fertility

Hey Wildlings!

So, you’re thinking about making a baby? Congrats! Before you get busy, though, there are a few things you may want to know about diet and (male) fertility. We’ve already covered some common pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes and mercury exposure. Again and again, a plant-based diet comes up as the most natural and most effective way to prevent these issues.

Male fertility is no different, and since I know you’re as smart as you are sexy, I’m going to get into the scientific detail to explain why…

Ready? Let’s get nourished!

What does dairy intake have to do with semen quality? Maybe everything.

Research has suggested that high saturated fat—especially from dairy—in men’s diets could be associated with lower semen quality. Lower semen quality, of course, means more trouble in the baby-making department.

But why this link? It could be that the saturated fats in dairy products contain certain hormone-disrupting industrial chemicals that bioaccumulate (meaning they get more concentrated as they move up the food chain from the soil, to the grass, to the cows, to the milk, and finally to you). A national survey of U.S. milk, for example, concluded that dairy products are responsible for up to 50% of our exposure to dioxin. And we are likely getting exposed to many other pollutants in our environment in the same way.

If that all sounds pretty scary, good. You do not want those chemicals in your body—especially if you’re trying to optimise fertility!

It might surprise you that all non-plant-based food products (dairy, meat, and eggs) contain estradiol—a steroid, estrogen, and primary female sex hormone identical to the ones that occur naturally in our bodies.

While meat and eggs contain these estrogens, dairy products are the biggest dietary source of these dangerous sex steroids by far. Studies have linked consumption of cheese to lower sperm counts, and dairy intake in general has been associated with abnormal sperm shapes and movements. This suggests that the estrogens in dairy might actually be causing testicular damage, and not just suppressing sperm production.

I know. There is nothing sexy about testicular damage and reduced fertility. Can’t we just talk about sex again? Don’t worry, beauties, there will be more of that soon, but this is so important!

In the largest scientific study yet on cholesterol and sperm count, higher blood cholesterol was equally found to correlate to significant drops in normal sperm percentages, sperm count, and semen volume. This further confirms the negative effect of dietary fats—especially from dairy—on male fertility.

What’s the solution? You guessed it, gorgeous—go plant-based!

Skip the hormone-disrupting pollutants and saturated fats, improve fertility, and thrive in every way by embracing a diet and lifestyle free of these toxic foods. Remember: A sexy, healthy, fertile body is your birthright—so go get nourished!

Want some support? That’s why I’m here! My new book, Your Thriving Plant-Based Life, is now available for preorder! This is the book I wish I had when I was in your shoes. In it, I share with you practical, proven guidance to embrace the plant-based lifestyle and finally eat for the sexy body, health, and life you deserve. Go get it today!

And as always, I want to hear from you. Did you go plant-based before conceiving? What changes did you notice? Share in the comments!

Xx,

Donna

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