We as a human race may become infertile. No, this isn’t Chicken Little yelling that the “Sky is falling.” Infertility among western men has doubled in the last 40 years, with the infertility rate steadily increasing 1.4% each year. Women are not impervious to this drop as well, as 11% of women within reproductive age are infertile. These statistics may be alarming but it doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom. Let’s take a look at what is causing this probable impending crisis and how our gut health may have something to do with the decline in fertility.
What is Causing This Increase in Infertility?
In order to fix this problem, we need to get to the bottom as to why these changes are happening in the first place. Let’s take a look at when the decline in fertility started happening. It was just as the Industrial Revolution began its boom.
Let’s face it, we are living the high life of convenience, and it may be at a detriment to the future of our species. In order for the supplies to reach the demands (and for businesses to make a top profit), a lot of shortcuts were taken.
A lot of these shortcuts have come with severe ramifications to our health. Studies have confirmed that the following everyday conveniences have a hand in the growth in infertility numbers:
- The Use of Plastics
- Development of GMOs
- Consuming Meats Treated with Hormones
- Eating Produce Treated with Pesticides
- Side Effects of Medications
- Using Artificial Sweeteners
- Adding Synthetic Coloring to Food
- Radiation From Phones
This doesn’t include how stress, illness, and many other factors can have a hand in decreasing fertility. All of these situations add up to one big blow to the human race. That’s because these “conveniences” are inconveniently clogging up our guts.
The Gut-Fertility Connection
Seeing as the reproductive organs aren’t very far from the gut, it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that the health of your microbiome has a profound impact on fertility. When the flora in your stomach are predominantly good bacteria, their role is to metabolize and help recycle our hormones.
When hormones are released into the system, the body uses up as much as it can. Whatever is left of the hormone reaches the liver and is rendered useless. From there, this inactive hormone is supposed to reach the intestines and flushed out of the system in our system.
However, when bad bacteria reign supreme, it can disrupt this process immensely. Instead, these gut bullies reactive the stagnant hormone. Once the hormone gets recharged, it will start to circulate the system and create a dominance.
The Problems of Hormonal Dominance
Recycling might sound like a green thing for your body to do, but it really just creates an overflow of hormones. We need our hormones to remain in balance. If one hormone reigns supreme then other hormones won’t be produced.
As a human being, men and women both create testosterone and estrogen.
What defines a man is he has more testosterone. Whereas, a woman has more estrogen.
If estrogen gets recycled and becomes dominant in a man’s system, it can severely disrupt his fertility. Additionally, extra estrogen in the system gets converted to fat. With 2 out of 3 adults considered overweight, it would be logical to assume that there is an elevated level of estrogen in the majority of men in this world.
Lack of Acidity in the Stomach and Infertility
The reason why the bad flora is flourishing and leaving humans infertile is that a majority of people have low acid levels in their stomach. Maintaining a proper pH balance is imperative in maintaining good bacteria in your gut.
Symptoms of low acidity in your stomach include:
- Undigested Food in Stool
The whole purpose of stomach acid is to help your body break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. From there, the nutrients are free to enter the bloodstream and be used up by muscles, fibers, and blood cells.
When all gears are firing on their cylinders, the body works like a well-oiled machine. The endocrine system would feed on these nutrients and use their receptors to interpret the food’s messages. From there, you create the hormones necessary to maintain your gender’s distinct characteristics, including fertility.
If you want to improve the acidity in your stomach, try the following:
- Personalized Probiotics
- High Acid Foods (Apple Cider Vinegar)
- Fermented Foods
- Micronutrients (Zinc, Magnesium, B-Vitamins)
As acidity levels decline, it can lead not only to infertility but other conditions such as Leaky Gut Syndrome. This will open the rabbit’s hole to many more illnesses and conditions. So the first sign of low acid levels, try to find the proper balance.