Therapeutic Nutrition For Infertility, Guest blog by Jennifer Kranc, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN)

 

Fruits & VegInfertility rates have doubled since 1980, and currently 1 in 6 couples have trouble getting pregnant.  This generation has been exposed to more man made chemicals in our food and water, more environmental pollution and more pharmaceuticals than ever before.  The chemicals that surround us are plentiful and have a profound effect on hormonal balance, the most common cause of fertility problems.  Fortunately, hormonal imbalances can be corrected and restored using Holistic Therapeutic Nutrition. Successfully balancing and stabilizing hormones, the chief executives of the body, will ultimately increase the chances of conceiving and sustaining a pregnancy naturally.

When hormones are out of balance, any of the necessary steps to a successful pregnancy can be affected.  An ever-increasing problem today is too much estrogen. The proper balance of estrogen and progesterone must be achieved in order to get pregnant and stay pregnant. Many women are estrogen dominant, meaning they have a high estrogen to progesterone ratio.

There are a variety of issues that can increase our estrogen levels and negatively affect this ratio. One such issue is an overloaded liver. Most of todays food supply is contaminated with synthetic and harmful chemicals such as pesticides, preservatives, and artificial colours. Antibiotics, hormones, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and even steroids taint our everyday food supply. Our livers have the difficult job of filtering out the ever-increasing toxic load.  If our liver is overburdened with its job of filtering out toxins, it cannot excrete estrogen properly. Xenoestrogens are pollutants that mimic estrogen in the body. They come from many sources such as the birth control pill, plastic containers, plastic wrap, detergents, cosmetics, and even the plastic coating inside tin cans and are becoming increasingly hard to avoid. Phytoestrogens are plant sources of “estrogen like” chemicals such as soy and flax that act like estrogen in the body and lead to estrogen dominance if eaten in excess. Once again, the liver has a big job to do, as it has to metabolize these hormones and keep levels of progesterone and estrogen in proper ratio. Other issues that can affect hormone imbalances include candida (a yeast overgrowth in the digestive system), constipation, hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid), drinking unfiltered tap water, lack of sleep, and high body fat levels or obesity.

Repairing the Damage

 We can reduce many of these hazards by limiting exposure to toxins, choosing cleaner food, drinking filtered water, and changing our lifestyle habits.

When you work on cleansing the liver with proper nutrients and quality supplements you optimize liver function. Doing a liver cleanse before trying to conceive (it is dangerous to do while you are pregnant) will balance hormones naturally, getting the body ready for a healthy pregnancy, and improving the chances of sustaining the pregnancy.

How can a nutritionist help?

 When you meet with a nutritionist to help you along your way to fertility, you will undergo a full evaluation of your health. An individualized healing plan will be put into place, which may include, a liver cleanse, diet modifications and good quality supplement recommendations addressing any or all of the issues above to help balance hormones and improve the chances of a natural pregnancy.

Jennifer Kranc is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) specializing in nutrition for pre-pregnancy and infertility, prenatal, postnatal and kids.  Her website can be viewed at www.nutritionalhealingforkids.com and she can be reached at 416.450.2791 or jenniferkranc@yahoo.ca.

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