Infertility is a growing problem in society. Approximately 15% of couples in the U.S. have been diagnosed as infertile. Medical professionals believe the rise in infertility is a result of a combination of environmental factors, terrible North American diet, and the fact that most women are waiting until their 30s or later to have their first child.
Interestingly enough, practitioners of Eastern medicine don’t believe that infertility exists…at least not for a woman whose reproductive organs are intact. Instead, they believe that infertility is a sign of a body in need of extra care.
A recent study from the University of Surrey reveals that 80% of women who adopted positive, healthy lifestyle changes were able to conceive successfully. This is a much higher success rate than in-vitro fertilization and other unnatural methods.
Below is a look at the top fertility-enhancing lifestyle changes.
Stress is known as the “fertility killer” because of its effect on your health and hormones. If you’re having trouble conceiving, you should take a good look at your schedule and decide what you can drop in order to free up more time for relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep.
2. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise
A healthy, balanced diet will supply your body with the nutrients it needs to carry out all of its natural processes…including reproduction. A healthy diet should be heavy on fruits and veggies and light on processed, high fat, and sugary foods. Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine consumption should also be reduced, as all three have been shown to decrease fertility.
Because maintaining a healthy weight is another key to increasing fertility, daily exercise is important. Extremely strenuous exercise, however, can actually decrease fertility.
3. Detoxify your life
Many of the chemicals in your food, household and hygiene products, pharmaceutical drugs, etc. are now known to decrease fertility. By switching to organic, hormone-free food and natural products you can reduce your exposure to them.
4. Consider taking fertility supplements
Fertility supplements can increase fertility by helping you produce and use hormones efficiently, regulating ovulation, and boosting reproductive health. Some of the best supplements include: essential fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, C, and E, NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), D-Pinitol 600, Vitex 750 (Chaste tree extract), Cinnulin PF, Borage Oil, Colostrum, Q-10 supplement, Wheatgrass, Folic Acid, and Zinc. You should consult your doctor or a naturopath before taking these or any other supplements.
There are literally hundreds of reasons a couple may have difficulty getting pregnant. While there is no single cure for infertility, the positive lifestyle changes outlined above address many of the factors that cause infertility. By adopting these simple lifestyle changes, you’ll have a healthier body that is much more capable of producing a healthy baby.