Today's lifestyle has an impact on various systems in our body - and fertility is one of them. There are several factors that can adversely affect a woman's fertility: hormonal disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome, irregular cycles, endometriosis, hormone production deficiency, small luteal phase, absence of LH hormone, high levels of prolactin, etc.
Poor nutrition plays a crucial role, as does exposure to certain chemicals.
Age does not play such an important role, unless the woman approaches menopause.
How to increase your fertility naturally
The most important factor in fertility. Nowadays, most people are not well fed even though they are overweight. In simple terms, the body will not allow conception or pregnancy unless it has the necessary substances to maintain pregnancy! Many women change their diet by eating low-fat, high-fiber foods in an effort to lose weight while eating healthier. Weight loss is generally a good thing for fertility, but if it is not done properly, it will have the exact opposite effect, ie it will reduce fertility as it will deprive the body of essential proteins and fats needed for the production of hormones.
You should consult your gynecologist or nutritionist to give you guidance on a better diet. But in general, it is advisable to follow the tips below:
- Remove processed cereals, processed foods, sugar and reduce starch from your diet. Consume more carbohydrates from vegetables and fruits and prefer starch from other sources such as sweet potatoes.
- Eat more healthy fats contained in foods such as olive oil, butter, organic animal meat, organic eggs, nuts, etc.
- Proteins should come from organic meat, organic eggs and nuts. This diet should be chosen especially during pregnancy as adequate protein helps to reduce the risk of complications.
- Consume lots of vegetables, especially green leaves like lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, chickpeas. Clean thoroughly all the vegetables to remove pesticides.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Check your insulin levels even if you do not have type 2 diabetes.
For most women, proper nutrition alone is enough to help the body increase fertility. It is very important to continue the good nutrition even after you get pregnant and do not stop eating properly. You will do good to your body but also to the fetus. Remember! Pregnancy is no reason to ruin your diet!
It's no secret that bad habits like smoking, drug use and too much caffeine intake reduce fertility. But there are other factors just as bad, such as:
- Lack of sleep. Sleep plays a crucial role in the production of many hormones. Studies show that women with low levels of melatonin and serotonin have a low luteal phase and thus have a lower chance of conception. Lack of sleep also reduces the body's ability to properly regulate adrenaline, cortisol, and insulin, thereby reducing fertility. Sleep is considered sufficient when you wake up and feel relaxed, not just awake. If you do not have enough sleep, it may mean that you have to increase your sleep time or supplement during your day time. Sleep in complete darkness can also help melatonin levels.
- Exposure to chemicals. Avoid cleaning chemicals, plastic water bottles, and various chemical cosmetics.
- Minimal or excessive physical activity. Apart from the absence of exercise, over-exercising can be just as harmful. Body fat should not fall below 18-15%.
- High levels of stress. Easy to say, hard to do. Especially nowadays. Try to find things that relax you and move away from stressful habits or situations.
- Various drugs. You should not take any medicines or other chemicals without your doctor's advice. Steroids and antidepressants should be avoided as any medications containing hormones or affect hormones.
Although proper nutrition and a good lifestyle are factors of their own, many women turn to NATURAL supplements and herbs - and they are not wrong! A very good natural dietary supplement is cod liver oil, which in addition to increasing fertility is very good for the developing fetus as well.
In addition to cod liver oil you can consume the following herbs:
- Raspberry leaves
- Nettle leaves
- Red clover
CAUTION: Do not consume any of the above herbs if you are taking fertility medicines or chemical contraceptives at the same time! Consult your doctor before taking any formula, especially if you suffer from chronic diseases or syndromes.
4. Vitamins and supplements
Vitamins that promote fertility and help in the proper development of pregnancy:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
- Folic acid
- Vitamin group B
As with herbs, you should consult your doctor before using them and carefully follow the instructions for use.
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