Nutritional Therapy:

Nutrition Bites...

Good nutrition and a balanced lifestyle is vital for the reproductive cycle in both men and women. It is a foundation of health and being optimally nourished is very important for fertility, conception and the health of the unborn child. When there are nutrient deficiencies in the diet this can cause imbalances in egg and sperm health. Good nutrition is important for both natural and assisted conception.

In the last 50 years our diets have changed drastically. Modern farming methods, pesticides, chemicals and global food transportation has resulted in a general drop in the nutritional quality and purity of our food. Research shows that some fruits and vegetables have 50-90% less nutritional value than those of the 1940’s. This can be reflected in our fertility - sperm counts have dropped 50% over the last 40 years and female hormone imbalance is becoming increasingly common.

Nutritional Therapy takes a detailed look at your individual food choices, your diet, your lifestyle and medical history and any specific health conditions which may affect fertility such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), weight issues, ongoing stress or irregular periods. We also look at any potential imbalances such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies which may affect fertility and conception.

Nutritional Therapy then looks at changes to your diet (fertility boosting diet), improving digestion, detoxification if appropriate and specific supplements of vitamins, minerals, herbs and oils which can all improve general health, wellbeing and enhance reproduction, hormonal function and fertility. For example Vitamin C can help reduce sperm agglutation (sperm clumping together), zinc is known as the fertility nutrient. It is vital for reproductive capacity and development of a healthy sperm and egg. A deficiency of this mineral can be linked with menstrual irregularities and lack of ovulation. Essential fats such as fish oils are essential for both male and female reproductive health. We will work together to develop a programme that is suitable for you.

Nutritional tests can also be recommended such as Hair Mineral Analysis Test which assesses mineral deficiencies and imbalances in the body, toxic metals – all of which can affect general and reproductive health. Female hormonal profile test can track patterns of hormones over the month of oestrogen and progesterone levels, potentially revealing problems such as anovulation (no ovulation), early ovulation or low progesterone which can all affect fertility and conception.

For further information:
www.fertilityfocus.org.uk