Using Nutrition to Treat Fertility/Infertility in Encino
Nutrition for Infertility
Maintaining a proper diet and optimal body weight are key factors in preventing infertility. Absorbing your nutrients through fresh, whole food options and maintaining a balanced diet including ones essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemical work in unison to promote optimal reproductive health. Even a corrective diet can reverse infertility cause by nutrient based deficiencies.
Nutrition for Preventing Infertility
All foods are made up of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, which are chemical compounds derived from plants or fruits.
Protein based foods repair cells and produce hormones. Amino acids, found in proteins are necessary for proper growth and function of a woman’s eggs and reproductive hormones. Both women and men need 60-70 grams of protein per day, spread throughout the day for maximum absorption. The best resources for protein are found in poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, brown rice, seeds and quinoa. Too much protein, however, can deplete your body’s stores of calcium.
Fats or fatty acids are used to create hormones, transport cholesterol and help reduce inflammation. Unpasteurized butter, coconut oil, nuts and seeds all have good unsaturated fats. Saturated fats, found in meat and dairy products, should be kept to a minimum.
Carbohydrates provide the body with fuel and energy. Carbs are found in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, which also provide fiber, as well as natural sugars. Fiber assists with bowel movements, which help rid the body of old hormones, waste and toxins.
Fruits and Vegetables
Eating plenty of vegetables and fruit should supply sufficient vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Dark leafy greens are excellent sources of these vital nutrients.
The human body depends on water. Alcohol, coffee and caffeinated tea increase the body’s need for water. When dehydrated, the body increases its production of cholesterol, which surrounds cells to seal in and conserve water. This inhibits nutrients from entering the cells and traps toxins inside the cells. The ovaries and testes are of the first organs to have the water cut off from them when the body becomes dehydrated. Hence infertility.
How Does a Woman’s Weight Affect Infertility?
Twelve percent of all infertility cases are the result of a woman either weighing too little or too much. When overweight, a woman’s body produces too much estrogen and can react as if it is on birth control, reducing the chances of getting pregnant. A woman with too little body fat can’t produce enough estrogen and her reproductive cycle begins to shut down. Also causing infertility.
How Does a Man’s Weight Affect Infertility?
Men with optimal weight had higher semen volume and higher levels of normal sperm than those who were either overweight or underweight. Low sperm count or motility dramatically reduces the chances of the sperm reaching and penetrating the egg.
Often an increase in intake of alcohol, tobacco, prescription or nonprescription drugs, or a surplus to environmental contaminants can greatly reduce sperm production. Excessive heat in the testicular area can also be effective.
Nutrition also affects sperm health. Vitamins E and selenium can help improve sperm counts and quality. Vitamin C supplementation can improve the sperm quality of smokers. Ferulic acid, an antioxidant found in Dong quai, can enhance sperm quality. It is best to take different antioxidants together at the same time for maximum benefit. Our Encino nutritionist can best diagnose and dictate what quantity is best for your situation, or one of our Encino acupuncturists who prescribes Chinese herbs can best prescribe alternate supplements for your concerns.
Zinc and B vitamins are critical for sperm formation and motility and hormone metabolism. Folic acid and/or zinc sulfate treatment can increase sperm counts in subfertile men by 74 percent. The amino acid L-carnitine is critical in the formation of healthy, active sperm. Consuming omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, evening primrose and flaxseed, contributes to healthier cell membranes, including sperm.
Diabetes also can result in infertility. Semen samples from diabetics show DNA damage. Diabetics have a significant decrease in their ability to repair sperm DNA. Once this is damaged, it can’t be restored. Sperm DNA quality is tied to low embryo implantation rates, decreased embryo quality and higher miscarriage rates.
Basic Guidelines For An All Natural Fertility Diet
Eat plenty of organic vegetables and fruits, remember to accurately read your labels. Ask our Encino nutritionist what to look out for, so you’re correctly purchasing organic produce.
Eat organic, grass-fed, whole fats and raw dairy all the time if possible, if not, as much as you can. Farm to table preferred in most best case scenarios.
When eating fish, try to eat mostly cold water fish, getting in your essential fatty acids.
Choose meat that is Grass Fed and Organic, free of added hormones and antibiotics which can contaminate ones estrogen levels. Grass Fed meats are also a great source of fatty acids.
Choose only free range/Organic chicken. When shopping look for key words like “cage free”, “free range” and “organic” on the labels.
Eat only grains in their whole, natural form. These natural fibers will hep the body get rid of excess hormones while maintaining your blood sugar.
Eat high fiber foods with each meal to help regulate y our blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Avoid refined sugars or fruit juices, unless freshly juiced, which can through off your blood sugar levels and decrease your immune system.
Drink lots of water – at least have your body weight in ounces.