Nutrition is a form of treatment able to work the symptoms by addressing the underlying cause of the problem as well as to work on prevention. Both you and your partner should follow the dietary recommendations to increase your fertile ability. Healthy diet is very important for a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. Some products can help to correct hormone imbalances but certain foods and drinks are able to lower fertility.
Alcohol can reduce fertility by half and influence harmfully both partners. The chances to conceive depend on the week portion of alcohol. Those who drink less than five glasses of wine per week have much higher chances to get pregnant compared with those who drank more.
Alcohol lowers sperm count, increases abnormal sperm and decrease sperm motility. Alcohol also prevents absorption of nutrients such as zinc.
It was proved that caffeine decreases fertility, especially it concerns coffee. Just one cup of coffee a day can reduce your chances of conceiving by half. The more coffee you drink, the more problems with sperm count and motility you have. Except coffee such products as colas, chocolate, black teas also contain caffeine. Exclude all caffeine-containing food and drinks for at least three months if you want to increase your chances to conceive.
Smoking has destroying impact on fertility ability in women. It can even cause early menopause. Smoking men have problems with sperm count, its motivity, and increased number of abnormal sperm.
Xenoestrogens are essentially environmental oestrogens. They can cause an imbalance in your hormonal system. The main sources of xenoestrogens are pesticides and the plastic industry. Buy organic produce to avoid xenoestrogens for the pre-conceptual period.
The Hormone-balancing Diet
1. Consume as much fruits and vegetables as possible.
2. Include in your diet complex carbohydrates like wholegrains (brown rice, oats, wholemeal bread).
3. Prefer organic foods where possible
4. Add phytoestrogens to your daily ration, such as beans (lentils, chickpeas) and Soya products.
5. Eat oily foods: fish, nuts, seeds and oils.
6. Restrict usage of saturated fat from dairy products, etc.
7. Make sure you daily ration contain enough fluids.
8. Increase your intake of fibre.
9. Avoid additives, preservatives and chemicals such as artificial sweeteners.
10. Reduce your intake of caffeine.
11. Reduce or avoid alcohol.
12. Decrease sugar on its own and hidden in foods.