Zita West fertility supplements, nutrition tips & more
When you’re going through fertility treatment, you want to give it your best shot (excuse the pun). We know first-hand how much time, effort, energy and money can be spent ‘getting it right’. So, we’re delighted to hear from world-renowned Zita West (former midwife, fertility acupuncturist and nutritionist), who gives her top tips on holistic wellbeing (nutrition and what to look for in fertility supplements), when trying to conceive.
Years ago, Zita became aware that all of the body’s systems are linked: you need to nourish the body both physically and emotionally for it to work at its best, and this is never truer than when it comes to fertility.
In 2001 she opened the Zita West Clinic in London (fertility clinic), with the specific mission to help support people to get into the best shape possible for fertility and pregnancy. In addition, she created her own range of vitamins and mineral supplements for male and female fertility, pregnancy and the postnatal period. Then, in 2011, they launched their first IVF programme which has gone on to prove incredibly successful.
I (Eloise) personally took Zita’s female fertility supplements throughout my IVF cycles and pregnancies, and it’s brilliant to be sharing her guidance on what to look for – especially if you suffer from PCOS, endometriosis or many other fertility-related issues. Zita is also offering our readers an exclusive discount across all her supplements – read on for the code and to find out her top nutrition tips for a healthy conception.
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www.zitawest.com | @zita.west
I really believe that nutrition lays the foundations for healthy eggs and sperm and that by building key nutrients in the three months before conception, you will get the reserves needed to grow a healthy baby. The maturing egg, sperm, endometrium (womb lining) and foetus depend upon nutrients for development and egg and sperm quality can be improved through nutrition. So, if your diet contains too many environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals – like trans-fats, refined sugars, or excess additives – or is depleted of nutrients, then research shows an individual’s fertility can be significantly affected.
Most women have problems balancing their blood sugars and, during reproductive years, these are ruled by their moods, foods and hormones. Imbalanced blood sugars play havoc with fertility and hormones: so slow-releasing carbohydrates can help. The way we eat today is typically on the run; often not spending enough time chewing and digesting our food, and eating late into the evening. Eating like this leaves a lot of women with digestive problems because they are not absorbing nutrients properly. It’s an all-too-common feature of modern couples’ hectic lifestyles, in which there are often other sources of stress, too, and stress robs the body of essential nutrients needed for hormone production.
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So What’s Needed for Healthy Conception?
Protein, fats and carbohydrates are needed. Fruit and vegetables are also necessary to protect against free radical damage, to which eggs and sperm are sensitive. Wholesome traditional foods provide a good balance of what you need. There are too many food fads today that exclude some of these key nutritional building blocks – including low-fat foods, as well as foods known to have detrimental effects for fertility.
My Top Tips:
- Keep It simple – apply small tweaks over a period of time
- Avoid the tyranny of the ‘shoulds’ – it’s important to feel that you’re doing something because you want to, not because you should
- Allow yourself treats
- Allow yourself to slip up – it’s very hard to be good all of the time.
In an ideal world, we would derive all the nutrients we need from the food that we eat and the lifestyle we live. However, as this ideal becomes increasingly difficult to attain, I think that female and male fertility supplements should form an essential part of any plan when trying to conceive.
The Western population shows an increasing trend towards large-scale deficiencies in iron, folic acid and magnesium; omega-3 fats; and vitamin D. There are two main reasons why. First, modern farming and processing techniques deplete food of essential nutrients. Second, modern lifestyles expose us to more toxins and chronic stress and keep us indoors and away from natural sunlight (which we need to manufacture vitamin D). The net result is that many of us need to take supplements to put our bodies back in balance.
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