Natural ways to improve fertility: 5 evidence-based actions
29 Apr 2022
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In India, 1 in 6 couples struggle with infertility. While there are a variety of medical options available today, every couple should also try natural ways to improve fertility. This not only increases your chances of a healthy conception and pregnancy. It also improves overall health and well-being.

1. Eat an alkalizing fertility diet

Most women know they should be eating ‘healthy’ when trying to get pregnant.  But, not many have an idea of the pH of their diet. They also don’t know whether they are eating an acidic or alkaline diet.

For eg: vinegar is acidic and baking soda is alkaline. Our bodies have a pH of 7.36 which is slightly alkaline.

Now, if you eat a highly acidic diet, then you may be making your body more acidic. This happens when you eat more meat, dairy products, sugar, wheat, white flour baked foods like pasta, caffeine, trans-fats, and food additives found in most packaged foods. Stress also makes your system very acidic by disrupting your body’s pH balancing mechanisms.

Acidic pH helps the disease-causing microorganisms inside your body to run amok. This interferes with the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals, including those responsible for hormonal balance. This causes infertility as well as reproductive tract infections.

An acidic diet also makes your cervical mucus acidic. Sperm can’t thrive for long in an acidic environment, increasing chances of infertility.

To alkalize your body, eat more lean green alkalizing vegetables. Eating at least one large salad per day is a good way to start.

A fertility diet should support your body in its reproductive efforts and includes foods which are dense in nutrients. It gives you:

•    More antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which help protect the egg from damage due to free-radicals.

•    Supports your reproductive system by providing the fats needed for hormone production and function.

•    Is rich in vitamin –B12 or folate and iron, important nutrients for early pregnancy.

2. Find the right supplements for fertility 

A number of nutrients are needed to support ovulation, hormonal balance, egg health, and other processes. A deficiency can result in lack of ovulation, poor egg health and many other fertility issues.

Anaemia due to low iron, B12 and B6 can cause ovulation to stop, and a deficiency in zinc, an important mineral for fertility, affects egg health. Optimum level of vitamin C is also linked to egg health.

3. Having more juices and smoothies

For those who are juiced up on caffeine, it’s important to turn to real juices, soups and smoothies. While whole foods are always better than juiced fruits, juices are a good replacement for tea and coffee, and also help your stay hydrated.

You should thus be focusing on including a lot of raw vegetables- whether eating them raw or juicing for re-alkalizing your body.

4. Antioxidants are your best friends

Antioxidants are important as they boost your egg health by saving them from “free radical” damage. Free radicals damage cellular health and the DNA within your eggs.

The ovum or egg is one of the longest living cells in your body as all the eggs in your ovary are born when you were a foetus and only mature as years pass. This means they are also more exposed to free radicals and get damaged.

5. Try alternative therapies with trusted experts

Implantation of the embryo in the uterus is one aspect of IVF that weighs heavy on a woman’s mind as many times embryos are rejected by the uterus.

You become pregnant only after a successful implantation. The time leading up to transference of the embryo into your womb is ideal for focusing on relaxing your uterus and nervous system. Acupuncture, the Chinese needle cure is showing great results in calming and supporting the uterus to facilitate successful implantation.

Finally, when it comes to true healing, you should look at your body as a whole instead of “treating” just infertility. This is where mind-body therapies come in. Studies have shown a dramatic increase in IVF success rates for those who participated in a mind-body program like meditation prior and during their IVF procedure. So, go for more relaxing walks, meditate, and do something you like to improve your fertility health.

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