1. KEEP THE TEMPERATURE COOL
Probably one of the more well-known facts – sperm doesn’t like hot environment , which is one of the reasons testicles hang on the outside. This is easily taken care of by choosing cotton boxers or even going commando on occasion (sorry, briefs are too tights and warming).
Hot baths, saunas, spas, heated car seas, laptops, and crossing your legs or sitting for too long won’t help either. Oh, and about the crossing legs thing … studies show that it could also contribute towards erectile dysfunction because the pressure decreases blood flow to the entire male reproductive system.
2. AVOID STRESS
You’ll find that much of the healthy-sperm advice applies to all around health too. And stress is no exception – it does crappy things to our bodies without us even knowing sometimes. Keep your anxiety levels down by exercising, meditating, or doing fun things with your friends.
3. WATCH YOUR WEIGHT
Speaking of exercise, being over or underweight not only hurts sperm count and function, it also can kill your libido, drain your energy, and hurt your confidence – making the act of love-making extra difficult.
FYI - Just be careful of HOW much you exercise. Just enough will help increase testosterone levels, but too much will have negative effects. There are also rumors that too much biking might not be a good idea either.
4. EAT BETTER AND SMARTER
And I’m not only talking a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables with a side of good carbs …
- Drink plenty of water – dehydration is a major factor in low semen volume
- Reduce Saturated fats – meaning deli meats, sausages, butter, and bacon
- Reduce Soy products – they contain isoflavones
- Cut back on caffeine – as well as tea, chocolate, energy drinks, and sodas
- Cut back on alcohol – a little is okay, but not too much
- Cut back on additives – we all should be doing this anyway
- Avoid junk food – as much as those chips are tempting, they won’t help
Let’s also include the stuff you SHOULD be taking regularly
- Amino Acids and Omega 3 – good for protein and fatty acids
- Zinc – a cornerstone of male fertility, found in fish, eggs, and shellfish etc.
- Folic Acid – helps reduce abnormally chromosomes, found in leafy greens
- Lycopene – found in watermelon, carrots, tomatoes, and tomato sauces