Physical Fitness + Fertility
Do you connect physical fitness with fertility in men? If not, you aren’t alone. Actually… many people don’t!
But, we are here to tell you, there is a correlation between the two in men – here is how… you can increase testosterone levels in men through training methods and tailor-made diets. Improved male testosterone levels can enhance sperm quality and quantity, increasing libido and preventing erectile dysfunction.
Raising testosterone (T) levels won’t guarantee fertility on its own, as this relies on several other factors, such as follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone, but it can certainly increase your chances of reproduction.
Exercise isn’t the only factor in increasing testosterone levels, diet is equally important. A healthy balance of carbs, fats, and proteins is crucial. Consuming too little of any of these will negatively affect T levels. It is recommended that we eat whole foods where possible instead of processed food or ready meals.
Here are some recommended vitamins to add to your diet. Listed below are some nutrients that increase testosterone levels and their natural sources…
＋Vitamin A: Sweet Potato, Carrots, Tuna, Butternut Squash, Spinach
＋Vitamin B: Mushrooms, Quinoa, Almonds, Sesame Seeds, Nutritional Yeast
＋Vitamin C: Kiwi Fruit, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Oranges, Broccoli
＋Vitamin D: Mushrooms, Eggs, Cod-liver Oil, Fortified Cereal, Mackerel
＋Vitamin E: Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Trout, Shrimp, Olive Oil
＋Zinc: Oysters, Poultry, Dark Chocolate, Quinoa, Cashews
The major take-home is that taking testosterone medication, whether topical or oral, is in fact, a sperm killer! It’s very important to tell your Fertility Doctor if you are taking testosterone medication.