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The Ultimate Guide: Increase Sperm Count and Optimize Male Fertility

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 A current review article states that, on the whole, sperm count for men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand has declined by more than 50 percent since 1970.

This quote from a CBC article really sums up the facts:


‘… researchers from Israel, the U.S., Denmark, Spain and Brazil performed a comprehensive review of more than 7,500 studies on human sperm count, eliminating those that didn’t meet stringent criteria to ensure data consistency. With the 185 studies left, they did a meta-regression analysis — a method of making sense of multiple studies by accounting for variables to maximize the accuracy of the results.

In the end, their conclusions were based on sperm samples collected from 42,935 men around the world between 1973 and 2011. They found that over those 38 years, sperm concentration declined by 52 per cent, while total sperm count decreased by almost 60 per cent among men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.’

Nicole Ireland, CBC News


 

The exact cause of low sperm count is unknown, however, seeing that there has been no decrease in sperm count in Africa, Asia or South America it is speculated that it has to do with the way we live in the West.

 

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It is possible to naturally increase sperm count

 

Personally, I notice a disproportionate focus on women when it comes to fertility concerns. Of course it is important for women to prioritize health and hormone balance in the name of conception, however it is just as important for the future fathers to focus on optimal health.

All men who are trying to conceive need to work to naturally increase sperm count. This will increase chances of conception and make sure your ‘swimmers’ are in good health; effectively passing on optimal genetics and health to your baby.

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Sperm-Boosting Smoothie for Ultimate Male Fertility

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If your man has low sperm motility, prepare a smoothie full of herbs and superfoods scientifically proven to increase testosterone and increase sperm count and quality.

Three measurable variables to determine strong, healthy sperm are count/concentration, sperm motility and morphology. Sperm motility indicates how well the sperm are moving… of course this has a huge impact on chances of conception.

There are many aspects of male fertility that are under your personal control

 

In fact, maintaining a healthy body weight, managing stress, exercising regularly and eating an appropriate diet with the right nutrients will support overall male health and vitality.

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How food can reduce your hot flashes, despite what doctors say

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Menopause is a condition dreaded by all women. It can make you uncomfortable in your own skin, affects your sleep, your moods and your sex drive.


 

In the morning, the woman in you see the mirror with wrinkles and extra belly fat leaves you feeling frumpy and unattractive. Getting yourself out the door, you have difficulty concentrating… your plans for the day seem just out of your grasp.

Throughout the day, you find yourself dabbing your face with a napkin, feeling like you sweat so much you need a change of clothes. At this stressful crossroads in your life, you may feel weighed down and frustrated as you struggle to cope with your symptoms.

 


 

It is possible for you to avoid hot flashes and other symptoms, ultimately regaining your health during your menopausal years. Though the origin of your hot flashes seem like a mystery, you do have control over them.

In this article, we demystify hot flashes and show you how utilizing nutrition, lifestyle, supplementation and even bio identical hormones to treat hot flashes can fill you with a sense of mastery over the experience of your body.

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Summertime Beet Soup For Estrogen Detox

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Why do some women bypass terrible PMS, period cramps or menopausal symptoms?

Answer: Estrogen detox.

 

If you are Eating For Your Cycle, super-tasty beets can provide an estrogen detox.

Detox is very necessary during the ovulatory phase, when your body creates high levels of estrogen. Estrogen detox is important to reduce signs of estrogen dominance later in your cycle such as PMS, bloating, mood swings, endometriosis and heavy periods.

 

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Menopause Libido Smoothie Recipe

Smoothie To Increase Libido & Sexual Fluids During Menopause

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This is a delicious smoothie recipe that is full of superfoods and nutrient-dense ingredients to support sex drive, quality of orgasms and decrease vaginal dryness.

With the onset of your menopausal years, you may be working less and have more time for yourself. Paradoxically, your hormones are sabotaging you: reducing your sex drive, energy levels and other mental and physical aspects you need to enjoy yourself.

Though many women will opt to take estrogen therapy or use an estrogen cream, botanicals and foods can also be an effective way to achieve the same results as bio identical hormones.

Feed yourself meals that increase menopause libido such as the smoothie recipe below.

 

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Fertility-Boosting Wild Salmon Poke Bowl

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The best way to get omega-3 is from fertility foods like raw wild salmon

 

As a matter of fact, high-end fish oil supplements are not the best way to get your omega-3. Omega-3 fats are chemically fragile:  their carbon double bonds are easily oxidized by exposure to heat, light and oxygen. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary component of the brain, cerebral cortex, skin, and retina. However, DHA’s molecular structure makes it one of the most vulnerable of all dietary fats.

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Turmeric Smoothie for Endometriosis Diet

Turmeric, Carrot & Mango Smoothie Bowl For Healing Endometriosis

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10 percent of women of reproductive age have endometriosis.

This condition is challenging because symptoms such as bloating, immense pain and fertility fears affect your daily life. However, you may be surprised to know it’s possible to reduce the symptoms with an endometriosis diet! Many women struggle with the symptoms of endometriosis but don’t know that they have this condition. Regrettably, only advanced stages of endometriosis show up on medical tests.

Below is part of the approach I use to help my clients control their endometriosis and, if they are working on fertility, to help them conceive.

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Iced Tea for Adrenal Support

Craft Your Own Iced Tea For Adrenal Support

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Iced tea became wildly popular at the 1904 worlds fair in St Louis. It was so hot, the fair-goers wanted nothing to do with hot drinks and went in search of cold drinks. It’s still a popular way to cool down and enjoy yourself when the temperature makes you melt! Stress is common in the summer months; there’s so much going on and adrenal support needs to be a part of your self care at this time.

Iced Tea for Adrenal Support

Drinking your usual tea over ice is a tasty way to get more fluids when the weather is warmer and you may be perspiring. Making your own tea blend with medicinal  herbs helps you get all the benefits of the herbs in a way that compliments the heat of summer days!

 

Herbs for Adrenal Support and Women’s Hormone Balance

 

Red Raspberry Leaf is an overall women’s hormone balancing tonic. Raspberry Leaf help the uterus stay ‘stretchy’ and is very beneficial when preparing for birth or reducing menstrual cramping. Read More

Try This Detox Bath To Relieve Cramping and PMS Symptoms Naturally

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Ever wonder why you crave chocolate before your period?

Chocolate is high in magnesium and your body’s’ magnesium need increases before your period. Magnesium is an important mineral for women’s hormone balance and optimal health in general. Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions happening on a constant basis daily.

If you have bad cramping during your period, taking a magnesium bath can help soothe and relax the muscles in and around your uterus. Magnesium is highly absorbable through the skin and when you soak in a bath the magnesium will target the muscles to help relax your body and reset your stress hormones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Madeline’s favorite bath recipe that has salt and magnesium to detoxify and alkalize the body. Making up a few prepared jars of magnesium flakes and salt can make it more convenient to draw yourself a relaxing magnesium and salt bath.

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Try This Paleo Coconut Sunflower Porridge To Prevent PMS and Menopause Symtoms

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This sunflower porridge is a delicious grain-free breakfast dish that is high in hormone balancing nutrients, making it helpful for PMS symptoms and balancing hormones through menopause.

Sunflower seed butter is a satisfying, cost effective spread made from crushed sunflower seeds. I love it for women’s hormone balance because it is really high in Vitamin E and Vitamin B6. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps metabolize the estrogen your body produces and ensures estrogen is in it’s usable form. Estrogen metabolization is important for preventing hot flashes and menopause symptoms. Vitamin B6 helps support optimal progesterone levels and has been shown in studies to help decrease PMS symptoms such as bloating and breast tenderness. Read More