extremely counter-productive way to increase your performance in the bedroom.

If you are losing erections with a condom, you are probably suffering from mild to moderate erectile dysfunction.

One action that anecdotal experiences claim help keep hard with a condom is to masturbate with a condom on. Known as a “posh wank” in some parts of the world; masturbating with a condom can help a man get used to being aroused by it.

There are a wealth of available supplements which could boost sexual confidence when wearing a condom, that are safe and affordable.

For these, try:

  1. Zinc
  2. Garlic
  3. Ginseng
  4. MucunaPruriens
  5. Tongkat Ali
  6. Pine pollen

Anyone who looks into this avenue should get our free ebook on powerful aphrodisiacs for men before going any further.

How Anxiety Can Lead To Erectile Dysfunction

Anxiety and erectile dysfunction are closely linked. Unfortunately, the causes of erectile dysfunction can be chemical, physical, and psychological. Men experiencing high levels of anxiety and stress are also at a higher risk of other health complications including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Alcoholism
  • Heart Disease
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol

These concerns make it extremely important for men dealing with anxiety to be able to identify and treat their condition in order to achieve optimal wellness.

How Stress Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction

Experiencing a consistent amount of stress and anxiety affects the signals your brain sends to the rest of your body. When especially speaking about an erection, anxiety can interrupt how your brain communicates with the penis.

Instead of allowing extra blood to flow towards the penis, high levels of anxiety can cause to process to not work properly.

This type of psychological erectile dysfunction affects men of all ages. There are a number of different scenarios which can lead to heightened levels of stress in the body:

  • Nervousness and anxiety can affect around 90 percent of teenagers and young men. These are often short term cases, but severe performance anxiety can last for longer time
  • Personal stress involving relationship trouble
  • Professional stress
  • Anxiety and stress brought on from loneliness

Speaking Of Performance Anxiety (And ED)

Performance anxiety is the distinction where anxiety and erectile dysfunction come to form an unfortunate and sometimes difficult challenge. A male’s state of mind can cause him to lose the ability to gain an erection if he’s overly worried about the sexual interaction.

The worry of not being able to sexually please your partner can lead to performance anxiety, luckily this can easily be corrected with sexual experience or being adequately prepared for the experience before it happens.

There are a number of psychological issues which could lead to performance anxiety:

  • Poor body image
  • Worrying about penis size
  • Concerns over finishing too quickly or taking too long to orgasm

Anxiety can cause your body to release stress hormones in a series of reactions that are actually designed to prepare your body to fight or run from a threat. The “fight or flight” response keeps the body from being able to recognize the consciousness is preparing for a sexual encounter.

Anxiety and stress hormones cause blood vessels to constrict. Meaning, the proper amount of blood is not flowing to the penis. Luckily, there are ways that men can defeat anxiety and return to having a healthy sex life.

How To Reverse Anxiety That Causes ED

  1. Open Up About It

One of the most effective ways to defeat performance anxiety is to communicate with your partner. Building and maintaining an open line of communication while providing a number of benefits which could counter anxiety.

An ancillary effect is this level of communication can help build a better relationship with your partner.

  1. Speaking To A Neutral, Confidential Listener

Speaking to a counselor who specializes in sex therapy is another option for men who suffer from severe performance anxiety.

A trained therapist can help teach individuals how to become more comfortable with their bodies, sexuality, and how to eliminate nerves when interacting with a new partner.

  1. Exercise To Reduce Stress Related ED

Exercise is another way to help your body defeat the psychological challenges that come with performance anxiety and ED.

While exercising the body releases endorphins which allow the body to feel almost euphoric, allowing for decreased stress and anxiety.

One of the most effective ways to defeat performance anxiety is to relax when entering a sexual encounter. While supplements can definitely provide aid, they alone may not be able to help you overcome erectile dysfunction brought on by anxiety.

Anxiety And ED: Wrapping Up

When having to face anxiety and erectile dysfunction, it’s important to consider all of the options available to you.

Luckily, you can solve those issues quickly in a number of circumstances. In severe cases of performance anxiety seeking help from a sex therapist is a wise option.

 

For those wanting an herbal remedy, there a number of supplements which can help boost testosterone and provide other nutrients which can counteract performance anxiety, helping you to overcome nervousness and boosting sexual confidence…

Make sure to download our free guide to powerful foods and supplements to get started.

Anxiety is an annoying cause of erectile dysfunction, however, it is something that most will be able to fix in a short period of time.

Performance Anxiety and Erectile Dysfunction

Performance Anxiety and erectile dysfunction are closely linked. Unfortunately, the causes of erectile dysfunction can be chemical, physical, and psychological. Men experiencing high levels of anxiety and stress are also at a higher risk of other health complications including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Alcoholism
  • Heart Disease
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol

These concerns make it extremely important for men dealing with anxiety to be able to identify and treat their condition in order to achieve optimal wellness.

How Stress Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction

Experiencing a consistent amount of stress and anxiety affects the signals your brain sends to the rest of your body. When especially speaking about an erection, anxiety can interrupt how your brain communicates with the penis.

Instead of allowing extra blood to flow towards the penis, high levels of anxiety can cause to process to not work properly.

This type of psychological erectile dysfunction affects men of all ages. There are a number of different scenarios which can lead to heightened levels of stress in the body:

  • Nervousness and anxiety can affect around 90 percent of teenagers and young men. These are often short term cases, but severe performance anxiety can last for a prolonged period of time
  • Personal stress involving relationship trouble
  • Professional stress
  • Anxiety and stress brought on from loneliness

Speaking Of Performance Anxiety (And ED)

Performance anxiety is the distinction where anxiety and erectile dysfunction come to form an unfortunate and sometimes difficult challenge. A male’s state of mind can cause him to lose the ability to gain an erection if he’s overly worried about the sexual interaction.

The worry of not being able to sexually please your partner can lead to performance anxiety, luckily this can easily be corrected with sexual experience or being adequately prepared for the experience before it happens.

There are a number of psychological issues which could lead to performance anxiety:

  • Poor body image
  • Worrying about penis size
  • Concerns over finishing too quickly or taking too long to orgasm

Anxiety can cause your body to release stress hormones in a series of reactions that are actually designed to prepare your body to fight or run from a threat. The “fight or flight” response keeps the body from being able to recognize the consciousness is preparing for a sexual encounter.

Anxiety and stress hormones cause blood vessels to constrict. Meaning, the proper amount of blood is not flowing to the penis. Luckily, there are ways that men can defeat anxiety and return to having a healthy sex life.

How To Reverse Anxiety That Causes ED

  1. Open Up About It

One of the most effective ways to defeat performance anxiety is to communicate with your partner. Building and maintaining an open line of communication while providing a number of benefits which could counter anxiety.

An ancillary effect is this level of communication can help build a better relationship with your partner.

  1. Speaking To A Neutral, Confidential Listener

Speaking to a counselor who specializes in sex therapy is another option for men who suffer from severe performance anxiety.

A trained therapist can help teach individuals how to become more comfortable with their bodies, sexuality, and how to eliminate nerves when interacting with a new partner.

  1. Exercise To Reduce Stress Related ED

Exercise is another way to help your body defeat the psychological challenges that come with performance anxiety and ED.

While exercising the body releases endorphins which allow the body to feel almost euphoric, allowing for decreased stress and anxiety.

One of the most effective ways to defeat performance anxiety is to relax when entering a sexual encounter. While supplements can definitely provide aid, they alone may not be able to help you overcome erectile dysfunction brought on by anxiety.

Anxiety And ED: Wrapping Up

When having to face anxiety and erectile dysfunction, it’s important to consider all of the options available to you.

Luckily, you can quickly resolve the issues be in a number of circumstances. In severe cases of performance anxiety seeking help from a sex therapist is a wise option.

For those wanting an herbal remedy, there a number of supplements which can help boost testosterone and provide other nutrients which can counteract performance anxiety, helping you to overcome nervousness and boosting sexual confidence.

Make sure to download our free guide to powerful foods and supplements.

Anxiety is an annoying cause of erectile dysfunction, however, it is something that most will be able to fix in a short period of time.

Increase Sperm with Ginseng For Bigger Ejaculations

We know from studies that ginseng can improve erections in men, but can the ancient plant ginseng increase sperm motility and semen volume?

It’s not unlikely that you have seen ginseng (IE ginseng root) in the supplement section of grocery stores, specialty supplement stores, or while browsing the internet. However, many remain unaware of what ginseng is and the benefits it can provide.

The plant has been used for over 2,000 years in various forms of medicine. Ginseng began being used in China and the Korea region and is a short plant; today ginseng is also grown within Canada and the United States as well.

The root contains the highest amount of active ginsenosides, which is the ingredient which gives the plant medicinal properties. Ginseng has been used as an ingredient to help treat a number of ailments:

  • Hardened arteries
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Colitis
  • Loss of strength

Ginseng is proven to have a positive influence in the following areas as well:

  • Anti-cancer
  • Anti-stress
  • Immune system modulation
  • Hormonal effect
  • Boost in athletic performance

Many men also use ginseng to improve the intensity of their ejaculations and increase sperm count.

Ginseng is also used to help fight erectile dysfunction (ED). Panax ginseng is the strand of ginseng often attached to improving sexual health in men.

How Ginseng Helps Improve Sexual Health, Sperm, And Erections

In China, ginseng extract has been used to treat erectile dysfunction for quite some time.

While ED symptoms are often caused by physical circumstances such as; heart disease, atherosclerosis (clogged blood vessels), Parkinson’s disease, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and other conditions.

While ginseng does not help treat those causes of erectile dysfunction, the herb is a powerful tool when attempting to combat psychological issues which result in ED. Ginseng is linked to helping combat depression, anxiety, and stress, which when reversed tends to lead to an increase in the male libido.

Panax ginseng is linked to improving sexual performance in men and women and while few studies have attempted to discover its exact effects, they do point to improving sexual desire in both sexes. The relationship ginseng has in increasing sex drive isn’t well understood, yet many believe the herb works with the body to lower stress.

Ginseng To Increase Sperm

Ginseng has been shown to increase the sperm count in men. Low levels of sperm in males can result in infertility issues. Ginseng helps to increase the number of sperm cells in each ejaculation.

Not only does ginseng help sexual organs produce more sperm cells, it also helps decrease the number of sperm cells lost due to aging.

Ginseng has been shown to increase sperm motility. If a man’s sperm suffers from motility issues, he can have fertility issues no matter his sperm count. Ginseng helps sperm cells move forward (the only direction they can move in to fertilize an egg).

Ginseng And Testosterone

Testosterone is important for sexual health as it stimulates the hypothalamus. Ginseng is linked to helping increase the circulation of blood, which is vital for testosterone to feed sex organs the nutrients they need.

Ginseng encourages the heart to pump blood faster and more efficiently, leading to youthful feelings which also lead to an increase in sexual desire.

Other Positive Effects Of Ginseng

Ginseng gives the body a calming effect which helps lower stress and fatigue.  These life-improving effects allow men to perform better in their sex life and have more powerful ejaculations due to increases in stamina due to lowered stress.

Not only do these positive attributes help improve the sex lives of men and women, it also helps increase the overall well-being of the body, leading to a better quality of life.

Additional studies have found that it’s likely that ginseng helps boost the immune system. Studies have shown that American ginseng extract may decrease the number of colds adults contract.

Is Ginseng Right For You If You Have Low Sperm Count Or ED?

Yes is the short answer. This plant is proven to increase your sperm and erectile performance. However, you should know that it will work better for men whose physical condition is optimal; who have a diet rich in nutrients and who avoid junk and processed food.

Before taking ginseng, it is important to know that red Panax ginseng is the strand that is proven to benefit sexual health.

Eleuthero and Siberian ginseng are often marketed as ginseng, which is problematic as neither contains ginsenosides.

You should also know that Ginseng is one of the most used herbs around the world, making the possibility of cheap versions made for profit a lucrative endeavor.

Make sure you’re on the right track when you choose the product: variations in quality and amount of active ingredients in ginseng are common, so we’d recommend trying a few before settling on your preferred brand.

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