What we all know: Yes, we all know that canned food, deep fried food, fast food, pizza, excessive red meat/beef intake, pop/soda drinks, with added sugar-added, syrups, refined sugars, juice concentrates, etc. are all bad for varicocele.
Did you know that even fruit, vegetables, dairy, whole wheat/grains, nuts and seeds can be very harmful?
So, what's really happening here?
Problem 1: Our food has become a product to store and sell. Sales have replaced health: Our food is chemically processed and altered, genetically modified (GMO), filled preservatives for shelf life, grown with hormones and pesticides, factory farmed in horrid conditions, and deprived of nutrients. Now, these things may or may not be necessary, but that’s not the point. The point is that their negative impact on our health is very real, and completely relevant to varicocele swelling, pain and infertility.
Problem 2: We used to process out harmful food components. But, now, we live in a fast-paced world where our women are at work, and technology and convenience have replaced our culture. We used to process out the harmful components of nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, meats, etc. however, the processing tradition is now being completely lost, and it is directly affecting our health.
So, with food becoming more and more of a product, and us losing old traditions for food processing, we are now stuck with diets that are causing varicocele and infertility.
So? What can you eat? How should you process your food? What food are you eating right now that may be harming you? What is the best diet for varicocele, pain relief, and fertility?
That is exactly what our experts are trained to help you with. Have one of our certified nutritionists / dietitians will perform a 1 on 1 consultation with you, track your diet, and give you specific dietary, food processing, and supplementation advice to help you get the best results that you’re after.
Varicocele: Diet Matters
Diet High in Antioxidants
When it comes to varicocele, your diet and supplementation do really make a big impact.
A diet high in toxins and oxidizing agents will severely worsen varicocele and varicocele related symptoms (e.g. pain, infertility, impaired virility, etc.)
On the other hand, a diet high in anti-inflammatories, and anti-oxidants will aid in reducing varicocele swelling and healing varicocele symptoms.
A major culprit in this game is a set of chemicals called Reactive Oxygen Species.
REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES (ROS)
ROS are chemicals that are healthy and important for cellular function at normal levels. However, men with varicoceles have typically have very high concentrations of ROS in their testicular veins. High levels of ROS damages:
» Testicles (causing atrophy)
» Sperm (impairing motility and morphology)
» Sperm DNA (impairing viability)
» Veins (thickening vein walls)
» Vein Valves (increasing varicocele swelling)
A diet high in anti-oxidants is very helpful, including: Berries, nuts, dark leafy greens, herbs, spices, citrus fruit, red wine, tea, etc.
Antioxidant supplementation may actually be just as effective as varicocele surgery at improving fertility & pregnancy rates! [1, 2]
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