Having fertility problems?

fruit-veg-heartIf you’ve been trying to conceive for a while without success, it may be a good idea to look at your diet and lifestyle. As it takes two, nutritional recommendations for both partners include eating plenty of fruit and green veg such as broccoli, kale and spring greens; wholegrains like wholemeal bread and pasta, brown rice and oats; plenty of pulses and beans; and oily foods like salmon, mackerel, nuts, avocado, pumpkin seeds and linseeds. Drink plenty of mineral or filtered water, herbal teas and diluted fruit juice and exercise regularly to help regulate oestrogen levels and relieve stress. Zinc is one of the most important minerals for reproduction – it’s needed to use reproductive hormones efficiently and for healthy sperm. Best food sources are poultry, fish, seafood (especially oysters!), eggs, pumpkin seeds, nuts and wholegrains. Decrease the amount of saturated fat you eat so reduce red and processed meat and eat organic foods as much as possible to reduce your body’s toxic load. Stop smoking, which is linked to infertility in women and decreased sperm count in men, and cut out alcohol and caffeine, which deplete many vital nutrients, especially zinc, and reduce fertility in both sexes. Do contact me if you would like help in enhancing your fertility through a comprehensive nutritional programme.

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Claudia Williamson Registered Nutritional Therapist DipION, FdSc, mBANT, mCHNC Tunbridge Wells, Kent