Guys, you’ve heard the standard advice for protecting your swimmers: Don’t wear tight undies. Keep your laptop far from, well, your lap. Stop smoking ASAP. But there may be an even easier way to shield your sperm — watch what you eat. “We’ve noticed that fertility has been decreasing over the past several decades. And guys want advice to improve upon matters,” said Dr. Ryan Terlecki, director of the Men’s Health Clinic for the Wake Forest University Department of Urology. “Most guys have never even heard that anything in their diet could impact sperm count.”
1. Too Much Processed Foods
There’s nothing more than the convenience of having canned food. After all, for a bachelor pad, these foods are a boon to avoid cooking and are basically no-fuss. But the BPA found in canned foods, which is a chemical is highly detrimental to your fertility health. BPA is known for lowering the quality of the sperms along with reducing their numbers. Unless the FDA does not certify a product, avoid eating it. And on the whole, opt for fresher food forms instead of canned options that are also high on the sugar content.
2. Aerated Drinks
In simple terms, the excessive amounts of sugar content in all of these soft drinks or so called aerated drinks leads to infertility. Basically too much of sugar leads to insulin resistance and this in turn is known to lower fertility rates. Also, there’s a powerful pesticide used in corn fields known as Atrazine, which is used in corn syrups that flavor these drinks. So consuming too much eventually leads to lower sperm count.
3. Soy Products
Yes soy has its share of high proteins and is ideal for women who are suffering from menopausal issues and boosts their fertility. But on the contrary, for men it is a bane. Having too much of soy-based products, be it milk, cheese, etc. can result in hormonal imbalances, which in turn could also have an affect on your sperm count. You can eat the same in moderate amounts but don’t go overboard on exclusive soy diets.
4. Fatty Foods
There’s something about men and beer and red meat. Apart from a potbelly, this is a disastrous combination for your fertility levels. The high levels of fatty acids in the red meat is known to create health issues for men along with affecting their sperm quality too. On this note, even trans fatty acids are known to hinder with spermatogenesis. High levels of TFA in men are known to reduce your sperm quality drastically.
An energy booster that is known to help your perk up on days when you are down sadly is a known contributor to reduce your sperm count too. Basically too much of the caffeine from your coffee or tea can make the sperms go a little jumpy. Moderate amount of the same will not have any adverse effect though. So try to stick to not more than 2-3 cups a day.
Again, be it beer, whisky, wine or any other kind of alcohol, all of them come with their share of some pros and cons. And here the con is that everyday alcohol consumption is known to lower the production of testosterone in the body. Again, moderation is the key here so ensure that you don’t overdo the drinking, especially in combination with fatty foods.
7. GMO foods
GMO is basically genetically modified organisms that are used in high amounts for all kinds of vegetables, fruits, cereal, etc. production. But it is also a highly contributory factor to reduce your sperm count. Too much of GMO based foods reduce sperm count drastically. So try to eat more of organic food variations where possible.