- 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 really well, rather than complaining about what you hate and don’t want.
“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
- Enjoy a warm, nourishing breakfast like porridge, eggs with mushroom & spinach, dark rye sourdough & boiled egg, natural muesli with some hot water and topped with plain yoghurt, cooked pears or apple
- Refrain from adding salt to your food, it makes you crave sugar. Cooking with small amounts of natural salt is fine.
- Eat less sweet & oily foods.
- Drink room temperature water, warm water, hot water, herbal teas & warm food
- If 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, is amazing for fertility and I find that couples who take it regularly (a few times a week) get pregnant sooner than later, 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!).
- Eat seasonal foods and those in their most natural state, this includes fresh fruits & vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes, smaller amounts of meat, fats and sugars.
- Seek assistance, when you are ready to give up something, there are some excellent treatments to ensure you do this, including Acupuncture, Tapping & NLP and Hypnotherapy.
- No fried foods or processed meats – have some nuts and seeds instead. Men who eat processed meats have poorer sperm.
- 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
- Royal Jelly, chicken eggs, seeds, nuts, berries, marrow bone soup, organic liver, seaweed, micro-algae (spirulina, barley & wheatgrass), oysters, nettle tea & oats.
- 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, p.1885)
- Sperm exposed to X-Rays become weaker and of inferior quality
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