We seem to be on the precipice of a serious health crisis. And while this is something that is said a lot and is often hyperbole, it is a bit different in this case. For years, studies have been telling us that our sperm counts have been going down. And not too long ago, an extensive and conclusive study came out that said that our average sperm count has gone down by over 50 percent since the 1970s.
If these trends continue, it can threaten the reproductive capabilities of the human species. Why? Well first of all, decreased sperm production means decreased fertilization. When less sperms comes out in ejaculation, the chances of your sperm making it to your partner’s egg and fertilizing it goes way down. And over time, this leads to less reproduction. On top of that, a reduced sperm count can also kill your sex drive. All of that said, there is no need to panic right now.
The findings are quite alarming, so why shouldn’t you panic? Because there are ways to keep your sperm count high despite the downward spiral. All it takes is for you to follow some or all of the following tips. Let’s get started, shall we?
Following are 11 life long health tips for men to avoid lower sperm count naturally:
1. Work Out Regularly
I have made countless healthy tip lists and regular exercise seems to top all of them. It is just one of those things that anyone who cares about maintaining good health should be doing. In the case of your sperm count, the same holds true. Studies have found a correlation between work outs such as bench lifting (and even basic weightlifting) and an increased sperm count.
If you do not work out much at all, it is high time that you start. The best way to get started is to begin with simple workouts. Do not overwhelm yourself with hard vigorous exercise or else you will end up quitting. Start off simple and gradually increase the frequency and intensity.
If you have a significant other, a good exercise you can do together is jogging around the local park. It can strengthen your bond while also improving your chances of having a baby by increasing your sperm count.
2. Stay Away From Boxer Briefs
Boxer briefs are sperm killers – plain and simple. They constrict your “fellas” and make it too hot and moist down south, especially in the summer. Even more especially when you are exercising. This heat kills sperm. The best kind of undergarments to wear are loose fitting boxers. These boxers give your boys plenty of room and generally keep it from getting too hot down there.
3. Do Not Stress Yourself Out
Stress is something most of us unfortunately deal with in our day-to-day lives. This makes the fact that stress is incredibly bad for our health even worse. And unfortunately, stress affects our sperm count as well. Not only does it lower how much sperm is produced, but it also weakens the sperm that is created. Weak sperm is much less likely to make it through to be able to fertilize the egg.
Look into some stress reducing techniques such as yoga. Even the aforementioned exercise can help you deal with your stress and bring your sperm levels back up.
4. Say No to Drugs!
This is a no-brainer, but probably not for the purpose of keeping sperm levels up. But interestingly, consuming substances like alcohol do lower your sperm count. Not just drinking alcohol, though. Smoking cigarettes and doing other drugs such as marijuana and cocaine can negative effect your sperm count as well.
And seriously, if you are trying to have a baby, it is best that you get yourself clean and stay clean. If you are a heavy drinker or smoker and find it hard to quit, there is plenty of professional assistance out there to look into. Find new healthier cravings to substitute your cravings for alcohol and/or drugs.
5. Either Replace Your Bicycle Seat or Do Not Ride the Bike at All.
If you do not plan on replacing your bike seat with one that shields your junk, you should not bike at all. Or at least, not very often. Studies have been piling up that show that bicycle usage has a dramatically negative effect on our sperm count.
It may be inconvenient for many to put away their bicycles for good, but it is a necessary adjustment if you are worried about your sperm count. The alternative is to shell out some money for a special kind of bike seat that is designed not to suffocate your junk.
6. Shed Some Pounds
Losing weight is never a bad idea when you are trying to improve your health. And as is the case with many of the tips on this list, the same rings true as it pertains to raising your sperm count. Scientific studies have conclusively proven that weight loss is one of the best ways to improve semen production.
On top of producing more semen, the semen produced will be healthier and have a much better chance of being able to fertilize your partner’s egg. There are plenty of dieting methods available online so have a look! Find the best one for you and if you are really having trouble losing weight, you can always look for assistance from a dietician.
7. Load Up on Vitamins
Many people neglect to get the necessary vitamins for good health until their health has taken a hit. The smarter choice would be to mitigate that issue before it actually becomes an issue and start taking your vitamins. Not only will your health improve, but your sperm count will go up as well. To be more specific, the vitamins C0Q10, C, D, and E are vital for raising sperm count.
Vitamin C has been shown to have an especially positive effect on sperm production and the ability of that produced sperm to make it to the egg. All it takes is a daily dose of 1,000 milligrams to achieve that benefit. If you are not sure how much vitamins you get, you can always stop in at the doctor’s office and get a blood test.
8. Consume Less Caffeinated Foods and Beverages
This may be the most unpopular tip on this list, but it is, alas, a necessary one. Studies have shown a clear correlation between caffeine consumption and a lowered sperm count. Before you freak out, you can still have your morning cup of coffee. But it probably would not be a good idea to get much more caffeine than that.
9. Increase Your Consumption of Folic Acid
What is folic acid? It is a substance that is typically found in leafy green vegetables such as kale and broccoli. What is the importance of it? Well, a recent study has found that folic acid has a positive effect on the wellbeing of your sperm.
It will keep your sperm count up and ensure that your sperm is healthy and capable of fertilizing your partner’s egg. On top of that, the veggies that you can get folic acid from are good for your overall health. If you really hate vegetables, you can easily find folic acid supplements at your local pharmacy or online.
10. Cut Down on How Much Sex You Have
I lied in #8. This is the most unpopular tip on the list. Unfortunately, having too much sex can decrease the amount of sperm that is produced and can also make your produce less dense. You do not want to have watery and transparent sperm as this has almost no chance of fertilizing your partner’s egg. Never fear though, you can still have sex a few times a week. Just try not to do it every day.
This also applies to masturbation for those of you without a romantic partner.
11. Examine Your Surroundings
The area in which you live can have a surprisingly significant impact on your sperm count. If you are commonly around places where you get exposed to substances like pesticides and solvents, you might need a change of scenery in order to protect your sperm count.
This means that farmers, mechanics, and painters might want to consider a change of career. Alright okay, I was kidding there. Obviously that is not a practical solution. Just be aware that your surroundings are hurting your sperm count and be sure to follow the other tips on this list to mitigate the damage.
Tips For Men To Avoid Lower Sperm Count Naturally Summary
Despite the trends that show that our average sperm count has been going down in the past four decades, you can rest easy knowing that there are plenty of ways to keep your sperm count up. It just requires some effort.
But this is the future of the human race we are talking about here, fellas. You can expend some effort to do your part to keep your sperm count up by following some of the tips put forward on this list.