The world that we live in today demands a lot of us. The increasing work stress, horrible bosses, domestic stress, and then the fast-paced lifestyle that we lead, are not exactly making matters easier either. These seemingly usual things have far deeper effects on the body from the inside – effects that go beyond constant fatigue. For one, it could be affecting your fertility. If you’ve been grappling with this problem, a few simple changes in your diet could actually change your life for the better and improve your chances of having a baby. Let’s dive further into this.
You might be exercising daily and keeping a check on your weight and your addictions, but the biggest factor in increasing fertility or tackling the fear of infertility is your nutrition. The entire human body works on the nutrition we provide it. It affects every function of the body. When it comes to having a baby, nutrition affects the related processes including your , and .
Here are some foods you should consider piling on into your plate more often.
Carbohydrates are of two kinds, good and bad. The bad carbs include cookies, cakes, and white bread. These are digested and assimilated in the body quickly. Thus, giving the body instant sugar, and resulting in a higher production of insulin in the body. Studies show that a high insulin level get in the way of ovulation.
To tackle this and give the body the required amount of carbs, switch your diet to include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and the likes. These are also known as slow carbs because they take longer to digest, and slowly assimilate into the body. Thus, keeping the sugar levels in check and resulting in stable insulin levels.
The number one enemy of fertility in the fats section are the Trans fats. Artificial Trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are created via an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. Trans fats can be found in mass produced baked goods, snacks, French fries and other such foods. These increase resistance to insulin.
As much as too much insulin is bad, it is even worse when the required amount of insulin cannot do its job. Insulin makes the processing of sugars easier, and brings the glucose from the bloodstreams to the cells. Trans fats stop insulin from adding the glucose to the cells. The production of insulin, though, is continuous, which results in excess insulin in the bloodstream, which affects ovulation negatively.
The body profits the most from proteins, and that stands true for improving fertility too. Studies have found that protein from vegetables work much better than animal proteins when it comes to fertility. Reducing your intake of animal protein and substituting it with veggie proteins can help make you more fertile, thus bettering your chances of getting pregnant.
Non-fat or low-fat dairy products deter the potency of the reproductive system. While whole fat dairy products work wonders in making you more fertile. Having a glass or two of whole milk a day will give your body what it needs to increase fertility. You should also reduce or completely stop the intake of any non-fat or low-fat yogurts, curds, milk that you may be consuming.
With respect boosting fertility, some of the most important nutrients are vitamins and iron. Ensure you give your body enough Vitamin D, iron and folic acid. If you are unsure whether your diet or lifestyle is able to give enough, you may want to have multivitamin supplements. Consult your gynecologist for the same.
When it comes to the coffee, tea and alcohol, the more you limit the intake, the better for the fertility. Limited, controlled consumption however has no effect on fertility. Avoiding sugary drinks altogether is a good idea too!
Fiber is considered the number one nutrient to improve estrogen metabolism. It regulates and regularizes menstrual cycle. Some of the foods that can better your fiber intake are whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
And of course, drink loads and loads of water. Water helps the liver function better, and the liver needs to function at its optimum in order to filter out and remove the toxins and excess hormones from your body. This helps the entire body, and especially your reproductive system, which largely depends on the hormones to function well.
You’ll be surprised at how even the slightest tweaks your daily diet can boost your chances of conceiving. What’s better? These foods are great for improving the overall health of your family too, so it’s really a win-win!