Men all across the world are slowly losing their manhood. It’s a well kept secret that over the last 100 years men are consistently producing less and less testosterone and have lower and lower sperm counts.
The typical male in 1990 produced half the amount of sperm as the typical man in 1950. A man is considered infertile if his semen has a sperm count of less than 20 million/ml. A pessimist could legitimately worry that we all might be incapable of making babies in 20 years time!
Why Are Men Producing Less Sperm?
The two primary sex hormones are testosterone and estrogen. Testosterone is what makes men men and estrogen what makes women women. More and more the human race is finding itself in a very estrogen rich environment.
- A wide variety of plastics, adhesives, and pesticides mimic estrogen when they enter the body, decreasing testosterone production.
- A variety of processed foods, particularly those containing soy, contain phyto-estrogens, plant compounds that have a similar effect to estrogen upon entering the body.
- Meat and dairy products that contain large amounts of hormones.
- A diet that stimulates the production of insulin and fat tissue, which effect hormone regulation and usually result in more estrogen and less testosterone being produced by the body.
Decreasing Male Fertility: Who’s To Blame?
Male femininity has been the subject of ridicule since time memorial so it’d be a small tragedy to unknowingly subject it on yourself. The ability for soy to mimic estrogen has gotten a fair amount of publicity lately, but in my opinion its effects are overstated because your body naturally regulates its internal hormone production based on what you eat. Phyto-estrogens have been digested by people for thousands of years and the increase of dietary estrogen probably isn’t enough to account for the population wide effects seen over the years.
Diabetes, Obesity and Infertility: Composing A Symphony in C
More than likely the biggest culprit in decreased male sexual performance are the same things that have people taking lipitor and statins: a diet and lifestyle that promotes the ongoing production of fat tissue, low metabolic set points, high levels of insulin and physical inactivity.
The underlying causes of obesity, diabetes and male dissexuality all point to a malfunctioning endocrine system that leads the body to eat more, store fat, and produce less testosterone. Being obese, impotent and comatose all go hand in hand.
Lifestyle Changes That’ll Improve Sexual Performance
Sadly, there’s little in the way of specific foods or exercise that pinpoint sperm count or steroid production. Several foods can help on the margin, but it’s important to understand that male infertility and sexual impotence is a regulatory disorder and not a nutrient specific deficiency.
There are a few things that’ll make getting from point A to point B a little easier:
- Try and eat lots of cruciferous vegetables
- Try and avoid lots of processed meat and dairy
- Zinc, folate, and reservatrol seem to be important nutrients in promoting testosterone production
- Diets that are comprised primarily of carbohydrates are better than those comprised primarily of protein and fat