In 1979, when the glam-rock band Slade sang "Not Tonight Josephine," it was perpetrating a myth that a headache is a good reason to put off having fun with your honey.
Well, it's not; that is, if your ability to play isn't dampened by over-the-counter pain relievers you're taking.
A recent study of 80,000 middle-age men reported that more than 35 percent of those who regularly took NSAID drugs such as ibuprofen had erectile dysfunction. But only 24 percent of those not taking the meds had ED. That surprised researchers who expected easing inflammation with an NSAID would relieve pain and reduce troubles with ED, since inflammation in the arteries can cause erection problems. So we got to thinking: What can you do to ease aches and pains, reduce inflammation and dodge ED?
1. Stop eating red meat and any foods with added sugars or sugar syrups.
2. Eat only 100 percent whole grains, fish (salmon) that's loaded with inflammation-quelling omega-3 fatty acids and maybe take 900 IU supplement of DHA omega-3 a day.
3. Get at least 30 minutes of added physical activity a day (head for that 10,000 steps a day; remember 10 minutes of aerobic exercise equals 100 steps).
4. Destress with 10 minutes of meditation daily.
And then if you get a headache, remember, one study found that 60 percent of folks with migraines saw some or complete relief when they had sex.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.