1) Quit Smoking
Studies have suggested that smoking effects sperm health negatively in a variety of ways, including sperm shape, motility and count.
2) Have A Talk With Your Doc
Go get a checkup! Reviewing your medical history and treating underlying medical conditions may increase your fertility. Several conditions and diseases can lead to infertility, including anemia, Crohn’s disease, untreated diabetes, celiac disease, thyroid disease and a variety of sexually transmitted diseases.
3) Avoid Toxic Chemicals
The chemicals found in paint, pesticides, varnish and metal working may lead to sperm damage. Men who work with metal as machinists or welders are at risk of having poor sperm health. Solution? Quitting your job, for most, is not a viable, nor logical option. Try wearing masks, gloves, protective clothing, wash hands frequently to keep your body and skin free from these chemicals as much as possible.
4) Have More Sex
A recent study conducted amongst men with normal sperm counts showed significantly decreased sperm counts in the same men after 10 days of abstinence. Sperm is at its healthiest two days after sex is performed. So while it’s important to have sex when your partner is ovulating, having sex all month long helps as well!
5) Achieve A Healthy Weight
This is a huge one. Check your BMI. It might be too low or too high. Being underweight or overweight can cause hormonal imbalances, lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm health. If you aren’t already, try to incorporate a balanced diet, portion-controlled meals and exercise into your daily routine. If you happen to be underweight or overweight, you will be surprised at how quickly things improve!
6) Keep Your Chompers Healthy
Studies have recently shown a link between Bacteriospermia, semen bacteria, and untreated dental problems. Bacteriospermia is also associated with male infertility. Time to visit the dentist!
7) Introduce More Antioxidant-Rich Foods Into Your Diet
Antioxidants prevent cell damage from free radicals, including sperm cells. Studies have shown that men who have antioxidant-rich diets and/or take antioxidant supplements have less DNA damaged sperm than those who do not.
Here is a list of antioxidants and some of their sources that specifically improve sperm health:
8) Be Cool
Even if you’ve had a hard day at the office, avoid taking hot baths and jumping in the hot tub. If your day job requires you to drive or sit for long periods, make sure to take plenty of breaks to walk around. Try to avoid coming in contact with heat sources altogether, such as sitting with a laptop in your lap or using seat heaters in the car.
9) Limit Your Soy Intake
Soy is not completely bad for you. In fact, some studies have suggested that soy may help thwart prostate cancer. However, a recent study found that men who ingested large amounts of soy had lower sperm counts than men who did not. Soy can sneak its way into many foods including, but not limited to, several types of vegetarian prepared foods like ‘meat’ patties, health drinks and energy bars. So reducing your soy intake may play a part in increasing your fertility.
10) Tone Down On The Brews
A study conducted amongst alcoholics revealed that only 12% of the men in the study had good health and normal sperm counts. Drinking too much decreases your fertility, lowers your sperm count and results in poor sperm motility. Try to limit your consumption of drinks to a few times a week, or even better, cut it out altogether.
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