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      Foods And Herbs To Improve Fertility

    • Parenthood is one of the most remarkable stages of life; however not always easy. Reproduction is a complex process and depends on several factors. As well established, the organs' health of the body is deeply affected by both heredity as well as lifestyle. Unfortunately, men's and women's reproductive health is affected due to disturbed lifestyles and increasing disorders at an early age. However, before moving on to the advanced treatments, certain dietary modifications can improve fertility in both men and women. 

      As per a survey, it is noted that 1 out of 10 women faces the problem of infertility. If you are looking for ways to conceive naturally, you can opt for conventional ways like foods and herbs to improve your fertility.

      Table Of Contents

      1. What Is Infertility?

      2. What Are The Causes Of Infertility

      3. Superfoods To Boost Fertility

      4. Kitchen Herbs To Boost Fertility

      5. The Final Say

      6. FAQs

      What Is Infertility?

      Infertility is an inability to conceive. There are many reasons why someone can not conceive. It is not specifically a problem for women; several men also go through infertility issues. 

      What Are The Causes Of Infertility?

      Any minor damage to the ovaries, fallopian and uterus can affect the process of getting pregnant. Apart from blocked fallopian tubes in women and low sperm count in men, leading an unhealthy and stressful life is one of the causes of not being able to conceive. 

      1. Age Barrier

      Age can be the most significant factor when one is trying to conceive. As you age, it becomes difficult to get pregnant. A woman's fertility reduces after 30, and in men, fertility decreases after 40. 

      Related causes:

      • Less number of eggs 
      • An odd number of chromosomes
      • other health issues 

      2. Failure To Ovulate

      Having an irregular ovulation cycle can be a significant factor in pregnancy. This is because the menstrual cycle, when the ovary does not release an egg, hinders the process of ovulation.

      Related causes:

      • Irregular periods
      • Very heavy or light periods
      • A lack of periods (amenorrhea)
      • A lack of cervical mucus
      • An irregular basal body temperature

      3. Structural Deformity Of Uterus 

      A deformed uterus is a rare condition in which the uterus is heart-shaped instead of round. The hollow space in our uterus is made to expand according to the growing baby during pregnancy. If you have a deformed uterus, the top of your uterus is separated by a piece of tissue. 

      This separation has various degrees and will define the intensity of the problem during pregnancy as your uterus may not fully expand. A deformed uterus reduces the chances of conception.

      4. Structural Damage To Organs

      Fallopian tubes are a very delicate part of our ovaries. It is the place where the eggs fertilise. A female with one viable fallopian tube still has a favourable chance of getting pregnant. But in case if both the tubes are blocked, the treatment is complex.

      Some of the diseases by which the fallopian tube can be damaged are: 

      • Pelvic inflammatory disease
      • Sexually transmitted diseases

      5. Over-Exercising

      Strenuous exercise can immensely impact your body when there is an energy deficit. If your energy intake is insufficient to complete the body's basic functions, you are in an energy deficit. 

      Our reproductive system is highly fragile to energy deficit. Body weight and body fat have a bearing on female fertility. According to research BMI of 20-24.9 should be maintained for proper ovulation and optimal fertility.

      Superfoods To Boost Your Fertility

      1. Sunflower Seeds

      Sunflower seeds aid in fertility for both genders. Incorporating sunflower seeds can help in maintaining the sperm count. In addition, it contains vitamin E, folate, Omega- 3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which are helpful to boost fertility. 

      2. Citrus Foods

      Fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruit help in boosting fertility. They are packed with vitamins which regulate ovulation and create a healthy environment for eggs. As a result, it can improve female hormone levels and sperm count in males.

      3. Mature Cheeses

      Cheese like parmesan, cheddar, and manchego contains polyamine that improves fertility if consumed in the correct quantity. Polyamine plays a pivotal role in reproductive health. But consuming cheese in the right proportion is important because it contains calories and fats.

      4. Asparagus

      Asparagus is considered a superfood that is packed with folic acid. It contains glutathione, an antioxidant that improves egg quality. One cup of asparagus gets you more than half of your daily recommended dose of folic acid, plus all your daily Vitamin K.

      Kitchen Herbs To Boost Fertility

      Here are some kitchen herbs to boost your fertility.

      1. Turmeric 

      Curcumin found in turmeric helps in protecting the sperm and eggs from damage. Meanwhile, it also supports the reproductive organs that are responsible for producing and balancing hormones. Protecting these important cells from damage can prevent miscarriage, birth defects, etc.

      2. Cinnamon

      Cinnamon is a warm spice that improves fertility in both genders. It regulates menstrual flow hence increasing the chances of getting pregnant. You can sprinkle cinnamon powder in your meal to boost fertility. 

      3. Garlic

      Garlic is a medicinal herb that gives the required strength to conceive. Garlic is recommended for both. It can stimulate ovulation and prevent chromosomal defects. However, it is recommended to consume it in moderation as it can increase the risk of miscarriage. 

      4. Cayenne

      Cayenne is a pepper known for its various health benefits. Consumption of cayenne in small amounts does not cause harm to the foetus. Therefore, you can include cayenne pepper in your meal to boost your fertility.

      5. Nettles

      Nettles are a herb that improves fertility, prevents miscarriages and has many health benefits. They are full of vitamins A, C, D, and K. By consuming this tea, women can boost their calcium, potassium, iron, and sulphur levels. 

      The Final Say

      Taking good nutrition and living stress-free lives are vital for a healthy body and reproductive system. Reach out to your doctor before consuming herbs or any supplements. After all, being cautious is the only key when dealing with infertility.

      FAQs

      1. What causes infertility?

      As there are multiple factors affecting fertility, the most common ones are: 

      • Age-related problems 
      • Ovulation problems 
      • Abnormal sperm in men 
      • Sperm disorder

      4. What are the foods that boost fertility?

      Every food group plays a vital role in improving fertility. For example, sunflower seeds, cooked tomatoes, citrus fruits, beans and lentils, mature cheeses, asparagus, oysters, yams, etc., are some common foods that support boosting fertility.

      3. What are the natural ways to boost fertility?

      Increasing physical activity, reducing stress, saying no to alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight, are some methods for women and men to improve fertility.

      4. What are the symptoms of infertility?

      Abnormal periods, dark or pale menstrual blood, hormonal changes, being overweight or underweight, etc., are some of the symptoms in women. 

      Low sperm count, age-related problems, and medical conditions are some of the symptoms in men.

       

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