We venture a guess that you’ve heard or read that making diet and lifestyle changes is helpful for improving energy levels, weight management, healthy sleep patterns, heart health, and so much more, including optimal fertility health. Eating a whole food Fertility Diet, exercising regularly, managing stress, sleeping well, and reducing exposure to toxins and excess hormones from the things we put in and on our bodies are foundational first lines of defense whether battling a fertility health issue, or simply wanting to protect fertility as you prepare for conception one day. Harvard is just on institution sharing proof… if you need scientific proof.
Women who followed a combination of five or more lifestyle factors, including changing specific aspects of their diets, experienced more than 80 percent less relative risk of infertility >due to ovulatory disorders compared to women who engaged in none of the factors, according to a paper published in the November 1, 2007, issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The study was led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and did not examine risk associated with other kinds of infertility, such as low sperm count in men.
“The key message of this paper is that making the right dietary choices and including the right amount of physical activity in your daily life may make a large difference in your probability of becoming fertile if you are experiencing problems with ovulation,”
Comments from Hethir:
It is great to see research being performed on the effects of diet and lifestyle on fertility and ovulation. The results are not surprising to me at all, but refreshing. Once again, an 80% success rate using a natural approach…
There are three areas included in this study where if you made lifestyle shifts now, you could make a big difference in your fertility.
Diet/nutrition: Eat a whole foods diet with emphasis on organic, fresh foods. Take a multivitamin…
Stress: Have a stress reducing “practice” in your life such as exercise, meditation or yoga. Learn more about the effects of stress in this article.
Exercise: Exercising every day makes for a healthy body in general…
All of these factors are not new news. They work because they help to bring the body back into balance, where your fertility is abundant.
- Changes to Diet and Lifestyle May Help Prevent Infertility from Ovulatory Disorders. (October 31, 2007). Harvard School of Public Health Press Release. Retrieved from http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2007-releases/press10312007.html