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Get On The Fertility Diet!

How Your Diet Affects FertilityAround six million Americans struggle with some level of difficulty when they are trying to conceive each year. Frustratingly there is often no explanation to what is causing them to have difficulty conceiving. A recently released book called The Fertility Diet offers help and advice that may be useful for some of those couples. The book is based on the research done by Harvard Nurses’ Health Study and it makes a relevant case for the idea that diet may play a larger role in a woman’s ability to conceive than once thought. The books author Jorge Chavarro is also a research fellow at Harvard School of Public Health.

The Fertility Diet clarifies certain nutrients that are of importance to patients trying to conceive such as iron and isolates things patients should be avoiding like trans fats. Though the book does not make any claims as to how much the suggested diet increases a person likelihood at conception, the book takes a common sense approach to its suggestions basing everything it has determined on smart choices and healthy habits.

Based on the data that the group analyzed the group determine a number of interesting things. They found out that woman who took a multi vitamin that did contain folic acid were more likely to conceive than woman who didn’t. They also determined that iron intake being higher also seemed to coincide with the easier ability to conceive, but they also determined that the iron had to come from fruits, vegetables, beans or a iron supplement and not from red meat. Another interesting finding was that trans fats, which are found in most processed foods seemed to have a rather negative effect on fertility. The book also suggests that their studies showed patients who ate a full serving of dairy daily increased the likelihood of conception.

The research seemed to indicate that diet may have an affect on fertility because of insulin and the function of ovaries. They determined that woman who had normal insulin levels were more likely to ovulate normally and woman who did not have normal insulin levels were more likely to have irregular ovulation. The study also showed that woman who exercised an average of 30 minutes daily were not as inclined to experience infertility issue directly relating to their ovulation. Proper diet and exercise are directly related to maintaining proper insulin levels in the body.

The book does not negate the importance of working with a qualified medical professional and having a full fertility work up if necessary. The suggestions are simply meant to enhance ones chances of achieving conception through leading a healthy lifestyle and getting your body in the best shape possible. Woman who have a body mass index of 20 to 24 are the most likely to conceive naturally, being either under or overweight can have adverse effects on a woman's fertility. Getting your body to a healthy weight and eating a balanced nutrient rich diet is the basic theme of this book.

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