When it comes to falling pregnant, sometimes it’s the simple things that are the most important. Once any structural issues or disease states are rules out, difficulty in falling pregnant can come down to the levels of specific nutrients that are required to facilitate the growing embryo.
The Fertility Rollercoaster
When trying for a baby, couples can come up against any number of issues that are frustrating and that they just don’t understand (sound familiar?). Here are a few common ones:
- Failed attempts at IVF
- An irregular period, and not understanding if and when they ovulate
- Difficulties cause by endometriosis or polycystic ovaries
- Low sperm count, or damaged sperm
Being told that “everything seems ok… just keep trying”, yet after months of “keeping on trying” coupled with the high costs of IVF and still no positive result, you can be left feeling deflated, defeated and hopeless. But don’t give up yet, these is still hope.
A Combined Approach
During what can feel like a fertility rollercoaster ride, it’s important to take stock of your health from a holistic point of view. Below we cover the main points to keep in check and simple, yet effective ideas on doing so.
Checks and Balances
In most men and women, fertility is a natural by-product of a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes though, even when we think we are leading a healthy lifestyle, there can be nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and toxic overload occurring in the body that we aren’t aware of.
Pathology, blood and hormone testing are ways in which simple deficiencies can be found. There are over 170 different vitamin, mineral, hormone and toxin levels that can be checked, and the results may paint a clearer picture as to why things are not going as planned. As each individual brings with them their own set of health variables, it is recommended to see your local naturopath or fertility specialist to have your levels checked and balanced through a fertility health.
Nourish Your Body
Eating nutrient dense, whole foods is key in leading a healthy, fertile lifestyle. When we say whole foods, think fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, seeds and herbs. These foods are packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as zinc, selenium and antioxidants (important for sperm health), B vitamins, iron and folate (crucial for a healthy pregnancy) – AND SO MUCH MORE!
A Quick And Easy Nutrient Boost
Another simple way to boost your nutrient levels, and prime your body for conception, is by taking a premium quality supplement. We suggest the following:
Kissun Mum-2-B Gold, a formula designed to support the healthy development of the unborn baby while providing the necessary nutrients to the mother to supporting a healthy pregnancy.
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Kissun Cardioz, as it contains zinc, selenium and antioxidants to protect sperm health.
Nanogreens Vegetable and Fruit Superfood. In just one serving you get the antioxidant power of 10 servings of fruits and vegetables from 55 different ingredients. This green powder supplement is truly a powerhouse of nutrition and wellness, made easy.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
The effects of stress and anxiety on the body can hinder conception. When we are stressed, our body releases cortisol (the stress hormone) which, if left unchecked, can wreak havoc on our bodies. High cortisol levels may contribute to a loss in libido, affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, and has been linked to anxiety and depression.
Below are a few simple and effective ways of reducing stress and anxiety:
This ages-old healing technique has been found to be effective for reducing anxiety. The researchers of a 2016 study suggested that it impacts how the body triggers the fight-or-flight response. In another randomized controlled clinical trial, it was indicated that acupuncture may be successful in decreasing the perception of stress in staff and students and at a large urban university, with the effect persisting for at least 3 months after the completion of treatment.
Meditation promotes relaxation and a sense of calm. When you are feeling stressed or anxious, this can be a useful technique to employ. You could try a guided meditation, tapping meditation or just sit in a quiet place and completely focus on something such as your breath or a colour for 10 minutes.
There are certain herbs that are potent sress-busters. For example Ashwagandha is a botanical herb from India that has been used for centuries to naturally lower stress and balance mood. It has been scientifically proven to lower cortisol. You can find this herb in BioPharma Nanolean Support For Stress, Energy and Satiety.
When cortisol is low and the body is nourished, there is a greater chance of a healthy conception.
By making small, tangible changes like those listed above, not only will you both feel better and have more energy, your bodies will be primed for making a baby.