Women who are having trouble with fertility are generally interested in natural manners to deal with this problem due to fears of side effects from drugs and possible damage to their babies. Baby Center writes when it comes to getting pregnant, the old saying "you are what you eat" is actually true. Cynthia Stadd, a nutrition specialist, has said, "What you eat affects everything from your blood to your cells to your hormones." Loyola University Health System has reported in a news release on Oct. 17, 2013, on some eating tips to boost fertility.
According to dietitians at Loyola University Health System (LUHS), women who watch their weight and closely follow a Mediterranean style diet which is high in vegetables, vegetable oils, fish and beans may improve their chance of becoming pregnant. Brooke Schantz, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, LUHS, has said, “Establishing a healthy eating pattern and weight is a good first step for women who are looking to conceive." A healthy diet may help with fertility while also influencing fetal well-being and reducing the risk of complications during pregnancy.
According to the National Infertility Association, thirty percent of infertility is due to either being overweight or underweight. Both of these extremes in weight may cause shifts in hormones, which may affect ovulation. Fertility can be enhanced by reducing weight by even 5 percent. Schantz recommends reducing consumption of foods with trans and saturated fats while increasing intake of monounsaturated fats, such as avocados and olive oil.
It is also advised to lower intake of animal protein and add more vegetable protein to your diet. Adding more fiber to your diet by consuming more whole grains, vegetables and fruit is also advisable. More vegetarian sources of iron such as legumes, tofu, nuts, seeds and whole grains are also recommended along with high-fat dairy instead of low-fat dairy products. A regular women’s multivitamin is also suggested.
Men are of course also a consideration when dealing with infertility problems. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine approximately 40 percent of infertility issues are attributed to men. Low sperm count and poor sperm motility are common problems in overweight and obese men. Men therefore should also maintain a healthy weight and consume a balanced diet in order to deal with fertility problems. DrMandelMall.com offers natural supplements for fertility for men and women.