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Preventing Infertility: What To Eat, What to Avoid

Nadine Watters
Preventing Infertility: What To Eat, What to Avoid
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Obesity and diabetes are two common health problems linked to infertility and a host of other health issues. However, it’s not just these health issues alone that cause infertility.

Infertility affects women and men of all ages, from all different types of health backgrounds. Many times it can be caused by smoking, hormonal problems, stress, and other lifestyle factors outside of what you eat. Research shows that diet often has the biggest impact on your chances of getting pregnant due to the way it affects your hormones, the way it affects how you deal with stress, or what you eat when you’re stressed. (1)

What type of diet is best for infertility

Poor nutrition causes nutritional deficiencies that lead to hormonal deficiencies, which ultimately leads to problems with conception. Though diet isn’t always a cure-all for infertility, it does have a dramatic impact on a woman and her unborn child if she is even able to conceive at all. Stress also causes hormone imbalances, which is why it’s important to eat a diet that lowers physical and emotional stress. (1)

The best diet shown to help women’s hormones function properly include: raw fruits and vegetables, complex carbs such as whole grains (preferably gluten-free) along with omega-3 rich seeds such as hemp, chia and flax, and algae that contains EPA and DHA.  Meat, breads, refined sweets, and anything that significantly raises blood sugar should be avoided. These foods raise insulin in the body dramatically and in turn may lead to POS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome) that causes women to become infertile. (1)

Other tips for combating infertility

Avoid excessive exercise and excessive dieting. Both can upset hormonal function that lead to a loss of the menstrual cycle, along with bone loss that leads to osteoporosis. (1) It’s also important to eat a diet rich in zinc and arginine, which both play a role in sex hormone production. Zinc and arginine are both found abundantly in raw nuts and seeds. (2) Choose organic, raw nuts and seeds, which have healthy fats that also support hormone production. Nuts and seeds are also a rich source of plant-based protein, which has been shown to offer many benefits against ovulatory infertility. (3)

Final tips on infertility

Manage your stress by trying yoga, meditating, spending time in nature, and eating a diet that supports your hormones such as the one above. Remember that refined sugar, high-glycemic carbs such as white bread and white potatoes, alcohol, meat, processed foods, and prescription drugs all offset hormone levels. Taking in enough healthy calories and getting enough rest are also key parts of the fertility puzzle. (1,2,3,4) Foods that are known to support the libido and hormone function include: maca, chocolate, watermelon, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, nuts, leafy greens, raw fruits, and whole grains and high-quality vegan omega-3 algae. (1,2)

Sources for this article include:

(1) blogs.naturalnews.com
(2) www.babycenter.com
(3) www.newsweek.com
(4) www.fitpregnancy.com

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