I help people struggling with fertility by looking at the underlying causes and correcting them. Studies confirm addressing lifestyle factors – including nutrition, weight, exercise, psychological stress, as well as environmental and occupational exposure –could have substantial effects on fertility.
I fix these nutritional deficiencies by having patients take a multivitamin and other supplements and eating a whole food, low-glycemic-load, nutrient-rich, plant-based diet. Those strategies alone can have an enormous impact on fertility.
While I ultimately encourage you to work with a Functional Medicine doctor to address and correct these problems, I have found these seven strategies can help anyone (female and male) balance hormones, reverse infertility, and create abundant health.
Go low-glycemic. Take away processed and sugary foods and replace them with a low-sugar diet that includes plenty of good fats and lean animal protein. In my practice, I’ve found a high-fat, low-sugar diet becomes the best solution to reverse infertility. To detox from sugar, gluten, dairy, and other health-jeopardizing foods, try my The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, which provides a comprehensive, easy-to-follow plan in just 10 days.
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Implement supplements. The right nutrients benefit both men and women by increasing sperm count and otherwise decreasing infertility risk. One study found nutrients like L-carnitine, vitamins C and E, N-acetylcysteine, zinc, and coenzyme Q10 could increase male fertility four-fold. Other good nutrients to reduce infertility include vitamin D, fish oil, and B vitamins. You can find these and other supplements in my store.
Fix your gut. Researchers are discovering the wide-ranging roles gut microbes and optimal gut health contribute to obesity, PCOS, hormonal imbalances, and much more. Tend your inner garden with gut-supporting foods like fermented foods, as well as fiber and probiotics. If you suspect gut issues like leaky gut or IBS, work with a Functional Medicine practitioner to correct them.
Exercise regularly. Studies show increased physical activity and other lifestyle modifications become a first-line approach to managing PCOS. Consistent exercise can have profound effects on balancing hormones, reducing sugar cravings, and otherwise improving fertility. Whether you’re a newbie or a pro, you can find an easy-to-implement, effective exercise plan here.
Control stress. Among many other problems, prolonged, unremitting stress may lead to insulin resistance, diminished sex drive, and infertility.
Get sufficient sleep. Studies show sleep disturbances diminish women’s health and wellbeing and can contribute to infertility. Those are among the reasons why you want to aim for eight hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep every night.
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Reduce your environmental toxin exposure. Studies show environmental chemicals can knock hormones out of balance and contribute to infertility. Become more aware about how these chemicals impact you. For instance, if you drink bottled water, choose glass or clear, hard, durable plastic containers (versus soft, opaque, thin, easily bendable plastic). Soft plastics tend to release toxic chemicals, including phythalates and bisphenol A, which have been linked to hormonal disorders and infertility.
When many patients struggling with infertility initially visit me, they feel hopeless. Yet through the power of Functional Medicine, we can trace back what causes infertility and eventually reverse this condition.
If you have ever struggled with infertility, what strategies would you add to this list? Did you take a conventional or Functional Medicine approach to fixing it? And did you have success? Share your story below or on my Facebook inbox.
Wishing you health and happiness