National Infertility Awareness Week

resolveInfertility:

7.3 Million Americans are diagnosed with infertility.

What is infertility? Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system.  One third (30%) of infertility can be attributed to male factors, and about one third (30%) can be attributed to female factors.  In about 20% of cases infertility is unexplained, and the remaining 10% of infertility is caused by a combination of problems in both partners.

Optimizing Fertility:

Because your weight, health and lifestyle can all affect your fertility, it is important to make sure you are eating well, managing your weight, and exercising. Being overweight or underweight can have consequences for your fertility. In addition, exercise can help reduce the elevated stress levels that many couples reach when trying to conceive. Find out more about exercise and good nutrition here.

Healthy Eating:

Healthy eating may seem like an oxymoron but making slight changes in your diet can make a world of difference in your health.

Start by eating more fruits and vegetables
You should have at least 6 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Not a big fan or fruits and vegetables? Try making a smoothie as an afternoon snack with yogurt and fruit, add in a little wheat germ. Start having an apple as an afternoon snack or add some extra veggies into a casserole. By making minor changes, eating healthy becomes part of a routine and soon you will start craving a great big salad with spinach, walnuts and yams.

Change to whole grains
Stop eating white flour, white bread, white rice. Start eating foods made from a variety of whole grains such as whole wheat, brown rice, oats and whole grain corn. Start by eating cereal for breakfast, many breakfast cereals contain the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. Try switching over gradually by eating a whole wheat bagel instead of a plain bagel, or whole wheat sourdough instead of sourdough. Eventually, you will realize that brown rice is full of flavor and oatmeal makes a great snack.

Folic Acid
Whole grain foods such as wheat, brown rice, oats, breakfast cereals, oranges, spinach, beans and peas contain folic acid. Folic acid is essential for healthy fetal development. The key to folic acid is to begin taking it when you are thinking about getting pregnancy.

Vitamins
Begin taking a daily multivitamin- both men and women should do this. Start incorporating more foods that are rich in antioxidants into your diet for overall good health. Kiwi, cantaloupe, broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts, yams, spinach help men maintain sperm motility and act as an immune booster for men and women. **Make sure to try Pinnaclife Supplements!

 

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