If the statement ‘You are what you eat’ is true, then researchers from Harvard Medical school may have some good news for families struggling with infertility.
In a recent article appearing on the Harvard Health website, Jorge E. Chavarro, MD and Walter Ce. Willett, MD explain they have found ten simple changes in diet and lifestyle which can help families fighting the battle with infertility. Chavarro and Willett reveal their findings in a new book The Fertility Diet.
The duo suggests the following simple diet guidelines to help fertility.
• Avoiding trans-fats, the artery-clogging fats found in many commercial products and fast foods
• Eating more vegetable protein, like beans and nuts, and less animal protein
• Drinking a glass of whole milk or having a small dish of ice cream or full-fat yogurt every day; temporarily trading in skim milk and low or no-fat dairy products for their full-fat versions
• Getting into the “fertility zones” for weight and physical activity
If followed, the change in diet is said to have a positive effect on a woman’s fertility, including improving ovulation cycles and offering a healthy start to pregnancy.
While the advice is specifically helpful for families struggling with infertility, Chavarro and Willettt recommend the change in diet for any woman who is trying to become pregnant. In addition, some evidence suggests men who are trying to become fathers may benefit from adjusting the foods they eat.
The Fertility Diet may potentially have led to improved results for families going through the process of embryo adoption, specifically in helping to prepare adoptive mothers bodies for the Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). An FET is a medical procedure where embryos are thawed from a frozen state and then transferred directly into a woman’s uterus.
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