It was once accepted that the egg health you have today is the best it will ever be. Research now indicates that, like the rest of your body, you can improve the health of your eggs too.
If you are having trouble conceiving you need to assess your entire body, not just your reproductive organs. It is important to look at fertility from a holistic perspective. So many aspects of your life effect your health and ultimately your fertility. To name a few that can negatively effect your health:
• High levels of stress, anxiety and poor quality sleep
• A sedentary lifestyle and insufficient exercise
• Hormonal disruptions from various foods, cleaning products, some cosmetics and fragrances, plastics and cookware.
Conversely, there are many ways to help ensure the health of your body and fertility:
• Get moving! Regular, 3-5 times a week, moderately intense exercise, is vital to all aspects of your health. Nothing can replace increasing your heart rate and moving your lymphatic system.
• Reduce your toxic load; remove as many chemicals from your cleaning and personal hygiene as possible, eat organic where possible, reduce the plastics in your life by using glass and stainless steel where possible, reduce your meat intake to 2-3 serves a week, drink around 2 Litres of filtered water a day.
• Use sanitary pads instead of tampons. Not only will this stop a potentially toxic foreign body compromising your health, it will also allow your menstrual flow to do exactly what it is intended to do, and that is to flow. This may also helps reduce the risk of endometriosis caused by back flow.
The Importance of Egg Health
Egg health is an incredibly important component of your fertility journey. It helps to determine whether or not fertilisation and implantation will occur as well as the viability of the pregnancy.
Once the egg is released from the ovary it has about 24 hours of life left if it is not fertilised. However, the life of the egg started about 90 days before this. Which means that you have 90 days to influence the health of your egg before it is released. Contributing factors to egg health:
1. Blood flow to the pelvic region
2. Hormonal balance
3. Nutritional intake
1. Blood flow to the pelvic region:
Optimum health of body tissue and organs relies on sufficient blood flow, and the ovaries are no different. You can increase the blood flow to the pelvic region through:
• Hydration (water intake)
• Abdominal massage
Abdominal massage is also useful for promoting the movement of stagnant blood but it should only be performed prior to ovulation in cycles that you are attempting conception and should not be used during pregnancy.
2. Hormonal Balance
Your hormones are governed by the endocrine system which is a finely balanced machine. When it is out of balance many aspects of your health will be effected. From a fertility perspective an imbalanced endocrine system can lead to irregular cycles, lack of ovulation, painful menstruation, acne, excess hair and weight gain. The great news is that it is definitely possible to balance your endocrine system and increase your chance of conception. Some effective ways to help balance your hormones include:
• Hormone specific supplements and herbs
• Dietary changes
• Lifestyle changes
3. Nutritional Intake
It is said that ‘you are what you eat’ and this statement is incredibly true. Think of your body as a car. If you put poor quality fuel in, the car will run badly, if at all. If you put high quality fuel in, the car will run noticeably smoother and perform better. Your body is the same, but far more complex. The basics of a fertility diet are very simple, the less packaged food the better, the more fruit and veggies the better. Eating a high fibre diet, with an emphasis on low inflammatory foods is also very important.
The modern woman is an empowered individual blessed with options galore. From career, to socialising, to athletic pursuits, women seem capable of having it all. However, as a result of this life of seemingly endless options, many women lead very busy and often stressful lives. Studies indicate that stress plays a detrimental role in fertility health. Learning to de-stress is an important factor for improving fertility through increased egg health.
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