SIX Ways to Boost Male Fertility
The last 50 years has seen male fertility drop by as much is 50%. I have prepared a brief guide on the little things that you can do to help to boost your fertility levels.
Wear Loose Underwear:
The testicles, by their very nature are designed to keep cooler than the rest of the body. This allows for healthier sperm production. If you wear tight jeans or underpants, this causes the testicles to be pushed against the body, which in turn, raises their temperature, and as a result slows down the rate of the production of sperm.
A recent study carried out by the University of Milan, found that men who regularly wore tight briefs were twice as likely to be infertile as men who chose to wear loose styles of underpants, such as boxer shorts.
Fertility experts believe that by simply switching to boxer shorts or any other type of loose underwear can help to keep the testicles cooler, therefore allowing for a boost of sperm production.
If your work environment is quite warm, such as welding, according to Diane Arnold, who is the spokeswoman for the National fertility Association, it may be a good idea to spray the testicles with cool water, on a daily basis. If you enjoy taking baths, she recommends taking tepid, which is essentially a mixture of hot and cold water.
Increase Your Intake of Zinc:
Zinc is essential for sperm production because it plays a vital role in “activating” the sperm. Nutritionists around the world believe that by simply taking a mere 15 mg of zinc a day (which is actually the daily recommended amount), can actually help to repair the damage caused to the sperm by various harmful chemicals that are absorbed from the environment.
Foods that are rich in zinc include most seafood; especially oysters. Other foods including red meats, whole grains and pulses are also positive contributors to sperm health. Lesser amounts of zinc can also be found in dairy products such as cheese.
If you are taking a zinc supplement, medical experts advise that you should not consume more than 30 mg of zinc per day. And this zinc intake should be taken in conjunction with a copper supplement. If you consume more than half a gram of zinc a day, this can cause interference with the way the body metabolizes copper. Certain zinc tablets also contain elements of copper to make life easier.
Cut out the Smoking and Boozing:
Studies have suggested that smoking tobacco directly damages the sperm membrane. This causes the sperm to change its behavior and become “lazy” which hinders its ability to reach the egg. Smoking can also change the DNA of the sperm which can, in some cases lead to birth defects.
Male impotence has quite often been linked to smoking. A number of studies carried out on the subject of impotence since 1980 discovered that 40% of men who showed signs of impotence were in fact smokers, compared to the 28% of men within the general population. Smoking can cause the blood vessels to shrink, which means that insufficient blood is supplied to the genitals, which essentially triggers impotence.
Alcohol also has a detrimental effect on sperm production. Men that drink more than eight units of alcohol within a 48 period (normally enough to cause a hangover) can see their testosterone levels drop by 20%, even 12 hours after the drinking session.
Beer and lager in particular are the biggest culprits in this regard because they contain elements of estrogen, which is the primary female hormone that counteracts the effects of testosterone, leading to infertility in men.
Drink Bottled Water:
Simply by drinking 1.5 liters of fluid on a daily basis is sufficient enough to maintain a healthy body. But it is even more important to watch exactly what you are drinking.
Studies have revealed that normal tap water can sometimes contain elements of estrogen, depending on which region you live in.
As more and more women are resorting to taking the pill as a form of contraception, traces of the hormone used inside this contraceptive can sometimes be “recycled” back into the water system. The safer option is to stick to drinking bottled water because this will limit your exposure to the unwanted female hormones.
Caffeine, commonly found in coffee, tea and most cola drinks also hinders the production of sperm, as well as contributing to soaring stress levels.
Think about Becoming a Dad:
A recent study carried out in Portugal found that men who were trying to become fathers could actually increase the chances of doing so by “just thinking about it”. The study found that men who wanted to become fathers tended to be better at coordinating sex with partners, especially when the testosterone levels were at their peak than men who did not want to necessarily become fathers.
Healthy testosterone levels contribute to boosting the sperm production as well as improving the health of the sperm.
Eat More Organic Foods:
It is normal for farmers that are exposed to pesticides to suffer from depleting fertility levels, and this risk can also be carried to the food that they produce.
Studies have found that one crop spray in particular; HPTE played a major role in stopping testosterone production for over 17 hours, following the exposure. To try and limit this exposure, many fertility experts advise men to either thoroughly scrub the fruit and vegetables that they are about to eat, or simply switch to organic food.
Author Information…James McDuffy currently works for the online publication, this Male Health Site. James has worked in the health and fitness industry for the last 15 years. He is a fully qualified personal trainer and nutritionist