During the second week I would do the following:
- Continue the actions from week 1
- Eat healthier
- Try to cure nutritional deficiencies with supplements
- Supplement daily with one adaptogenic herb
- Quit smoking
- Quit drugs
- Quit alcohol (or only drink modestly)
The way I overcame erectile dysfunction and a lackluster libido was by making several changes to the way I lived my life. Some of the most impactful changes I made were the ones described in the section called Week 1. But I didn’t just do these actions for one week. I have kept them up ever since. In order to keep my body and mind in balance so I could enable proper erectile functioning and a strong libido, I have found it paramount to continue these actions.
Therefore, in week 2, I would continue the actions from week 1. You are what you eat. We are all composed of the foods and drinks we have put in our bodies. Our skin, our eyes, our teeth and all other parts of our bodies – have been created by what we have ingested. If we eat unhealthy foods, is there any wonder our bodies become unhealthy as well?
I learned this the hard way. I learned this by experiencing first-hand what happened to my body during a period when I basically ate nutrition-less junk. My diet consisted of a sugary and cheap cereal with milk in the morning, bread with peanut-butter for lunch, and pasta and pasta-sauce for dinner.
In essence, during these months, I built and maintained my body using poor building materials. I gave my body bad fuel. I ate so poorly that both my sex drive and my ability to function sexually disappeared.
However, my real diet epiphany came when I switched from this nutrition-less diet to a much more nutritious vegetarian diet. After just a couple of days on this much improved diet, my sexual function jumped back into life! It was such a remarkable change that it was almost difficult to believe. It was as different as night and day. And it was also not a one-off lucky event. After I learned how import what I eat is for how I feel and how my body works, I have tried very hard to maintain a super healthy diet. To learn more about my experiences with diet on Truelibido, please go here.
Therefore, should I happen to experience erectile dysfunction and libido problems today for the first time, I would ensure that I provided my body with all the key nutrients it needs. I would in other words try to provide my body with optimal fuel and building materials. In short, this would mean eating more vegetables (particularly raw vegetables), more fruit, more nuts and seeds, more mushrooms, less meat, less processed food, less dairy, less sugar, less bad fat and less salt.
However, it may be difficult to at all times provide the body with all the nutrients it needs through foods. In fact, just by living a modern lifestyle, this can be a very challenging task. And it is in fact more common to be deficient in one or more vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, etc., than it is to have adequate amounts of all of them. It is quite common to be deficient in one or more of vitamin A, B vitamins (there are several B vitamins), vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, iodine, zinc, magnesium, and a few others. To learn more about my experiences with supplements on Truelibido, please go here.
When the body is deficient in for instance vitamin A, or iodine, there are certain functions in the body that cannot function in their intended ways. Because if these functions don’t have the right materials or tools for the job, the job is likely to be poorly performed. When a job is poorly performed, the system is likely to run less smoothly. And one of the key lessons from my 10 years of experimenting is that as soon as my body is out of balance (from for instance nutritional deficiency), some of the first functions to stop working are the sexual functions.
I have found that particularly vitamin D, zinc and magnesium play an important role in my ability to function properly sexually. Or put differently, when I have been deficient in one or more of these, it has been much more difficult to get and maintain erections. Should I encounter erectile dysfunction and libido problems for the first time today, I would take a double dose of a very good multivitamin / mineral formula, I would take a double dose of fish oil, vitamin B12, and I would take an additional vitamin D supplement. In addition, I would during times of lots of exercise take a zinc supplement.
If I were to be vegan or vegetarian, I would also take vitamin B12 as there is not much of this vitamin in vegetables. The fish oil provides omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential to several processes in the body and are as such very important for a well-balanced body. It is easy to be deficient in omega 3 fatty acids, particularly if one is vegetarian or vegan.
It is also very common to be vitamin D deficient. It is almost impossible to get enough vitamin D through foods. Most of the vitamin D is provided by the sun. And many people, including myself, don’t get enough sun exposure. And on the occasions we do, we normally wear sunscreen which limits the amounts of vitamin D the sun can provide us. To learn more about my experiences with the sun and vitamin D on Truelibido, please go here.
Lastly, I also try to work out and play sports several times a week. When exercising and sweating, one normally loses significant amounts of zinc. Therefore, I would supplement with zinc during times of heavy exercise.
In addition to these supplements, I would also add one adaptogenic herb such as ginseng, maca, ashwagandha, rhodiola rosea (or any other adaptogen) to my daily routine. An adaptogen is a plant that works to improve several systems (some claim all systems) in the body at the same time, and which has no (material) negative effects on the body. It works to restore the overall balance in the body. For instance, if the body is low in a hormone or the immune system is not working properly, it will normally help restore these imbalances and functions.
The adaptogen helps restore deficiencies, but does not provide any further effect when the condition is restored. For instance, some herbs help to increase testosterone levels. However, when the testosterone levels are restored to baseline levels, the adaptogen doesn’t provide any further increase in testosterone levels.
It can sometimes be difficult to tell why someone suffers from erectile dysfunction or a low libido. There are no test that one can take that will tell one which specific factor is causing this. By taking an adaptogen, I could potentially restore an imbalance in my body that I was not aware of or that I had no chance of detecting. As I am writing this I am not taking a daily adaptogen. The reason for this is that I am still experimenting with herbs and other supplements, and if I took an adaptogenic herb every day, it may make it harder to isolate the effect from these other supplements.
I have never done any drugs, never smoked and have only in the past been drinking very moderately. However, had I been doing drugs or been smoking, I would have quit those immediately. Smoking and doing drugs can cause all kinds of damages to the body, including reduced blood flow, malfunction of important processes in the body and lower production of important substances such as nitric oxide and testosterone. Any of these can have a negative effect on libido and erectile functioning.
If I were drinking excessively, I would have quit this as well, or significantly reduced it. Excessive alcohol consumption can through various mechanisms also have a negative effect on libido and erectile functioning. To learn more about the effects of these substances (in the diet section on Truelibido), please go here.
By changing my diet to become healthier and by providing my body with what it needs, and also by removing elements that are harmful to it, I would provide myself with the right building blocks and proper fuel to maintain and run my body well.
Nutritional deficiencies should then no longer be the cause of erectile dysfunction or a weak libido, after these imbalances were restored. Curing nutritional deficiencies may also have other impacts and benefits, such as making me more alert, give me more energy and make me feel better overall.