Friday, February 8, 2013

Can you Boost Fertility with the Foods you Eat?

For some people getting pregnant is quick and easy. But for others it is NOT quick and easy. For lots of us infertility is hard to track down the whys of it all. We go to doctors but they never can seem to nail down exactly the cause. Leaving most women with the diagnosis of unexplained infertility. Fertility treatments can help but there are other things we can do to boost our fertility. The key to success is knowing when to try and knowing when it is time to see a fertility specialist. Even if you are not expecting fertility problems there are things you can do to give your fertility a BOOST! Just keep in mind that the American Society for Reproductive Medicine says if you don't get pregnant after 12 months of regular unprotected intercourse -- or six months if you are a woman over 35 -- it's time to seek help from a fertility specialist.

Among the most common causes of unexplained infertility in women is problems with ovulation or ovulation dysfunction. Though there may be many factors that are causing your infertility, many doctors now believe your diet is one of the keys.In a study of some 17,000 women conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, researchers were able to define a group of "fertility foods" able to improve conception odds.

So what are some good foods? Well for one we need to be eating more monounsaturated fats (like olive oil) and less trans fats (like the kind found in many fast foods). They say we need to increasing our intake of vegetable protein things like soy, with that we need to reduce (eat less) animal protein, you know read meat. We need to be eating more high fiber and low-glycemic foods like whole grains, vegetables, and even some fruits. Did you get your fruits and veggies today? They also say we are to stop eating so much high fat dairy products. You know foods like whole milk, ice cream and cheese. I know, I know We ALL scream for ICE CREAM! They do not say we can not have it we just need to be cutting WAY back on how much we eat it and how often. Also if you are trying to conceive you should be taking a prenatal vitamin now. They say to increase your Iron as well. As far as caffeine is concerned there is mixed opinions on this. Most say less than 8 ounces of coffee a day will not hurt you. So this means we can still have a cup of coffee in the morning, but it is best not to have two or three cups. But keep in mind most doctors will tell you to cut out caffeine all together. They say that caffeine constricts blood vessels, slowing blood flow to the uterus and potentially making it harder for an egg to grab hold. We want to make it easier not harder! My doctor told me to cut out ALL hi-fructose corn syrup from my diet! This one little thing is harder than most people think. That crap is in EVERYTHING! Now they will tell you that it is fine in moderation. Well I have a question for them. How much do they think is in moderation? It is in bread, ketchup, mayo, and much much more. It is even in juice. Anything and everything that once had sugar in to now has this hi-fructose corn syrup in it. My doctor said it was the worse thing I could put into my body besides drugs of course. Any time a doctor tells you something like that you sit back and listen. So to answer my question "Can you boost fertility with the foods you eat?" yes you can. We could all use a better diet in this day and age anyway. It is just a bonus that it will boost or fertility. By boosting our fertility we are boosting our chances of having that bundle of joy we dream about. Hope this helps someone out there out. :)

Until next time!! Baby Dust to ALL!!!!

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