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The Fertility Diet
February 10, 2009
Anxious to start a family, newlyweds took Dr. Koren Barrett's advice and went on the fertility diet. In a Harvard study involving almost 18,000 women, it increased pregnancy odds by six-fold.
It turns out fat improves fertility, but only the right fat. Whole dairy products like milk and ice cream are “good”. Trans fats or artificial fats as found in fast foods, packaged and prepared foods, and junk foods, as little as four grams a day, are bad.
"That would represent maybe two tablespoons of margarine. A medium size French fries at a fast food restaurant or one donut on a daily basis," said Dr. Barrett, Naturopathic Doctor at the University of California.
Slowly metabolized carbohydrates such as green vegetables, low sugar fruits, and whole grains, like brown rice and millet, increase fertility. Quickly metabolized carbohydrates like white rice, white bread, pasta, juice and white sugar - decrease it.
"Higher insulin levels and higher glucose levels or sugar levels in our blood disrupt our hormones," said Dr. Barrett.  
Good protein from meat, fish and eggs as well as good sources of fat from avocado, nuts, seed and fish all help to increase fertility.
 Women who exercise 30 minutes every day and are at a healthy weight have the best chance of getting pregnant.
Infertility affects one in six couples which may be preventable by dietary measures.
Sources:  By JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 News
 
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
It is the bird’s and the bee’s time- Valentine’s is here and spring approaches. I often will have women coming to the clinic for female related disorders. Whether it is pain with cycles, excessive bleeding, irregularity, or even difficulty conceiving. 
 
Interesting they all lead back to the same answer= Chemistry!   If the chemistry is out of balance Nature will not let a woman conceive. Nature works to protect the health of the organism that is already living. If the woman is too unhealthy to have a baby, it will not be able to hold a fetus. It requires an incredible amount of nutrition to create a baby’s skeleton and tissue and if there isn’t enough in the food, Nature has to go to the mother’s own bone, and that can mean bad news for Momma someday (After pregnancy women can lose hair, teeth, and significant bone mass).
 
Native Americans encouraged the consumption of eating foods rich in nutrition for the fertility of their men and women. It included foods that inherently make sense for increasing fertility, such as the women eating the eggs of fowl and fish to increase their own eggs and men to eat the gonads of deer and elk to increase their potency. 
 
Even today, Standard Process manufacturing company makes supplements with the organs of animals to help benefit the organs of humans. Each organ has base nutrients in the form of minerals, vitamins, and fats that are specific to it. When we take animal organs into our own body, these nutrients help feed those specific organs in our body.
 
Today much of our food is empty nutrition and high in flavor (especially sugar, salt, artificial flavorings). This means that our glands are not being fed properly, often causing hormonal imbalances and decreasing fertility from lack of nutrition. That along with excessive insulin release due to high sugar foods and you have the beginning of a domino effect.
 
Besides food I like to remind patients of the THREE S’s…
SUGAR, SLEEP, STRESS! If anyone of them are out of balance, you can rest assure that the hormones will be out of balance as well. Besides food, we have to balance the three S’s to bring balance to the chemistry.  Also, we need to be aware of cell phones or laptop computers around our gonads which both can affect the reproductive of cells.
 
If you or someone you know has not had success with conceiving, let us assist by identifying the causes first hand and implement a fertility diet for them. Hormones will need to be checked and a full history and chemistry taken to identify possible causes.
 
Be well!
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