“The 5 Essential Keys to Optimizing Fertility and Significantly Increasing Your Chances of Getting Pregnant.”
Your overall health and wellness may be affecting your ability to conceive. If you’ve been trying to have a baby, consider natural methods to improve your general health, and in turn boost your fertility.
Often, fertility issues can be resolved through simple diet and lifestyle changes. You can improve your health naturally with the following five essentials that optimize fertility.
1) Decrease Systemic Inflammation
Many people suffer from chronic inflammation in some part of their body. It is common for tissue to become inflamed due to an injury or infection, but inflammation can be caused by other factors in your body as well. Signs of inflammation include pain, endometriosis, fatigue, insomnia, PCOS, and digestive difficulties. Left untreated it can lead to a variety of serious chronic health problems including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and infertility. If you have signs of inflammation, making a few adjustments can enhance your fertility.
- Remove endocrine disrupting chemical cleaners and body care products from your environment.
- Increase your intake of antioxidants and essential fatty acids and reduce alcohol, sugar and preservatives to improve your body’s elimination of toxins, and enhance fertility.
2) Reduce Stress
Managing stress and maintaining a consistent sleep and meal schedule will help balance your hormones, adrenals and thyroid and in turn support your reproductive system. Yoga and meditation are useful for helping keep both physical and emotional stress under control and have been shown to lower the body’s inflammatory response. Invest time on a daily basis to calm your nervous system and prepare your body for conception.
3) Include Nutrient Dense Food and Support Your Digestion.
Eating nutrient dense foods will not only improve your odds of conceiving, it will also improve your odds of giving birth to a healthy baby. Make a habit of preparing your meals at home whenever possible. Dark green leafy vegetables are an important part of every diet as well as raw nuts and seeds. Avoid highly processed foods and instead opt for fresh, raw organic fruits and vegetables. Choose organic meats and wild fish in an effort to avoid ingesting synthetic hormones and chemicals that can disrupt your endocrine system. Nutrition also plays an important role in your body’s inflammatory response. Gluten, dairy products, trans fats and corn for example, can all contribute to inflammation. Don’t forget to supplement your diet with appropriate probiotics and enzymes as well. By improving the health of your intestinal flora (the beneficial bacteria in your intestines), you’ll start to notice a trend toward better health. As your health improves, your chances of conceiving and carrying a healthy baby to term will too!
4) Increase Your Circulation
Moderate exercise of about 20-30 minutes per day can increase your heart rate and improve the blood circulation throughout your body. Blood takes nutrients to your body’s cells and removes waste for excretion. Improving your blood flow can help detoxify your body and reduce your body’s inflammatory response, thereby promoting fertility. Walking, jogging, swimming or any type of exercise that involves repetitive movements of your arms and legs will also improve your mood and help your body secrete endorphins (natural painkillers that decrease inflammation in your body). If you’re hoping to boost fertility, regular moderate exercise is an important consideration!
5) Book Regular Treatments with Professionals Experienced in Treating Fertility Patients.
Finally, acupuncture and massage therapy, in combination with the lifestyle advice above, are remarkably effective for enhancing fertility. Expect to visit your acupuncturist and massage therapist for regular appointments while trying to conceive. Acupuncture is a gentle treatment that helps address imbalances that are impeding conception, as well as reducing the side effects of conventional fertility treatments. Massage therapy is also a gentle and non-invasive treatment to calm the nervous system, increase blood circulation to your reproductive organs, and balance your hormones. Choose an acupuncturist who is trained in fertility. FABORM-certified Dr. Jeda Boughton and her team of skilled practitioners focus on reproductive medicine. We work closely with our local fertility clinics’ reproductive endocrinologists and we understand what your body needs to improve fertility.
If you have any questions related to your health and fertility, please call us 604-733-2632 or book a Free Consultation with one of our fertility specialists.