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Trying to Increase Your Fertility?


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From time to time, I get e-mails about fertility, because I like to keep in short and simple, I suggest that if you have any questions or want to talk more about your fertility issues, please contact me at the address/phone below………  Enjoy the article!

What  Causes Infertility?

The main causes of infertility from a dietary perspective are first not getting enough of the right foods/nutrients, and then too much of the wrong foods/nutrients. The dietary approach I recommend solves both of these problems by nourishing the body with the right macro- and micro-nutrients, and eliminating the food toxins that cause health problems – including infertility.

Even in a “healthy diet”, vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, D, B12, folate, iron, choline, biotin as well as the essential fatty acids EPA/DHA  are hard to obtain. These all play a crucial role in reproductive health.

Vitamin A is only found in significant amounts in organ meats, which were eaten by our ancestors but aren’t favored today. Vitamin D and EPA and DHA are only present in significant amounts in cold-water/fatty fish. Unfortunately, a recent study found that up to 40% of women don’t eat the recommended amount of fish each week.  Click here for research article finding mercury levels in certain fish not as harmful as once thought.

What About Men?

40% of a couple’s inability to conceive is due to male infertility. Lowered B12 status is associated with low sperm count and motility. It can also cause atrophy of the tubules where the sperm is produced, resulting in poor sperm development. Research shows, that in both men and women, lowered EPA/DHA is associated with the inability to conceive.

In both men and women, too much sugar can promote infertility by causing insulin resistance and changes in estrogen and testosterone levels. There are way more mechanisms at work.   But when looking at the big picture, proper nutrition is the key to boosting fertility.

What certain macronutrient guidelines would you suggest to someone trying to conceive?

I’d definitely begin with a Metabolic Typing test. Then I would recommend some special attention to fat – especially the long-chain saturated fats (animal fats). Most cells in the body are comprised of about 75 % or more of fatty acids. They are the primary storage form of energy form humans. They are also a cleaner burning (less toxic) source of energy than glucose and more easily burned for fuel than polyunsaturated fats. Many really important micro-nutrients in vegetables, fruits and meats are fat-soluble. What this means is that if you aren’t getting enough healthy fats in your diet these micro-nutrients can’t be absorbed and utilized.

For example, in one study researchers split volunteers into two groups. One group ate salad with fat-free dressing, the other group ate salad with oil and avocado. The group that ate fat with the salad absorbed between 7-18 times more nutrients than the one that ate the salad with fat-free dressing. And a Swedish study in 2009 found that eating fruits and vegetables did not lower the risk of heart disease – unless they were eaten with fat.

What things would you recommend avoiding?

Obesity is a known factor in infertility for both men and women. Obesity early in life presents the most reproductive risk.

Oxidative stress from a whole host of factors, including oxidized fats, intense physical activity, alcohol, illness and regular metabolic functioning, negatively impact conception success and pregnancy outcomes. For men, oxidative stress has been shown to damage sperm DNA and lower sperm count and motility. For women, oxidative stress impacts conception ability by decreasing the permeability and function of the egg, impairing successful implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterine lining, and decreasing the viability of the embryo.

Both alcohol and caffeine have been shown to decrease fertility in women.

Next post I’ll offer my 5 top super-foods for fertility, pregnancy and breast-feeding!  Stay tuned!

Let’s work on this or any other aspect of your health and wellbeing.  I can be reached at – cat@caterpillarfitness.com or 760-274-4642

Cat Dillon

This blog is my journal, where I share everything wellness. From tips on healthy lifestyle to creating as much deliciousness in your life as possible.

Cat Dillon is the Cat in Caterpillar Nutrition and Wellness.

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