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Nutrition is a key factor in fertility health. One of the best ways to either bring the body back into balance or maintain the balance that you have is through proper nutrition. According to Dr. Randine Lewis, approximately 12 percent of infertility cases in the US are due to body fat being too high or too low.

Eating right not only helps you to keep your body in balance but also helps to nourish and provide your body with the proper amount of vitamins and minerals that are needed in order to encourage the right environment for conception.

And once you conceive, you will need those same vitamins and minerals to help ensure that you have less pregnancy related issues along with supporting proper fetal growth and health.

Vitamins and minerals are very important in order to help you to achieve this, but even more important is being able to obtain these nutrients directly from the food you eat!

Traditional Chinese medicine takes the role of diet very seriously and encourages women to eat the right mixtures of foods in order to balance their bodies. Its important to balance tastes and flavors to provide yourself with the vital energy your body needs to absorb all the vitamins and mineral for your system.

According to Dr. Randine Lewis a noted expert in the field of reproductive medicine you should follow these suggestions:

1. Eat more alkaline then acidic foods.
Acidic foods can contribute to an acidic cervical mucus, which becomes less attractive to sperm searching for a home. This means chew your food well, and eat more of a plant based diet which will help those blood vessels become strong helping your uterus prepare for implantation.

2. Eat lots of essential fatty acids.
Try unprocessed plant sources and fish, non Hydrogenated oils, flax, eggs, soy, nuts and seeds, dark green veggies, beets, carrots cabbage and turnips to name a few.

3. Eat organic and food free of hormones.
Processed food has less nutrient value. Try lightly cooked veggies with rice and a small amount of hormone free meat.

4. Eat cruciferous veggies.
Broccoli and cabbage contain compounds that use estrogen more efficiently

5. Use a natural high potency multi-vitamin.
Vitamin A, C, E, B complex, zinc and selenium. These are all important for reproductive health. Plus iron, folic acid and b vitamin.

6. Eliminate Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.

7. Avoid over the counter medication.

8. Avoid too much stress, junk food, too little sleep or too much exercise.
Dr. Lewis says to give your body a chance to become as strong and healthy as possible so that you have the proper nourishment to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy.

Fertility Diet

The way you eat while you are trying to concieve not only helps to balance and prepare your body for conception, but it also helps to balance your body while you are pregnant. Everything that you do prior to conceiving has a direct effect on you during pregnancy and may determine the outcome and the health of your pregnancy.

Please click here to download this wonderful fertility diet information. It was compiled by my friend and colleague, Dr. Lorne Brown of Acubalane Wellness in Vancouver, BC.

Stress Reduction

Because both emotional and physiological stress can have a negative impact on the way your body functions, and compromise your fertility, It is very important to find a way that suits your lifestyle to reduce the stress load in your life for better fertility health.

If you are having a difficult time becoming pregnant whether you have a specific infertility diagnosis or not, you should really take a look at your lifestyle and consider where you can add or subtract some activities into your life in order to de-stress!

Look for ways that you can de-stress that work best for you! Make these a daily habit and work hard at sticking with it. Some examples are, mindfulness based meditation, yoga, qi gong and daily walks for some fresh air and emptying the mind. Most of these are free and don't require a great amount of time spent, but do require some personal commitment.

Also take a look at your habits and the way you think. Maybe there is some negativity to these methods and you could really benefit from changing your thought patterns.

For better fertility health, try the following:

Take 10-15 minutes a day to find a quit place where no one can interfere, no TV, no cell phone, no noise, no significant other. Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Start to focus on your breathing, in breath and out breath. Whenever some thoughts come up just return your mind to the breath, in and out. Don't judge, just relax into it, when a thought comes up just welcome it and return your mind to your breath. After you do this for 10-15 minutes over a period of time, you will lower your stress hormones, blood pressure and feel renewed and relaxed.

For more information on fertility health, please visit the Whole Family Health website at www.wholefamilyhealth.ca.
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