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Important Diet Changes to Help Increase Your Fertility

A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, November 17, 2015

There are many factors that impact a person’s fertility that they have no control over. However, the food you eat can also have a significant impact on your fertility. Knowing what diet changes help with fertility can help you to make better decisions while trying to get pregnant.

Choose Carbs Wisely
Carbs are an important part of a balanced diet. However, it is important to eat complex carbs like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and to pass on processed foods. Cookies, candies, chips, and other processed foods are quickly turned into sugar in the body, causing high blood sugar levels. These levels can have an effect on ovulation. Additionally, eating complex carbs will have you feeling full longer and are a better source of energy.

Avoid Unhealthy Fats
All fats are not the same. There are healthy fats such as the ones found in avocados and fish, which are important for overall nutrition. Unhealthy fats such as trans fats and the fats found in processed foods can be harmful. In addition to causing weight gain, these unhealthy fats can also increase insulin production, which can negatively impact ovulation.

Eat Lean Protein
Protein is essential for your body. Selecting lean cuts of meats can make a world of difference in your dietary health. Other healthy sources of protein include beans, nuts, and tofu. These healthier options can also help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight for your height.

Take a Vitamin
Vitamins and minerals are essential to your body’s functions including your reproductive health. While eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can help to get nutrients, it can be difficult to meet your daily recommended doses without a multivitamin. A vitamin with folic acid provides the nutrition you need and also reduces the likelihood of birth defects. Taking a prenatal vitamin is suggested while trying to conceive.


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