Fertility Diet & Lifestyle

Making Small Changes in Your Diet & Lifestyle Can Make All The Difference When It Comes to Starting a Family

Whether you’re dealing with female and/or male infertility, the good news is that there are several things you can change or adjust in your diet and lifestyle to enhance your chances of conception and pregnancy.

Egg Quality

It takes at least three months for a healthy diet and lifestyle to improve egg quality. Eggs can undergo an epigenetic change which is acknowledged as an important factor in the health of offspring. Although difficult to detect, these changes can be linked to diet, lifestyle and environmental factors. 

Things to Avoid:

  1. Stop smoking: this is an egg toxin and is linked to miscarriages
  2. Avoid soft drinks high in sugar
  3. Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol 
  4. Less consumption of saturated fat (as it interferes with insulin release)
  5. Avoid eating food wrapped in plastic or heat food up in a plastic container to avoid BPA exposure.

Semen Quality

Similarly with egg quality, improving semen quality takes at least three months with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Semen production takes just under three months, when a male undergoes a sperm test this will reflect his recent diet and lifestyle. A cold or flu can also affect the quality of sperm reflected in the test.

Things to Avoid:

  1. Smoking: cigarettes can seriously harm the quality of your semen
  2. Excessive amounts of alcohol
  3. Recreational drugs like cocaine and marijuana have definite adverse consequences for male fertility 
  4. Exposure to gym vitamins may contain testosterone which reduces the body’s ability to make sperm.

What Can You Do To Improve Your Egg and Sperm Health?

  • Maintain a healthy weight with regular exercise
  • Consume high antioxidant foods: berries and citrus
  • Take CoQ10 and Zinc Supplements
  • Follow a mediterranean diet: wholegrains, fruit, vegetables, eggs, seafood, nuts and olive oil
  • Take daily folic acid for women: to prevent serious brain and spinal cord defects in a child