Nutrition and its role in your fertility journey
Nutrition is considered to be one of the “4 Pillars” of health, the others being exercise, sleep and stress management. Every mouthful of food you take has the potential to impact on your health positively or otherwise. What you eat, when you eat and how you eat it can affect your digestion, immunity, energy levels and importantly your endocrine system; your hormones.
Good nutrition can not only improve health and hormonal problems, it plays an essential role in creating and maintaining healthy eggs and sperm that will go onto fertilise, and develop into a healthy baby.
Recent research also indicates that, by improving the quality of sperm and egg cells, the health of any children you produce can be enhanced, and potentially that of their offspring too!
We all know that person with the unhealthiest lifestyle who seems to fall pregnant just by saying the word! But for many women it just isn’t that simple and unfortunately modern life is working against us. We are exposed to more chemicals in today’s environment than ever before, potentially creating disruptive free radicals damaging the delicate sperm and eggs within our bodies.
Combining this with the increased stress levels experienced and various other lifestyle factors many people are contending with, it’s no wonder that more couples are experiencing fertility problems. Some people are simply more susceptible to one or all of these issues, underlining the need for professional
guidance, tailor made to individual needs and circumstances.
The right nutritional support can help address each of these, providing the antioxidants to combat those free radicals and the necessary nutrients to support and improve cell health and hormonal status. Everybody’s idea of a ‘healthy diet’ seems to be different with so much conflicting advice – should it be low fat, low carb, vegan, pescatarian??? Do I need supplements?
The fact is everyone is different and whilst there are some general rules we should all try and follow, your biological make up, lifestyle, health and medical history will guide what the optimum ‘healthy diet’ should mean for you. For more detailed personal advice on how diet and lifestyle can help, get in touch to arrange your free 15 minute discovery call.
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