How is improving your diet related to sperm count and reproductive health? Read below to find out.
Diet plays a fundamental role in overall health, circulation, testosterone production, and reproductive health. The food we eat acts as the building blocks for our body to produce hormones fundamental to reproductive health.
Having obesity or overweight can lead to reduced sperm counts, but even an unhealthy diet alone can negatively impact sperm health. Researchers have reported that diet is one of the many factors related to sperm health, along with lifestyle habits like exercise. There are specific foods that you can add to your diet that may be healthy for your sperm and reproductive system.
A nutritious diet with foods that can enhance sperm health includes a balanced diet built on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats.
Even as children we’re taught that freshh fruits and vegetables are good for our health. The ever-increasing use of pesticides and other environmental toxins (which may negatively impact sperm health) means that if possible you should choose to eat organic foods. If you are unable to eat organic produce, washing food well before consuming it can be effective.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, foods that may help to improve semen quality, sperm, or fertility include nuts, seeds, and oily sea fish like salmon.
On the other side of the spectrum, a diet that includes an excess of saturated and trans fats, is low in fruits and vegetables, and includes too many calories may contribute to reduced male fertility.
Improving diet and making other lifestyle choices like decreasing alcohol intake and quitting smoking may also be beneficial to your fertility.