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Thinking About Having Kids? Here Are 5 Things That Can Affect Your Sperm Count

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

New research on how a father’s sperm can influence neurological development in his offspring has found that stress and trauma can be passed on to children and disrupt their brain health, Scientific American reports. Researchers said they found that the surprising and unexpected connection originates from an intricate interaction between extracellular vesicles and molecules that help sperm grow and mature.

It wasn’t so long ago that science was certain that a father’s environment and personal experiences played no role in an offspring’s development in the womb, but more and more information, like that in the featured article, is pointing toward a father having more influence on fetal growth than “science” ever thought possible.

For example, research now suggests that a man’s choice of underwear can affect not only his sperm count, but his sperm quality — a concept that certainly can make you sit back and think if you’re planning a family. Hint: If you and your partner are trying to have a baby, you not only may want to wear boxers, but also avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing that compresses your testicles.

Other research suggests a number of factors that can influence sperm quality — and ultimately the health of your future child, such as:

  • Being a couch potato — A sedentary lifestyle can have a negative effect on your fertility. To achieve healthy sperm counts, you must exercise regularly.
  • Eating a poor diet — Research shows that the Western diet, which consists mostly of ultra-processed foods high in sugar and low in whole foods, quality fats and fiber may be causing sperm to lose its quality.
  • Exposing yourself to too many toxic chemicals — Toxic chemicals in your personal care products, especially phthalates and plasticizers used in hair care products, may be another factor that negatively affects sperm quality.
  • Smoking, drinking and recreational drug use — All three of these can damage your DNA and sperm. • And, yes, letting stress get to you — Studies show that men who feel stressed are more likely to have lower concentrations of sperm.

If you’re feeling stressed, whether you’re planning a family or not, you might consider meditation, exercise and the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to help alleviate it. Akin to acupuncture without the needles, EFT stimulates different energy meridian points in your body by tapping them with your fingertips, while simultaneously using custom-made verbal affirmations. This can be done alone or under the supervision of a qualified therapist.

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