If you want stronger sperm, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to just accept whatever you’ve been given. There are ways you can encourage healthier swimmers, and they’re pretty easy lifestyle changes that will also benefit your general health. Here are 9 simple ways to do it.
- Eat more antioxidants. Did you know that 90% of your sperm are too deformed to penetrate a woman’s egg? Not feeling so pleased about your swimmers now, are you? The reason this is the case is that we have too many free radicals in the body, which is why you have to top up on your antioxidant foods. According to Harvard research, lycopene is one example of an antioxidant that you should have more of in your diet, and it’s found in abundance in tomatoes and grapefruit.
- Give your lap a break. If you regularly use a laptop with a Wi-Fi connection, it can be bad for your sperm. In fact, the radiation from this device can damage them. A study that was published in the Fertility and Sterility journal found a link between using a laptop with Wi-Fi and bad sperm quality. It’s time to stop using laptops on your lap and instead work at a desk or table. Remember that other devices which emit radiation should also not be anywhere near your balls, and these include iPads and cell phones.
- Hit the gym. Now you have another good reason to get regular exercise. Harvard research has found that guys who worked out the most had 33% higher sperm count than guys who did the least amount of exercise. Get things moving with some kind of physical activity. It’s also a great way to stay toned and boost your health.
- Quit the bad habit. Smoking cigarettes can cause low sperm counts and slow-moving sperm, so isn’t it time to throw out the cigs for good? You’ll also decrease your chances of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke while looking younger and more attractive for longer. You really can’t lose by quitting!
- Go on a diet. If you’re battling some extra pounds, losing them for good can help to make your sperm stronger. This is because when you have excess fat on your body, it decreases your testosterone levels which means your body battles to produce as much sperm. Who knew?
- Avoid the hot tub. Sure, that time in the hot tub might be great for relaxing after a hard day or even culling some calories, but it’s not worth spending time in hot water because it can damage your sperm quality and sperm count. Even if the water’s just two degrees hotter, this harms human sperm production!
- Drink less coffee. Yeah, you love your morning cup of coffee, but a study of Danish men found that men who consumed lots of caffeine had lower sperm concentrations and sperm counts. Interestingly, the same was found for men who drank lots of soda. That doesn’t mean you have to skip your coffee altogether. You should just reduce your daily caffeine consumption to approximately three six-ounce servings. Oh, and while you’re tossing out the soda, remember that other foods and beverages that contain caffeine also need to get a bit of a boot. These include energy drinks, chocolate, and tea.
- Stop eating soy. You might reach for soy burger patties or lattes, especially if you’re vegan, but soy is not good for your sperm. It contains phytoestrogens which mimic the female hormone known as estrogen. When you have too much estrogen in your body, your body reacts to it by producing less testosterone. Yikes! Since you need testosterone to produce sperm, you’re just shooting yourself in the balls.
- Find ways to deal with stress. If you’re regularly a human stress ball, it’s not doing your health or your sperm count any favors. Many studies have linked lower rates of fertility with stress, and this is because the stress hormone known as cortisol is the culprit. If you’re always stressed out, this keeps your cortisol levels high, which negatively affects your testosterone levels. So, if you’re stressed out, take a walk, meet your buddy for dinner, or hit the gym to cool off rather than stewing with all that cortisol in your system.