As my wifes prenatal business continues to grow, so too does my exposure to fertility issues.
When couples begin preparing for conception, there is often an unequal amount of pressure placed on the woman and her fertility. If there are difficulties conceiving, the onus is typically taken on by the mother-to-be. Her health is scrutinized, her fertility is questioned and her confidence is shaken.
It is becoming much more apparent and accepted that the womans fertility may not be the only issue.
After all, men must contribute half of the genes in order to produce a healthy fetus.
Male fertility is just as crucial as female fertility. In todays society, we are exposed to more toxins and anti-nutrients than ever before. Proper nutrition can help ensure male reproductive health and optimize the chances of conception.
There are many nutrients and foods which can benefit male reproduction. I have selected three tips which will help boost male fertility:
1. Eating healthy foods. Consuming plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds will provide the reproductive system with many nutrients essential to male fertility and healthy sperm. Specifically, selenium, zinc, arginine, carnitine, vitamin E, folate, and vitamin C all of which can be acquired from the aforementioned list are needed to promote fertility in men.
2. Say no to soy. Soy contains phytate which reduces a mans ability to absorb zinc. Historically, Buddhist monks have consumed soy in order to lower their libido since it has been known to reduce the male sex drive.
3. Whats your beef? Reducing but not eliminating the amount of conventionally raised red meat will help reduce the acidity of your body. Sperm thrive in a slightly more alkaline environment. The quality of the meat will also contribute to the acidity. Eating grass-fed beef which has not been exposed to unnecessary hormones and antibiotics will have a far greater alkalizing effect than conventional meat.
Preparing to have a child is an exciting time in anyones life. Taking care of your body and promoting optimal fertility will allow you to enjoy the experience instead of stressing about issues which are often preventable through proper nutrition.
Rich Ralph, a registered holistic nutritionist, for FitnessGoop.com