You can spend as much time under the sheets as you wish but at some point, it’s time to come to fruition: the equation isn’t always as simple as sperm + egg = knocked up. In fact, one in seven couples currently have difficulties conceiving and that statistic is expected to double over the next decade. Eager “soon-to-be” parents are now increasingly turning to natural alternatives when faced with fertility issues as science is now beginning to support the fact of going au natural to not only increase the chances of having a baby, but by optimizing the health of their personal health during the process. The holistic approach benefits both men and women since infertility seems to touch both genders, who woulda guessed.
Unfortunately, I don’t have an easy formula either… BUT if you mix up the right ingredients and follow some simple instructions, you’ll have a bun in the oven in no time. Let’s break it down with the do’s and donts of getting started..
The Naughty List
1. Environmental Toxins… these ALWAYS seem to end up in the bad books. Along with the long list of side effects, these toxins play a large roll when it comes to infertility. These contaminants like the endocrine-disruptor, bisphenol A (BPA), pesticides, and emissions all decrease the chances of conceiving. One of the most important things you’ll need to do while trying to get prego is balance your hormones. Trust me – xenoestrogens and other harmful by-products aren’t gunna do it!
2. Avoid processed/refined crap! Foods such as potatoes, white breads, refined sugar, pops and other easily digested carbs are known to spike your insulin and blood sugar levels. When this happens, it sends your hormones for a loop which are necessary for reproduction and may lead to ovulatory infertility.
3. Got Allergies? Food intolerances put stress on the body, leaving fewer resources for conception. The most common foods linked to infertility are gluten, wheat, alcohol, and caffeine, although there are many others that may be the culprit.
4. No Zinc, no think, no Dink – Zinc is the most widely studied nutrient in terms of fertility for both men and women. It is an essential component of genetic material. A deficiency may cause chromosome changes which can lead to reduced fertility and an increased risk of miscarriage. It is necessary for your body to ‘attract and hold’ the reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Zinc is found in high concentrations in the sperm as it is needed to make the outer layer and tail of the sperm. Remember the old saying.. zinc puts a little lead in your pencil.
5. Crappy Diet .. before you go changing diapers, you’ll need to change your diet. Along with zinc, there are many vitamins and minerals which are absolutely essential when it comes to increasing fertility and can be easily assimilated through a clean, healthy diet.
6. Smoking – Smoking has definitely been linked with infertility in both men and women. It can even bring on an early menopause, which is a particularly important for older women who are trying to beat the clock. Smoking can decrease sperm count in men, making the sperm more lazy and sluggish, and it can increase the number of abnormal sperm. With men, the effects on fertility are increased with the number of cigarettes. Tasty.
A Cocktail to Knock you Up..
1. Avoid toxic chemicals – One of the best ways to avoid harmful toxins is to buy organic produce for the pre-conceptual period, switch to green house and visit: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2005/02/19/common-toxins.aspx
2. Balance your blood sugar – choosing slowly digested carbs like brown rice dark bread.s, etc that are high in fiber are linked with a better success rate of getting pregnant, and can lower your child’s risk of gestational diabetes.
3. Fatten up with good fats – okay, they won’t actually make you fat but healthy or “good” fats are the building blocks for hormones and have biological effects, such as turning genes on or off, stimulating or calming inflammation and influencing cell function.
4. Proooootein – it’s not just for the buffs at the gym. Protein plays a HUGE role in your body but most importantly when it comes to pregnancy, it has been proven that it can raise your chance of getting pregnant. Now don’t go out and buy a cow, understand there are many different sources of protein. Findings from the Nurses’ Health Study indicate that getting more protein from plants and less animals is leap towards drop-kicking ovulatory infertility. Quinoa anyone?
5. Put out the ciggy – you’re going to have to when you get pregnant (PLEASE!), so you might as well start now
6. Clean diet – eating foods rich in antioxidants, specific nutrients, vitamins, minerals and all the goodies will drastically increase your chances of getting pregnant. Some specific foods include: spinach, cabbage, berries, kale, quinoa, broccoli, yellow and orange veggies, dark leafy greens, and soo much more. Hint hint: avoid the allergenic foods and your specific food intolerances.
There are many supplements and specific dietary recommendations which may jump start your engine but as I always say, everyone is biochemically unique and we all require a different blend to get us started. A natural practitioner may assist in identifying the imbalance and help repair and nourish the body so you and your hunny are able to conceive naturally as we were designed to do.
You’re what?… Tin roof, rusted!