Professor Niels Skakkebaek, a Danish scientist from the University of Copenhagen, presented data to a 1991 World Health Organization conference, showing how sperm counts had fallen by almost 50% over the previous 50 years. Sperm counts in the 1940s were typically well above 100m sperm cells per millilitre, but Professor Skakkebaek found they have dropped to an average of about 60m per ml. By 2010 they were commonly found at less than 20m per millilitre¹. This has only gotten worse over the last five years. This is changing too quickly to be a result of genetics (our essential genetics have not changed for over 40,000 years). Diet, lifestyle, environment and weight-gain is the most obvious and logical culprit.
Infertility is rising across the West
The libido/erectile dysfunction issues are clearly getting worse as it is now commonplace for one-in-six couples to have trouble conceiving. Among the Western couples now classed as infertile, the male factor has been found to be more than 50% the most commonly identified reason². Obese, fat or overweight men have lower sperm counts, fewer rapidly-mobile sperm, poorer quality of sperm, and fewer progressively motile sperm, compared to leaner men³. If you eat a healthy fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholegrains and legumes-rich diet, you have a far higher chance of conception². Triggering your genetics to produce a healthier fertile libido by these simple dietary adjustments; alongside not smoking or drinking, exercising more, and remaining a healthy weight, doubles your chances of pregnancy and lowers your risk of infertility by 69%⁴.
Ten Tips to reignite our fertile male libido fires
- Understand that genes are only 5%-15% of your health profile (you build your health with every mouthful of food)
- Become educated on which foods are daily (80% of your diet) and which foods are treats (20% of your diet)
- Change out your cupboards, shopping lists, lunchbox meals, breakfasts, menus and recipes (this changes your environment)
- Avoid the ‘high-meat, sugar-rich, highly-processed, low-fibre’ diet
- Eat a plant-based wholefood diet – rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholegrains and legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, soybeans)
- Be part of a regular routine-based exercise programme (walking outside in the sunshine is still the #1 exercise of all time)
- Cut back on alcohol such that it is a treat only (or not drink at all)
- Distinguish your stressors and then remove, change, or alter your view on them
- Do not smoke and avoid smoky environments
- Read Eat Less, Live Long, My 20 GOLDEN Rules, and Feel Great & Live Longer and join our global health-minded community to get well and feel amazing!
…Oh yes and relax and enjoy the sex!
- New Zealand Herald, Saturday May 1, 2010.
- Fertility First, Andrology Australia as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, September 5, 2010.
- Study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, July 2010.
- Study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2007.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.