Infertility is common. Many couples find themselves choosing fertility supplements—and making lifestyle changes—to help them become parents. In fact, about 10% of Americans who are reproductive age have experienced fertility issues.
There are many different causes of infertility, some aspects are in your control while others are not. Strive for optimal nutrition and a healthy body weight for the best results. This is true for both people within a relationship. It is estimated that a third of fertility problems rest with the woman, another third rest with the man, and the remaining third are situations where it is not possible to identify if it is an issue with the man, the woman, or both.
Maintain (or Achieve) a Healthy Weight
People tend to think of their weight from an appearance perspective, but your weight also has a big impact on your health. In cases of infertility, weight extremes can shift your hormonal levels. For women, it can also alter your ovation schedule. On the other side of the spectrum, women who are underweight are at risk of ceasing ovulation or having periods that are irregular. For men, if they are overweight the quality of the sperm can be impacted.
Foods for Fertility
Be careful about your diet, essentially eat as if you are already pregnant, to increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy.
- Produce Packs a Nutritious Punch – Fruits and vegetables can improve your fertility because they are rich in antioxidants, creating healthier egg cells and fertile sperm. Vegetables and fruits (along with some nuts and grains) are full of antioxidants. These include beta-carotene, folate, vitamins C and E, and more.
- Choose the Right Proteins – The protein, iron, and zinc in meat can be important for a healthy pregnancy, but you want to steer clear of red meat when possible. Opt for chicken, fish, turkey, and occasional trimmed pieces of beef and pork. And meat isn’t your only protein solution, choose healthy proteins from beans, tofu, and nuts for healthy fats and foods that are less likely to result in weight gain.
- Skip Sugar and Trans Fats – Say no to candy and desserts full of processed sweeteners. When you crave something sweet, choose honey, pure maple syrup, or another natural sweetener. Processed sugar is bad for your internal balances, from hormonal balances to your blood sugar level. Similarly, you want to stay away from the trans fats found in snack foods, fried foods, and some animal products. Trans fats can interfere with your natural insulin, resulting in high insulin levels. This can alter the metabolic balance of your body, which can interfere with ovulation cycles.
Adding Fertility Supplements to Your Diet
Many doctors promote supplements alongside a healthy lifestyle for individuals desiring to get pregnant. Often, the recommendation is for a daily multivitamin that includes folic acid and iron. Systemic enzymes in Vitälzym can also help, reducing any scar tissue present and increasing your overall health.
Make the changes you need to increase your fertility. Talk to your healthcare provider today.