Infertility is on the rise. According to a study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility in 2013, almost 1 in 6 couples in U.S. didn’t conceive a child within a year of trying.(1) Just one year earlier that number was 1 in 10 couples that couldn’t get pregnant. While most of us immediately think of expensive fertility treatment you can also naturally enhance fertility by choosing certain drinks and foods.
Whether you just want to get pregnant or you’re having trouble conceiving here are some simple steps you can take to naturally enhance fertility.
Expensive medical procedures aren’t the only way. There are effective drug-free, lifestyle-and-nutrition-based strategies that can significantly increase a chance of conceiving.
One of the key factors in male reproductive health is maintaining a healthy weight. Obesity is associated with decreased sperm production, decreased testosterone and sperm production.
As for women, understanding their periods by following the symptoms, frequency, and color can reveal a lot about the current state of hormones.
Here are some of the other top nutrition and lifestyle strategies to naturally enhance fertility:
1. Eat organic
Conventional food supply can contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals. So every time when possible eat organic food, especially fruits and vegetables.
2. Eat avocados
Avocados are a great choice for overall well-being and hormone balance for both men and women because of their high content of healthy fat. Some records show that eating avocado while undergoing IVF may triple a chance of becoming pregnant. Therefore it is highly recommended for women who are trying to conceive to eat avocados 2-3 times a week.
3. Avoid gluten
Women with celiac disease and gluten intolerance are more likely to experience nutritional deficiencies, chronic inflammation, imbalanced vaginal flora and gut dysbiosis. These all may impede getting pregnant. According to studies, women undergoing a fertility treatment, when gave up gluten, improved their chances of conceiving.
4. Get rid of caffeine
A cup of coffee in the morning may disturb your ability to balance blood sugar for 24 hours. On the other hand, three cups of caffeine daily can significantly impair fertility.
5. Balance blood sugar
Women who eat a high-glycemic-load diet are more likely to experience ovulatory infertility than women who are on low-glycemic-load diets. Foods with high-quality and complex carbohydrates help keep blood sugar in check. So if you want to naturally enhance fertility eat a diet rich in leafy green vegetables, beans, peas, legumes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.
6. Avoid endocrine disruptors
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are mostly found in a large number of everyday products such as makeup, body care products, colognes, air fresheners and household cleaning supplies. They contribute to fertility challenges for both men and women. To reduce exposure look for all-natural household cleaning products, avoid all kinds of products with synthetic fragrances, get rid of air fresheners and odor eliminators entirely, and skip lawn pesticides and herbicides.
7. Support your adrenals
One of the most common hormonal imbalances in women today is adrenal fatigue. Well-supported and healthy adrenal system is essential for conceiving. Balancing blood sugar and eliminating caffeine both help support the adrenals. So practice restorative exercise, activities that relax you and high-quality sleep.
8. Track out food sensitivities
Food allergens contribute to leaky gut syndrome, stress the GI tract, and tell the immune system to go into overdrive. This can divert the body’s resources away from supporting a pregnancy. It can also lead to the malabsorption of nutrients that play a crucial role in fertility.
9. Try Acupuncture
Acupuncture paired with in vitro fertilization can significantly increase conception rates. It may do this by reducing stress, helping support the endocrine system, and increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs. It’s also beneficial for women who are struggling to conceive because they have polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS.
It may also help men by increasing sperm production.
10. Take Supplements
Women who are trying to conceive should add magnesium and high-quality B vitamin. Men may benefit from selenium, zinc, and CoQ10.