Until we decide to change something, we never know the extent of our knowledge or ignorance. It is important to be open and willing to test this out for yourself.
Swami Vivekananda once said:
“Experience is the only source of knowledge.”
You can read more about where this quotes from here.
In response to last month’s blog post about the importance of Sattvic food, a reader sent me this question:
“Ma, people are telling me not to stop eating onion and garlic because it will affect the sperm count.”
In answer to this question, I dedicate this blog post for all the men who are looking for answers regarding Sattvic Method and sattvic diet. Over time, men have assumed different eating habits along with the myths surrounding them.
- Men can eat as much as they want: This is a myth that is based on the belief that men have a higher metabolism than women and can therefore eat as much as they want without gaining weight. While it is true that men typically have a higher metabolic rate than women, this does not mean that they can eat unlimited amounts of food without any consequences. Excessive calorie intake can lead to weight gain, regardless of gender. The Sattvic Method of eating encourages intermittent fasting as a part of its routine. Thus, you can regulate your intake when following the Sattvic Method of eating.
Men need to consume large amounts of protein: While it is true that men generally require more protein than women due to their higher muscle mass, this does not mean that they need to consume excessive amounts of protein. In fact, consuming too much protein can put a strain on the kidneys and liver. The recommended daily intake of protein for men is around 56 grams per day. Plant based protein is the foundation of Sattvic Method. By following the Sattvic Method you can intake the required amount of protein.
Men should avoid all carbs: Carbohydrates have been demonized in some circles as the enemy of weight loss. However, not all carbs are created equal, and some are essential for good health. Men should consume complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, which provide energy and essential nutrients. By following the Sattvic Method of eating, you can get plenty of complex carbohydrates in your diet.
Men should consume large amounts of red meat: In Sattvic Method we do not encourage consumption of any kind of meat. It is generally believed that red meat can be a good source of protein and iron, consuming excessive amounts of it can increase the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, and other health problems. Men should opt for leaner cuts or avoid meat completely. To try meat free, flavorful meals, try the Sattvic Method challenge and wean yourself away from meat and meat products.
Men don’t need to worry about their calcium intake: Calcium is essential for strong bones, and men are just as susceptible to osteoporosis as women. Men should consume foods high in calcium, such as dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified food. All of these are encouraged and possible as a part of the Sattvic Method.
Coming to the sperm count, here is some information about the kinds of food that enhance sperm production and the sperm count in men:
Garlic is only one of the foods that enhances the sperm production. Banana, Spinach, Walnut, and Pumpkin seeds also serve the same purpose.
A new study shows that causes for decline in sperm count is mostly related to lifestyle!
Garlic is not used regularly in Sattvic diet. Yet, we can maintain healthy without garlic. Sattvic Method has other practices such as worship and other spiritual practices that give Sattvic Ananda that can increase sperm count due to stress relief. More and more studies are showing that sperm count has more to do with your daily lifestyle, stress, toxin levels, and hormones in your body.
The good news is that you can rebuild your body. Sattvic Method helps you to build the body for three purposes: Enlightenment, Optimal life, disease free body. Body is the basis for all your future achievements. Design your body through Yoga. Design your mind, so that no suffering can touch you. It is an investment of time and intention. It is possible if you take time and work on it with awareness.
The mind is a powerful tool. In this instance, one can use the mind as a tool, as a companion to enhance ones life and body. The mind can also help one to create the body they want. A firm intention to have a strong body is the first step in this process. Yoga is one of the best technique available for healing the body and stabilizing the mind.
So, the short answer to the question is :
No, the sattvic diet does not decrease the sperm count.
Sattvic diet can be safely followed by pregnant women and people who are recovering from illness or surgery. It helps you to have a clear mind and keeps your body fresh by flushing out toxins periodically. The selection of specific spices in the sattvic diet enables one to enjoy and celebrate the body. It flows through seasons without the heaviness and pain.
Garlic is a great medicine. If you eat any medicine when you don’t need it, you are feeding an addiction, not a condition. Similarly, eating garlic when you don’t have a heart condition, does not serve any real purpose for your body. What Sattvic diet asks us to do is to bring more awareness to our food, body and mind. It asks us to pause and ask why do we want to eat a certain vegetable or ingredient. For example, when it is cold, we crave for something warm or salty. Knowing these seasonal variations, understanding the cravings and needs of the body, and eating with awareness is the best gift of sattvic diet.
Following the Sattvic Method of eating or lifestyle connects you to your body, your mind, and enhances your sensitivity and awareness. As we delve more and more into sattvic diet, we see the intricate connection between body and mind and the subtle connection between our diet and the capacity of our body to hold the powerful energy shifts within the vessel of our body. Sattvic diet is certainly a path to enlightened living. You only need to try it sincerely.
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