BALANCED NUTRITION TO ENHANCE FERTILITY (Part 1) – THISDAY Newspapers

After such a concentration on the clinical side of infertility,this week, we will take a look at Nutrition and its vital role in fertility.

Maintaining ahealthy diet is essentialat every point in apersons life but it is especially important and recommendedfor all couple trying for conception, via natural process or Assisted Reproductive Techniquessuch as IVF.According to the Center of Disease Control(CDC), approximately 1 in 10 women will experience infertility.Whilethere is no suchthing as magical fertility diet,our nutrition plays a vital role to the bodysfunctions, fertilityand general wellbeing. Adequate nutrition will promote optimum weight, hormonal balance which eventually enhances spontaneous ovulation for the female and quality sperm production for the male.

Numerous studies have shown that specific changes to diet can improve fertility, prevent recurrent miscarriages,support a healthy pregnancyand enhance delivery of a live healthy baby.

WHAT IS FERTILITY DIET?

Afertility diet contains naturalbalancedfood products that are known tosupportyour body in its reproductive functions. It includes foods which are dense in some specific nutrients needed for hormonalproduction/functionand balance, fetalhealth development, egg /sperm health,blood health and much more. It is a diet that is designed to help your body to balance fertility issues that may exist, build up nutrition stores and provide all of the building blocks for a healthy child.

WHY EAT A NATURAL FERTILITY DIET? DO YOUKNOW:

The foods you eat today impact the health of yoursperm and eggs90days from the day eaten?

Hormones build themselves from the ingredient you provide through your diet?

There are specific nutrients that are needed by the young fetus(growing baby in the womb)before you can even detect pregnancy and deficiency of these nutrients can cause serious birth defects?

The number one treatment for balancing Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and getting pregnant despite PCOS ismajorlydiet?

Onemajorcause of infertility is anovulation (lack of ovulation) and that it can often be correctedby changes in our diet?

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THE BENEFITS OF EATING RIGHT FOR EFRTILITY

Provides antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which help to protect eggs and sperm health from the damage caused by free radicals.

Helps the body maintain hormonal balance by providing the fat necessary for hormonal production and function

Provides the body with the abundance of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants necessary for optimal health

May decrease the chances of miscarriage resulting from insulin resistance and damage from free radicals to the eggs or sperm and DNA

Support a healthy reproductive systemand helps to build important nutrient store for pregnancy

Promotes energy and vitality

DIETARY INTAKE/FOOD SOURCESTO BOOST FERTILITY

Water

Drinklots ofcleanwater daily. Approximately 1.5-3 Liters recommended

Avoid fizzy, sugary drinks.

Antioxidants, Minerals and Vitamins

Food sources: Sea foods from clean/fresh water sources and organic meat.

Food sources: liver, cod, shrimp, mushroom, turkey, Brazil nut, tuna fish, salmon fish, sardine fish.

Food sources: calf liver, oyster, beef, lamb, pumpkin seeds, yoghurt, green peas, shrimps, turkey

Food sources: Small amount is obtained from potatoes, spinach and lean red meat.

Food sources:Mushrooms, eggs,avocados,oily fish,beef, chicken,turkey, leanpork, cheese, and sweetpotatoes.

Foodsources:Banana, tuna fish, salmon fish, liver, spinach, cabbage, garlic, broccoli, peppers, turkey, cod, mustard greens.

Food sources: Liver, lentils, pinto beans, spinach, kidney beans, black beans, green leafy vegetable

Food sources:Fish,meat,egg,milk,liver,sardines, tuna, fortified cereals, clams.

...TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK

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