According to Chinese medicine, reproductive health is the result of your body being in proper balance. Stress, poor lifestyle, inadequate diet, and other factors can disturb natural balance. This results in poor health, including impaired semen quality and quantity. It takes 100 days for your body to create and mature sperm. A healthy diet and lifestyle can increase sperm production, increase the percentage of healthy sperm, and improve sperm movement.
Nutrition has a direct impact on sperm potency and motility. Research shows that poor eating habits and regular consumption of alcohol, for instance, can lower the quality and quantity of sperm, making conception more difficult. And since infertility is nearly as much a man's issue as a woman's — up to 40% of fertility problems can be traced to men — eating healthfully now will boost your chances of conceiving a child.
The following diet and lifestyle habits will help with male infertility:
- Losing excess weight – weight loss can increase testosterone, energy and vitality.
- Avoiding soy and soy-based products.
- Eating a balanced anti-inflammatory fertility diet to ensure maximum intake of minerals.
- Choosing organic foods and chemical free personal hygiene and cleaning products.
- Eliminating caffeine, alcohol, marijuana.
- Eating only low mercury fish and organic meat, poultry and dairy to minimize exposure to dioxins.
Take good-quality supplements. Several studies show that even short-term zinc deficiencies can reduce semen volume and testosterone levels. Other studies suggest that men with low levels of folate – the same one women need to reduce the baby's risk for neural tube birth defects – have lower sperm counts. Calcium and Vitamin D play a role as well. The addition of essential fatty acids and Coenzyme Q10 will help with energy production, blood flow and control inflammation that can interfere with sperm motility.
Regardless of the source of infertility, it is important for both partners to support each other in the fertility process. The fertility diet is a healthy diet that supports energy, vitality, longevity, health promotion, and disease prevention.