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Fertility, Food & Lifestyle

17th August 2017 02:18 PM

Author: Samantha Farmer


The body is a marvellous thing.  I wonder at its ability to take an egg and sperm and produce a baby  - a whole new life that has so much potential to make a difference in the World.

The statistics on fertility highlight that getting pregnant is not so easy for some.  Apparently 1 in 7 women around the World have problems conceiving.  The older we get the harder it is too - and that is just age 35 and over!  It would appear that in the UK of the couples undergoing IVF treatment, 50% is due to male infertility and 50% due to female.

The reasons for infertility are varied and very individual, but we can all benefit by improving our diets and lifestyles to increase our ability of conceiving and having a healthy baby.

Here are some top tips to help you on your journey;

1. First make space in your life to receive your baby.  By which I mean, give yourself time out to look after yourself and that applies to both parents.  Take time to plan healthy eating, take time to exercise, take time to look after your spiritual and emotional health.  Work is very important, but please address your priorities if you want to start a family - you need time to rest, to experience good sleep, so switch off your mobile phone and set boundaries.
2. Gents - your input into producing a baby maybe greater than you realise.  The health of your sperm is vital to fertilise the egg, but it also plays a very important part in the production and quality of the placenta, so the following dietary advice is for both partners.

3. Include lots of fresh vegetables and a riot of colour.  Green leafy vegetables provide folate, a lack of which is related to miscarriage, poor egg quality and low fertilisation rates in IVF.  It is best known as folic acid to reduce neural tube defects at birth such as Spina Bifida and cleft palate. Include 2 to 3 portions of fruit each day for protective antioxidants and vitamins.

4. Essential fats in the form of nuts seeds, oily fish, avocado and olive oil are vital for the production of the sex hormones.  Again it is recommended that you have a portion daily.

5. Good quality protein sources like grass-fed meat, wild fish, free range poultry, organic legumes, nuts and seeds support energy production, in particular sperm, supporting the number and motility, as well as hormone secretion and embryo development.

6. Avoid high sugar foods, alcohol, fizzy drinks, coffee and processed foods, as these can all impact negatively on fertility by disrupting blood sugar balance, hormone levels, and depleting nutrient levels.

7. Try meditation techniques, fertility massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy to set yourself up to be in the best condition of your life and set the blueprint for the rest of your life. 

Give us a call to discuss your needs and find out more about how we can support you.

Samantha Farmer is a registered nutritional therapist (CNHC & BANT) with a keen interest in womens health, digestive issues and stress management. Her approach is in line with Functional Medicine, which focuses on the client, looking to re-balance all components that lead to optimum health.

For more information, or to contact Samantha, please see her website

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