June is Men’s health month and we wanted to share some reproductive health tips for our donors, and anyone interested in becoming a donor. Sperm health relies on a lot of different organs and systems functioning properly. Keeping your body healthy is crucial to reproductive health and sperm production.
But why is Men’s health important, and why is there a men’s health month?
We care about each of our donors and want to make sure each person is comfortable and informed about their health. Additionally, on average men are less likely to visit a healthcare professional routinely when compared to women. Bringing attention to common health concerns and tips for keeping healthy is a great way to make sure we are all taking care of ourselves.
An added benefit to donors in our program is, that only high-quality donations are eligible for compensation. No one wants to miss out on $100 per donation, so keeping up with your overall health will ensure you are getting the maximum benefits of the donor program.
Staying healthy can be broken into two parts, what we eat and what we do. Let’s start with what we are putting into our bodies.
Eating healthy does not mean you have to give up on things you love, a healthy diet is only sustainable if you enjoy it. Cut back on the foods that are less healthy such as overly processed foods and increase fresh fruits and vegetables that you enjoy. Trying new fruits and vegetables might help you find something that you enjoy eating. Here are some quick and easy recipes to try out:
If you are having trouble getting all the vitamins and minerals you need through food, you can also add a nutritional supplement. Here are some of the vitamins and minerals you should look for:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin D
Decreasing alcohol consumption and increasing the water you drink daily can also go a long way in improving sperm counts.
Eating is half the battle to keeping your body functioning properly. Let’s now go over activities that will help improve overall health.
Regular exercise will help keep your body in shape and your circulatory system running smooth. Circulation is very important for reproductive health because the circulatory system plays a role in getting and maintaining an erection. Staying active and regularly exercising does not mean you have to become a body builder or marathon runner. Choose a couple of activities that you can enjoy multiple times a week. Here are some examples:
- Morning and evening walks
- Daily stretching
Getting up and moving throughout the day will help keep your body in motion. Even simple changes like parking further away and taking the stairs instead of elevators or escalators. If you work a job where you are sitting for long periods of time, be sure to take breaks to stand up and stretch.
Give It Time
Starting new habits can be tough so remember to be kind to yourself, mental health is also part of your overall well-being. And it takes about 3 months for new sperm cells to reach full maturity, so it will take some time before your healthy changes start making a difference in sperm production.
If you have questions about sperm quality or becoming a donor, reach out to a Donor Coordinator at 206-588-1484 or send us a message.