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How Your Diet Affects Fertility

There are many at-home methods to be used that can increase your chances of a successful transfer. As always, check with your doctor before trying any of these methods. It is always good to begin with a healthy, well-balanced diet.

Studies have shown that pesticides can affect estrogen and other hormones. So, if your wallet can afford it, buying as much organic fruits and vegetables, can help increase the chances of fertility. Here is a list of the most pesticide laden produce that you may want to consider buying organic. They are known as the dirty dozen. Other than organic produce, it’s important to know howto shop for food. For example, buying wild-caught fish rather than farm-raised is a good option. Some farm-raised fish have higher levels of antibiotics and carcinogenic chemicals. Being educated about where the fish you purchase comes from, can help in the decision between farm-raised or wild-caught fish. Just ask the manager of your market. Fish are rich in omega-3s and can help reduce inflammation and promote implantation.

Also, foods rich in vitamins B, E and C are crucial in the prevention of birth defects and help absorb other healthy nutrients such as iron. Iron is an important nutrient for women who become pregnant or want to become pregnant. Grapefruits, kiwis, red peppers and kale are great sources of this much needed nutrient.

Don’t forget to take your vitamins and supplements! As always, ask your doctor before beginning a vitamin regimen.

Surprisingly enough, there are foods that can have a negative impact on fertility. Be cautious of processed meats that can increase inflammation and contain additives. Steer clear of refined sugar and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a big risk factor related to infertility, and is overall unhealthy. And, of course alcohol which is associated with a number of disorders, should be avoided at all cost.

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