Dr. Kassam Optimizing Fertility Through 'Macro' Dietary Changes
Optimizing Fertility Through 'Macro' Dietary Changes
Whether you are considering starting a family or have been trying for some months now, preconception care should be made a priority to prepare the body for pregnancy. The health status of both parents can not only play a vital role in enhancing fertility but can also play a large role in the health of the baby. Naturopathic Medicine has a lot to offer individuals, both women and men wanting to plan for a healthy pregnancy. Preconception care should start about 3-6 months prior and goes beyond just taking a prenatal vitamin. In a Naturopathic world, preconception care includes, addressing underlying health concerns, optimizing nutrition, assessing toxic burden on the body, achieving hormonal balance and making necessary lifestyle changes to support a healthy pregnancy.
Several dietary factors have been identified to promote optimal fertility. Most women pay special attention to their diet once they find out they are pregnant but it is super important to choose meals wisely even before this as a means to prepare the body. Adequate nutrient status can affect (A) the ability to get pregnant (B) the health of the egg and sperm, ultimately affecting the health of the child. In light of this, let's talk about macronutrients (Protein, Fat & Carbohydrates) in the diet to optimize digestion and elimination in an aim to prepare the body for conception.
2. HEALTHY FAT
Diet plays a big role in the building blocks to support conception and maintain a pregnancy. By overhauling your diet now it will be much easier to stick to a healthy, well-balanced diet once you get pregnant. Stay tuned for a follow-up article on which micronutrients (vitamins & minerals) are important for optimal fertility and a healthy pregnancy.
The advice in this article is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the care of a Naturopathic physician.
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