5. Foods That Help With Fertility
The Mediterranean diet can help with both fertility and IVF outcomes. It is primarily plant based, with the exception of healthy fats, fish and limited dairy and meat intake. Jen Walpole, an expert nutritionist, recommends 6-8 portions of vegetables and 2-3 portions of fruit daily in order to maintain the Mediterranean diet. Jen also states that a good plate would have a mix of vegetables of all different colours, a portion of protein which can either be legumes, beans, tofu, salmon or chicken, half a cup of any grains and small portion of healthy fats like avocados, olives or nuts.
The good thing about the Mediterranean diet is that it is not the kind of fad diet we think of when we hear the word ‘dieting’. It simply means that you can eat from a wide range of natural ingredients and that most of your meals will be home-cooked. This all sounds great, but how does consuming this type of food help with fertility?
Diet plays an important role in the healthy production and function of sperm and eggs. The Mediterranean diet is highly recommended to men as it can improve sperm quality. As a plus, this diet can also help with weight control which deters diabetes, which is known to negatively impact fertility. Obesity is also linked to sperm damage and abnormal morphology, which can increase the risk of baby loss.
In general, it is good to analyse the ways that you could help to improve your fertility through food. For women, diet can affect ovulation, egg heath and the womb’s environment. For men, diet can alter sperm DNA, sperm morphology, concentration and mortality. These things can all have an impact on the likelihood of baby loss.
Jen Walpole can give you a specific and personal diet plan to help you improve your fertility. For a 10% discount on an initial consultation and follow up package with Jen, quote the code ‘FHH’ to redeem when booking.
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