- smoking cigarettes
- alcohol intake
- use of medications or illicit drugs
- overweight or obesity
- psychological stress
- advanced paternal age (we are leaving it later!)
- dietary habits
- caffeine consumption
- testicular heat stress
- intense cycle training
- lack of sleep
- electromagnetic radiation exposure (mobile phones)
Mens Fertility Supplements
- Vitamin E 1,000IU
- Vitamin C 1000mg
- Co-Enzyme Q10 200mg
- Selenium (note there is a restricted daily dose)
- Vitamin D
- Zinc 50ug daily
- 4000ug Fish oil (I prefer cod liver oil, nordic brand)
- A Mens’ Multivitamin or Mens Fertility Multivitamin. (I don’t personally recommend Menevit as it an outdated formulation. There are better ones available).
Chinese Medicine Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle
- Aim to go to bed by 10pm, 7 to 8 hours rest is fantastic
- Enjoy activities you find inspiring and relaxing – what do you love to do?
- Quit smoking
- Be mindful to not only cope with stress, but to reduce unnecessary stressors. We choose our thoughts and how we feel about things. Do you react often to things? Being grateful can help you feel well. Instead of complaining about what you hate and don’t want.
- Avoid cold water or cold foods – this rule is paramount, the cold impairs circulation.
- Do you feel the cold easily, tire often or have poor digestion and circulation?
- Eating more warm soups, drinking teas and warm water will help you feel energised again.
“The importance of avoiding damaging chemicals is essential. Sperm are extremely sensitive to the effects of chemicals in the environment and in food.”
- Start the day with a warm water and the juice of a quarter freshly squeezed lemon. You can take this before your herbs. Drink with a straw to protect your tooth enamel.
- Enjoy a warm, nourishing breakfast. Such as porridge, eggs with mushroom & spinach or dark rye sourdough & boiled egg.
- Uovo Sbatutto is my favourite Italian vegetarian breakfast to support jing. It’s full of anti-oxidants.
- Use Celtic Sea Salt. Cooking with small amounts of natural salt is good for you.
- Eat less sweet & oily foods.
- Drink room temperature water, warm water, herbal teas & warm food.
- Do you tend to get hot easily and have a lot of heat? Eat more greens and fruit, drink more water. Reduce spicy, roasted and fried foods, coffee and alcohol, and make sure you get enough rest.
- Plan for set mealtimes for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner.
- Early dinner please, by 7:30pm at the latest!
- Bone soup it is very nourishing. Here is an example of a bone soup recipe, save it for when you have a day pottering at home and freeze the left overs (skim the fat too!). Bone broth supports gut health and general wellbeing.
- Eat seasonal foods and those in their most natural state. This includes fresh fruits & vegetables. Healthy fats, grass-fed meats, eggs and smaller amounts of sugars, nuts, legumes & grains.
- No fried foods or processed meats – have some nuts and seeds instead. Men who eat processed meats have poorer sperm.
Everything In Moderation
- Coffee addicts – one weak one per day
- Alcohol drinkers – 1 glass of red wine every second night with a meal
- Chilli lovers – Not too much spicy food – very occasional please
- Chocoholics – try Cacao nibs mixed with some nuts and sultanas
- Ladies, did you know that sperm are good for you? According to this blogger as she refers to a State University of New York study in Albany.
- Anti-oxidant Foods to Improve both Sperm & Eggs
- Royal Jelly
- Chicken eggs
- Seeds, nuts & berries
- Marrow Bone Soup
- Organic Liver
- Seaweed & micro-algae (spirulina, barley & wheatgrass)
- Nettle tea
Look After Your Testicles
- High blood pressure: spironolactone, calcium blockers
- Peptic Ulcers: cimetidine
- Ulcerative Colitis: Salazopyrin, sulfasalazine
- Epilepsy: phenytoin
- Urinary Function: nitrofurantoin
- Antifungal medication: Grisovin and/or Griseostatin (griseostatin) (Lyttleton, 2009, p.260)
- Medications such as synthetic testosterone, anabolic steroids and some forms of chemotherapy
- Antibiotics such as tetracycline and erythromycin reduce sperm motility (Hargreaves et all, 1998)
- Sperm exposed to X-Rays become weaker and of inferior quality
Any Other Research or Evidence?
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