7 Ways to Combat Infertility Naturally

Have you been trying to get pregnant for months without success?

Feeling discouraged?

Before you consider expensive fertility treatments, try these natural remedies. They’re simple, and will be a godsend for your overall health too.

 

1. Enjoy the sunshine.

Enjoying stretches of sunlight can be difficult — especially in the winter — for busy moms and dads. But studies show that vitamin D deficiency can lead to infertility.

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that even though vitamin D deficient female rats were able to conceive, the vitamin D deficiency reduced their fertility by 75 percent, shrank litter size by 30 percent, and stunted neonatal growth.

And research by Australian fertility specialist Dr. Anne Clark showed that, out of about 800 men with fertility problems, one third were deficient in vitamin D.

“Men in the study group who agreed to make lifestyle changes and take (vitamin D) dietary supplements had surprisingly good fertility outcomes,” Dr. Clark said.

Since vitamin D is not naturally found in foods, spending extra time in the sun is a must. Avoid using sunscreen, because not only is it probably toxic, it also interferes with your body’s absorption of the sun’s rays. If you take it as a supplement, be sure to use vitamin D3 and not D2.

 

2. Be aware of hidden toxins.

Be sure to watch out for and avoid these top six environmental toxins as much as possible:

  1. Pesticides (found on non-organic fruit and vegetables, meat, and dairy, in unfiltered tap water, and your yard)
  2. Formaldehyde (found in air fresheners, deodorants, floor polish, and upholstery cleaners)
  3. Bisphenols/BPA (found in plastic containers and water bottles that can leach into your food and water, and it also lines food cans and receipts)
  4. Organic solvents (petroleum based liquids used in household products, electronics, car repair, health care, photography, agriculture, printing, construction, cosmetics)
  5. Dry-cleaning chemicals
  6. Paint fumes – using low-VOC paints may reduce exposure

Avoid non-organic foods, cleaning products, nail polish and toxic personal care products, and even handling receipts (coated with BPA) as much as possible. Trade them in for less toxic choices. If you don’t need the receipt don’t take it. If you do, ask them to put it in the bag, which means less touching for you. Scientists now know that it takes just a second or two for your skin to absorb it.

 

3. Install a quality water filtration system.

About 74 percent of the people living in the United States take prescription drugs.

Whether for chemotherapy, contraception, depression, or hormone replacement, these drugs often do not metabolize fully before being excreted through feces or urine. While toilet water is treated and filtered before being discharged into lakes and rivers, trace amounts of drugs now end up in waterways and now affect the fertility of fish, turtles, and more. Scientists believe it does the same to you.

Experts recommend using a dual filtration water system. Make sure you get one that filters particles smaller than 1 micron, since this size will filter out the drugs as well as any heavy metals. Filter your shower water as well as your drinking water.

 

4. Be careful what you eat.

An optimal fertility diet is as much about what to avoid as it is about what to include. A fertility diet should be as fresh and organic as possible. Think clean, without ingredients you can’t read, and skip products with hormones like rBST.

Keep in mind this general rule: eat good quality grassfed organic protein and healthy fats.

What to avoid?

Trans fats can easily hide in your diet, raising your risk of infertility by as much as 70 percent. Scientists at the Harvard University School of Public Health recommended that women who are trying to get pregnant should avoid all trans fats, including:

  • Doughnuts
  • Biscuits
  • Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Chips
  • Pies
  • French fries

Also, take the time to check ingredient labels and avoid anything that says ‘hydrogenated fat,’ ‘hardened vegetable fat,’ or ‘vegetable fat.’ You’re much safer baking them at home using butter or coconut oil.

Even more importantly, avoid all genetically modified (GM) foods like the plague. Most people have no idea how ubiquitous GM foods are. This now includes 90% of soy, corn and corn syrup (soda), cottonseed (used in vegetable cooking oils), canola (canola oil), sugar from sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, some varieties of zucchini, and crookneck squash.

Also, avoid conventional dairy with rBST and conventional meat with its growth hormones – which mess up your hormones – and are fed a diet of GM corn. Keep in mind… what they ate you eat.

These foods can decimate your ability to get pregnant and negatively impact your child.

Dr. Irina Ermakova, senior scientist with the Russian National Academy of Sciences, fed mother rats GM soy and monitored their children. The baby rats suffered from infant mortality rates five times higher than normal and developed more slowly. And later they reached childbearing age, they struggled to conceive.

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety found similar results when they fed mice GM corn.

What to eat?

  • Organic grassfed meat in small quantities, game, small deep-sea fish (think sardines and red snapper), organic legumes home cooked (not canned because of BPA can liners)
  • Whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit in season (organic whenever possible)
  • Good fats such as the monounsaturated fats in olive oil, polyunsaturated fats in oily fish and nuts, and mid-chain fatty acids in coconut oil
  • When cooking, use clarified butter (ghee) or coconut butter since they do not become unstable when heated
  • When dressing salads, use cold pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil, or nut oils

Men especially, should include zinc (found in nuts and seeds), vitamin C (found in oranges, strawberries, and sweet potatoes), and vitamin B12 (found in butter, margarine, and eggs) in their diets.

 

5. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Most people are very aware that pregnant women should avoid drinking coffee and alcohol, but studies show that caffeine and alcohol can cause infertility.

As little as 1 cup of coffee per day increases your risk of not conceiving by 55 percent, according to a study out of Connecticut. Drinking 2-3 cups per day increases that risk to 100 percent and an additional cup increase that risk to 176 percent. Women who drink coffee before and during pregnancy also have twice the risk of miscarriage.

In addition, as little as 1 glass of alcohol a day can reduce fertility by 50 percent, according to Iva Keene, author of the Natural Fertility Prescription.

 

6. Watch your cooking and cleaning supplies.

The kitchen and household supplies you use everyday could be keeping you from getting pregnant.

Chemicals, known as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), are used in Teflon non-stick cookware, carpet treatments, floor wax, food wrappers, cleaning products, shampoo, and more. According to a study of 1,200 women, high levels of exposure to PFCs could increase a woman’s chance of being infertile by 154 percent.

 

7. Especially for husbands… keep your heated car seats turned off.

Urologist Herbert Sperling warned that heated car seats — especially popular in colder climates — may be linked to male infertility.

Studies show reduced sperm growth, slower sperm, and misshapen sperm among men who spend long periods of time sitting in the car on heated car seats. Sperm are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature, and heated seats raise the temperature of the testicles to 38 degrees Celsius, 3 degrees hotter than normal.

“Interestingly, male infertility was also a problem for the Roman Empire, when long soaks in heated baths were a daily routine,” said Dr. Mercola.

 

Conclusion

While these conditions can’t solve infertility on their own, in combination, they can substantially increase your probability of conceiving.

Experts believe it is possible to improve the quality of your eggs and sperm, but not overnight.

It takes about 120 days (or four months) for gamete cells — egg and sperm — to generate and mature. Everything you and your partner eat, inhale, or come into contact with during those four months can influence the health of your egg and sperm, whether positively or negatively.

While 120 days can seem like an eternity when you want to conceive, it is important to seriously consider the health of your child and the long-term benefits of tackling infertility naturally before spending thousands of dollars at a fertility clinic.

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