Did you know what was found at the “fertility buffet table” organized in the summer of 2003 by the Department of Nutritional Medicine at the British University of Surrey? Roasted red peppers, mini shrimp cookies and Brazil nuts. Why? Because these are the foods that improve libido, they are rich in selenium for better sperm motility, vitamin E and carotenoids – super-sexy nutrients. Buffet was organized for doctors so that they would understand better the relation between nutrition and infertility and share later their experience with their patients!
Couples trying to conceive are a truly vulnerable group of patients, as they try all sorts of things to succeed. Generally speaking, many gain profit from these people and it should come as no surprise that the number of fertility clinics is constantly increasing!
Statistically speaking, around 20% of couples that decide to have a baby, will experience some kind of a problem. This problem is most often the polycystic ovarian syndrome or endometriosis.
Another frequent problem is the quality of sperm or the coeliac disease. It is also interesting to notice that in most unsuccessful attempts of conceiving, the cause cannot be found. So what to do?
Nutritional therapy now must be in place including the change of lifestyle, eating habits, reducing the level of stress, this is definitely the cheapest and
the most efficient treatment that will increase your chances of conceiving!
All Nutritional causes of female infertility
- Xenoestrogens – External compounds that mimic the hormones in the body are found in herbicides, pesticides and plastics. Excess xenoestrogen causes reproduction system disorders!
- Low body mass index and fertility – Low body mass index (BMI) increases the risk of absent periods (ammenhorea) and hence of the possibility to conceive. Around 25 to 30 percent of women in developed countries who were treated for ammenhorea in the specialized clinics were half as thin as women with regular ovulation. This is why only 10 percent of women may conceive if their BMI is 18.
- Excess weight and the importance of distributing fats – Increased body weight may have a negative impact on fertility. Good news is that if you reduce your body weight by only 10 percent, this will positively affect your hormone profile, it will regulate your periods and stimulate ovaries. Research shows that distribution of fats in the body may be the second most important factor in the process of conceiving. Women with high central adiposity (W/H ratio more than 0,8) had less chances of conceiving compared to the women with peripheral adiposity (W/H ratio less than 0,8).
- The lack of essential nutrients – Zinc plays a crucial role in female fertility and its deficiency reduces sexual desire and causes irregular periods.Vitamin B6 is also relevant for the production of sex hormones; it enhances sexual desire, soothes the symptoms of PMS, reduces nausea in pregnancy and contributes to healthy pregnancy.
- Synthetic drugs – Drugs for treating high blood pressure (the antihypertensives), sedatives and pills based on oestrogen and progestin affect the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates and may be detrimental for substances that are relevant for conceiving.
- Alcohol and smoking – If you overdo with coffee intake, along with a combination of alcohol and cigarettes, all preconditions for reducing chances of conceiving have been fulfilled. Having more than five glasses of alcohol a week reduces the chances of conceiving and smoking even increases the chances of causing genetic defects!
- Stress – You wonder how? Constant stress affects adrenal glands, “eats up” cortisol and reduces your resistance to injuries and diseases. Calcium, magnesium and vitamins B and C are depleted. All of this reduces significantly your chances of conceiving!
Taken from the book ‘Nutrition for the 21st Century for Woman’ by Dr.Leyla K. Kreho