There is evidence to suggest that sperm parameters have been decreasing over time in many regions of the world. This phenomenon is known as “sperm decline” or “sperm count decline.”
There are several factors that may be contributing to the decline in sperm health in some populations. These factors include:
Environmental toxins: Exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides, industrial chemicals, and heavy metals may have a negative impact on sperm health. These toxins can disrupt hormonal balance and damage sperm DNA, leading to decreased sperm count, motility, and morphology.
Sedentary lifestyle: A sedentary lifestyle, which includes lack of exercise and prolonged sitting, may contribute to poor sperm health. Studies have found that men who engage in regular exercise have better sperm quality than those who are less active.
Poor dietary habits: Poor dietary habits, including a diet high in processed foods and low in fruits and vegetables, may also contribute to poor sperm health. A diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals may help to improve sperm health.
Stress: High levels of stress can also negatively impact sperm health. Stress can lead to hormonal imbalances, which may result in decreased sperm production and motility.
Other factors: Other factors that may contribute to declining sperm health include smoking, alcohol and drug use, certain medications, and underlying health conditions.
It is important to note that the decline in sperm health is a complex issue, and there is likely no single factor that can explain it. More research is needed to fully understand the causes and implications of declining sperm health.
So how can you put yourself in the best position for producing good swimmers?! Clean up your diet, this can be as simple as reducing processed foods, move everyday, get yourself some good quality supplements, and work on reducing your stress. Acupuncture can be a huge support for regulating the nervous system and how our bodies process and hold stress.