Ever wonder how your diet could be influencing your fertility? As part of Be Fertile month, we are focusing on several areas of health that research has shown can effect your fertility. Some of these factors include: poor diet, physical activity levels, and stress. 
 
How can I improve my diet, so my body is fertile? What foods should I eat? What kinds of foods should I avoid?
 
There are many issues that can arise from a poor diet such as nutrient deficiencies, a lack of good fats, and poor blood sugar management. Lifestyle factors like chronic stress, poor diet and even some medications (e.g some antibiotics and contraceptive pills) can deplete our body of essential nutrients needed for optimal reproductive status. According to Pathways’s “Making Healthy Babies; your 10-Step Action Plan”, research has shown that contraceptive pills can alter the absorption of several key nutrients needed for fertility. These nutrients include the vitamins A, B family, C, E, K, as well as folic acid, biotin, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc and copper. Lack of these important nutritional components can lead to poor fertility outcomes.
 
In additon to these nutrients, diets rich in good fats, antioxidants and protein are a neccesity for good reproductive health. They help to build, repair, and protect our body. In particular, good fats such as mono- and polyunsaturated fats are important for fertility since they can encourage healthy ovulation and decreases factors that can disrupte the reproductive system such as  inflammation and inconsistent blood sugar levels. 
 
 Some great food goods to incorporate into your diet for replenishing or maintaining these vital components are: 
 
-Eggs (Vit D, B12, Protein)
-Nuts and Seeds  (Omega 3, protein)
-Grass-Feed Meats (Omega 3, Iron, B12 and Protein)
-Dark Leafy Veggies (Iron, Folic acid, Vit B6, and Vit E)
-Fruit (Vit C, Antioxidants, Flavanoids)
-Colorful Veggies (Vit B6, Vit C)
– Uncontaminated Fish and Shellfish (Vit D, Omega 3, Zinc, Selenium and Co Q10)
-Lentils and Beans (Iron, Fiber, Folic acid, Protein)
 
*Don’t forgot to go organic! Try to limit the amount of non-organic foods in your diet to reduce the exposure to insecticides, fungicdes and other toxins.  For example: endosulfan, a organochloride pesticde, that can be used on fruit, can disrupt your endocrine system. This chemical, categorized as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) mimic endocrine hormones like estrogen and can disrupt the reproductive process; thus, increasing your risk for infertility.
 
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