The right approach to penis care goes far beyond practicing good hygiene; it’s a whole-body affair. While it’s certainly important to be kind to the organ in a direct manner, it’s equally as important to understand the indirect ways in which penile health may be promoted or inhibited. The following seven tips will help men care for their penises more thoroughly.
1) Get plenty of sleep.
Quality sleep is important for both physical and mental health overall, but it’s good for the penis in a specific way. When a man sleeps, he has numerous erections that are not necessarily related to sexy dreams. This is because the brain sends impulses to the penis that call it to attention during the deep, REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep.
Erections are not only good for pleasure and partners, but for the penis itself. When erect, the organ is flushed with blood and oxygen; this helps keep the muscle tissue strong and flexible. Essentially, erections are exercise for the penis, and regular exercise is the key to maintaining erectile function for years to come.
2) Be Active.
Research confirms that sedentary men tend to have more erectile problems than active men. Walk, run, weight-train – just keep moving!
3) Watch the blood sugar levels.
It is estimated that somewhere between a third and three-quarters of all men with diabetes experience erectile problems. That’s because the disease causes damage to blood vessels and nerves in the body; erections are therefore difficult to come by, since they require normal blood and nerve impulse supply to the penis. One of the main risk factors for diabetes is excess abdominal fat. Eating right and exercising should take care of that.
One of the more bizarre methods of penis care, yawning may actually contribute to the health of the organ on a neurochemical level. That’s because the same chemical that stimulates erections – nitric oxide – causes the mouth to open when one yawns.
Much like muscles and other tissues in the body, neurochemical pathways benefit from regular exercise. The more a man yawns, the more he engages the neurochemical pathway that also promotes strong erections; this could help maintain the latter into old age.
5) Quit smoking.
Aside from annihilating the lungs, smoking cigarettes causes damage to blood vessels throughout the body – including the penis. Erections require good blood flow, and damaged blood vessels don’t provide that. Patches, gums, support groups, prescription medication and psychotherapy are all available to men who want to do something nice for their lungs and their penises.
6) Be kind to the prostate.
An enlarged prostate can easily cause erectile problems and early ejaculation. It’s also a problem unto itself, whether the cause is cancer, hyperplasia or prostatitis. The best ways to prevent prostate problems are to avoid a high-fat diet and eat plenty of foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
7) Be kind to the heart.
Heart disease involves hardening of the arteries, which leads to restricted blood flow. As said above, good circulation is crucial to erectile health. Men can decrease their risk of heart disease by easing up on the salt and saturated fats and getting plenty of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber in their diet. Another important component of heart health is regular cardiovascular exercise.
Along with these holistic methods of penis care, it’s important to practice direct methods, particularly proper hygiene. Besides regular washing, men may choose to use a penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) to keep the skin smooth and rejuvenated. The best products will contain nutrients that maintain cellular health in the penis (such as vitamins D and B5), moisturizers (such as vitamin E and Shea butter) and nutrients that are beneficial to penile sensitivity (such as vitamin C).