Infertility affects many women who may or may not want to conceive. About 10% of the population is affected, according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. While men and women can’t control all the causes of infertility, they can control the nutrition behind becoming fertile. Nutrition for both partners can have a significant impact on the ability to conceive. Advanced Fertility Center of Texas knows how important it is to eat healthily. A healthy diet is one of the most important fertility preparations for pregnancy. Numerous studies have shown that exercise and changing the diet can improve fertility, prevent recurring miscarriages, and support a healthy pregnancy.
Poor nutrition can cause problems for women who are trying to get pregnant.
A lot of women are declared perfectly healthy by their traditional doctor, but they still cannot get pregnant. This is why Advanced Fertility Center of Texas believes one of the most common causes of infertility is due to an ovulatory disorder. It is a serious condition with an often-unknown cause. Researchers found that poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle might be one of the main contributors to these ovulatory fertility problems.
Women suffering from ovulatory disorder have irregular periods or do not menstruate at all. Even if they get their period, their eggs do not develop well or are not being released from the ovaries. What causes this is not clear, but it can often be traced to eating disorders, insulin resistance, too much exercise, or a hormonal imbalance. In the most common state, a natural fertility diet may help increase the change of ovulation in most women.
What is a Fertility Diet?
A natural fertility diet is a way of eating that supports your body’s reproductive efforts. Your body needs specific dense nutrients to help with the hormonal function, production, and balance, along with fetal development, egg health, sperm health, blood health, and a whole lot more. The fertility diet is designed to help your body balance fertility issues that may exist. Advanced Fertility Center of Texas wants to help you build up the nutrients that will provide all the building blocks for a healthy, fertile pregnancy and child. Here are just a few reasons why you should focus on a fertility-friendly diet:
- The #1 treatment for balancing PCOS and getting pregnant, despite PCOS, is your diet.
- The #1 cause for infertility is lack of ovulation, which can often be remedied by a change in your diet.
- The specific nutrients that are needed by a young fetus are found in your diet.
- The food you eat today impacts the health of your eggs and sperm 90 days from now.
- Hormones that you need to become pregnant is obtained through what you eat.
Eating a good fertility diet high in nutritional value is something you can do regardless of your location, fertility issue, or age. We all eat, so why not eat foods that will help you support fertility and increase the chances of you getting pregnant?
What are the benefits of eating a healthy nutritional diet for fertility?
Advanced Fertility Center of Texas believes that the most common treatment for fertility can be found in the foods we eat. Nature has created foods that help nourish and feed the body for the fertility process. When the body is optimally nourished, and all unhealthy foods are avoided, the body is then able to repair and rebuild the reproductive system. A healthy diet is very helpful for fertility, especially if there is an underlying imbalance in the hormonal process or other fertility issues. The cells in the body are constantly dying off, and new cells replace old ones. This occurs in every organ, muscle, and tissue – including the reproductive system. The fertility building blocks needed are provided by the healthy, nutritional diet from fertility-positive foods. Some key benefits of a nutritional diet include:
- Promotes energy and vitality
- Helps to build important nutrients that are stored during pregnancy
- Provides the body and reproductive system with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients needed for pregnancy
- Provides antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to protect egg and sperm health from damage
- Helps the body provide a natural hormonal balance by providing what’s needed for hormone production and function
- May help minimize the chances of a miscarriage due to insulin resistance and damage to the ova (eggs), sperm, or DNA
- Supports a healthy reproductive system
What Type of food is nutritionally healthy for fertility?
Vegetables and Fruits – Advanced Fertility Center of Texas strongly believes eating a lot of organic vegetables and fruits should be where you start. Conventional produce contains harmful herbicides and pesticides that have been shown to negatively affect both male and female fertility. Organic vegetables and fruits have more nutritional value for your reproductive system.
Dairy – It is also important to eat organic, grass-fed, whole fat, raw dairy. This type of dairy is the best choice for positive fertility. Take note that dairy foods such as milk and cheese may be congesting to the body. Therefore, it is important to always seek an expert fertility doctor who understands the importance of eating healthy.
- Fish– We encourage you to try and eat a lot of cold-water fish. Fish supply one of the most important fatty acids, called Omega 3, to a fertility diet. These fatty acids aid in the production of hormones, reduce inflammation, and help regulate the menstrual cycle. Fish is also a major source of protein and vitamin A. However, Advanced Fertility Center of Texas strongly recommends avoiding deep water fish like Ahi tuna, swordfish, and sea bass due to their potential concentrations of mercury. You should focus on fresh fish like Alaskan salmon, cod, and Alaskan halibut. When choosing salmon, please, avoid north Atlantic salmon and choose wild salmon instead. Farmed salmon contains antibiotics and toxic food dyes.
- Chicken and Beef– conventional raised chicken and beef contain elevated levels of added hormones and antibiotics, which can contribute to estrogen dominant conditions. Grass-fed meats are a major source of essential fatty acids and are low in saturated fat. When it comes to chicken, conventional chickens are kept unclean and fed non-organic feed that is often genetically modified. When shopping for chicken, look for the words “cage-free.” Ideally, purchasing your chicken and beef from a local farm with free-range cattle and chickens is your best source for a healthy, nutritional fertility diet.
- Grains– We recommend only eating grains in their natural form. Whole grains have immune-supporting properties and are filled with fiber and important vitamins. Fiber is extremely important to help your body get rid of excess hormones and keep blood sugar balanced. Avoid processed and refined white foods and grains such as white bread, semolina pasta, and white rice. You will want to choose whole wheat or sprouted bread, rice or whole wheat pasta, quinoa, and brown rice.
- Water– We can’t stress to you how important it is for you to drink a lot of water. Be sure to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of clean, purified, filtered water. It is best to avoid bottled water, as some of the plastics in the bottle can contribute to hormonal imbalances due to their estrogen-mimicking chemicals. It is best to choose reverse osmosis waters and distilled water. Always avoid tap water at all costs. Many recent studies have shown that tap water can be laced with harmful pesticides from agricultural runoff.
In general, eating more vegetables, eating monounsaturated fats instead of saturated and trans fats, making at least half your grains whole, and getting enough calcium-rich foods — including dairy — will help you meet your nutritional needs and promote a healthy fertility process. Advanced Fertility Center of Texas is an expert in helping design the perfect fertility diet for you. Not all diets are the same for everyone, which is why we specialize in helping women just like you to conceive. Call 713.467.4488 to schedule your nutritional checkup to help you fulfill your dreams of becoming pregnant.