If you are a couple, trying hard to conceive, wouldn’t you feel excited to know that there are methods, natural and safe, to boost up your fertility, and help you conceive. Read through, to know more.
It is of utmost importance to achieve and maintain a healthy weight to keep your reproductive cycle in balance. Every healthcare provider will advise the women to check their BMI (body mass index) score. A BMI ranking of 19-24 indicates a healthy weight (athletes may have higher scores due to muscle mass). Anything below or above that range should be discussed with your health care provider.
Recently, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health proved that more than 18,000 women who ate foods containing higher amounts of trans fats, animal proteins and carbohydrates, among other dietary factors, were more likely to have an ovulatory disorder. Ovulation problems cause infertility in about 20 percent of women trying to conceive.
The following tips on diet and lifestyle from the experts help women safeguard their fertility.
Nutritional status assessment
A nutritional therapist will assess your level of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and advise you on a suitable diet plan of food supplements to bring your nutrient levels back to normal.
Cut out incorrect fats
Not all fats are bad. The body needs essential fats - namely Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils - which are contained in oily fish such as salmon, sardines, herrings and mackerel. Conversely, hydrogenated oils and partially-hydrogenated oils and saturated fats are to be avoided, as they block the absorption of the essential fats. Therefore, it is better to read the labels on food products before buying.
Smoking causes high levels of cadmium, a toxic metal, in the blood, which depletes the body of zinc. Smoking is associated with early onset of menopause in women and reduced sperm count in men.
Minimize alcohol and caffeine
Many studies showed that the more you drink alcohol, the less likely you are to conceive. Caffeine (even one coffee a day) significantly reduces your chances of conceiving.
However healthily you eat and live, the most important element is sex. But not every night. Sex is best undertaken once every 48 hours, so as to maintain the high quality of the sperm.
According to a 1995 National Food Survey, nine out of 10 people are grossly deficient in the essential mineral, zinc. This is because of depletion of the soil due to intensive farming and due to an extensive process of refining. Wheat, for example, contains zinc, but 80 per cent is removed in the manufacture of bread to extend its shelf life. A good nutrition is the foundation of fertility. Mangoes, pumpkin seed, fish and oysters are particularly high in zinc.
Therefore, natural herbs, a proper diet, and lifestyle changes will make a person super-healthy and come out of the problem of infertility when under the guidance of a certified medical practitioner.