The goal for men with Energy PFPs is to increase their energy reserves to improve their fertility health. We all experience fluctuations in energy levels, but Energy PFP men consistently feel less energetic than most of their friends and colleagues. All body processes rely on energy, and being tired or exhausted affects fertility levels, sperm health and libido.
Sometimes Energy PFPs have only been feeling tired relatively recently, but it can be something they’ve had since childhood. We all know that muscle power relies on energy, and it’s just as crucial for sperm production and hormone balance. The more energy we have, the better we are at coping and adapting to change and challenges, including dealing with the challenges of getting someone pregnant! Sperm are essentially a DNA package attached to a power unit and tail, and the health of the mitochondria that power the sperm depends on the energy levels of the man when he made them.
The constitution we inherit from our parents forms the basis for our energy levels, but as we age, this energy reserve is affected by our diet, lifestyle and life events, which combine to determine how much energy is currently available for fertility. There are two variations to the Energy PFP, which relate to how and when energy reserves become low, and we’re calling these “Constitutional” and “Gut” Energy.
Our constitutional health is primarily the genetic packages we inherited from our parents, with the genes on our chromosomes determining much about us, and we all have genetic traits that affect our metabolism, blood function and energy levels. However, genes aren’t 100% stable, and their behaviour (and structure) changes in response to age, diet and the environment:
“Gut Energy” covers most of the non-genetic ways we become tired, and poor diet and weak digestion is the usual cause, although overwork, trauma and stress are other possibilities. One of the classic signs of Gut Energy is cravings for sweet or stodgy food and energy dips around mealtimes.
Blood sugar levels (BSL) are a central issue in this, and this is controlled by the release of insulin and glucagon from the pancreas. The pancreas is also responsible for releasing many enzymes that digest our food, which makes the pancreas crucial for digestion and blood sugar control. Poor pancreatic function can cause hyperinsulinaemia and Type II diabetes, which increase the chances of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and other fertility conditions for women and reduce sperm health and erectile function for men.
Gut Energy isn’t the same as diabetes, but we’ll use diabetes to illustrate the point. Diabetes has become so widespread (and generally well controlled) that we’ve almost forgotten how serious it is and that without medication, the symptoms are:
|Low Blood Sugar||High Blood Sugar|
|Tired, lightheaded, dizzy and weak||Extreme tiredness and thirst|
|Sudden extreme hunger||Sudden extreme hunger|
|Racing heart rate||Rapid weight loss|
|Irritable, anxious or confused||Irritable, anxious or confused|
|Loss of consciousness, seizures||Kidney failure, impotence|
The number of people with diabetes in the USA in 2018 was 34.2 million (10.4% of the population), and 90% of the cases were diet-related (Type II). A total of $327 billion was spent on diabetes care that year, but despite this, 50% of people with diabetes die prematurely.
Energy is crucial for the healthy balance of the immune and nervous systems. Without a reliable energy supply, cells and organs can’t function fully, which affects general health and fertility. Fluctuating or low energy supply creates hormonal imbalances and inflammation that disrupt hormone balance and reduce sperm quality. A quick look at male fertility conditions shows how important Energy PFPs are to sperm health and sexual function.
All men with Energy PFP should focus on supporting their digestive and constitutional health as this will improve the genetic health of their children and the chances of healthy pregnancies. Focused lifestyle changes and adding herbal combinations can make huge differences to male fertility and is 3x more successful for unexplained infertility than IVF.
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We also outline the best ways for Energy PFPs to adjust their weight and manage stress to improve monthly conception rates. The different profiles have different challenges and needs, which is all part of the PFP discussion, along with personalised ways to improve fertility health, and the tests and treatments most likely to be appropriate for you. The morefertile approach: