- Re-check your lifestyle. Look at your challenge areas. Does your diet need more fresh foods? Do you need to cut back on drinking alcohol or quit smoking? Make positive changes where you know you need to. If you need to decrease fast or convenience foods, try to plan healthier meals in advance.
- Take Antioxidants. Like eggs (ova), sperm is highly susceptible to free radical damage. Free radical activity is increased in men who are exposed to chemical pollutants, drink alcohol in excess, smoke or have a poor diet. To fight free radical damage to sperm cells, eat high antioxidant foods like: berries, green leafy vegetables, mangos, sweet potato, peppers, carrots, beans, fresh nuts and seeds. Consider an antioxidant supplement for extra protection.
- Energize Hormones with Herbs. If you have never tried herbs for fertility, now is the time. Specific herbs like Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris) encourage normal sperm count and motility. Others like Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Maca (Lepidium meyenii) act as rejuvenative tonics and increase libido. But consult your doctor if you have any medical conditions.
- Stay hydrated. It’s vital to drink plenty of water on any healing program. Staying hydrated naturally promotes body cleansing, helping to rid the body of toxins that may affect fertility. Water also keeps pH balanced and circulation strong, critical for male reproductive function. Keep a water bottle handy throughout the day. Choose stainless steel or glass containers.
- Get regular exercise. Male hormone production is intricately connected to exercise. While all forms of exercise help, weightlifting and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) have been found to increase testosterone levels over the short term. Early research finds increased physical activity is more beneficial than a weight loss diet for increasing testosterone levels in overweight men!
- De-stress. Chronic stress elevates cortisol levels, which can lower libido, testosterone, and even sperm count. For men who take semen tests each month, stress may be especially high. Take time each day to ease stress while you work on your fertility.
Be Proactive But Be Patient!
While men’s fertility is often highly responsive to natural therapies, it’s a good idea to give your program at least 3-6 months for the best results. Male fertility is a major expression of overall health. Take the time to really work on your program and pay attention to the changes you experience. Be patient. Know that improvements in sperm count, motility, and morphology are signs that your health is leveling up. By increasing fertility, you’re also fighting the effects of premature aging and creating a healthier body environment for years to come.