Infertility? Here’s The Diet You Should Follow
One of the most ideal needs and wants for a man and a woman when they are married, is to start a family. Having a child of their own makes their small family complete and tends to bring them immense amount of happiness and satisfaction as well. But in many cases, while trying to conceive a child, there might be a few hindrances in the way. In some cases, infertility is that hindrance. Only women are not subjected to the complication of infertility, even men are, to a great extent. Sometimes, it can be one parent while on the other hand, it can be both. If you are suffering from infertility, it is often mentioned by doctors to follow a certain diet which might help with the condition along with certain medications.
Some of those foods are:Complex Carbs
Eating more complex carbs and limit to avoid the highly processed ones. The body digests carbohydrates like cookies, cakes, white bread and white rice quickly, and eventually turns them into blood sugar. To drive down the spike in blood sugar due to the digestion of these foods, the pancreas releases insulin into the bloodstream. However good carbohydrates like foods which contain fiber, such as all kinds of fruits, vegetables, beans and even whole grains are digested slowly and have a more slow and gradual effect on blood sugar and insulin. High insulin levels often inhibit ovulation.
Avoid all trans fats and eat more healthy unsaturated fats. Foods which are categorised as trans fats such as commercial baked and snacks, any kind of meat which is processed or even french fries increase the resistance of insulin in the body. Salmon, a type of fish is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids which has been proven to regulate the blood flow to the reproductive organs. Apart from salmon, even oysters have been known to increase libido. Apart from that, oysters can also be a great boost for fertility because they are filled with zinc, which increases the production of good-quality eggs.
Insulin also helps move the glucose from the bloodstream to the cells; resistance means it’s harder to move glucose into the cells. As the pancreas keeps pumping out more insulin anyway, it results is more insulin in your bloodstream. High insulin levels can cause a lot of metabolic disturbances that affect ovulation as well.
Get more protein from plant foods like beans and less from red meat. Various kinds of plant protein which comes from beans, nuts, seeds and tofu comes with a lot of healthy fats and is relatively low in calories and can be very helpful for weight loss. Beans are a lean protein and full of iron, which helps to increase fertility and libido. Many a times, low iron levels can result in anovulation, which is when ovulation does not produce a healthy egg.
Consume one or two servings of whole meal a day or any other full-fat dairy foods, such as yogurt, and any kind of low-fat or non fat dairy. ‘
Multivitamins and antioxidants
Take a daily multivitamin that contains at least 400 micrograms of folic acid and 40 to 80 milligrams of iron.
Vitamin D is needed extensively to help the body create sex hormones which affects ovulation and hormonal balance of your body. Eggs, fatty fish, dairy, and cod liver oil are major sources of Vitamin D. You can also get vitamin D from exposing our skin to the sun for 15 to 20 minutes per day, but absorption is often impacted by the darkness of your skin.
Vitamin E has been shown in various studies that it improves sperm health and motility in men. Vitamin E is also an important antioxidant which helps protect the sperm and egg DNA integrity. Sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, spinach, papaya, dark leafy greens are some of the major sources of Vitamin E.
Vitamin C is known to improve the hormone levels and also increase the fertility in women. When it comes to men, vitamin C has been proven to improve the sperm quality and protect sperm from any kind of DNA damage. Vitamin C also helps to keep sperm from clumping together, making them more motile. Red peppers, broccoli, cranberries, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, and citrus fruit are some sources of Vitamin C.
Lipoic acid is a very important antioxidant as it not only helps to protect the female reproductive organs but also has been shown to improve sperm quality and motility. Along with that it also helps the body to continually re-use the antioxidants in the body. Found in small amounts in potatoes, spinach and red meat.
Vitamin B6 might be used as a hormone regulator. It also helps to regulate blood sugars in the body, alleviating PMS and also might be useful in relieving symptoms of morning sickness. Found in banana, turkey, liver, cod, spinach, bell peppers, turnip greens, collard greens, garlic, cauliflower, mustard greens, celery, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts.
This vitamin has been shown to improve sperm quality and production in men. It also may help to boost the endometrium lining in egg fertilization, which decreases the chances of a miscarriage. Often found in clams, oysters, mussels, liver, caviar (fish eggs), fish, crab, lobster, beef, lamb, cheese, eggs.
Helps to protect the egg and sperm from free radicals and prevents miscarriage or any kind of birth defects. Found in high amounts in fish, yam, Brazil nuts, Pork, beef, cottage cheese, brown rice, eggs, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, banana, cashews, yogurt,
Drink coffee, tea and alcohol in limited quantities, and avoid sugary drinks entirely.
Exercise 30 to 60 minutes daily for management of weight.
Fruits such as figs increase fertility and also contain high amounts of iron, which are important for healthy eggs and ovulation. Berries are good at protecting the eggs various kinds of damage and aging with the amounts of antioxidants they contain. Strawberries have been linked to naturally stimulating a woman’s libido.
Vegetables: Dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, romaine, arugula, and broccoli are high in folate, a type of Vitamin B that has been proven to improve ovulation.
Drink lots of clean water: Make it a point to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of clean, purified or filtered water. It is best to avoid bottled water as some of the plastics in the bottle can hamper the hormonal imbalance due to their estrogen mimicking chemicals.
The Foods You Need To Avoid:
1. Soy Soy is proven to contain a compound very similar to estrogen which can cause estrogen levels to be too high and can often negatively affect fertility.
2. Alcohol Always limit your alcohol intake to a maximum of one or two servings of alcohol while trying to conceive.
3. Sugar Consuming increased amounts of refined sugar, such as high fructose corn syrup, can cause blood sugar spike which ultimately affects the reproductive system as well as the rest of the body negatively.
4. Saturated Fats Infertility can affect your body and your body can be affected by it as well. That is the reason, you and your partner should do everything possible to prevent infertility. If you do think that you are suffering from infertility, please visit us or book an appointment with us at Sunshine Hospitals and we will do our best in treating the condition so you can finally have the family you always wanted.
About The Doctor:
Dr Neerajavalli G is a renowned Gynaecologist and is well known for her laparoscopic surgeries and infertility treatments. Presently, she is practicing in the Gachibowli branch of Sunshine Hospitals.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.