Whether you are thinking about having your first child or your 4th, healthy fertility is always an important issue.
Alarmingly, rates of infertility for both men and women are on the rise. On one hand, our hormones are challenged every day with toxins in our food, environments and lifestyles choices. On the other hand, many women today are also staring families later in life, which can affect the ability to conceive. Both of these factors together are contributing to more and more women having difficulty with conception. These factors not only affect our sex hormones, but other hormone systems in our body which our tightly linked to reproductive success, such as thyroid, insulin and cortisol.
Are you taking these supplements?
Folic acid (Folate) is important for the prevention of neural tube defects and has been shown to be deficient in women experiencing infertility.
Prenatal Multivitamin provides the minimum required vitamins and minerals essential for good health for mom and future baby. It also contains folic acid, iron, zinc and selenium, all important nutrients for good fertility health.
Chaste Berry normalizes progesterone levels, improving fertility and reducing miscarriages.
How’s your diet?
Fats in the form of wild fish, avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil are great to decrease inflammation and improve hormonal function throughout the cycle. Avoid saturated fats as they will increase inflammation and disrupt hormones.
Whole grains such as quinoa, brown and wild rice instead of refined wheat products help to stabilize blood sugar, and improve hormonal balance.
Avoid Caffeine. Drinking coffee has been linked to decreased fertility, and should be avoided as much as possible. Reach for green teas and herbal teas instead.
Infertility is often associated with other endocrine disorders. If you are experiencing issues with fertility, or want to optimize your fertility, talk your naturopathic doctor today to see how we can help you achieve optimal fertility.
Stay tuned next week to learn about the connection between stress & hormones!