Fertility Quotient

To build a house we need a solid foundation, and that same principle applies to our body. Our cells are the foundation of our health, and if they cannot operate efficiently, the functioning of your tissues and organs will become compromised. Every day new cells are made to replace the ones that have become worn-out or damaged. Creating these new cells is derived from the nutrients in your food that help to protect these cells from damage and support your body's energy production.


Nutritional Strategies

Mindful eating, what you put into your body affects your cellular health and this includes the cells that make the egg and sperm. Nutritional deficiencies are a major contributor to fertility problems. 

Eat Whole Foods

Fresh vegetables, fruits, raw seeds and nuts, whole grains, lean grass fed free-range organic meats and dairy products (limited).

More Unsaturated Vegetable Oil

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help improve the body's sensitivity to insulin and cool inflammation, two trends that are good for fertility. Add in more vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, and cold-water fish such as salmon and sardines. Cut back on saturated fat.

Turn to Vegetable Protein

Replacing a serving of meat each day with beans, peas, soybeans or tofu, or nuts can improve fertility.

"Did you know that Magnesium and iron deficiency can play a role in missed conceptions"

Choose slow carbs

Choosing slowly digested carbohydrates that are rich in fiber, like whole grains, vegetables, whole fruits, and beans, instead of rapidly digested carbs can improve fertility by controlling blood sugar and insulin levels.

Make it (organic) whole milk

If you drink milk, choose whole milk while trying to get pregnant (skim milk appears to have a negative effect on fertility), or have a small dish of ice cream or full-fat yogurt every day.

Take a multi-vitamin

Getting extra folic acid (400 micrograms a day) before you get pregnant could actually help you start eating for two.

Get plenty of iron from plants, and include whole-grain cereals, spinach, beans, pumpkin, tomatoes, and beets, appears to promote fertility.

Drink to your health 

The best beverage for keeping your body hydrated is water. Coffee, tea, and alcohol are okay in moderation. But skip sugared sodas—they appear to promote ovulatory infertility.

Sources: The Fertility Diet, Fat, Carbs and the Science of Conception, Jorge Chavarro MD ScD, Walter C. Willett, MD, Dr. P.H., Patrick J. Skerrett, editor if Harvard Health Letter. Chavarro JE, Rich-Edwards JW, Rosner BA, Willett WC. Diet and lifestyle in the prevention of ovulatory disorder infertility. Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Nov;110(5):1050-8.

A 1982 article in Fertility and Sterility revealed taking guaifenesin---which includes expectorant-only over-the-counter medicines like Robitussin or Diabetic Tussin---improves cervical mucus when 200 to 400 mg is taken three times daily five days prior to ovulation (along with plenty of water throughout the day).


Fertility and Physical Activity

Weighing too much or too little can interrupt normal menstrual cycles, throw off ovulationor stop it altogether.

Combined with a balanced diet, regular exercise of almost any kind helps to elevate energy, stamina, and increase sexual desire. Just walking for 30 minutes a day has been reported to produce measurable benefits, even among those who are least active. It helps to maintain a healthy body weight that can raise your fertility quotient. Excess body fat can increase the amount of estrogen in your body, throwing the female fertility cycle out of balance.

Please note to consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. Too much exercise can stop female reproductive cycles (amenorrhea), which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to conceive a child. Long-term dieting or too much exercise lowers hormonal levels and in most cases decrease fertility in men and women. If you cannot reduce your training, you must increase your caloric intake if you want to conceive.



Natural Strategies for Male Fertility


Vitamin E is important for sperm motility and ability to penetrate egg. Food Sources: oily fish such as mackerel and salmon, nuts and seeds, wholegrain, eggs, and dark green vegetables.

Selenium is an important mineral for good sperm health and helps to improve sperm motility and testosterone. Food Sources: Brazil nuts (2 nuts day), avocado, shellfish, brown rice, oat, garlic, and onions.

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for good sperm health and stops sperm from clumping. Food Sources: Citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries and vegetables, including red pepper, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, melon, and watercress.

Vitamin B12 helps with sperm count and motility. Food Sources: meat, trout, salmon, eggs, and cheese such as Edam.

Zinc is considered one of the most important elements for sperm production. Its deficiency may lower testosterone. Food Sources: eggs, meat, fish, Oysters (1 a day) chicken, and pumpkin and sunflower seeds,

Folic acid is also important for sperm health. Food Sources: dark green vegetables, asparagus, avocado pear, beans, dried figs and lentils.

Arginine is important for sperm motility and increases your production of nitric oxide and blood flow. Food Sources: Pistachio Nuts contains very high concentrations of Arginine and have also be proven to help with erectile dysfunction

Carnation helps to stimulate sperm motility and count. Food Sources: beef, pork, lamb and dairy products.

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