Today’s Solutions: October 22, 2021

Maintaining your reproductive health is about more than just going forth and multiplying. There are plenty of reasons why supporting reproductive health is important for your overall wellbeing. According to reproductive epidemiologist Shanna Swan, Ph.D., lifestyle factors such as what you consume every day are major influences on your reproductive health. Keep reading for her professional opinion on the best diet to bolster your reproductive health.

How to use diet to support reproductive health.

According to Swan, a Mediterranean diet and a diet that’s centered on organic fruits and vegetables will support your body’s reproductive function.

Mediterranean diet.

The Mediterranean diet, a BlueZone favorite, is one that is already touted for its many health benefits. Many are familiar with what this diet entails: “Lower in meat, higher in fruit and vegetables, olive oil instead of butter, and so on and so forth,” she says.

One study found that individuals who have “Mediterranean-type” eating patterns demonstrated better reproductive health in comparison with individuals with “Western-type” eating patterns.

According to one study, men who achieved high MedDietScores (a tool that measures how closely the Mediterranean diet is followed) were more likely to have a higher sperm concentration, total sperm count, and sperm motility.

Organic fruits and veggies.

According to Swan, “eating more fruits and vegetables that are organic is helpful,” because they tend to be free of pesticides and hormone-disrupting chemicals. One study found that men who ate fruits and vegetables with low to moderate pesticide residues were likely to have a higher total sperm count and sperm concentration compared to men who ate fruits with high pesticide residues. There is also a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests that organic produce supports hormonal health, though there is still more research to be done to back this claim up with hard data.

In the meantime, eating more fruits and veggies can only elevate your overall health, so go ahead and pile your plate with a rainbow of fresh produce.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

FDA takes steps to authorize over-the-counter hearing aids

A new policy from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to make hearing aids more accessible and affordable in the US. The new policy will make hearing devices available over-the-counter as early as next ... Read More

California grants leatherback sea turtles further protection

For decades, the population of the great Pacific leatherback turtle off the California coast has declined by 5.6 percent per year. To address this devastating loss, California’s Fish and Game Commission recently voted to list ... Read More

This crisis alert app provides crucial information to residents of Kabul

As conditions in Kabul continue to worsen due to the Taliban takeover, residents of the Afghan capital have been struggling to get accurate real-time information about what’s happening in the city. Three and a half ... Read More

World record broken for coldest temperature ever recorded

With our current knowledge of how temperature works there is no upper limit, this means materials can keep getting hotter and hotter to no end. This is not the case for lower temperatures, with the ... Read More

The scientific power of live music

We’re all familiar with the sense of wonder and joy we experience when we hear a song or piece of music we love, but there’s something even more magical about hearing that song performed live. ... Read More

5 Healthy cooking oils for a plant-based diet

Finding the right oil for your diet is a crucial part of maintaining your health—and is especially important for those who stick to a vegan diet. To minimize some of the confusion you may face ... Read More